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Wantage and Grove Campaign Group (WaGCG)

OX12 Survey

Survey to Plan for the future Health and Care needs in Wantage and Grove (OX12)

This survey (available from 2 April 2019) is to find out what services (NHS, Social Care local authority and voluntary) are currently being used, where those services are provided from and where people have to travel to access them. This information will be used to help shape the way services are planned and delivered to more effectively meet people’s health and care needs in the future.

Questions 10, 11 and 12 are probably the most important.
They talk about how you get to all of the activities and NHS services and what would help you to access these community assets, as well as asking about any services that you would like to have access to and why.
Just to remind you, Wantage Hospital used to provide minor injuries, X-ray, physiotherapy, respite care and rehabilitation services including end of life care, as well as midwife-led maternity.
You could explain how these services, if they had been provided by the hospital, might have affected you differently or could affect you in the future.

Healthwatch Survey on the NHS Long Term Plan

Have your say on the future of the NHS in Oxfordshire

The Government is investing an extra £20bn a year in the NHS. The NHS has produced a Long Term Plan and your local NHS needs to hear from you about what those changes should look like in your community. Comments can be submitted until April 30, 2019.

For more details and how to comment go to our Oxfordshire Health & Wellbeing Strategy page or go directly to Healthwatch.

Oxfordshire Joint Spatial Strategy 2050

The consultation on the first stage, introducing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050, closed on 25 March 2019. For more details see our Oxfordshire 2050 Plan page.

For a view from CPRE see their website

Local Plan 2031 Part 2 update

After the inspection of the plan last summer, the Inspector published his final comments in December and the Vale has now published a revised plan for consultation. For details see our Local Plan page.

Draft Thames Water Plans include a reservoir larger than Heathrow just north of Grove, see Abingdon Reservoir.

Affinity Water, who are the partners with Thames Water in the proposed Abingdon Reservoir, have their revised draft Water Resouce Management Plan out for consultation (ends 26th April).
As Affinity's supposed needs are the driver for the early construction of the Abingdon reservoir (2025-2037), we believe it is very important for Oxfordshire Stakeholders to reply to this consultation.
The Group Against Reservoir Development's analysis of the Affinity Plan found that Affinity Water has not proven the need for the Abingdon Reservoir at any date before the late 2060s, and there is no case for its construction starting early. There are other, more flexible, and more quickly delivered solutions to the possible supply shortages in Affinity’s central zone from the mid-century onwards, if indeed these arise at all. There are simpler, less costly and faster ways of achieving more chalk stream relief than Affinity’s plan, without waiting for Abingdon reservoir, which may never be needed at all for supplying Affinity’s customers.

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

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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