During October 2018, there was one meeting of Adderbury Parish Council on 30 October 2018.

During the month, the Parish Council, individual Councillors and the Clerk carried out a number of tasks and work on projects in the village, which included the below.

Highways/footpaths – Progressing the two new bus shelters on Banbury Road and the potential cycleway from Adderbury to Bodicote with the County Council; work continued with residents and relevant bodies with regard to traffic calming and other traffic issues in the village; liaison with the County Council would continue with regard to drainage issues around the village, especially on the A4260; a damaged bollard on the A4260 had been reported to OCC on a number of occasions but it was now hoped it would be repaired shortly; two road safety signs had been purchased on behalf of the Primary School using Locality Funding from the County Council. These advisory signs would be asking drivers to park carefully and considerately around the School.

Issues relating to highways, footpaths and street lighting can be reported by residents to https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/

Forest Schools – The Forest Schools project at the Primary School was continuing on the Parish Council’s land at Adderbury Court and the land would be maintained by Thomas Fox Landscaping.

Play Areas – Residents are reminded that dogs are not allowed in the play areas at The Rise and the Lucy Plackett Playing Field and should be kept on a lead in the Playing Field. The repairs/resurfacing of the footpath in the Lucy Plackett Playing Field had been completed. Repair work would also be undertaken to the wooden play structure in the play area and the toddler slide.

Residents were asked to enjoy the facilities at the Lucy Plackett Playing Field, but if the litter bins were full, please could rubbish be thrown away at home and not left on the ground around the litter bins.

Planning – The PC made comments to Cherwell District Council (CDC) and on occasion, South Northants Council on a number of planning applications and notices of intent for works to trees; the Clerk and Chairman of the Parish Council would continue with the necessary work to discharge the three pre-commencement conditions relating to the planning consent for the change of use on the Milton Road land.

Adderbury Lakes – There were no working parties during the summer months (from April to September) due to the nesting season. The Parish Council thanks all the volunteers for their contributions. The works to the footpaths and the Ice House at The Lakes had been completed and so too had some necessary tree work. A new Memorial Bench for Marie Corney (who volunteered at the Lakes) had been also been ordered, paid for by her family.

Cemetery/Friends Meeting House – The project at the Friends Meeting House was now complete, including the grills on the windows. A ‘topple test’ had been carried out on all of the headstones in the cemetery and four grave owners would be contacted to make safe, the headstones on the plots which they own. A new brown bin had also been ordered for the cemetery.

Remembrance Service – Councillor Ann Lyons would be laying a wreath on behalf of the Parish Council at the Remembrance Service on Sunday 11 November 2018. www.adderburypc.co.uk

Contact the Clerk to the Parish Council – Theresa Goss, on 01295 710965, during normal office hours or email adderburypc@hotmail.com

Members’ Allowances Scheme 2019/2020 – The Parish Council would be suggesting to Cherwell District Council that the Scheme for 2019/2020 includes a Carer’s Allowance. This would to enable Parish Councillors to claim expenses for attending meetings and training courses, when they had children or other dependent relatives and alternative care provision was needed.

Strategic Plan 2018-2021 – The Parish Council’s Strategic Plan had received approval and this would now be progressed.

Working for Adderbury Community (WFAC) – Jackie Head was the new Chairman of WFAC and the project was continuing. A number of fundraising events were being organised and the Parish Council thanks all those on the WFAC group for their hard work on the project.

Commemorations – A ‘Silent Soldier’ to commemorate the end of WW1, had been sited at the junction of Kemps Road/The Crescent and Banbury Road and the Adderbury & Milton Royal British Legion had kindly donated £50 towards the cost of the Solider.

Defibrillator – This had been purchased and arrangements were now being made for the installation at the Methodist Church, by Western Power. The Parish Council thanks everyone who gave so generously to the fundraising for the defibrillator.

Correspondence/Communication – The Clerk has dealt 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 and had updated the Parish Council web site and Facebook page on a regular basis. The Parish Council Surgery was held on the first Saturday of the month at Church House, from 11am to 12 noon.

Reminder:

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 waste bins provided. Take extra care on grassed areas where children play. Dogs must also be kept on a lead in the Lucy Plackett Playing Field and at the Adderbury Lakes Nature Reserve.

Faulty Street Lights – Please report on freephone 0800 317802 giving exact destination and pole number if possible. Or report to https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/

Power Cuts – The new, free, three digit, 105 telephone number to call in the event of a power cut has now gone live.

Meeting Date – The next two Parish Council meetings are being held on 27 November 2018 and 15 January 2019. There is no meeting in December 2018. Meetings are held at Church House, High Street, Adderbury. 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

Facebook – Follow Adderbury Parish Council on Facebook www.adderburypc.co.uk

Contact the Clerk to the Parish Council – Theresa Goss, on 01295 710965, during normal office hours or email adderburypc@hotmail.com

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