This Saturday SODC are holding their second workshop to look at where the new homes will be built.
Cholsey has been allocated 128 new homes under the district council’s New Local Plan. The houses will have to be built before 2027.
The event will run this Saturday (7th) from 11am to 3pm in The Pavilion.
For further information, including a map of the sites, please see the current edition of The Forty.
You may have heard that the County Council Cabinet has decided today to recommend a new Minerals and Waste Core Strategy to the Council.
This means that the amount of gravel extraction will be cut to around 800,000 tonnes a year. The previous, aborted Core had a figure of nearly a million tonnes pa. This may well mean that a new hole in the ground is not needed.
The new Core Strategy will take two years to complete and we will need to ensure that we get as much public reaction as possible to any consultations. I know the CAGE group are already actively following the Council’s actions and Lynda Atkins and I are doing all we can through the County’s working party.
So, as I just said on Radio Oxford, we’re not out of the woods, but this is potentially good news not just for our area, but for the whole county.
The Fulscot Bridge, near Tesco on the outskirts of Didcot, will be closed from Monday as part of the rail electrification works. The bridge is being raised to allow for the wires to pass under it.
A diversion will be in place, taking traffic through North Moreton.
The work should take 16 weeks.
At last some good news on the rabbit stricken road between Cholsey and Moulsford.
The road will re-open on 4th November. The local highway steward, Keith Stenning, says the road should be back to normal By late in the day on the Monday.
Let’s hope this will be an end to the inconvenience caused by this long and annoying saga.
You will have noticed that Cholsey Hill is closed for fairly major patching works.
I remember the road was re-surfaced not that long ago, but the County officers tell me it was more than ten years since the last works on the road. These works are necessary as the road is in a very poor state due to the extremes of weather that it is exposed to.
The current works are about providing a good level surface for the coming winter and the whole road will be re-surfaced next spring.
I know there has been much in the local media about the £61 million of cuts that the County Council is being forced to make, but I want to be completely sure that people are aware that these cuts are forced on OCC by Centrtal Government.
The County has already cut £277 million to help the Government pay off the deficit and I am told that the extent of this latest round of cuts has come as something of a shock.
One problem the Council has is that the lions share of the services we provide are statutory, so that leaves a much smaller pot of discretionary services that the cuts can be made from; this is why the cuts to the Children’s Centres appear to be so savage.
I believe and hope that the cuts to the Children’s Centres will be less extreme than initially planned, there is much work at County Hall being undertaken to look at different models of provision. We are also hearing at the “Talking Oxfordshire” meetings that most users of the centres would be happy to contribute towards the cost of the service.
I want to encourage as many people as possible to go and talk to local MPs at their surgeries about the impact these cuts will have on OUR county. Cuts that are imposed by Whitehall and over which the MPs have some control.
Ed Vaizey’s next surgery is on Friday 15th November at 5.30 in the Town Hall, Wallingford. Please go along.
I have just received confirmation from the County Council that work will start on the collapsed A329 at Waterloo Bridge on 16 August 2013.
The work is likely to take eight weeks. I think it is unfortunate, to say the least, that the work has not been completed during the summer holiday as originally planned.
The existing traffic management system will remain on site for the duration.