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
- CPRE supports committee’s calls for a national bus strategyA new report published today (22 May) by the Transport Committee calls for a national bus strategy, as it highlights that a lack of co-ordinated government policy and squeezed funding for local authorities is driving bus use into decline. CPRE welcomes this new report, and supports the committee’s calls for… Read more »
- CPRE reaction to ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton budsThe Environment Secretary Michael Gove has today (22 May) announced a ban on plastic straws, drinks stirrers and plastic stemmed cotton buds in England, which will come into force in April 2020. CPRE welcomes the ban but criticises the government’s failure to ban these single-use items altogether. The countryside charity… Read more »
- Enjoy walking? Volunteers required for Oxford Green Belt WayTwo volunteers are required for Stage 8 - Hampton Poyle to Beckley (8.2 miles) and Stage 9 - Beckley to Thornhill (4.3miles). Volunteers would be required to walk their section at least once a year, ensuring any missing waymarks are replaced, trimming back any overgrown vegetation and reporting any issues.… Read more »
- CPRE Oxon Members Visit to Wykham Park FarmThursday 6th June 6.30-8.00pm Wykham Park Farm, Wykham Lane, Banbury OX16 9UP Hosted by John and Julia Colegrave We shall be taken on a trailer tour of this 800-acre mixed farm with its cattle (including pedigree Longhorn), sheep, permanent grass pasture, arable and market gardening including asparagus. After the tour refreshments… Read more »
- CPRE Oxon Members Visit to Wykham Park FarmThursday 6th June 6.30-8.00pm Wykham Park Farm, Wykham Lane, Banbury OX16 9UP Hosted by John and Julia Colegrave We shall be taken on a trailer tour of this 800-acre mixed farm with its cattle (including pedigree Longhorn), sheep, permanent grass pasture, arable and market gardening including asparagus. After the tour… Read more »
- CPRE reaction to new permitted development rightsNew planning rights to make some development easier risk undermining local community and authority influence, says CPRE. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has said the ‘permitted development rights’ will be extended from 25 May to allow a range of high street buildings to be converted into… Read more »
- Drinks container crisis: global annual consumption nears 2 trillionInternational ‘Clean Planet’ coalition calls for world-wide deposit return systems for drinks containers In an international day of action for a ‘Clean Planet’, a global network of campaigners and organisations have come together to call for world-wide deposit return systems to stop the environmental damage caused by the vast amounts… Read more »
- CPRE reaction to Scottish deposit return systemThe Scottish government has today announced that it will be introducing a deposit return system for glass, plastic and aluminium drinks containers of all sizes. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) welcomes this announcement and applauds the Scottish government on its leadership and ambition. The decision today from Scotland… Read more »
- Local election results demand rethink of Local PlansThe massive swings against the ruling parties in Oxfordshire’s local elections suggest that local dissatisfaction with the excessive development in the Growth Deal, including unjustified loss of Green Belt land, may have been a factor on top of a national protest vote. The ruling Conservative Party lost control in both South… Read more »
- Lost & Forgotten Rights of Way – 2026 deadlineDisused and forgotten historic footpaths may be lost forever unless officially recorded. Up until 1949, the public had to go through the courts to prove that a path was a right of way. That changed with the passing of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, which… Read more »