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Oxfordshire Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy

A draft Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is available on the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) website and comments can be submitted until 9.00am on Monday 20 February.

In summary the strategy focuses on “a Good Start in life, Living Well, Ageing Well and Tackling wider issues that determine health”.

For more details and how to comment go to our Oxfordshire Health & Wellbeing Strategypage.

Oxfordshire Joint Spatial Strategy 2050

Most of the things in the agreed Local Plan for the Vale could be overridden by a new Oxfordshire plan released 11 February 2019

In 2018, the Oxfordshire authorities signed the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal with the government, securing guaranteed funding for affordable housing, infrastructure and economic growth in Oxfordshire.

As part of this deal, the Oxfordshire authorities have agreed to produce a plan for the whole of the county, which will guide development in the area up to the year 2050.

The first stage, introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050, commences on 11 February 2019 and will run for a 6 week period until 25 March 2019.

There will be a bus roadshow at the Beacon in Wantage on Tuesday 19 February from 9.00am - 11.30am. Don’t miss it!

For more details and how to comment go to our Oxfordshire Plan 2050 page.

The County and District Councils may be starting to take the re-opening of Wantage and Grove Station seriously.

See the District Council page Proposed Grove Station for more details.

What are we campaigning about?

Some 6,200 houses are in the pipeline for Wantage, Grove and the surrounding villages. More may soon follow.

Government guidelines say that development should be "sustainable". We do not think it is sustainable to put thousands of houses where medical facilities are increasingly inadequate, schools are virtually above capacity, there is little employment in the area, and roads to where there is employment are unsuited to commuting.

We came together to campaign for a better deal for our area. As it says in our Aims:

We are not against any development in Wantage and Grove but:

  • Developments should be proportionate and sustainable
  • The infrastructure should enhance and improve quality of life for its residents

Keep informed

For the most up-to-date information please see our newsletters and our Facebook and pages [open in new tabs]

Draft Thames Water Plans include a reservoir larger than Heathrow just north of Grove.

Thames Water have announced that their new plan will propose to bring the Reservoir forward to start construction in 2025 (a decade earlier than previously). More than 50% of the water from the reservoir will be sold to other water companies, not used to supply London's growth (which Thames have been forced to admit will be less than their original exaggerated figures had proposed).

For the most up-to-date information please see Abingdon Reservoir

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