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Local Group Web Manager: Jane Tomlinson

Local Group Web Manager: Jane Tomlinson

Jane Tomlinson, PR manager, CPRE Oxfordshire

Saturday, 30 June 2012 10:49

Oxpens meadow

Oxpens meadow is one of the last remaining vestiges of open green space in Oxford's West End area. It is a well-maintained field next to the ice rink used by walkers, residents and sportspeople. It is owned by the City Council and measures about 2 hectares (5 acres). It’s bounded to the south by the river Thames; to the east by the Castle Mill Stream and to the west by land owned by British Rail Board (Residuary) Ltd.

For decades the Meadow has been threatened. If the City's current plans for the redevelopment of the West End are realised, only about half of the Meadow would remain for public enjoyment. The site has been earmarked by the City Council as part of its West End rejuvenation scheme to include a conference centre, a police station, a relief road and riverside apartments.

These threats prompted SENDRA (St Ebbes New Development Residents’ Association) to apply to Oxfordshire County Council to register the Meadow as a Town Green under the Commons Act 2006. Town Green status would ensure the retention of Oxpens Meadow in perpetuity as a public open space. The Friends of Oxpens Meadow (FOM) was born. CPRE Oxfordshire strongly support FOM’s efforts.

Saturday, 30 June 2012 10:38

Trap Grounds

The Trap Grounds is six acres of reedbed, ponds, and woodland in suburban north Oxford. They were successfully registered as a Town Green in 2006 after a four-year legal campaign by the local community.

Saturday, 30 June 2012 10:32

Radley Lakes

Radley Lakes near the village of Radley, Abingdon in Oxfordshire, is a 30-acre lake, bristling with wildlife, surrounded by mature trees and studded with islands where birds nest. The lakes are exceptionally biodiverse with County Wildlife Status. It wasn’t always like this.

Thrupp Lake was the subject of a long and at times bitter battle between local residents and energy giant npower, who own the land. Npower planned to infill the largest surviving lake with fly ash from nearby Didcot power station and Oxfordshire County Council awarded planning permission for the tipping in breech of the local plan.

A group of local people formed Save Radley Lakes and applied to get Thrupp and Bullfield Lakes declared a Town Green. Alas in 2007 the application was rejected. After a long and active campaign, in May 2009, npower announced that the Earth Trust had been appointed to manage the lakes. Save Radley Lakes became the Friends of Radley Lakes and now work closely with Earth Trust to protect and nurture the Lakes.

CPRE Oxfordshire supported the campaigners in their fight to save Radley Lakes. We administered their funds, enabling them to collect Gift Aid and we helped with their media and publicity.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 09:04

A Little Rough Guide Around the Hedges

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This little guide is a celebration of our unsung hedgerows. There's a handy hedgerow plant identifier for when you’re next exploring our beautiful countryside.

 

Monday, 29 October 2012 13:35

Organised chaos: a change of planning

We had hoped that the changes in planning policy announced earlier this year would have had time by now to bed in, and that we would be able to assess their impacts, both good and bad.

Spare a thought for Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor which has been overwhelmed with planning applications to build more than 300 new homes. Villagers say they simply don't have the infrastructure to cope with such a huge increase in population.

We have written to the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, to ask him to rethink a decision to build a retirement village and care home near Wallingford which was approved by South Oxfordshire District Council’s (SODC) Planning Committee last week.

Hot on the heels of the application to erect a wind turbine at Henton we are now faced with an even bigger single turbine proposed at Ford, just over the Oxfordshire border in Buckinghamshire. And we don't want that one either!

Friday, 13 July 2007 14:40

Oxford's Green Belt Way opens

13 July 2007

CPRE's Oxford Green Belt Way was opened in front of a crowd of people by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.

Monday, 08 October 2012 13:36

Wind turbine at Henton? No thanks.

Henton, near Chinnor in South Oxfordshire could be the site of a 90 foot high wind turbine if developers have their way. They have submitted a planning application to erect the structure at Rowan Farm, Henton.

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