OF THE MEETING OF FARRINGDON PARISH COUNCIL
Held in the Village Hall on Wednesday 4th March 2009
- It was reported
that the VHMC had rejected the offer of £55,000 from MFPT to buy the
Village Hall. Details for this decision have been published in the Village
Magazine. VHMC was exploring the costs of partitioning part of the Hall for
smaller meetings in the meantime. VHMC still believe that the best option
is to sell the Hall jointly with the Andreae Trust for re-development as living
accommodation when the market picks up. An alternative site for a new village
hall is still being sought. Council broadly supported these views of VHMC.
- The open spaces
at Shirnall Meadow still await transfer to FPC, due to unacceptable restrictive
covenants imposed by Charles Church; it was hoped that these would soon be
resolved allowing development of the play areas in May/June.
- Planning matters:
there was no objection raise to installation of solar panels in the Malthouse,
nor to a single-storey extension at 12 Parsonage Close. Concern was expressed
about a new garage at Farringdon Place.
- It was hoped that
some refurbishment of the surface on the Stank Lane bridleway might be forthcoming.
- Crows Lane: the
much-delayed work was currently being done; initially this would be to improve
drainage between Crows Lane and Gaston Lane, and this would be followed by
re-surfacing of the carriageway. It was noted that dredging of the ditches
along Gaston Lane had been done to improve drainage.
- The 30 mph speed
limit along the A32 throught the village had been agreed; we await the contractors
to amend the signage, which should be imminent.
- It was proposed
that three grit/salt bins be purchased for siting at the A32 cross-roads,
the junction of Church Road and the Street and the junction of the Street
and Crows/Hall Lane. Grit would be supplied by HCC.
- There was a proposal
to merge FIG and NHW; this would be discussed at meetings before the end of
the month. "Much wanted" O'Halloran, suspected of numerous burglaries
in the area, had been apprehended in Oxfordshire.
- Concerns about
grass cutting provision were expressed (again). The Parish Clerk had matters
Mike Findlay, Parish