During February 2018, there was one meeting of Adderbury Parish Council and one meeting of the Environment Committee. A meeting of the Staffing Committee is scheduled for Tuesday 20 March 2018.

During February 2018, the Parish Council, individual Councillors and the Clerk carried out a number of tasks and work on projects in the village, which included:

Highways/footpaths – a meeting has been arranged with the County Council’s Footpath Officer about the creation of a footpath behind Gracewell Care Homes; a number of potholes have been reported to the County Council; the two VAS signs are being relocated on Aynho Road to ensure they are as effective as possible; requests have been made for the relocation of estate agents boards so that they are placed within the boundary of the properties which are for sale. Issue relating to highways, footpaths and street lighting can be reported by residents to https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/

Grants – The Parish Council has been awarded a grant of £3000 from the Oxfordshire Historic Chapels Trust for works to the Friends Meeting House.

Maintenance – The Parish Council thanks Mr David Hopper for refilling the salt bins; there has been liaison with Cherwell District Council with regard to the Long Wall amenity area and also the emptying of the litter bins at Adderbury Fields; we have also requested that Bloor Homes reinstates the grass verges at the entrance to the new estate on Aynho Road.

Forest Schools – The Forest Schools project at the Primary School is continuing on the Parish Council’s land at Adderbury Court.

Milton Road Land – supporting the ‘Working for Adderbury Community’ (WFAC) Group. Councillors Martin Rye, Diane Bratt, Chris Shallis and Keith Mitchell have attended a Trustees meeting on 31 January 2018. A meeting was also held on 23 February 2018 to seek advice on the VAT implications of the project.

Parish Council Surgery – held on the first Saturday of the month at Church House, from 11am to 12 noon. Issues relating to potholes and the works to the traffic lights by the Primary School were reported. However, these matters have to be dealt with by the County Council.

Planning – making comments on a number of planning applications and works to trees from Cherwell District Council and on occasion, South Northants Council; continued liaison with Barwood Homes and seeking legal advice over issues relating to access for machinery from their entrance road into the Parish Council land adjacent to Adderbury Court amenity area; and consideration of the Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal.

Lakes Work Parties – were held on 3 February 2018. All volunteers were thanked.

Emergency Planning – Councillors had two meetings with the author of the Parish Council’s original flood plan and reviewed documentation provided by him; met residents in some relevant properties in order to update the plan and to understand the issues better;  and asked the Environment Agency to remove a tree which had fallen into the Mill Stream and it did so.

Communication – feeding into Cherwell District Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee; updating the Parish Council web site and Facebook page.

Parking at Christopher Rawlins Primary School – The Parish Council kindly requests that parents and carers dropping off and collecting children from the Primary School, park their vehicles considerately and not illegally and dangerously on junctions. The area is being monitored by Thames Valley Police.

Correspondence – dealing with a number of letters, emails, telephone calls and face to face conversations with residents on a variety of other issues affecting them and the village, including a report of littering at the Lucy Plackett Playing Field and of large lorries driving through the village. 

Adderbury Fields – Anti-social behaviour on the estate was an on-going issue and the Parish Council was trying to facilitate a response to this matter from the appropriate authorities.

Adderbury Annual Parish Meeting – is being held on Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 7.30pm at the Methodist Hall and all residents are invited to attend. Carol MacKay from the County Council’s Emergency Planning unit would be giving a presentation at the meeting.


Please could residents pay special attention to cutting back hedges and trees during the winter months, to ensure safe walking at night. With the dark evenings, it is important to keep footpaths and walkways clear of encroaching growth and ensure street lights are at their most effective.

To dog owners, please ensure that all dog faeces are cleared up and either taken home (and placed in household waste Green Bins) or placed in the dog bins provided. Take extra care on grassed areas where children play. Dogs must also be kept on a lead in the Lucy Plackett Playing Field.

Faulty Street Lights – Please report on freephone 0800 317802 giving exact destination and pole number if possible. Or report to https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/

Power Cuts – The new, free, three digit, 105 telephone number to call in the event of a power cut has now gone live.

Meeting Date – The next Parish Council meeting is on 27 March 2018 at Church House, Adderbury.

Parish Council meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Church House at 7.30pm. If you wish to attend, please check these details with the Clerk, prior to the meeting, in case there have been any changes. Information is also available on the PC web site.

Minutes & Reports – The minutes and reports relating to the Parish Council meetings and the meetings of the Committees, are available at www.adderburypc.co.uk

Facebook – Follow Adderbury Parish Council on Facebook

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