Recent News

  • Hello Neighbour! Working Together

    As the current Covid -19 pandemic plays out over the next few months, there is clearly a need, and a community desire, to help our more vulnerable residents who may be self isolating.  Becky Wass came up with the idea and I think it is an excellent way that we can all reach out to those…

  • March Finmere Odour Update

    The following update has just been released by the Environment Agency.  It is important that you continue to report any odours on the emergency freephone number 0800 80 70 60 EA Update 9th March 2020: The following briefing note has been prepared to provide an update in relation to concerns about odours from Finmere Landfill.…

  • February Finmere Odour Update

    Following an update from the Environment Agency at the end of January, please find below another update on the mal-odours from Finmere landfill. Further updates will be provided on a regular basis until the issue is resolved, and they aim to get the next one out on or around 6 March 2020. The EA are taking this issue very…

  • SODC Local Plan

    Today I seconded the motion at Oxfordshire County Council that should the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Homes, Community & Local Government ask OCC to step in and take over SODC’s local plan, we should be prepared to do so.  The motion was successfully carried.  You can see the text of my speech…

  • Storm Ciara Power Outages

    I have had the following message from UK Power Networks. “You may have seen that Storm Ciara is on the way and we are likely to see high winds and heavy rain across the East of England and South East this weekend. Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage…

  • Finmere Landfill Update

    The Environment Agency (EA) continue to actively engage with the odour issues at Finmere Landfill Site and have just released the following update.  Please also find attached Public Health England (PHE) Frequently Asked Questions sheet and the EA report from December 2019 for context.  It also includes details on how residents can continue to report odour…

  • New 250 Bus Service Timetable

    OCC have issued the following update on the 250 bus service: “There had been some concern about the continuation of this service, and in particular a potential option to reduce the frequency of the service through Hampton Poyle. This was due to the need to avoid buses meeting each other on the narrow road between…

  • Partnership Working Breaking New Ground

    Oxfordshire County Council & Cherwell District Council Partnership Working Update November 2018 it’s just over a year since I was appointed to the cabinet at Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council to deliver the innovative partnership working agreement between the two authorities.  Since that time, we have begun to develop a strong collaborative approach to…

  • Divestment Alone is Not Enough

    The thorny issue of Oxfordshire’s Local Government Pension Scheme (OLGPS) divesting from “fossil fuel companies” came up at full council at CDC this week, in the form of a motion from the Green Party councillor.  It is true to say that it is a Recurring theme, one that superficially looks attractive, but it is, however,…

  • October Community Link Newsletter

    Lots of great news, views and advice for all of our wonderful community volunteers in this months Community Link Newsletter: 04894 Volunteer Newsletter_October2019