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Parish Council update for February

Can you help manage Radley’s potholes?

Radley Parish Council is looking for a volunteer to take on the role of Fix My Street Super User. This is part of a scheme recently introduced by Oxfordshire County Council to improve the state of repair of local roads and pavements. It is already working well in other villages.

The job involves measuring and spraying up potholes and notifying them to the council’s contractors for repair within 28 days. Super Users also maintain communications with the county council’s area highways officers, helping with emergency works, inspecting and photographing problems and liaising with them direct.

Super Users are volunteers for Oxfordshire County Council and are covered by their insurance.  The county provides training, hi-vis & spray paints. 

More information about the time commitment and qualities needed is available on the parish website (www.radleyvillage.org.uk). If you are interested, please email the Parish Council clerk at clerk@radleyvillage.org.uk or phone her on 01865 864360. 

Meeting with Pye Homes/ Blenheim Estate

Representatives of the parish council’s Development Steering Group met a team from the new NW Radley site developers for the first time at a useful meeting in mid-January.  The developers are planning to deliver a leaflet describing their plans to all Radley households very shortly and to speak directly to the owners of homes which overlook the site.  Detailed plans will be submitted to the planning authority for approval within the next month or two. There will be an opportunity for everyone to comment to the planning authority at that stage.

The developers promised to think about our concern to get the new White’s Lane junction in place as soon as possible and also how to keep construction traffic away from school children at the beginning and end of the day. They will let us have a time-plan for the different elements of the construction programme and consult us on a draft construction traffic management plan. They also volunteered to let us have plans for the proposed new cycle track across Radley and to think about ways of increasing linkages between the new residents and the existing community.

We were told that the new houses will be built with high quality finishes in the vernacular style, that the layout will be ‘tenure-blind’ (which means that market and affordable housing will be intermingled) and that each house will have a fibre connection for broadband. There will also be charge points for electric cars for houses with off-street parking. So far, so good!

JCSL industrial site

In the latest in the very long saga of planning decisions in the Radley Lakes area, the Vale of White Horse DC has refused planning permission for the continuing industrial use of former quarry buildings at the end of Thrupp Lane. In theory this means that the buildings must be demolished and the site returned to a natural state compatible with its Green Belt status. We don’t yet know whether the landowner will appeal.

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