PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
Unfortunately the mobile library service in Oxfordshire will cease in September. The County Council has reached this decision as part of its huge financial savings that it has to make. The last round of visits will being on Monday 5th September 2016, and the final day of the service will be Friday 16th September. The County Council will continue to work with the users of the service to find alternative ways for them to access library services either through the network of library buildings, the online library service or Home Library Service.
Bradstocks Way Shops – Refuse left outside
Sacks of refuse from homes are being left in and around the litter bins by the shops. On one occasion recently, special arrangements had to be made for extra collections from the litter bins as they were very full and overflowing. Sadly, immediately after they were emptied, more sacks with household waste appeared. The Council would ask that household refuse is put in the appropriate wheelie bins, or the allocated sacks if you do not have a bin, and that the refuse is put out on dustcart day. Household refuse in a public litter bin could be regarded as fly tipping.
Changes to Bus Services
Following the withdrawal of bus subsidies by the County Council owing to its budgetary constraints, Thames Travel and other bus companies have been working with the County Council to see how the affected areas could be best served. As a result changes to the local bus services have had to be made. Service X1 will be renumbered as service 32A and will operate hourly between Abingdon and Wantage on Mondays to Saturdays. Between Abingdon and Didcot the 32A will operate via Sutton Courtenay and Culham village. Timetables are being uploaded to the Thames Travel’s website and should be available, or will be in the near future at http://www.thames-travel.co.uk/timetables-fares/
Annual Meeting of Council
At the annual meeting of the Council Cllr. Michael Jenkins was elected Chairman for the following year and Cllr. Christopher Campbell elected Vice-Chairman. Details of nominated representatives to key local groups can be found on the Council’s noticeboard.
The Council has received complaints that along footpath 27 which runs from Old Wallingford Way to Frilsham Street behind Lady Place, garden waste is being dumped, particularly grass cuttings. Residents may feel that as this is a natural material it will break down and is therefore an acceptable practice. Unfortunately heaped grass clippings and garden refuse do not just go away. Garden refuse dumped in public areas, like household refuse dumped in litter bins, is regarded as fly tipping. The Council would ask residents to be responsible and to acquire a brown wheelie bin from the Vale of White Horse District Council, and not to dump grass cuttings on public footpaths and leave them for others to clear.
High Street – Closure
A road closure Order has been made by the County Council for the section of the High Street between Mill Lane and Courtenay Close. This came into effect on 13th June and is valid for up to 18 months. This is to allow for sewer upgrade works which will take approximately 19 weeks to complete. Access for emergency vehicles and those properties within the closed section will be maintained. A public information event in the village hall will take place later this month. This has been arranged by the parties involved. Please see article elsewhere in this issue.
The Parish Council has considered the following planning applications: P16/V1097/HH Side and roof extension at 3 Milton Road. The Council had no objections P16/V1197/HH Conservatory at 5 Lady Place. The Council had no objections P16/V1111/FUL Erection of 3 dwellings at Peewit Farm, Drayton Road. Council objected to the proposal as it was outside the built up area of the village and had concerns regarding the safety of the access and B4016. P16/V1231/FUL Building for storage and distribution at Didcot Power Station. The Council had no objections in principle, but requested a routeing agreement to ensure that vehicles did not come through Sutton Courtenay. P16/V1031/FUL Replacement dwelling at 54 Harwell Road. The Council had no objections in principle to replacing the dwelling, but did question the impact of the particular design proposed and thought it not appropriate for the street scene.