Minutes of a meeting of Standlake Parish Council, held in the Standlake Youth Club on 10th November 2015 at 7.00pm.


          Mr. C. Naylor                                 Chairman

          Mr. J. Rippin

          Mrs. J. Clements

          Mrs. B. Smith

          Mr. J. Hunt

          Mr. N. Owens

          Mr. P. Willis


          Mr. D. Bevan                                  Clerk


Cllr (OCC) Mr. Charles Mathew, Mr. P. Clements.

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.


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.


There were no declarations of interest..

5.          PLANNING

15/03586/FUL – Land east of 137 Abingdon Road Standlake – construction of detached dwelling: objections – building line, loss of open space, precedent, materials.

15/03756/HDD – 8 The Downs – single storey and 2 storey rear extensions: no objection.

15/03860/FUL – Glebe Farm Abingdon Road - Barn conversion to holiday let accommodation; no objection but require condition restricting occupancy to lets only and not permanent occupation.

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.

6.          MINUTES

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.


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.

9.          ACCOUNTS

The following accounts were approved:

For authorisation: 

Absolute Solutions: grass cutting/litter pick Nov; willow pollarding    895.00                  

For payment:

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.


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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