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Newsletter 18 August 2021

This is just a short note to remind you about several consultations which you might want to take part in and to give you the answers received from the Town Council so far.

First, consultations.

1. Oxford-Cambridge Arc

The government has announced a 12-week public consultation on the future of the Ox-Cam Arc. This is the project covering the area between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge which the District Council says "aims to make significant economic, social and environmental improvements across the region by 2050 and beyond" and which we say aims to build a million new homes with all the impact on climate change (and our lives) which that entails – to find out more and to take part in the consultation visit placebuilder.io/futureofthearc. Responses can be made until 12 October 2021.

See our column from the Herald for some of the issues https://www.wantageandgrove.org/column.php?id=224

2. Oxfordshire Infrastructure Strategy (OxIS) 2040

This strategy supposedly provides a framework for Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire’s five planning authorities and key partners to establish strategic infrastructure investment priorities as well as potential opportunities for funding and delivery.

This closes on 31 August so you haven't got much time. To find out more and to have your say visit https://www.oxfordshireopenthought.org/oxfordshire-infrastructure-strategy-oxis

Once again we've written a column which highlights some of the infrastructure which isn't included https://www.wantageandgrove.org/column.php?id=226

3. Oxfordshire 2050 formal Consultation

The next public consultation (Regulation 18 Part 2) for the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 is open until 8th October. They have identified the following key themes to move forward:
- Addressing climate change
- Improving environmental quality
- Creating strong and healthy communities
- Planning for Sustainable Travel & Connectivity
- Creating jobs and providing homes

It is vital to know what you think about these themes. Your responses will be used to help shape and inform the development and implementation of the plan - see https://www.oxfordshireopenthought.org/ for more details and for our Herald Column on the topic see https://www.wantageandgrove.org/column.php?id=225

There's also an opportunity to tell the District Council what you think of their website at https://survey.southandvale.gov.uk/s/NewValeWebsiteFeedback/ and to complete a quiz about what you can put in your green bin at https://survey.southandvale.gov.uk/s/TheGreenRecyclingBinQuiz/

Now the responses received so far from the Town Council:

Question: it is reported that "DC have been instructed to proceed with the first batch of replacement signs at a cost of £2,055"
Are new street signs being paid for with S106 money?  Could the list of names be made public ?

Answer: Street name signs on new developments are paid for by developer funding. The District Council will normally fund itself the replacement of existing street name signs. The Town Council has agreed a budget of £10k to replace street name signs that are in a poor condition.

Question: In the minutes of the Traffic Advisory Committee meeting held on 29th April it states that "The school buses continue to park on Portway and Seesen Way. The legal agreement required to enable a parking area at Wantage Leisure Centre had not yet been finalised."
This has been a  problem  for years. The legal work holding up the solution at the moment has been ongoing for some time.- so long the planning permission for the parking and the football club all weather pitch ( a  combined venture ) has run out.     
What is the difference between a bus stop and a bus parking area ?

Answer: The difference between a bus stop and a bus parking area in Seesen Way? At a bus stop the buses pick up and put down passengers. At a bus parking area the buses merely park and do not pick up and drop off passengers.

Question: In the same minutes Councillor Hannaby reported that she had registered her support with OCC for 20 mph speed limit in all built up areas in Wantage and Grove.
How is 20mph enforcement going to be monitored when 30mph is ignored ?

Answer: The monitoring/enforcement of speed limits rests with the police.

We've also asked when the next meetings of the Town Council and Traffic Advisory Committee will take place but not received a response yet.

Don't forget that if you have to travel, you can access information about roadworks around here at https://one.network/ and if you don't get the Herald and would like to read our columns, we include them on our website at https://www.wantageandgrove.org/columns.php after they have been published.

That's all for now. Stay safe and have a good bank holiday weekend.

Thanks for reading,

Best wishes

Julie Mabberley
Campaign Manager

Wantage and Grove Campaign Group

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