HOOK NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF HOOK NORTON PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE MEMORIAL HALL ON THURSDAY, 11 JULY 2013 at 7.30pm
Apologies for Absence – Councillor Casson
Councillor Kane had nothing to report.
Minutes of Previous Meeting held on 13 June 2013 and Matters Arising
It was proposed by Cllr Hicks and seconded by Cllr Watkins that the minutes of the previous meeting on 13 June 2013 be accepted as a true and accurate record and this was passed unanimously.
Cllr Kane reported that the seat on the zip-wire has been replaced.
The Clerk confirmed that she written to Mr McLaughlin about people continuing to drive down the un-adopted highway serving 11-14 The Shearings and Birch Lea, through the gate and into the recreation ground. Mr McLaughlin had thanked the Parish Council for its speedy response but asked if road signage could be erected declaring that the whole area approaching the gate is not for parking, dropping off or picking up. The Clerk had passed this request to County Councillor Reynolds with a view to Oxfordshire County Council Highways Department considering the matter.
Declarations of Interest – there were none.
Report of the Planning Co-Ordinator on Planning Applications Received
One TCA application to fell an ash tree had been received during the month and Cllrs had objected to this.
Five planning applications had been received and Cllrs had no objection to any of these.
Cherwell District Council had granted three applications:
Cllr Brotherston had received a complaint from a resident regarding Councillors not telling him that the Parish Council had objected to his planning/TCA application. It was unanimously agreed that it was not necessary for the Parish Council to do this since:
To Invite Members of the Public to Comment on Planning Applications – There were no comments from the members of the public attending.
Reports or Working Groups
Recreation – Cllr Kane reported:
Cemetery and Allotments – Cllr Hickshad nothing to report.
Environment – Cllr Hayward reported:
Hook Norton War Memorial Hall – Cllr Kane reported:
Neighbourhood Plan Sub-Committee – Cllr Hicks reported:
Councillors thanked members of the Steering Group for the admiral amount of work they have done so far.
Report on District Council Matters – In the absence of District Cllr Jelf, there was nothing to report.
Report on County Council Matters – County Cllr Reynolds explained that Oxfordshire County Council is being forced to make further cuts in 2014/15 and services will be affected. One such service is school transport. The matter is to be discussed by OCC on 15 July following an extended consultation with users.
Finance/Schedule of Receipts and Payments for Authorisation by the Council
The Clerk presented the schedules of receipts and payments and sought approval to pay the cheques itemised on the schedules totalling £5,039.91 for the Parish Council and £161.50 for the Memorial Hall. Cllr Hayward moved acceptance of the payments detailed, this was seconded by Cllr Millar and approved unanimously.
Following the resignation of Jonathan Leader, the Parish Clerk explained that new signatories to the Memorial Hall bank account were needed. It was unanimously agreed that Cllrs Hicks and Hayward be appointed. The Parish Clerk had obtained the necessary application forms and these were currently with Jonathan Leader, who has to sign the document to confirm that his signature can be deleted from the account.
Doug Marshall’s and Maggie White’s wages will be discussed as a ‘Confidential’ item at the September meeting.
Vacancies on Parish Council
Cherwell District Council has confirmed that the vacancy arising from the resignation of Jonathan Leader can be filled by co-option. The Clerk has advertised the post on the noticeboards and the Hook Norton website.
The vacant post resulting from the resignation of David Shepley-Cuthbert has been advertised. One application has been received and this will be considered at the September meeting.
Cllr Hayward reported that he recently met with Cherwell District Council and the Community Land Trust officers. Oxfordshire County Council Highways Department still have a problem with access on to The Bourne. There is an issue over which parts of the driveway are owned by Cherwell District Council and Sanctuary. Consideration is being given to building a single warden-controlled unit for the elderly on the site. The outcome of the Taylor Wimpey Appeal is needed before a full feasibility assessment of the site can be made.
The Bell Inn
Cherwell District Council had acknowledged the Parish Council’s ‘Community Right to Bid’ on these premises. They had served Notice on the owner(s). CDC stated that they would make a decision within eight weeks of 14 May when the Parish Council’s application was received (now overdue).
Appeal on the Proposed Bourne Lane Development
A decision will be made on, or before 23 September 2013.
Parking in Mobbs Lane
Cllr Kane has received a number of complaints about inconsiderate and dangerous parking on the corner of Mobbs Lane with Queen Street. Vision for motorists is often impaired, with vehicles having to back up to let other vehicles through. The Police have been advised and asked to assess the situation.
The Parish Clerk had forwarded all email correspondence to Councillors during the month.
To Invite Questions and Comments from Members of the Public – There were none.
The Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Thursday 12 September 2013 in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm
There being no further business Councillor Kane thanked everyone for attending and closed the public meeting at 8.55 pm.