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Parish Council update for August

Parish council co-options: applications invited

The Parish Council currently has two vacancies and will consider candidates for co-option to the council at its meeting on Thursday 24th September. Anyone aged 18 or more who is on the electoral register for the parish and/or who has lived or worked within the parish for the last 12 months is eligible, as is anyone who has lived within 3 miles of the parish boundaries for 12 months.

Anyone interested in being considered for co-option should please send a letter or email to the Clerk at the address below by 11 September expressing their interest and confirming that they are eligible to serve. The letter should also state their reasons for wishing to be a councillor, any previous involvement in community work and any special skills and experience that they would bring to the role.

Street names for the White’s Lane development

Discussions between the Vale planning authority and the developer, Pye Homes, are continuing about the 240 homes proposed for the White’s Lane/NW Radley site. Detailed planning consent has yet to be granted.

The Parish Council will be invited to suggest street names for the new development when detailed consent is in place and have been giving some thought to this in advance. We don’t know the exact number of streets to be named but possibly 10 -15. So far the ideas that have been proposed are that the streets should be named after 

  • Tenant farmers who farmed that piece of land in the past such as John Homewood, Charles Taylor and Gabriel Davis. This would provide a significant historical link.
  • Radley residents who made a valuable contribution to the village during their lifetime but are no longer living. One name suggested is Basil Crowley who spearheaded the Save Radley Lakes Campaign and served on the Parish Council for 15 years. This would provide a lasting legacy to their contribution.   

We would welcome your comments and any ideas of other former residents you would like to nominate. In order to restrict the choice we are suggesting that you only nominate people who are no longer living, and who you think made a valuable contribution to the village during their lifetime.

If you would like to nominate someone please send your suggestion with a brief supporting statement to the Clerk by email or letter by 31st August.

More details can be found on the village website.

Church Road carpark and pedestrian crossing

The Parish Council has submitted a planning application for a new vehicle entrance to the carpark at its south eastern end; for the existing vehicle access to be limited to pedestrians only; and for the new pedestrian crossing to be located close to this proposed pedestrian-only footpath to the school. These arrangements should provide for a much safer environment for children approaching and leaving the school on foot.

We are hoping that these changes will be delivered on the ground before the end of the current financial year.

In other developments this month

  • The Parish Council has agreed to enter into a Permissive Path Agreement with the owner of Radley Large Wood to safeguard public access to paths within this ancient woodland for the next 50 years.
  • After a Covid related delay, 2 speed indicator signs (SIDs) are due to be delivered to the village later this month and initially will be erected in Church Road near the school and in Kennington Road near the Church Road junction. Once support poles have been put up in three other locations, the signs will be rotated between five locations. The other three are Foxborough Road between Badgers Copse and Gooseacre, White’s Lane at the start of the houses approaching the Foxborough Road junction and in Kennington Road at the approach to the main village coming from the north.
  • Ably led by the Mulcahy family, a group of volunteers has continued with excellent work to improve the area around the pond outside the school.
  • Geranium, daisies, hawkbit and yarrow have already appeared in the small area in St James Terrace recently designated as a mini meadow, and we are hoping for even better things next year when more biomass has established.

Exhibition dates for your diaries

  • Over the weekend of 19/20 September there will be an exhibition on proposals for the Radley Lakes area.
  • Over the weekend of 12/13 October there will be an exhibition on the future of the community facilities at Gooseacre.

Venues will be confirmed nearer the time.

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