Parish News July 2007

Kennington logoThe members of the Parish Council have decided to review the Play Areas in the village. At present there is play equipment at the Village Hall, Playfield Road and Forest Side. The plan is to create a working group drawn from the interested parties. This would involve as well as the Parish Council, the Playing Fields Association, and Village Hall Management Committee. Representatives from St Swithun’s primary school, the playgroup and toddlers group as well as the youth club are being invited to participate. The group would have terms of reference to review the existing equipment, consult the village and suggest any changes. It was felt that it was important to consider the needs of all ages from pre-school to young teenagers. If you are interested in this project or have a view please let the clerk know.

The clerk had followed up her letter sent in February 2007 to Network Rail about the damage to Cow Lane from their equipment and lorries. She received a call back from their Property Department on 26th June 2007. The officer proposed to draft a licence on the basis that Network Rail undertook works to the road and continued to maintain it but would not pay rent. This seemed a hopeful sign that this matter would finally be resolved.

The clerk had received confirmation that Oxfordshire Highways had investigated the problem of the flooding in St Swithun’s Road with an officer of the Vale and found that the culvert was partially blocked. They had started working on it. The village warden and the clerk had reported a number of potholes in the passed few months. When the warden followed up the reports he was told that the wet weather had caused a two month backlog of patching work.

A consultation document has been sent by the County Council and the five District Councils with a questionnaire asking about new provision of sites in Oxfordshire for Gypsies and Travellers. It indicated that there needed to be fifty eight additional pitches in Oxfordshire. They would like Parish Councils’ views on where these pitches could be provided. It could mean an extension of existing sites such as Redbridge Hollow.

The County Councillor reported on a briefing he had received on a multi-million pound project called “Access to Oxford”. The government had agreed to fund the work which is likely to cost £88 million. It was at a very early stage of planning so no firm details were available yet. The aim is to reduce congestion on the A34 and improve public transport access to Oxford. The first work would probably start in 2008/09 when £5 million would be used to build an extra platform at Oxford Railway Station. This would be followed in about 2013/14 with the re-modelling of the junctions on the A34 at Hinksey Hill, Botley and Wolvercote.

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