Councillors are currently making progress on a number of big issues for the parish as well as dealing with the usual day to day aspects of village life caused by burrowing rabbits, rampant brambles and planning applications.
IMPORTANT NEWS 750 new houses in Wallingford
The Four Councils group, consisting of two representatives each from Brightwell, Wallingford, Cholsey and Crowmarsh has been working closely with SODC. A consultancy was appointed in October to conduct an independent review of all existing and new evidence. The consultant recommends site A (the site north of Wallingford) as the optimum development site for Wallingford while recognising that careful design is needed. This is the site your council originally recommended to SODC two years ago!
On 11 January the SODC cabinet agreed to undertake a further consultation exercise that adds A as a preferred site. The sites of B (opposite Brightwell and largely in our parish) and E (Winterbrook) are still under consideration. We will be circulating more information shortly to keep you updated together with our recommendations.
Please participate in the consultation exercise which is due to run from 25 January to 22 February (but may be subject to change!) We feel this is a big step in the right direction.
Mooted new roundabout on bypass
The would-be developers of site B, PRUPIM, as part of their misguided plan to put 750+ houses on site B would like to build a new roundabout on the bypass. Such a roundabout together with any new housing would permanently damage the rural setting of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell. We wrote to Oxfordshire County Council setting out our objection to such a roundabout. They replied, ‘This roundabout is not something that Development Control (Transport) support and they have indicated this to the developers in the pre-application discussions about the development proposals for the site.’ A victory for Brightwell!
Exiting the village
The Council is aware of the difficulties of exiting the village at peak times. With increased housing in Wallingford, Cholsey and Didcot this situation can only deteriorate. OCC is conducting a Local Transport Plan consultation. We have submitted a response on behalf of the parish and pointed out that a holistic review is required.
2010/11 budget and strategic projects
The past year and the coming year are placing an unprecedented demand on Parish Council finances. Contributions to important items for the parish such as tackling the location of new houses in Wallingford, building of the Village Stores, repairs to the Village Hall roof and building a new bus shelter are included in our budget. As a result we may need to increase the precept more than we would ideally like in order to restore our reserves for the future. In real terms this may mean an increase on the council tax of a band D property of around £4 per year.
Telephone kiosk opposite the Red Lion
The contract and payment of £1 to purchase the kiosk has been sent to BT. There is an allocation in the budget to repaint it.
We warmly welcome Eric Dore as our new clerk. Eric has lived in the parish for over 35 years and has been involved in many parish initiatives during that time.
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