Monthly Meeting

Monday 10 January, 2005, 8.00pm at Tiddington Village Hall





Present: Mr J Nowell-Smith (Chairman and District Councillor), Mr R Boughton, Mr K Field, Mr A Stratton and one member of the public.


Before the start of the meeting, Mr Nowell-Smith announced with great regret the death of Councillor William Tremayne earlier in the day. All present expressed their deep sympathy to his family and their appreciation of his hard work as Councillor during the past six years.

1.                   Apologies

Mrs J Willis, 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 Mrs Purse will be having a meeting with Peter Ronald of OCC on Thursday to discuss turning lorries, the pelican crossing and yellow backing to the 30mph signs on the A418. Mrs Purse to be asked to also mention cleaning of the name signs at the entrances to the village.

b.                   Affordable housing Clerk had reported the planning application refusal for Centre Caravans on the Station Yard to Suzanne Willers and she has subsequently had a meeting with the planning officer and been in touch with Sally Kelsall and Barry Shephard. OCHA is to prepare outline plans for four units and separately for seven units as part of a submission to OCC.

c.                   Pelican crossing a reply to the letter to Mike Collins of OCC is still awaited.

d.                   Christmas tree following the success of the donated tree and virtually no vandalism encountered, it was agreed that OCC be asked for permission to plant a permanent tree at the same position, subject to underground utilities, and to surround it with suitable permanent fencing.

e.                   Green Box collection a letter of comment about the Thame Road problem to be sent to SODC.


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: SODC refused.

b.                   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: SODC granted.

c.                   P04/W1414 Sandy Lane Farmhouse, Sandy Lane, Tiddington erection of new barn style building for established veterinary practice with practice nurse accommodation. New Klargester biodisc system. Formation of access and car parking.

As there had been insufficient time to consult with local residents it was decided to defer a decision until the February meeting.

d.                   P04/W1418/LB Draycot Cottage, Draycot, Tiddington repairing of existing wall and reuse ruined wall stone. Construction of a new wall. Erection of fence/gate.

Decision: approved.


5.                   Correspondence

a.                  PEL Annual Licence renewal, Tiddington Village Hall approved. Mr Stratton declared a personal interest.

b.                  SODC Landscape Conservation Grant of free trees it was agreed not to take up the offer.

c.                  SODC will be holding a second conference on Partnerships and Funding on 8 February at the Council Offices, Crowmarsh.

d.                  A letter had been received from a resident of Ickford Road complaining about a large bonfire on the allotment opposite, which burnt for 48 hours from 30 December. It was agreed to speak to the allotment holder concerned about minimising the nuisance in the future.


6.                   Financial matters

a.                  Hospital and doctor visits transport scheme Thelma Blake explained the service which receives financial contributions from Great Milton, Little Milton and Great Haseley Parish Councils. During the past year a volunteer from Tiddington, Fleur Hughes, has provided a service to residents unable to arrange their own transport to doctor and hospital appointments. Thelma Blake asked whether the Council could provide a contribution. A sum of 30.00 payable in this financial year proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mr Field. It was agreed to review a further payment in the year 2005/06.

b.                  Bus shelter refurbishment Mr Field reported that he would get advice on suitable materials for a window and frame on the east side and Clerk agreed to investigate the possibility of anti-graffiti paint for the inside of the shelter. The ivy will be cleared and the roof repaired. Details of costs will be reported to the February meeting.

c.                  Society of Local Council Clerks membership renewal of 64.00 proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mr Field.

d.                  East Oxon Education Business Partnership donation declined.

e.                  Payment of 164.50 to Robinsons Garden Care for maintenance of playing field and play area October/November proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mr Field.

f.                    Payment of 65.00 to SODC for garden sacks proposed by Mr Field, seconded by Mr Boughton.

g.                  Payment of 10.00 for petty cash proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mr Boughton.


7.                   Open discussion

a.                   Mr Stratton announced that the Heart of England Jazz Band would be making a return to the Village Hall on 5 February at 8.00pm. The performance of the Snow Queen in December had been well supported.

b.                   Mr Field reported that the tree outside the Old Forge was in need of trimming and that the trees opposite the Village Hall were overcrowded. Clerk to consult with OCC.

c.                   Mr Nowell-Smith said he would be in touch with Mrs Tremayne regarding arrangements for the funeral of Mr Tremayne and would pass the information on. He would also write an appreciation for the forthcoming Newsletter. The practical matters of appointing a new Councillor would be arranged later.


8.                   Date of next meeting

Monday, 7 February 2005 at 8.00pm.

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