Category Archives: Posts by Parish Council

Parish Council Accounts Available for Inspection

The Horley Parish Council Accounts for the year ending 31st March 2020 have been published and are available for inspection. See 20 06 27-notice-of-public-rights.

In addition other financial documents relating to this period are available on the Parish Council Finance Page.

David Marriott, Horley Parish Clerk

Like to Join the Parish Council?

Would you like to become a councillor on Horley Parish Council and help make a difference to your community?

As a result of the resignation of Dame Glenys Kyle there is now a vacancy on Horley Parish Council.  Formal notice relating to this vacancy has been published by the Returning Officer at Cherwell District Council .

If you would you like to  represent our village and continue to help make Horley a great place to live please contact the Clerk, David Marriott on  horleyparishclerk@btinternet.com.  Anyone who would like to find out more about what is involved is invited to call David on 07872 930030.

Next Parish Council Zoom Meeting is on Thursday June 25th

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held online at 7.30 on Thursday June 25th. Anyone wishing to observe the meeting or address the Council on an item appearing on the agenda is requested to notify the Clerk of the Council two days in advance of the meeting, in order that on-line access to the meeting can be arranged. Please notify David Marriott on  0787 2930030 or email horleyparishclerk@btinternet.com before the meeting.

The Agenda Items comprise:

  • Apologies for absence
  • Declaration of Interests
  • Minutes of the meeting held on 16th April 2020
  • Matters arising
  • Finance 2019/20 Annual Audit
  • Parking issues at Wroxton Lane
  • Applications for charitable and other donations
  • Date of next meeting: To be discussed  
  • Any other urgent business 

For full details of items and reports see 20 06 25 Agenda

Horley Scout Camp Access Update

Many people in the village have been disappointed at the closure of the much used footpath along the old mineral railway track by the Scout Camp. The District Commissioner, Alec Stanworth has been contacted and his explanation as to the measures taken is below:

‘Thank you for your messages regarding access to Horley Scout Campsite. My name is Alec Stanworth, and I’m the District Commissioner for North Oxfordshire Scouts. In this volunteer role, I have responsibility for the management of the campsite on the land that we lease at Horley.

May I begin by apologising for the frustration that restricting access has caused. I am aware that historically, informal arrangements have existed in which we have allowed access to the land to local residents for recreational purposes.

The land is however privately owned, without any public rights of way. Prior to the developing Covid-19 situation, we have instructed our volunteer wardens to query members of the public who are not members of The Scout Association, or other approved users of the site that hold bookings with us.

Our reasoning for doing so is that we have a duty to safeguard our youth members. In a similar fashion to all schools that operate on closed premises with restricted access, we conduct the highest level of enhanced DBS checks on all of our volunteers, and monitor who is on site at all times.

Unfortunately, despite our attempts to increase signage indicating that the land is private property, we have found that these have often been vandalised or removed entirely. The costs incurred from further damage to property and facilities on site have understandably been an unwelcome expenditure for our charity.

I acknowledge that these acts arise from a very small number of visitors, and that the vast majority have always treated the local environment with the greatest respect.

However, in recent weeks, as the government introduced social distancing measures, our wardens reported multiple instances of gatherings of between 10-15 people on the campsite. None of these relate to Scouting, as The Scout Association suspended all face-to-face activities on 17th March. In order to protect our resident wardens, a decision was taken to further restrict access to the site.

Whilst we of course all hope that Covid-19 passes as quickly as possible, once social distancing measures are relaxed, my team and I still need to consider appropriate safeguards. I understand that it feels counter-intuitive for an organisation that encourages enjoyment of the outdoors to instead restrict access to it. Nevertheless, we are required to ensure that the actvities we offer are conducted in a safe environment.

In liaising with the Horley Parish Clerk, I am committed to continuing to monitor and review the situation.  I accept that we do not have a perfect solution to offer at present, and always remain open to alternative ideas, and on-going improvements.

May I thank those that have already made contact with suggestions and offers of assistance. ‘

Yours sincerely,

Alec Stanworth

District Commissioner
North Oxfordshire Scouts

dc@northoxfordshirescouts.org.uk

Next Parish Council Meeting is on Thursday April 16th

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held online at 7.30 on Thursday April 16th. Anyone wishing to observe the meeting or address the Council on an item appearing on the agenda is requested to notify the Clerk of the Council two days in advance of the meeting, in order that on-line access to the meeting can be arranged. Please notify David Marriott on  0787 2930030 or email horleyparishclerk@btinternet.com before the meeting.

The Agenda Items comprise:

  • Apologies for absence
  • Declaration of Interests
  • Minutes of the meeting held on 16th January 2020
  • Matters arising
  • Finance
    • 2019/20 budget monitoring report to 31st March 2020
    • Annual Audit
  • Parking issues at Wroxton Lane
  • Applications for charitable and other donations
  • Date of next meeting: To be discussed  
  • Any other urgent business 

For full details of items and reports see 20 04 16 Agenda

Covid-19 – Be A Good Neighbour in Horley

‘As everyone cannot help but be aware, Covid-19 is here and poses a threat to all our health and wellbeing.

There is a wealth of official advice being issued on a regular basis, to which, as a Parish Council, we are unlikely to be able to add.

However, we believe we should do what we can to support the implementation of this advice, and ensure our community in Horley pulls together and looks out for our neighbours  This especially important for those who may not have family or friends locally, and those who are vulnerable or elderly. We are looking to set up a group to keep an overview of the situation in the village and to coordinate whatever help is available If there are residents who feel isolated and worried.

To this end I have asked Glenys Stacey to put together a small group of residents representing different existing groups in the village who can work out what we can do and take appropriate action.

While this is being set up, any residents who have urgent concerns can make contact via the Parish Clerk, David Marriott.

Obviously, there is a lot to consider and we won’t be able to provide perfect solutions, but I sincerely hope this will help the village through these uncertain and difficult times.  In the meantime, it is important that anyone who experiences the early symptoms (fever, cough) should self-isolate straight away and if possible, make neighbours aware of this.

For more information on NHS and government sites click here. Please pass this information on to those who you know do not have access to the Horley Views Website and look out for further updates.

Best wishes

John Tite, Chairman of Horley Parish Council’

Please Come and Help at Next Saturday’s Village Litter Pick

The annual village litter pick will take place at 10.00 on the morning of Saturday 21st March.  

If you can spare some time to help out please could you gather in front of the Red Lion. Litter pickers, protective gloves and rubbish and recycling bags will be provided by CDC.  If people have their own gloves, that would be great, as people are urged to protect themselves against any risk of infection, and take care to wash their hands thoroughly after the litter pick has been completed.

Let’s keep Horley looking fabulous!

Reporting Storm Incidents

Reporting weather related incidents over the weekend as storm Denis hits the UK

The following are numbers provided by the Emergency Planning department of Oxfordshire County Council that you can call to report weather related issues if you become aware of them.

  • To report fallen tree’s or other debris which pose a risk to your safety or the safety of others, please call 999
  • To report fallen tree’s or other debris which doesn’t pose such a high risk but still needs to be dealt with, please call 101
  • If you lose power or can see that a power line has come down please report it by calling 105
  • If you are concerned about flooding, you should visit the Oxfordshire Flood Toolkit online –https://www.oxfordshirefloodtoolkit.com – and I will summarise the key numbers to call below:
  • If you have a flooding emergency which is a threat to someone’s life, contact Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service on 999
  • To report flooding relating to a highway such as blocked ditches, blocked drains or flooding on a road call Oxfordshire County Council Floodline on 0345 310 1111
  • To report flooding from a main river contact the Environment Agency through the Floodline (Tel: 0345 988 1188 or 0800 80 70 60) or visit their website
  • If your property is at immediate risk of surface water flooding please contact Thames Valley Police on 101