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.”
The warm weather is still here and so it was good to go to a summer evening concert at St Nicolas Church, Abingdon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
Steve Relston, gardening expert on BBC Radio Oxford visited Larkmead School and used garden shears to formally open the Learning Garden today.
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.)
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.
Over 50 of the group attended the picnic. A good time was had by all.