16 January 2024 – Agenda


TO: All Members of Thame Town Council

Cllrs M Baines, D Bretherton, N Champken-Woods, P Cowell, D Dawson, A Dite, D Dodds, H Dollman, M Dyer, L Emery, H Fickling, A Gilbert, C Jones, H Richards, P Swan, and T Wyse

You are hereby summoned to attend a meeting of the Full Council on Tuesday 16 January 2024 at 6:30pm (maximum two hours) in the Upper Chamber (Thame Town Hall) for the transaction of business as set out on the attached agenda.


Mandy Sturdy
Clerk of the Council

Date: Wednesday 10 January 2024




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 Civic Announcements

To receive the report of the Mayor and any such communications as the Mayor may wish to lay before the Council.

3. Civic Attendances [PDF]


4 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.


5 Members Questions (under Standing Order 11)

A Member may ask the Mayor any questions concerning the business of the Council.


6 Budget and Precept for 2024-2025

  1. To consider and approve the budget for 2024-2025.
  2. To approve the percent increase for the 2024-2025 budget.
  3. To agree the precept for 2024-2025.

6. Report – Budget and Precept 2024-25 [PDF]

6a. Annual Budget (detailed) – Appendix A [PDF]

6b. Budget Summary 2024-25 – Appendix B [PDF] 


7 Internal Audit

To receive the First Interim Internal Audit Report 2023-24. 

7. Report – First Internal Audit [PDF]

7a. TTC First Interim Internal Audit Report 2023-24 [PDF]


8 Strategy Working Group

To receive an update following the Strategy Working Group meeting on 8 January 2024 and consider any recommendations.

8. Report – Strategy Working Group – Update (January 2024) [PDF]

8a. Appendix A – Committee Structure review presentation – Jan 2024 [PDF]

8b. Appendix B – MS – Thame Town Council’s Strategy [PDF]


9 Thame Community Land Trust

To receive a report and consider holding over the remaining loan payments until 31st August 2024.

9. Report – Thame Community Land Trust Loan Deferral Request [PDF]

9a. Appendix 1 – TCLT – Loan Extension Request [PDF]


10 Oxfordshire Council’s Charter

To consider a response to the consultation on a draft Charter.


10. Draft Oxfordshire Councils Charter [PDF]


11 20mph

To note that 20mph proposals for Thame were considered at a meeting of Oxfordshire County Council’s Delegated Decisions by Cabinet Member for Transport Management on Thursday 14 December 2023. Cllr Gilbert provided representation for the Town Council.

To note that at that meeting, OCC have approved the introduction of 20mph in Thame as advertised (Appendix A) and agreed to reassess speed limits on Oxford Road, Kingsey Road, Youens Drive, Thame Park Road (consider reducing these from 30mph to 20mph) and Tythrop Way (consider reducing from 40mph to 30mph). The speed limit reassessment would be subject to a consultation, likely in February, with implementation later in 2024 subject to power supply being available for the illuminated signs.

11. Thame – Approved 20 mph Speed Limits [PDF]


12 Local Government Boundary Commission for England – Oxfordshire Review Consultation

To note the Town Council submitted its response to this consultation via email.

12. Local Government electoral boundary review for Oxfordshire – TTC Response 8.12.23 [PDF]


13 Cuttle Brook Nature Reserve

To note that following advice from the Cuttle Brook Volunteer Committee the Thame community will be asked to refrain from using the nature reserve until the end of March 2024. The prolonged spell of wet weather and high use of the reserve has left the paths in a very poor state; Reducing the footfall will expedite its recovery.

This will be communicated through some signage and social media.


14 Minutes

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 14 November 2023.

14 November 2023 – Minutes


15 Planning & Environment Committee

To note the minutes and consider any recommendations arising from the meetings on 21 November 2023 and 19 December 2023.

21 November 2023 – Minutes

19 December 2023 – Minutes


16 Open Spaces Sub-Committee

To note the minutes and consider any recommendations arising from the meeting on 11 January 2024.
Note: if the minutes are unavailable, a verbal update will be given.

11 January 2024 – Minutes


17 Personnel Committee

To note the minutes and consider any recommendations arising from the meeting on 9 January 2024.

9 January 2024 – Minutes