Councillors present: Mrs L Inglis (LI Vice Chair), Mrs Charlotte Cameron (CC), Mr David Lomas (DL), Mr Mark Blythe (MB), Mr M Penington (MP), Ms Miriam Jacobs (MJ), Also present: Michelle Taylor (clerk), Mr David Hollick (Lengthman), County Councillor Mike Fox-Davies, District Councillor Reg Waite and one member of the public.
|Actions arising from the meeting||Target date|
||As soon as possible|
|2. Cllr Lydia Inglis to attend Didcot Garden Town meeting on the 21st November and report back to Parish Council.||By next meeting|
|3. Cllr Lydia Inglis to attend Local Plan Part 2 meeting and report back to parish council.||By next meeting|
|4. Clerk to contact Cllr Mike Fox-Davies ref Speed survey along London Road.||As soon as possible|
|5. Cllr Lydia Inglis to formulate an entry for the next edition of the Blewbury bulletin with reference to the Oxford and Cambridge Expressway||By 15th November|
|6. Cllr Mark Blythe to arrange for tree surgeon to assess the tree behind the benefice centre, along Church lane, and report back to Clerk. Clerk then to contact OCC with outcome on tree.||By next meeting|
|Urgent Actions to be followed up at next meeting|
|1. Safety matting|
|2. Review and update emergency plan.|
Blewbury Riding and Training Centre Bessels Way Blewbury DIDCOT OX11 9NH
Replace 3 current mobile home units (that have been in situ since pre-1990) with 1 log cabin. 2 of the mobile homes are currently uninhabitable and the plan is to clear the site and surrounding area and replace with a smart in keeping cabin. Parish Council has no objection
Blewbury Service Station London Road Blewbury DIDCOT OX11 9NU
Proposed forecourt alterations, with 2No 40,000litre tank installation, raising of canopy and new shop extension. Parish Council has no objection
Alpha House Westbrook Street Blewbury DIDCOT OX11 9QB
Proposed single storey garden room extension to existing private dwelling. Parish Council has no objection
Downside Farm Woodway Road Blewbury DIDCOT OX11 9EX
Conversion of existing redundant stable to dwelling. Parish Council has no objection
All payments were approved.
|Description / Power to spend||Amount|
|M Taylor||Clerk’s salary and expenses||£635.40|
|D Hollick||Lengthman’s salary and expenses||£403.95|
|BT Payment Services Ltd||Clubhouse line rental and Wifi||£27.00|
|Biffa Waste Services Ltd||Waste services||£61.39|
|White Horse Horticulture||Grass cutting contract for Pound and Churchyard||£200.00|
|PSB Consulting Engineers (Oxford) Ltd||Village Hall refurbishment||
|SSE||Southern Electric-Scout Hut Recreation Ground||£41.26|
|Graham Nye||Clubhouse Repairs||£75.40|
17.1 08/11/17 to decide on a course of action to respond to the Oxford Cambridge expressway route options and to formulate entries to the bulletin and website. It was agreed that an entry would be written up and circulated in the Blewbury Bulletin to make residents aware of the Oxford Cambridge Expressway, and for the Parish Council to contact other expressway groups to explore forming our own action group against future proposals. Action: Cllr Lydia Inglis to formulate an entry for the next edition of the Blewbury bulletin, and to contact expressway group and report back to the parish council members.
Meeting closed 20:38pm
REPORT TO BLEWBURY PARISH COUNCIL NOVEMBER 2017
FROM CLLR MIKE F0X-DAVIES
GENERAL OCC REPORT
THE RACE IS ON FOR DRIVERLESS CARS
News that ground-breaking transport technology being pioneered in Oxfordshire has won a share of a £51million government prize has been welcomed by two council leaders. Oxfordshire is home to Science Vale UK and some world leading science and technology companies who are blazing a trail towards more energy efficient and road safety. Organisations based in the Science Vale are working on pioneering projects such as autonomous cars and smart traffic management systems needed to support people travelling around the county. Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE), which is based at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, is to receive £6.9m from the Department of Transport towards their £10million project to set up a range of different test areas mimicking increasingly realistic city driving environments, where automated vehicles can be tested before being taken onto public roads. They are one of a number of companies that Oxfordshire County Council and South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils works with to drive progress on future transport technology.
APPLY ONLINE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL PLACES
Applications for children due to start primary school in September 2018 can now be made online. Families with children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 are urged to visit the primary school admissions pages on the county council’s website to find out how to apply for places for next year. The council still accepts postal applications but recommends families apply online where possible, as this helps speed up the applications process. It also means families receive an automatic response confirming their application has been received and can be quickly notified if further information is needed. Those who apply online will also receive an email on allocation day, 16 April 2018, informing them of the outcome of their application. Postal application forms are available from all Oxfordshire schools and from reception at County Hall in Oxford.
SNIFFING OUT ILLEGAL TOBACCO
Oxfordshire County Council is launching a series of events to tackle sellers of illegal tobacco. Trading Standards Officers and sniffer dogs will take to the streets to ask for the public’s help and crack down on this criminal activity. The council also aims to educate the public about how to spot illegal tobacco, what the dangers are, and how to report sales. The Illegal Tobacco Roadshow will start in Banbury and go around the county. Illegal tobacco makes it easier for children to start smoking, as it is sold at cheap prices, and it also makes communities more attractive to criminals, who may have links to organised crime groups. Reports suggest that illegal tobacco is an important part of Organised Criminal Groups’ portfolios. Far from being a victimless crime, this illicit trade is connected to drug trafficking, money laundering, firearms and other crimes that threaten communities and endanger lives. Pocket money prices pose threat to children and communities. Anyone wishing to report the selling of illegal tobacco can do so anonymously online to Trading Standards at www.stop-illegal-tobacco.co.uk or call the Illegal Tobacco Hotline on 0300 999 6 999. For more information check: http://www.stop-illegal-tobacco.co.uk/
HELP SOMEONE GET ONLINE – BE A DIGITAL HELPER AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
Oxfordshire County Council recently launched a campaign to recruit ‘digital helpers’ in libraries to boost the confidence and skills of those who need extra help to get online. Volunteers able to give up just a few hours a week are being sought at branches across the county to provide one-to-one support for people with little or no experience of using computers or the internet. The aim of the campaign is to help people:
To find out more or to sign up as a Digital Helper visit: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/digitalhelper
OXFORD’S NEW WESTGATE CENTRE OPENS
Traders welcomed a bumper weekend at Oxford’s new Westgate as thousands of people packed the shopping centre on its first weekend in operation. Shops and restaurant chains said interest from customers had exceeded expectations, with business more brisk than at any other opening they had experienced. Some 60 out of 125 shops and restaurants at the £440m shopping centre opened on Tuesday 24th October, with others opening since, and thousands of people took advantage of their first opportunity to have a look around. Councils, transport operators and Westgate have been working closely on a coordinating travel plans aimed at making it as easy as possible to visit the Westgate and minimising journey times into the heart of Oxford. The best way to travel into the city centre is to use the park and rides or public transport wherever possible. New variable message signs have been installed on the outskirts of Oxfordshire to update people on space availability on the park and ride sites nearby and to direct them there. There are also temporary signs within the ring road which give directions, for those who have chosen not to use the park and rides, to city centre and Westgate. There’s more information on travelling to the Westgate at:
Oxford to Cambridge Expressway
See Annex B.
District Notes for Parish Councillors on Wednesday, 8 November 2017
from Cllr Janet Shelley & Cllr Reg Waite
VE17/627 – Pilgrims Way, The Pilgrims Way, Blewbury OX11 9NG
Reported: 25 October2017
Alleged breach: Breach of conditions 3 & 4 of P16/V0888/HH
Case Officer: Claire Merritt
Site visited: 2 November 17
6 week target date – 6 December 17 12 week target date – 17 January 2018
VE17/604 – 7 Millbrook Close, Blewbury OX11 9QL
Reported: 13 October 2017
Alleged breach: Out building in excess of 2.5m high, 0.8m from boundary.
Case Officer: Zoe Spring
6 week target date – 24 November 17. 12 week target date – 5 January 18.
Site visited: 8 November 17
VE17/559 – Flat Favonia, Church Estate, Blewbury OX11 9HE
Reported: 27 September 2017
Alleged breach: Without planning permission the conversion of a garage building to a separate dwelling.
Case Officer: Anne Wilkinson
Site visited: 26 October 17
6 week target date – 8 November 17 12 week target date – 20 December 2017
Still under investigation
VE17/494 – Chailey House, Bessels Way, Blewbury
Reported: 24 August 2017
Alleged breach: Landscaping not undertaken in accordance with the scheme approved by P15/V0471/FUL.
Case Officer: Heather Rowe
6 week target date – 5 October 17. 12 week target date – 16 November 17.
Site visited: 7 September 17 and 13 October 17. Still under investigation.
VE17/451 – Chailey House, Bessels Way, Blewbury
Reported: 8 August 2017
Alleged breach: Breach of condition 12 of P15/V0471/FUL – no occupation of dwellings prior to completion of access and highway works.
Case Officer: Heather Rowe
6 week target date – 19 September 17. 12 week target date – 31 October 17
Site visited: 15 August 17; 7 September 17, 27 September 17 & 13 October 17
Voluntary compliance. Case now closed.
VE17/289 – The Red Lion, Chapel Lane, Blewbury OX11 9PQ
Reported: 25 May 2017
Alleged breach: Without planning permission the erection of a building.
Case Officer: Anne Wilkinson
Site visited: 8 June 2017
6 week target date – 6 July 2017. 12 week target date – 17 August 2017
Retrospective planning application submitted 14 Aug 17 – P17/V1951/FUL/
Consultation 23 Aug – 27 September. Planning application submitted.
Voluntary compliance. Case now closed.
VE17/223 – Unit 3, Eastfield Farm, Woodway Road, Blewbury
Reported: 21 April 2017
Alleged breach: Unauthorised change of use of an agricultural building to B2 industrial use.
Case Officer: Robert Cramp
Site visited: 4 May 2017
6 week target date – 2 June 2017. 12 week target date – 14 July 2017
Still under investigation.
Didcot Garden Town – an exciting opportunity to get involved:
The Didcot Garden Town team is asking residents, businesses and community group leaders to join and become actively involved in shaping the whole garden town area.
The exciting opportunity comes out of the garden town delivery plan’s unique governance structure which includes the chance for people, groups and individuals with an interest in the area, to participate and form various working groups. We are inviting local people, groups and businesses from Didcot and surrounding villages, to advise on where community facilities such as open spaces and new pathways are introduced to support the housing and population growth expected as well as other community led initiatives.
You can find out more information on how to join the working groups by registering to attend a presentation on 21 November at Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot. The event will have two sessions 12 – 2pm and 6.30 – 8.30pm.
Working groups will be formed for different sectors within the garden town plans such as environment, leisure and culture, science and innovation, education and health. They will be self-directing with their ideas and suggestions helping to form the garden town strategy.
To register your interest in attending one of the sessions on 21 November, please email email@example.com or call 01235 422473 by 14 November.
More information can be found in the Didcot Garden Town Delivery Plan at www.didcotgardentown.co.uk .
‘Don’t bin your batteries’ call following waste and recycling truck fires:
Residents in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse have been urged not to put batteries or other items which could cause a fire in their waste or recycling wheelie bin.
Last week two small fires started in rubbish while it was being transported in waste and recycling trucks. Both were potentially very dangerous incidents to the crews, other road users and pedestrians. They also caused delays to collections and could have resulted in significant damage.
The first incident took place while a waste truck was travelling on the A417 in Wantage. The crew were escorted to a layby by two fire engines where they emptied part of the load so the fire service could extinguish the fire.
The second fire was detected in a recycling load collected in Radley. The fire service attended as crews tipped the load at Biffa’s depot in Culham. A gas canister was found in the load meaning that, had the fire spread, it could have exploded causing significant damage or injury.
The fires were caused by items residents had put in their bins, most likely to have been standard lithium-ion batteries – like the ones found in most mobile phones.
Batteries should be put in a clear plastic bag and left on top of the green recycling bin, while small electrical items (that may also contain batteries), can be put out in a carrier bag alongside the grey refuse bin for separate collection.
If you need to throw out electrical equipment or batteries don’t put them in either of your wheelie bins. Please check on our websites or give Biffa a call on 03000 610610 if you are unsure what to do.
Underpass revamped at Milton Park:
Work leading to the reopening of a disused underpass on the edge of Milton Park is now in its final stages, with the next phase of the project set to be completed this month.
The redevelopment of Backhill Tunnel – adjacent to the A4130 in west Didcot – will firstly see a pedestrian and cycle link beneath the existing railway embankment, linking the A-road into Milton Park.
The County Council will now undertake the final phases of works with pedestrian and cycle connections west along the A4130 towards Milton Gate. The final element of the project will see the creation of a crossing for pedestrians and cyclists across the A4130, adjacent to the tunnel.
The completion of the tunnel will enable several thousand people based at Milton Park, to either cycle or walk to-and-from work. In turn, this will reduce demand on the road network and support more healthy, active residents.
The tunnel will give workers at Milton Park better access to amenities on Milton Gate, including the recently announced four star Milton Marriott hotel which is due to open in summer 2018.
Local Plan Part 2 consultation begins:
Vale of White Horse District Council has published part 2 of its Local Plan and invited residents to comments by 22 November.
The comments will then be submitted along with the Plan to the Secretary of State in the New Year. It will then be examined by a planning inspector later next year.
The council adopted part one of the Plan in 2016, which deals with the main strategic housing sites for the district, and identifies the main infrastructure that would be needed to support the new communities. Part 2 deals with more detailed policies the council will use to decide planning applications over the life of the Plan.
This is a more technical stage of the process and the planning inspector will give more weight to comments based on the technical “soundness” of the Plan – the council has created a short video and a guidance note to explain what this means, to help residents provide effective comments.
The Plan, video, guidance note and details on how to comment are available at www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/LPP2
The council is inviting residents to come along and find out more about the Plan at a series of drop-in events and public meetings throughout October and November. Here are the remaining opportunities.
Exhibitions from 4 to 6.30pm followed by public meetings from 7 to 8.30pm
Business action plan launched:
More support will be provided to the small and medium businesses in our district thanks to the Vale4Business action plan.
The economic development team launched the action plan at their first forum, which was attended by more than over 30 local businesses and education providers.
Please keep your eyes on the Vale’s website for further announcements.
Woman fined for running a pet shop without a licence:
A woman from Ashbury in the Vale of White Horse has been ordered to pay £1,630 after being found guilty of running a pet shop without a licence.
Helen Moorey, 55, of Idstone Road, Ashbury, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 2 November when she was found guilty of breaching Section 1 of the Pet Animals Act 1951.
In court six witnesses gave evidence that Ms Moorey had been involved with puppy sales between August 2016 and May 2017. Given the frequency that puppies were available for sale, and the fact Moorey refused to let anyone into her property to allow them to meet the puppies’ mother, it was clear this was a commercial operation and would therefore have required a licence.
Ms Moorey, who had previously refused to be interviewed under caution, did not provide any evidence at the trial.
In sentencing the District Judge took Ms Moorey’s limited means into account, along with other recent convictions for fraud relating to the sale of puppies, for which she was serving a prison sentencing. He ordered her to pay a fine of £600, a victim surcharge of £30 and a contribution towards prosecution costs of £1,000.
The case was prosecuted in court by Vale of White Horse District Council following an animal welfare complaint investigation by the council’s Environmental Protection Team.
The Vale takes the welfare of animals very seriously. It is extremely important that anyone who makes a living from their sale is properly licensed and maintains the standards required. Our environmental health officers will not hesitate to take action against anyone who is suspected of flouting the law in this way.
Jail for man who fly-tipped twice on the same day – including Chilton:
A man has been sentenced to eight weeks in prison after admitting carrying out two fly-tips in Oxfordshire on the same day.
Paul John Tidbury, 29, of Burchell Road, Newbury, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Friday 3 November when he pleaded guilty to two offences of breaching the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The District Judge heard how, on 4 October 2016, a PCSO witnessed Mr Tidbury dumping building sand in East Challow at the site of the former Challow Country Club. The vehicle used to dump the rubbish, a white transit van, was stopped the same day in Wantage. Environment enforcement officers at Vale of White Horse District Council were then called to investigate and Mr Tidbury admitted being responsible for the waste and of failing to have the required waste carriers licence.
Police then received a report of a fly-tip off Bury Lane near Chilton. This time the incident had been captured on CCTV which had been set up by a landowner who had experienced ongoing issues with the crime. The footage, recorded on 4 October, the same day as the East Challow fly-tip, showed the same van being used to dump similar rubbish.
Details of the second case were then passed to district council’s enforcement officers to investigate.
In an interview under caution Mr Tidbury confirmed that he was the person seen in the CCTV footage and that it was his van. He also accepted dumping some of the material found at the site.
Following a number of adjournments, Paul Tidbury finally appeared in court on Friday 3 November when he was sentenced to eight weeks in prison for each offence, to be served concurrently. He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a victim surcharge of £115.
This was the first time that someone has been jailed for fly-tipping in the Vale of White Horse.
Fly-tipping is a serious crime which costs significant public money to clean up and investigate. This deliberate act spoils many rural areas and is potentially dangerous for any person or animal who comes into contact with it.
The Vale works very hard to tackle fly-tipping and will not hesitate to prosecute anyone we suspect is committing this crime. I also urge people to keep an eye out and report fly-tips and anyone they believe might be involved with illegally dumping rubbish.”
If you suspect that someone is involved with fly-tipping please contact 01235 422403.
JS & RWW 8 November 2017
A quiet month . Grass growth is gradually slowing down and footpaths are in good condition.
Tree and shrub pruning has been done in the cemetery and brash taken to the TFF bonfire site. The rest of the cemetery is looking good.
Complete cutting back of the shrub roses in the corner of the Recreation Ground car park has been done and cuttings also taken to the bonfire. Looks much better and will be more controllable next year with good new growth.
Equipment is in good condition except for the Ferris (the Beast) which has an oil leak on the engine. This is booked in for service and inspection of the leak in December.
Playground equipment is good, but we still need to replace the posts on the skate park area. We have these in stock.
The KAP play area has been used for drinking in the evenings by the look of all the cider and beer bottles in the bin!
One slight issue is that the Tennis Club have been dumping leaves from the courts in the TFF car park area.
Peter Cockrell’s wild flower area has been cut in TFF. All the fruit trees in the orchard area seem to have taken and are doing well.
Planning report for Parish Council – December 2017
All Blewbury planning applications, decisions and Parish Council responses, including items under consideration, can be found in the ‘Parish’ section of the Blewbury website
(http://blewbury.co.uk/parish/planning/), which is updated once a week. Links are also provided to the main Vale Planning site, where full details can be obtained.
Responses from the Parish Council:
P17/V2497/FUL Blewbury Riding and Training Centre, Bessels Way
Replace 3 current mobile home units (that have been in situ since pre 1990) with 1 log cabin. 2 of the mobile homes are currently uninhabitable and the plan is to clear the site and surrounding area and replace with a smart in keeping cabin.
Parish Council has no objection
P17/V2814/FUL Blewbury Service Station, London Road
Proposed forecourt alterations, with 2 No 40,000 litre tank installation, raising of canopy and new shop extension.
Parish Council has no objection
P17/V2803/FUL Downside Farm, Woodway Road
Conversion of existing redundant stable to dwelling.
Parish Council has no objection
P17/V2829/HH Alpha House, Westbrook Street
Proposed single storey garden room extension to existing private dwelling.
Parish Council has no objection
Decisions from the District Council:
P17/V2394/HH Chayton, Bessels Way
Conversion of existing carport into habitable accommodation. Demolition of existing outbuilding. Erection of new single storey rear extension. As amended by drawing number PL107 Rev A on 26/9/17.
P17/V2371/HH Ashbrook House, Westbrook Street
Removal of condition 9 on application ref. P14/V2308/HH (additional residential accommodation to be occupied only as accommodation ancillary and incidental to existing dwelling). Granted.
P17/V1954/A Blewbury Service Station, London Road
Replacement pole sign (unlit). Granted.
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