Cllrs D Lomas, M Blythe & County Cllr M Fox-Davies
Cllr M Penington re Methodist Chapel planning application. Otherwise none declared.
Provided ahead of the meeting & recorded at Appendix B below.
Provided ahead of the meeting & recorded at Appendix C below. Cllr Gascoigne highlighted the main points of the report.
MJ to send details of SSEN meeting to Cllr Gascoigne.
Cllr Gascoigne to send Climate Action Group details to CC for meeting on 15 October.
Not present. EC to follow up on email sent regarding BPCs immediate concerns.
Provided ahead of the meeting & recorded at Appendix A below.
In addition DH stated that the Ferris needed a new clutch at a cost of c£300. The council agreed unanimously for a new clutch to be purchased. DH confirmed this would be a genuine Ferris part as he suspected the old one was not genuine.
To receive representations from members of the public if present. None present.
8.1 Minutes of the BPC meeting 10.7.19
8.2 Minutes of the BPC meeting 14.8.19
The above minutes were approved by council & signed by the chair with no changes.
Confirm whether actions are cleared, carried forward or cancelled.
|No.||Actions arising from June meeting||Target Date|
Play area annual inspection. EC to chase invoice (email 21.8.19).
DH to chase invoice.
|3||Skate ramp – DH to confirm dates for repair work.||October|
|6||MS to investigate & see if there is a short-term solution to pot holes in Heather Way.||October|
Cllr MF-D to chase Belway rep re Chailey Gardens path.
JG also said she would speak to her previous contact at Belway.
|Cfwd MF-D, JG|
|9||Cllr MF-D to investigate reinstatement of road name signs at Bessels Way/Aston Tirrold turn||Cfwd|
|10||Cllr MF-D to send details of cycle path links to Clerk||Cfwd|
|11||Cllr MF-D to follow up on dead tree on Coffin Way development.||Cfwd|
|12||Cllr MF-D to follow up on wooden barrier gap on London Road||Cfwd|
CL reported that two grants were confirmed from Waste Recycle and Sports England. Awaiting results from the Lottery & other bids. CL also reported that tenders had been produced on Contracts Finder web site with a closing date of 14th October. The resulting contract is expected to run from January to June 2020.
10.1 To receive an update on the Clubhouse if available
Waste pipe problems continue. CL to write to CIC Trustees and encourage them to engage a contractor to solve the problem.
10.2 To receive an update on the recreation ground if available
The Tennis Club wishes to allow disabled people to play tennis matches. This will require changes to the car park to allow for disabled parking. CL to speak to the tennis club regarding their plan.
11.1 To receive the planning committee report
11.2 To approve responses to current applications
11.2.1 P19/V1951/HH Green Bushes, Westbrook Street.
Oak frame extension & associated minor works.
Deadline 5.9.19. BPC no objections.
As above. BPC no objections.
11.2.3 P19/S2476/HH Blewbury Mill
Proposed alterations & extension inc. restoration work.
Deadline 8.9.19. BPC no objections.
As above. BPC no objections.
As above. BPC no objections.
As above. BPC no objections.
11.2.7 P19/1736/HH Watts Barn, Watts Lane, Blewbury
Minor internal alterations & addition of two small roof-lights.
Deadline 20.9.19. BPC no objections.
As above. BPC no objections.
11.2.9 P19/V1421/FUL-BLE Blewbury Methodist Church Amendment
Deadline 13.9.19. BPC voted to object to this application on the same grounds as previous applications – non-compliance with Blewbury’s Neighbourhood Plan (P9) Natural Environment and (P14) Highways & Traffic Principles.
11.2.10 P19V2018/FUL Land off Hollow Way
Construction of new digestate storage lagoon, perimeter soil bund, hard surface turning pad security fencing.
Deadline 18.9.19. BPC no objections.
11.2.11 P19/V1589/FUL Greenlea, Bessels Lea, Blewbury
Variation of Condition 8 (Hedgerow)
Deadline 20.9.19. BPC voted to object to the removal of this condition.
12.1 To receive an update on CIL or S106 contributions and approve planned expenditure.
12.1.1 Skate park refurbishment
DH to contact the contractor to confirm dates.
12.1.2 TFF car park surface
The money had been received to enable this to be carried out. MS confirmed work to be carried out over 14/15 September. An invoice will subsequently be provided to the Clerk.
12.2 To receive an update on financial arrangements
12.2.1 Online banking – change of bank update
The correct paperwork had been received from Lloyds & required signatures from the signatories present. EC would then send the paperwork to Lloyds.
12.3 To approve payments to be made under ancillary powers and within budgeted amounts.
|PAYEE||Description / Power to spend||Amount|
|E Cooper / D Hollick||Clerk & Lengthman’s salary and expenses for April.||£1262.14|
|NEST||Clerk’s pension August||£69.43|
|HMRC||PAYE Clerk & Lengthman (to be paid Oct 2019)||£271.00|
|BT Payment Services||Clubhouse line rental DD August||£33.00|
|Biffa Waste Services Ltd||Waste services DD August||£75.79|
|Whitehorse Horticulture||One mow of churchyard, playclose & pound, spraying weeds on cemetery paths, playclose & Bessels Lea Road footpath.||£270.00|
|Major Receipts August 2019||Description||Amount|
|4.9.19||2nd half of precept||£30,630.50|
|30.8.19||S106 money for TFF car park resurface||£847.10|
|11.9.19||Continued professional services for the refurbishment design & preparation of tender documents.||
13.1 To receive an update on TFF Play Space
DH to speak to the inspection contractor to raise an invoice.
13.2 GDPR – to receive an update on GDPR
VH gave an update & confirmed compliance.
14.1 To receive a report on the recent Sustainable Blewbury meeting
Sustainable Blewbury, with support from the Parish council, have formed a committee on climate change impacts to inform & alert the village.
14.2 To receive an update on the OxCam Expressway – none available
14.3 To receive an update on the OGB
LI reported that a new group had been formed of which she was secretary – the Oxfordshire
Neighbourhood Plan Alliance (ONPA) – whose objectives are:-
15.1 Missing barrier on London Road – reported to FixMyStreet 24.4.19 (no response). Reported to
Highways 19.6.19 awaiting confirmation of action.
Noted that a new temporary barrier was installed in September.
15.2 To discuss footpath gravel laying for this year in the village.
The council agreed that the level of gravel on footpaths in the village was good. Only Watery Lane would need additional gravel this year, but the network would be monitored. MS agreed to obtain a small amount of gravel for this footpath.
15.3 To discuss the situation with village salt bins for this winter.
Carried forward to the October meeting.
16.1 To discuss the conditions of local roads and decide on any course of action
The council agreed to explore the possibility of a 20mph speed limit within the village once more information had been obtained. LI agreed to obtain the name of the person in Aston who achieved this in their village.
16.3 To receive an update on the Blewbury Speed Watch group
CL confirmed 11 volunteers to date. To speak to Cllr M F-D re purchase/sharing of equipment.
There was no recent meeting on which to report.
18.1 Items requesting a reply & consultations
To discuss a response to the Shrivenham PC email. After investigation, CL proposed no response from the PC was necessary as yet. He would await a response from the Vale. Council agreed with this decision.
18.2 Items for information that have been circulated
Wednesday 9th October 2019 7.30pm
The meeting finished at 9.40pm.
|No.||Actions arising from this meeting||Target Date|
|2.||MJ to send details of SSEN meeting to Cllr Gascoigne.||ASAP|
|3.||Cllr Gascoigne to send Climate Action Group details to CC for meeting on 15 October.||ASAP|
|4.||OCC Highways officer – EC to follow up on email sent regarding BPCs immediate concerns||October meeting|
|5.||DH to obtain new clutch for Ferris||Completed|
CL to write to CIC Trustees and encourage them to engage a contractor to solve waste pipe problem.
|7.||CL to speak to the tennis club regarding their plan for disabled parking, once the plan is received.||Ongoing|
|8.||DH to contact the contractor to confirm dates (skatepark)||Confirmed|
|9.||Lloyds Bank papers – Clerk to return to bank for action.||Completed|
|10.||DH to speak to the inspection contractor to raise an invoice||Completed|
|11.||Clerk to check budget for NP review||October meeting|
|12.||MS agreed to obtain a small amount of gravel for Watery Lane footpath.||October meeting|
|13.||LI agreed to obtain the name of the person in Aston who achieved a village speed reduction||October meeting|
|14.||CL to speak to Cllr M F-D re purchase/sharing of speed watch equipment||October meeting|
Lengthman’s Report – July August 2019
July and August have been a couple of dry months so grass cutting has been a bit less frequent.
All footpaths are in good condition with minimal hedge restrictions.
Tickers Folly Field and car park are good except for the car park surface which Mark S and myself are going to tackle weekend of 14th/15th September.
We will also be putting new posts around the skate park area where the old ones have rotted off.
The Recreation ground has been well used for cricket this year. The car park however has been used for “donuting” and has caused some damage to the hedging in front of the scout hut. The culprit has been identified by Dave Flynn and has been spoken.
A new water heater has been installed in the kitchen of the scout hut.
The cemetery is in good order.
REPORT TO BLEWBURY PARISH COUNCIL SEPTEMBER 2019
FROM CLLR MIKE FOX-DAVIES
Oxfordshire County Council starts planning to replace Kennington bridge
Oxfordshire County Council has announced that the A423 Kennington Bridge is to be replaced at an estimated cost of around £40m. The bridge and road will remain open for at least two years before construction work starts while design takes place.
Inspections for planned maintenance work to replace supporting bearings to extend the life of the bridge revealed that deterioration was quicker than expected and repairs are no longer a viable option.
More charging points to support electric vehicles
The electric car revolution is set to continue in Oxfordshire thanks to a successful county council bid for a slice of a £37m government fund. Oxfordshire is set to host to two major initiatives to provide more charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) Park and Charge will see up to 300 chargers installed in residential ‘charging hubs’ using car parks located in residential areas where properties don’t have their own off-street parking.
The second project, VPACH (Virgin Park and Charge), will use existing Virgin Media cabinets to reduce the cost of installing roadside EV chargers and minimise the amount of street clutter needed for power supply.
Work to start on Bicester’s new 600-pupil school
Work is set to begin on a brand new 600-pupil school for Bicester as Oxfordshire County Council continues to plan to meet demands for the school places in the county in coming years.
Since 2011 more than 6,000 new places have been created in Oxfordshire secondary schools, including Aureus School and UTC Oxfordshire, in Harwell Parish.
Further planned changes in the 2020s – including Whitelands and a new all-through school in Grove Airfield – will see the overall number of school places created since 2011 rise to around 8,000.
Around 88 per cent of children and their parents achieved their first choice of school in Oxfordshire in 2019 despite continued rising demand for places. The county is consistently ahead of national averages for first places being awarded.
Radical changes that improve the lives of families are set to be introduced in Oxfordshire
A pioneering approach that has radically changed the way children’s social care operates in Hertfordshire is set to be adopted by Oxfordshire County Council.
The “Family Safeguarding” model has seen the number of children on child protection plans by fall 55 per cent in 30 months in Hertfordshire. Social workers have been working in small integrated teams centred around individual families in need alongside experts providing specialist mental health, drugs and alcohol, and domestic abuse services.
By taking a “whole family approach” rather than focusing on just the child, families have been able to access the support they need from within that one team of experts. As a result, in Hertfordshire, there’s been a 39 per cent reduction in the number of days children spent in care, a 53 per cent drop in hospital admissions for adults in the families and a 66 per cent reduction in contact with the Police for domestic abuse. Four other children’s social care teams have also been adopting the new approach.
There has been 80 per cent rise in children in care in Oxfordshire from 2011 to 2019. There are now 780 children in care compared to 425. On current trends and without the changes we plan, children in care would rise to around 915 by 2023. This new approach will offer a way of beginning to reverse those trends.
Council seeks out more local foster carers
Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet has agreed a £1m investment in its in-house fostering service, which will increase the number of local carers and reduce the number of children who are placed with carers outside of Oxfordshire.
By enhancing the support given and amount paid to foster carers, the county council’s in-house service will become competitive with independent foster care agencies and other providers across the country.
Free school transport for disabled young people is retained
Young people with special education needs and disabilities will continue to be funded by Oxfordshire County Council, following a decision by Cabinet members on Tuesday, 16 July.
A cross-party group of councillors reviewed the service for students with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) aged 16 or older to find savings needed by the council in response to reduced government funding.
The council has worked with 14 SEND schools to identify the necessary £300,000 of savings for post-16 home to school transport; removing any current need to change existing SEND free transport arrangements. A separate fund has also been created to provide transport for children to go to after-school activities.
District Councillor Report Blewbury Parish Council Wednesday 11th September 2019
Blewbury Parish Council Wednesday 11th September 2019
Report from District Councillors Cllr Hayleigh Gascoigne and Cllr Sarah Medley
Hayleigh joins new Climate Emergency Advisory Committee
At the Full Council meeting on 17th July, Council voted to establish a brand-new Climate Emergency Advisory Committee. This politically balanced committee will consider the council’s environmental impact and look at how we can make sustainable choices to deliver the services we provide to our residents. Hayleigh used her maiden speech at Council to show her support, and to highlight the work of local groups such as Sustainable Blewbury and Sustainable Harwell. Hayleigh is now a member of the committee, with Sarah as a substitute. The first formal meeting is due to take place in October and will be open to the public. Letter to Transport Minister on opposition to the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway
On 17th July, Council voted to officially oppose the building of the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, due to the negative impact that it will have on the residents and the natural environment across the Vale, and the extra traffic it will bring to the already overstretched A34. Cllr Debby Hallett, Deputy Leader of the Vale, has written to Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport to express the council’s opposition to the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway. You can read a copy of the letter here.
Local Plan Part 2
Deputy Leader of the Vale, Cllr Debby Hallett, has written to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government to raise concerns about the process required to adopt the Local Plan. In the letter Cllr Hallett invited the minister to revisit the Inspector’s report, specifically looking at Oxford’s unmet housing assessment and allocated development in the Green Belt. You can read the letter to the Minister here.
Formal meetings to consider the adoption of LPP2 are set to take place on the following dates:
Out and About in Blewbury
Over the summer we have enjoyed being out and about in the village at various community events. In early July we had a lovely time at the Blewbury School Fete, and we were very impressed by their Green theme – the PTA chair informed us that only a single black bin bag was needed for the whole event! Later in July we attended the fantastic Saturday performance of The Crucible by The Blewbury Players – well done to the actors and everyone involved in making the show such a success. In August, Sarah was delighted to come along to Sustainable Blewbury’s first Apple Juicing session of the year, which we have been advertising widely as the perfect way to use up surplus apples!
A reminder that we now have a dedicated councillor Facebook Page: Cllrs Hayleigh Gascoigne & Sarah Medley. We are updating this regularly to share information with residents. To stay up to date with the latest news, please Like our Facebook page and Follow us on Twitter: @hayleighhelium and @SarahMedley91. District Councillor Report Blewbury Parish Council Wednesday 11th September 2019
Every household must confirm their details
Household Enquiry Forms (a.k.a. “yellow letters”) are being sent to every home in the district, and residents are required to confirm everyone over the age of 16 that lives in their property. As soon as you receive your yellow letter, visit householdresponse.com/southandvale to confirm your details or update your information (you will need the two-part code on the yellow letter to do this). For residents that don’t have access to the internet, you can confirm your details by post using the pre-paid envelope that comes with the letter. If all the details are correct, you can also confirm this by phone using the contact numbers on the letter.
Polling stations review
The councils are carrying out a review of the polling districts and polling places to help ensure that they meet the needs of voters. All views are welcome, and the council is especially keen to hear from disabled residents and those who have experience of assisting disabled people with access requirements. Comments are open until Friday 27 September. Have your say by visiting the Vale website http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/ or send a written response to Electoral Services, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB.
PopUp Business School in Shrivenham – 7th – 11th October
The PopUp Business School is coming to Shrivenham on 7-11 October. Would-be entrepreneurs from the Vale can attend the free five-day course taking place at the Viscountess Barrington’s Memorial Hall from 10am-3pm. The school gives positive and practical training on how to get a business idea off the ground through a series of hands-on workshops. Registration is now open via popupbusinessschool.co.uk/shrivenham.
Festival Grants now open
Funds are now available for community events or festivals taking place within the next 12 months. We’d especially like to see events that bring communities together and projects that aim to become self-funding in future years, or wish to provide residents with new opportunities that may not otherwise be possible without initial funding from us. For more information on this and all of our grants, please see whitehorsedc.gov.uk/grants. If you have any questions, please email them Community Enablement team or call them on 01235 422405.
Reading transport consultation
The Planning Policy team will be preparing a response from both district councils to Reading Borough Council’s consultation to help form their next Local Transport Plan 2036. If anyone regularly commutes to Reading and has any comments, please email the Vale team by Friday 6 September. The borough council wants to hear from as many people as possible on how they can help get people to their destination, to make transport in the town more affordable and accessible and to lead a carbon neutral future for Reading. All the details on the consultation and drop-in sessions are available via pclconsult.co.uk/transport2036 and its open until Friday 20 September.
Electric vehicle charging points consultation
The government has recently published a consultation on electric vehicle smart charging points and regulations. They are proposing that UK charge points have a smart charging function included – meaning that people can charge their car during off-peak periods when electricity demand is low. You can read the consultation and take part here. Comments can be submitted until 11.45pm on 7 October.
Consultation on proposals to support the deployment of 5G
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wants to know what people think of proposals to reform the planning system to support the network upgrades required to deploy 5G and extend network coverage for mobile phones, particularly in rural areas. Planning Policy officers are preparing responses to this consultation on behalf of both councils. You can find more details by visiting the MHCLG consultation page. If you have any comments please email them to the Vale Planning Policy team on firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 14 October.