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Baldons Parish Council News, April 2016

Baldons Parish Council News


Bridleway signage Pebble Hill

Councillors discussed the concerns being expressed by villagers at the number of vehicles being directed by Sat Nav up Pebble Hill and along the bridleway to access Toot Baldon and consequently causing some damage to the track.  Councillors have referred the problem to OCC Highways and Countryside services to consider improvements to road signage. Councillors have also agreed to get estimates to replace the wooden frame on the sides of the track near the drainage ditch, which has been broken.


Neighbourhood Plan

Hopefully many of you will have seen the analysis of responses to the recent questionnaire at the open evening in the pub on 22nd March.


One broad conclusion of the recent Residents’ Consultation was that concerning housing: a large majority (80%) would either accept or welcome a modest amount of appropriate new housing in the Baldons and a similar large majority would favour some form of social housing. In order to take these ideas forward in the Neighbourhood Plan we must carry out a Housing Needs Survey to quantify exactly what the community housing need is. This will necessitate another questionnaire - we're sorry about this but please please respond when you receive the forms as it's really important. The Survey is being carried out by an organisation called Community First Oxfordshire (www.communityfirstoxon.org), with funds provided by SODC. 

The neighbourhood plan and progress will also be on the agenda for the Annual Parish meeting, see below.


Planning Applications

There have been no new planning applications coming to the council for comment in recent weeks.


SODC Report

Sue Lawson, our District Councillor, briefed the parish council on the recent proposals put forward by all the district councils for reorganisation of local government into 4 new Unitary Councils. It was stressed this will be subject to considerable discussion and consultation both in Oxfordshire and with government, who have the final decision. The proposals appear not to have the support of Oxfordshire County Council.