Minutes of a meeting of Standlake Parish Council, held in the Standlake Youth Club on 12th April 2016 at 7.00pm.


Mr. C. Naylor Chairman

Mrs. B. Smith

Mr. N.Owens (from 7:20pm)

Mr. P. Willis

Mr. D. Bevan Clerk

  1. APOLOGIES – apologies were received from: Mrs. J. Clements, Mr. J. Hunt

  2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST - there were no declarations of interest.

  3. PUBLIC ITEMS – there were no members of the public present.

  4. COUNTY and DISTRICT COUNCILLORS REPORTS – there were no County or District councillors present.


16/0081/FUL: erection of new agricultural barn etc. land east of lay by on A415 – no objection

16/00783/OUT: outline for 2 house with access off Shifford Lane; 138 Abingdon Rd. – objection; back building; precedent; access on narrow lane shared with Mulberry Bush School; sewers.


Minutes of the Meeting held on 8th March 2016, copies of which had been previously circulated to all members, were agreed as a true record and signed by the chairman.


Busses, Bus Stops – Mrs. Smith was unable to attend a meeting at Stanton Harcourt called to gather support for saving a modified No. 18 service. However, on behalf of Standlake she has sent an email supporting the move.

Playground/Recreation Ground & Maintenance – the Windy Way Play Area hedge has now been cut. It was agreed to accept the quote of £580 + VAT from Colourcourt Ltd for cleaning the MGA surface.

Village Communications – as distributed by email, Mr. G. Pascoe will replace the damaged board by the post box for the sum of £260. It was agreed that this should go ahead as it was clear that a publicly accessed board was necessary; the clerk will tell Mr. Pascoe to go ahead.

H.M. Queen Birthday – Mr. Owens reported that the ODCC will be holding a function and lighting the beacon.

Village Hall Car Park – It was agreed that this was in a very poor state and the VH committee are aware of the PC’s position but it is their call as to what happens next..

Flooding/Sewers/Winter – Mrs. Smith attended a meeting with Thames Water at WODC. Despite being pressed by WOD councillors, TW offered nothing new by way of action but will carry out ‘further studies’.

Roads, Newbridge – Mrs. Swann (Heyford Close) has contacted Mr. Naylor after her complaints to OCC Highways and Stagecoach of damage to kerbs and verges caused by Stagecoach busses avoiding parked vehicles in the Close have not produced results. The clerk has again approached Highways and a response is awaited. It is not clear as to whom the verges belong and Mr. Owens will look at Land Registry records to try and establish this. With regard to the parking, there are no parking restrictions in Heyford Close and it would be a matter for the police to decide if an obstruction is being caused; the PC having no powers in this matter.

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.

  1. CORRESPONDENCE – no significant written correspondence; all emails distributed to councillors.


For approval/payment:

OALC – subs 16/17 260.05

OPFA – subs 16/17 40.00

OALC – subs 16/17 70.00

Absolute Solutions – mowing, litter, Wway hedge 420.00

  1. FY 2016/17 ACCOUNTS ANNUAL RETURN – the clerk presented the Annual Return (previously distributed by email) for the council’s approval of the Accounting Statement and Certificate of Governance. This was approve unanimously and the accounts will now be passed to the internal auditor.

  2. 2016 APM DATES – it was agreed that the date of the Annual Parish Meeting be held following the normal meeting on June 14th with the APM advertised as starting at 8.00pm; it was also agreed that the normal monthly business be restricted to Planning, Correspondence and Accounts.

  3. LETTER TO D. CAMERON MP RE CUTS TO SUBSIDISED SERVICES – it was agreed that Mrs. Smith draft a letter for circulation to all councillors expressing the PC’s disquiet at the nature and depth of the OCC reductions in subsidised services.


Mr. Willis informed the meeting that Mr. Trevor Gears has assumed the chair of the Poors Allotments committee vice Mr. Bob Perry (retiring). There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.15pm.

...................................................................................... Chairman .................................................................... Date

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