Minutes of a meeting of Standlake Parish Council, held in the Standlake Youth Club, on 20th December 2016 at 7.00pm.
Mr. P. Willis Vice Chairman
Mrs. J. Clements
Mr. J Rippin
Mr. N. Owens
Mr. J. Hunt
Mr. C. Mathew, Mr. P. Clements
1. APOLOGIES – were received from Mrs. B. Smith.
2. PUBLIC ITEMS –no member of the public wished to speak.
COUNTY AND DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S REPORTS – Mr. Mathew said that Stanton Harcourt had been using the recently purchased hand held ‘speed gun’ and found it very satisfactory and more effective than the SID. In particular it registered the vehicle earlier and allowed time for the details to be recorded. Mr. Naylor said that Standlake would be looking at purchasing the equipment. Mr. Mathew commented on his frustration at lack of progress on the unitary authority proposals and said it was not clear where the negotiations were headed. Mr. Mathew wished the councillors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and Mr. Naylor replied thanking Mr. Mathew for his help during 2016 and looked forward to working with him again in 2017. Mr. Mathew left the meeting at 7.30pm.
3. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – Mr. Naylor, Mr. Hunt and Mr. Owens declared an interest as members of the Lower Windrush Tennis Club
16/03809/FUL: Conversion of former care home to seven dwellings with associated works: Chervil Cottage 29 Aston Road Brighthampton; no objection.
5. MINUTES - Minutes of the Meeting held on 8th November 2016, copies of which had been previously circulated to all members, were agreed as a true record and signed by the chairman.
6. MATTERS ARISING
Traffic/Speeding Community Speedwatch – Mr. Naylor said that 2 sessions using the SID equipment had been carried out and it was clear that the handheld ‘speed gun’ option, as described by Mr. Mathew, was a more satisfactory method. He also said that more volunteers were required and he would be addressing both points in the New Year.
Playground/Recreation Ground & Maintenance – all outstanding maintenance has been carried out and the graffiti has been removed from the games wall. The latter has cost the council £250, being the excess on the insurance claim.
Glebe Lake - Mr. P. Clements has put the concerned resident in touch with a user of the lake who may be able to answer the query.
Flooding/Sewers/Winter – nothing further to report
Footpaths – nothing further to report
Roads, Newbridge –. nothing further to report
Busses, Bus Stops –. nothing further to report
Highway Maintenance - nothing further to report.
7. CORRESPONDENCE – a letter has been received from the new Witney MP (Mr. R. Courts) in which he offers to meet with the Parish Council in the New Year: as a preference he suggests meeting informally in a pub. The consensus was that, in the first instance, Mr. Courts should be invited to attend a normal meeting and the clerk will reply accordingly.
DC Bevan – clerk salary and expenses £1213.05
HMRC – clerk PAYE £290.20
Volunteer Link Up – donation £50.00
Centurion Power Cleaning – graffiti removal £894.00
Absolute Solutions – repairs to Monkey frame £1167.00
Absolute Solutions – rec ground hedges; willows at Church End £535.00
9. LWTC CLUB HOUSE – Mr. Hunt, as chair of LWTC, asked the council to revisit its decision of February 2016 to only allow the club house to be constructed behind court no. 3 near or on the site of the old storage shed. Apart from construction problems, the history of serial vandalism, which led to the removal of the shed, gives rise to serious concerns for the security of a wooden structure. The proposed new club house is a smaller building and Mr. Hunt asked that a site on dead land adjacent to no 1 court and the children’s playground be considered. After some discussion, it was decided that Mr. Hunt would mark out the footprint of the building so that councillors may make an on-site assessment before further discussion.
Mr. Hunt also said that the was looking to have one of the courts permanently open for public, use as it was clear that the booking system for casual use was not effective. This was welcomed by the councillors and Mr. Hunt will report back on the implementation of this initiative.
10. ANY OTHER BUSINESS – Mr. Naylor thanked the councillors for their work during the year and wished them all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.20pm.
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