This letter has been written by SIX of the 12 members of Adderbury Parish Council – Diane Bratt, Chairman of Adderbury Parish Council, David Griffiths, Vice Chairman, Ann Lyons, Keith R Mitchell CBE, Martin Rye, and Chris Shallis.
They are asking you to be sure to vote in the Parish Poll and to vote YES to encourage the parish council to provide these new facilities, including football with other sports, in planning for the use of land at Milton Road which has been gifted to the parish council.
Adderbury has a golden opportunity to create an exciting facility for the whole village that could support badminton, cricket, football, netball and running to mention just some sports.
A new village hall could also be used by the wealth of organisations that Adderbury enjoys, including amateur dramatics, music and film, indoor sports, the village primary school and others. Many groups have said they will want to use it and will help plan and fund raise.
Contrary to rumours being spread, the parish council would manage this facility. It would not be handed over to a single group or a private club. Please vote YES.
Leaflets that have been distributed in some parts of Adderbury contain a number of untruths. The most recent one has been ‘supported’ by 32 residents of whom 17 live in Horn Hill Road, 12 in adjacent roads and 3 in Twyford.
The parish council is divided and it is true that some councillors are wholly opposed to including football pitches and changing facilities on the land at Milton Road. These councillors live near to the site in question.
The Parish Poll, called for 11th May asks a biased non-question. It asks electors: Do you support the plans for football pitches and a clubhouse on the land north of Milton Road? This is misleading because the parish council has no plans for this land to be used exclusively for football pitches or to build a clubhouse for football use alone. However, we would like the parish council to have the freedom to consult the village on providing new facilities for the community and for village sport, and to include Adderbury football players in the consultation. Vote YES to enable us to provide facilities for village children and a wide variety of village groups, including but not exclusively football.
We are very clear that a new village hall would have to pay its way and there should be no claim on the council tax. Charges to users would pay towards the running costs of the hall. However, there is potential for raising the capital cost of a hall through lottery funding, national sporting bodies and developer funding. All of this will be part of the consultation.
The parish council has been gifted a little over 7 acres to the north of Milton Road and the condition agreed between Cherwell District Council and the developers and contained in a restrictive covenant included in the land transfer is for “sports pitches and a community facility”.
Opponents are claiming the restrictive covenant is incorrect but Cherwell District Council has issued a statement saying: “This Council has no issue with the wording of the covenant in the land transfer as it ensures the Milton Road land will be used as intended by the Section 106 agreement”. To us this means village sports and a potential new village hall.
We are excited at the possibility of securing provision for sports and a new village hall with modern facilities for our village of 3,000 residents. Many villages have bright and spacious village halls with space for organisations of all sizes and interests. Adderbury has lagged behind and it is time we provided something for young and old; sporting and artistic; active or reflective; in fact for all to enjoy and use. The Lucy Plackett playing field is a fine green space but access and parking are poor and it is prone to flooding.