Monday 4 February 2008, 8.00pm – at Tiddington Village Hall
J Nowell-Smith (Chairman and District Councillor), Mr K Field, Mrs E Horne, Mrs
Z Knight, Mr B Price, Mrs J Stoker (Clerk), Mr D Turner (
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Declarations of Interest
No declarations of interest.
3. Approval of previously circulated minutes
The minutes were approved and signed.
4. Co-option of new Councillor
Mr Field proposed the co-option of Mr Brian Price and this was seconded by Mrs Willis. Co-option was approved and Mr Price was welcomed to the Council. Mr Price signed the declaration of acceptance.
5. Matters arising from previous minutes
OCC Highways matters. Pelican crossing – Mr Turner is not satisfied
with the response he has received from Mr Robertson regarding the misleading
information that has been supplied to the Parish Council so far. Mr Turner and Mr Nowell-Smith will arrange a
meeting with Boris Johnson to ask for his help in resolving these differences. Speeding on the A418 – the Clerk has received
some statistics from Road Policing at
b. SODC core strategy response – responses are to be with the Clerk by the end of the week, 8 February. Mrs Horne and Mrs Knight attended the recent meeting held to discuss the core strategy and reported that concerns were raised about affordable and new housing developments and the associated lack of infrastructure, and support for elderly residents.
6. Commemorative tree
It is understood that there was an article in the Oxford Mail about the cutting of trees in Tiddington because of tree matter blocking drains. The Clerk is to find a copy of the article. The Clerk read a letter received from Mr Timothy Shickle at OCC regarding the replacement of the tree with a 20ft specimen, plaque and fence as part of the 1000 years of Oxfordshire celebrations. The Clerk is to request that the wording also incorporates the fact that this replaces a tree that was planted to commemorate the silver jubilee of George V, a letter from OCC to be published in the newsletter, and that a representative of the village is consulted on the location of the new tree.
7. Planning matters
a. P07/W1497 – Station Yard, Tiddington – a two storey development of 11 affordable dwellings with associated ground works and access. Decision – refused. The Parish Council does not agree that use of the land as a rural exception site meets local need. The Clerk is to write to the Planning Office with the Councillors comments and request details of the 106 agreement.
b. P07/W1416 Oxford Belfry, Milton Common – Construction of new two storey staff accommodation building and storage to replace existing – amendment. Decision – approved.
c. P07/1344 – Highfield House, Tiddington – erection of double garage and two storey rear extension and utility room. SODC decision approved.
d. Sandy Lane Farmhouse – a query was received regarding the status of the veterinary surgery and the Clerk was asked to write to the planning enforcement officers at SODC.
a. Police visits – the Clerk is to check whether Milton Common is to be included in the forthcoming visits from community police officers.
b. Consultation – conduct of local authorities – papers were circulated for Councillors review.
c. Oxfordshire Public Transport Guide – this was received and circulated via the wallet. The letter also asked whether free papers were available in the village. The Clerk is to respond.
d. Play area and bus shelter tidying – a letter has been received from Mr G Morrish advising that he would no longer be able to help with the play area and bus shelter. Mrs Willis volunteered to take this on and the Clerk is to write to Mr Morrish to thank him for his help over the years.
9. Financial matters
a. Payment of £59 to SLCC for membership fees was proposed by Mrs Knight and seconded by Mr Field.
b. Payment of £8.81 to Mrs Willis for photocopying for the Core Strategy leaflet drop was proposed by Mrs Horne and seconded by Mrs Knight.
c. Payment of £241.68 to Parchments of Oxford for newsletter printing was proposed by Mr Field and seconded by Mrs Horne. It was noted that prices had increased slightly to 85p for a 24 page newsletter.
d. Payment of £183.30 to MediaLane International for BT line and broadband for village hall CCTV was proposed by Mrs Knight and seconded by Mrs Willis.
e. Payment of £105.75 to MediaLane International for website management was proposed by Mrs Willis and seconded by Mr Field.
f. The Clerk reported that new pay scales had been received and that SCP15 is now £8.041.
g. The Clerk reported that BDO Stoy Hayward have been appointed as external auditors.
10. Open discussion
a. Mr Nowell-Smith advised that there had been one applicant for the role of clerk, Mr Ken Poyser, who introduced himself to the Councillors. Mr Poyser was present at the meeting as an observer.
11. Date of next meeting
Monday 3 March 2008 at 8.00pm
There being no further business the meeting closed at 10.30pm.