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Parish Council update for July

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Friday 3 June saw a large number of Radley families gathering on the playing field at Gooseacre for a shared picnic and toast to the Queen. It was tremendous to see the community coming together in this way. The Parish Council wishes to express its appreciation for the time, energy and drive of a small group of individuals who made it happen.

Parish Councillor vacancy

Following the resignation of Ed Blagrove, the Parish Council has a vacancy for a councillor to serve until the next election in May 2023. You can speak to one of the councillors or contact the clerk to find out more about the role.  

If you are interested in joining the Council, please send (either by post or email) an expression of interest including a short CV to the address below by Thursday 23rd July.  The Council will consider applications on 28th July. 
Progress with the Gooseacre project
About 100 people attended the earlier exhibition of architect’s plans for the community facilities at Gooseacre, held in the village hall at the start of May. We have since appointed specialists to give further advice on our options to maximise energy efficiency and, separately, on the layout of the playground and surrounding areas. These were both matters raised in feedback from the exhibition. We are still on target to submit a planning application before the end of July.
The large majority of those providing feedback after the exhibition thought that work on the village hall should be undertaken as phase 1 of the project, with work to the pavilion following as phase 2. This reflected the view that the village hall was the greater priority, coupled with concerns that there might not be enough money to deliver the whole project. In the light of views expressed, we are currently proposing to start with the village hall.
A full list of points made following to the exhibition, and the parish council’s response to them, can be found on the village website here.  Many of the suggestions made are being followed up. The note provides an explanation for those suggestions which we are not proposing to incorporate.
We have also now started work on raising substantial additional funds to pay for this project, with an approach to the Vale District Council for financial support from their CIL funds. The Vale will receive over £1.2m in CIL receipts for its own use from the Radley developments, and we feel strongly that a substantial part of this should be spent in Radley itself to alleviate pressures form the new developments here. An early expression of interest in the Government’s new Platinum Jubilee fund for village halls has also been submitted.
Radley Lakes
Finally, we would like to welcome the great strides forward that are being made at Radley Lakes as a result of a lot of hard work by the Radley Lakes Trust, with financial support from the Parish Council CIL programme and various other bodies. The establishment of a new footpath via the Sounding Bridge to Radley Lakes from Lower Radley has been mentioned in earlier editions of Radley News, together with the installation of new signposts and information boards. In the latest developments, we welcome the new car and cycle park and associated information hub at Thrupp Lake; and the work at Barton Fields to upgrade the path connecting to the Thames Path, and to create a further information hub.  Both should be complete and open for use by early July.
There is an opportunity to have a good time and celebrate what’s being achieved at Radley Lakes at the ‘Lakes and Cakes’ event on 10 July.

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

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