Papists at the Manor


Campaign to Protect Wicklesham Quarry from Development

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:     I hope you will give it your support!  Below the petition main text are many updates which tell the story of the campaign.

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:

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 with any questions or comments.

Many thanks!

Anna Hoare

Longworth Neighbourhood Plan

Plan Made

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

The Big Health and Care Roadshow

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

Entertaining Longworth


Longworth Fireworks 2016


LHS – Abingdon Branch Line



Please see below just received, the recommendation will be formally considered at the 6 October meeting, there will be the opportunity for comments on the technical reports until the end of October, following which TW will publish final versions of the reports. This is clearly good news as you can see from the website the Longworth option fails to tick all the boxes!
Gill Carlisle – Parish Clerk
Dear Michael
I am writing further to our recent meeting and conversations on our Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP), and specifically the safeguarding of sites for a potential reservoir storage.
As you will know, over the past few months we have been undertaking detailed work to examine potential new water resources, including water transfers from other regions, desalination, water reuse and reservoir storage. The purpose of this work is to determine which options, and specific sites for options, are preferred and should be taken forward for further detailed work and consideration in our next WRMP.
As part of this detailed work we have been considering a number of potential reservoir sites, including a site north of Longworth.
We have recently completed 2 technical reports which set out the work completed, these are the Reservoir Feasibility Report and the updated Resource Option Screening Report. I am writing to let you know that these reports have proposed that the Longworth site should be screened out and removed from further consideration at this time.
Both reports are available to review and download from our website The work to date will also be presented at our technical stakeholder meeting on the 6 October 2016.
Going forward, we will undertake consultation on our draft WRMP early in 2018 and until we have finalised our plans we will continue to work with Councils to safeguard potential reservoir sites, including the Longworth site in the Local Development Plan.  We do need to keep all reasonable options open, so we will continue to safeguard sites to ensure that they aren’t compromised from major development proposals.
If you would like to discuss this further please don’t hesitate to contact me, or my colleague, Lesley Tait.
Kind regards
Mark Mathews

New Neighbourhood Planning Bill


Longworth Fete


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