Councillors present: Mr C Lakeland (Chairman)(CL), Ms J Gibson (JG), Ms V Fox (VF), Mr M Penington (MP), Mr M Shayler, Mr M Blythe (MB), Ms Charlotte Cameron (CC), Ms Lydia Inglis (LI). Also present: Mrs Elaine de Ridder (clerk), District Councillor Shelley, District Councillor Waite and 2 members of the public
|Actions arising from the meeting||Target date|
|1. MB to formulate a letter to Highways and Cllr Lilly||By November meeting|
|2. Clerk to ask lengthman to trim back the trees in order to open the path on the Pound.||As soon as possible|
|3. Clerk to investigate if the CPRE has a standard letter to write to MPs about the threat to villages. MB to circulate his letter to Ed Vaizey. CL to draft letter.||By November meeting|
|4. Clerk to write to Malthus Trust.||By November meeting|
|5. Clerk to investigate ownership of Whiteshoot Farm||As soon as possible|
|6. Clerk to ask lengthman about his availability to help on leaf clearance day||As soon as possible|
|7. Clerk to finish the cemetery map corrections and return it to Pear Technologies|
|8. Clerk and CL to do initial Annual Review of Risks|
|9. Clerk to set up meeting with EHPC and the “Mind the Green Gap” group|
|Actions brought forward|
|1. CL to review tree register||By October meeting|
|2. Clerk to review document register||By October meeting|
The permission for the Borlase planning application was briefly discussed.
P15/V2356/FUL, Hunts Grave Farm, Woodway Road. Demolition of existing structures. Erection of two dwellings, with gardens including boundaries, and parking areas.
This application appears on the Vale’s website but plans have not yet been received. The response to this application will be made via email as the due date will be before the next PC meeting.
|E de Ridder (salary and expenses)||£894.05|
|D Hollick (salary and expenses)||£532.72|
|BT Payment Services Ltd (direct debit)||£23.98|
|White Horse Horticulture||£280.00|
|Biffa Waste Services Ltd||£71.04|
|Post Office Ltd (for PAYE & NI)||£520.92|
All payments were approved.
The next meeting will be held on 11th November in the Vale Room.
Meeting closed 21h16
Blewbury Parish Council
Notes for Parish Councillors on Wednesday, 14th Octoberber 2015
from Cllr Janet Shelley & Cllr Reg Waite
Local Plan 2031:
The Vale’s Local Plan has been given the go ahead to move to the next stage of the examination process.
The Vale received a letter from the Planning Inspector yesterday confirming that following the Stage One hearings, which took place in September, the examination process can now move to Stage Two hearings.
Arrangements for Stage Two hearings will be published by the Planning Inspector in due course and will be made available on the council’s website.
The Inspector’s letter reads as follows –
12th October 2015
I would like to thank all those who took part in the recent Stage 1 hearing sessions for their constructive contributions to the debates.
In the light of all that I have now read and heard, and bearing in mind the potential for me to recommend main modifications to the plan (including in connection with matters discussed at the Stage 1 hearings), I consider that it is appropriate to move to Stage 2 of the Examination.
However, this is not a guarantee that the plan as a whole, or any particular part of it, will be found sound. Given this, and bearing in mind that many of the issues already discussed are inextricably linked with those which will be considered as part of Stage 2, it is not appropriate for me to set out further details of my initial views at this stage.
Arrangements will now be made for the Stage 2 hearing sessions to be held as soon as practicable, dates and Matters/Questions for these sessions will be published in due course.
Speculative Development Planning Applications:
P15/V1944/O – Outline planning permission for up to 40 dwellings on land off
Woodway Road, Blewbury
Received: 14th August 2015
Registered: 17th August 2015
Consultation: 17th August to 16th September 2015
Target decision date: 16th November 2015.
Reminders for New Recycling Services:
Green bin collection weeks:
We can place tired or damaged textiles or clothes that aren’t good enough for charity alongside our green bins for recycling. Please place items in suitable bags/sacks.
Please also continue to place any domestic used batteries in clear plastic bags and place on top of the green bins.
Grey bin collection weeks:
We can place small electrical items including electrical toys alongside our grey bins for recycling. Again please place items in suitable bags/containers.
Brown Garden waste bins:
During week commencing Monday, 19th October, all garden waste bin holders may place out one extra bins’ worth of garden waste in sacks or re-usable bags (but not trade bags) – just make sure they’re open so the crew can see what is in them.
Ladycroft Park, Blewbury:
We will discuss.
Go Active goes Gold in Rural Areas thanks to £227,000 funding boost:
The Vale and South Oxfordshire District Council have been awarded £227,000 to help older people in rural areas to become more active.
This award has come from Sport England and Go Active will target different villages each year to encourage people to do 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week. Sessions start in January.
Members of the local community are encouraged to volunteer to help spread the message about what’s on offer and set up and deliver some sessions.
Taster sessions in in the above will initially be held in Kingston Bagpuize, Steventon, Woodcote, Watlington, Chalgrove, Sutton Courtenay and Shiplake so look out for more detail.
Further sessions for elsewhere in southern Oxfordshire will be announced in the coming months.
Annex B – Lengthman’s report
All footpaths are generally in good order except for encroaching hedge growth from residents properties. A notice has been included in the Paris Council Report in the Bulletin.
Good condition with grass regrowth improving after the weed treatment in June.
I have pruned a considerable amount off the trees as they were restricting the pathways.
TFF, Car Park & TFF Playspace
TFF main field in good condition
Car park continues to be a bit of a litter problem especially on weekends.
Trees in centre of car park have been pruned.
The play area has had a considerable amount of work done this last two months with construction of a ‘giant picnic table’ , a new spring braking system for the zip wire instead of tyres and several items of swingwear being replaced for safety reasons. All units are now fully operational and in good condition.
Village Hall KAP Area
All in good condition
Tractor and topper mower- no issues
Ferris Mower- this has an engine problem and is currently at Mark Shayler’s workshop for repair (29.8.15)
Orec Mower – The gearbox has gone completely and a quote for replacement and repair is in excess of £800. The mower is now awaiting disposal.
Planning report for Parish Council – October 2015
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:
P15/V1507/FUL – 1 Downside – Change of use of existing outbuilding to a one-bedroom dwelling. BPC objects. In November 2014 BPC objected to a previous application P14/V1806 Change of use from study/home office to self-contained annexe on the grounds of change of use in principle, but also on the grounds that there is inadequate space for parking, that this site is already over-developed, and questions remain over the provision of main drainage and rights of access. These objections still apply. P14/V1806 was withdrawn before determination on 5 Dec 2014. It is astonishing that the design and access statement for P15/V1507/FUL states that ‘This application proposes the change of use of an existing ancillary residential outbuilding to a separate dwelling unit, capable of being occupied independently of the main house, 1 Downside.‘ as the property in question is not an ancillary residential outbuilding but still a study/home office annexe. It is also surprising that the plans show an existing kitchen when the consent for such has not been given.
P15/V2004/HH – Bridus Cottage, South Street. Erection of new single storey 2-bay coach house. Demolition of existing buildings. BPC has no objection.
P15/V2093/FUL – Winterbrook Farm – Erection of a general purpose agricultural storage building. BPC has no objection.
P15/V2085/FUL – Palmers – Detailed plans for proposed new dwelling. BPC has no objection.
P15/V2171/HH – Pilgrim’s Rest, Pilgrim’s Way – Erection of single storey side and rear extensions, rear dormer window, change front dormer roof from flat to mono-pitched and removal of existing chimney breast and replace with a metal flue. BPC has no objection.
Decisions from the District Council:
P15/V1731/HH – The White House, London Road – Recladding of White House Studio Building. GRANTED.
P15/V1215/FUL and P15/V1216/LB – Land opposite Borlase, South Street.
Conversion, extension & renovation of existing barn and loggia to form a new dwelling. GRANTED.
P15/V1480/O – Upperton, Pilgrim’s Way. New dwelling. GRANTED.
P15/V2005/HH – Clevedon, Church Lane – Erection of carport. GRANTED.
P15/V2004/HH – Bridus Cottage, South Street. Erection of new single storey 2-bay coach house. Demolition of existing buildings. GRANTED.
P15/V1883/FUL – Blewbury Village Hall – Extensions and alterations. GRANTED.
P15/V1507/FUL – 1 Downside – Change of use of existing outbuilding to a one-bedroom dwelling. REFUSED.
P15/V2093/FUL – Winterbrook Farm – Erection of a general purpose agricultural storage building. GRANTED.
Enquiries regarding planning in the parish may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Response from OCC re dead trees on Footpath 24
From: McEwan-James, Arthur – E&E <Arthur.McEwanemail@example.com>
Date: 6 October 2015 at 14:26
Subject: RE: Robinson Close
To: Blewbury Parish Council Clerk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Having heard back from the Land Registry regarding the ash tree alongside the garages I have written to the owner of the land on which the tree sits and asked for action to be taken.
I walked the footpath today and noted that there are a number of dead trees, mostly elm. None of these appear to be at risk of falling or restricting use of the footpath and are therefore of a low priority.
Whilst on site I did see that there is a fair amount of vegetation (mostly tree branches) growing over from the gardens of adjacent properties. Would the Parish be able to put a piece into its magazine / newsletter reminding residents of their obligation to remove anything which is encroaching out over the footpath?
It would be nice to see any vegetation removed this autumn / winter which would make it easier for our team to pay a visit to remove anything with is dead or dying from the footpath itself.
Acting Field Officer (South West)
Countryside Access Team
Oxfordshire County Council