Monthly Meeting

Monday 6 December, 2004, 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, Mrs J Willis, Mrs A Purse (County Councillor) and seven members of the public.


1.                   Apologies

No apologies.


2.                   Approval of previously circulated minutes

Previously circulated minutes were approved and signed.


3.                   Matters arising from previous minutes

a.                   OCC Highway matters – a letter of thanks for the street light had been received from Mrs Cheeseman of The Cottage.

b.                   Affordable housing – nothing further to report.

c.                   Pelican crossing – a letter from Mike Collins of OCC indicated that the crossing remains on the list for three years and that our census figures will be updated. Mr Boughton asked whether he might canvas the village asking if residents would be prepared to make a substantial contribution to the costs of the project. Mr Stratton suggested writing to OCC asking why Little Milton has two crossings and where we are on the list before canvassing.

d.                   Christmas tree – Chairman thanked Mr Stratton and Mr Field for their efforts in erecting the Christmas tree and it was agreed to write letters of thanks to Mr Pete Farrell, Mr Tot Boswell and Mr Richard Ilbery for their help and to Mr Brian Price for providing the electricity supply and Mr Ron Manning for donating the tree.

e.                   Storage of Council papers – Mr Nowell-Smith had agreed to store the papers in his safe and these were now in place.

f.                     Green Box collection – a letter of acknowledgement had been received from SODC and the contractors would be notified of our concerns. Residents from the south side of Thame Road reported that their green boxes were taken across the road to be emptied but not returned.


4.                   Planning matters

a.                   P04/W1212  Centre Caravans, Oxford Road, Tiddington – use of land for storage of caravans in conjunction with adjacent caravan depot, with amendments 1 & 2.

Decision: refused on grounds of Green Belt land, unneighbourliness, dangerous entrance on to A418. Voting was 5-1 in favour.

b.                   P04/W1317/O  Tudor Cottage, Tiddington – two detached houses.

Decision: no strong views but concerns from neighbours. Mrs Willis declared a personal and prejudicial interest.

c.                   P04/W1327  Meadow View, Tiddington – to replace existing leaking flat roof with pitched slate roof, increase in roof height to create studio above existing garage.

Decision: no strong views.


5.                   Correspondence

a.                  Resident’s suggestion for bus shelter – a letter from Mrs Cheeseman asked whether the bus shelter on the south side of the A418 could be replaced with a more open structure so that the approaching bus could be seen from inside and would be less prone to vandalism. It was agreed that the structure should remain but that the windows be reinstated with vandal proof polycarbonate material and other refurbishment be carried out. It was agreed to have a site meeting after Christmas to discuss options and place it on the January financial agenda.

b.                  Christmas Rubbish and Recycling arrangements – Clerk reported that householders would be receiving a clear plastic sack to take Christmas recycling material.

c.                  Town and Parish Council Forum – draft action plan. It was agreed that Mr Boughton would respond on behalf of the Council as he had attended the Forum in September.


6.                   Financial matters

a.                  Budget and Precept 2005/2006 – Clerk reported that finances were healthy with a likely reserve of about £10,000 at this financial year end. This would allow for the promised support to the Cricket Club and any contingencies. The doctor and hospital visits car service would appreciate a contribution of about £50.00 in the coming year and Mr Stratton reported that the Village Hall would like support for installing disabled toilets and other disability requirements of the new legislation. A precept of £9,000, a rise of £200 on the previous year was proposed by Mr Boughton, seconded by Mrs Willis

b.                  Oxfordshire Association for the Blind donation of £35.00 proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mrs Willis.

c.                  A donation to the Oxfordshire Woodland Project was declined.

d.                  Payment of £507.74 to Oxfordshire County Council for street light installation proposed by Mr Tremayne, seconded by Mr Stratton.

e.                  Payment of £228.97 to Parchment (Oxford) Ltd for Newsletter printing Dec/Jan proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mr Tremayne. The proposed coloured cover was omitted.

f.                    Payment of £610.04 to MediaLane International for Village Hall stage lighting proposed by Mr Tremayne, seconded by Mr Boughton.

g.                  Payment of £176.25 to MediaLane International for a contribution to the Christmas tree lights proposed by Mrs Willis, seconded by Mr Boughton.


7.                   Open discussion

a.                   Mr Stratton asked whether a permanent Christmas tree might be purchased and planted at a suitable time. It was agreed to investigate the possibility, including the need to get permission from the highway authority.  

Mr Stratton expressed his annoyance at all the advertising hoardings that were appearing by the roadside on vehicles. Mr Nowell-Smith said that SODC were pursuing the matter and were attempting to issue enforcement notices where appropriate.

Mr Stratton also said that lorries were still making U-turns in the village. Mrs Purse to pursue.

b.                   Mr Field said that the pruning of the oak tree in Ickford Road had been completed and a good job had been done.

Mr Field expressed concern about the footpath alongside Honeysuckle Cottage and the planning development. Mr Nowell-Smith would contact SODC to see whether there had been any breach of the plans as originally submitted but to anyway show concern about the overbearing nature of the finished building.

c.                   Mr Nowell-Smith reported that he had received complaints about obstructive parking on the slip road above Tiddington Garage.

d.                   Mrs Purse asked for the dates when the Council paid £3,000 towards the 30mph speed limit. Clerk to supply details.

e.                   Mrs Edwards asked whether a nominee could be found to become a trustee for the Lady Mary Bertie Trust as the matter was now urgent. Mrs Knight agreed to be nominated as the Parish Council representative.

f.                     Mrs Cheeseman suggested that a yellow backing to the 30mph signs at the entrance to the village might help to emphasise the speed limit.


8.                   Date of next meeting

Monday, 10 January 2005 at 8.00pm.


There being no further business the meeting closed at 10.55pm.