I see the Village hall as an essential facility in Radley. It is home to some established village groups such as Brownies, Guides and the retirement group, as well as offering a venue for regular annual events such as the Village fete and Christmas bazaar. The opportunity to join these groups and attend village events is a means of getting to know people, and fosters a sense of belonging. The present Hall is nearly 40 years old and is likely to require substantial repairs, including a new roof, in the next 20 years. A new building could offer new and much improved facilities.
The Neighbourhood Plan offers us the chance to create a ‘village centre’ in Radley where the main facilities are located. The school, Pub, station and church are already in place and cannot be moved, but other facilities such as the village hall, playing fields and the shop can be located elsewhere. If we were to move the village hall and playing fields closer to the school, then we would create more of a ‘centre’ to the village and facilities such as parking could be shared. It would also be easily accessible on foot, or by bus, to current residents, and people living in the proposed new developments off Whites Lane and Sandford Lane. There would be no planned housing immediately adjacent so there should not be a ‘nuisance’ problem, as there has been sometimes for people living near the current hall.
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