STANDLAKE PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of a meeting of Standlake Parish Council, held in the Standlake Youth Club, on 16th December 2014 at 7.00pm.

Present:

          Mr. C. Naylor                                 Chairman

          Mr. J. Rippin                                  Vice Chairman

          Mrs. J. Clements

          Mrs. B. Smith

          Mr. N. Owens

          Mr. P. Willis

          Mr. D. Bevan                                  Clerk

Mr. P Clements

1.          APOLOGIES - apologies were received from Mr. J. Hunt, Mr. C. Mathew, Mrs. H. Fenton, Mr. S. Good.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – Mr. Rippin declared an interest in the provision of fibre optic broadband to the Youth Club and withdrew during the deliberations on funding.

2.          PLANNING

14/01780/ADV  External signs: Enterprise House, Lakeside Industrial Park Cotswold Dene – no objection.

14/02089/HHD Erection pf rear conservatory: 4 Heyford Close – no objection.

14/02094/FUL Change of use to residential garden and use of building for storage and gym: Greenacres, Brighthampton – no objection.

 

3.          MINUTES

Minutes of the Meeting held on 11th November 2014, copies of which had been previously circulated to all members, were agreed as a true record and signed by the chairman.

4.          MATTERS ARISING

Broadband connection at the Youth Club – as discussed last month, Mr. Rippin is liaising with Mr. Mathew for the funds to provide the connection into the club building. The clerk pointed out that this left the matter of the monthly cost of the Gigaclear connection, £38 pm (or £456 pa) from January 2015. It was accepted that the club should look for sponsorship to cover this cost but the clerk suggested that, as one of the major users of the building and in the future the intention is to examine planning applications at meetings online rather than hard copy, the PC should be a major contributor to this cost. After discussion, it was unanimously agreed that the PC’s annual contribution of £150 pa for use of the building should be increased to £300 and this will be reflected in the budget for 2015/16.

Flooding, Sewers, Winter, etc. – the ditch clearing at the Recreation Ground has now been completed. Mr. Andrew Townsend has informed the clerk that the ditch clearing along Martin’s Lane and Heyford Lane is now complete.

Busses, Bus Stops – Nothing further to report at this meeting.

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

Traffic/Speeding – Mr. Rippin has spoken to the traffic enforcers and they informed him that they will continue to carry out enforcement along the Abingdon Road but cannot justify deploying resources to Rack End, The Downs and the High Street..

Highway Maintenance – Nothing further to report at this meeting.

Footpaths – Nothing further to report at this meeting.

Roads, Newbridge – The Northmoor PC chairman has arranged a meeting with OCC Trading Standards for next Monday (23rd December); Mr. Naylor will attend.

Noble Foods - Noncompliance with routing agreement – Nothing further to report at this meeting.

Local Plan – Nothing further to report at this meeting.

Village Communications – Nothing further to report at this meeting. 

WWI Commemoration Poppies – Nothing further to report at this meeting.

5.          CORRESPONDENCE – a welcome pack has been received from CPRE and Mr. Willis will examine and report back..

6.          ACCOUNTS

The following accounts were approved for payment::

DC Bevan – clerk salary and expenses    £1202.65

HMRC – clerk PAYE                                 £300.60

7.          PRECEPT 2015/16

The clerk explained the system of local tax base and central government grants to cover the Precept and stressed that, apart from the way the figures were shown for audit, this made no practical difference to the day to day finances. It was unanimously agreed that the 2015/16 Precept be set at £21,000, the same figure as 2014/15; the clerk noted that by a quirk of the funding arrangements this represented a Band D Council Tax saving of 0.71 % .

8.          THANKS TO GIGACLEAR FOR WORK IN HEYFORD CLOSE

Mrs. Smith wished to record thanks to Gigaclear’s contractors for returning to Heyford Close to replace tarmac with concrete on a footpath; this was the result of a request by residents, made through Mrs. Smith, to have the path reinstated with the original material. It was agreed that this be passed on to Gigaclear along with acknowledgement of the helpful and professional job done in laying the cable in village so far. Abingdon Road and Brighthampton will not be completed until sometime in January because of restrictions placed by OCC on work along the Abingdon Road in December.

9.          ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Mr. Naylor thanked everyone for their work throughout the year and wished the councillors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The next meeting will be on January 13th 2015 and, there being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.00 pm.

 

 

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