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Parish News for March

NW Radley reserved matters application submitted

Pye Homes have submitted a planning application to the Vale District Council for discharge of reserved matters for the Whites Lane site .  You can view and comment on the application here on the Vale of White Horse District Council website.  This application covers all information not previously agreed including drainage, roads, landscaping, technical reports and the proposed site layout.  Comments should be submitted to the District Council by 12pm on 21st March.

Speed Indicator Devices (SID signs) to be installed in Radley

The Parish Council has agreed the purchase of two SID signs. These are temporary signs which use radar to detect and display vehicle speeds to drivers to encourage them to keep within the speed limit. The plan is to rotate them between different locations. Locations currently agreed are (i) Kennington Road opposite the Church Road junction; (ii) Church Road outside the Lower Churchyard; (iii) Foxborough Road near Badgers Copse and Gooseacre; and (iv) Whites Lane opposite no 28. If readers would like to suggest other locations, please contact the Clerk. We also need volunteers to help with moving the signs and charging their batteries.

The Council has agreed to replace the school warning sign in Church Road so that it will flash at drop-off and pick-up times in term time and, subject to OCC’s agreement, a 20mph speed limit in the vicinity of the school. The total estimated cost of the SID signs and further measures is £11k, to be met in part from our County Councillor’s Priority Fund and in part from the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) budget.

County education boss to visit Radley Primary School

Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Cabinet Member for Education at Oxfordshire County Council, will visit the school to talk about the school expansion plans. This follows a letter sent jointly on behalf of the school governors, the parish council and Radley College expressing concern about county council proposals to develop new classrooms in a separate block in order to save money. The school staff and governors strongly favour a design solution which integrates the new buildings into the existing ones, arguing that this is vital in order to retain a strong sense of community in the school, to avoid creating new safeguarding problems and to minimise the school’s carbon footprint.

We look forward to Cllr Lindsay-Gale’s visit, and are now hopeful that a satisfactory design solution will be found. The plan remains to open the new classrooms in September 2021 but time is tight if this is going to happen.

Design ideas to be commissioned for Gooseacre community facilities

As a first step towards a possible upgrade of the community facilities at Gooseacre, the parish council has agreed to seek expert help in drawing up designs for what the various facilities at Gooseacre might look like in the future. We are hoping that it may be possible to extend the range of activities on offer whilst increasing parking and storage.  Practicability and costs will also be addressed.

The design options will form the basis of a public exhibition and local opinion survey planned for the summer. Look out for more details next month. 

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