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Parish Council update for April

Architect’s plans for Gooseacre: exhibition on weekend of 30 April/1 May

There will be an exhibition of the parish council architect’s plans for upgrading the village hall, sports pavilion and surrounding area at Gooseacre in the village hall on

Saturday 30 April – 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Sunday 1 May – 10.30 am to 1.00 pm

Please come along to have a look at the plans and let us know what you think.

The intention is to revise the plans in the light of points raised at the exhibition and submit them for planning approval before the end of June. We hope to commence work on the pavilion upgrade late this year or early next.

Radley College sustainability plans

Representatives from the parish council met David Anderson, Estates Bursar at Radley College, in mid-March for a regular update on our respective plans.

We were interested to hear that Radley College has started work on developing a sustainability plan for its estate. The plan will include proposals for tree planting, rewilding, species habitat improvements and reducing the energy that the College uses. A solar farm on the land immediately to the west of Kennington Road and south of Sugworth Lane is being considered as part of the plan. This will make the College self-sufficient in energy terms.

The College is also developing proposals to transform Park End Farm barn into a cookery school. This will need to be done with great care and skill to conserve the barn’s historic features. As well as broadening the curriculum for College boys, the intention is to make the facility available for cookery classes and events open to the community.

The Parish Council welcomes these initiatives.

Garden enthusiasts – can you help?

The Parish Council has for many years run a garden competition to celebrate the best front gardens in Radley, which give pleasure to residents and visitors alike. Prizes are awarded for the Best Garden, the Most Colourful Garden and best tubs and hanging baskets.

We would love to hear from anyone interested in helping to judge the gardens, a growing task as the village gets bigger. Shortlisting will take place on Friday 1 July and final judging on Saturday 2nd. Please contact the Clerk if you would like to help.

Spring bulbs

And, on the subject of making the village look good, we all enjoyed the fine display of daffodils in Church Road, at the Lower Radley junction and in Lower Radley over the last month. Most of these were planted by local people back in 2014, in an initiative led by resident Helena Ifeka. Thankyou Helena, it was definitely worth the effort.

Last month parish councillors, the lengthsman and Radley College boys worked together to acquire and plant 300 snowdrop plants in the verge of Church Road outside the old cemetery. Thank you to them too. Let’s hope they do as well as the daffodils in years to come.

Housing development and CIL programme

The Parish Council has a meeting fixed with Pye Homes in mid-April to get an update on timing of their plans for works to upgrade the White’s Lane/ Church Road junction, to construct agreed cycle ways and to provide a pedestrian crossing over Kennington Road. We will also be exploring the concerns of residents whose homes back on to the development site. We are delighted to see that the Puffin crossing outside the school is now in operation.

Work on the range of projects proposed to be financed by the Parish Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy programme – the Gooseacre upgrade, the Lawns community facility, the primary school hall extension, the cemetery extension, implementation of the Radley Lakes masterplan – are all proceeding to plan. This month we are particularly pleased to see the delivery of signage and clearance work by the Radley Lakes Trust and others to establish the new permissive Sounding Bridge footpath from Lower Radley to the Lakes. Future bulletins will update on progress with other parts of the programme.

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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