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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 KING GEORGE’S FIELD -
PLAY AND SPORTS FACILITIES :

It was a very hectic run up to the Celebration Day and the Official Opening but all the important things were completed, just in time. We are however waiting for the power and water connections, the former of which will require significant works on the street to improve the mains supply into Church Lane.

The numbers attending both days were very high and we are grateful that our traffic controls kept Church Lane more or less free of traffic and clear for the Duke’s arrival. However, since opening the facility, it has been disappointing that several drivers have insisted on taking their vehicles down the track solely for their own convenience. Vehicle access over the track is only for essential allotment use and authorised/service vehicles, not just to come and see or use the facilities. It should be remembered that this is both a private track and a Public Footpath, so if you need to arrive at KGF by vehicle, please park it on the public road, avoiding obstructing nearby resident’s accesses.

All the ditches near the site have been cleared and reinstated and are a very important part of improving the drainage and keeping the field and facilities dry and healthy. Whilst we understand that ditches are fascinating for kids, please remember that they are now quite deep, potentially dangerous and not really suitable for playing in. Similarly those areas where kids have filled or bridged the ditch with sticks and wood are fouling the system and just creating extra clearance work – please advise your kids or anyone else you see doing it that we really would prefer it if they didn’t…

As always please do check all the latest news and information at www.barfordplayingfields.org which is open for bookings and to register for email updates and remember this really is a facility for all three villages, so come along and use it, perhaps pre-book a court on the website and bring along your friends and family…

Dogs at KGF–Yet another reminder, dogs are welcome at KGF – and how they seem to enjoy it now it is open again – BUT PLEASE watch them closely and PICK UP after them, there are far too many little presents being left around the field…

Please do check the latest situation and information at http://www.barfordplayingfields.org/news.html which is open for trial bookings and to register for email updates.

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MINERALS – WASPERTON FARM AND GLEBE FARM :

LATEST – 4 or 5 new sites have come forward from the consultation and these will now be fully consulted upon. The results of all the consultations will then be amalgamated to formulate a New Minerals Plan which may come back for further consultation before going to government for approval in 2017. As an alternative, or an additional, WCC are also now considering Glebe farm as a potential site for a major Solar power facility as part of plans to become an “energy neutral” authority.

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ANNUAL PARISH MEETINGS :

All now complete and all provided valuable information for residents and a chance to raise issues. Barford was reported last month. Sherbourne had a disappointing attendance but did raise major concerns over the equestrian developments at Black Barn which are severely impacting nearby residents.

WDC Planners, Environmental Health and the Licensing authorities are now looking into the legality of the current use and indicate that it is likely that a planning application at least is required along with licensing of the equine activities – more as things develop. Wasperton’s APM was well attended and the main concern related to the mineral threats, but we must wait until further consultation on new sites coming forward to know whether “our sites” will get into the final plan and then whether they might go ahead.

Latest - Informal indications from Savills, acting on behalf of St John’s College is that mineral extraction on their site is likely to be later rather than earlier if it does indeed make it into the plan. In contrast, the housing allocation, in the latest New Local Plan proposals on their Wasperton Lane site would be more likely to be sooner rather than later…

Barford vacancies – NB: There are still places available for Barford parish councillors so if you want to become involved and help support and shape your area, please do get in contact with any Barford councillor.

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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 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 13th June 2016 in Sherbourne Village 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
April 2016

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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.