A final reminder for our AGM being held in the Wantage Methodist Hall off Newbury Street on 15 May. Our speaker will be Quintin Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Planning & Housing at Leeds Beckett University. Quintin is carrying out national research with groups objecting to housing development and will explain more about the project. I've seen his presentation and it looks very interesting.
In our last email we mentioned the closure of the A417 on 12 June. We have managed to get more details from the County Highways. Around 100 elite women cyclists will be making their way through our region as part of the OVO Womens Cycling Tour. Starting at 10.30am from Henley, the race will enter our district just after midday in Harwell and leave via Faringdon on their way to the finish line at Blenheim Palace. There will be rolling road closures on the A417 at these approximate times prior to the race cyclists coming through:
Roads are likely to be closed for between 20mins and an hour or so, depending on the gap between the front riders and the last riders. For the full route and more details please see the OVO Energy Women's Tour website. The race will be featured live on ITV4, with daily highlights shown every hour. There could be up to 100,000 spectators spread from Henley to Blenheim Palace.
My columns in the Herald for the last few weeks have been focused on advice to our new Councillors on planning issues that they may face including parking problems and the phantom Neighbourhood Plan so if you don't get the paper and want to read them please go to https://www.heraldseries.co.uk/search/?search=wag%2Bpen most but not all columns are online.
The new Mayor for Wantage for 2019/20 is Major Jim Sibbald, he was Mayor in 2010/2011 and gave the Scots Guards the honorary freedom of Wantage so perhaps we will see more of them in the next 12 months.
June Stock remains Chairman of Grove Parish Council.
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Thanks for reading.
Wantage and Grove Campaign Group