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Parking charges

At their Cabinet meeting on August 7th, Vale of the White Horse District Council agreed to retain the two hour free parking in all of their car parks but to increase all fees (for more than two hours) by 40p. They also agreed to increase the cost of parking permits by 10%; to the phased removal of the discount on residential permits to bring them in line with parking permits, phased over four years, and commencing no later than 1 December 2020 and to stop selling new residential permits from 1 October 2020.
Don't forget that there no parking charges between 6pm and 8am (Monday to Saturday) and on Sundays and there don't appear to be any plans to change this.

They want to know what you think of the proposed changes to car park fees and charges and the proposal to add electric charging spaces into their carparks - the consultation is open until 19 November 2020

What's the Future for OX12 Leisure Centre?

The District Council has announced that they have formally agreed that all work on the proposed new leisure centre between Grove and Wantage will now come to an end, as they are unable to raise the £18.8 million the centre was expected to cost.
The project has been paused since September 2018 while they waited on confirmation from the government on its intentions for future council funding.

They are intending to develop and introduce a new Active Communities Strategy, which will identify ways of providing leisure activities in the heart of local communities both in Grove and Wantage and across the district.

So over the last 10 years nearly £6 million has been spent on the leisure facilities in Abingdon and about £176,000 has been spent on our existing leisure centre. Once again, no funding for OX12. What will happen to the contributions from developers towards leisure facilities? What has happened to the new homes bonus received for the housing built in OX12 so far?

We wait for further explanations...

Your experience of the planning system in England

MPs on the House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, are seeking a range of views from the public on the housing and land use planning system in England. The deadline is 12 November and anyone can response. The survey is available here.

District Council Office Plans

Since the Council Offices in Crowmarsh Gifford were burnt down in an arson attack in January 2015, they have been renting Office space in Milton Park. There was talk of rebuilding in Crowmarsh Gifford but as they have now worked out how to work from home, they are planning to move into a new building that’s proposed for the Didcot Gateway site opposite Didcot Parkway Station. The site is close to the centre of the town that sits on the border between the districts.

What are we campaigning about?

Some 7,000 houses are in the pipeline for Wantage, Grove and the surrounding villages. More may soon follow as the new Council is thinking about the plan to 2050.

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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