Monthly Meeting

Thursday 4 October, 2007, 8.00pm – at Tiddington Village Hall




Present:           Mr K Field, Mrs E Horne, Mrs Z Knight, Mrs J Stoker (Clerk), Mr D Turner (County Councillor) and 2 members of the public.


1.             Apologies

Apologies were received from Mr J Nowell-Smith (Chairman and District Councillor) and

Mrs J Willis.    Mrs Knight chaired the meeting.


2.             Declarations of Interest

There were no declarations of interest.


3.             Approval of previously circulated minutes

The minutes were approved and signed.     


4.             Matters arising from previous minutes

a.             OCC Highways matters.  Electronic 30mph sign – the raw data produced from the speed survey were received just prior to the meeting so there had not been time to fully analyse the data, however the data appears to show that at Milton Common over 40% of vehicles are travelling at speeds in excess of 35mph over a 24 hour period.  This does not appear to be the case on the A418 in Tiddington.  The Councillors wondered whether there was a specific time frame during the 24 hours that was used as part of the criteria to qualify for the sign, for example during peak travel times, as this may affect the statistics.  Mr Turner advised that he would ask Mr Ronald at Highways for clarification. The Clerk was asked to write to the police to ascertain the number of speeders caught.   M40 bridge closure – Mrs Horne reported that there is no likelihood that noise abatement work will be carried out during the planned work on the A329 bridge over the M40, but the M40 group will continue to press for action.  Mr Turner reported that the works are due to commence in April, and that all Parish Councils will be contacted for their views.  Road condition surveys will be carried out before and after the works on all side roads.  The Clerk advised that a request had been lodged with Highways for the hedging obscuring traffic signs along the A40 in Milton Common to be trimmed.

b.            Affordable housing – the letter from the Parish Council opposing the scheme has been sent and we await details from Marita Coles, OCHA, on how the development will proceed.


5.             Planning matters

a.            P07/W0958 Lantern Service Station: Demolition of service station and erection of four dwellings.  A letter had been received advising that this decision will go to the Planning Committee.  Mrs Horne will speak in support of the development on behalf of the Parish Council, and has collated supporting documentation. 

b.            P07/W0992 – Land facing Albury View: Erection of single dwelling.  Decision – approved.

c.            P07/W1003 – 50 London Road: Erect 2 storey side extension, new access and demolish integral garage.  Decision – approved subject to maintenance of off street parking.

d.            P07/W1061 – 13 Albury View: Garage conversion, kitchen extension & new dormer windows.  Decision – approved subject to maintenance of off street parking.

e.            P07/W1087 – Land to rear of Millstone, Old London Road – Erect new dwelling and garage.  Decision – approved.


6.             Correspondence

a.             ROSPA Report – the report on the children’s play area had been received and forwarded to Alan Stratton for attention.  It was noted that there are several aspects that need repair.

b.            OCC Casualty Report 2006 & Road Safety Plan 2007/08 – this will be circulated via the wallet.

c.             Neighbourhood policing – notice of forthcoming public meetings has been received along with a request to nominate a Councillor to act as champion for the parish on neighbourhood policing.  Mrs Horne agreed to represent the parish. 

d.            OCC Changes to Red Rose service 124 – Mrs Horne offered to circulate details on the Neighbourhood Watch round.

e.             Wheatley Park School – an invitation to attend the forthcoming prize giving has been received, however none were able to attend.


7.             Financial matters

a.             Precept & Financial Statement – the second part of the precept has been received.  The Clerk advised the Councillors of income and expenditure for the year to date and advised that the Council’s financial position remains secure.

b.            Payment of £299.63 to MediaLane International for village hall refurbishment was proposed by Mrs Horne and seconded by Mrs Knight.

c.             Payment of £81.08 to Playsafety Ltd for the play areas annual inspection was proposed by Mrs Knight and seconded by Mrs Horne.

d.            Payment of £25.00 to Mr M A Wise for hedge trimming was proposed by Mr Field and seconded by Mrs Horne.

e.             Payment of £254.52 to Parchments of Oxford for newsletter printing was proposed by Mrs Knight and seconded by Mrs Horne.

f.             Payment of £450.54 to Mr K G Field for village hall refurbishment was proposed by Mrs Knight and seconded by Mrs Horne.

g.            Payment of £676.72 to Mrs J Stoker for Clerks salary for April to September 2007 inclusive was proposed by Mrs Horne and seconded by Mr Field.



8.             Open discussion

a.             Mrs Horne showed pictures of the recent unsatisfactory road repairs along the Old London Road.  The Clerk is to forward these to Highways with a letter of complaint.  Mrs Horne also asked who was responsible for emptying the litter bin at Milton Common; this should be done as part of the weekly rubbish collection.

b.            The Clerk was asked to report a sunken drain on Albury View which is causing a traffic hazard. 

c.             The Clerk reported that replies had been received from most of the utility companies she had been asked to contact by Highways before dog waste bins could be erected.

d.            The Clerk advised that Pete Pridmore had been approached with regard to refurbishing bus shelters and the bench and was awaiting a reply.

e.             Mr Turner explained that there is a project to support young carers in the community and asked that we let him know if there is anyone in this situation in the village.  Mr Turner highlighted that the OCC website had been voted best for satisfaction over 73 others, and mentioned that the Oxfordshire Observatory was a directory containing reports and statistics which may be useful for councillors.

f.             Pedestrian crossing – Mr Turner asked the Councillors to consider how badly the village wanted the pedestrian crossing, and whether this would warrant a more radical approach involving the media.

g.            Mr Turner distributed the CABs Councillors Information Booklet, and a further copy will be put in the wallet.


9.         Date of next meeting

Monday 5 November 2007 at 8.00pm


There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.40pm.