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CORE STRATEGY UPDATE

April 2012: Message from the Parish Council.

John Rodda writes:

On Friday March 23, a Group Representation signed by 758 parishioners and Wallingford residents was delivered to SODC. In addition, 14 representation forms completed by individual parishioners were handed in. Without knowledge of the number of email responses made by parishioners on the Parish Councilís email list, it could be that 800 or more people agree with the Inspectorís findings in favour of developing Winterbrook. This figure must undermine the claim that his conclusions do not have popular support.

The Parish Council is very grateful to everyone who signed the Group Representation, to those who replied individually and to those who collected signatures. It was an excellent effort. We must hope that the Inspector takes note of the level of local support and does not change his mind over the site for the expansion of Wallingford.

The next hurdle will be the reopened EIP which will take place on 22 and 23 May. The Parish Council is to be represented at this third phase of the hearing and is planning to speak. However there is concern that SODC may be finding some way of reversing what the Inspector has proposed.

A number of parishioners kindly responded to the request from the Parish Council for financial donations to supplement the Councilís budget. The intention was to use these funds to commission professional help to support our case. As a result valuable advice was received on transport and planning matters that strengthened our submissions. Sincere thanks are due to those all who contributed.

At this juncture, it seems highly likely that the County Council will agree plans for gravel extraction between Wallingford and Cholsey. However it is expected that a public enquiry will be held before a final decision is made.

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