Councillors present: Mr C Lakeland (Chair), Mrs J Gibson, Mr M Shayler (MS), Mrs L Inglis (LI), Ms M Jacobs (MJ), Mrs C Cameron (CC), Mr D Lomas (DL). Also present: Mrs Elaine de Ridder (clerk), David Hollick (Lengthman), 2 members of the public.
|Actions arising from the meeting||Target date|
|1. Lengthman to cut back vegetation at the Recreation Ground and clear debris from next to the Cleve||Before Bonfire night.|
|2. Clerk/Bruce Gibson to respond to Vale ASAP re referendum documentation||As soon as possible|
|3. Clerk to contact CBG re the Clubhouse||As soon as possible|
|4. CL to draft a response an initial response to Thames Water and the Vale. MB and Alan Cooper to help draft a full response to Thames Water. JG to draft something for the Bulletin re flooding evidence and reporting.||
As soon as possible
|5. JG to follow up with Waste Team about new bin. Clerk to order new bin.||By next meeting|
|6. JG to put a note in the Bulletin about dog waste in recycling bins||Bulletin deadline|
|7. Clerk to check and send off DMMO forms|
|8. Clerk to circulate the paperwork re the Pilgrims Way DMMO||By next meeting|
|9. Clerk to find out when Community Infrastructure Levies (CIL) start and how to apply||By next meeting|
|10. JG to contact AM-J and TOE2 re Savages footpath. Clerk to contact Kevin Barlow for a specified quote||By next meeting|
|11. Clerk to contact the transport rep re the bus timetable for UTC children||By next meeting|
|12. Clerk to respond to David Bellchamber re Bessels Lea||As soon as possible|
|13. MJ to follow up on emails between Stewart Lilly and the Police re speeding on the A417. MJ to investigate more traffic calming options||By next meeting|
|14. Clerk to send lengthman a copy of the county grass cutting scheme/map||By next meeting|
|15. Clerk and CL to review the accessibility of the publication scheme and FOI||By next meeting|
Concerns were expressed about the preservation of the bats mentioned in the survey of the Chapel application.
P16/V2290/FUL Blewbury Methodist Church, Chapel Lane. Full planning application for the change of use from place of worship (class D1) to one bedroom residential dwelling (class C3), including demolition and rebuilding of rear extension. The provision of a single parking space and associated works.
Although CL had no pecuniary interest in this application, he had historical links with the chapel and therefore did not take part in the final discussion or decision regarding the response.
Blewbury PC has no objections to this application.
P16/V2490/HH Farthings, Bessels Way. Proposed ground floor rear extension. Proposed first floor rear extension.
Blewbury PC has no objections to this application
Planning Appeal Consultation – P16/V0778/DA – BLE. 1 Downside, Westbrook Street.
This appeal is now subject to a public enquiry. The PC deemed it not necessary to send in more information as they were consulted during the planning phase and the response would be on record.
|E de Ridder (salary and expenses)||£988.69|
|D Hollick (salary and expenses)||£558.06|
|NEST (pension contribution)||£61.66|
|BT Payment Services Ltd||£25.44|
|Biffa Waste Services Ltd||£71.04|
|White Horse Horticulture||£340.00|
|Blewbury Hall Executive Management Committee||£300.00|
|Post Office Ltd (PAYE & NI)||£563.99|
All payments were approved.
It was mentioned that the Bridus Way notice of closure has been extended until the conclusion of the work to the Chailey Gardens development.
A quote for resurfacing the Savages footpath was received for £8600. TOE2 grants will be investigated. Action: Clerk to find out when Community Infrastructure Levies (CIL) start and how to apply. JG to contact AM-J and TOE2 re Savages footpath. Clerk to contact Kevin Barlow for a specified quote.
Concern was expressed that the current school bus service from Blewbury does not arrive on time for children attending UTC. Action: Clerk to contact the transport rep re the bus timetable for UTC children
Speeding and damage to cars on A417 was mentioned again. Action: MJ to follow up on emails between Stewart Lilly and the Police re speeding on the A417. MJ to investigate more traffic calming options.
Items too late for the agenda:
It was mentioned that it is intended to arrange another informal meeting with Beeswax.
Meeting closed 21h32
Annex A – County Councillor’s report
REPORT TO PARISH COUNCILS OCTOBER 2016
FROM CLLR STEWART LILLY
GENERAL OCC REPORT
The report commissioned by OCC from Grant Thornton suggested a single unitary council but with some decision making devolved to different parts of the county based on the current boundaries of the five district and city councils. A recent meeting of OCC’s Performance Scrutiny Committee saw County Councillors from across All Political Parties interested in exploring this option further – and the OCC Cabinet has now agreed to do that. The key features are:
This model is still a single unitary, but builds on existing strengths and familiar geography. At this stage it is just an option that OCC is keen to explore further while acknowledging that there needs to be detailed and realistic negotiation in the weeks ahead with Districts & City.
GRANT SCHEME LAUNCHED FOR OPEN-ACCESS CHILDREN’S SERVICES
A £1m start-up fund has been launched by OCC to help community groups develop and deliver open-access children’s services. Local solutions for open-access provision – such as ‘stay-and-play’ – will complement a comprehensive new service for 0-19-year-olds across Oxfordshire. This ensures the most vulnerable children are protected and that families who need extra help are identified at an early stage. As part of OCC’s continuing investment in early intervention, and in addition to the £1m fund, new teams of ‘locality workers’ will advise and support community groups delivering open-access sessions – as well as other universal services such as schools, health and early years providers. Council-funded open access provision will continue to be offered at the new children and family centres, and other buildings as part of the new 0-19 service from next year.
CHANGES AT PROPERTY & FACILITIES
Since taking over the Property & Facilities portfolio in May, Cabinet member Lorraine Lindsay-Gale has been working with Bev Hindle, our Acting E&E Director, to bring about some fundamental changes to the way OCC works and manages property resources. A ‘placed based planning’ system will be introduced that involves Councillors right from the start, taking advantage of their local knowledge on potential development/income opportunities should Unitary proposals go forward..
HOUSING PLANS FOR OXFORD CITY REJECTED BY SODC
Plans to build thousands of homes to deal with Oxford City’s housing crisis were sadly rejected by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) when the Oxfordshire Growth Board, made up of all the council leaders, met in September to approve plans to deal with the city’s housing need identified in a 2014 report. The Oxfordshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) said neighbouring councils needed to provide 14,850 houses to help Oxford cope with its increasing demand. Oxford would look to build another 550 houses, while Cherwell would contribute 4,400, Vale of White Horse 2,200, West Oxfordshire 2,750, and South Oxfordshire would build 4,950. However, SODC’s leader left the meeting. Therefore, a majority decision was agreed.
STEVENTON RAILWAY BRIDGE
Many of you will recall that over recent years this important bridge has been a major engineering problem at the centre of Network Rails (NR) electrification plans. NR has now met with the local Parish Council, myself and OCC officers. Ed Vaizey is also taking a close interest. As the bridge is actually a listed building, built in 1837; it obviously was built for use by the then horses and carts that traversed it, not the 40 ton large commercial vehicles, etc. that currently are able to use it.
Cllr Stewart Lilly
In good condition all round.
Barriers removed at the end of FP 24 as requested.
No issues except a few more graves need turfing this autumn.
TFF, & Car Park
Car Park- awaiting grant.
TFF- No issues
KAP- no issues
TFF- Still needs some remedial work to earthworks on several pieces of equipment.
Skate Park- This has had a thorough clean and been re-painted with wood preserver as recommended by Rob our expert.
Usual problems with rubbish and lack of maintenance generally. Also the Cricket Club seem to leave all their mowers and other equipment all over the place instead of using the storage shed provided.
All ok at present but will need some maintenance during the winter months. Servicing etc.
Planning report for Parish Council – October 2016
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:
P16/V2290/FUL Methodist Church, Chapel Lane
Change of use from place of worship (class D1) to one bedroom residential dwelling (class C3), including demolition and rebuilding of rear extension. Provision of a single parking space and associated works.
Parish Council has no objections
P16/V2490/HH Farthings, Bessels Way
Proposed ground floor rear extension. Proposed first floor rear extension.
Parish Council has no objections
Decisions from the District Council:
P16/V2099/FUL and P16/V2100/LB Ashbrook House, Westbrook Street (Amended 30/08/16) Construction of a reception and storage building to serve existing serviced let apartments. Relocation of 2no parking spaces
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