Minutes of a meeting of Standlake Parish Council, held in the Standlake Youth Club, on 10th January 2012 at 7.00pm.


          Mr. C. Naylor                                 Chairman

          Mr. R. Reddy                                 Vice Chairman

          Mrs. J. Bayliss

          Mr. J. Rippin

          Mrs. J. Perry

          Mrs. B. Smith

          Mr. D. Bevan                                  Clerk


Cllr. (OCC) Mr. C. Mathew, Cllr. (WODC) Mrs. H. Fenton, Cllr (WODC) Mr. S. Good

1.          APOLOGIES - apologies were received from Mrs. J. Clements.

2.          PUBLIC ITEMS

No members of the public were present and the county and district councillors had no comments.

3.          PLANNING - See attached planning record

12/0001/P/FP Conversion of barn to dwelling, vehicular access – Fletchers Farm 133 Abingdon Rd:

Comment: the proposed new entrance will create yet another entrance onto the Abingdon Road and the council wish to see the original entrance used with a branch off the existing driveway. The materials used must be in keeping with the existing Fletcher’s Farm.

There was much comment regarding the new dwelling being constructed to the north of Fletcher’s Farm. It is considered that the use of red roof tiles is out of character with the area and contradicts the developer’ s own planning guidelines. This begs the question of the basis for the approval of the materials as required in the grant of planning permission. Furthermore, the thermal solar panel is overbearing and at odds with the architectural drawing considered by the council at the time of the application. The clerk will write to WODC planning expressing these concerns.

4.          MINUTES

Minutes of the meeting held on 13th December 2011, copies of which had been previously circulated to all members, were agreed as a true record and signed by the chairman.


Flooding, Winter & Emergency Planning – The Environment Agency (EA) have completed the cutting of weed in the river opposite Church Farm Close. The council discussed the future control of the weeds as EA will not carry out this work in the future, insisting that the work is the responsibility of the riparian landowners. In this case that means Mr. Back, as the owner of the field, and, according to EA, OCC Highways. Mr. Mathew suggested contacting Mr. Steve Howell at OCC in his capacity as head of transport; the clerk will do this.

A415, Newbridge – The clerk reported that he, and others, had recently observed a number of HGV’s crossing the bridge. Mr. Mathew has contacted OCC Trading Standards asking for the camera records to be examined for that date and will follow up.

Traffic/Speeding – Traffic enforcement has been noted on the Abingdon Road. Mr. Mathew is continuing to explore the provision of electronic speed warning signs (VAS) on The Downs.

Highway Maintenance – Nothing further to report at this meeting.

Footpaths – Nothing further to report at this meeting.

Playground/Recreation Ground & Maintenance – Nothing further to report at this meeting.

Windrush Way Play Area – Funding from OCC has been applied for and a decisions on applications to WREN and WODC are expected shortly.

Mrs. Smith has received a suggestion from Cottsway regarding the possibility of turning the whole car park into a ‘community garden’ of which the play park would be a part. This gives rise to the questions of who will be responsible for the conversion, maintenance, management of the area; also, the reaction of residents to an enlarged recreation area with the potential for noise and ball game nuisance may not be positive. It was decided that the present plans for the play park were affordable, sustainable and in proportion to the likely number of users; to go beyond that would jeopardise the principle and sustainability of the project.

6.          CORRESPONDENCE - See attached correspondence record.

7.          ACCOUNTS

The following accounts were approved for payment:

C R Naylor - chairman's expenses          188.35

8.          MEMBER’S REPORTS

Mr. Naylor and others reported that a mobile burger/pizza van had been seen operating in the village at night. In particular it has been noted parked in the bus stop lay-by on the Abingdon Road opposite Forge Cottage. Mr. Good said he had also been approached about this vehicle and his investigations at the WODC licensing department would indicate that there is no legal impediment (other than that of causing an obstruction) to trading.

It would appear that when new regulations on street trading were introduced some years ago, Standlake was asked if it wanted to designate areas in which this activity could take place. The clerk said he recalled that the consensus was that no designated area was required as the practice was not foreseen, but what was not realised at the time was, that by not doing so, the default position was that the whole village was left unprotected.  To date this activity has only been observed on one occasion and the matter will be revisited if necessary.


There being no further business, the meeting closed at 9.00 pm




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Grant of permission – building & vehicle storage Blenhiem Cars Lakeside Indust Park


Installation of solar panels – Cotswold Dene Lakeside Indust Park


Conversion of barn to dwelling, vehicular access – Fletchers Farm 133 Abingdon Rd