Minutes of a Meeting held in Cassington on
Thursday 6th January 2022 @ 7.30pm in the Village Hall
Cllr H Thomas, Cllr C Metcalf, Cllr D Butlin, Cllr B King, Cllr A Goodwin & Clerk Mrs T Cameron plus 1 members of the public
Cllr J Perrin, Cllr C Rylett
|DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
The Parish Council has made the public aware that the meeting is recorded for the clerk to type up the minutes later at home.
Cllr Metcalf declares an interest in 05/22 – Planning Application
Cllr Thomas declares an interest in 05/22b – Tree outside his home
The meeting is recorded by the Clerk to enable her to type up the minutes at a later time but is then deleted.
|MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 2nd December 2021 were approved.
a) Thames Valley Police –
Advice from Trading Standards
There have been an increased number of reports of traders cold calling. The advice below is from Oxfordshire Trading Standards, who lead on the investigations.
It often starts with a leaflet being dropped through the letterbox or a knock at the door.
Before agreeing to any work please consider the following:
Remember that as a consumer you are legally entitled to a 14-day cooling off period for contracts formed at your home.
Please always report suspicious activity to Police on 101 or in an emergency call 999. If a vehicle is involved please try to make a note of the registration plates.
If anyone believes that they have been the victim of such a rogue trader and would like further advice, you can contact the Citizens Advice National Consumer Service on 0800 144 8848 or via its website at www.citizensadvice.org.uk.
Fake emails and text messages are a common tactic used by cyber criminals; their goal is often to convince you to click a link. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer or steal your passwords and personal information.
In order to try and convince you that their messages are legitimate, criminals will pretend to be someone you trust, or from some organization you trust. This could be your Internet Service Provider (ISP), local council, even a friend in need. And they may contact you by phone call, email or text message.
Reporting suspicious emails:
If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, you can report it by forwarding the email to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As of 31st October 2021, the number of suspicious email reports stands at more than 8,100,000, with the removal of more than 67,000 scams and 124,000 URLs.
Thank you for your continued support.
Reporting suspicious text messages:
You can report suspicious text messages to your mobile network provider, for free, by forwarding the text to 7726.
If you forward a text, your provider can investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious. If 7726 doesn’t work, you can find out how to report a text message by contacting your provider.
(On many Android devices and iPhones, pressing and holding on the message bubble should present the option to forward the message)
For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware
b) Report from the Clerk on actions from the last meeting –
· Horsemere Lane/Cassington Lights – Clerk has received an email with regards to a meeting to be help on 11th or 12th January to discuss the lights and junction.
· Tree outside Cllr Thomas house & Tree work on the Green – This has now been done. A part of the wall on the concourse was damaged but this has now also been fixed.
· War Memorial – James Mackintosh is more than happy to do a report on the War Memorial. This will be done 5 yearly. Parish Council agreed to have one done now as a starting point.
· Parking on the Green – The School has put something in their newsletter and the Village Hall has advised that they will remind people not to park on The Greeen.
· Notice Board – Council has agreed to purchase a new notice board.
Previous Planning Application: –
APPLICATION NO: 20/01734/OUT
LOCATION: Land North of A40 Section from Barnard Gate To Eynsham Roundabout Eynsham
APPLICANT: Grosvenor Developments Ltd
DECISION: UNDER CONSIDERATION
APPLICATION NO: R3.0034/21
PROPOSAL: Request for Scoping Opinion for the proposed A40 Smart Corridor works, including
i) Dualling of a 3.2km section of the A40 between the Hill Farm Junction to the proposed Eynsham Park and Ride and upgrade to shared path on northern verge, ii) widening of existing carriageway to provide dedicated eastbound and westbound priority bus lanes along 6.5km section between proposed Park and Ride and Duke’s Cut iii) capacity and connectively improvements over three bridges and a culvert at
Dukes Cut to enable eastbound bus lane over the bridges at A40 between Witney and Duke’s Cut
APPLICANT: Oxfordshire County Council
DECISION: AWAITING DECISION
APPLICATION: 21/03030/LBC – 21/03029/HHD
PROPOSAL: Single storey and 1 1/2 storey extensions, interior remodelling, amendment to
driveway and boundary fencing
LOCATION: Lime Cottage Bell Lane Cassington
APPLICANT: Iain Humphrey
DECISION – UNDER CONSIDERATION
APPLICATION NO: 21/03703/HHD
PROPOSAL: Erection of single storey extensions to enlarge lounge and utility room, including provision of WC. Construction of covered walkway to side entrance. Replace existing garage roof with pitched roof and alterations to vehicular access with additional off-street parking.
LOCATION: 2 The Tennis Cassington Witney
APPLICANT: Mr &Mrs Metcalf
APPLICATION NO: 21/03845/HHD
PROPOSAL: Proposed basement extension, replace existing timber framed windows and doors with new double-glazed metal framed windows and doors; change one of the south facing ground floor windows to a door set Town and Country Planning Act
LOCATION: The Granary Jericho Farm Worton
APPLICANT: Mr & Mrs Ivanovic
DECISION: UNDER CONSIDERATION
Nothing to report
|REPORTS FROM COUNTY, DISTRICT & PARISH COUNCILLORS:
County Councillor – Cllr Levy
This is due to go out to formal planning. Cllr Levy assumes that the lights will be smart lights to enable more cars to flow better. The Inspectorate is due to come back with his comments on his report on the Local Plan. There are 20mph going out across the county. A new bus service from Standlake to Eynsham is now running and is proving popular.
There is consultations going on with the OCC Budget.
District Councillors –
Not a lot has been going on but the waste collection date has changed.
There is not a lot of news on the Wall on Bell Lane or Reynolds Farm. Enforcement is still going ahead.
Parish Councillors –
a) Neighbourhood Watch
|CLIMATE CHANGE UPDATE
Nothing to report
|QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC:
Resident – Are the A40 works by Cassington just to do with the lights or is there going to be the bus lane, cycle path?
Resident – There are a lot of sewerage trucks coming through the village from South Leigh as it is currently broken. At least 6 an hour. Some of the drivers are speeding through the village.- Cllr Levy advised he would send an email Thames Water and advise them and ask them to rectify the issue.
Resident – Asking if there was any progress on the posts by the island. Cllr Levy advised he would deal with it.
|DITCHES DRAINAGE AND FLOODING:
Please can people remember to things on fix my street on the WODC website.
Speedwatch – The clerk is awaiting to hear back from the Speedwatch volunteers to see who would like to be the administrator.
|PLAY AREA/PLAY FIELD:
At the moment WODC come to the Parish to check the play area and recreation ground. We are under no contract with them to do so. The Clerk is proposing that we cancel WODC as it would save the Parish Council around £500 per year – The Council Approved this.
The Clerk has found that a lot of companies are not happy to provide a quote for a swing.
Proludic has quoted £3121.95 for the double toddler swing and installation. – The Council have agreed that as the clerk has not been able get 3 quotes to go ahead and accept Proludic quote.
There are 5 people who would like to sponsor a tree to go up on the recreation ground.
Payments to be approved:
Balance of Unity Bank as of Sunday 2nd January 2022 – £17,419.94
APPLICATION NO: 21/04050/HHD
PROPOSAL: Replacement Ground Floor Rear Extension and Formation of new First Floor Extension
LOCATION: 2 Bell Lane Cassington Witney
APPLICANT: Ms C Waters
COMMENT DATE: 20th December 2021
APPLICATION NO: 21/04051/HHD
PROPOSAL: First Floor Rear Extension
LOCATION: 3 Bell Lane Cassington Witney
APPLICANT: Mr And Mrs D Wright
COMMENT DATE: 20th December 2021
|ANY OTHER BUSINESS
a) Council Approval of the Neighbourhood Plan – The Council have approved the Neighbourhood Plan. They would also like the thank Alex Rogers for all the hard work that he has put into the Neighbourhood Plan and the Green Infrastructure Plan.
b) Set up Clerk core hours pay via standing order – Due to Cllr Thomas standing down as chair it might be easier for the Clerks core hours to be paid by standing order. It was decided that Cllr King would take over the Unity Payments.
c) Cancel Zoom Subscription – As we are no longer allowed to do Zoom meetings the Clerk proposed that we cancel the Zoom Subscription as we could use the free version – The Council have agreed to this.
d) Agree for 2022 Council Meetings – Meetings have been agreed.
e) Balance Pond – Cllr Butlin has spoken to Blenheim with regards to the Balance Pond they are not going to look at fencing it off and it is very overgrown – The Parish Council will monitor it.
|DATE OF NEXT MEETINGS:
Mid Monthly Planning Meeting – No Meeting Needed
Date of the next Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 3rd February 2022