HOOK NORTON PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF HOOK NORTON PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN THE MEMORIAL HALL ON THURSDAY, 10 OCTOBER 2013 at 7.30pm
Present: Councillors: Kane, Hicks, Hayward, Watkins, Cooke, Casson, Usher, Brotherston, Henderson, County Councillor Reynolds (departed 8.43pm), District Councillor Jelf (departed 8.50pm), Mrs Watts (Parish Clerk) and eight members of the public (5 departed during the meeting)
Apologies for Absence – Councillor Millar
Councillor Kane had nothing to report.
Minutes of Previous Meeting held on 12 September 2013 and Matters Arising
It was proposed by Cllr Hicks and seconded by Cllr Hayward that the minutes of the previous meeting on 12 September 2013 be accepted as a true and accurate record and this was passed unanimously.
High speed broadband is now in the village.
Pulham’s school coach will park near the doctor’s surgery in future with effect 14 October.
Salt bins have been ordered for the junction of Down End/High Street and for Osney Close.
Declarations of Interest – there were none
Vacancy for Parish Councillor – Co-option – The Clerk had placed an advertisement on the village noticeboards notifying villagers that there was a vacancy on the Parish Council following the resignation of Jonathan Leader. She had received one application from Nathan Matthews but he had withdrawn it before the meeting. She will re-advertise the vacancy.
Proposed Development at Railway Farm, Station Road Mr D Stanton, Mr G Mitchell (Framptons) and their architect presented provisional details of a revised planning application for this site. Councillors and members of the public were invited to put forward questions about the development and its effect on the area. Councillors and members of the public will be able to comment on the revised plans when they are submitted to Cherwell District Council.
Report of the Planning Co-Ordinator on Planning Applications Received
Three planning applications/TCAs were received during the month (Annex 1). There were no objections other than to the felling of an Ash tree at High Rock, Sibford Road, 13/00288/TCA.
Cherwell District Council had granted five applications and refused two (Annex 1).
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 Usher reported:
Environment – Cllr Hayward reported:
Hook Norton War Memorial Hall – Cllr Kane reported:
Neighbourhood Plan Sub-Committee – Cllr Hicks reported:
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 £6,957.49 for the Parish Council and £108.22 for the Memorial Hall. Cllr Hicks moved acceptance of the payments detailed, this was seconded by Cllr Watkins and approved unanimously.
Review of Cemetery Fees 2014
Cemetery Fees are reviewed annually. Cllr Usher reported that fees are currently in line with other parishes and it was unanimously agreed that fees need not be increased in 2014
Affordable Housing – Cllr Cooke reported:
He met with Fiona Brown from Cherwell District Council, Charlie Luxton from Hook Norton Low Carbon and Mark Longworth from Cherwell Community Land Trust on 9th October to discuss affordable housing for the village. As a result he proposed that the Parish Council continue to work with these groups to progress affordable housing that best meets the needs of the villagers, whatever the outcome of the Bourne Lane Appeal. This was seconded by Cllr Brotherston and carried unanimously.
Result of the Appeal of the Bourne Lane Development – District Cllr Jelf reported:
He had met with the Council’s Leader that afternoon. Cherwell District Council has engaged the services of a first class Queen’s Council with extensive knowledge of planning law to assist with the issues. His report is expected next week and it is envisaged that Cherwell District Council will be largely influenced by his legal opinion. At present there is no indication as to the outcome of his investigations.
Local Heritage Assets – Community Right to Bid
The Parish Clerk has submitted an application to Cherwell District Council in respect of The Village Shop. She has notified the owners. Other applications are to follow.
Report on District Council Matters – there was nothing to report.
Report on County Council Matters – County Cllr Reynolds said that Oxfordshire County Council is holding budget meetings this week.
The Parish Clerk had forwarded all email correspondence to Councillors during the month.
To Invite Questions and Comments from Members of the Public
Councillors had received a number of complaints about tractors and trailers using The Bourne and Bourne Lane up until 11.00 at night. The Clerk will write to Ray Gasson asking him to re-route his vehicles across the top of Hook Norton.
Cllr Brotherston had attended a meeting of the Heath Allotment Trust. The Trust had received a quotation of £159 for Public Liability cover. Cllr Kane proposed that the Parish Council pay this insurance premium. This was seconded by Cllr Usher and unanimously agreed.
There being no further business Councillor Kane thanked everyone for attending and closed the public meeting at 9.18 pm.