New Parish Council Website

The Parish Council has a new website and you can see it at www.cholseypc.org.

The site is in its infancy and will grow over the coming months.

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Big News From Drayton About School Buses

Drayton free school bus cut decision overturned

A decision to cut a free school bus service for some pupils in Oxfordshire has been overturned on appeal.

Only children living more than three miles (5km) from their school qualify for free travel.

The county council found some pupils in Drayton had been receiving a free service when they should not have been.

It asked them to start paying £240 a year but about 20 parents appealed a panel of councillors who used their discretion to uphold their appeal.

The council previously argued the journey was safe to make on foot.

‘Transparent process’

But parents in the village said the walk took an hour and was unsafe because there was no street lighting along busy roads.

The appeal panel of three councillors commissioned a road safety assessment but concluded it to be “anodyne and lacking in the detail” required to convince them the route was safe.

In conclusion the panel decide the route was unsafe and upheld the decision.

A council spokesman said: “The council provides an honest and transparent process through which people can appeal against decisions such as the one relating to the Drayton School bus.

“That appeal was heard and the judgement has now been delivered.”

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Big CAGE (Stop The Gravel Pit) Event This Sunday

See below from Kellie Nicholson.

And PLEASE come along if you can!

Date: Sunday 1st July

Location: Start point 1: Cholsey’s Jubilee Field (by school back gates), moving on;

Start point 2: Cholsey and Wallingford Railway Station, Wallingford

Time: from 11.30am

CAGE is organising a one-off event to enable the community to come together to make a stand against Oxfordshire’s proposed plans for gravel extraction. The Cholsey and Wallingford railway will be running a special, unscheduled service from late morning onwards between Wallingford and Cholsey stations to coincide with this event – this will be free for those interested, although donations would be welcomed. Media wll be invited.

Schedule: For Cholsey: 11.30 muster safely in the Jubilee field ready to walk as a group past the school and over the humpback railway bridge, meeting and waving at the CWR train in the adjacent field at noon. Those attending church service at St Mary’s may prefer to wait for others to arrive.

For Wallingford: 11.30 muster, either to mark the event at the station or be passengers on the train.

Refreshments will be served in Cholsey’s St Laurence Hall (School Road) and Wallingford station from 12.30.

Please make some time. You can shout and walk with others with your homemade banners, hide in the trees and lick an ice-cream, wave out from the train, or sit sedately with a drink and a sandwich in the Laurence Hall or CWR station. Or try to manage all of it… Everything is making a point and helping CAGE.

Feel free to come dressed up in Christie-themed clothes, or anything respectably attention grabbing. We also ask for help to get the message out to friends and relatives.

For further information about the gravel pit campaign go to http://www.cagegravel.org.uk – you can register here to receive updates and more. Thank you for your time.

 

Big CAGE event on 1st July

See the following message from CAGE:

Message from: Cholsey Gravel Extraction

Campaign (CAGE) Date: Sunday 1st July Location: Cholsey’s Jubilee Field (by school back gates) Time: from 11.30amCAGE is organising a one-off event to enable its social groups, individuals, families and stakeholdersto come together to make a stand against Oxfordshire’s proposed plans forgravel extraction.

The Cholsey and Wallingford railway will be runninga special, unscheduled service to coincide with this event. We will be using Cholsey’s history, AgathaChristie and much more. Wallingford will also be invited to run its own event, for even greater impact.

Media will be invited.

We need as many bodies in the Jubilee Field at the same time as possible, gathering from 11.30, ready to all shout together at 12pm noon. Please mark the date in your diaries and help get the message out to friends and relatives.

Feel free to come dressed up in Christie-themed clothes, or anything respectablyattention grabbing! Bring banners. We need to set to work on a peaceful protest. Refreshments will be available, as will bucket-holders to receive collections. CAGE needs up to £30000 to pay for the barrister and other experts – donations are coming inbut more is needed. We also need some volunteers to help with the event – for all sorts of very easy tasks.

For further information about the gravel pit campaign go to www.cagegravel.org.uk. To volunteer to help, email kellie_nicholson@btinternet.com

Stop The Gravel Pit – Public Meetings

Don’t Forget the gravel pit is not a “done deal” and we can still stop it if we can persuade a Government Inspector later this year that the land between Cholsey and Wallingford is not the right place.

There are two CAGE public meetings next week. The first is at The Scout Hall in Cholsey on Monday and the second is in Wallingford at The Regal on Tuesday. Both meetings start at 7.30pm.

We have a huge fund-raising task ahead of us as we need to employ a barrister, so please bring your cheque book!