Wheatley Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Result 2023
Wheatley Parish Council is pleased to announce that the local referendum to accept the enhancements to the Wheatley Neighbourhood Plan produced a positive result, (514 votes for Yes, 72 for No with 1 void ballot paper, 16.39% turnout)
Both Wheatley Parish Council and South Oxfordshire District Council, as the local planning authority will soon be able to use the revised plan and new design codes in their planning discussions and decision making processes.
Wheatley Parish Council is grateful to the Neighbourhood Plan Committee, led by John Fox and Roy Gordon for getting us to this point and for their work over the last eight years.
Wheatley Parish Council will continue to follow the developments of the Joint Local Plan between South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and will consider when further reviews may be necessary, in the coming months or years.
Improvements to parking and highways in Wheatley
Following decisions in 2022 to ask Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) to review parking and road markings in the village, Wheatley Parish Council have been working in collaboration with OCC, through its Traffic Working Group on this topic. OCC have now completed their review of key areas of Wheatley and have made some proposals:
- Map 1 – Church Rd, Westfield Rd, Holloway Rd, High St, Crown Sq, Bell Ln, Station Rd, Farm Close Rd, Simon’s Cl, Howe Cl, Kelham Hall Dr, Ladder Hill
- Map 2 – Littleworth Rd, London Rd (west), Park Hill, Westfield Rd, Holloway Rd, and western sections of High St, Church Rd
The current proposals have been reviewed by the WPC’s Traffic Working Group, who have made some further suggestions and are awaiting new drawings. Members of the working group and councillors will be making a brief presentation at a public meeting on Monday 6 November at 6.15pm, in the Merry Bells. All WPC councillors will have an opportunity to discuss and vote for/against supporting the proposals at the monthly council meeting that will follow at 7.30pm.
For clarification WPC are not the highway authority and as such do not have the powers to make any changes to the highways. This is the responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council (OCC).
Formal consultation will be carried out by OCC in the near future. WPC will share details of how you can respond when details are available.
Consultation – permissive footpath through Littleworth Allotments
Thank you to everyone who responded to this consultation and shared their comments. We are currently reviewing these alongside the findings, following recent site visits and discussions with stakeholders.
Strategic Objectives for 2023-2027
Whilst we work on the main Strategic Plan, members have agreed the council’s strategic objectives for the next four years. Objectives cover three priority areas:
- Cimate change – carbon neutral buildings, planting and management of council land and improving public access to open spaces
- Supporting the village – roads, parking and vehicles, implementing emergency plan and supporting community events
- Improving accessibility, inclusivity and wellbeing – Developing services for young people, wellbeing and improving communication channnels.
If you would like to help drive improvements, deliver our projects and ensure we remain accountable to the community, please consider joining the parish council, there are vacancies and we would love to hear from you.
To find out more about this intersting role, where you can make a real difference in your community, please visit our councillor vacancy and eligibility page.
Celebrating Volunteer Awards 2023 –
Thank you to everyone who made nominations for this years’ awards. Details of the awards ceremony will be made available soon.
Parish Council still seeking new members!
Cost of Living Crisis Support
If you are looking for a warm space to visit, have a warm drink or a chat Wheatley Warm Spaces are here for you.
Don’t forget, Wheatley Community Larder is open every Thursday from 2.30pm offering free staple and fresh foods.
Oxfordshire County Council are offering local and national support please visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/living or visit your local library
If you need energy saving advice, please visit www.bhbh.org.uk
South Oxfordshire District Council have a dedicated team who can help you, please call 01235 422600 or email email@example.com
Signing up to Civility and Respect Pledge
Wheatley Parish Council have signed the Civility and Respect Pledge, affirming now is the time to put Civility and Respect at the Top of the Agenda and start a culture change for the local council sector.
Please visit our dedicated page for Coronavirus (COVID-19) for advice, support and information
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Wheatley Parish Council Strategy 2019-2023
The parish council has written a Strategic Plan, highlighting issues and how councillors will address them over the next few years.
The plan will be reviewed at each meeting and will be updated annually.
Also available – Free Wheelie Bin Stickers
Free 20 and 30mph Wheelie Bin Stickers – help raise awareness of the speed limits on your roads by placing stickers on your wheelie bins.
Stickers are available to collect from the parish office, High St.