Pot holes

Over the last 2 or 3 years Yarnton Parish Council has been trying to get the County Council to completely resurface The Garth and Cassington Road in the village. We have recently enlisted Layla Moran's help to see if she can get any further forward than us. Please see below the latest email that she has received from Oxfordshire County Council, which unfortunately looks like we will have to wait a lot longer. I know it's not at all positive but thought I would share the email so you can read the response yourself. The only advice that I can give on behalf of the Parish Council is to continue to post on Fixmystreet any issues that you see ! Lynne Robinson

Dear Mrs. Moran,

I refer to your recent email to Owen Jenkins relating to an enquiry from Yarnton Parish Council regarding the condition of The Garth and Cassington Road Yarnton, which has been forwarded to me as Group Manager for this part of the service.
As I am sure you are aware, many of Oxfordshire’s roads have suffered over the winter months and I am sure the roads mentioned in Yarnton are no exception to this. We are still seeing a significant number of existing pot holes worsening or new ones appearing, with over 6000 currently scheduled for repair. We continue also to see a significant number of defect reports being received from the public. We are however repairing some 4500/5000 per month so hopefully the numbers should begin to reduce.
The Council has to take a prudent view in the way it maintains its highway, and to this end the County Council has an Highway Asset Management Plan that seeks to balance the costly repair of roads that are already in the poorest condition with cheaper resurfacing schemes on roads that are about to fall into disrepair to prevent more costly repairs at a later date. This however still leaves many roads where pot holes are occurring to which the Council needs to react. We are however looking to invest more funding into the worst of these roads using a variety of treatments; the two mentioned are being put forward for inclusion, subject to the funding being available.
In the meantime, the local Highway Inspector has been asked to revisit The Garth and Cassington Road to ensure there are no defects of a hazardous nature. Whilst unfortunately I am not able to provide you with assurance that the condition of roads will significantly improve in the near future, I hope that the above has reassured you that the Council are actively taking steps to try and address this issue.


Yarnton Gardening Club - update

At present the 10% discount at Oxford Shopping Village (formerly Yarnton Nurseries) is continuing as their loyalty scheme hasn't been set up yet.  It may stop at any time, so continue to use your card but be prepared that it will cease at some point.

The Gardening Club regrets this, but it is beyond our control.


Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 (Part 1) Partial Review Oxford's Unmet Housing Need.

As some of you may already be aware Cherwell District Council on Monday 26th February 2018 approved the proposal to build 4,400 new homes on local Green Belt area, including 2,350 either side of the A44 between Begbroke and Yarnton. This was despite considerable opposition from local parish councils, representative groups, many individuals and local Cherwell District Councillors. Representation against the proposal at the meeting was excellent, with all speakers giving good reason for their opposition. It was hard to see how that representation could have been any better. The vote by Cherwell District Councillors was 26 in favour and 17 against with 2 abstentions. The net effect meaning that the proposal will move forward for consideration in public by a government inspector for recommendations. It is possible that this could take place around May/June 2018. Whilst the outcome of the vote was disappointing, there are many aspects of the proposal that will be subject to considerable scrutiny by the inspector. All is not lost and we live in hope.

Yarnton Parish Council would like to thank all the organisations and local residents who have taken the time to submit the 1461 representations received by Cherwell DC, a clear indication as to the depth of feeling by residents and their representatives.

Yarnton Parish Council