Parish News – June 2014

Kennington logoYou might have noticed the badly-damaged yellow salt bin on the corner of Poplar Grove and The Avenue (opposite Grundy Crescent). This seemed to have occurred during the recent works carried out in this vicinity. Oxfordshire Highways has been informed and a replacement bin will be in place before the winter.


The Council has replaced the damaged bench in Forest Side play area, and is collecting the monies from the youths who caused the damaged to the original wooden bench.


Staying with play areas, The Links Play Area needs a jolly good clear-up as brambles and weeds seem to have taken over the borders. The Council has arranged for work to be carried out in clearing these areas, laying most to grass with fewer shrubs to maintain. It is hoped that this will be carried out before the summer holidays, as it is anticipated that the play area may need to be closed for a day or two. If arrangements cannot be made before the summer break the work will be carried out after children have returned to school in September.

The Council reminds all parents and carers that although regular inspections of both play areas and the BMX track are carried out and are there for the enjoyment and use of the community, please note they are not supervised by the Parish Council.

During July the play areas and BMX track will be inspected by RoSPA, which is carried out annually around this time of year.


The Council has ordered the defibrillator and cabinet mentioned in an earlier edition. This first lifesaver is to be fitted onto the front wall of the Village Centre. It needs to be connected to an electricity supply, which is being arranged during the next month or so. We hope to purchase additional defibrillators, maybe by raising funds within the village.


If you have a verge outside your property you more than likely take pride in its appearance. It is because of this public-spirited attitude that the Parish Council was able to take the decision to maintain the more public grass areas in the village with the funds available. If all verges were to be maintained the Parish Council would be in the position to cut around five times during the season instead of the current fortnightly visits from the contractor, without raising your Parish Council tax.


Finally, comments have been raised about Upper Road being used as a ‘rat run’ with cars driving both recklessly and speeding. The Parish Council is also greatly concerned about this issue and would appreciate you reporting these incidences to either the Police or Oxfordshire Highways.

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