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Highlights of Meetings in 2010

December 2010

Sycamore on Lower Radley green : The works had been carried out earlier in the week and it was reported that there had been significant rot in the branches that were removed. The wood had been left cut to lengths suitable for firewood.

Bylaws: The Council was concerned about dogs and motorbikes on the playing field and noted that bylaws were in place. The OALC had advised that that failure to obey a byelaw is a criminal offence and gives advice on enforcement and penalties. Councillors were asked to approach people who are infringing Playing Field bylaws…

Application for a Certificate of Lawfulness by Mr J Curtis : The Council agreed to write to OCC to ask them to act promptly to refuse this application, while noting that a further extension of time may be requested until further information requested under the Freedom of Information Act is received.

Sugworth Lane: The condition of road edges particularly from the bungalows to the second entrance to Bigwood continues to be a cause for concern.

Parish Plan: More work has been done on the questionnaire and volunteers were requested for delivering and collecting questionnaires in February. ORCC advise that this is the best way of getting a good response. Each member of the committee has trialled the form and that it should take no more than 45 minutes to complete. This was discussed at some length and the Council expressed doubts over the length of the questionnaire.

District Councillor Report: Despite a 17% cut in the central government grant, community grants will be reinstated, there will be no increase in the Council Tax and front line services have been safeguarded wherever possible. This would not have been possible without the shared services programme with SODC, which has been saving large sums for some time, and will save the Vale alone in the region of £500,000 in the next year.

November 2010

Footpath 8 : A meeting had been held with the footpaths officer and the area highways inspector and the clerk reported that both were happy with the remedial works proposed. The contractor agreed to carry out the work once the weather was warmer.

Village Hall Grant Application : WREN received enough letters of support for them to ratify the grant offer. The 3rd Party funding had gone off.

Sycamore on Lower Radley Green : The Council was advised that the tree was diseased and had Two quotes had been obtained. The proposed works had been cleared with the Vale arboricultural officer who had confirmed that the Council’s proposal is appropriate.

Parking in Foxborough Road : The Council had a number of complaints about parking close to junctions around the station and have asked the police to attend.

Precept 2011/12: After consideration of the budget and changes in the tax base for 2011/12, it was agreed that the Council should precept for £50,000 for the coming year. While this is an increase over the current year, an increase in the tax base for the year will mean that no individual property’s council tax will rise.

Playing Field costs: The Council would request the football club’s assistance in keeping costs to a minimum. The Finance Committee will consider whether any additional charge should be made to mitigate the cost of bills over the winter months.

Minerals and Waste Plan : County Councillor Ian Hudspeth attended the meeting to discuss the questions raised by the Council in relation to the Minerals and Waste Strategy. He was asked to take away the village’s very strong feeling that Radley has done its part and extraction should move on.

District Councillor Report: Councillor Johnston expected the Vale’s Council tax will be frozen at 2009/10 levels for the next financial year. This meant it will continue to remain about the 10th of 11th lowest Council tax of the English Districts.

It is proposed that community grants are re-instated at a level of £100,000 for the year 2011/12. They were cut as a one-off measure in 2009/10.

County Councillor Report : The new highways Area Steward is settling into the role and will attend a future Parish Council meeting. Cr Fatemian confirmed that OCC has bigger grit reserves than at the same time the previous year.

The Redbridge railway bridge was closed, but would reopen for two weeks from 10th December. It has been reported that there has been an effect on traffic levels and Kennington has asked for a traffic survey to be carried out.

October 2010 

Thrupp Lake : Alexis Pym from the Northmoor Trust showed the Council the Trust’s plans for providing better access to Thrupp Lake. Councillors were asked to support the project’s bid for funds from The People’s Millions on ITV on 22 November.

Village Hall: The Parish Council was pleased to hear that it has received a grant towards improvements to the kitchen and bar area.

Railway Bridge : Cracking had been reported in the road on the bridge approach and Oxfordshire Highways and Network Rail had both confirmed that they are confident that the bridge is sound.

New waste collection arrangements : The Council was disappointed to hear that problems persist with brown bin collections and this will be reported to the Vale.

Consultations on the minerals strategy for Oxfordshire: OCC’s cabinet had accepted the recommendations of the working party that for the life of the plan, gravel extraction should be concentrated in existing sites including a linked site in Radley and Nuneham Courtenay.

September 2010 

Premium bus route markings: The Council has submitted comments on OCC’s plans to introduce new markings and changes to pavements around bus stops. They have now been told that this work may be on hold because of spending cuts.

Fly tipping : The Vale’s Environmental Warden reported problems with fly-tipping in Sandford Lane. He will be pleased if anyone observed engaging in this anti-social activity is reported to him.

Environment Agency Flood Map changes : You will have seen reports in the press that seven more properties in Radley have been designated as being at increased risk of flooding.

Update on the new waste collection arrangements : The Council was told that bins hadn’t been delivered to all streets in time for the start of the new contract and problems were reported with brown bin collections. It is hoped that these are now resolved.

Veolia, Thrupp Lane : Now that they are not operating in the Vale, Veolia have moved out of their depot in Thrupp Lane. The Council hopes that this will bring a welcome reduction in traffic.

Consultations on the minerals strategy for Oxfordshire: The Parish Council submitted an objection to Radley’s being included in the list of possible future sites. Recommendations on the draft strategy are being made to OCC’s cabinet in October.

There was no Parish Council meeting in August.

July 2010

Garden Competition: The fourteenth annual Garden Competition was held on Saturday 3rd July. A report and details of the winners can be found on the elsewhere on the website. Certificates and trophies were presented to winners on at a ceremony at the Village Hall on 17th July.

Playing Field: The fence and gate between the Village Hall and the hedge will shortly be replaced by new blue bow top fencing with a kissing gate which will match the play area side. The gates will be large enough to allow access for wheelchairs and buggies. A new wooden gate and fence will be installed between the two fields around the same time.

Allotments : A possible site has been identified in Lower Radley and the clerk has been asked to proceed with looking at costs, leading up to making a planning application.

Village Hall : The Council was pleased to agree to support the Village Hall Management Committee’s application for grant aid to help with the refurbishment of the kitchen. It recognises what a vital community asset the hall is.

June 2010 

Sally Raven was delighted that so many friends were able to join her on at a reception to mark her retirement in the village hall on 28th May. She would like to thank everyone for all their good wishes.

Highways: The Parish Council had been asked to comment on Oxfordshire County Council’s plans for alterations to bus stops to improve disabled access including the removal of lay-bys to improve disabled access.

Radley Station: First Great Western has decided not to introduce car parking charges at Radley Station. The Parish Council had been concerned that rail users would begin to park on Foxborough Road to avoid the charge.

Thrupp Lane : Several residents have complained about noise disturbance from Tuckwells in Thrupp Lane, particularly on a Saturday morning. People who are affected are asked to contact the Environmental Protection Team on 01235 520202. Details of times and duration would be helpful.

New waste collection arrangements: A leaflet explaining the new arrangements has been sent by the Vale to all households, but you might have been missed if you have who have signed up to Royal Mail’s junk mail exclusion service. You can request a leaflet from the contractor on 03000 610610 or there is a link from the Vale website www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk. Bins will be delivered in the parish between 6th and 20th September ready for the new contractor to start in the week beginning 4th October.

Dog fouling: Owners have been allowing their dogs to foul the Playing Field. Dogs are excluded from the Field to keep it clean and safe for people playing sports.

May 2010

The May meeting is the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council where the Chairman and Vice-Chairman are elected, and the membership of the various committees is decided. The Chairman for the coming year is Mrs Jenny Standen and the Vice- Chairman is Mr Guy Rogers. This was the last meeting for Miss Sally Raven after 36 years as Radley Parish Clerk. It was also the first meeting for the new clerk, Mrs Jane Dymock.

Thrupp Lane: The Parish Council heard the concerns of Thrupp Lane residents about Tuckwells’ application for a Certificate of Lawful or Existing Use, and agreed to submit an objection to Oxfordshire County Council.

Police Matters: PCSO Wright attended the meeting and told the council that a speeding operation had been carried out in April. Motorcyclists continued to be a problem in Footpath 9 and Thrupp Lane.

Garden Competition: Preparations for the Garden Competition on 3rd July continue and leaflets were being delivered to every house detailing the categories and criteria for judging.

Highways: The Council had complained that the 35 service had not been able to run in the snowy weather because the road was classified as a priority 2 route and was not gritted. County Councillor Fatemian reported that a county-wide review of priority routes was under way. He was pleased to report that the Oxfordshire County Council’s new road maintenance contract was in place and that pothole repairs appeared to be of better quality.

April 2010

New Parish Clerk: Jane Dymock will soon be taking up the post. More information will be posted on the website.

Message from Sally Raven: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my links with Radley over the last three decades, and I am very grateful for all the help and support I have had during this time from both the Parish Council and members of the community. I am leaving a very vibrant Parish Council and will miss this very much, but I have many friends in Radley and my links will continue through work on Radley Parish Plan, which is being developed by a community group.”

Potholes: The potholes in the area have been inspected by Oxfordshire Highways and the County Councillor, and the Parish Council continues to draw attention to particularly bad areas. Oxfordshire Highways have a new contractor from April, and the Parish Council is pressing for work to be undertaken on the Radley potholes. One good piece of news is that Church Road is going to be resurfaced in the summer – the Parish Council is pressing for a major repair work.

Radley Lakes Wetlands Centre: Community Work days are taking place every six weeks – see notices posted on Sandles Gate, on the Calendar or contact Melati Granucci on melati.granucci@northmoortrust.co.uk at the Northmoor Trust if you would like to participate. Northmoor Trust have very exciting plans for this area

Shooting: Concerns have been expressed about shooting taking place near Footpath 9 which runs along the side of Thrupp Lake. Although the shooting is on private land, its nearness to an area which is now used much more by members of the public is of great concern to the Parish Council.

Sand and Gravel Extraction: Many of you will have seen press reports about the Oxfordshire County Council’s consultation on future sand and gravel extraction in the county. Radley is one of the areas under discussion, and the Parish Council is determining what action it can take to prevent any further gravel extraction in the Parish. One group, PAGE (Parishes Against Gravel Extraction), has been set up in one area, and at a recent meeting RAGE (Radley Against Gravel Extraction) was suggested as an appropriate title for Radley.

Oxfordshire Rural Community Council – Vibrant Rural Community and the ORCC’s 90th Birthday : The Parish Council has entered Radley into the county book being prepared by the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC), and in addition, the Village Shop and Youth Club have been put forward as special features of the community.

Unsung Heroes of the Vale: The Parish Council nominated Dot Hewlett for her work with the Lunch Club and the Village Shop, Graham Steinsberg for his work with the Village Shop and Chris and Brenda Gasson for the work they do with the Youth Club and Clerk to the Green Cloth. There was a celebration lunch held by the Vale when these people were recognised for their work.

March 2010

New Parish Clerk: The successor to Sally Raven has been appointed – Mrs Jane Dymock. She takes up post on 15 May 2010 and Sally will be working with her for a couple of weeks before her retirement at the end of May. More details next month.

Potholes: The Clerk continues to report bad areas to Oxfordshire Highways and our County Councillor has toured the Parish with a member of Oxfordshire Highway’s staff so that, again, all potholes can be recorded.

Rubbish: A lot of rubbish has been cleared by the District Council over recent weeks.

Play Area: A new picnic table has been ordered to replace the metal seat – this will be a useful addition to the area and should be in place shortly.

Radley Lakes Wetlands Centre: The enthusiasm and initiative of the Northmoor Trust, which has responsibility for this project, is commended by the Parish Council. At the moment a lot of thought is being given to the future of this site – whether Sandles can be converted for use as a Visitors Centre or whether a new building is required, a shelter is planned on site, possible meandering footpaths to allow exploration of the area without endangering protected species, etc. A Community Work Day has been held where members of the local community working with Northmoor Trust have cleared a lot of rubbish from the site. If you would like to help by taking part in future Community Work Day events like this look out for notices posted on Sandles Gate, on the Calendar or contact Melati Granucci on melati.granucci@northmoortrust.co.uk at the Northmoor Trust.

February 2010

New Parish Clerk: Sally Raven’s successor as parish clerk has been appointed. Jane Dymock takes up the post on the 15 May 2010 and Sally will be working with her for a couple of weeks before her retirement at the end of May. More details next month.

Potholes: The Clerk continues to report bad areas to Oxfordshire Highways and our County Councillor has toured the Parish with a member of Oxfordshire Highway’s staff so that, again, all potholes can be recorded.

Rubbish: A lot of rubbish has been cleared by the District Council over recent weeks.

Play Area: A new picnic table has been ordered to replace the metal seat – this will be a useful addition to the area and should be in place shortly.

Radley Lakes Wetlands Centre: The enthusiasm and initiative of the Northmoor Trust, which has responsibility for this project, is commended by the Parish Council. At the moment a lot of thought is being given to the future of this site – whether Sandles can be converted for use as a visitors centre or whether a new building is required, a shelter is planned on site, possible meandering footpaths to allow exploration of the area without endangering protected species, etc. A Community Work Day has been held where members of the local community working with Northmoor Trust have cleared a lot of rubbish from the site. If you would like to help by taking part in future Community Work Day events like this look out for notices posted on Sandles Gate, on this website or contact Melati Granucci at the Northmoor Trust on melati.granucci@northmoortrust.co.uk.

January 2010

Bus Service: The Parish Council is very surprised that the road through Kennington and Radley had not been salted/gritted during the recent inclement weather to allow the Premium Bus Service 35 to run its normal route, especially as the Oxfordshire County Council has invested a lot of time and money in upgrading the 35 Bus Service to a premium route because of the amount of people who rely on this service. A lot of concern had been expressed about this and a letter had been sent to the Oxfordshire County Council from the Parish Council asking that it reconsiders its decision not to include this route on its priority list. Kennington Parish Council has also following up this matter. If you have concerns about this please write to Mr Keith Mitchell at the Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, Oxford, OX1 1ND to express these.

Potholes: It is appreciated that there are now more potholes in the Parish, and County Councillor Fatemian has outlined the OCC policy for repair work. However, the Parish Council is pressing for repairs along the Radley Road where recent repairs have deteriorated badly, and for Thrupp Lane to be designated as a failed road.

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