Wantange and Grove Campaign Group (WAGCG)
Wantage and Grove Campaign Group (WaGCG)

 

Health and Social Care

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group want to ask the questions and seek feedback on some more specific proposals for change. In their latest document you will find proposals for changes to the following services:

  • Changing the way we use our hospital beds and increasing care closer to home
  • Planned care services at the Horton General Hospital
  • Acute stroke services
  • Critical care
  • Maternity.
These changes are being considered now because the quality of care for patients will be affected if we delay making decisions. Furthermore, some of these services do not meet national clinical best practice recommendations. Details can be found here.
Our inital comments are available here:

Members of the Wantage and Grove Councils and the Save Wantage Hospital Group have written their own survey which is available from the council offices or local libraries. This may be the only chance we have to influence local NHS plans. The deadline for responses is 17 February.

The survey is also online at surveymonkey.co.uk/r/wantage

 

Vale District Council Local Plan 2031 Part 1

The Local Plan Part 1 has now been adopted by the District Council. The final document can be found here

 

Strategic Economic Plan Refresh

OxLEP – Oxfordshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership – the unelected private company that is driving the economic growth in our county –

The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OXLEP)tasked with driving forward forced economic growth in the county, has now published the refresh of the strategic Economic Plan for Oxfordshire see SEP ‘Refresh’.

Planning Updates

  • Monks Farm. See ourMonks Farm pagefor details.
    The outline planning application has now been submitted for 456 dwellings. This will fill in the rest of the land around the cemetery from Denchworth Road to Williams F1 and Bellingers. See (Vale Ref: P16/V0981/O).
    The detailed application for the 75 homes behind Bellingers Garage has now been approved. See (Vale Ref: P16/V1287/RM).
  • Grove Airfield - Still 2500 homes but details of planning conditions and financial contributions have still not been agreed. Until everyone has signed, nothing can happen. See (Vale Ref: P12/V0299/O) for details.
  • 150 homes on King Alfred's East Site - An outline application (P15/V2952/O) to turn the Kings Alfred's School East Site into a housing estate with 150 homes has been approved. This is an outline application and the Academy will sell the site to developers who will then submit a detailed application showing the exact number, position and size of houses to be built.
  • Crab Hill - The first meeting of the Development Delivery Forum for the development has taken place place this week. Much of the discussion was around the comments and questions that we submitted in response to the application to address number of conditions and Section 106 requirements prior to the submission of any Reserved Matters applications.
    The conditions include:
    Condition 6: Development Delivery Strategy Which requires details of site wide strategies including access and movement, social infrastructure, landscape, open space and the public realm.
    Condition 7: Housing Delivery Document, Which demonstrates the disposition of housing across the whole site including details of number and mix of dwellings, tenure, density and completions.
    Condition 17: Phasing Plan Which identifies the location and timing of infrastructure and community facilities, build out rate and details and co-ordination of housing infrastructure.
    Condition 8: Masterplan Which requires a masterplan for the entire site to be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.
    See (Vale Ref: P13/V1764/Oand P16/V2590/DIS) for details or go to our Crab Hill) page for some more information about the application.

 

Wantage Community Hospital has closed temporarily to in-patients. It will not reopen until 2017. Physiotherapy and Maternity services remain on site.

The Oxford Health NHS Trust has closed the hospital to in-patients now even through the bacteria found in the hospital last year has been eradicated in January and there is no risk to patients at the current time. It appears that this situation has been very badly managed and we, the community who use the hospital services, are the ones to suffer.
For the facts associated with the closure see here:[show more]

A campaign to save the hospital has been set up and you can sign the petition here

 

The Police Counter in Wantage Library has closed from the end of March 2016

Quote from Thames Valley Police:[show more]

 

Vale District Council commits to a feasibility study on a "new Settlement in the Vale"

At the Council meeting on 16th July 2014 the Councillors agreed to commit to a feasibility study and a public consultation for one or more new settlements in the Vale as solutions to our long term need for housing. This is outside work on the Local Plan so in addition to the 20,560 which are in the Local Plan, we could expect a further development of up to 30,000 new homes. This could double the number of homes in the Vale in the next 20 years. Where will the funding for the infrastructure required come from?

 

Little boxes on the hillside ....[show more]

 

Open Letter to Matthew Barber, [show detail]

And his reply.

 

Developments around Wantage and Grove

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We are not affiliated with any political party and our only source of funding is donations. You can donate to the campaign fund by credit or debit card or you can pay money straight into our bank account at TSB Bank.
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