Monthly Meeting

Monday 1 November, 2004, 8.00pm – at Tiddington Village Hall





Present:           Mr J Nowell-Smith (Chairman and District Councillor), Mr R Boughton, Mrs J Willis and Mrs A Purse (County Councillor)


1.                   Apologies

Mr A Stratton and Mr W Tremayne.


2.                   Approval of previously circulated minutes

Previously circulated minutes were approved and signed.


3.                   Matters arising from previous minutes

a.                   OCC Highway matters – Clerk reported that the street light was now in place on the A418 near the bus stop and the illumination given was good.

The Chairman reported that the repair of the A329 so far was disappointing as more problems had been encountered and there were insufficient funds to complete the work for a lasting repair. It is still expected to reopen the road before the end of December. 

b.                   Affordable housing – nothing further to report. The planning application for Centre Caravans is awaited. Chairman reported that Great Milton were hoping to have affordable housing at Milton Common but were experiencing difficulties with planning as Milton Common is not considered an area for sustainable development. Mrs Purse later said that she was unhappy with OCC’s policy on the releasing of land for affordable housing.

c.                   Pelican crossing – the census of adult and child pedestrians crossing the A418 gave two extra points for pedestrian flow. It was agreed to write again to OCC to remind them that the Council is concerned to get a crossing as soon as possible and to give them the results of our census. Mrs Purse later indicated that she would be pursuing the matter with Mike Collins, the new contact in charge, and highlighting the fact that the Parish Council had responded generously to the 30mph speed limit project when other councils had not.

d.                   Play Area RoSPA inspection report – nothing further to report.

e.                   Christmas tree – OCC had agreed to the siting of the tree as long as it was stable and would not fall on to the highway and that low voltage lights were installed. Ray Manning was willing to donate a tree from his stock and Mr Field would be contacted to arrange for the digging of the hole.


4.                   Planning matters

a.                   P04/W0983/O  Between 46-50 Ickford Road, Tiddington – erection of one dwelling.

Decision: SODC refused.


5.                   Correspondence

a.                  ORCC AGM and Conference on Rural Isolation, 24 November, Exeter Hall, Kidlington. No one able to attend.

b.                  SODC will be doing a recycling participation survey for four weeks from 1 November. It has been reported that the contractors are again throwing the green boxes down, often causing damage. Clerk to report this to SODC.


6.                   Financial matters

a.                  Councillor’s expenses of £8.75 to R Boughton for travel to a SODC training session proposed by Mr Nowell-Smith, seconded by Mrs Willis.

b.                  Christmas tree expenditure for low voltage lights estimated to be no more than £150.00 proposed by Mrs Willis, seconded by Mr Boughton. It was agreed that the light bulbs should be white only and the tree to be in place from about 10 December until 6 January.

c.                  Victim Support Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire donation of £35.00 proposed by Mrs Willis, seconded by Mr Boughton.

d.                  OPFA membership renewal of £25.00 proposed by Mrs Willis, seconded by Mr Boughton.

e.                  Payment of £70.50 to Robinsons Garden Care for mowing the churchyard in September proposed by Mrs Willis, seconded by Mr Boughton

f.                    Payment of £11.98 to Z M Knight for administration expenses proposed by Mrs Willis, seconded by Mr Boughton.

g.                  Payment of £10.00 for petty cash proposed by Mrs Willis, seconded by Mr Boughton.

h.                  A letter had been received from the bank indicating that the annual charge for security storage of papers kept by the Council would rise from £5.00 to £15.00 on 18 November. Clerk reported that the bank had never charged in her eight years as Clerk and she would investigate the matter. Mr Nowell-Smith offered to store the sealed parcel in his safe if this was permitted.


7.                   Open discussion

a.                   Mr Nowell-Smith reported that there had been further problems with anti-social behaviour from the children. Clerk confirmed that she had received two reports from residents 1. irresponsibly cycling or running out towards the path of cars driving up Albury View (witnessed also by the Clerk) and 2. local teenager being set upon when returning home from the recreation ground.  

b.                   Clerk asked whether she might arrange for a coloured cover for the Christmas edition of the Newsletter. A green cover was agreed.

c.                   Mrs Purse asked whether the diversion signs in place at the moment because of the closure of the A329 were deterring the turning lorries. If that was the case, something similar might be the answer when the A329 is reopened.

Mrs Purse expressed concern about the South East Regional plans for housing. Oxford City is keen to have many more houses in order to become a suitable size for a unitary authority. The County Council is resisting any attempt to build more houses other than by natural growth. A consequence could be the radical alteration of boundaries.


8.                   Date of next meeting

Monday, 6 December 2004 at 8.00pm.


There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.50pm.