Speed Limit A4130
The Parish Council is involved in ongoing discussions with Oxfordshire County Council regarding reducing the speed limit on the A4130.
The Parish Council has engaged a stone mason to clean and repair the War Memorial. The work should be complete by the end of March.
Parish Boundary Review
The Parish Council has responded to the Community Governance Review suggesting the edge of settlement of Site B as the new Parish Boundary. South Oxfordshire District Council is recommending that the bypass be the new Boundary. You have until 31st May to make any comments. http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/local-democracy/town-and-parish-councils/local-government-and-public-involvement.
SODC is resisting the Parish Council’s proposal to use the parish boundary as the Neighbourhood Plan boundary, in spite of having advised us to submit for registration on that basis. The difficulty is that they do not want Site B to fall within two Neighbourhood Plans, Wallingford’s and ours. Round table discussions are in progress to resolve the issue.
The Parish Council is seeking support to install a defibrillator in one of the telephone boxes. The cost would be approximately £2000 for purchase and installation.
What is a defibrillator or AED? A defibrillator is a computerised medical device that delivers an electrical current through the chest that aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again. Rapid response using automated technology can significantly improve the quality of life of a survivor, as the longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more damage that can occur. An AED is a portable defibrillator especially designed for people with little or no medical background. AED technology opens a window for the public to take on a key role to support emergency services that would otherwise be hindered by the time it takes to reach the victim.
Is there a need? Sudden Cardiac Arrest happens around 140,000 times a year in the UK, making it one of the UK’s largest killers – equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every day! The potential for saving a life is dependent upon time, the faster medical help can be attained, the better the chance of survival. Clinical studies suggest you have less than five minutes from the event to save the life, this decreasing by up to 23% per minute. In rural areas it takes time to get medical help, so Community Public Access Defibrillators (cPAD) have a very important part to play in helping save lives in rural communities.
Annual Parish Meeting: 15 April, Village Hall, 8pm
Lucy Dalby, Parish Clerk
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