The Vale of White Horse District Council (VWHDC) had an online planning meeting this morning using Microsoft Teams.
On the agenda was the Old Gaol proposed change of use (for one unit) from restaurant to dental surgery.
Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council can also hold internet meetings and they started last week with the Guildhall Meeting on 21st May. They are using WebEX.
Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council have also started the process of the Neighbourhood Plan. In the short to medium term the consultation process will have to use the internet rather than round table discussions.
There are more details at https://abingdon.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan.
If the plan is agreed by over 50% of those in Abingdon, that can vote, then Abingdon will have more control over its own destiny.
Abingdon cannot change the number of houses to be built as decided by VWHDC in their local plan, but can get more control how the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) is spent.
We are during the time when we would normally be able to go visiting studios for Oxfordshire Artweeks.
People are painting and creating more art than usual and showing it from windows.
Oxfordshire Artweeks has gone virtual this year, and there are a series of virtual tours showing workshops or themed pictures with background music.
Galleries are closed during coronavirus (COVID-19) but there are pictures that might have appeared at galleries online. In Abingdon the members of the Abbey Group, including Dougie Simpson, have pictures online.
The Oxford Mail has a feature on artists who have been inspired by Coronavirus, isolation and NHS heroes.
On Channel 4 “Grayson’s Art Club”, showcases art made by the British public trapped at home. Some of the 10,000+ pieces submitted were from Abingdon. Last week the theme was ‘View from My Window‘.
This is a photo of the view from our window this evening.