Conservation Area Plan
Many thanks to everyone who became involved in the consultation process and attended the public meeting on 18 October.
SODC’s Green scheme
The scheme to compost garden waste will be extended to Christmas. The ‘eco-sacks’ cost 30p each and existing green sacks can be exchanged for the new sacks. The SODC will be issuing the clear plastic recycle sacks again this year for Christmas wrappings etc.
Wellsprings Management Plan
The management plan has been received from Rod D’Ayala and a grant of £500 has been given by SODC towards the necessary work.
On 22 November, in the Stewart room, the first affordable housing scheme resulting from the Parish Plan was presented to the village. The proposal is to build four two-bedroom flats on the Garage site in Greenmere. Anyone living in the village or who has a local connection and wishes to be considered for this scheme, who is not on the SODC housing list, should register as soon as possible.
Oxfordshire in the South East Plan
In answer to the Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) housing distribution questionnaire the Parish Council decided not to support either of the two options, both favoured additional development in Didcot, and we considered that there was insufficient infrastructure to meet further development. The alternative option the Parish Council has put forward for consideration is the Upper Heyford site.
OCC Highways carried out an inspection of the roads, verges and vegetation around the village on 26 October. Road repairs are to be carried out particularly in Mackney, with further monitoring taking place over the next year to establish the possible need for more major works.
A new surface is being fitted to the Sotwell notice board for easier insertion of drawing pins. The Parish Council notice board on the Village Hall is to be replaced with a new one.