Minutes of a meeting of Standlake Parish Council, held in the Standlake Youth Club on 10th November 2015 at 7.00pm.
Mr. J. Rippin
Mrs. J. Clements
Mrs. B. Smith
Mr. J. Hunt
Mr. N. Owens
Mr. P. Willis
1. APOLOGIES –apologies were received from Mrs. Fenton.
2. PUBLIC ITEMS – Mr. Clements asked if there was any further news on the possible closure of the Dix pit waste/recycling centre – see county councillor’s report.
3. COUNTY and DISTRICT COUNCILLORS REPORTS
Mr. Mathew said that it looked likely that Dix pit centre would now remain open albeit with reduced opening times. The bus consultation was put to the OCC cabinet today and the decision was to implement Option 2 which will effectively mean withdrawal of subsidies from the services which were deemed at risk and the 18 service from Standlake to Oxford was one such. No doubt the bus companies will continue with some services they consider viable, possibly by change in working patterns. In any event, nothing further will happen until the OCC budget is decided in February.
4. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST -
There were no declarations of interest..
Mrs. Smith and Mr. Owens have made enquiries regarding Section 106 payment from Mr. Cade in respect of the development of the Fletcher’s Farm site. As part of the appeal documents Mr Cade drew up a legal document stating that £54,000 was to be paid for off-site affordable housing provision, but it would appear that WODC planning have no knowledge of whether this has been paid; assurance has been given that this will be followed up. However, Mr. Owens explained that none of this payment would come to Standlake, but rather go into a general affordable housing fund.
Minutes of the Meeting held on 15th October 2015, copies of which had been previously circulated to all members, were agreed as a true record and signed by the chairman.
7. MATTERS ARISING
Playground/Recreation Ground & Maintenance – Mr. Pascoe has inspected the football goals and agrees that the best way forward is to reset the posts to provide a pitch at 90° to the existing and filling in the deep worn areas with earth; it was agreed that this should be done. Mr. Hunt said that the wooden retaining edges of the landing area of the slide were rotten and needed replacing: the clerk will get Mr. Pascoe to look at this.
Busses, Bus Stops – Mrs. Smith has been informed that construction of the shelters will commence in December.
Assets of Community Value – Mr. Owens has completed the documentation and will pass it to the clerk for registration with WODC.
Roads, Newbridge – the meeting called by Northmoor, to have been held on 21st October, was cancelled following the withdrawal of the OCC representative; it is expected that another date will be put forward in the near future.
Village Communications – nothing further to report at this meeting.
Traffic/Speeding – nothing further to report at this meeting.
Footpaths – nothing further to report at this meeting..
Highway Maintenance - nothing further to report at this meeting.
Flooding/Sewers/Winter – nothing further to report at this meeting.
8. CORRESPONDENCE – there was no significant written correspondence and emails have been circulated to all members.
The following accounts were approved:
Absolute Solutions: grass cutting/litter pick Nov; willow pollarding 895.00
St. Giles church: churchyard upkeep 2nd half 600.00
Oxon Assn. for the Blind – donation 50.00
Standlake Village Hall: contib’n to waste bin hire 100.00
10. BUDGET 2016/17 – the clerk said that the only change since the October discussion was adjustment for actual payments made recently. Mr. Hunt suggested that a sum be added to allow the purchase of more equipment for the playground; it was agreed that £750 should be added. Even with this addition, it was agreed that the Precept will remain the same as the current year at £21,000 for the FY 2016/17.
11. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
It was agreed that the December meeting be held on the Tuesday15th, the 3rd Tuesday, due to the clerk’s absence earlier in the month; as usual, the Christmas meeting will deal with essential business only. There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.35pm.
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