Monthly Meeting

Monday 7 June, 2004, 9.00pm – 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 and Mrs A Purse (County Councillor).


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 reply had been received from Brian Fell to our letter regarding lorries turning in the village. It is planned to erect yet another sign at the roundabout so that left-hand drive vehicles can see it. Mr Tremayne reported that he had witnessed a vehicle doing a U-turn at the Waterstock turning and then proceeding back to the M40 southbound. Mr Tremayne to email these details to Brian Fell.

Mrs Purse is to arrange a site meeting with Peter Ronald regarding Sandy Lane traffic calming for Monday, 28 June at 10.30 outside The Fox. Mr Nowell-Smith to attend.

Mention was made of the heavy lorries using Ickford Road and Mrs Purse to enquire whether there is a weight restriction on the Ickford Bridges.

b.                   Street light on A418 – a response had been received from OCC. Because of the spiralling costs of underground cable installation, it was suggested that a wooden pole be erected, the light be fixed to it and an overhead cable from the pole by Ash Lodge be connected direct to this pole. The cost to the Parish Council would be £432.13 + VAT. It was agreed to proceed.

c.                   Skip hire – Mr Stratton had contacted Grundons but they would be unable to supply a skip lorry as there were no spare ones available. A large skip left on site for six hours would be prohibitively expensive.

d.                   Overgrown hedge, Milton Common - Mrs Purse had not yet received a reply from OCC. Mr Field reported that he had received the plans for the site and would study them and report back.


4.                   Planning matters

P04/W0536  14 Brookside Close, Tiddington – erection of one dwelling on land adjacent to 14 Brookside Close (approved under planning permission P04/W0039) plus the incorporation of the existing extension of 14 Brookside Close.

Decision: no strong views but reiterated previous comments about parking problems.


5.                   Correspondence

a.                  SODC Affordable Housing supplementary planning guidance consultation – Mr Field and Mr Tremayne to study document and report back if comments are required.       

b.                  Community Police Officer of the Year Award – nominations invited.

c.                  A meeting for chairmen and vice-chairmen to discuss the role of chairmen and procedures at meetings has been arranged by OALC for 6 October at Didcot. No one to attend.

d.                  A provisional map of registered common land and open country had been received. There is nothing registered within the parish.


6.                   Financial matters

a.                  Parish Council contribution to Parochial Church Council. Mr Field suggested that the Parish Council pay for the mowing of the churchyard. It was agreed that Mike Robinson be asked to quote for the work.

b.                  Payment of £1450.15 to SODC for concessionary bus tokens proposed by Mr Field, seconded by Mrs Willis.

c.                  Payment of £45.00 to M A Wise for hedge trimming around the playing field proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mr Tremayne.

d.                  Payment of £282.00 to Robinson’s Garden Care for mowing playing field Mar/May proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mr Tremayne.

e.                  Payment of £24.00 to SLCC for Clerks’ Manual proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mr Tremayne.

f.                    Payment of £166.32 to Parchment (Oxford) Ltd proposed by Mr Stratton, seconded by Mr Boughton.

g.                  Clerk reported that the new notice board at Milton Common was now insured and there was no extra premium to pay this year.


7.                   Open discussion

a.                   Mr Field reported that the drain outside 23 Albury View had been patched but it appears that rubble had been left in the drain. Mr Field and Clerk to investigate further and report if necessary.

b.                   Mr Stratton asked whether it would be possible to erect a sign to say no bicycles in the play area. This was agreed.

Mr Stratton also asked whether it is feasible to have age limits for the different parts of the play area. Clerk to seek advice from OPFA.

c.                   Mr Nowell-Smith reported that he had received a letter from Miss Scott of 1 Sandy Lane Estate concerned about parking opposite her property. She had contacted OCC about planting shrubs and they had approved. She now sought Parish Council approval. Mr Nowell-Smith to reply, approving.


8.                   Date of next meeting

Monday, 5 July 2004 at 8.00pm. 


There being no further business the meeting closed at 10.50pm.