Monthly Meeting

Monday 4 August, 2003, 8.00pm – at Tiddington Village Hall





Present:           Mr J Nowell-Smith (Chairman and District Councillor) Mr R Boughton, Mr K Field, Mr A Stratton, Mr W Tremayne and Mrs J Willis.


1.                   Apologies

Mrs A Purse


2.                   Approval of previously circulated minutes

Previously circulated minutes were approved and signed.


3.                   Matters arising from previous minutes

a.                   OCC Highway matters – in a letter from Mr Pritchard of Green’s Cottage, he declined to co-operate with the Council’s request for safer parking in Sandy Lane and complained about speeding traffic and lack of 30mph limit on whole length of the lane. A suitably worded reply was agreed, pointing out the Council’s efforts to gain traffic calming measures which have been promised for this financial year.

A reply from Brian Purcell-Smith notified that the drainage problem in Albury View had been remedied. This was confirmed by Mr Field. The Ickford Road problem is still being investigated.

A reply from Trevor Gwynne informed the Council that the watercourse adjacent to Brookside Close is to be inspected.

The pelican crossing has not been included in the programme of schemes for this financial year, but may be considered again for 2004/05. The higher cost of the preferred location made the scheme prohibitive. Agreed to write again later in the year to press for inclusion. 

b.                   Affordable housing survey – Clerk reported that a ballot box had been placed at Tiddington Garage and the survey included with the Newsletter. Suzanne Gibbins will report back with the results of the survey at the October meeting.

c.                   Parish Councillors’ subject responsibilities – Mr Boughton agreed to take on health and safety. It was agreed that drugs and crime had a more general remit for all Councillors.

d.                   SODC Community Waste Service – a reply from SODC to our letter did not satisfactorily answer our points made and it was agreed to write again asking that the views of the local parishes be taken into account when the service is reviewed in October.

e.                   Environment and recycling – Mrs Willis reported that Kate Aydin of the OCC Community Action Group would be willing to attend a meeting to explain the initiative set up for exchange of unwanted goods. It was agreed to invite her to the November meeting.


4.                   Planning matters

a.                  P03/W0576  Ferndale, Tiddington – double garage with study over.

Decision: approved.


5.                   Correspondence

a.                  Oxfordshire Structure Plan 2001-2016 – advance notice had been received that the deposit draft would be available for public comment from 26 September.     

b.                  SODC and Oxfordshire Structure Plan – letter from SODC has expressed concern at threats to the District’s boundaries and Green Belt and asked for parish support for their opposition when the plans are published.


6.                   Financial matters

a.                  Audit matters – Clerk reported that the certificate of internal audit had been received and the annual return would be sent to the external auditors on 15 August.   

b.                  Payment of £35.00 to P.P. Papps for internal audit proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mr Field. 

c.                  Payment of £136.08 to Parchment (Oxford) Ltd for Newsletter printing Aug/Sep proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mr Tremayne.

d.                  Payment of £35.00 to M.A. Wise for hedgecutting proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mr Field.

e.                  Payment of £141.00 to Robinson’s Garden Care for grasscutting proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mr Field.

f.                    Payment of £38.66 to K.G. Field for supply of bark for the play area proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mrs Willis. Mr Field declared an interest.

g.                  Payment of £52.00 to SODC for garden sacks proposed by Mr Tremayne, seconded by Mr Field.


7.                   Open discussion

a.                  Mr Stratton reported that the Village Hall will host three performances from the AllSorts scheme – Heart of England Jazz Band on 1 November, Band of Two in February and Instant Whip in March.

The Fete on 24 August will be followed by a pig roast in the evening.

Mr Stratton reported that the Hall floor had been redone and the ceiling painted. The walls will be painted soon.

Mr Stratton also reported a give way sign on the verge near The Forge. To be reported.

b.         Mr Boughton commented on the extra helicopter activity over the village, reportedly from Benson. A telephone number for reporting any problems was available and it was agreed to put it in the next Newsletter.

c.                  Mrs Willis asked whether it would be possible to have no overtaking signs on the A418 at  both ends of the village as overtaking was becoming a serious problem. To be investigated.

d.                  Mr Field reported that there had been a mobile speed check in Tiddington on Sunday.

Mr Field also reported that the road surface on the service road outside the Fox was getting progressively worse and needed to be remedied before the winter. Clerk to pursue.

e.                  Mr Tremayne reported that the new signs at Milton Common had not yet been checked.


8.                   Date of next meeting

Monday, 1 September 2003 at 8.00pm.


There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.35pm.