New Parish Plan On 26 April around 70 residents from across the parish came together in the village hall for the Annual Parish Meeting. As chairman of the Parish Council, David Fox welcomed everyone and said that the key focus for the evening was to kick-start the process to develop the successor to our 2004 Parish Plan. Our current Parish Plan has served us well but all present agreed that now is the time to think about updating it as many of the actions have been completed. The purpose of such a plan is to help define what makes Brightwell-cum-Sotwell the place it is and how residents would like to see our community develop.
During the meeting Anton Nath of Oxfordshire Rural Community Council outlined the recommended process to follow. A number of parishioners volunteered to set up a steering group to guide the development of our Community Led Plan (the current jargon for a Parish Plan). We all wrote on multicoloured post-it notes our likes, dislikes and ideas for change in relation to all aspects of life in the parish. Nick Spencer gamely stepped forward to write these up and so begin the flow of ideas.
The Parish Council will work with the Steering Group to ensure a new plan is produced and is representative of our community. We hope as many people as possible will share their ideas and aspirations for Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Parish over the coming months. Please contact the clerk, Lucy Dalby, if you would like to know more.
Wallingfordhousing examination At the time of writing we are preparing to attend the public examination on 22 May. Following the examination the inspector is due to announce his final decision over the summer and the District Council to ratify the core strategy in the autumn.
Gravel extraction between Wallingford and Cholsey Unfortunately the County Council selected the Wallingford/Cholsey site as their preferred option. However, there will be a public consultation during June/July and a public examination in the autumn. There is a very strong case as to why the Wallingford/Cholsey site is inappropriate.
Further news At our April meeting Claire Strudwicke was co-opted to join the Parish Council. We have commissioned the County Council to undertake speed monitoring exercises on the A4130 just after Slade End roundabout and on the Shillingford Road at Shillingford Hill. Our County Councillor, Lynda Atkins, is seeking clarification as to whether the roll out of BT Infinity high-speed broadband will include Brightwell as well as Wallingford and what the timescales will be.
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