Minutes of a meeting of Standlake Parish Council, held in the Standlake Youth Club, on 21st January 2014 at 7.00pm.
Mr. J. Rippin
1. APOLOGIES –apologies were received from Mr. R. Reddy.
2. PUBLIC ITEMS – There were no public items.
3. REPORT BY MR. JOHN HUNT, STANDLAKE BROADBAND GROUP
Mr. Hunt reiterated the position in Standlake after the OCC announcement on the rollout of ‘Superfast’ broadband; the result is that half of the village will benefit and half not. The group continue to champion the cause of fibre optic broadband to the whole village provided by Gigaclear who have installed in Appleton and will shortly connecting Stanton Harcourt and Northmoor. So far 45 Standlake residents have made orders with Gigaclear, who need around 179 to commit to installation and the company believe this is achievable with a start date possibly in the first half of this year. Gigaclear will be appointing a representative in the village to follow up residents who have expressed an interest and canvass others.
To promote the project the group is holding a ‘Broadband Bash’ in the village hall on 7th February where residents can ask questions and discuss the pros and cons; a free pig roast and beer will be available. Mr. Hunt asked for the PC’s support in disseminating information about the project but Mr. Naylor pointed out that the PC’s means of reaching the residents was limited to leaflet drops, which were difficult to arrange, and Mrs. Jane Dodds’ email list.
Mr. Hunt answered questions from the members but the information is all available on the group’s website at www.standlakebroadband.co.uk and individual members are very willing to answer questions personally. Mr. Hunt left after stressing how important the group felt this project was to Standlake.
4. COUNTY and DISTRICT COUNCILLORS REPORTS –
Mrs. Fenton had nothing to report from WODC
Mr. Mathew reported that the application to extend gravel digging at Gill Mill Ducklington. This will result in more than 5 million tons of gravel being extracted, most of which will be used in the south of the county and not locally. This is not acceptable and Mr. Mathew and others are ‘calling in’ this decision and putting it before the Secretary of State.
The cameras at Newbridge are not functioning and Mr. Mathew has stressed to OCC Trading Standards that action must be taken as more HGVs are crossing the bridge and ignoring the 18 tonne weight limit.
In February, Mr. Mathew and Mr. Hudspeth will be meeting with senior members of Thames Water to discuss the lack of investment in the infrastructure required to address the sewage flooding in Oxfordshire.
5. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – there were no declarations of interest.
13/1570/P/FP – grant of permission - erection of a front conservatory and installation of rear dormer window 28 Church End (River Walk) - noted
13/1597/P/S73 – grant of permission - non compliance with 11/0727/P/FP - Riversfield, Chapel Lane - noted
13/1485/P/FP - Refusal of permission – erection of two detatched dwellings 139 – 141 Abingdon Road - noted
13/1686/P/FP – grant of permission – extn to industrial unit -4a Standlake Business park Cotswold Dene – noted
Minutes of the Meeting held on 10th December 2013, copies of which had been previously circulated to all members, were agreed as a true record and signed by the chairman.
8. MATTERS ARISING
Flooding, Sewers, Winter, etc – As far as is known, no properties in Standlake were flooded in the recent wet weather though some experienced flooding in gardens. TW continue to carry out tankering operations and, again, as far as is known this has resulted in no reports of sewage inundation or back up.
Busses, Bus Stops – nothing further to report at this meeting.
Playground/Recreation Ground & Maintenance – at Mrs. Perry’s request the clerk contacted the Tennis Club chairman to arrange a joint operation for high pressure cleaning of the multi play area and the roundabout when the tennis courts are treated. Mr. Naylor will follow this up with the club and obtain the details promised by the club chairman
Traffic/Speeding – nothing further to report at this meeting.
Highway Maintenance – nothing further to report at this meeting.
Footpaths – nothing further to report at this meeting.
Roads, Newbridge – see OCC councillor’s report on Newbridge.
9. CORRESPONDENCE – a request for a donation has been received from Volunteer Link Up. It was agreed unanimously that a sum of Ł50 be sent; this will be actioned at the March meeting.
The following accounts were approved for payment:
C R Naylor - chairman's expenses 243.60
Cottsway Housing - w'way play annual ground rent 10.00
11. MEMBER’S REPORTS
There were no member’s reports.
12. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
A request has been received from Jane Bowley, Lower Windrush Valley Project, to give a talk to the council. It was agreed that Ms. Bowley be invited to the April meeting. The clerk reminded members that the next meeting will be on Tuesday 11th March. There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.45 pm.
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