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There will be a Meeting of Full Council in the Community Office at ...

There will be a Meeting of Full Council in the Community Officeat 8pm on Tuesday 13 th September 20111. Apologies for absenceA G E N D A2. Chairman’s Remarks3. To receive Declarations of InterestTo receive any declarations on interest from Councillors relating to items to be considered at the meeting, inaccordance with the provisions of the Councils Local Code of Conduct.4. Minutes of the Full Council Meeting on the 12 th July 2011 to be signed as a correctrecord5. Matters arising from the Minutes6. Public QuestionsPlease notify any public questions by noon 12 h September 20117. District Councillors Report8. County Councillors Report9. Thames Valley Police Report10. To receive the Balance of Accounts and approve the list of Payments11 Committees:A: FINANCE – There has been no meeting.B: PLANNING – 2/8/2011 and 6/9/2011C: STRATEGY – 26/7/2011Website – www.watlington.orgRecommendation to Council:1. That we maintain a separate Business Directory on the WPC website directory.2. The Business Directory to be a directory of all businesses providing services withinthe Parish showing only a one-line entry.3. That we include a link to the Watlington Business Association websiteD. OPERATIONS – 22/6/2011Trees in Recreation GroundRecommendation to Council: That we put TPO’s on the line of trees that borderLampits Close as shown over the page:


E. ALLOTMENTS – No MeetingMap Showing Trees in the Recreation GroundF. PAVILION AND SPORTS FIELD – 25/7/2011G. AFFORDABLE HOUSING – Meeting to be held on Thursday 15 th September2011 in the Community Office.12. Watlington Library – Parish Council response.Motion from Ian HillThis council notes that the proposal given in the OCC consultation on the future oflibrary service in Oxfordshire would result in a reduction in the staffing of thelibrary to a third of the current level. They propose that the shortfall in staffing willbe covered by volunteers. In our opinion the basis on which this proposal is made isseriously flawed and discriminates against smaller communities such as Watlington.The decision to carry out a “zero base” assessment which assumes that a libraryservice is being started from scratch but then apply it to the existing library locationsis perverse, but the major problem is that this assessment uses five measures, four ofwhich are essentially the same “Is this a large community?”. There is for exampleno attempt to assess how far residents of the County would need to travel to reach alibrary and how long this trip would take, which is surely a key requirement forproviding a distributed library service that serves the whole County.This Council asks the County Council to take careful note of the comments made atthe consultation meeting held in St Leonard’s Church, Watlington on 18 July andreconsider their proposal in order to provide a more equitable distribution of libraryfunding, and hence staff, to the existing well-used libraries in the rural communitiesof the County.13. Correspondence for Information - List Attached to AgendaCorrespondence will only be discussed if urgent and if it cannot be passed to therelevant committee to discuss.2


Letter No 926 – Salt Bin filling – OCC will fill all salt bins once and we can pay forextra Salt Bags (which will need to be stored) if we wish. Council to make a decisionregarding this.14. Representation on other bodies – To note reports that have been received15. Other Matters for Discussion at the discretion of ChairTo note any other matters raised by Members of the CouncilDeclaration of Interests(i) any Member arriving after the start of the meeting is asked to declare personal interests as necessary as soon as practicableafter their arrival even if the item in question has been considered.(ii) with the exception of the circumstances listed in paragraph 9(2) of the Local Code of Conduct for Members, a Member with apersonal interest also has a prejudicial if it is one which a Member of the public with knowledge of the relevant facts wouldreasonably regard as so significant that it is likely to prejudice the Member's judgement of the public interest. In suchcircumstances, the Member must withdraw from the meeting room, and should inform the Chairman accordingly.(iii) it is not practical to offer detailed advice during the meeting on whether or not a personal interest should be declared, orwhether a personal interest should also be regarded as prejudicial.Confidential ItemsEXCLUSION OF THE PUBLICRESOLVED: THAT under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the publicbe excluded from the meeting for items of business of the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information asdefined in Paragraphs 7,8 and 9 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Act.Date 7 th September 2011Signed: Kristina Tynan - Parish Clerk3

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