Highways England will announce a decision on the preferred route for the proposed expressway by summer 2018.
The Expressway Action Group (EAG), which is campaigning against the proposed southern route – through greenbelt and the AONB in south Oxfordshire, and potentially affecting numerous villages including Blewbury – is pressing for a full consultation before the preferred route is announced.
The EAG is looking, in particular, for any environmental / wildlife evidence we can supply. We have submitted the landscape character assessment commissioned as part of our Neighbourhood Development Plan, but if anyone has specialist experience in this field and can help further please contact Peter Rutt, EAG co-ordinator, on 07889 390031, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Landowners and others who support a new motorway through south Oxfordshire argue that upgrading or improving the A34 is impractical or impossible. In order to challenge this claim, the EAG wants to commission and submit a report from a recognised roads engineer showing evidence that the A34 improvement is both possible and worthwhile. Again, if anyone has experience in this field and can help, please contact Peter Rutt.
It will be much easier to rebut the argument for a southern expressway before the preferred route is announced – please help now, if you can.
The schematic above is taken from the Government’s Strategic Study Stage 3 report, published in November last year. A version of it also appears in the the National Infrastructure Commission’s latest report, published on November 17 2017, which can be accessed here.
Various local bodies have interpreted this schematic in different ways: for the views of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, click here. For the views of the Vale of White Horse District Council, click here and read pages 28-34.
Savages has beaten off four other nominees to win Best Established Business at Didcot First’s 2017 Business & Community Awards.
Commenting on the award, which recognises and rewards excellence amongst local businesses, community groups and young enterprise, the Blewbury-based company told the Bulletin that it is ‘delighted’.
‘We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to everyone at Didcot First for giving their time to organise these awards and a fantastic evening. We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the hard working members of our team and the local community for their valued custom and support over the years who have enabled us to receive this honour and make Savages what it is today.’
Picture shows (l to r) Richard Savage, Jane Cranston (High Sheriff of Oxfordshire), Emily Savage, Glyn Hall (President, Didcot Chamber of Commerce, who sponsored and presented the award)
Blewbury’s Zak Corderoy, 18, has just completed his rookie year on his ZX6R , coming second in the TSGB Elite 600 Championship.
We are excited for 2018 as Zak will be entering into the BSB paddock to compete in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class as he will be racing against Europe’s fastest.
As Zak put it in a recent Facebook post: “All in all a real good season, finishing the last full season in Thundersport 2nd in the elites on my little stocker ain’t so bad, we’ve had some stiff competition throughout the year and we’ve fought hard, and haven’t given up. This year has been a massive learning curve on the 600 and we’ve done very well as a team and next year is looking very exciting.”
Everyone at Zak Corderoy Racing would like to thank family, friends and sponsors for their continued support.
There was a very happy ceremony including a lunch at the Beacon in Wantage when many volunteers from all over the Vale were presented with certificates by Reg Waite, Chair of the Vale District Council, recording their work for the community.
There was an astonishing range of achievements, including community shops, cricket and youth clubs, council work. In fact, think of almost anything people might do at a local level to improve life in some way and there was someone there. Blewbury was represented by Robert Long for his 30+ years with the Bulletin, first helping Roger Cambray and then editing it for nearly 20 years. Also at the ceremony was Rosemary Tilden who is one of the longest serving people who do the task of putting the Bulletin together every month.
Robert (and Audrey) wish to thank the Parish Council and all who nominated Robert for this award. They have happy memories of the collating evenings and the chat that goes on there. It’s where, to quote one of the collaters, “You get a better class of insults”. They would like to record their thanks to all the people who help with the Bulletin, the contributers, editorial staff, collaters and the distributers who go out in all weathers to deliver it to you through the door. Long may it continue!
This Winter Sustainable Blewbury’s hedge-laying group plan to lay hedges along Pound Furlong Lane and in Tickers Folly Field.
With a large programme of work ahead of us, the group would very much welcome new members who wish to learn the skills and help to maintain and improve Blewbury’s hedges. The first task is to coppice (cut) the hazel stakes and binders which are needed for the final stages and we plan to do this on 26th November, starting at 9.00. If you would like to join us then please contact Alex or John and we will advise on where and when to meet and what to wear. After that the actual hedge-laying will start in early December.
Hedge-laying is a traditional craft which has the benefit of strengthening and improving hedges and providing a much improved habitat for wildlife.
Alex: 07768 777710 email@example.com
John: 07785 firstname.lastname@example.org