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Parish Council update for July

Village ‘lengthsman’

The Parish Council is hoping to employ someone with handyman skills to support the Clerk. Their role will be to keep an eye on the Council’s property and equipment, to undertake minor maintenance and repairs and to support the Clerk in overseeing the work of its contractors.

The Council’s property includes the Gooseacre playing field, pavilion and playground, the allotments, and the Church Road carpark. It maintains various greens and verges around the village. It is also responsible for the Speed Indicator Devices and defibrillators.

The position is part time averaging 7 hours a week. The pay rate will be local government SCP6. Deadline for applications is 19 July. Please see the village website for a full job description and other information.

‘Lengthsman’ is a traditional position, historically someone employed in a parish to maintain the roads, trim back hedges, cut vegetation, fill in potholes, clear ditches and similar. While the functions have changed to some extent, the council considers that the term captures well the important role we seek to fill.

River litter pick and poster competition

Sadly, the boat rides and hog roast planned at Radley College boathouse on 29 June for primary school aged children had to be cancelled because of the continuing Covid restrictions. Even so, if you were down that way on 29 June you should have seen a lot of action. The water-borne litter clearance by College boys was expected to go ahead in the afternoon followed by an inter-house regatta in the evening.

The Parish Council planned a ‘Take Your Litter Home’ poster competition for primary school age children to be run alongside the river event. This is going ahead with an extended deadline of 12 July. Full entry details are elsewhere in this edition. We’re hoping lots of Radley children will take part.


Radley Large Wood for sale

Many readers will already have spotted that Radley Large Wood is up for sale. The Parish Council signed a Permissive Path Agreement with owner Paddy Dockar Drysdale shortly before his death and this should protect the public’s right to use paths in and through the wood for the next 50 years. Sympathetic new ownership would further help to maintain the wood in its current attractive state. We welcome the establishment of a committee of concerned residents – see report elsewhere in this edition – and will keep in contact with them to see if there are ways in which the council might help.

Gooseacre upgrade project

A Joint Committee of the Village Hall Committee, Parish Council and Radley College has been set up and held its first meeting on 21 June.  Ed Blagrove has agreed to chair the committee. Other members are Bob Earl, leading on project design, David Anderson for the College, Val Hicks and Jordan Sharp for the Village Hall Committee and Priscilla Dudding and the Clerk for the Parish Council.

The Committee agreed to formally approach the College for an extension of the lease and to go ahead with appointing architects to draw up plans for the upgrade. There will be a full consultation on the architects’ designs when available, hopefully later in the year.

Wild flowers in Radley verges

We’re delighted to hear that orchids have been spotted in the built-up parts of the village – see picture on front cover – a tangible benefit of our policy of leaving some of the Radley grass verges longer during the summer months. Let’s hope they continue to flourish!

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