Neighbourhood Plan – Notice of Referendum

South Oxfordshire District Council have published the formal notice of the referendum on the adoption of the Long Wittenham Neighbourhood Plan.

You can view or download it here.

The forms for postal or proxy votes can be downloaded here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote

https://www.gov.uk/apply-vote-proxy

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Neptune Wood Car Park Resurfacing

The Neptune Wood car park is currently closed for resurfacing.  The work started on Monday 31st July and should take approximately two weeks.  Neptune Wood will still be accessible via the footpaths from Long Wittenham, Little Wittenham and the Earth Trust Centre.  If you intend to visit during this time, please do not park in the laybys on Little Wittenham Road as this could obstruct traffic.

Further information can be found here:

http://www.earthtrust.org.uk/about-us/news/latest-news/17-07-17/Neptune_Wood_car_park_closing_for_repairs.aspx

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Date Fixed for Kler Inquiry

A date has been set for a public inquiry into the Kler Group’s plans for 36 houses on the field at the corner of the Didcot Road and Fieldside.

The inquiry will be heard between the 14th and 17th November at the Didcot Civic Centre in Britwell Road, Didcot.  It’s a formal inquiry and barristers will represent both Kler and South Oxfordshire District Council.  SODC has misgivings about the plans over a number of technical issues.

Long Wittenham Parish Council is opposed to Kler’s plans but parish funds cannot meet the cost of professional legal representation.  The council will however be allowed to speak and cross examine the Kler proposals. Continue reading

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Outlook Newsletter – Summer 2017

Residents who have not received the latest edition of South Oxfordshire District Council’s newsletter, or who would prefer to read it online can view or download it here.

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Tree Expert Banned In Quarry Row

A world-renowned tree expert has been banned from investigating ancient trees on land threatened by the quarry plan near Clifton Hampden.

Bachport – an alliance of local villages and individuals – has drafted in leading arboriculterist David Lonsdale to study the site but Hills has refused him access.  Mr Lonsdale has identified 40 trees for further investigation.

The presence or absence of veteran or biologically important trees must be considered under national planning policy guidelines.  Hills says it has “not identified any veteran trees”. Continue reading

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Playground Campaign Nears Target

More than £6,550 has been raised for new play equipment at Bodkin’s Field in Long Wittenham and the campaign organisers say they hope children will be playing there next spring.

A grant of £7,300 has been secured from South Oxfordshire District Council but one of the conditions is that the campaigners have to match-fund the grant.  Supporters say they are £737 short of their target but are confident of hitting it by the end of the year.

So far £6,554 has been raised including a donation of £2,500 from the parish council.  The Wittfest music festival at The Plough pub raised £1,600 and the village Fun Run £700.  Wittenham Warriors and Safari Supper each gave £500 and a women’s social party £419. Continue reading

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200 Club Winners

The Long Wittenham 200 Club is pleased to announce the winners in June and July.

June 2017

The £50 prize goes to:
198    K. Whitehead

£10 each goes to:
120    R. & B. Edwards
86      M. & S. Duff
19      A. Ainsley
54      J. Peckham & J. Davies

July 2017   Continue reading

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Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Below are details of the forthcoming referendum for the Neighbourhood Development Plan and a summary of the Plan itself.  It is purely factual as the Parish Council is not allowed to campaign during the run up to the election.

The Referendum

The referendum date for the Neighbourhood Development Plan is Thursday 7th September 2017.  It is run by South Oxfordshire District Council along the same lines as any local government election.  Anyone registered to vote in a local election is eligible to vote.  Proxy and postal votes are available for those not able to vote in person. Forms are available from:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-vote-proxy
OR
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote. Continue reading

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Ride & Stride for Churches – 9th September

Oxfordshire Historic Church Trust organises an annual Ride and Stride sponsored event to raise essential funds to repair, restore and improve the county’s churches.  This year’s event takes place on 9th September and local families are encouraged to take part.

Ride and Stride is a sponsored event whereby participants travel between our wonderful churches, enjoying their architecture and history which, let’s face it, we often take for granted.  The funds raised ensures their beauty can be appreciated by future generations. So why not get on your bike, feet, horse, tractor or any form of transport you choose to search out and support all the finest church architecture Oxfordshire has to offer?

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More Time Sought For Quarry Objections

Long Wittenham Parish Council and others objecting to plans for a huge quarry near Clifton Hampden are asking Oxfordshire County Council for an extension to the third consultation period which closes on 3rd August.

The council, Burcot and Clifton Hampden, Appleford and Culham parish councils are part of an alliance of organisations and individuals opposing plans by Hills Quarry Products.  The most recent concerns that the quarry would increase the risk of flooding along the Thames have come from the Environment Agency.

The county council opened another period of consultation to allow more time for Hills and objectors to respond.  Bachport – Burcot and Clifton Hampden for the Protection of the Continue reading

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