After last night’ attempt to get airborne was scuppered by the weather, organisers will make a third attempt this evening.
Looking at the forecast it looks as if the wind will be very light, but there may be light showers.
As with the two previous attempts the session will run from 6 to 8pm with a public set-up viewing from 5.30.
Earlier in the day (10am – 12pm) members of the emergency services will be in the park with their vehicles.
Unfortunately, due to the weather, the tethered balloon flights that were on offer tomorrow night have had to be postponed.
We hope it will be possible to stage them at some point later in the fortnight.
On a brighter note, the African drumming workshop earlier today was a huge success, with dozens of participants and so much noise!
I have just heard that the play area is open.
This has been a long drawn out process, but at last we are there.
Later in the summer we will arrange an official opening when the Parish Council has assumed responsibility for the area.
After a long debate at SODC the council has voted to end centuries of tradition and transfer Winterbrook into Wallingford.
I feel particularly aggrieved at this decision as council seemed to take no notice of the representations from residents – 20+ from 103 households, with a further four in favour.
I have also spent many hours of my life helping the residents to repel builders who have tried to develop a large sites to the south of Reading Road. In doing so I have built up a strong connection with the community.
I moved an amendment and then spoke for my full five minutes, but to no avail.
The contractors will be coming on site next week.
John at Home Front tells me that there will be a near complete installation around the start of the summer holiday. In order to accomplish this the ground will be covered with bark as a temporary measure, with turf and a trampoline to follow in the autumn.
At last it feels like we are getting somewhere….
I understand that there is a petition doing the rounds calling for a crossing on the Reading Road. Completely understandably people are concerned about the safety of the road and the speed of the traffic using it.
In September, as part of the upgrading of the Ilges Lane by-way, there will be a pedestrian island placed in the middle of the road at the farm entrance to Fair Mile. This should considerably ease the ability of people to cross the road. The County Council is also pushing Linden to illuminate this entrance as part of the Wallingford – Cholsey cycleway.
Due to government cuts the County Council has no money to implement raod safety measures, there is barely enough money to keep the roads in a safe and driveable state. Any new safety measures have to be paid for by money from new developments.
The Parish Council is actively seeking to redress some of the issues in the village, such as the parking problems in the centre of the village and the lack of a cycle path along the Wallingford Road, by talking to the developers of the 130 new homes that are coming to the village under the New Local Plan.
The flooding caused by the tremendous storms of last night is causing some problems for residents, mainly standing water in gardens and issues with flushing the loo.
Thames water and Lanes have inspected the defective sewage pump at The Red Lion and have succeeded in getting one of the pumps working again. Their engineer will return later in the day to repair the second pump.
The engineer from Lanes will be calling house to house to deal with any sewage issues.
I have reported the issues to the County Council.