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Final Draft of the Older Peoples Strategy is available for comment

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group invite people to have their say on the final draft strategy document, on their vision, the priorities they have identified and the outcomes to deliver these. They aim to make Oxfordshire a great place to live and grow older.

Loneliness and isolation emerged as two of the biggest concerns. It is something that older people worry about and there is evidence that loneliness has the ability to shorten people’s lifespan. The strategy identifies being part of a vibrant, safe community with the ability to easily access services as one of the most important solutions.

It does not mention the recent closure of day centres for the elderly at all or make any suggestion about re-opening them.

The key findings showed that the following four areas were most important to people as they grow older:

  1. Loneliness and isolation;
  2. Keeping active and healthy;
  3. Access to services; and
  4. Planning and lifestyle.

They say that the ability to stay independent is linked to people’s psychological wellbeing and is closely aligned to having local facilities and services that also serve to enable them to stay connected to their community. People also need local respite and palliative care to make it easier for family and friends to visit and maintain relationships.

To comment on the strategy please there are several ways you can do this:

  1. Go to the consultation page https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/OPLLLB/consultationHome
  2. request a copy of the Strategy and questionnaire to fill out by hand on 01865 334638 and send to: FREEPOST OXFORDSHIRE CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP (No further address details required)
  3. Send an email titled ‘Draft Older People’s Strategy’ to: Josephine.wilkes@nhs.net
The consultation is open until Friday 1 February 2019.

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.

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). The reservoir is now more than 50% justified on selling water to other water companies, not just to satisfy 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

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

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