25 May 2023 – Agenda


TO: All Members of the Open Spaces Sub Committee

Cllrs P Cowell (Chairman), A Dite, L Emery, H Fickling, C Jones, H Richards

To all other Members for information

You are hereby summoned to attend a meeting of the Open Spaces Sub Committee on Thursday 25 May 2023, commencing at 3.30pm in the Upper Office (Thame Town Hall) for the transaction of business as set out on the attached agenda.


Mandy Sturdy
Town Clerk of the Council

Date: Friday 19 May 2023




1 Apologies for Absence


2 Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

To notify of any items that appear in the agenda in which there may be an interest that has not been recorded in the Member’s Register of Interest; and confirmation of any relevant dispensations.


3 Public Participation and Public Questions

To consider applications from members of the public to address the Committee (5 minutes maximum), in respect of any item of business included in the agenda.  Applications to speak must have been received by the Town Clerk no later than 5pm on the last working day preceding the meeting.

To consider questions from members of the public (who live, work or run a business in the Parish).  Written questions must have been received by the Town Clerk no later than 4pm on the last working day preceding the meeting.


4 Minutes

To confirm as a correct record the notes of the Open Spaces Working Group Meeting held on 23 March 2023.

4. OSWG Notes 230323 [PDF]


5 Terms of Reference

To note the Open Spaces Sub Committee’s Terms of Reference as agreed at the Community, Leisure and Recreation Committee meeting held on 4 April 2023.

5. OSSC ToR (incl Elms Park) Mar 23 [PDF]


6 Elms Park

  1. To agree a draft scope for the new MUGA, play area, footpaths and performance area and potential weighting methodology.
  2. To note the updated project timeline.
  3. Funding – To receive an update on s106 funding.


7 Webster Close

To receive a planting proposal for a small piece of public open space on Webster Close and agree next steps.


8 Community Drinking Fountains

To discuss the provision of community drinking fountains and agree next steps.


9 Smoke Free Parks

To discuss a proposal to have smokefree play areas within Thame and available funding for signage from Oxfordshire County Council’s Smoke Free Community Fund.


10 Rycote Meadow

To receive a verbal update on the project to open up Rycote Meadow to public access.


11 Lenthall Green

To note a resident has erected a boundary fence to the rear of their property on public open space owned by the Town Council.  A letter has been sent to the resident to request that the fence is moved back to its original position.


12 Wilding Areas

To note the annual survey of wilding areas is being undertaken by a group of volunteers on Tuesday 30 May 2023.


13 Date of Next Meeting

To agree the provisional date for the next meeting.