Village Overview - by David Price

Village Overview - by David Price

District Councillor Update

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

As well as regular planning issues, much of the last few months have been spent preparing for the Planning Inspector’s Examination in Public of the Vale’s Local Plan 2031, which starts on 2nd February and runs for three weeks. Cllr Debby Hallett will be speaking at the hearing about the Green Belt and Botley Centre. On behalf of the LibDem Group, Debby and County Councillor Bob Johnston have made written submissions to the inspector about these and three other matters being examined. You can read our submissions on Debby’s blog:

Other information I have come across recently that you might not already know about:
Funding Available for Community Groups: The next round of grant funding opens on 14th March. There was around £120,000 available for the Abingdon area (which includes our ward) to apply for this year, and we are expecting the same amount to be in the 2016-17 budget. Grants awarded in January included £10,000 for North Hinksey Pre-school’s new toilets, £3,000 towards Abingdon’s Fun in the Park event and £1,101 for IT equipment for South and Vale Careers Centre. If you are involved with a charity or group that needs some money have a look at the community grants pages on the vale website ( and let me know if you need any more information or help with your application.
Planning Appeals: There have some planning applications recently that were refused by the Vale, but went ahead following appeals to the Planning Inspectorate. We have been advised that until we have a Local Plan in place, and a five year supply of housing land identified, we are only able to refuse applications that will bring “significant and demonstrable harm to the area”. Any objections by local people to planning applications need to focus on this and seek to evidence any harm that would occur.

Reporting Fly-tipping: Anyone can report fly-tipping or overflowing bins by calling 03000 610 610 or emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) who will come and clean up.

Recycling Rates: Provisional data from Defra shows that South Oxfordshire is number one at recycling in the country for the second year running, with the Vale snapping at its heels in second place. Thank you to all residents that help contribute to the success of the recycling schemes.

Debby and I publish more information online:
- Facebook: and
- Twitter: and
- Various news items and planning application updates on Debby’s blog:
Please do get in touch if there is anything you think we might be able to help with, or if there are local issues or activities you would like to tell us about.

Best wishes, Cllr Emily Smith
Botley and Sunningwell Ward
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Tel: 07986 877 933


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