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Vale of White Horse District Council Leader's report - 15 May 2019

on Fri, 17/05/2019 - 1:29pm

Leader's Report to the Vale Annual Council meeting, Wednesday 15 May 2019 

Congratulations to all members, from all parties, on winning your seats. I particularly welcome everyone who has been elected to this council for the first time. It is a fascinating and challenging time to be involved in local government.

The Vale of White Horse is a wonderful place to live, work and visit and this council has a very strong team of officers, but we have some significant challenges ahead.

This council will need to make some very difficult decisions over the coming years to produce a sustainable budget and generate enough income to pay for the services our residents need and expect. We need to be far more pro-active in terms of income generation as well as lobbying for more government funding.

The Vale receives far less from business rates than other councils, the New Homes bonus scheme is being phased out and we are being expected to deliver more and more housing without enough funding to cover the costs of infrastructure.

The government spending review, due in the autumn, will impact on every single one of our service areas, and will require significant work to understand and mitigate for any reductions.

As well as overseeing the effective running of their services areas, I will be asking cabinet members, to explore new ways to tackle the big issues affecting Vale residents; making sure development is more environmentally and socially sustainable, actively pursuing ways to deliver truly affordable housing, and helping our market towns to be healthy and thriving community centres.

Much of the work ahead will take time to come to fruition but I hope we can make some early changes that will help define our direction of travel; like coming up with a new vision statement for this Council that reflects our residents’ priorities; and suggesting a new name for the ‘Growth Board’ that reflects the need for sustainability.

And of course, having declared a climate emergency, we need to find ways to put reducing our impact on climate change at the heart of every decision we make.

While the challenges are significant, I am confident that the work we’re planning over the coming months will put us all in a good position to meet those challenges.

It’s going to be a very busy four years. I look forward to working with you all and being able to use this slot on council agendas to update on our progress. 

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council

From an article on the Vale's website; see the original <here>.

Vale of White Horse DC elects new Leader, Chair, Cabinet & Committees

on Thu, 16/05/2019 - 1:40pm

Cllr Emily Smith is the new Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council.  

Cllr Smith has represented the Botley ward on the council for four years and was previously the opposition group leader. She was elected as the Leader of the Council at the Vale Annual Council meeting on Wednesday 15 May. 

The new Chair of Vale of White Horse District Council is Cllr Margaret Crick, who was voted in at the same meeting.  Her Deputy Chair is CllrJerry Avery. 

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “I’m honoured to have been elected as leader of the council.  

"The Vale of White Horse is a wonderful place to live, work and visit but we have some significant challenges ahead. The government spending review, due in the autumn, will impact on every single one of our service areas, and will require significant work to understand and mitigate for any reductions. 

“I will be asking cabinet members, to explore new ways to tackle the big issues effecting Vale residents; making sure development is more environmentally and socially sustainable, actively pursuing ways to deliver truly affordable housing and helping our market towns to be healthy and thriving community centres.

“While the challenges are significant, I am confident that the work we’re planning over the coming months will put us all in a good position to meet those challenges.”

Cllr Smith has appointed Cllr Debby Hallett as Deputy Leader – Cllr Hallett also represents the Botley ward and has done so since she was first elected to the council in 2011; she spent many years as the Chair of the Scrutiny Committee and also spent time serving as leader of the opposition group. 

Cllr Smith has appointed her new cabinet:

  • Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Corporate Services – Cllr Debby Hallett
  • Cabinet Member for Finance – Cllr Andy Crawford
  • Cabinet Member for Community Services – Cllr Helen Pighills
  • Cabinet Member for Legal and Democratic – Cllr Neil Fawcett
  • Cabinet Member for Development and Regeneration – Cllr Bethia Thomas
  • Cabinet Member for Planning – Cllr Catherine Webber
  • Cabinet Member for Partnership and Insight – Cllr Judy Roberts
  • Cabinet Member for Housing Needs, Community Safety and Licensing – Cllr Ruth Molyneaux
  • Cabinet Member for Environmental and Technical Services – Cllr Jenny Hannaby
  • The following councillors were named as chairmen of the council's committees.

Planning committee

  • Chair: Cllr Bob Johnston
  • Vice-chair: Cllr Val Shaw

Scrutiny committee

  • Chairman: Cllr Nathan Boyd

Joint Scrutiny Committee

  • Co-Chairman: Cllr Nathan Boyd

Joint Audit and Governance Committee

  • Chairman: Cllr Simon Howell

Community Governance and Electoral Issues Committee

  • Chair: Cllr David Grant
  • Vice-chair: Cllr Sarah Medley

Joint Staff Committee

  • Chair: Cllr Debby Hallett
  • Vice-chair: Cllr Emily Smith

General Licensing Committee, and Licensing Acts Committee

  • Chair: Cllr Alison Jenner
  • Vice-chair: Cllr Ron Batstone

Appeals Panel 

  • Chair: Cllr Alison Jenner

From an article on the Vale's website; see the original <here>.

Wildwood Kitchen - listings including recent, children's and classic films

on Tue, 14/05/2019 - 11:05am

Updated 14/5/19

Current listings for the cinema room at Wildwood Kitchen in Wantage.

A movie and a three course meal from their set menu costs £19.95 per person or £9.95 for children (for children's films), which includes a kids menu, popcorn and a drink. 

The cinema room is also available for private hire. It seats approximately 35 people in comfort and is available for parties & functions, with costs from £150. For further details contact Wildwood Kitchen:-

Current films:-

May

  • THU 02 MAY - RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET - RATING: PG
  • SAT 04 MAY - RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET - RATING: PG
  • TUE 14 MAY - FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDLEWALD
  • WED 15 MAY - GHOSTBUSTERS
  • THU 16 MAY - FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDLEWALD
  • SAT 18 MAY - THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
  • SAT 18 MAY - FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDLEWALD
  • TUE 21 MAY - THE FAVOURITE
  • WED 22 MAY - BEVERLY HILLS COP 2
  • THU 23 MAY - THE FAVOURITE
  • SAT 25 MAY - FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY
  • SAT 25 MAY - THE FAVOURITE
  • TUE 28 MAY - MORTAL ENGINES
  • WED 29 MAY - BIG
  • THU 30 MAY - MORTAL ENGINES
  • SAT 01 JUN - MORTAL ENGINES

June

  • SAT 01 JUN - CHRISTOPHER ROBIN
  • TUE 04 JUN - GLASS
  • WED 05 JUN - THE KARATE KID
  • THU 06 JUN - GLASS
  • SAT 08 JUN - MATILDA
  • SAT 08 JUN - GLASS
  • TUE 11 JUN - MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
  • WED 12 JUN - MRS DOUBTFIRE
  • THU 13 JUN - MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
  • SAT 15 JUN - THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART
  • SAT 15 JUN - MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
  • SUN 16 JUN - BACK TO THE FUTURE
  • TUE 18 JUN - STAN & OLLIE
  • WED 19 JUN - DIRTY DANCING
  • THU 20 JUN - STAN & OLLIE
  • SAT 22 JUN - TOY STORY
  • SAT 22 JUN - STAN & OLLIE
  • TUE 25 JUN - GREEN BOOK
  • WED 26 JUN - ROADHOUSE
  • THU 27 JUN - GREEN BOOK
  • SAT 29 JUN - BIG HERO 6
  • SAT 29 JUN - GREEN BOOK

Ed Vaizey MP - Parish News, May 2019

on Fri, 10/05/2019 - 3:52pm

Local Elections

The local elections last week saw the Conservatives lose our majority on both the Vale of White Horse District Council and South Oxfordshire District Council.  I was very sad indeed to see so many hard working local councillors lose their seats, and new candidates who had been hoping to serve fail to achieve their goal.  Locally our councillors have been working hard and have good reason to be proud of what they have achieved whilst in the majority: free parking across town centres in the Vale, one of the highest recycling rates in the country, campaigning to improve local health facilities, improving access to public facilities, winning major support from central government for transport improvements and much more, all while keeping council tax down.
 
It is for these reasons, amongst others, that South Oxfordshire and the Vale have been consistently voted amongst the top places in the country to live. We really do have a lot to be proud of, and I would like to thank all our local politicians, from all parties, for the work they do to help achieve this. In particular I would like to thank those dedicated councillors who lost their seats at these elections, and I hope we see them return to local politics soon.  The newly elected councillors will face similar challenges to those they are replacing, and there are no easy answers.  We remain one of the most economically successful parts of the country, and that brings its own set of challenges, not least to build more homes for the people who wish to live and work here, and ensuring that there is infrastructure there to support them.  I have always worked with politicians of all parties to get the answers we need locally, and will continue to lobby central government for the support that we need.
 
Many councillors who lost their seats will rightly blame Westminster.  While local issues are very important, there is no doubt that voters use them to send a message to government.  This is a strongly Remain constituency, and there is a great deal of frustration that politicians in Westminster are still unable to find a way forward on Brexit.   I will be taking the message of frustration felt on the doorstep of the campaign and at the ballot box back to Westminster: it is wrong that local politicians who have worked tirelessly for their local communities should bear the brunt of a Westminster failure.

Natural England & General Licenses

In the last week of April Natural England revoked three general licences for controlling certain wild birds with three days notice. These licences (GL 04/05/06) cover 16 species of birds including several members of the crow family, Canada goose, some gulls and pigeons.

This follows a legal challenge to the way the licences have been issued, which could mean users who rely on them are not acting lawfully.

The revocation has caused a great deal of upset amongst the farming and rural communities, who maintain that they are an essential tool to maintain crop health, livestock and to protect native species.

Natural England have now issued new individual licenses to cover most of the activities previously included under the general licenses, however given the interest in the issue the Department of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs took control of the licensing process over the weekend. They are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wild-birds-licence-to-control-certain-species

DEFRA are now managing a formal evidence gathering process, due to close on Monday 13th  May before releasing their guidance on the issue.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS & ORGANISATIONS

Movement for Good Awards

Ecclesiastical Insurance are inviting nominations and applications for their Movement for Good Awards, through which they are giving £1m to charities.

There are two categories: £1,000 awards are open to eligible charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland - these could range from smaller volunteer-run groups to larger, well-known organisations. £50,000 awards are open to eligible charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland with an income of less than £5m

Charities can be nominated for the £1,000 donations and apply for the £50,000 grants.

For more info visit: https://www.ecclesiastical.com/movement-for-good/

Action with Communities in Rural England - Village Hall Fund

The Autumn 2018 budget announced that, to mark the centenary of the Armistice, government would support several initiatives, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls.

The grant funding will be managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra with support from the ACRE Network. The grant aims to help fund the updating and refurbishment of village halls so that they are fit for purpose and provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities:

  • Improved health and wellbeing/reduction in loneliness
  • Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment
  • Supports the local rural economy

For more info visit: http://acre.org.uk/our-work/village-hall-improvement-grant%20fund

IN PARLIAMENT

Visit from Fitzwaryn School

I was delighted to see Fitzwaryn School from the constituency at PMQs and have the opportunity to meet staff and pupils afterwards. Fitzwaryn School is an Outstanding school for SEN pupils in Oxfordshire and I asked Theresa May to support more high needs funding in rural areas.

CONSTITUENCY VISITS

I was delighted to welcome HRH The Duke of York to the constituency to open Wave Optics New HQ at Milton Park, Oxfordshire.

On other constituency visits I met GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood at Didcot Station, 6th Formers from Didcot with an interest in Politics, I attended a meeting of Didcot First at the New Marriott Courtyard hotel in Milton, I was interviewed by a local 6th form student as part of her International Baccalaureate project, and met with local residents and senior management of FirstPort at Alfredston Place in Wantage to discuss issues there.

THIS MONTH'S MAILBAG

This month I have received in excess of 950 items of correspondence (emails and letters) from constituents. Subjects raised with me include Brexit, Christophobia, School Funding, Pubs & Climate Change.

As always, you can find further details on the news section of my website, found <here>.

I hope this information is useful. If you know somebody who would like to receive these updates, please do ask them to get in touch.
 
Ed Vaizey MP

Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with. You can contact me on any matter at the House of Commons, SW1A 0AA, [email protected] or 01235 768 888. Email is the quickest and most reliable way to get in touch, as I keep a very close eye on my emails and can reply very quickly.   Details of my activities in Parliament can be read on my website, https://www.vaizey.com. I also send out occasional general interest emails about developments in the Wantage and Didcot Constituency. You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP

 

Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter - May 2019

on Tue, 07/05/2019 - 4:42pm

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Parish Council DRAFT Minutes - Wednesday, 24th April 2019

on Fri, 03/05/2019 - 9:57am

PLEASE NOTE:

These DRAFT minutes are published for information purposes only, prior to the next Parish Council meeting

District Council Elections 2019 Results - Cons lose 23 seats. LibDems take R/Way

on Fri, 03/05/2019 - 8:22am

2019 District Council Election Results



2015 District Council Election Results


Closure Dates for the Vale's Recycling Centres

on Mon, 29/04/2019 - 10:34pm

During May 2019, the Vale's Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closing for two days each to carry out a deep clean and essential maintenance at the site.

Site Closure Dates: 

  • Alkerton - Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 May
  • Ardley - Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 May
  • Drayton - Thursday 16 & Friday 17 May
  • Stanford - Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 May
  • Oakley Wood - Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May
  • Redbridge - Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 May

Letter from Revd Leonora Hill, 'Signpost' & services - May 2019

on Fri, 26/04/2019 - 10:00am

Revd Leonora Hill
Tel: 
Email: [email protected]
 

Dear Friends,

During the last week of Lent there was a disastrous fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. It was a reminder of the fire 35 years ago at York Minster which resulted from an “act of God”, a lightning strike, whilst at Notre Dame the cause was reported as an electrical fault. Great national shock, expressions of grief and amazing financial support have followed with reports emphasising the architectural importance of the Paris skyline and the tourist industry. The most notable spiritual event was the ringing of church bells across France 24 hours after the fire.

We should remind ourselves, however, that Jesus put little store by buildings. The Church was established for people and the buildings came much later. Whilst we have the responsibility to love and look after our historic churches, let us not forget that it is our communities and not the stones that should always take precedence.

Spring is here. Hallelujah!

Peter Cook

 

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