Minutes of a meeting of Standlake Parish Council, held in the Standlake Youth Club, on 3rd September 2019 at 7.30 pm.


          Mr. B. Parnham   Chairman

          Mr. J. Rippin       Vice Chairman

          Mrs. S. Adams

          Mrs. S Garrett

          Mr. S. Jones

          Mrs. A. Knipe

          Mr. D. Bevan   Clerk


Mr. C Mathew (OCC councillor), Mrs. H. Fenton (WODC councillor), Mr. J. Bond-Smith.

1.      APOLOGIES – Mr. S. Hoskin, Mr. S. Good (WODC councillor)

2.      ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICE – Mrs. Knipe signed her declaration and was formally welcome by Mr. Parnham

3.      DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – There were no declarations of interest.

4.      PUBLIC ITEMS – There were no public items.


Mrs. Fenton had nothing to report but understood that The Bell application was not on the Lowlands agenda for September. (see Planning)

Mr. Mathew reported that he had taken his concerns about the A40 congestion plans to the CEO of OCC and it appeared that notice was now being taken of the complaints that the proposals to spend £200m on this scheme would not solve the problem. This is now being discussed in cabinet as well. Mr. Mathew also said that the application by D&M Plant Hire Ltd for a crushing and recycling unit at Dix Pit would be opposed following concerns over routing agreements; Mr. Parnham said that Standlake has also made an objection particularly on the grounds of noise.

6.      PLANNING – Mrs. Garrett reported she had spoken on behalf of the council at the WODC Lowlands Planning Committee meeting on 12th October and restated the council’s objections to the application for 4 dwellings at Manor Bungalow, High St. The application was refused by the committee. She also had information, via e mail from the case officer at WODC, that the application for a care home at The Bell had now been withdrawn by the applicants. This was agreed as good news and Mr. Parnham thanked Mrs. Garret for the information and for representing the council at the planning committee meeting.

19/02014/FUL: Replace existing stable block with detached self-contained living accommodation: Yew Tree Barn 51 Abingdon Road Standlake: Mr James French. No objection.

19/02104/LBC: Installation of conservation roof light in rear roof: Florey’s Farm Brighthampton Witney: Mrs Nicola Hunt. No objection.

7.      MINUTES - Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday, 23rd July 2019, copies of which had been previously circulated to all members, were agreed as a true record and signed by the chairman. No objection.


Village Shop – nothing further to report at this meeting.

Roads/Traffic/Speeding – Mr. Jones is now in touch with the relevant officer at OCC and will be meeting him on 23rd September to survey the village for traffic calming possibilities giving due regard to acceptability and cost. Mr. Jones has put Mr. Matt Parker, who was active in Standlake’s Speedwatch scheme, in touch with the group in Charlbury who have had success with SID equipment and the cooperation of the police. Mr. Mathew said that the police were promoting an approved speed camera for use by Speedwatch groups. Mr. Bond-Smith offered his support in the obtaining of a camera/SID and said the incidence of excessive speed in areas such as Rack End was on the increase.

Recreation Ground/Playgrounds – The RoSPA/Playsafety annual inspection report for both areas was very satisfactory and only minor points noted.  Goal Posts: because of the wear on the grass at the goal mouths the clerk will instruct Mr. Pascoe to move the posts 90°and reseed the worn areas. It was decided that the chain link fence at Windrush Way play park should remain as is because of the likelihood of further vandal damage should it be replaced. It does not constitute a hazard of any kind and the adjacent hedge forms a natural boundary.

Car Park Sign – the sign has now been installed and Mr. Pascoe will commence weeding the car park..

Public Footpaths Hornsway – Mrs. Adams has reported the overgrowth of the path to the OCC portal. Bridge Rails - Mr. Parnham has been informed by OCC that they have discovered the name of the landowner and will be taking action.

Hedge by Youth Club - Mr. Rippin has spoken to Mr. Beccles (The Old Rectory) and the hedge has now been cut.

9.      CORRESPONDENCE – A thank you e mail has been received from Oxon Association for the Blind for the donation of £100. Complaint by a resident of Brightampton regarding overgrown grass obscuring visibility at the traffic island junction of Aston Rd./Abingdon Rd./Witney Rd. Mr. Mathew has passed this on to the revenant department at OCC.

10.   ACCOUNTS – the following accounts were approved for payment.

Ox Assn Blind – grant                                                                                                             100.00

St Giles church – grant for repairs                                                                                           50.00

Abs Sols – pgrnd hedge cut                                                                                                    150.00

Playsafetypgrnd inspections                                                                                               214.80

Abs Sols – mowing                                                                                                                  375.00

D C Bevan – UK2 web/domain hosting renewal                                                                        98.97

D C Bevan – clerk salary & expenses                                                                                    1221.60

HMRC – clerk PAYE                                                                                                                 292.40

Oxford Signs – car park sign                                                                                                     25.00

Abs Sols – mowing                                                                                                                  375.00

S’lake Village Hall – hire for shop meeting                                                                                22.00

11.   CAR PARKING - CHAPEL AT THE GREEN – Mrs. Adams received an observation by a resident that it appears the resident of The Chapel have marked out a parking area for one of their vehicles. The clerk has passed this on to Mr. Mathew and he confirms action will be taken by OCC.

12.   ANY OTHER BUSINESS – There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.20pm.



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