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Ardington & Lockinge Parish Council

Minutes 15 September 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, 15 September 2016.

Present:   Councillors: Stewart Belcher, Amanda Ferguson, John Hedgecock and Derek Morrow.

 Clerk: Clive Knights. 

Apologies: Ronald East, Helen McAlister, County Councillor, Stewart Lilly, District Councillor, Michael Murray, PCSO, Denise Clements and School Governor, Nicola Merry.


  1. There were no declarations of interest and no hospitality had been received or offered. There were no changes needed to Registers of Interests.
  2. Matters Arising from the Parish Council Meeting on 14 July 2016 and approval of the Minutes.  Application to SSE for a defibrillator was not made because necessary approvals could not be obtained by a 9 September deadline.  All of the other actions had been taken.  The Minutes of this meeting were accepted by Parish Councillors as a true record and signed by the Chair.
  3. Clerk’s Report.  Oxfordshire County Council’s instructions to Hampshire County Council to pay the grass cutting grant of £572.91 had not been successful.  Three attempts had been made to get the grant since July.  The last request was made on 15 September.  The Clerk had responded to a House of Commons’ request for information on the playground and OCC’s request for information on the parish council’s provision of services on behalf of OCC.  The Clerk had made a litter sweep in the villages.
  4. Finance.  With invoices presented Parish Councillors approved earlier payments made to White Horse Horticulture (Ex 14 £485.00 and Ex16 £395.00), to HMRC (Ex 3 £51.50), to the Clerk (Ex3 £206.00 by Standing Order) and to Playsafety, (Ex 15 £96.60).  Approval was given at the meeting to the payment to HMRC (£51.50 Ex3)#.  ACTION 5.1 The Clerk to make the outstanding payment marked by a # sign.
  5. Playground.  Inspection reports were circulated.  A seat of one of the tables had been repaired by the Clerk.  Everything was in order.  The Playground was created 10 years ago.
  6. Street Lights.  ACTION 5.2 The Clerk to check the street light at 43, East Lockinge.
  7. Defibrillator.  The position on 14 September was that .Keith Greig at the Ardington shop no longer operated a defibrillator on an NHS call out.  This arose because the ambulance got to Wantage and Grove before he did.  He planned to install a defibrillator outside the shop.  The Clerk had sent him a quotation for a WEL Medical Ltd., defibrillator exactly the same as the one outside the Wantage library costing £1,381.75 + VAT plus installation.   Lockinge Estate would need to approve the position.  Lockinge Estate considered putting a defibrillator outside the Loyd Lindsay Rooms.  The Boar’s Head had sufficient funds to install a defibrillator in the pub, but probably would not proceed if there was a defibrillator outside the shop.  In that case they might consider contributing to a defibrillator in East Lockinge with additional funds sought by the Parish Council from the SSE Resilience Fund.


    Following an Estate Management Meeting the position as of 15 September from the Estate’s point of view was:


  1. Ardington defibrillator – the preferred location was on the Loyd Lindsay Rooms. The shop installation would require planning consent as it is a listed building. The LLR are central to the village and are after all to be used as the emergency centre in the event of a national emergency.  Power can easily be obtained at this site.


  1. Lockinge defibrillator – the bottom car park next to the BT box remains the favoured location. We have discussed the availability of an electricity supply. We could access the Old Post Office but any new supply involving a road crossing will be costly and therefore probably out of the question. The only other nearby supply would be from Terry Bond’s property . Could we suggest that the Parish Council make contact with Terry to see what his initial reaction would be to this before any further plans are made.


ACTION 5.3 The Clerk to inform Lockinge Estate through Alison Bowler that the PC accepts the Estate’s view, would seek Terry Bond’s approval and that the defibrillator at LLR would need to be powered, illuminated and earthed.  ACTION 5.4 The Clerk to seek approval for a WEL Medical defibrillator to be located in the telephone box in East Lockinge.  ACTION 5.5 The Clerk to request Open Reach to re-establish functioning telephone boxes in Ardington and East Lockinge.


8.  A bus shelter at the Ardington turn on the A417.  The proposed construction of a roundabout created a problem of where to site the shelter and the roundabout might lead to the bus service through Ardington being re-established.  The bus shelter would then be unnecessary.  The Parish Council would be responsible for the cost which would be £2,340 for a roofed structure with 3 glass sides and perch seats.  ACTION 5.6 The Clerk would inform Therese Gilbert that the PC would not install a shelter.

9.  Items for Trumpeter.  ACTION 5.7  The Clerk to add the regular notices about the next Parish Council meeting and the website and add an item about the defibrillator.

10. Date of next meeting, 7.00 p.m. Thursday, 16 November 2016 in Loyd Lindsay Rooms, room 4.


Signed as a true record,




Chair               Date: 16 November 2016.        Distribution: Cllrs Stewart Belcher, Ronald East, Amanda Ferguson, John Hedgecock, Helen McAlister and Derek Morrow.