Government and County Council Elections
Congratulations to the Conservative candidate Mr Ed Vaizey, who is elected to serve as MP for the Wantage Constituency, and Lord Bill Bradshaw (Lib Dems), who retains his seat on the OCC by a majority of just over 500 votes. The distribution of seats on the OCC is 43 Cons, 17 Lib Dems, 9 Labour, 5 Green. Mr Patrick Green has been nominated for Chairman, SODC.
Mr Tony Lascelles has resigned from the PC with immediate effect and we will be seeking a replacement through the normal channels. Dr John Rodda has been elected chairman for four months until September when Mrs Celia Collett will take over the post. Steve Luck has been elected vice-chairman.
The Village AGM was held on 20 April with a reasonable turn out of 16 parishioners to greet our honoured guest Mr Hugo Brunner, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. Mr Brunner gave an interesting talk on the role of Lord Lieutenant. There were other reports from Lord Bradshaw, Mrs Mary Green - SODC, Mrs Carole Dennis - Hospital Car Service, Mr Tony Lascelles - Shop and Post Office, Mr Tony Debney - History Group, Mrs Caroline Alder - FOBS.
SODC aim to improve the amount of recycled material collected from the present 26% to 29%. From June, bio-degradable green waste sacks (for composting) will be available at 65p each. Since May 11 clear sacks for recyclable household waste have been available at a cost of £2.50 for 25. These sacks can be purchased from SODC and One-Stop-Shops. Green boxes for recyclable material are always available from the SODC free of charge.
A new seat is to be installed on the High Road at the beginning of July. This is to be located near the bus stop on the south side.
Didcot to Wallingford road
A speed limit of 30 MPH is to be imposed on the A4130 . It will start to the west of Frog's Island and extend to the east of Slade End joining the existing speed limit along the Wantage Road. It will also go north along the road towards Sires Hill. 'Gateways' are to be installed (similar to Blewbury and Upton) to highlight the fact that vehicles are entering a residential area.
Village Shop and Post Office
Various aspects of the action plan resulting from the Vital Villages Survey are being pursued.
Recreation Ground and King's Meadow
Serious concerns have been raised about recent activities at the Recreation Ground; two fires have been lit and the firewood used has been broken from trees around the ground; a lot of bottles and beer cans have been left behind. Furthermore, as some of the culprits leave the village they create a nuisance, ringing doorbells and generally making a noise. There has also been an increase in the incidents of vandalism at Kings Meadow - the fence around one of the play areas has been severely damaged and the goalposts are in need of replacement. Repairs will be undertaken in the next few weeks. This damage has to be paid for from Parish Council funds. Please report any incidents of vandalism to the PC and the police.