Here Comes The Happy Hub

The Happy Hub is the name given to Cholsey’s new Children and Family Centre.

The Happy Hub, at The Pavilion, Station Road will be throwing its doors open for the first time on saturday 28th May from 2 to 4pm.

Do come and join in the fun of our teddybears picnic and visit the new centre.

Celsea Place Planning Inquiry

The planning inquiry on the 61 houses that Linden Homes hope they will be allowed to build at Celsea Place has concluded.

It is likely that they will be successful in their appeal as the District Council has now removed its objections to the application.

The Parish Council, however still opposes the development and a number of us, supported by residents, put forward as strong a case against as we could.

Our arguments include:

Issues around sewage and water pressure,

Harm to the The Forty as more people access it in cars,

Accuracy of the Linden plans,

Poor siting of the open space to accommodate the Roman remains,

Parking issues in Celsea Place,

Ensuring the site cannot be joined to the much larger field behind,

and the proposed design of some of the houses; not in keeping with the village.

At the end of the day the interested parties accompanied the Inspector on a site visit, including not just the site but the school, station and The Forty.

A decision should be made within six weeks.


“Missing Link” work begins

Linden Homes have finally started work on the ” missing link ” at the Wallingford end of the Reading Road.
Once this is completed the Parish Council will start a conversation with OCC about improving the rest of the path between the village and the new piece of path.
The “missing link ” project also includes the pedestrian refuge at the Farm Gate entrance to Fair Mile.
Providing Linden complete on time we should be able to start work on the widening of the Wallingford Road (cycle) path in July.

Grundon’s Gravel Gamble

Following yesterday’s exhibition by Grundon, about their plans for gravel extraction at New Barn Farm, many people have assumed that they have planning permission and will be pushing ahead with their plans.

This is not the case; Grundon have to apply to Oxfordshire County Council for permission to extract. I believe that they will not be given permission as their application is pre-emptive and lies outside the strategy document that has been produced by OCC. They are hoping to be allowed to dig their pit before the Council has a policy to guide minerals extraction.

When there is an application CAGE, the Parish Council and I will swing into action to garner public opinion across both Wallingford and Cholsey


Children’s Centre Auction

Just a quick reminder about the auction that is taking place this Saturday to raise funds for the new children’s centre.
The auction is in The Pavilion, Station Road from 2 to 5 with viewing from 1pm.
We have many great lots, including a Prada handbag, a Lavazza coffee maker, steam generator iron and an Ercol occasional table.
Please come along and support this unique village facility.