Have you heard of the campaign to Protect Wicklesham Quarry from Development? Local people in the western Vale and beyond have been opposing plans to turn Wicklesham into an industrial warehousing site for over two years. The quarry is a SSSI for earth sciences, and one of Britain’s “richest palaeontological sites”. It is also a Conservation Target Area and Priority Habitat for rare plants and European Protected Species. It has planning conditions for restoration to agriculture.
Having been rejected for inclusion as an industrial site in the Local Plan since 2008, Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan now seeks to safeguard the site for B2/B8 use.
If you wish to know more, read the online petition at Change.Org: https://www.change.org/p/
There is now also a CrowdJustice Appeal to seek support for a Judicial Review of the Vale of White Horse District Council’s decision to adopt Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan, subject to referendum. You can read it at:https://www.crowdjustice.org/
This case has many implications for local communities facing proposals for quarrying, for the protection of our exceptionally rare, nationally designated site, and for the role of the Biodiversity Action Plan in local planning decisions. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
The neighbourhood plan is formally made and part of the Development Plan.
On 12 October 2016, the Longworth Neighbourhood Plan was officially adopted by Vale of White Horse District Council and is now part of the Development Plan.
Take a look at the made Plan.
The official referendum results were as follows:
- Votes in favour of adopting the neighbourhood plan – 147
- Votes against adopting the neighbourhood plan – 38
- Turnout: 39.6%
If you have any queries about the Longworth Neighbourhood Plan, please call VOWH planning on 01235 422600 or emailplanning.policy@whitehorseDC.gov.uk.
Tell us what you think of NHS services in Oxfordshire – Abingdon Roadshow 19 October
The NHS in Oxfordshire is calling on young people, parents, patients, carers and people who live and work in Oxfordshire to have their say on how health care is delivered.
We are seeking your views on how local GP, community and hospital services should develop so that services are of high quality, closer to home, more convenient with better access and can overcome a £200m funding gap by 2020/21.
Several events have already taken place in Banbury, Wantage, Oxford, Wallingford, Bicester, Henley-on-Thames and Witney but we still need to hear from more people in the Abingdon area. The event will be a ‘drop in’ style and staff will be available to have an informal chat with you to share ideas on how NHS services in Oxfordshire can deliver high quality care now and in the future.
The Big Conversation Abingdon Roadshow will be held on:
- Wednesday 19 October 9.30am to 4pm – Abingdon Community FreeSpace Shop, Bury Street, Abingdon OX14 3QY (next to the travel agent and opposite H. Samuel).
- Staff will be available to answer your questions between 10am and 2pm, outside of those times please feel free to pop in and pick up some information.
The roadshow will focus on:
- the financial health challenges within Oxfordshire
- how we can improve the overall health of people in Oxfordshire
- how we can prevent people from getting ill
- how we can improve quality
- make best use of tax payers money
- How you can get more actively involved including hearing about our plans for public consultation later in the year around models of care across Oxfordshire
If you would like more information about this event, please contact: Julia Stackhouse on 01865 334638