Monthly Meeting

Monday 2nd July, 2007, 8.00pm – at Tiddington Village Hall




Present:           Mr R Boughton, Mr K Field, Mrs E Horne, Mrs Z Knight, Mrs J Stoker (Clerk),

Mr D Turner (County Councillor), Mrs J Willis, Miss M Coles, OCHA, Mr M Simpson, Architect,  Mr A Holloway, Interim Housing Manager, SODC and 20 members of the public.


1.                   Apologies

Apologies were received from Mr J Nowell-Smith (Chairman and District Councillor) and consequently the meeting was chaired by Mrs Z Knight.


2.                   Approval of previously circulated minutes

The minutes were approved and signed.     


3.                   Matters arising from previous minutes

a.                   OCC Highways matters.  Electronic 30mph sign – Mr Peter Ronald has advised that the policy is that Highways would carry out a speed survey first to ascertain the level of speeding, and that 40% of the vehicles are to exceed 35mph in a 30 limit before the PC would be allowed to purchase such a sign.  The locations of the surveys were agreed to be just after the gates at each of end of the village on the A418, and in Milton Common, on the A40 outside the salt depot at and just after the gates marking the village. The clerk is to advise Mr Ronald at Highways accordingly.

b.                   Locations of dog waste bins were agreed and marked on a map in order that the Clerk may notify Highways.


4.                   Affordable Housing

Mrs Knight welcomed representatives from OCHA and SODC to the meeting.  Miss Marita Coles briefly explained that she and Mr Simpson had brought an up to date birds-eye view of the proposed affordable housing development and the revisions of number and mix of properties arising out of the surveys and consultations that had been carried out in the last few years. Mr Adrian Holloway advised that past experience had shown that turnover in one bed properties was very high and that there was greater need for and sustainability in providing 2 bed properties to support growing families.  Mr Holloway also explained that there would be restrictive covenants attached to the allocations policy to ensure that the scheme was advantageous to local people, with those in need in this parish, or neighbouring parishes, or those who had some connection to the parishes taking priority in allocations.   The issue of contamination was discussed and a list of the contaminants highlighted by Miss Coles.  The cost of dealing with the contamination has had to be dealt with by OCHA and this has also resulted in the revised proposal.  The 2-bed shared ownership properties are being valued at £207,000 and the 3-bed at £235,000, which is less expensive than comparable properties in the area available on the open market.  Shared ownership would involve the purchase of a 40% share.  Comments from the audience indicated that this was too expensive for young families and was not affordable.  Mr Holloway explained that the affordable housing need could still be met from the rented properties which would incur lower monthly expense for residents.  Members of the public were then given the opportunity to look at the artist’s impression and broad layout of the development.  Mrs Knight thanked the speakers and advised that the Parish Councillors would consider the proposal further.


5.                   Planning matters

a.                  P07/W0347 – Highfield House, Sandy Lane, Tiddington: Erection of double garage, erection of two storey rear extension and utility room – amended plans – decision approved.

b.                  P07/W0381 - Tudor Cottage – application withdrawn

c.                  P07/W0451/LB – Well House, School Lane, Tiddington:  Re-roofing main roof and dormers – SODC decision – granted.

d.                  P07/W0505 – Glendale, Albury View, Tiddington: Demolish existing garage – erection of garage study/studio over (as amended) – SODC decision – granted.

e.                  P07/W0539 – Albury Farm, Draycot: 1 no. agricultural building – SODC decision – granted.

f.                    P07/W0616 – Land at Rycote Lane (former GPO repeater station): Demolition of GPO station, erection of 2 storey four bedroom house and 2 parking spaces - decision rejected – amenity considerations - overdevelopment, traffic safety - poor access to A329.

g.                  P07/W0659 – Lower Chilworth Farm, Milton Common:  Erection of general purpose farm store – SODC - formal application for planning permission is not required.

h.                  P07/W0661 – Albury Farm, Draycot: Extension to relocated agricultural building and erection of a livestock building – decision approved.


6.                   Correspondence

a.                  OCC Review of External Transport Posts – a letter had been received asking for views on OCC assisted funding of external transport posts.  This has been circulated via the wallet for comment.

b.                  An invitation to the AGM of the CAB in Thame had been received.  Mrs Knight and Mrs Willis will attend.


7.                   Financial matters

a.                   Risk assessment – it was agreed that Mrs Willis would check the items owned and insured by the Council for any defects and report back to the August meeting. 

b.                   Payment of £2,424.46 to C Russell for electrical work carried out at Tiddington Village Hall was proposed by Mr Boughton and seconded by Mrs Horne.

c.                   Payment of £7.80 to Mrs J Stoker for photocopying council notices of affordable housing  (Glynswood) was proposed by Mr Field and seconded by Mrs Willis.

d.                   Payment of £25.00 to Mrs J Stoker for purchase of garden vouchers for Mrs P Papps was proposed by Mrs Willis and seconded by Mrs Horne.


8.                   Open discussion

a.                   All councillors discussed the public debate held earlier in the evening.  It was agreed to apprise Mr Nowell-Smith of the views represented before taking matters further.

b.                   Pelican Crossing – Mr Turner and Mr Boughton have an appointment with Mr Boris Johnson on 27th July and will report back at the next meeting.

c.                   A blocked drain outside number 10 Ickford Road was reported.  The Clerk to contact Highways accordingly.

d.                   Mrs Willis noted that there was a ‘no cold calling’ scheme in place in Little Milton.  Mrs Horne advised that this is part of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme and that it operates in Milton Common.  Mrs Willis will discuss Tiddington Neighbourhood Watch with the current co-ordinator with a view to advertising for more support.

e.                   Mrs Horne alerted the Parish Council to a particularly unpleasant burglary that had taken place in Milton Common recently.

f.                     Mrs Knight reminded the Parish Council that the deadline for newsletter copy is 20th July.

g.                   Mr Turner gave apologies in advance of next month’s meeting.



9.                   Date of next meeting

Monday, 6th August 2007 at 8.00pm


There being no further business the meeting closed at 10.00pm.