Minutes of Council Meetings held in 2008

 

Below are approved minutes of the Whitchurch Parish Council held in 2008 and including November 2007.

 

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Minutes of the Meeting of

Whitchurch Parish Council

held in The Church Hall, Whitchurch

on Monday 8th December 2008 at 7.30pm

Attendees: Cllr Pain (Chairman), Cllr Bond, Cllr Meijer, Cllr Newman, Cllr Leggett, Cllr Foot, Sue Mordue – Clerk, 2 member of the public joined the meeting late.

862 Receive Apologies: none.

863 Open Forum for Parishioners: none present at the start of the meeting.

864 Declaration of interest in items on the agenda: Cllr Bond declared his interest in planning applications due to his role as District Cllr sitting on the AVDC Development Control Committee as he will review his decision at Committee based on the additional information available at the time.

865 Planning: To discuss planning applications and make recommendations:

a. 08/02535/AOP – land adjacent to Green Acre Stables, Oving Road, Whitchurch - erection of two dwellings. The Council resolved to oppose this application as the proposed properties would be outside the village envelop. The existing property has an agricultural restriction on it and is only bounded by property on one side.

b. 08/01454/ALB – Kempson House, High Street, - conversion of grooms cottage and attached barns to single storey dwelling. The Council resolved it had no objections to this application. The Council commented that consideration should be given as to whether the wall has a listing on it.

c. 08/01453/APP – Kempson House, High Street, - conversion of grooms cottage and attached barns to single storey dwelling. The Council resolved it had no objections to this application and commented as item 865b.

d. 08/00007/APP – The Vicarage, White Horse Lane – Amended plans showing relocated parking spaces on High Street to assist visibility - demolition of Church Hall, erection of two detached dwellings and erection of new church hall with associated parking. The Council resolved to oppose this amended proposal/plan as by removing the 2 parking spaces as suggested this does not increase or change the visibility splay from the junction. Therefore there is no benefit gained in doing this and it is not acceptable to the Council to lose these spaces. The suggested new spaces would interfere with the existing vision splays at these new locations detrimentally. People would continue to park at the 2 spaces outside the White Horse Pub even if they were blocked off. The Parish Council request a site meeting to discuss with the Parish Council the issue of parking spaces and vision splay. Consideration should be given to providing additional spaces externally to the Vicarage land.

e. 08/02628/APP – The Leys, 7 Little London – replacement roof to existing garage and erection of attached cart shed. The Council resolved it supported this application.

Adjournment for Open Forum for Parishioners: parishioners commented on the strength of feeling regarding the change of use of the White Horse Pub to residential. Villagers strongly feel that it should remain a pub and requested that, due to the volume of objection to this application in the village, Cllr Bond in his capacity as District Councillor call the application in for the decision to be heard at Development Control Committee. Cllr Bond agreed to call the application in.

The meeting resumed:

f. 08/02498/ACD - The White Horse Ph, 60 High Street – part demolition of single storey building to rear of public house. The Council resolved that it objected to this application on the grounds that the 3 bed roomed house would be crammed into the space of the car park and would have no amenities or garden. The White Horse pub would be a large house with only a patio and no garden. The Council opposes the change of use from a public house to a dwelling on the basis of these plans and the change of use has not been tested as the pub should be advertised for sale to have the opportunity to remain as a pub as the village would not want to lose an amenity.

g. 08/02499/APP – The White Horse Ph, 60 High Street – change of use of public house to residential dwelling including single storey rear extension, erection of one new detached dwelling and formation of new access off White Horse Lane. The Council resolved that it objected to this application on the grounds as above.

866 Finance: The Council resolved to issue the following cheques:

h. DW Windsor chq 059 £5061.19

i. Clerks Pay and Expenses chq 060 £330.71

j. Andrew Pain chq 061 £23.98

k. Diane Shepherd chq 062 £12.25

867 The date of next meeting was agreed as Monday 12th January 2009 at 7.30pm.

 

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 Minutes of the Meeting of

Whitchurch Parish Council

held in The Church Hall, Whitchurch

on Monday 10th November 2008 at 7.30pm

Attendees: Cllr Pain (Chairman), Cllr Bond, Cllr Meijer, Cllr Newman, Cllr Leggett, Cllr Foot, Sue Mordue – Clerk, 1 member of the public.

844. Receive Apologies: none

845. Open Forum for Parishioners: Cllr expressed his support for the planning application 08/02434/APP as he felt it would be an improvement.

846. Declaration of interest in items on the agenda: Cllr Meijer declared his prejudicial interest, and Cllr Bond declared his personal and prejudicial interest in planning application 08/02434/APP.

847. The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 13th October 2008 were confirmed as a true record.

848. To discuss any matters arising from those minutes not covered by the agenda: none.

 

Cllrs Meijer and Bond left the meeting

849. Planning: The following planning applications was discussed and recommendations were:

a. 08/02434/APP – 3 Post Office Lane – conversion of workshop into one dwelling with garage – the Council resolved it SUPPORTED this application.

Cllrs Meijer and Bond rejoined the meeting

 

850. Finance:

a. The accounts for the year to date end September 2008 were agreed as reviewed.

b. The Council resolved to issue the following payments:

Lynch Garden Services   052 £150.00

AVDC Dog Bins   053 £474.75

JP Watts re bus shelter base   054 £620.00

Sign Wizzard   055 £84.44

Garrick Outdoors   056 £3,155.37

Clerks Pay & Expenses   057 £380.62

PRA Randles   058 £20.00

E-On   DD £196.40

c. Local Area Committee Delegate Budget Scheme 2009/10 – the Council resolved to support a request for funding from this scheme (£6-10K) to install flashing lights on the School Warning Signs as requested by the School Travel Plan Team.

851. Highways:

a. Mount Pleasant drains seem to have been cleared by BCC and it appears the blockage had been caused by concrete in the drain and tree roots.

b. There is still flooding outside the bungalows in Ashgrove Gardens despite this being reported to BCC last month.

c. The street sign to 3rd Ashgrove Gardens has been broken and needs mending.

852. Bus Shelters:

a. New Bus Shelter Oving Road had been installed outside the Doctors surgery and feedback has been very positive. Claims Adjuster has confirmed payment and is awaiting cheque from ARRIVA. Clerk to add to the Insurance policy.

b. Brick Shelter on Oving Road this has been covered in most offensive graffiti and has had to be painted again to remove the writing. Clerk to request Tony Radwell to purchase some paint to keep and would then allow him to paint over any further graffiti immediately.

853. Councillor Vacancy: Two names have now been put forward for co-option. Clerk to ask both parties to put their application in writing and the Council will decide at the next meeting in January who to co-opt.

854. Footpaths & Footways:

a. To report and update on issues and repairs – Oving Road where the road narrows there is a round drainpipe standing proud of the ground and– trip hazard.

b. Litter bin – there are now 2 damaged litter bins one outside the Doctors and one on the High Street outside Park House Barns. Clerk has been corresponding with Tony Bibbings who is trying to assist in these issues however is still awaiting a response from Peter Randell despite chasing several times. Cllr Bond will be forwarded all the communications and try and obtain a response in his capacity as District Cllr.

c. Alternative Footpath 4 update re claiming it as a Right of Way – 3 letters have been received to date confirming the use of the footpath across the back of the gardens for over 20 years. BCC Rights of Way Officer and Definitive Map holder are in correspondence already about this footpath and Clerk to follow up what is now required to claim this right of way.

855. Street Lighting:

a. To report and update on lighting issues and repairs: 22 Ashgrove Gardens is now working.

b. Replacement street light installations project – replacement lights are on order and it is hoped will be delivered to the contractor to install in a couple of weeks time this phase will then finish the renewal of all lights in the High Street.

856. Recreation Ground:

a. Working Party Project update:

i. Official Opening went excellently with hundreds of people attending for the pig roast and entertainment and course playing on the new equipment. It was a huge success covered by Bucks TV and in local papers. A press release was issued and photos taken which were posted on the website. Publicity should be forwarded to WREN as per their contractual agreement.

ii. Playground is being used frequently however the next stage is to decide on seats required for adults to rest on. It was thought that they should be simple blocks of wood rather than benches. Councillors to all have a think about what would be appropriate seating in the area and it will be discussed at the next meeting. The Community Association has agreed to give some funds towards seating.

b. Drainage is complete and has been working extremely well during this wet period and has coped with the downpours. Agripower wrote to the Council expressing its disappointment that people had walked over the newly seeded area and allowed dogs to foul on it. The Council felt that it was too late now to put a notice up as you would expect people to respect the newly seeded area as if it were their own lawn.

c. Cllr Newman requested that it be recorded that the Council thanked Cllr Pain (and the Clerk) for all the work they had put in recently to complete this project. In particular Cllr Pain had put in so much time and effort into applications and organisation over the year to make this project happen. The Council supported Cllr Newman’s vote of thanks and praise of the Chairman.

d. Pond – the Council agreed to wait to see what the view was of the villagers at the Village Meeting on 22nd November. It is still part of the plan for the area but agreed they would not proceed until the Council is confident that it can support it and do it. They will also take advice from RoSPA and other knowledgeable organisations as the area was wanted to collect wildlife and assist with the environmental development of the area.

e. The grass will need to be cut on the whole field at some stage next year and this will need to be discussed by the Council next year.

f. Finance: the Clerk confirmed that all payments had been made in respect of the project and all donations and grants had been received in as expected. The VAT had also been reclaimed on the project.

857. Freedom of Information Act – the Council resolved to adopt the New Model Publication Scheme. Clerk to draft notice of publication.

858. To discuss any correspondence and other communications received since last meeting not covered by the agenda: Item on Community Purchasing – clerk to find out whether there are savings on electricity supplies and what the price would be. The question was asked whether we should have a reduction in our cost as we now have more efficient street lights however we are on an unmetered supply. Clerk to investigate.

859. Communications:

a. Web Site – Cllr Pain had added some new telephone contact details.

b. Village Meeting – this will be held on Saturday 22nd November in the Legion Hall and all Councillors are requested to attend and promote it to residents to encourage them to come along. It was agreed that village organisation representatives will be personally invited to attend and talk if they wish on their achievements and problems. It will be a quick introduction and then open the meeting up to the floor. Notes will be taken and broken down afterwards into various topics. A4 posters to be put up around the village. Bucks Community Action have been invited to attend. Cllr Pain to liaise with clerk re personal invitations.

860. Other Business: District Councillor updated that the new theatre in Aylesbury is above ground level and due for completion Spring 2009 and the Civic Centre will be kept open until this time. Direction of Growth of Aylesbury Consultation is currently ongoing with presentations around Aylesbury on the options.

861. Police:

a. Complete Police Community Feedback Form: Sign in Ashgrove Gardens may have been vandalised it is not known how the sign was broken; there has been vast amount of offensive graffiti in the bus shelter on Oving Road and the Police have been out to photograph it; a car badge had been pulled off a car in Ashgrove Gardens; beer cans had been left around in Oving Road; speeding reported in Bushmead Road and Oving Road.

b. Cllr Newman update from the NAG meeting: speed checks will be undertaken in Bushmead Road as well as Oving Road where they continue to book people doing excessive speeds. Vehicle Activates Signs information was handed out and would be considered at the Village Meeting (cost approx £8k).

c. Speeding update – the Police had caught numerous speeding cars along the Oving Road and has now returned on several occasions. They will continue to operate on this road as they are now aware of the problem here.

862. The date of next meeting was agreed as Monday 12th January 2009 at 7.30pm however there will be a planning meeting held on 8th December to discuss applications at Kempson House and Green Acre Stables Oving Road. This will be at 7.30pm.

 

The meeting closed at 9.15pm.

 

 

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Minutes of the Meeting of Whitchurch Parish Council

held in The Church Hall,

Whitchurch on Monday 13th October 2008 at 7.30pm

Attendees: Cllr Pain (Chairman), Cllr Bond, Cllr Newman, Cllr Leggett, Cllr Foot, Sue Mordue – Clerk, 4 members of the public.

827. Receive Apologies: Cllr Meijer

 

828. Open Forum for Parishioners:

a. Joanna Loftus from Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust introduced herself as the new Customer Relationship Manager for Whitchurch. She deals with the housing and repairs thereof, car parking, environment on and around the VAHT houses and will be undertaking walkabouts where residents can meet her and point out problems which need resolving. She will also deal strongly with ASB by any of her residents.

b. Residents commented:

i. The Public Footpath sign at Church Headlands had been erected but taken down by someone very soon after. In addition the roundels marking this footpath have also been removed again. This will also be reported to the Police on their Community feedback form.

ii. The gullies and drains need clearing on the A413 main road as you leave Whitchurch towards Hardwick, also on the Oving Road from High Barns to Trent Cottage and from the Quilters past the crown and Thistle to the corner of Mount Pleasant.

829. Declaration of interest in items on the agenda: none.

830. The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 8th September 2008 were confirmed as correct.

831. To discuss any matters arising from those minutes not covered by the agenda.

a. Hedge on Sandpath – David Hedley had visited and advised it had been done. However the hedge has been cut back by residents but still needs cutting down in terms of height.

b. NAG Proposal – it had been proposed that a gap should be made along Oving Road to slow traffic down due to speeding past the parked cars. It was felt that there is already a gap by the Quilters and any additional road marking would just move the cars along the road. It is a natural traffic calming the fact that the cars are parked there anyway. Therefore the Council agreed they were not in favour of this proposal.

832. Finance:

a. The accounts for the year to date end August 2008 were agreed.

b. The Council resolved to ratify the following cheques drawn during September:

Fencing 002 £1,050.00  

KOMPAN  003 £33,519.23

c. The Council resolved to issue the following cheques:

Parish Council A/C

Allianz Insurance   045 £248.35

Mazars   046 £334.88

Whit&Oving Youth Club   047 £18.00

Geo Cheshire Plant Hire   048 £117.50

Andrew Pain volunteers refreshments 049 £28.47

Hans Meijer volunteers refreshments 050 £26.12

Clerks Pay & Expenses   051 £335.21

Credits received

VAT refund   £5,607.90  

Precept      £8,000.00

Recreation Field A/c

Agripower   004 £19,306.35  

Agripower   005 £3,130.20  

Denne Engineering Co   006 £1,252.33  

Safe and Sound Playground Ltd   007 £793.13  

Credit received:

WREN £13215.00  

833. Highways:

a. To report and update on issues and repairs: Cllr Leggett advised of her concerns over the surface outside Willowbrook on the Cublington Road. It is felt that the surface is very smooth and may cause problems in the wet, frost or ice. To report to BCC for inspection.

834. Bus Shelters:

a. Three similar quotations were obtained for the base for the new bus shelter outside the surgery. It was felt that Jimmy Watts did an excellent job on the fencing at the recreation field therefore it was agreed that the base will be prepared by him on Wednesday. The shelter will then go up shortly thereafter.

b. Swan Close shelter had now been repaired by JC Decaux.

835. Councillor Vacancy – it was agreed that now we have confirmation from AVDC that we can co-opt for this position that Cllrs advise Cllr Pain of anyone who is interested and he will ask for their applications in writing to be discussed at the next meeting.

836. Footpaths & Footways:

a. To report and update on issues and repairs: hedge along Sand Path needs cutting in height. Hole outside 22 Bushmead Road and at the junction of the first Ashgrove Gardens and North Marston Lane.

b. Footpath 4 – the sign has been removed from this alternative footpath. The actual footpath remains on the definitive map which passes under the corner of the house therefore the alternative footpath has been used for many years. Cllr Leggett would put in writing that she had walked this footpath for over 20 years and Cllrs would request others to write aswell. Then BCC can claim this alternative footpath which passes over the back of the gardens as a public right of way as it has been walked for so long.

c. To decide whether to replace litter bin missing from outside the Doctors surgery: it was decided to erect the new bus shelter first and then review this.

837. Street Lighting:

a. To report and update on lighting issues and repairs: 22 Ashgrove Gardens continues to be not connected.

b. Clerk to update regarding progress on replacement street light installations project: an order has been placed with DW Windsor for 5 new lights. Forde and McHugh already have 2 lights in storage. Therefore 7 new lights will be erected on High Street which will complete the renewal of all lights along the High Street. Delivery time is about 6-8 weeks and Forde and McHugh will then install.

838. Recreation Ground:

a. The new play area is a great success and used frequently. A form is to be devised by the Clerk to ensure there is a weekly check of the equipment and records held for the Insurance. Drainage is now finished and the land is seeded. Cllr Newman has submitted an application to VAHT to fund the liner for the pond. It was agreed that the decision on whether to proceed with the pond will be discussed at the village meeting.

b. To update on finance/ funding including update on funding from WREN: remaining amount of grant is due in from Wren shortly. Clerk to contact Quintin Ing Chambers regarding his donation expected to be £1575.00 from BCC.

c. Official Opening – The Official Opening will be on Saturday 25th October with the High Sherriff opening it with the May Queen. Cllr Leggett sent her apologies as she is unable to attend the opening. WCCA will provide a marquee and food and drinks and entertainment.

d. Signage – it was agreed to proceed with the sign as per Sign Wizzards’ quotation (£92.00) however the size of the sign will change so that it can be erected on the fence rather than mounted on poles therefore cost will change slightly. It was agreed that Cllr Foot would provide measurements to the clerk to allow the sign to be made and erected in time for the opening.

839. To discuss any correspondence and other communications: nothing worthy of note.

840. Communications:

a. Web Site – contact details have been updated for various organisations in the village.

b. Village Meeting – it was agreed to invite key organisations in the village to the event to speak about what they are doing. All villagers are welcome to attend and Cllr Pain would do a quick introduction followed by open discussions on Play Area, Pond, Speeding, Dog Fouling, Street Lighting, Parish Plan and any other issues. Advert to go in the Whitchurch News and on the notice boards. It will be on 22nd November at 2.00pm in the Legion hall.

841. Other Business:

a. District Councillor update – nothing worthy of note

b. Affordable Housing – Site has now been tentatively agreed for the development of 8 units in Whitchurch. The Parish Council agree they must ensure the plans are supported by the village before they are submitted in the future.

c. NAGs: next meeting to be held on 22nd October. Cllr Newman will be resigning as Chair however will continue to represent Whitchurch on this group.

842. Complete Police Community Feedback Form – Antisocial behaviour has been reported in Firs Close with parties going on frequently to the early hours. Recreation Ground has kids there most Friday nights until past midnight with cans and bottles which they leave everywhere. The Parish Council emphasised the importance of people using the non emergency police number to report such goings on for the Police to deal with. The Public Footpath sign at Church Hedlands had been erected but taken down by someone very soon after. In addition the roundels marking this footpath have also been removed again.

843. The date of next meeting was agreed as Monday 10th November at 7.30pm.

 

The meeting closed at 9.30pm.

 

 

Signed……………………………Date………………

 

 

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Minutes of the Meeting of Whitchurch Parish Council

held in The Church Hall, Whitchurch   

 Monday 14th July 2008 at 8.00pm

Attendees: Cllr Pain – Chairman, Cllr Bond, Cllr Meijer, Cllr Newman, Cllr Leggett, Cllr Walker, Sue Mordue – Clerk, 1 member of the public.

792. Receive Apologies: Cllr Foot. Cllr Pain also thanked Cllr Walker for her time on the Parish Council as this was to be her last meeting as she resigned from the Council with effect from the end of this meeting.

 

793. Open Forum for Parishioners: no residents commented.

 

794. Declaration of interest in items on the agenda: none.

 

795. The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 9th June 2008 were confirmed as correct subject to an amendment 783c regarding footpath 4 as in the meeting it was thought that to gain access further down the hill you would need to cross the main A413 road. However the alternative access proposed would be on the same side of the road. BCC were advised of this error regarding the Parish response however the Parish Council continues to stand by its opposition to the removal of footpath 4.

 

796. To discuss any matters arising from those minutes not covered by the agenda.

a. Complaints have been received of cars being parked in the High Street lay-by which are not taxed and ‘For Sale’. Clerk to notify PCSO.

b. Concrete aggregate is on the footpath by the old post office (number 13). HOC will be requested to remove this.

c. Mr Sansom who lives opposite the surgery made some useful suggestions regarding the school traffic problems and these have been passed to the school. Clerk advised the School and interested parties in all the details and contacts which might assist in this issue. No further update regarding this issue from the school.

d. The residents of Footpath 4 have been in contact regarding the removal of footpath 4. BCC advise it used to go under the corner of these houses and the owners at the time gave an alternative footpath which runs across the back of their gardens. The request was to move the footpath further down the hill and remove footpath 4. This is declined by BCC and the Ramblers Assoc and the Parish Council. Also the footpath used across the garden could be claimed as a footpath now as it has been used for so many years as an alternative to the actual footpath 4. Clerk has liaised with BCC and offered a site meeting with the residents to discuss options but basically as the Rights of Way Officers advise they must provide an alternative route (assumedly across their gardens) in order to have the actual footpath 4 (under the corner of their house) removed. No response has been received to this offer.

e. Graffiti is still in the bus stop on Oving Road. Cllr Pain had approached PCSO Wendy Taylor concerning its removal. Clerk to chase.

 

797. Planning: To discuss planning applications and make recommendations:

a. 08/01563/APP – Kempson Cottage 3 Church Headlands Lane – erection of replacement dwelling and new detached triple garage and store – the Council resolved it had no objections to this application.

b. 08/01689/ATC – 8 Swan Close –reduce height and spread of 2 sycamores - the Council resolved it had no objections to this application. It was added to the agenda as an emergency item as the deadline for response necessitated a decision at this meeting.

 

798. Finance:

a. The accounts for the year to date end June 2008 were agreed. Cllr Newman requested information regarding interest rates for the deposits for the next meeting.

b. Internal Audit has been completed by Jonathan Gibbs and sent to the external auditors.

c. The Council resolved to make the following payments:

Transfer to recreation Field Account £14,631.80

(From 2007 accounts this work was funded from PC funds not the commuted sum)

Mr Radwell  030 £72.00

PRA Randles  031 £40.00

Lynch Garden Services  032 £150.00

Lynch Garden Services  033 £150.00

Jonathan Gibbs   034 £60.00

Clerks Pay and Expenses  035 £406.19

E-on DD £196.40

 

799. Highways:

a. To report and update on issues and repairs – Draincare still have not cleared Mount Pleasant outside Cllr Leggett’s House. Clerk to chase again.

b. The speed information from the truvello strips on Oving Road showed that the 85%ile speed eastbound was 37.4mph and westbound was 40.0mph outside the Doctors surgery. Lower down Oving Road outside Hunters Yard the 85%ile speed was 33.3mph northbound and 37.1mph southbound. The Council resolved that a letter should be written to the Police making them aware of this evidence of speeding on Oving Road. They should be requested to attend themselves and book people accordingly. A copy of this letter and information should be sent to BCC for the Speed limit review. Clerk to request whether repeater signs could be put in by BCC based on this evidence.

c. Cllr Newman update from the NAGs meeting that it will now use Priority Profiles reporting rather than minutes. The areas are Anti social behaviour, Fire and theft and Speeding. Actions would be reported to the next meetings. Regarding the Speedwatch where it has been proposed to jointly purchase the equipment with 4 other Councils – the council requested that the Police come and talk about the scheme, or a user e.g. Swanbourne Councillor to talk through their experience at the September meeting.

 

800. Bus Shelters:

a. The Clerk advised that a new location is now dealing with the claim for the bus shelter and the loss adjuster is now in contact with the clerk to resolve this outstanding issue.

b. To discuss a request for a bus shelter on Oving Road by the Doctors Surgery – the Council resolved that the location for the new bus shelter which will be purchased from this insurance money will be outside the Doctors surgery on the Oving Road. They agreed quotations should be gained for a green metal shelter with 3 sides.

 

801. Footpaths & Footways:

a. To report and update on issues and repairs: Pot Hole in Post Office Lane still not filled. Stream by Tudor Cottage foliage has been cut back and put in the stream. Footpath 16 – Mr Wilson has put up footpath signage across the ménage at Winster Paddocks, 33 High Street and signage is up at Kempsons Farm Church Headlands Lane on the gate.

b. The bins are not being emptied regularly and the key is not being used by AVDC to remove the bins. It is being forced and then not put back properly. The bin has now disappeared from outside the Doctors surgery and Clerk to write to AVDC and advise of this to see if they will replace it.

 

802. Street Lighting:

a. The Council resolves that the Clerk to arrange to continue with the street lighting replacement programme starting from the telephone kiosk on the High Street (last lamp replaced) and then continue down towards the garage. 5 more lamps to be purchased and installed this financial year in addition to those 2 purchased last year which are currently being stored by contractor.

b. Foliage is required to be cut back from the light outside The Swan as it is obscuring the street light.

 

803. Recreation Ground:

a. To update on finance/ funding including update on funding from WREN: WREN have now agreed to proceed with the money with the increased costs as advised. Mathew Cox has confirmed to the Clerk that an order can be placed with Kompan for the equipment and a contract would be sent out for signature and return shortly. This means that the Council will be doing the fence, lining and safety surface itself. Everything has now been agreed and will proceed as agreed by the Council.

b. To update on recreation ground working group project including play equipment, drainage, pond: An order has been placed with Kompan as agreed with WREN. Drainage works have started with the grass having been removed from the surface. A test hole has been dug by George Cheshire for the pond and sand was found. Consequently the pond cannot be continued unless either a liner is purchased (approx £2k) or clay can be moved from the rest of the field to this area. The Council resolved to put this part of the project on hold at the moment. Contact to be made with Biodiversity Officer Paul Holton and Community Chest Grants to see if further funds could be gained.

c. Cllr Meijer update regarding Terms and Conditions on the contracts: No comments to make as needs the Clerk to provide copies of the quotations.

d. To agree whether to stake and apply mulch around the trees at the Recreation Ground around the car park area: The Council agreed that Cllr Bond would continue weed killing, ensure stakes are securely put in and secure the gate posts back with hooks. Agripower left removed grass in a heap on the field and Cllr Bond agreed to reduce this.

 

804. Parish Plans: Following a short briefing from Sarah Allwood of Bucks Community Action she is undergoing training and she apologised that she was unprepared. The Council agreed that Cllr Meijer would approach Waddesdon Parish Council and meet with them to discuss their experience of a Parish Plan. Then a meeting will be arranged later in the year for Sarah Allwood to present to the Council and to a village meeting.

 

805. To discuss any correspondence and other communications received since last meeting not covered by the agenda – no comments made.

 

806. Communications: Web Site – site has been continues to be updated by Cllr Pain. If anyone knows anyone interested in maintaining the site for the village then they should contact Cllr Pain.

 

807. Other Business: District Councillor updated that the Southern Arc option will be consulted upon in the summer encompassing Watermead, Bierton and Broughton.

 

808. Complete Police Community Feedback Form

a. Truvello strips information to be sent with letter to police item 799b refers.

b. Car Parking in lay-by on High Street, item 796a refers.

c. Broken bottles are being left on the High Street.

 

809. It was proposed by Cllr Bond and seconded by Cllr Newman to have the next meeting on Monday 8th September reverting to the previous start time of 7.30pm.

 

The meeting closed at 9.50pm. Signed……………………………Date………………

 

 

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Minutes of the Meeting of Whitchurch Parish Council

held in The Church Hall, Whitchurch

 on Monday 9th June 2008 at 8.00pm

 

Attendees: Cllr Pain – Chairman, Cllr Bond, Cllr Meijer, Cllr Newman, Cllr Foot, Cllr Leggett, , Sue Mordue – Clerk, 17 members of the public.

775. Receive Apologies: none.

 

776. Open Forum for Parishioners: residents commented on:

a. North Marston Lane/Ashgrove Gardens traffic problems around the school: The Headmaster Simon Blore, David Anthony, Governor, and PCSO Wendy Taylor attended the meeting to answer questions and hear comments.

b. PCSO Wendy Taylor listened to comments on anti social behaviour in the village and noted the problems.

 

777. Declaration of interest in items on the agenda: none

 

778. The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 12th May 2008 were confirmed as correct. The Clerk advised that only the Chairman and Vice Chairman were required to sign a new declaration of acceptance of office at the Annual Meeting and the other Councillors need not have signed a new one this year as their acceptance of office holds for 4 years (their period of election).

 

779. To discuss any matters arising from those minutes not covered by the agenda: Cllr Leggett suggested instead of a bench in memory of Dr Brown the British Legion might want to consider a replacement for the names of those in the Great War to be on a new wooden board in the Church. Cllr Newman advised he would suggest it at their next meeting.

 

780. Finance:

a. The accounts for the year to date end April 2008 were agreed as viewed. Cllr Pain advised that the £14,631.80 spent in 2007/08 should have come from the Parish Councils balances and not taken out from the commuted sum. The Council agreed and the Clerk will make adjustment during the month to resolve this.

b. The Council resolved to issue the following payments:

BALC   024 £8.00

Lynch Garden Services   025 £150.00

Lynch Garden Services   026 £150.00

Clerks Pay & Expenses   027 £308.21

Carter Associates   028 £164.50

Lynch Garden Services   029 £150.00

E-On   DD £196.40

c. The previously issued cheques to BALC: £8.00 chq 021 (re Best Kept Village) and 024 £8.00 (re Village of the year) which were issued outside of the meeting, due to deadlines, were ratified.

 

781. 2007/08Audit:

a. Insurance/Fixed Asset Register:

i. Cllr Meijer made recommendations following the review of the Insurance Policy Schedule that the book values for the Audited Accounts 2007/08 should remain as nil. The Council resolved to accept this recommendation.

ii. Cllr Meijer and Cllr Foot will undertake a thorough inventory check and then update the asset register and with the Clerk suggest Insurance (replacement values) and book valuations (net realisable value). When this inventory list is completed it will be put to Council for acceptance. Auditor to be advised of this exercise. The Council resolved to accept this recommendation.

b. Cllr Foot advised he would make amendments to the risk assessment document and recirculate for acceptance by the Council at a later meeting.

c. Cllr Pain and the Clerk signed off the audited account information for the year to end March 2008 following the Councils acceptance of the figures.

 

782. Highways:

a. The following issues were reported for repair:

i. Church Headlands Lane: pot holes just before the road goes into the private road.

ii. Fire Hydrant in the High Street opposite 54 has sunk again.

iii. Pot Holes in Post Office Lane

iv. Cublington Road – pot holes further down from Parrots butchers.

v. Outside Cllr Leggets House on Oving Road the pot hole has reappeared.

b. The Council resolved that the Dog Bin on Oving Road would not be moved. Cllr Foot requested that the vote be recorded: those in favour of not moving the bin were Cllr Leggett, Pain, Newman and Meijer and those against were Cllr Foot, Bond and Walker. The Council resolved that in the future there will be full consultation with respect to bin locations.

 

783. Footpaths & Footways:

a. Footway on Oving Road – BCC hope to find some further funds to do this section and have put it on the works programme.

b. Update re bus shelter Swan Close: The Clerk had spoken with Allianz Insurance about the claim and was advised that they could pursue the claim on behalf of the Council and we are insured for £1150.10(excess £150). The council resolved that the Clerk should continue to pursue this directly with ARRIVAs insurers as the pay out should be more and cover the replacement cost of a new shelter.

c. Footpath 4 – request from landowners to BCC to gain our views if part of this footpath is extinguished as access is available from Footpath 5: The Council resolved to unanimously OPPOSE this and any application to extinguish the use of this Right of Way. The Council feels there is a duty on all Parishes to maintain their Rights of Way. The previous problems relating to this footpath earlier in the year were also pointed out.

d. Steps requested as access to the Churchyard – the Council resolved to try and see if budget could be obtained through the BCC delegated budget scheme for this along with contacting the County Councillor. However there are other entrances to the Churchyard and if the planning application regarding the Vicarage goes ahead then there will be sufficient parking so access would not be required from Church Headlands Lane.

 

784. Street Lighting: E Sharp Electrical continues to chase E-On to reconnect the supply to the lamp outside 30 Ashgrove Gardens.

 

785. Recreation Ground:

a. Cllr Pain updated that:

i. The pond could proceed however George Cheshire had not yet been in contact with a date.

ii. Drainage – the field was sprayed on 6th June in preparation for the drainage works to commence. The Council resolved that Cllr Meijer should read through the contract with Agripower to ensure there is a guarantee with their work.

iii. Play equipment: Cllr Pain proposed to the Council that if the Council undertook the fencing, lining and safety surface rather than Kompan we could save sufficient money to enable all the Play Equipment to be purchased. The Council resolved that £3600 from the commuted sum could be used to deliver the project with the equipment coming from Kompan and the fencing, lining and safety surface being undertaken by the community subject to the assurance from Cllr Meijer that the guarantees were sufficient.

b. To update on finance/ funding including update on funding from WREN: Matthew Cox at Wren had been contacted by Cllr Pain however he had not yet come back to him. He had however visited the site recently. Clerk will send the information to WREN when the updated quotation is received from Kompan.

c. The weed spraying at the Recreation Ground Car Park was ratified.

d. Trees at the Recreation Ground around the car park area: it had been suggested that some work was required to the trees on the field. The Council resolved to ask a Tree Officer to visit to advise what work is needed.

e. Dog fouling at the Recreation Field: Lynch Garden Services had advised that there is lots of dog fouling which is not picked up on the field. Concerns over this as children are to use the field. The Council resolved once the drainage works and play equipment are completed they would consider its use by dog owners. Clerk to request the Dog Warden to visit and take action as appropriate if people do not pick up after their dogs.

f. The Council resolved that Cllr Bond could arrange for the field to be cut for hay in the next few weeks at no cost to the Council.

g. The Council resolved that Cllr Bond would put in some posts in to hold the gates to the car park securely whilst open.

 

786. Parish Plans: The Council resolved to circulate the Parish Council Toolkit and once everyone had read this then it would be put back on the agenda to decide whether to initiate this on behalf of the village.

 

787. To discuss any correspondence and other communications received since last meeting not covered by the agenda:

a. The Village Entertainer would be at the Legion Hall on 5th August at 11.00am. Cllr Meijer and Pain agreed to assist AVDC in this event.

b. Cllr Meijer highlighted the NATs information (new flight paths). Cllr Bond advised it was being dealt with at District level and had no real impact on Whitchurch.

c. The Village of the Year Competition had been entered and judging would be in July. There are 11 other villagers in the competition.

 

788. Communications: Web Site – The site is receiving around 700-800 visits per month.

 

789. Other Business: District Councillor update: Scrutiny Committee is concerning themselves with the Primary Care Trust changes which propose 6 satellite super surgeries in the Vale. If a surgery is small it might be closed down under this proposal which is of concern to local residents with respect to Whitchurch surgery.

 

790. Complete Police Community Feedback Form: A bench and a toilet had been damaged at the cricket ground. Youths are drinking and smoking in Weir Lane and using bad language. Recreation ground has lots of bottle on it and there is noise and drinking there until at least 11pm of a night. Graffiti has been put on the pavilion and the telephone door has been broken n the High Street.

 

791. Next meeting will be on Monday 14th July 2008 at 8.00pm.

 

The meeting closed at 10.08pm.

 

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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Whitchurch Parish Council held in The Church Hall,

Whitchurch on Monday 12th May 2008 at 8.00pm

 

  Attendees: Cllr Pain – Chairman, Cllr Bond, Cllr Meijer, Cllr Newman, Cllr Foot, Cllr Leggett, , Sue Mordue – Clerk, 13 members of the public.

 

750 Election of the Chairman of the Council: Cllr Pain was nominated. The nomination was seconded. There were no further nominations. Cllrs unanimously voted Cllr Pain as Chairman for the ensuing year and he duly signed the declaration of acceptance of office.

 

751 Apologies – Cllr Walker.

 

752 Election of the Vice-Chairman of the Council: Cllr Bond was nominated. The nomination was seconded. There were no further nominations. Cllrs unanimously voted Cllr Bond as Vice-Chairman for the ensuing year and he duly signed the declaration of acceptance of office.

 

753 To decide when any declarations of acceptance of office, register of interests which have not been received as provided by law shall be received: Cllr Walker absent and would provide at the next meeting.

 

754 To appoint representatives to outside bodies: Cllr Newman was appointed to continue to represent Whitchurch Parish Council at the NAGs meetings, and Cllr Pain at the Local Councils Communication Group.

 

755 To appoint committees /working groups: The recreation Field Working Group would continue with Cllr Pain, Cllr Bond, Cllr Foot and Cllr Newman with Mr Smethurst and Mrs Shepherd being the members.

 

756 To review and confirm the standing orders: These were amended to reflect the adoption of the new Code of Conduct, and were accepted.

 

757 To review and confirm the Terms of Reference for the Recreation Field Working Party: these were accepted. The working party would continue to put all recommendations to the Parish Council for decision.

 

758 Open Forum for Parishioners:

a. Concern was expressed about the traffic speeds and parking around the school. Council agreed to ask County Councillor Quintin Ing Chambers to a meeting to allow residents to air their concerns directly with him.

b. Request for the Footpath behind the Church Hall to be cleared.

 

759 Declaration of interest in items on the agenda: Cllr Pain and Newman declared their prejudicial interest in respect of item 770a) as they are members of the British Legion.

 

760 The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 14th April 2008 were confirmed as a true record.

 

761 Matters arising from those minutes not covered by the agenda:

c. Request to move the Dog Bin on Oving Road opposite Stud – the Council agreed that Cllr Bond would find an alternative location for the bin so it is not directly outside their house, and report back to the next meeting. The Council agreed that if any further bins were put in they would first approach residents at the proposed location before installing.

d. A Radwell – to discuss the job description received from Mr Radwell - the Council confirmed they were happy with the proposed job description and frequency of cleaning the shelters.

 

762 Finance:

e. To agree the accounts for the year to date end April 2008 – due to the timing of receipt of statements the accounts would be circulated and reviewed at next months meeting.

f. The Council resolved to issue the following cheques: Clerks Pay and Expenses £316.06, Allianz Insurance £693.02

 

763 2007/08Audit:

g. To sign off audit information for the year end March 2008: Clerk recommended waiting to sign off until the following month when the amounts for the Insurance values and fixed asset register would be agreed.

h. Following his review of the Insurance Policy Schedule Cllr Meijer recommended that a small working party should be set up to propose figures. Cllr Meijer and Cllr Foot agreed to put proposals together with the assistance of the Clerk.

i. Cllr Foot presented his recommendations for a Risk Assessment document to the Council. This was accepted by the Council and would be a working document which can be updated at any meeting. It was noted that this will require updating as the Recreation Field Project continues.

 

764 Recreation Ground:

j. To update on recreation ground working group proposals: Positive feedback had been received at the May Feast in the Village regarding the layout proposed for the whole Recreation Field Project.

k. Cllr Pain requested agreement from the Council to accept Kompans quotation. The Clerk confirmed that the S106 monies in the commuted fund could be used for any purpose. However the current funding already agreed fell short of the amount required to fund the desired equipment in the Play Area. The Council agreed to reduce costs by undertaking the fencing by a local contractor and removing an item of equipment from the play area plan to ensure that this fits within our current budget without using the commuted sum.

l. Two tenders were received and the Council decided to accept Lynch Garden Services quotation to cut the grass on the recreation field.

m. The council agreed to accept the quotation from George Cheshire and dig a pond at the Recreation field. The feedback from the May Feast was positive regarding this as the illustration showed its position at the far side of the field away from the Play Area. Cllr Pain would check with George when would be a good time to do this and also check with Agripower when they are to drain the field.

 

765 The following planning applications were discussed and recommendations were:

n. 08/00928/AAD – Whitchurch Service Station – two internally illuminated single sided pole mounted signs – the Council resolved to OPPOSE this application as it was not in keeping with a village environment and would cause excessive light pollution.

o. 08/00978/ACD and 08/00976/APP – The White Horse – demolition of function room and rear extension and erection of 3 dwellings- The Council resolved to OPPOSE this application as there are no parking spaces for the restaurant.

p. 08/01020/APP and 08/01022/ALB– Mullions – 11 Market Hill – single storey rear extension and detached garage/store – the Council resolved it had NO OBJECTIONS to this application.

 

766 Highways:

q. To report and update on issues and repairs:

· Pot holes to be reported to HOC at middle Ashgrove Gardens and opposite Trent Cottage Oving Road.

· The hedge is obstructing the footway at Sandpath. As hedge cutting is not normally allowed at this time of year Clerk to ask HOC whether this can be cut as it is an obstruction. If this is permissible under these circumstances then Reg Porter to be asked to cut it.

r. Clerk updated on costs of community speed watch from Swanbourne Parish Clerk: The speedwatch cost £2344.31 incl VAT, the manufacturers gave a brief introduction. TV Police require operators to wear the high visibility jackets and position themselves in set places through the village. At present Swanbourne are not using the system as the Police require the village co-ordinator to undergo training before presenting the information gained. It would appear that they are not quite sure how to accept it. A call for volunteers has gone out as it was found in the trial that it is essential to have at least 2 people on duty. It was difficult to record, accurately, the registrations of the offenders. Council agreed that when more information is available form Swanbourne regarding its use and experience then they would consider contributing to a shared devise with other members of the NAG if appropriate.

 

767 Footpaths & Footways:

s. To report and update on issues and repairs: The footway to Oving along the Oving Road which needs resurfacing was viewed by BCC HOC as it is frequently used by the elderly from Chiltern View up to the Doctors. BCC will fill in the major holes and patch however there is no budget this year to undertake resurfacing of the whole footway.

t. Update re bus shelter Swan Close: Clerk has requested clear Perspex from BCC/JCDeacaux as it is difficult to see through the shelter as it presently had thick obscured anti vandal Perspex on it. BCC awaiting a response. Also the area behind the shelter requires digging out to allow people to pass on this already narrow footway. This will be done shortly by BCC.

 

768 Street Lighting: Street light in Ashgrove Gardens still awaiting power to be connected by Central Networks.

 

769 Parish Plans: The Council resolved that they would invite Bucks Community Action to do a short briefing on Parish Plans to Councillors prior to a Council meeting at 7.45pm.

 

770 To discuss any correspondence and other communications received since last meeting not covered by the agenda including:

u. Letter from Whitchurch Royal Legion requesting erection of a seat in memory of Dr Brown: the Council expressed concern over the proposed location of the seat in front of 13 Market Hill due to the current youth problems in the village. Therefore they agreed to respond that the location was not appropriate, and perhaps as Dr Brown was President of the Cricket Club for many years would they consider putting the seat either at the cricket ground or at the recreation ground.

 

771 Communications: Web Site – the agenda is now put onto the website along with the minutes.

 

772 Other Business: District Councillor update: nothing to report.

 

773 Complete Police Community Feedback Form:

v. People are not picking up after their dogs on the field.

w. Bark of a cherry tree had been stripped off by a dog with the owners watching and not stopping it.

x. Residents of Market Hill are having problems with youths with harassment and abuse from children and knocking on residents window to try and frighten them. The Police are involved and will be on more frequent surveillance.

y. In Ashgrove Gardens - youths are spitting on peoples windows, using foul language and gathering to drink alcohol.

z. Clerk will ask the police to attend the next meeting to respond to residents concerns.

 

774 To agree date of next meeting: Monday 9th June 8.00pm.

The meeting closed at 10.27pm.

 

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Minutes of the Meeting of Whitchurch Parish Council

held in The Church Hall, Whitchurch

on Monday 14th April 2008 at 8.00pm

 

Attendees: Cllr Pain – Chairman, Cllr Bond, Cllr Meijer, Cllr Newman, Cllr Foot, Cllr Leggett, Cllr Walker, Sue Mordue – Clerk, Freda Ackroyd BCC, 3 members of the public.

731 -Apologies – none.

 

732 - Open Forum for Parishioners.

 

733 - Declaration of interest in items on the agenda: Cllr Meijer declared his prejudicial interest in respect of planning application 08/00746/APP as he is a neighbour.

 

734 -The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 10th March 2008 were confirmed as a true record.

 

735 - Matters arising from those minutes not covered by the agenda: none.

736 - Finance:

a. The bank statements had only just been received by the clerk due to delay in the post therefore the accounts would be circulated for the year to date end March 2008 and signed off at the May meeting.

b. The Council resolved to issue the following cheques:

Bucks Home Improvement (re bus shelter removal) £275.00

AVDC (Dog Bins) £474.75

Bucks Community Action £20.00

Clerks Pay and Expenses £337.19

737 - 2007/08Audit:

c. The Council resolved the appointment of the Internal Auditor for 2007/08 and 2008/09 to be Jonathan Gibbs as in the previous year. Clerk will write and request his confirmation of continued Independence.

d. Cllr Meijer agreed to undertake the review of the Insurance Policy Schedule and make a recommendation to the Council at the May meeting.

e. Cllr Foot and Cllr Walker agreed to undertake a risk assessment of the Parish Council and make a recommendation at the May meeting.

 

738 - The following planning applications were discussed and recommendations were:

a. 08/00669/APP – 3 The Meadows – conservatory – the Council resolved it had NO OBJECTIONS to this application.

b. 08/00768/APP – 58 Oving Road – two storey rear extension and detached garage– the Council resolved it had NO OBJECTIONS to this application.

c. 08/00548/APP – 10 Rickyards Close – conservatory– the Council resolved it had NO OBJECTIONS to this application.

Cllr Meijer left the Council for this application:

d. 08/00746/APP – 52 High Street – detached dwelling and garage – the Council resolve it was OPPOSED to this application and commented that i) The Council has reservations whether the green lane access is allowed. ii) Visibility issues with accessing onto main road iii) The Design and Access statement is incorrect regarding the number of vehicle movements. It states that it is currently for 3 dwellings however it is for 3 dwellings plus 5 more - for properties on the high street who have their parking areas and garages in Post Office Lane, number 3 has part Industrial use and vehicles are frequently coming and going with this use. Also at the east end of Post Office Lane there is an agricultural field with a shed used by a farrier who frequently comes and goes as he uses it as his store. This would then have a further 3 vehicle movements added to it for a new dwelling and it is a single track road with no footpath.

Cllr Meijer rejoined the Council:

e. 08/00253/ACD – 18 Little London – demolition of existing shed– the Council resolved it had NO OBJECTIONS to this application.

f. 08/00252/APP – 18 Little London – erection of a summerhouse– the Council resolved it had NO OBJECTIONS to this application.

 

739 - Freda Ackroyd Local Area Co-ordinator Getting Closer to Communities BCC updated the meeting on:

f. The New Dawn event 3/5/08 for young people to find out what is going on in Aylesbury.

g. VAHT meeting 23/04/08 in Haddenham Village Hall - a talk on drug and alcohol abuse

h. Notified that 16/17 year olds if at college they can do any single bus journey for £1.

i. A Service Excellence Event would be held 25/04/08 by the BCC Getting Closer to Communities Team to do some quick fixes and Action plans.

Cllr Pain thanked her on behalf of the Council for attending the meeting.

740 - Highways: The clerk updated on:

j. Swan Close Bus Shelter – this had now been removed and a new shelter put in by JCDecaux FOC. Claim for burnt shelter and removal costs have been passed to ARRIVA’s Insurer for payment.

k. A meeting was held with The School Headmaster, BCC Safer Routes to School and Highways on Call along with members of the Council and Clerk outside the School at 3.00pm to see and discuss the North Marston Lane/Ashgrove Gardens school traffic issues. This has now kick started a working group at the school to create a School Travel Plan.

l. More parents are starting to use the recreation field for parking however Clerk to ask the PCSO to revisit and book cars parking illegally and causing obstructions.

m. SID loan had been offered to residents of Mount Pleasant however this has not been taken up so this matter is now closed.

n. It was decide to await the data from the truvello strips in Oving road past the Doctors surgery before anything further is done with the data received from the turvello strips on Oving Road outside Hunters Yard.

o. Grit Bins: the Council resolved to approach County Councillor Quintin Ing-Chambers for funding for 4 bins to be sited at Church Lane, outside the School and the senior citizens bungalows in Ashgrove gardens and the location of the other will be decided if received.

p. Speedwatch – clerk was asked to gain costs from Swanbourne Parish Council in respect of their speedwatch equipment.

 

741 - Footpaths & Footways:

q. Footpath 21 is now excellent with the stile having been removed, and new steps and hand rail added.

r. The footway to Oving along the Oving road needs resurfacing – clerk to report to BCC as it is frequently used by the elderly from Chiltern View up to the Doctors.

s. BCC Transportation advised extra funds were available – BCC are currently focusing on pot holes so Cllrs to report any to the Clerk or HOC.

 

742 - Street Lighting: Street light outside 22 Ashgrove Gardens has no power to it so E Sharp Electrical have requested EDF re connect the supply to the pole but this may take several months.

 

743 - Parish Plans: Cllr Pain outlined the potential benefits of undertaking a Parish Plan and emphasised it is for the community to undertake but the Parish Council can act as a catalyst to start the process off. The Council decided to pursue initial investigations about this with a meeting with Bucks Community Action.

 

744 - Recreation Ground:

t. The working party had obtained tenders from 3 suppliers and recommended to the Council that their preferred supplier is Kompan. The Council resolved that Kompan are the preferred supplier for the Playground equipment.

u. The Council resolved to accept Agipower’s revised quotation for drainage as agreed with WREN. The Play Area specialist had confirmed that the drainage work could go ahead as their work is not dependant on the drainage.

v. Funding had now been agreed as: £40k WREN, £8k AVDC, £1k AVDC Community Chest, £500 AVDC Biodiversity, £1k Whitchurch and Creslow Community Association and £1k from County Cllrs fund.

w. Final quotations are being negotiated with Kompan and the working party aims to get as much done of the project as possible based on these funds. Final costs to be forwarded to WREN when agreed with Kompan.

x. Pond quotation had been received from George Cheshire and circulated. Decision to be made at next meeting.

y. Clerk asked to obtain Tenders for grass cutting for the area around the car park and a walking area around field on the Recreation Ground.

 

745 - To decide whether/who to respond to correspondence and other communications received since last meeting including:

z. BCC Buckinghamshire Locality Strategy Consultation on a Partnership Approach – Cllr Bond is on the committee for this so no comment required.

aa. Draft Housing Strategy – no response.

bb. Best Kept Village and Village of the Year Competitions entrance forms – Cllr Pain agreed to complete entrance forms.

cc. BRAG Consultation – no response.

dd. BCC Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Development Plan Document – Cllr Bond is on the Scrutiny Committee for this so no response required.

 

746 - Web Site Communications:

ee. Communication had been made from an ex resident of Spring Cottage who’s father had put together a book on Whitchurch. This has been added to the History of Whitchurch and can been viewed on the website.

ff. Cllr Pain agreed to put the meeting agendas on the website if possible.

 

747 - Other Business:

gg. District Councillor updated that the focus at the moment is on where the expansion of Aylesbury will be with new plans to look at both the Southern arc as well as the expansion to the East through Bierton connecting up with Watermead.

hh. To update on Affordable Housing survey- no update this month.

 

748 - Complete Police Community Feedback Form: It was reported that youths had been camping in the recreation field and had been consuming alcohol (the bottles had been tidied up).

 

749 - The next meeting would be on 12th May 2008 starting with the Annual Parish Meeting at 7.00pm followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council commencing at 8.00pm.

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Minutes of the Meeting of Whitchurch Parish Council

held in The Church Hall, Whitchurch

 on Monday 10th March at 8.00pm

Attendees: Cllr Pain – Chairman, Cllr Bond, Cllr Newman, Cllr Foot, Cllr Leggett, Cllr Walker, Sue Mordue – Clerk, 9 members of the public.

715 Apologies - Cllr Meijer

716 Open Forum for Parishioners

717 Declaration of interest in items on the agenda: Cllr Pain declared he was a Trustee of the Legion Hall however the Council decided this had no influence on his opinions regarding Planning Application 08/00007/APP. Therefore there were no declarations of interest.

718 The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 11th February 2008 were confirmed as a true record subject to an amendment to the final minute 714 to ‘It was agreed that the next meeting will be Monday 10th March at a new start time of 8.00pm’.

719 Matters arising from those minutes not covered by the agenda:

a. The scaffolding erected on High Street for the thatch did require a licence from BCC regarding its obstruction to the footpath. However this was not gained but they had finished and removed the scaffolding before BCC could make them go through the correct process. Footway Closures are not notified to Parish Councils.

b. Police speed monitoring on High Street – the PCSO is unable to establish who undertook this exercise therefore no data is available.

720 Finance:

c. Bank reconciliation and Accounts for February month end were agreed as reviewed.

d. It was resolved that the following cheques be paid:

BALC   £102.85

E Sharp Electrical   £48.47

Clerks exp   £343.32

e. Statements confirm Nat West has now closed the accounts with them. All banking is now with Lloyds TSB.

721 To discuss planning applications and make recommendations:

a. The Council resolved it objected to application 07/03187/APP – 5a High Street – use of land as a car wash – additional information environmental noise assessment received for comment and the Parish Council continues to stand by its previous objections to this application.

b. The Council resolved it had no objections to these applications:

i. 08/00292/ALB – Fairings 2 Castle Lane – conversion of garage to dining room.

ii. 08/00410/ATP – 10 Firs Close – crown lift one horse chestnut

iii. 08/00174/APP – 2 Bushmead Road – (Hardwick Parish) – Conversion and extension of Barn to form dwelling and alterations to existing access.

c. The Council resolved that it supported the applications:

i. 08/00007/APP – The Vicarage - Demolition of church hall, erection of two detached dwellings and erection of new church hall with associated parking.

ii. 08/00007/ALB - The Vicarage - Demolition of church hall, erection of two detached dwellings and erection of new church hall with associated parking.

722 Highways:

f. Swan Close Bus Shelter – Insurers had confirmed that they were investigating and someone would be in contact shortly to replace the shelter.

g. North Marston Lane/Ashgrove Gardens school traffic issue –the Clerk had arranged a meeting for 17th March at 3.00pm at the school with representatives from BCC Highways, Parish Council, School Headmaster, and BCC Travel Plan Advisor to visit the site and discuss options. PSCO had already visited and had held a meeting with the Head. On this occasion she verbally warned motorists that they had committed Traffic offences, when she visits again she will give out tickets.

h. Truvello strips on Oving Road – The Police had put them down in the incorrect place outside Hunters Yard Oving Road instead of past the bus stop outside the Doctors. The data from this site would be received by the Council and they would put the strips down again in the correct location.

i. SID Loan for Mount Pleasant – Clerk had written to Mr Warner offering the use of SID however no response received.

j. Clerk to advise BCC Highways on Call:

  •  Mount Pleasant to Oving Road – the drain is still flooding and Draincare are required to clear this.
  • Verge on the roundabout of Buckingham Road and Oving Road - the verge was dug out by a vehicle some time ago. The sign was replaced but the hole in the grass verge remains.

723 Footpaths & Footways:

k. Footpath 21 which runs from the telephone kiosk in the High Street is having the style replaced which should allow easier accessibility.

l. Footpath 40/41 – Church Headland Lane – The post and the finger post had been removed. The access to the field signage pointing to footpath 41 is missing.

724 Street Lighting: Light reported out again outside 22 Ashgrove Gardens. As this keeps breaking next time the Council would consider replacing it with a new light as there are 2 in stock already which could be used.

725 Recreation Ground:

m. Kompan surveyor has advised that work can start on the Play Area and they do not need to wait for the drainage work first. The working group and Kompan are to hold a meeting to decide what items will go in now and which will have to wait for further monies following the price increase. George Cheshire has been asked for a written quotation for the pond works which will be discussed at next meeting.

n. Finance/ funding – applications have gone to:

  •  AVDC Biodiversity for £500.00,
  • £1000.00 BCC Community Chest,
  • County Councillor Quintin Ing-Chambers to a donation of £1000.00.

o. John O’Connor damage compensation of £100.00 has been received into the Recreation field accounts.

p. Mobile Skate Park will be at the Recreation Ground car park on Thursday 17th April 12pm-4pm. Cllr Walker agreed to meet AVDC to set up and ensure it is sited correctly and safely in view of drainage works which may have commenced by this date. Is being advertised in the magazine and on the notice boards.

726 Communications:

q. Web Site – Minutes are now included and up to date. Cllr Pain asked if anyone wishes to become the editor to please let him know.

r. Annual Parish Meeting – It was agreed to hold this on 12th May 2008 at 7.00pm followed by the AGM at 8.00pm. The meeting will be advertised in the magazine and on the notice boards.

s. Village Meeting – Date of this will be agreed after the APM and invitees will be written to requesting their presence so there are representatives from groups in the village.

727 Correspondence and other communications received since last meeting including:

t. It was decided to enter the Best Kept Village and the Village of the Year Competitions

u. Response had been received from VAHT re grass on Ashgrove Gardens – they had spoken with the Headmaster and he had agreed to raise the issue in the school newsletter and encourage parking at the recreation field. Longer term they have submitted a request to the projects team to carry out a feasibility report in respect of installing wooden railings to the area.

v. Bob Still had been nominated as Volunteer of The Year in the AVDC competition. The AVDC panel which decides on the winner has requested further information on his achievements and Cllr Newman agreed to provide this.

728 Other Business:

w. District Councillor - nothing to report.

x. Affordable Housing – no further progress to report. DVD has been issued promoting Affordable Housing to parishes which includes Whitchurch as an example.

729 Complete Police Community Feedback Form – nothing to report.

730 Date of next meeting 14th April 2008 at 8.00pm.

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Minutes of the Meeting of Whitchurch Parish Council

held in The Church Hall, Whitchurch

on Monday 11th February 2008 at 7.30pm

 

Attendees: Cllr Pain –Chairman, Cllr Bond, Cllr Newman, Cllr Foot, Cllr Leggett, Cllr Meijer, Sue Mordue – clerk, 3 members of the public.

 

699 Apologies - Cllr Walker.

 

700 -Open Forum for Parishioners:

a. Concerns expressed over the traffic around the school re parking on the pavements, speeding and parking on the grass verges. Clerk will look into signage, criteria for 20mph speed limit and write to VAHT re grass condition.

b. Letter read out from Mr AL Smith objecting to the Planning Application at 32 Oving Road.

 

701 - Declaration of interest in items on the agenda: None.

 

702 - The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 14th January 2008 were confirmed as a true record.

 

703 - Matters arising from those minutes not covered by the agenda: none.

 

704 - Finance:

a. Accounts for January month end to be agreed at March meeting as not yet circulated.

b. It was resolved that the following cheques be paid:

D W Windsor   £259.50

E Sharp Electrical   £131.71

Clerks exp   £312.43

Closing balance from Nat West Ac £709.67

Credits received to Lloyds account:

Ex gratia Payment Nat West   £100.00

Closing Balance from Nat West Ac £709.67

c. Nat West had still not closed the account or sent the closing balance. Clerk is dealing with their complaints dept. New form signed by 2 Councillors to close the account, and cheque drawn to take all the funds out and put into Lloyds account. £100 ex gratia payment given by Nat West as they had lost the mandates and not acted on any instructions.

d. The appointment of External Auditor was agreed as Mazars LLP cost £135.00 as advised by the Audit Commission.

 

705 - To discuss planning applications and make recommendations:

07/03485/APP – 41 Ashgrove Gardens – Two storey side extension and attached garage – the Council resolved it had no objections to this application.

07/03430/ATC – Land between 3 and 5 Little London – works to Sycamore – the Council resolved it had no objections to this application.

07/03347/APP – 32 Oving Road - two storey rear extension, conversion of loft and garage to living accommodation and new chimney – the Council resolved it had no objection to this application, however commented that the permission should include ensuring there is enough parking within the property grounds, safe access onto the road and vehicles should park carefully during the build.

 

706 - Highways: Update re

a. Oving Road embankment – this has now been delayed until after April 2008 due to BCC cost cuts this financial year (end March 08).

b. Swan Close Bus Shelter – Paul Goodwin BCC has approached J C Decaux to provide a free bus shelter for advertising and following the bus fire this has been chased up. Clerk has also written to ARRIVA requesting compensation for their bus burning down the bus shelter.

c. Mount Pleasant - PCSO still establishing procedure for loan of SID.

d. Outside Whitchurch House Oving Road pot hole has been filled.

 

e. To report to BCC:

i. Holes along Bushmead Road past the butchers.

ii. Scaffolding on pavement at corner of Oving Road and High Street is hazard for pedestrians. Clerk to confirm with BCC what procedure is for notifying the Parish Council that footpaths will be closed.

iii. Hole in North Marston Road as turn in from Oving Road, before the school.

iv. Hole in road outside 33 High Street

v. Speed camera signs – advised by BCC that a resident had put them there. Councillors suspect it was the Police as they had been doing speed monitoring. Clerk to check and try and obtain speed data if available.

 

707 - Footpaths & Footways:

a. Footpath 1 reported to BCC Rights of Way Officer as the first stile is blocked by a padlock, then the second stile which goes into a garden the owners have put wood up to obstruct it and a sign saying ‘Beware of the Dog’.

b. Cllr Pain reminded everyone that he has a stock of footpath roundels (yellow circular signs) that can be put up along footpaths. Agreed to put some up along footpath 28.

c. To report – Stile from Bushmead Road onto footpath 51 is too tall for people to get over.

 

708 - Street Lighting: nothing to report.

 

709 - Recreation Ground:

a. Drainage – agreed to use Agripower, costs covered by WREN , AVDC and small amount by the Parish Council as the revised quotation was more than previously requested.

b. Play Area – revised quote coming from Kompan. Layout and equipment agreed and it may be that it is not all able to be done this year. May seek extra funds next year to cover what can’t be done this year. Checking whether drainage needs to be completed before they can start, or whether they can start soon.

c. Wildlife Area – working party now established and will present plan to the Council in the future. Funding for this would have to be sought (from Community Chest grant, Paul Holton AVDC, County Councillor?).

d. Finance / funding – will need to focus on this. Chairman of Whitchurch and Creslow Community Association has promised money from the bonfire night (approx £700) to be used to purchase an item for the Play Area.

e. Tim Clark BCC has come back to the clerk re the damage done by O’Connors, and apologised as he thought the matter had been rectified. In light of the imminent drainage of the field he is requesting a donation from O’Connor as compensation.

 

710 - Communications: Web Site – ex resident of The Laurel had contacted and requested pictures.

 

711 -Correspondence and other communications received since last meeting including:

a. Archaeological Department mentioned Whitchurch as being a village to be surveyed. Cllr Pain had registered the Historical Society and the village’s interest in assisting in 2009 when the research should be done.

b. 14th Feb Minerals and Waste Core Strategy meeting will be attended by Cllr Bond

c. 27th Feb GC2C meeting will be attended by Cllr Pain and Bond.

d. 23rd April NERC Act 2006 and sec 40 the biodiversity duty meeting needs a volunteer to attend.

 

712 - Other Business:

e. District Councillor update – budget set at 4% increase, 13,000 letters received against the expansion of Aylesbury to the South therefore AVDC will now look instead at the north of Aylesbury around Parkway.

f. To update on Affordable Housing survey – land owners of potential sites being approached. Cllr Pain to attend BCA meeting showing film of how potential sites are identified and the process. Cllr Meijer will attend on the 10th March.

g. It was agreed to invite key people from the various village organisations to the Annual Parish Meeting and after they have given their reports there would be an opportunity to advise the Council on what they see as the issues which need addressing in the village. Location would be the Legion Hall and also an article should be placed in the Village News advertising that anyone who runs an organisation or who wishes to attend is most welcome.

 

713 - Complete Police Community Feedback Form:

h. Parking, speeding issue around school

i. Speed camera notices – is there any data available form this.

 

714 - It was agreed that the next meeting will be Monday 10th March at a new start time of 8.00pm.

 

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Minutes of the Planning Meeting of Whitchurch Parish Council

held in The Church Hall, Whitchurch

on Monday 14th January 2008 at 7.30pm

 

Attendees: Cllr Bond Chaired the Meeting, Cllr Newman, Cllr Foot, Cllr Leggett, Cllr Meijer, Cllr Walker Sue Mordue – clerk, 6 members of the public.

683 -Apologies - Cllr Pain.

684 -Open Forum for Parishioners: Issued raised concerning the car wash application and signage still not replaced by BCC.

685 -Declaration of interest in items on the agenda: Cllr Bond advised he would withdraw from discussions on Planning Application 07/03187/APP – 5a High Street – use of land as car wash, as it might prejudice his view point at the Development Control Committee for AVDC.

686 -The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 12th November 2007 and 10th December 2007 were confirmed as a true record.

687 -To discuss any matters arising from those minutes not covered by the agenda: Cllr Newman advised he was concerned as he had heard that youngsters were using the recreation ground for go-karting, however upon inspection there had been no signs of this.

688 -Finance:

a. The budget as presented to the Council was agreed for 08/09 and is attached to the minutes.

b. The Precept for 08/09 was agreed at £16,000.00

c. It was agreed to transfer the Playing Fields funds to it own bank accounts to be managed as a project with the funds kept separate from the Parish Councils main accounts – see cheque issued below to transfer this.

d. It was resolved that the following cheques be paid:To Recreation Field account £30,978.94

Clerks pay and expenses £315.16

A Radwell bus shelter £12.00

BALC Cllr Meijer training £37.00

Whitchurch PCC footpaths £350.00

SLCC £32.29

689 -The following planning applications were discussed and recommendations were:

Councillor Bond having declared his interest left the room for this item. Cllr Newman took over as Chair for this item.

e. 07/03187/APP – 5a High Street – use of land as car wash – the Council resolve to Oppose this application with comments that:

· The car wash should be sited along the left hand side of the plot adjacent to the workshop.

· There should be proper sound proofing fence.

· The canopy should be lowered and moved to the left hand side.

· The run off from washing cars is a pollutant and should be disposed of in an environmental manner.

· The previous application is not being adhered to.

Councillor Bond returned to the meeting.

f. 07/03162/APP – 56 High Street – alteration to conservatory – the Council resolved it had No Objections to this application.

690 - Highways

g. Update re:

i. Oving Road embankment – still no confirmed date when this work to put slabs down up the bank will be undertaken.

ii. Truvello Strips – will be put down shortly following the holiday period.

iii. Mount Pleasant - SID is being passed to the Police to loan out and therefore we should be able to borrow it shortly once training has been completed and system set up by the police.

iv. There are 2 road signs at Mount Pleasant and outside the Legion Hall Oving Road which have been cleared of foliage.

v. Road bollard has been replaced at narrow point which is one way at end of Oving road where meets the High Street.

vi. The bollards in centre island of the High Street outside the hairdressers have been cleaned.

vii. A hedge was reported as needing to be cut back off the road at the junction of Castle Lane and Market Hill – this was inspected by the Area Technician and not thought to be of an extent to cause obstruction.

viii. In Post Office Lane there was a hole dug by BCC to investigate drainage system in the area. This has now been repaired.

h. To report to BCC:

i. Oving Road embankment getting worse – clerk to chase for a date for when the banks will be supported.

ii. Outside Whitchurch House Oving Road there is a hole in road

iii. Request to investigate water flooding problem at same location as when the road was resurfaced from the Crown and Thistle down to this house the water now misses all the drains and flows down road instead.

iv. In Mount Pleasant – from side door of Whitchurch House the drain is blocked down to the Oving Road junction.

v. The Whitchurch to Cublington Road was not gritted over the Christmas period on 23rd, 26th Dec, 6th and 12th Jan in particular. Result was numerous accidents and Police having to advise road users not to use the road. BCC should be advised this is not acceptable and the road should be gritted.

691 -Footpaths & Footways:

i. Update re: footway outside the Petrol Garage, High Street BCC have raised and order for the broken cover to be taken away and replaced.

j. To be reported:

i. Confirmation required re Footpath 33 along side the Doctors surgery where the second field over people are being told they are not allowed to walk on it where the map indicates it is a footpath.

ii. Victoria Allotments footpath 28 is having things dumped on it.

692 -Street Lighting:

k. Letters have been sent to the Occupants of the property near the Swan Pub requesting the vegetation to be cut back from the street light.

l. Light out reported in Swan Close and outside Swan Pub.

693 -Recreation Ground:

m. WREN funding agreed £40,000.00.

n. AVDC funding agreed £8,000.00.

o. Agripower revised quotation came back as £19,094.94 plus VAT. The Council resolved that the shortfall will be covered by the Parish Council Recreation field funds.

p. Clerk to write to WREN and notify of change in drainage cost, once WREN agreed then can write to Agripower accepting quotation.

q. Separate bank accounts and budget now set up for the Recreation Field and its project.

694 -Communications: Web Site – no updates

695 -Correspondence and other communications received since last meeting including: BCC Parish and Town Council sustainability fund – Clerk highlighted this as interest free loans are available to Councils to help reduce climate change and promote energy efficiency on a local scale.

696 -Other Business:

r. District Councillor updated that AVDC is currently considering the expansion of Aylesbury with 9300 homes being built on the southern arc from Aston Clinton through to Stoke Mandeville and across to Oxford Road Stone. There will be a southern relief road 2 new Secondary Schools and a Grammar School.

s. No update on Affordable Housing available.

697 -Complete Police Community Feedback Form – additional PCSO has been recruited to cover the Winslow Area.

Date of next meeting – 11th February 2008

The meeting closed at 8.45pm

 

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Minutes of the Meeting of Whitchurch Parish Council

held in The Church Hall,

Whitchurch on Monday 12th November 2007 at 7.30pm

 

 

 

Attendees: Cllr Pain – Chairman, Cllr Bond, Cllr Newman, Cllr Foot, Cllr Leggett, Cllr Meijer, Sue Mordue -clerk. 5 members of the public attended.

659 -Apologies - none

660 -Open Forum for Parishioners:

· Residents of Mount Pleasant advised they had been videoing cars which they considered to be doing excessive speed for the road conditions and are sending it to the police. They will provide still photographs to Cllr Newman to take to the next NAG meeting. The Parish Council advised that since the last meeting BCC Highways On Call had checked the height of the speed bumps and these were correct and the road sign has been straightened. BCC Traffic Dept has no evidence that excessive speeds are being done and will not take any action unless speed surveys indicate a problem. (Last survey undertaken indicated average speed of 22-26mph). The residents are to visit MP John Bercow to discuss their issue.

· Church Headland Lane - New dog bin on Church Headland Lane has now been emptied however the Council are asked to consider moving it out of view of houses. The Council agreed to consider this at next meeting as an agenda item. Missing Public footpath signs had been reported to BCC HOC and will take some time to replace. A shield remains on the street light and the Clerk will arrange for it to be removed.

· Concern expressed over traffic speeds along the High Street and when entering Whitchurch from Winslow.

· Two road signs at Mount Pleasant and the Legion Hall are being obscured by foliage – Cllr Foot agreed to chase up with BCC HOC.

 

661 -New Code of Conduct –

Councillors resolved to accept the new Code of Conduct as imposed from 1st October 2007 and to adopt paragraph 12 (2) of the new code allowing Councillors with a prejudicial interest the same rights as a member of the public to speak, and then withdraw when the item is discussed.

662 -Cooption of new Councillor Hans Meijer – The Chairman welcomed Cllr Meijer formally to the Council and the Clerk received and countersigned his Declaration of Acceptance of Office, Register of Interests and he confirmed he has accepted to abide by the Whitchurch Parish Council’s Standing Orders and the new Code of Conduct.

663 -Declaration of interest in items on the agenda: none.

664 -The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 8th October 2007 were confirmed as a true record with the addition of ‘…sent to the magazine Whitchurch News’ to item 655.

665 -To discuss any matters arising from those minutes not covered by the agenda:

· Item 649 - Cllr Pain had met with PCSO Wendy Taylor and walked about the village introducing her to shop owners and highlighted the various sites and problems around the village.

· Item 656 - Cllr Pain had attended the BCA AGM.

666 -Finance:

· It was resolved that the following cheques be paid:

E Sharp Electrical £68.07

E Sharp Electrical £71.19

Sign Wizzard £302.36

Clerks Pay and Expenses £311.77

Complete Gardens Waddesdon £480.00

Neptune Outdoor Furniture Ltd £213.85

The Clerk requested a change of Bank from Nat West to Lloyds TSB. After 4 months Nat West had still not changed the bank signatories nor had they actioned later instructions including changing the Clerks details. The Clerk had still not received any bank statements and was not able to provide the Council with up to date accounts for the meeting. The Council agreed to change the Banking Facilities and completed the account opening forms and signatories, and signed the letter to Nat West requesting them to close the accounts once the new accounts are operational at Lloyds TSB. Cllr Newman had in fact been incorrectly sent the bank statements and a new cheque book for the Council and gave them to the Clerk at the meeting.

667 -The following planning application was discussed and the recommendation was: 07/02775/APP – 7 The Meadows – single storey rear extension (retrospective) - the Council resolved it had no objections.

668 -Highways:

· Oving Road embankment – Clerk advised that BCC HOC had now agreed to install concrete slabs just in front of the houses where the verge has been damaged which should support the verge as well as protect it. The Clerk had also written to Arriva requesting their drivers to be careful along this stretch of road.

· Truvello Strips – The Clerk confirmed the Police have given written confirmation they will put the strips down as requested in Oving Road.

· Mount Pleasant – It was decided that the Clerk should investigate hiring the Speed Indicator Devise and then the residents can gather some speed evidence. This can be hired free and would ascertain whether people are doing over 30mph through this stretch of road or whether it is perceived speed. Cllr Pain agreed he would then liaise with Mr Warner.

669 -Footpaths & Footways:

· BT manhole on Sandpath now repaired.

· Clerk to report to HOC: Outside the Garage there is a sign on the footway re gully clearing. This gully and one the other side of the garage need mending, bollards in centre of the High Street outside the hairdressers need cleaning, hedge needs cutting back at the junction of Castle Lane and Market Hill, Post Office Lane – a hole has been dug by Thames or Anglian Water and left without repairing it.

· Outside the Swan pub the street light has foliage over it.

· Footpaths – numerous signage issues and overgrown access will be reported to Rights of Way Team. Clerk to request information on the funding of Kissing Gates.

670 -Street Lighting:

· Blinking street light at end of Oving Road outside the Legion Hall, in Green Acres Road and Ashgrove Gardens all now repaired.

· Light outside the Swan Pub not working – could be due to the foliage issue.

· Budget 07/08 was for 7 new lights – 5 have been completed and 2 are being held in stock for when required.

671 -Recreation Ground:

· Decision on funding from WREN will be made on 11th December. Drainage would be done first therefore Cllr Pain to get in touch with Agripower regarding possible dates for the work to be done in the New Year.

· Grass Cutting – it was decided not to cut the wild meadow grass area now but to do it in the spring.

· Volunteers have come forward to join the working group for the wildlife area – Ian Stainer Trent Cottage, Russell Carter in the Meadows and Mr Adams. Information from Paul Holton Biodiversity Officer will be given to the group and Cllr Pain will request they come with a recommendation to the Parish Council at the meeting in January.

· New bin has been delivered for the recreation field and is awaiting Cllr Bond to fit it. Padlock has been obtained from AVDC and Cllr Bond and Cllr Pain have spare keys.

· New sign/notice has been installed at the entrance to the recreation ground detailing the conditions of use. As a result the barrier to the car park will now be opened during daylight hours made possible due to the grateful assistance of a local volunteer who will act as the key holder.

672 -Communications:

· Web Site – no update this month.

673 -Correspondence and other communications received since last meeting included:

· Proposed Composting Facility at Manor Farm Hardwick – the second application 07/20006/AWD was refused at the Development Control Committee Meeting on 2nd November on road safety grounds. The outcome of the appeal to their first application should be known in early December.

· Parish Touring Schemes – Music in Quiet Places – this has been left with the Church to decide whether to apply. Perfect Village Sunday – this would be an annual Parish event. It was decided it was too late to organise and apply for this, however will diarise for earlier next year so can plan for it and advise the Community Associations next year.

· There will be an open public Neighbourhood Action Group meeting on 11th December in Granborough Village Hall at 7.30pm. Cllr Pain to suggest to residents of Mount Pleasant that they attend. Cllr Newman will highlight issues of youths asking for money off elderly residents in Whitchurch. We would urge people to go forward to the police with information to keep the village as safe as possible and stop this.

 

674 -Other Business:

· District Councillor – Cllr Newman expressed his concern over the late advertisement of the Senior Wellbeing Fair in Winslow. It was advised by the Police ringmaster less than a week before the event. AVDC are also involved however Cllr Bond advised he was not aware of the event.

· Affordable Housing survey – 3 potential sites identified and clarification now required as to land owners. Bucks Community Action has been given funds to make a film about an Affordable Housing Project and they have chosen Whitchurch as their case study.

 

675 -Complete Police Community Feedback Form:

· Bottles and Glass has been left all over the recreation ground and smashed on the hard surfaces.

· New sign/notice at the recreation ground keeps being turned around.

· Glass in the Parish Council Notice board in Ashgrove Gardens has been smashed.

· Surgery Bus Shelter has had graffiti painted on it. – PCSO will be asked to view pictures of it to help try and identify the culprit.

 

 

676 -Date of next meeting: Monday 14th January 2008

 

The meeting closed at 10.04pm