Monthly Archives: July 2013

Planning Appeal Decision on 159 homes in a South Abingdon Field

Planning Appeal Decision
The planning appeal by the developers was considered at the end of May and now a decision has been made. Quoting the planning inspectorate website  http://www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pcsportal/ViewCase.asp?caseid=2191911&coid=2183168

The outcome was Allowed.

The planning inspector thinks there is a real need for more housing in Abingdon.

But he says no development should happen until there is a guarantee that the traffic mitigation measures are to be put in place – that is the additional crossing of Ock Street to the east of Drayton Road, to “avoid severe transport effects that would otherwise arise from the development.”

A Summer Evening Concert

The warm weather is still here and so it was good to go to a summer evening concert at St Nicolas Church, Abingdon.
a summer evening concert
Abingdon Community Orchestra performed during the first half. They were established two years ago by the Abingdon Music Centre as a way of getting people of all ages and abilities to play music. Donations were welcomed towards the Music Centre.
a summer evening concert
They were followed by a choir from twin town Sint-Niklaas in Belgium. Earlier this week they performed at Oxford’s Cathedral at Christ Church, and then did a workshop at Larkmead School in Abingdon.
a summer evening concert
In the audience at St Nics were 18 people from our twin towns over on an English learning visit. The Mayor was also there to watch the performances and received from Dieter, the conductor of the choir, some of their CDs.

Abingdon is twinned with some interesting places on the continent. Sint-Niklaas is just one. Their choir were excellent.

Hydroelectricity from the Thames in Abingdon

hydroelectricity from the Thames
There has been a delay in generating hydroelectricity from the Thames in Abingdon. The district council asked the community group behind the scheme to give more details about the short term impact during the build phase.
hydroelectricity from the Thames
More details have been given and the plans are back in for consideration. There is another week for comments about the application. Go to the district council’s web site, http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/. Then type P13/V1315 in the search box. There are 8 reports and 16 drawings to look through. Lots of other community groups from fishermen to canoeists to walkers will be impacted.

If the go ahead is given then shares in the project will be offered to members of the community .

Learning Garden at Larkmead

Learning Garden
Steve Relston, gardening expert on BBC Radio Oxford visited Larkmead School and used garden shears to formally open the Learning Garden today.
Learning Garden
Over the last two years, students, staff, parents and other volunteer helpers have developed a purpose-build, bedding area. Local businesses have given materials and help. Jane Barnard, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, led this project and explained that since gardening was introduced attendance and enthusiasm for school has increased among her students.

(Thanks to Pauline and Cliff for the pictures.)

Abingdon Works Car Show – 2013

The Abingdon Works Car Show was on today in Rye Farm Meadow
Abingdon Works Car Show
The show celebrated the days when a lot of wonderful cars were made in Abingdon-on-Thames. The event was run in conjunction with the MG Car Club and Abingdon Rotary Club. But it was not all about MGs. Rileys are being admired in this picture.
Abingdon Works Car Show
The Abingdon works fire engine was there, as well as a modern day fire engine from Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station.
Abingdon Works Car Show
This MG has a numberplate that almost says Abingdon Works.
Abingdon Works Car Show
Today was the day that Andy Murray won Wimbledon for the first time. The previous time a male player from these isles won the competition cars like these were on the road. The one in the foreground has done nearly 450,000 miles, although the clock does not show quite that much,as it starts again every 100,000 miles.
Abingdon Works Car Show
Such a hot day – a lot of the cars had their bonnets up, and on the other side of the River the open air pool and water feature were packed. The Rotary and all the MG Car Clubs made us proud of our Abingdon heritage.

Mostly Yeah Baby and Books

Mark from Mostly Books tweeted at the start of the day “In #Abingdon today? Three things: outdoor swimming pool, free music fest in the market square and author takeover at @MostlyReading.”

Outdoor swimming pool was doing well. I sometimes go early on Saturday and nobody else is there. Today it was popular. No pictures of that. But there are some of Mark’s other two events.
Mostly Yeah Baby and Books
The ‘Yeah Baby’ free music event attracted some stars. Micky Mouse gave it the big thumbs up.
Mostly Yeah Baby and Books
The trees were blooming pom-poms, and lots of band were playing to help raise money for the charities that Yeah-Baby supports.
Mostly Yeah Baby and Books
There were also the ‘Yeah Baby’ cakes.
Mostly Yeah Baby and Books
‘Mostly Books’ had cakes too as three authors took over the shop for the day. Paula Harrison, one of the authors, is seen here having a break from working in the shop. Paula writes about the Rescue Princesses.
Mostly Yeah Baby and Books
Another author, F.R.Hitchcock, is seen here selling her own book ‘The Trouble with Mummies’ – one of the perks of the job.

Mark has more to say about the event on the Mostly Books Blog.

Health Walkers and Mayor thank Viv

Health Walks Picnic
Thanks to our Health Walks correspondent for pictures of an event earlier this week. The Mayor attended and said some words to thank Viv Boorman (in hi viz jacket and sun glasses) for her 10 years of tireless service in organising the health walks.
Health Walks Picnic
Over 50 of the group attended the picnic. A good time was had by all.