Minutes of a meeting of Standlake Parish Council, held in the Standlake Youth Club, on 19th February 2019 at 7.30pm.


          Mr. C. Naylor      Chairman

          Mr. J. Rippin       Vice-Chairman

          Mrs. S. Adams

          Mrs. S Garrett

          Mr. B. Parnham

          Mr. S Hoskin

          Mr. S. Jones

          Mr. D. Bevan   Clerk


Mr. C. Mathew (OCC councillor), Mrs. L. Watson and 2 other members of the public.

1.      APOLOGIES – Mr. S. Good.

2.      DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – Mrs. S. Adams declared a pecuniary interest in planning application 19/00398/HHD.

3.      PUBLIC ITEMS – Mrs. Watson gave an update on the plan to acquire the Post Office and Stores as a Community Shop – see Matters Arising.

4.      COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S REPORTS – Mr. Mathew reported that the problem of extending the advisory parking restriction lines at the junction of the High St./Abingdon Rd. has not been solved. OCC will do no more unless the parish requests a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for double yellow lines be made at the parish’s cost – approximately £2600 for the legal work plus the cost of signage and lining. The grant of a TRO is not automatic and, following statutory consultation, if there were objections by residents then it may be rejected. The clerk said he felt it was quite wrong that a parish should have to pay for what is, in this case, a safety measure and anyway there was no funding available for this in the 2019/20 budget. No decision was made and Mr. Naylor suggested that this be deferred until the council considered the budget for 2020/21 in November; this was agreed.

Mr. Mathew also reported that he had attended a meeting of the Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) at Eynsham and was very disappointed in the attitude of the police to local concerns. In short, the police maintained that communities should be policing themselves and the police would not take action on petty crime up to and including robbery unless there was obvious evidence.

There is still some money in his OCC councillor’s discretionary fund for this FY and Mr. Mathew confirmed that his fund for the FY 19/20 has been confirmed at £15,000.

5.      PLANNING

19/00083/OUT: Outline planning application (all matters reserved except for access) for the construction of 3 dwellings: Land North West Of Witney Road Brighthampton Oxfordshire: Smith And Sons (Bletchingdon) Ltd.  Objection: no requirement for housing of this type; extending the village by using agricultural land for development; sewage capacity; access onto A 415 close to junction with Aston Road.

19/00090/OUT Remove existing engineering workshop and erection of two dwellings: 61 High Street Standlake Witney: Mr and Mr Keith and Martin Johnson. No objection.

19/00197/HH: Erection of single storey rear extension. Lovett House 135 Abingdon Road Standlake; Mr & Mrs Lawte. No objection.

19/00183/HHD Replacement of garden shed with new garden cabin: The Morlyn 14 Rack End Standlake Mr Neil House. No objection.

Application for New Premises Licence:  W/19/00115/PRMA 6th February 2019: Lincoln Farm Park Partnership Lincoln Farm Park High Street Standlake Witney Oxfordshire OX29 7TJ under the Licensing Act 2003. No objection.

19/00398/HHD: Erection of rear single storey extension: 1 Lincoln Close Standlake Witney: Mrs Susan Adams. No objection.

6.      MINUTES - Minutes of the Meeting held on 15th January 2019, copies of which had been previously circulated to all members, were agreed as a true record and signed by the chairman.


Village Shop – Mrs. Watson gave an update on the progress so far. There has been a surprising level of support and £200k has been promised as a result of the public meeting alone. A company, Standlake Village Shop Co Ltd, has been set up through which the shop premises will hopefully be purchased and funding obtained; this is a problem at the moment because of the approaching end of the current financial year. A second body, likely to be a Community Benefit Society, will be set up to operate the Community Shop itself. Mrs. Garrett asked if there would be a further public meeting: Mrs. Watson said that none was planned but it was likely that one could be held once more details are available. Mr. Naylor thanked Mrs. Watson for taking the time to update the council.

Roads/Traffic/Speeding – Junction High St./Abingdon Rd -  see OCC councillor’s report at item 4.

School Lights – installation is still expected by the end of February.

Traffic Calming Survey – still awaiting response from OCC; Mr. Mathew is following up.

Recreation Ground – Neither of the two contractors the clerk contacted have produced an estimate; one has replied that he doesn’t want the work and there has been no reply from the other. Mr. Mathew said that any financial support from his fund was dependent on obtaining more than one estimate. Mr. Naylor said he would make enquiries regarding other possible contractors

Footpaths – The Green footpath has been cleared and cut back. The Butts has been cut back..

8.      CORRESPONDENCE – request from Volunteer Link Up for donation – agreed £50..

9.      ACCOUNTS – the following accounts were approved for payment.

C R Naylor – chairman’s expenses                                                                                            45.10

Abs Sols – part payment ditch/hedge clearance                                                                     480.00

Abs Sols – The Green path clearance/Butts cutting                                                               160.00


10.   ANY OTHER BUSINESS – The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 12th March at 7.30pm. There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.35pm.



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