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
- The wrong homes in the wrong placesNew paper shows Government focus on meeting market demand is failing to provide homes people need A new paper published today by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) argues that the Government’s continuing failure to prioritise genuine local housing needs over market demand will perpetuate the housing crisis while wasting... Read more »
- CPRE comment on housing consultation launchIn response to today's publication of the Government consultation on measures "to boost housing supply in England", Matt Thomson, head of planning at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said: “We hoped that this consultation would go some way to addressing the housing crisis while fulfilling the Government's commitment to... Read more »
- CPRE delighted with news of deposit return system for ScotlandThe Scottish Government has today announced it will introduce a national deposit return system (DRS) for drinks containers. This comes after a number of successful pilot schemes across Scotland, alongside evidence commissioned by the Scottish Government that confirms the system’s many economic and environmental benefits. The Campaign to Protect Rural England... Read more »
- New chief executive starts at Campaign to Protect Rural EnglandThe Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) this week welcomes Crispin Truman into his role as the charity’s new chief executive. Crispin joins CPRE from The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) where he was responsible for major regeneration projects and creating partnerships to help sustain local heritage. Crispin said he was looking... Read more »
- Report on Government's second Road Investment Strategy: CPRE commentIn a joint report released today, Campaign for Better Transport, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and 16 other environmental groups call on the Government to focus on improving existing roads and motorways rather than building new ones. Rising to the challenge: a shared green vision for RIS2 calls for funding... Read more »
- 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 »