Drainage work and carriageway patching on Wroxton Lane is programmed by Oxfordshire county council from July 24 for 3 days.
The plan is to install a new offlet and larger diameter pipe to outfall into the stream opposite Horley Mill, and resurface the rough bits of road and re-profile around the gullys opposite Brook House to hopefully avoid water ponding issues.
The existing offlet opposite Horley Mill will be moved slightly towards the bridge, and the pipe trench hand dug because of the services to align the pipe through the gate so it doesn’t kink as now.
Those who take an interest in such matters will be aware that Oxfordshire County Council have submitted a proposal to the Secretary of State for Communities, seeking the abolition of all district councils in Oxfordshire, along with the county council, and their replacement with a single, unitary council which would be responsible for delivering all local government services. Currently, the county deliver most of the more expensive services such as social services including adult care, highways and education, whilst the districts deliver more local services such as planning, housing, waste collection, street cleaning and recreation.
The county council claim that this could enable savings of up to £20m per annum to be made, mostly through efficiencies from the reduction in administrative and democratic functions. There is no doubt that the county council are in considerable financial difficulties, with increasing demand for adult care, and decreasing grant coming from government. On the other hand, Cherwell District Council have just announced for the 8th year running that they are not increasing their share of the council tax, having cut their costs significantly through efficiencies such as shared working with South Northants, and have not had to cut any of their services.
Cherwell are seeking support in their bid to persuade the Secretary of State not to agree to Oxfordshire’s proposal, and have launched a petition, which they have asked the parish council to share with you. Further details are available via this link.
David Marriott, Horley Parish Clerk
Currently the Alkerton site is due to close in 2017. Oxfordshire County Council propose to extend the life of Alkerton until 22/23, and meanwhile to seek to identify and develop an alternative site to replace both Alkerton and Ardley in 22/23.
For further information on the strategy document and consultation process (which is running from 14th July to August 11th) see the Parish Council Noticeboard page.