Monthly Meeting

Monday 5 April, 2004, 8.00pm – at Tiddington Village Hall





Present:           Mr J Nowell-Smith (Chairman and District Councillor), Mr K Field and Mr W Tremayne.


1.                   Apologies

Mr R Boughton, Mr A Stratton, Mrs J Willis and Mrs A Purse (County Councillor)


2.                   Approval of previously circulated minutes

Previously circulated minutes were approved and signed.


3.                   Matters arising from previous minutes

a.                   OCC Highway matters –  the trees in the Ickford Road and Albury View have been trimmed by the electricity company contractors.

b.                   Street light on A418 – response to request for a detailed estimate of cost still awaited.

c.                   Milton Common notice board – the query on the siting has been resolved and Mr Field to erect board shortly.

d.                   Oak tree, Ickford Road – Mr Nall from SODC advised some pruning and investigation of fungal growth at base of trunk. Clerk has written to SOHA.

e.                   Affordable housing – of the five sites considered, the Planning Department advised that the old Station Yard was the most suitable, if the houses could be sited clear of the railway line. It was agreed with Suzanne Willers that SOHA and OCHA would be approached and asked to attend a meeting with Councillors to discuss the project.

f.                     Telephone directories – BT had agreed, following many complaints, to provide an Oxford directory free of charge to residents in the Parish. Clerk had put the relevant phone number in the Newsletter.


4.                   Planning matters

a.                   P04/W0039  Land at 14 Brookside Close, Tiddington – erection of two bedroom house

Decision: SODC granted.


5.                   Correspondence

a.                  Oxfordshire Community Partnership Forum, Thursday 13 May, Kassam Stadium – no one to attend.      

b.                  Litter reduction campaign – litter picking packs consisting of a litter picker, high visibility vest, gloves and sacks, were available on loan from SODC. It was agreed to have a litter blitz on 17 and 18 April but only request sacks from SODC. Advertising notices will be placed round the village.

c.                  OCC Audit of Day and Community Services for Older People – no services in parish.

d.                  Little Milton Parish Council planning session with SODC on 19 April at 7.30pm in Little Milton (venue to be arranged). Clerk, Chairman and other available Councillors to attend.

e.                  SODC responsibility for Film Classification – a review is currently being undertaken.


6.                   Financial matters

a.                  Appointment of internal auditor – Mrs Papps has offered her services at a charge of £35.00 and it was proposed by Mr Field, seconded by Mr Tremayne, that Mrs Papps be invited to audit the accounts for 2003/04.

b.                  Clerk’s salary 2004/05 – it was proposed by Mr Field, seconded by Mr Tremayne, that the Clerk’s salary should be raised to the nationally agreed amount when details become available.

c.                  Payment of £20.00 to the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council for membership proposed by Mr Tremayne, seconded by Mr Field.

d.                  It was agreed not to join the Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils.

e.                  Payment of £166.32 to Parchment (Oxford) Ltd for printing of April/May Newsletter proposed by Mr Tremayne, seconded by Mr Field.

f.                    Payment of £434.13 to MediaLane International for CCTV and kitchen equipment for Village Hall proposed by Mr Tremayne, seconded by Mr Nowell-Smith.

g.                  Payment of £10.00 for petty cash proposed by Mr Tremayne, seconded by Mr Field.


7.                   Open discussion

a.                   Mr Field commented on the large amount of litter in the lay-bys approaching the motorway roundabouts, although elsewhere some litter collection had been done.

Mr Field also reported that residents had been complaining direct to Highways about repairs needed in Albury View, which had previously been rejected by OCC.

b.                   Mr Nowell-Smith commented on the road surface outside the Fox and Tiddington Garage being no better following inadequate patching by OCC contractors.


8.                   Date of next meeting

Monday, 10 May 2004 at 8.00pm.


There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.20pm.