Agenda and minutes

Venue: Main Hall, The Corn Exchange, Witney. View directions

Contact: Deputy Town Clerk 

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Apologies for Absence

To consider apologies and reasons for absence.


Committee members who are unable to attend the meeting should notify the Committee Clerk prior to the meeting, stating the reason for absence.


Standing Order 30(a)(v) permits the appointment of substitute Councillors to a Committee whose role is to replace ordinary Councillors at a meeting of a Committee if ordinary Councillors of the Committee have confirmed to the Proper Officer before the meeting that they are unable to attend.



Declarations of Interest

Members are reminded to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests in any of the items under consideration at this meeting in accordance with the Town Council’s code of conduct.


There were no declarations of interest from members or officers.



Council Budget: Revised Budget 2022/23 and Estimate 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 432 KB

To receive and consider the report of the Town Clerk/RFO along with the draft revised budget for 2022/23 and the estimates for 2023/24.

Additional documents:


The Council received and considered the report of the Town Clerk.


The Town Clerk advised the Council had agreed budget parameters in September which had led to the budget presented before them. The revised budget was better than anticipated a year earlier.


In response to questions the Town Clerk was able to give clarification in respect of the Ground Maintenance contract which was brought ‘in house’ at the start of October 2022. It was estimated this would make significant savings, however, more importantly allow the council to deliver a better service to the town’s residents. It was still unclear what the final budget would be only three months in but there was a contingency in place for any disparity.


In relation to a request for a medium to long-term financial strategy, the Town Clerk advised that resources had not been in place for such a document until now, but the strategies for services adopted by the Council reflected this information.


One member raised that the running costs for the public halls were higher than they thought acceptable. The Town Clerk explained the Halls were not there just to generate income, they also provided an invaluable community resource. It was expected that with the new seating and improvement works coming to an end, that an increase in events ticket and bar saleswould  help to reduce the deficit. The the Venue & Events Officer would be to reviewing the Corn Exchange business plan to ensure this was the case.


A vote was called, all members were in favour of the recommendations made by the Town Clerk.




1.      That, the report be noted and,

2.      That, the revised budget for 2022/23 be adopted and,

3.      That, the estimated budget for 2023/24 be adopted.



To formally Declare the Precept for 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 342 KB

To receive and consider the report of the Town Clerk/RFO and if appropriate, declare the precept for 2023/24


The Council received and considered the report of the Town Clerk/RFO.


The current Band D council tax precept charge was £166.83. The proposal was to increase this by 4.95% which equated to £175.09 per annum.


The leader of the council commenced the debate by asking members to consider a nil increase given the current financial climate and credit crisis being suffered by residents.


Other members were also concerned of the impact of any increase on residents, however asked the Town Clerk what effect a nil increase would have on the Councils’ finances. She confirmed any shortfall would have to be met from the general fund and that members should expect this to be approximately £92,000 based on the proposed budget presented in Agenda Item 3.


A proposal was made by Councillor D Enright and seconded by Councillor O Collins for the  council to retain the £166.83 council tax charge for a Band D property for the forthcoming 2023/24 financial year. Members voted unanimously in favour of the proposal with the exception of Councillor A Prosser who abstained.




1.      That, the report be noted and,

2.      That, the Town Clerk be authorised to sign and serve a precept on the West Oxfordshire District Council, in accordance with the appropriate provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), requiring the District Council to pay the Town Council the sum of £1,861,708 in respect of Council Tax for the town during the financial year 2023/24.




Witney Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan pdf icon PDF 5 MB

To receive and consider the Draft Witney LCWIP. Consultation has commenced and runs until Friday 20th January 2023.


Comments and responses can be submitted via Draft Witney LCWIP consultation.



The Council received and considered the Draft copy of the Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for which a consultation on the draft plan was open until 20 January 2023.


Members discussed the plan at length and generally supported the proposals and the work which had gone into it by Oxfordshire County Council.

Members raised some concerns. There was no reference to Eynsham village even though this fell within the 10km catchment area covered in the plan,  and that new developments such as Windrush Place and Colwell Green were not included in the short-term plan.




Members recognised the need to make journeys as short as possible but agreed to object to any measures which suggested the use of or increased foot or cycle traffic south of Witney Lake because of the private road adjacent to Lakeside allotments off of Witney Road.




1.      That, the Draft LCWIP be noted and,

2.      That, the Deputy Town Clerk liaises with the chair of the Climate, Biodiversity & Planning Committee in order to submit a suitable response on behalf of the Council to the consultation by 20Jan 2023.



Correspondence pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To receive correspondence.


The council received correspondence by way of a letter of thanks from Mr Shadbolt, Headmaster of Wood Green School in respect of the recently introduced 20Mph speed limit in Woodstock Road.


Councillor L Duncan added that she had also received verbal thanks from Mr Shadbolt whilst attending a Wood Green event in her capacity of Mayor.




That, the correspondence be noted.