Good Friday 19th April
Please vote in the REFERENDUM on the Adoption of the Plan. You can make a difference to our community.
Thursday 21st March, Kirtlington Village Hall,
7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Notice of Referendum link is here
Voting on the Referendum will take place in the same way as any other local election. Registered voters should receive their poll cards with the usual details this week. The process is run by Cherwell District Council’s Democratic and Elections Team.
Cherwell District Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Referendum page can be seen here
The Plan documents can be seen here and there is a bound copy in the Village Shop.
Sewer Repair by Hatch Way: Oxford Road Closure w/c 29th October: The Parish Council understands that Thames Water and OCC Highways are liaising closely with regard to the road closure arrangements and diversion signs, and that access will be maintained for residents only; given the location it seems unlikely that drivers will be able to breach the Road Closure notice via Troy Lane and so it is hoped the level of difficulty experienced in the summer will be avoided. However at present the OCC Highways Road Closure notice is not available so we are not able to confirm the arrangements. It is hoped the work will be completed within the 2 week period but the Parish Council accepts that Thames Water have to allow sufficient time for repairs to be carried out safely.
Kirtlington Parish Council
Corridor B chosen for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway
A plan to link together fast-growing technology hotspots took a further step closer to fruition today (12 September 2018) as Roads Minister Jesse Norman announced the chosen central corridor for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.
After detailed scrutiny and review by Highways England, of the 3 options A, B and C, Corridor B was judged to offer greater benefits to the region – outperforming the other options by providing better links to jobs, education, leisure and health services.
The expressway, with options to pass either west or east of Oxford, is also expected to take up to 40 minutes off the journey between the A34 south of Oxford and the M1.
Building the new link close to the east/west rail link will also offer more options for the commercial development of up to 1 million new homes, in line with proposals by the National Infrastructure Commission, and encourage more people to travel by train rather than by cars.
The A4095 closed week commencing 9th July For Two Weeks
While acknowledging the frustration, delays and difficulties that the current closure of the A4095 has caused, the Parish Council would request that parishioners in particular be respectful of the residents of Troy Lane and refrain from using this route as means of circumventing the road closure – it is simply not suitable for the resultant two-way traffic that is inevitable when through-traffic that has ignored the multiple road closure signs sees residents transiting Troy Lane, and potentially could result in injury to pedestrians, damage to property and further congestion. The road closure is in force for all traffic using the A4095, and does not exempt parishioners on the basis of residency in the general village area;
The Temporary Traffic Order TTRO ref. T5788 specifies:
‘Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road’ – i.e. those properties within Troy lane, only.
The current situation is far from satisfactory, however it should be remembered that this is a temporary situation and necessary to finally rectify the sewerage problems that have plagued areas of the village for many years – this in itself has taken a considerable amount of work before Thames Water would take responsibility for, and action on.
The Parish council has been in contact with both Thames Water and OCC Highways throughout the period leading up to these works, to request that the issue of Troy Lane through traffic be satisfactorily dealt with, and had been advised full closure was not possible due emergency service access – likewise ‘access only’ signage was advised as unsuitable, as encouraging the behaviour we have already seen.
Yesterday evening, the Oxfordshire County Councillor with responsibility for this Parish Council area – who has already been incredibly supporting of and instrumental in both the repairs to Church Lane, and the implementation of more effective Road Closure signage put in place during today – attended the monthly KPC meeting and has witnessed the issues first-hand. She will be following this up tomorrow to request that the OCC Highways lead make an urgent site visit to review the measures in place and / or required to best manage this situation, as it is acknowledged that the diversions are not marked clearly enough and measures to control Troy Lane access not sufficient.
Please be mindful that those drivers of through-traffic that have ignored signage to get as far as the closed section will inevitably follow local traffic if seen entering Troy Lane – please do not give them reason to follow.
While this remains a matter fully under the control and responsibility of OCC’s Highways Dept., the Parish Council will continue to liaise as effectively as possible – parishioners may of course contact OCC Highways direct via TTRORequests@Oxfordshire.gov.uk or Tel: 0345 310 11 11 quoting the TTRO reference above.
Thank you again for your patience during this period.
D.M. Richardson, KPC Chair
Saturday, 2nd June – Rupert Thorneloe Memorial Polo Match supported by the Royal British Legion. Everyone welcome, gates open 12.30. Reserve your pitch side picnic/car spot for £15 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or pay on the day.
The Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall Management Committee will be held in the Village Hall on Monday 21st May 2018 at 7.00pm.
The present elected Village representatives, Jo Richardson, Chair, Paula Harvey, Treasurer, Jacqui Hogan, Secretary and Celia Hawkesworth, Independent, are offering themselves again for election.
Any person, who would like to stand for election, should send their name, with the names of their Proposer and Seconder, to the Secretary, to reach no later than 19th May 2018. After this date nobody will be considered. If more than four people are put up for election then an election for all four places on the Committee will take place.
If anyone would like to raise any point for inclusion in the Agenda for the Meeting, would they please send a note of it to the Secretary at South Green House, South Green, Kirtlington, (email email@example.com) to be received before 16th May 2018.
19th April 2018
Cherwell District Council has confirmed an Uncontested Election for Kirtlington; the candidates elected as a result are Kate Buckingham-Fry, Stuart Jenkins, David Richardson and Richard Sadler. They will take up office from 7th May and the remaining three Parish Council vacancies will be filled by co-option in the coming months.
Since our announcement in January via the Village News and Website regarding the dogs walked in this village, we are pleased that the feedback has been so positive. Our campaign to try to stop irresponsible dog walkers from allowing their dogs to leave their messes around the Village is ongoing, not only as regards the pavements but also the footpaths, the open spaces, the quarry, other people’s front gardens and the verges by roads and bridleways, as well as the churchyard and the playing field.
It is worth repeating that dog poo bags are available free from the village shop (supplied by Cherwell District Council). There are five poo bag bins in the village which are collected regularly by Cherwell District Council, and that Council advises that where there is no specific dog poo bin nearby such bags with their contents should be placed in your GREEN bin.
So there is no excuse for bags to be thrown up into trees, hung on farmers’ gates or left in verges. Please do be considerate of others’ property Of course, our village has no 24 -hour dog warden to police inconsiderate behaviour, day and night, but we rely on our villagers to act responsibly and we are grateful to community-minded villagers who take the trouble to talk to those who do not act responsibly.
KIRTLINGTON PARISH COUNCIL