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Parish Council update for March

Sewage worries again….

There have been three incidents of sewage overflow from manholes in Church Road over the last couple of months, and activity by Thames Water’s contractors, Lanes, to pump out sewage from under the allotments.

Thames Water wrote to the parish council in mid-February to say that the first of the Church Road overflows was ‘a paper/ rag blockage….nothing more sinister’ and we have since been advised that the further leak in mid-February opposite no. 53 Church Road “appears to have been a soft blockage (indicative of wet wipes etc.) as opposed to a hard blockage (fat) or a collapse of the sewer”. TW have also advised that the Lanes work at the allotments was part of a wider programme to explore where water is getting into the system to cause the major system overload which occurred last February at the Lower Radley pumping station.

The parish council has asked to meet TW’s local network manager to get a report on the situation face-to-face, but a meeting has yet to be fixed.

Weed clearing by Radley College boys

In a much more welcome development, Radley College boys have been doing work around the village to remove pavement weeds, cut back the grass verges and clear overgrown weeds from around the Church Road bus shelter. The picture shows their recent work at the entrance to Stonhouse Crescent. Thank you to the boys.

Radley Lakes

Projects to improve the area for quiet recreation and nature conservation are progressing, thanks to a lot of hard work by members of the Radley Lakes Trust, and financial support from the parish council among others. Leylandii have been cleared at the start of the track running from Thrupp Lane alongside Thrupp Lake to make way for a small cycle and car park. Signage for the new permissive path from Lower Radley to Radley Lakes via the Sounding Bridge under the railway line is expected to be installed over the next month. Work on a major upgrade to the path joining Barton Lane to the Thames Path is planned for May/ June.

Gooseacre – Exhibition of plans on 30 April and 1 May

Architect David Pendery is continuing with his preparation of plans for the upgrade of the village hall, pavilion and surrounding areas. The next stage will be to appoint a quantity surveyor to cost the plans and a local electrical/mechanical engineer to advise on sustainability options for the buildings.

We will be holding an exhibition of David’s plans in the village hall over the week-end of 30 April/ 1 May and hope that members of the community will come to see them and let us have their views. Please note the dates in your diary:

Saturday 30 April: 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Sunday 1 May: 10.30 am to 1.00 pm.

The aim is to revise the plans in the light of comments received and to submit a planning application for the development by the end of June.

Radley Parish Council

Lynda Crowley, Ed Blagrove, Garry Cook, Priscilla Dudding, Gemma Fraser, Chris Henderson, Bob Johnston, David Mulholland, Sheila Smith, John Sparks, Jenny Standen.

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