Welcome to the Goring Gap!
The villages of Goring and Streatley span two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offer some of the best countryside, housing and community life in South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire, if not the country, and we’d like it to continue!
In existence since 1962, The Goring and Streatley Amenity Association, strives to conserve the distinctive character of our two villages whilst recognising the need for village life to thrive and develop in a sustainable way. In its early years the Association was instrumental in influencing the route of the M4 away from the villages, the decision not to erect electricity pylons across Streatley Hill, and in saving for the nation “The Holies” above Common Wood in Streatley and has been involved in many collaborative projects since.
So, if retaining what is special about our villages matters to you, please join us.
We want your views !
Our website aims to signpost you to local associations who care about the local environment and to encourage your feedback via email or our on-line comment facility.
Take a look at our Current Topics page, check out the latest local news and Community Events page, FAQs (coming soon), the local information resources and find out more about what you can do to protect and enhance the best things about village life!
So do join us and let your views be heard.
Our motto: “ To Inform, Consult, and Represent ”
News from the local area
- Smaller farms heading towards a cliff edgeCampaigners call for farming funding that will stem loss of smaller farms and the diversity they provide A new report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) today illustrates that England is rapidly losing its network of smaller farms, and the diversity in food and landscape they provide. CPRE’s Uncertain Harvest... Read more »
- CPRE welcomes big decrease in plastic bag useOn Friday (21 July) the Government announced the latest figures for single use plastic bags in England. It reported that bag usage is down by 9 billion – or 83% - from 2015-16. Samantha Harding, litter programme director at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), reflected on the latest statistics: “It... Read more »
- Visit to Museum of English Rural Life, Thur 24th August 201710.30am - 1.30pm, Thursday 24 August BOOKING BY 18TH AUGUST 2017 ESSENTIAL CPRE members & guests are invited to join us as we visit the Murseum of English Rural Life at Reading University. The museum of English Rural Life has reopened recently after a £3 million redevelopment project. This has radically transformed... Read more »
- Environment Secretary's speech on 'delivering a Green Brexit'In a speech today, Environment Secretary Michael Gove set out his vision for the future of the environment after Brexit, restating the Government’s pledge to “leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it.” Commenting on the speech, Graeme Willis, CPRE food and farming campaigner, said: “We welcome the Secretary... Read more »
- OAN methodology consultation: CPRE commentUpdate 31 July 2017: Since this comment was posted, the Government has announced that the consultation referred to has been postponed until September 2017. With the Government poised to release its consultation on housing targets, CPRE warns that focusing on land release rather than the types of houses built will do... Read more »
- CPRE comment on the Repeal BillAs part of the EU, the UK has a shared body of environmental legislation. From biodiversity conservation to environmental quality and sustainable development, these laws protect our environment. An estimated 80% of environmental policies in the UK are shaped by EU law . Commenting on the publication of the Repeal Bill... Read more »
- Bodmin Moor awarded Dark Sky Landscape statusCPRE is very pleased by today’s announcement that Bodmin Moor in the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been awarded Dark Sky Landscape status by the International Dark-Sky Association, the first AONB to gain this recognition. Such places are designated by the international body if they meet standards for... Read more »
- CPRE comment on new road fundCommenting on the transport secretary Chris Grayling’s announcement of a new “bypass fund” to tackle congestion, Daniel Carey-Dawes, Senior Infrastructure Campaigner at CPRE said: “Today’s announcement gives us nothing new. Although the Secretary of State is heralding this fund as a way of tackling congestion and unlocking local economies, the reality... Read more »
- More Green Belt being lost without tackling housing crisis425,000 houses now planned for Green Belt, of which more than 70% are unaffordable The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) today reveals a significant increase in houses planned for the Green Belt, and yet most of these houses will be unaffordable to those who need them. Based on local and city-regional... Read more »
- CPRE Sussex named winners at Planning Awards 2017‘Making Places’ project wins Award for Community-Led Placemaking The Sussex branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has been recognised at the 2017 Planning Awards for its work on community engagement. The branch won the Community-Led Placemaking award for its innovative ‘Making Places’ project. The project aims to help local... Read more »