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Ardington & Lockinge Parish Council

Minutes, 14 July 2016



MINUTES of the Meeting of the Parish Council held in the Loyd Lindsay Rooms, High Street, Ardington, OX12 8PS at 7.00 p.m. on Thursday, 14 July 2016.

Present:   Councillors:   Stewart Belcher, Ronald East, John Hedgecock and Derek Morrow.

County Councillor, Stewart Lilly.  Clerk: Clive Knights. 

Members of the Public: Terry Gashe and Rosemary Gashe, Doreen Legge and Angela Stevens.

Apologies: Amanda Ferguson, Helen McAlister, District Councillor, Michael Murray, PCSO, Denise Clements and School Governor, Nicola Merry.


  1. Stewart Belcher was prepared to continue as Chairman to the end of the PC’s year,
  2. There were no declarations of interest and no hospitality had been received or offered. There were no changes needed to Registers of Interests.
  3. Proposed planning application for a 4 bedroom dwelling on a site north of Lain’s Barn.  Terry Gashe a planning consultant had been appointed to assist Angela Stevens and Doreen Legge in their application for a 4 bedroom bungalow-style property.  The new building would be near a very small barn on 13.5 acres of land purchased in 2005.  There is a “Lawful Certificate to convert the barn into a dwelling.”  An architect had been employed and a plan and picture of the proposed new building were shown.  The development would not be visible from the road.  Terry Gashe emphasised that the land was not in a green belt and not inside an AONB.  It was hoped the Parish Council would look favourably on the planning application.  A “no objections” response would allow the planning officers’ delegated powers to reject the application if they so wished.  A”Fully Support” response would ensure a wider consideration by the Planning Department.
  4. Matters Arising from the Parish Council Meeting on 17 May 2016 and approval of the Minutes.  All the actions had been taken.  Lockinge Trust had made a retrospective application to cut back the Sycamore alongside the barn in School Road.  The Clerk had sent to Trumpeter the regular notice about the next meeting and a note about the new website.  However, a new email address was set-up for Trumpeter which did not operate correctly and the Clerk’s entries sent on 22 June were lost.  The entries were not repeated in a addenda.  The Minutes of this meeting were accepted by Parish Councillors as a true record and signed by the Chair.
  5. Reports. 

County Councillor, Stewart Lilly mentioned that all subsidized bus services had been axed.  The X1 service to Abingdon would be replaced by the A32.  Cllr. Lilly was getting to know the General Manager of Thames Travel very well and hoped to achieve improved services. Forster parents were urgently needed to care for the child migrants who were under 15 and from Africa (Eritrea and Sudan) rather than Syria.  A Play Bus could be booked.  The B4493 between Harwell Village and Didcot would be closed for 10 weeks from 25 July for Thames Water to lay large sewers under the road, paid for by Bloor Homes.  A bus would take an alternative route between Harwell and Didcot.  Wimpy are to build 200 homes off Grove Road west of Harwell and the houses to be built in Valley Park would extend from Didcot to The Kingswell on the A417.  The building of the slip roads at Chilton were delayed by RSPB until a rare bird had nested.  The roundabout at Grove Park Drive/A417 junction was on the planning list.  The Harwell Village A417 roundabout would not proceed because of a Court injunction.  An hourly bus service would operate between Oxford and Birmingham Airport.  The rail link between Oxford and Cambridge was proceeding well and one between Thame, Wheatley and London was planned.

Clerk’s Report.  The Clerk had requested a grant for the Queen’s Birthday celebrations.  The £237 received had been passed to the A&L Sports Club.  The Clerk had requested the clearance of a drain at West Ginge (done) and the clearance of leaves from the pavement and road to East Lockinge Church from the village.  The Clerk had asked Works Yard to cut back the bushes over-hanging the pavement alongside the grounds of Orpwood House


  1. Finance.  With invoices presented Parish Councillors approved earlier payments made to A&L Sports Club (Ex 9 £237.00), two payments to White Horse Horticulture (Ex 10 £525.00 and Ex 13 £435.0), to John Hedgecock for Internal Audit (Ex 11 £36.00), to HMRC (Ex 3 £46.45), to the Clerk (Ex3 £185.80) and Charlton Environmental for weed spraying (Ex12 £132.00). .  Parish Councillors at the meeting approved against invoices payments to HMRC (£51.50 Ex3) # and to the Clerk’s for expenses £76.31 # (see small book).  ACTION 4.1 The Clerk) to make the outstanding payments marked by a # sign.
  2. Playground.  Inspection reports were circulated.  Everything was in order. 
  3. Street Lights.  ACTION 4.2 The Clerk to replace the bulb at 56 Church Street and arrange for a new sensor in the light at Masons’ Court.
  4. Planning.  The Parish Council generally approved the proposed application outlined in Section 3 and wanted to continue to receive hard copies of planning applications as well as the electronic versions.
  5. Defibrillator.  ACTION 4.3 The Clerk to .make an application to SSE for a defibrillator.
  6. Items for Trumpeter.  ACTION 4.4 The Clerk to add the regular notices about the next Parish Council meeting and a note about the website.
  7. Date of next meeting, 7.00 p.m. Thursday, 15 September 2016 in Loyd Lindsay Rooms, room 4,


Signed as a true record,




Chair               Date: 15 September.        Distribution: Cllrs Stewart Belcher, Ronald East, Amanda Ferguson, John Hedgecock, Helen McAlister and Derek Morrow.


By email: County Cllr. Stewart Lilly, District Councillor, Michael Murray, PCSO, Denise Clements and School Governor, Nicola Merry.