News Sheet Winter 2014-5
Goring & Streatley Amenity Association
News Sheet Winter 2014-5
Welcome to the New Year –and to new challenges !
PLEASE ! We need your opinions – and your response. Some time this Spring, South Oxfordshire District Council (despite the damage to their offices) are planning to publish their report on the additional housing they are being asked to provide up to the year 2031. We accept that some more accommodation is needed – the new residents will help to maintain our shops and services – but where should new houses be built ? And can we provide more car parking and more school places ?
What do you think ? And can you suggest anyone who might help us deal with this? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Housing is to be the subject of our Annual General Meeting on April 21st in Goring Village Hall. The speaker will be Richard Harding, chairman of CPRE Wallingford, who will give us the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s view on how the above dilemma might be resolved. Please put a note in your diary now, and come and let us hear your views !
At our Autumn meeting, Stephen Naylor of the Environment Agency talked about flooding of the Thames at Oxford and below. He reviewed the hydro-electric scheme proposed by Goring & Streatley Community Energy for Goring weir and outlined the plan to alleviate flooding in Oxford.
The local problem of sewage in Grange Close, Goring, was the subject of a separate meeting between residents and Thames Water. The situation arises when river flood water enters the drains and overwhelms the relay pumping plant at Ferry Lane. A record of this meeting has been sent to our M.P. John Howell, who has promised to include the issue in his regular meetings with Thames Water on flooding.
Gap Fun and Fitness
Our proposal to install Gap Fun & Fitness equipment on public land in Goring was rejected summarily by Goring parish council at their meeting on December 8th. Some sixty parents and youngsters who were in attendance were taken aback by the emphatic opposition of councillors over possible costs and the problems of vandalism. With hindsight, we should have made it clear that we were seeking approval in principle, and that our aim was to open a dialogue on the subject.
We shall nevertheless be pressing ahead, given the extent to which the concept is already supported. We hope to discover the nature of the covenants which govern the various open spaces, and we shall be asking residents who have declared their backing to help us with this and the other tasks ahead.
We have been gratified to find support within the council for more play equipment for 7-11 year-olds, and also for a kayak launching site at Ferry Lane open space. Who knows what may come from small beginnings ?
Goring parish council may expect to see some changes after April this year. It is quite a while since there were enough candidates to make an election necessary, but it is disappointing that in a village of this size more people have not come forward. Have you recently retired, or have your children left the nest ? [Our committee urgently needs you, too !]
The public access defibrillator has moved one step closer to realisation. It is now being proposed that it should be mounted outside Goring village hall, and the hall’s management committee have given their approval for this. The matter has now been referred back to Goring parish council for ratification.
In Streatley, the survey contributing to the Parish Plan revision has been closed and the results are being analysed, as reported in the January Goring Gap News.
Objections both by Goring parish council and by ourselves to plans to extend a house on the Streatley river bank facing Ferry Lane open space have been overruled. Streatley P.C. did not object and West Berks Council approved the application.
In spite of their troubles, which have led to Tesco announcing closure of several smaller Metro and Express shops, the chain has re-submitted its planning applications for the old Queens Arms. It should be appreciated that there is a wide variety of views amongst our members on this topic, and therefore the committee does not have a collective view to express one way or the other.
The application to replace a large house in Little Croft Road, Goring, by three sizeable houses was approved by SODC in November after some amendments.
Network Rail has submitted its application for a new footbridge at the station.
Comments can be made to SODC under reference P15/S0078/P11
The Friends of the Ridgeway, a campaigning body with which this Association has been affiliated for many years, have told us that the structure of the organisation looking after the Ridgeway Long-distance Footpath has been amended. The Friends will now share responsibility for the management of the Path along with the local authorities and others concerned in a new Ridgeway Partnership.
Recognising the need for changes in the way GSAA operates, your committee has drafted a manifesto setting out the aims and activities of the Association as they seem relevant today and for the future. We intend to consult with you, our members, in due course on this and with other community groups with whom we share some objectives. We are hoping that the appeal for help at the beginning of this News Sheet will put us in touch with members who will help us achieve this.