During December 2017, there was no meeting of Adderbury Parish Council, however there was a meeting of the Finance Working Group, which recommended a draft budget and precept figure to the Parish Council at its meeting held on 16 January 2018.
During December 2017 and January 2018, the Parish Council, individual Councillors and the Clerk carried out a number of tasks and work on projects in the village, which included:
Highways/footpaths – a meeting would be arranged with the County Council with regard to a proposed footpath across Colin Butler Green; the traffic lights at the A4260/Aynho Road junction would be upgraded later in the year and should be able to change the priorities of the traffic at different times of the day; issues with the highway were reported to the County Council including the vegetation overgrowing the footpath on Horn Hill Road up to Colin Butler Green and meetings were arranged with the County Council with regard to traffic calming measures in the village;
Co-option – there were no applications for co-option for the Parish Council to consider at its meeting on 16 January 2018. If any residents wish to apply to become a Councillor, they should contact the Clerk to the Parish Council, Theresa Goss.
Grants – over £4000 of grant applications were approved by the Parish Council for 2018/2019, including £500 to the Primary School as part of their ‘One Brick In The Wall’ fundraising project for new classroom equipment following the school expansion, and also including £2000 for the refurbishment of the Church clock.
Maintenance – discussions with contractors with regard to quotes for tree works at the Lucy Plackett Playing Field and a contract for work was awarded to Acreman’s Arboriculture; repairs to the wall at The Pound; obtaining quotes for works to the Friends Meeting House; ordering new bollards for the Lucy Plackett Playing Field; assisting the Scouts with their arrangements for a litter pick; arranging for trees to be cut back which were overhanging Keytes Close parking area and refilling the grit bins. The Parish Council thanks Mr David Hopper for refilling the grit bins.
Milton Road Land – supporting the ‘Working for Adderbury Community’ (WFAC) Group. Councillors Martin Rye, Diane Bratt, Chris Shallis and Keith Mitchell had attended a Trustees meeting on 18 December 2017; an application for change of use of the Milton Road land from agriculture to leisure and recreation would be submitted to Cherwell District Council; a meeting with Cherwell District Council to discuss the release of the Section 106 funds for the project was being held on 19 January 2018; and the contract for the drainage works on the land was awarded to DW Clarke.
Adderbury Neighbourhood Plan (ANP) – the Parish Council had liaised with Cherwell District Council and an Examiner had now been appointed. Also, following discussions with Cherwell District Council (CDC), the ANP team had completed a schedule of suggested minor amendments which CDC would send to the Examiner.
Parish Council Surgery – held on the first Saturday of the month at Church House, from 11am to 12 noon. Traffic and lighting issues on Oxford Road had been reported at the last Surgery, as well as a request for a VAS.
Code of Conduct Complaint – a Code of Conduct Complaint had been submitted to Cherwell District Council by Mr Nigel Wood with regard to the Parish Council’s Code of Conduct. This complaint had not been upheld by the Monitoring Officer at Cherwell District Council.
Data Protection Request – a request had been received under the Data Protection Act 1998 from Mr N Davies, Lindale, Berry Hill Road, Adderbury for copies of all correspondence which contains his name. This request was being processed by the Clerk and the Parish Council noted the considerable amount of time and cost to the Parish Council that this was incurring; which was in addition to the other legal and administrative costs of over £6100 which the Parish Council had already spent fighting the two failed applications for Judicial Reviews submitted by Mr Davies.
Planning – making comments on a number of planning applications and works to trees from Cherwell District Council and on occasion, South Northants Council; liaison with Barwood Homes and seeking legal advice over issues relating to access for machinery from their entrance road into the Parish Council land adjacent to Adderbury Court amenity area; commenting on Cherwell District Council’s Design Brief; commenting on Planning Application S2017/1787/MAF relating to Cherwell Valley Silos; objecting to an application for 60 new homes on Berry Hill Road; and updating the Parish Council’s list of funding requests to CDC from developers for community benefit projects under the S106 agreement, which will accompany any comments on large planning applications in the village.
Lakes Work Parties – were held on 2nd December 2017 and 6th January 2018 and all volunteers were thanked.
Communication – feeding into Cherwell District Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee; updating the Parish Council web site and Facebook page.
Correspondence – dealing with a number of letters, emails, telephone calls and face to face conversations with residents on a variety of other issues affecting them and the village, including noise from the Barwood Homes site and the constant fly-tipping in the layby on the A4260 just outside the village, near to Twyford.
FOCAL – attendance at meetings of FOCAL.
Adderbury Fields – a meeting had been held on Monday 11 December 2017 with Cherwell District Council and David Wilson Homes with regard to the unopened footpaths from the new estate. David Wilson Homes would now be opening up the footpaths and would be submitting to Cherwell District Council, an application for non-material amendments to allow for some changes to the original plans. The Parish Council was also liaising with District Councillor Christine Heath with regard to the anti-social behaviour which was occurring on the estate.
Noticeboard – a new Parish Council noticeboard would be purchased and located on Aynho Road. The exact location was yet to be confirmed as consultation was required with the County Council.
Adderbury Annual Parish Meeting – was being held on Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 7.30pm at the Methodist Hall and all residents were invited to attend.
Precept 2018/2019 – The precept for 2018/2019 was set at £47,007 which, taking into account the increase in houses in Adderbury, equated to a 5% increase on 2017/2018. This was an additional cost of £1.73 pence per household for the year.
Please could residents pay special attention to cutting back hedges and trees during the winter months, to ensure safe walking at night. With the dark evenings, it is important to keep footpaths and walkways clear of encroaching growth and ensure street lights are at their most effective.
To dog owners, please ensure that all dog faeces are cleared up and either taken home (and placed in household waste Green Bins) or placed in the dog bins provided. Take extra care on grassed areas where children play.
Faulty Street Lights – Please report on freephone 0800 317802 giving exact destination and pole number if possible.
Power Cuts – The new, free, three digit, 105 telephone number to call in the event of a power cut has now gone live.
Thames Valley Police Alert – You can sign up to Thames Valley Alert via email, text, or even receive voice messages about what’s happening in your local area.
The service is completely tailored to you, so you can choose what sort of alerts you would like to receive – whether you’d like news on local incidents, community news, or you’d just like to be alerted to significant or high priority messages. When you sign up to Thames Valley Alert (a free service) you will be given login details that will allow you to change your settings at any time. There is also a business watch service and a country watch service.
If you’d like to sign up to Thames Valley Alert, you can join via the Thames Valley Alert website, or download the free Thames Valley Alert app by visiting the Apple store or Google Play store. If you already have an Alerts account, you can sign into the app with the same login details.
Meeting Date – The next Parish Council meeting was on 27 February 2018.
Parish Council meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Church House at 7.30pm. If you wish to attend, please check these details with the Clerk, prior to the meeting, in case there have been any changes. Information is also available on the PC web site.
Minutes & Reports – The minutes and reports relating to the Parish Council meetings and the meetings of the Committees, are available at www.adderburypc.co.uk
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