Parish News April 2009

Kennington logoThe Clerk had received notification from the Vale on 6th April 2009 that there was no request for an election for the vacancy for a Parish Councillor. Therefore the Parish Council could fill the vacancy by co-option. It was agreed to advertise the vacancy in the Chronicle and on the web site and the decision as to who is appointed will be on 14th May. If you are interested please contact the Clerk for more details or click here.

Since the article last month in the Kennington Chronicle, the Clerk had received seven comments via email or in person about the topic of turning off the street lights from 12.30am to 5.30am. The people who contacted the Clerk lived in The Avenue, Colley Wood (2), Manor Grove, Bagley Close, Playfield Road and Kennington Road. There were five people who were strongly against the idea on safety grounds. The other two considered that a partial switch off might be possible. There was a discussion about the options that the Parish Council might recommend to the County Council. It was felt that most of the side roads were not well lit. There was a view that Kennington Road and The Avenue could have reduced illumination without any risk to road safety. Therefore it was agreed to ask the County Council if they would be prepared to have a six months trial of switching off 50% of the lights in Kennington Road and The Avenue between 12.30am and 5.30am subject to consultation with the police.

There had been one comment of support for the idea of establishing a No Cold Calling Zone in the village from someone living in Colley Wood. The Clerk had spoken to the PCSO Adi Wright who was supportive. The topic was originally raised by a resident living in Forest Side. Members decided there was insufficient support to be able to continue with this idea.

The decision to award a contract to clean the bus shelters was delayed because, when the tenders were examined, the cost for a monthly clean was excessive. It was agreed to ask the two contactors who had submitted bids for revised cost for cleaning them every three months.

It had been noted that there were very few planning applications being processed by the Vale. This had led to a number of planning meetings being cancelled.

A request for a new litter bin at the Poplar Grove end of the alley from 101 The Avenue to Poplar Grove has been approved.


The Parish Council was notified on 10th April that it had been successful with its application to Oxfordshire County Council’s Playbuilder fund and has been awarded a grant of up to £46,000 to develop the play area at Playfield Road playing fields. There were 32 applicants for the eleven grants available in the financial year 2009-2010. This is an excellent opportunity to produce a fun and challenging play space for the young people in Kennington. Watch this space for more news of the project which has to be completed by March 2010.

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