Minutes of a meeting of Standlake Parish Council, held in the Standlake Youth Club, on 8th April 2014 at 7.00pm.


          Mr. C. Naylor                                 Chairman

          Mr. J. Rippin

          Mrs. B. Smith


          Mr. D. Bevan                                  Clerk


Cllr (OCC) Mr. C. Mathew, Cllr (WODC) Mr. Steve Good, Mr. Bob Hunt, Ms. Jane Bowley, Mrs. Helen Milne

1.          APOLOGIES – no apologies were received.

2.          PUBLIC ITEMS – Mr. Good wished to report that he had observed children exiting the recreation ground through the hedge on the Straight Mile to retrieve a ball. The ditch on this side is deep and earlier in the year was filled with water and would constitute a danger. Mr. Naylor said the council will investigate options to address this concern.

Mr. Good also reported that the owner of Manor Farm Antiques (junction of High St. and Abingdon Rd.), who normally lives abroad, was intending to put a hedge/fence around the grass area at the junction. This was noted.

3.          LOWER WINDRUSH VALLEY PROJECT (LWVP)– Ms. Bowley gave an outline of the aims and future direction of the project in particular the management of the Standlake Nature Reserve. Mrs. Smith noted that the Windrush Path in Standlake was very well used and both Ms. Bowley and Mr. Mathew agreed that making the path continuous between Witney and Newbridge by a connecting link from Cokethorpe to Standlake was being actively pursued. Mr. Naylor assured Ms. Bowley of the councils cooperation in any future plans. More information on the LWVP can be found at


Mr. Mathew reported that he had met with senior Thames Water officials regarding the sewage flooding problems in Northmoor and Standlake (as well as the other 244 affected villages in Oxfordshire) but regretted that there was no real progress in obtaining acknowledgement of the underlying problem and, therefore, long term preventative action. Mr. Good concurred and expressed his frustration at the situation, but was happy to report that WODC Environmental Health was dealing very quickly and effectively with reports of sewage in homes.

Mr. Good reported that uncertainty in aspects of planning policy, notably the alleged availability (or not) of a WODC 5 year land bank, raised concerns over the ability of WODC to retain control on planning in the district,


There were no declarations of interest.

6.          PLANNING

14/0116/P/FP – grant of permission -alterations and erection of first floor extension and front porch, Driftwinds, The Downs: - noted.

14/0372/P/FP – erection of single and two storey extension – 1 The Butts Standlake: no objection.

14/0405/P/FP – erection of boundary fence between existing wall and hedge – 29 Aston Rd B’hampton: - no objection.

14/0403/P/FP – erection of porch and first floor extension alterations to external render/cladding – 55 Rack End:- no objection.

14/0430/P/S73 - non-compliance with condition 2 of planning permission 12/1197/P/FP to allow full height render to replace part render and part facing brick – 4 The Butts:- no objection.

14/0458/P/FP – erection of detached dwelling and formation of new access (to allow changes including larger utility room, additional dormer windows, extension to covered area over patio and alterations to fenestration, garage door & chimney stack), Amberley House, 69 High Street:- no objection but comment regarding sewage and drainage.

7.          MINUTES

Minutes of the Meeting held on 11th March 2013, copies of which had been previously circulated to all members, were agreed as a true record and signed by the chairman. The clerk noted that he had incorrectly shown Mrs. J. Bayliss as present at the 21st January 2014 meeting; this was noted and Mr. Naylor duly initialled the correction.


Flooding, Sewers, Winter, etc – See County Councillor’s report. Mr. Cameron has replied to the Rack End resident’s concerns regarding surface water and has asked WODC to liaise with the residents with a view to assisting them.

Busses, Bus Stops It is reported that an official announcement on the result of the Bus Services Review will be made on 16th April..

Playground/Recreation Ground & Maintenance –high pressure cleaning of the multi play area and the roundabout has been completed. See Mr. Good’s remarks in Public Items.

Traffic/Speeding nothing further to report at this meeting.

Highway Maintenance nothing further to report at this meeting.

Footpaths Mr. Hunt produced a report he had made on the OCC Rights of Way Management Consultation. It was agreed that this would be put forward as the council’s response to the consultation.

Roads, Newbridge – no further progress in making OCC enforce the weight limit.

9.          CORRESPONDENCE – there was no significant written correspondence..

10.       ACCOUNTS

The following accounts were approved for payment using the new procedure approved at the March meeting:

OALC - subscription 2014/15


Absolute Solutions - mowing


Dualway Courts - pressure washing



As recorded last month the clerk has obtained two new quotations for insurance and both companies are offering better cover at a premium approximately half of the current insurer’s premium. Once the renewal quotation is received from our current insurers, the clerk will put the options to the council.


Following the changes agreed at the March meeting, the clerk also re drafted the Standing Orders to reflect the way that the council’s business is actually conducted. This was circulated among the councillors and approved with one amendment i.e. the normal meeting venue to be Standlake Youth Club vice Standlake Village Hall. The amended orders were signed by the chairman and the clerk.


 Mrs. Smith will draft and distribute a poster encouraging residents to become candidates in the forthcoming Parish elections.

Mr. Rippin met the new Neighbourhood PC at a recent meeting of the NAG. The police will be present at the Standlake Youth Club Car Wash to be held at the Village Hall on 18th May from 10 am to noon.


The clerk reminded members that the next meeting will be on 6th May. There being no further business, the meeting closed at 9.10 pm.





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