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At the Annual Parish Council meeting in May 2000, a view was raised that my writings might be mistaken for the official minutes of our JPC meetings. The official minutes are written by the Clerk and RFO of the Council, and are not moderated by anyone prior to their approval at a subsequent meeting. Copies of the official minutes are available on this website.

Any matter raised in this page is solely commentary on activity in our three parishes and may also contain information, which has not yet passed before the full JPC, in which I believe electors may have an interest, all written from the perspective of the JPC Chairman who is responsible to all three parishes.

John Murphy
Chairman JPC

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BARFORD PARISH COUNCILLORS :

At the July13th JPC Alan Rhead and James Hawkesford were co-opted on to the council. Both have served the JPC previously and are keen to resume involvement in parish matters. This still leaves seats available for Barford and these will need to be filled by co-option as soon as possible.

If you might consider standing as a Barford Parish Councillor please contact either myself or James Johnson 01926 419300 at your earliest convenience.

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COUNTY MINERALS PLAN :
Sand and Gravel is coming back!

Preferred sites include Wasperton Hill Farm (owned by St John’s College, Oxford) and Glebe Farm (owned by WCC) – effectively most the land on the east side of the A429, from south of Barford, past Wasperton and almost to Thelsford Brook – a total of 2.1 million tons of extraction, and current proposals take no account of the possibility/probability that HS2 may go ahead so demand could be even higher. The consultation period will start on September 7 th and will probably run for six weeks – more details will be available later.

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BARFORD KING GEORGE’S FIELD - PLAY AND SPORTS FACILITIES :

There has been some delay at WDC but the revised Planning Application will hopefully have been approved by the time you read this.

The delays have been largely due to minor objections received to the scheme. These have largely centred around “overdevelopment” of the rural setting and rumoured loss of dog access to the site. Inevitably, if sports facilities are to be provided there will be some urbanisation or development however this has been minimised by design and is judged to be considerably outweighed by all the benefits of activity, fitness, health and education. The land is dedicated to and indeed restricted to sport and recreational activities under the terms of the King George’s legacy and there is a presumption that improved and updated facilities should be provided to meet local need.

Concerning dogs, there is ABSOLUTELY no intention to restrict responsible dog access to the site, indeed they are positively encouraged as part of normal healthy community activity.

HOWEVER we do expect all owners to be vigilant concerning dog fouling and to always “pick up” and dispose responsibly and to ensure that dogs do not impose their presence on those residents who would prefer to remain ‘dog-free’. Sadly there is much evidence that not all dog walkers are as responsible as we all might like - judging by reports from frightened parents and dog fouling frequently left on the field… hence the regular mention of such in this column.

Fundraising is still going well and there will still need to be a final big push up to the August Bank Holiday Fun Day by the end of which, in addition to other pending funding applications, we hope to have raised a further £20,000 to facilitate all elements going ahead as a single project. If there is shortfall some elements may need to be delayed.

At the School Fete in July there was massive interest in the scheme and much excitement as the start of works approaches. Teams and clubs are hatching as you read this…

The next and final “pre-build” PR and fundraising event will be the Bank Holiday Fun Day when there will be lots to see and do. See our poster on Page 12 for all the details and ….. BE THERE!

It will also be the last opportunity to buy Treasure Hunt plots - £5 each and lots of big cash prizes – there are 15,00 plots for sale and just over 1000 adults in Barford alone – probably about 1500 residents over our three villages, so only just enough to go round! YOU NEED TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT! Make sure you get yours! And if, and only IF, we sell every plot we will also make a donation towards the FABS Funds to further the School’s activities on the Playing Fields. Come on, we can do it…

And when that’s all over we hope to be able to start work during September and be completed by Christmas. There will of course be some disruption and the playing fields will be out of bounds whilst the developers are there and the Public Footpath W96 alongside the field will actually need to be closed for at least part of the works on safety grounds, as walkers and machinery just do not mix.

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PLANNING APPLICATION ON LAND WEST OF BRIDGE STREET AND WILKINS CLOSE – W15/0747 :

26 houses with access via the Fishermen’s car park onto Bridge Street. No news yet…

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OVERGROWN HEDGES, BUSHES AND TREES :

At various points throughout the three parishes there are examples where greenery form private land is overgrowing footpaths, pavements and roads. At this time of year it is all growing very rapidly and presents hazards to motorists and pedestrians alike. If your road/path frontage is causing a visibility problem or obstructing safe passage and clearance please trim it back to be considerate to other residents and visitors alike. If you have difficulty and need help please contact the JPC and we will see what assistance we can arrange for you – either informally and personally or using the services of the local authorities.

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EMAIL UPDATES :

Chairman’s Chatter can often send out timely reminders, updates and notices direct to your in boxes. If you do not already receive these from me AND WOULD LIKE TO DO SO so that you can be added to the circulation list.

The list will not be shared with others, will be sent out as Bcc (so not revealing your email) and will only be used for matters which should reasonably interest/ concern you.

It’s free, easy and just occasionally is the only way to get urgent things out to a wider audience – and you can always hit DELETE or ask to be unsubscribed.

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MEMBERS' ATTENDANCE RECORDS :

The Chairman of the JPC has asked that a record of JPC members' attendance be published on the website.

Click here to download record of attendance at meetings of the JPC from May 2007 to 2010 (PDF file, 14k).

Click here to download record of attendance at meetings of the JPC from May 2010 to March 2011 (PDF file, 12k).

Click here to download record of attendance at meetings in 2012/13 (PDF file, 9k)

Click here to download record of attendance at meetings in 2013/14 (PDF file, 10k)

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NEXT JPC MEETING :

The next JPC meeting will be held on Monday 7th September 2015 in Barford Memorial Hall at 7:30 pm.

Click here for a list of all JPC meetings in 2015/16.

There is a session for “ Public Participation ” early in the agenda after our essential housekeeping matters which must as a matter of legality take priority. “Public Participation” is a short period (4 minutes maximum per person) when we are happy to hear and note your concerns or questions. No special presentational skills are needed and councillors will hear you in an informal and welcoming way. We are always pleased to have matters and opinions brought to our attention. We cannot usually enter into detailed discussion with the public at the time but if possible may be able to supply an immediate answer, OR will decide, at a later time or date, whether and what action may be appropriate.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to attend in person, you may submit “your views” for formal attention of the JPC by and the matter will be taken to the next JPC meeting and you will get a formal response.

An agenda for each meeting will be posted in advance on all the villages’ notice boards. Residents are also encouraged to email myself (see below), or contact any of the Parish Councillors or the Clerk, James Johnson.

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John Murphy, Chairman JPC
June 2015

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  Thatched cottage in Church Street, Barford

Click on the links to the left for a full list of councillors and a calendar of future meetings.

There are also links to the agenda for the next JPC meeting, and upcoming planning applications.

Minutes of previous council meetings and planning committee meetings are also available from this page.