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Watlington stands between the Vale of Oxford and the steep slopes of the Chilterns. The town is steeped in history and was first recorded as a Saxon settlement in the 8th Century, but the discoveries of a Bronze Age Axe and Roman Coins suggest an earlier past.

 

For the latest information on what is going on in the parish see our Facebook page.


 

Annual Parish Meeting in the Town Hall  at 19:30 on 9th July 2015

Please note the change of date.  This was necessary as it could not be held during the Parish Council election campaign.



WATLINGTON GOES GREEN

The company EcotecWorld are nearing completion of the construction of a major solar panel installation at Easington. When it goes live later this month it will be the 7th largest such facility in the UK and will provide sufficient power for 6,000 homes, more than 5 times the number of homes in the Parish.

Work on installing the high tension power cable from Easington to Springfield Close along the main through road in town has caused much disruption but is now at its end. The final holes are being filled and by the end of March the secondary damage caused by the works should have been repaired, including the verge damage and potholes created by diversion of through traffic along routes less suitable for heavy traffic such as Pyrton Lane and the road through Christmas Common.  See our Facebook page for any updates.

Now for some good news related to the road closures. EcotecWorld, the company funding the development, has agreed that they will give a substantial sum to the community as recompense for the inconvenience we have suffered. The community will be free to use this as it wishes. It will be a five figure sum which could make a substantial difference to a community venture. What are your thoughts?

The Parish Council has established a small group to consider principles that might underscore the distribution of money and wants to hear from you. At present we are not seeking detailed bids from organisations or good causes. Ideas may well include compensation in cash or kind for groups of residents in specific locations that have been affected by these street works. A helping hand for some of the businesses most seriously affected by the lack of passing trade may be a favoured way of using some part of this money. Other suggestions could include the possibility of a small local tax "holiday" for residents of the parish (this would only be possible for 2016/17).

Let us have your views as soon as you can so decisions of principle can be made while memories are still fresh and the funds may have the greatest benefits.


 HILL ROAD CAR PARK

In October 2014 the Parish Council made Watlington Parish Council (Off-street parking places) Order 2014 which will give the council the authority to enforce parking regulations in Hill Road Car Park, including among things, the ability to issue penalty charges on vehicles that overstay the two hour limit in the designated short term parking spaces.  For more information see the Parish Council page.

 


Visit our Neighbourhood Plan website at http://www.watlingtonnp.org.uk/



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