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Parish Council Meeting Minutes and reports of the May 9th Meeting

The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting, the Annual Parish Meeting, the PC Chairman’s Annual Report and various group reports can be read here.

Charney 100 Club Draw for May 2018

The results of the draw held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 8 May during Coffee Hour are as follows:-

First Prize £25 Ticket 144 Lorraine and Bob Ashton
Second Prize £10 Ticket 29 The Belcher Family

Mahala & David
Charney 100 Club Organisers

From your MP – Ed Vaizey Parish News May 2018

“The Prince’s Countryside Fund is now open for grant applications of up to £50,000, available to support community led projects that improve the quality of life in rural areas and that help to support farming families. The Fund is committed to supporting projects which will reinvigorate and sustain community networks by providing services and amenities. It is open for applications until June 14th. You can apply at princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grants.

RWE Generation, the operators of Didcot B power station, are looking for apprentices to work in the gas-fired power station. They are looking for enthusiastic science, maths or engineering students to take up positions as engineering apprentices, including working on non-destructive testing. You can find out more here rweukjobs.com/entry-level-schemes/engineering.

Congratulations to Didcot Railway Centre, which has been given a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. The award is equivalent to an MBE for voluntary groups and only 30 organisations have received it since it was created 15 years ago. Very well done!

Similar congratulations to Williams Advanced Engineering in Grove for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. The award is for the Company’s innovation in successfully transferring technology into commercial applications from designing, developing and delivering the batteries for all the cars racing in the Formula E championship. Excellent work.

This month I attended a meeting of Didcot First, an organisation that promotes Dicot positively and ensures it is a good place to work and live. You can find out more about their work at didcotfirst.org.uk. I also met with GARD, the Group Against Reservoir Development about the proposed new Upper Thames Reservoir and took part in a BBC Oxford discussion on Didcot.

In April I received 623 items of correspondence (emails and letters) from constituents. Subjects raised with me include local rail, infrastructure and Brexit.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with. You can contact me on any matter at the House of Commons, SW1A 0AA, dicksonce@parliament.uk or 01235 768 888. Email is the quickest and most reliable way to get in touch, as I keep a very close eye on my emails and can reply very quickly.   Details of my activities in Parliament can be read on my website, https://www.vaizey.com. I also send out occasional general interest emails about developments in the Wantage and Didcot Constituency. You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP.”

Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter May 2018

Read the Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter for May 2018

Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held at 7:30pm on Wednesday 9th May in the Village Hall followed at approximately 8:00pm by the Annual Parish Assembly.

Members of the Public are welcome and the agenda can be viewed here.

From your MP – Ed Vaizey Parish News April 2018

“Three pieces of excellent news on new investment in roads and infrastructure this month.  The first is about the A34, the bane of many of our lives. After months of campaigning by myself, local MPs, councils, LEPs and the A34 Action Group, the government has agreed to fund some much needed safety improvements. Upcoming changes will include improved laybys and digital signage, which will change depending on traffic flow. A new sign has also been recommended, to make it clearer to HGV’s where they are not allowed to overtake. Removal of vegetation from junctions was another recommendation and this will be improved.

The second piece of news concerns support for new infrastructure for the new homes being built in our area – an issue that is raised with me regularly.  The government has announced up to £150 million to build much needed bridges, roundabouts and roads and £60 million to support new affordable homes. In total the government has committed up to £215 million of funding.

Finally, I was very pleased to open the Harwell Relief Road last month.  The road will provide a route from housing development west of Didcot at Great Western Park and Valley Park to Harwell Oxford Campus and support delivery of planned housing growth. The road will make the journey to work easier for the five thousand people who work at Harwell Campus and I am particularly pleased that it will relieve the pressure of through traffic on Harwell village.

Other news – the National Lottery tell me that they are funding 4 projects in Wantage worth £30,905. Well done to all those who applied for funding, you can still do so at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding.

Last month I met with Fyfield and Tubney parish councils about the A420, and visited local social enterprise Maymessy in West Challow, which offers gardening, kitchen craft and family-style sit-down meals and picnics for disadvantaged children and volunteer groups. I received 523 items of correspondence (emails and letters) from constituents. Subjects raised with me included local infrastructure, Brexit and new data protection rules.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with. You can contact me on any matter at the House of Commons, SW1A 0AA, dicksonce@parliament.uk or 01235 768 888. Email is the quickest and most reliable way to get in touch, as I keep a very close eye on my emails and can reply very quickly.   Details of my activities in Parliament can be read on my website, https://www.vaizey.com. I also send out occasional general interest emails about developments in the Wantage and Didcot Constituency. You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP

Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter April 2018

Read the Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter for April 2018

No May 2018 Elections for South Oxfordshire & Vale of White Horse District Councils

Just so you are not confused there are ‘‘No May 2018 Elections for South Oxfordshire & Vale of White Horse District Councils

Public Meeting on Road Safety (24 March): Report on Proceedings

Here is the Parish Council’s Report on Proceedings of the Public Meeting on Road Safety (24 March 2018) in the Village Hall.

Road Safety Public Meeting Presentation (24 March)

Here is a the Road Safety Group Presentation given by Ian Graham at the public meeting in the Village Hall on the 24th March.