Parish Council Monthly News

The Parish Council met on November 6th with 9 Parish Councillors, Matthew Barber Vale of White Horse District Council, Mike Fox-Davies Oxfordshire Council Councillor and a number of members of the public being present.
Network Rail have submitted their appeal to Vale of White Horse District Council (VWHDC) against the decision to not allow demolition of Steventon Grade II listed Railway Bridge and replace it with a new bridge over a time period of at least 10 months  with no access to the village by vehicle coming down Steventon Hill from the traffic lights.

The VWHDC Consultees will notify all those who made representations on the application as soon as the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales (PINS) confirm that the appeal process has formally started and dates provided for the submission of the VWHDC questionnaire and statement of case.
Network Rail has expressed a requirement for the appeal to be dealt with via Written Representation. This is most likely due to the fact that there are significant delays in the availability of Inspectors to undertake hearings and inquiries. The VWHDC have told Network Rail that they do not support Written Representation but will be seeking either an Inquiry or worst case a hearing. However, the final decision is PINS.

The Parish Council are a consultee and can submit representations. If there is a hearing representatives can attend and Steventon Parish Council would be very much welcomed and, If an inquiry is supported will have the option to be a 3rd party and give evidence and be cross examined by the appellant's (Network Rail) barrister if the need arises.
Once formally started by PINS they will identify the timetable for comments from third parties, the VWHDC etc. Watch this space!!

The Vale of White Horse District Council (VWHDC) have investigated an enforcement case regarding provision of open space, pedestrian access to bus stops and drainage at the Miller Homes development on Abingdon Road, Steventon. They conclude:
“On my site visit, I noted that the pedestrian arrangement (including platforms, dropkerbs and crossovers) was in the process of being installed. I believe that it is substantially completed now and should make access to bus stops a little easier.
The amenity space is grassland and I noted that work was underway on this on my site visit.  I have no reason to believe that this won’t be completed shortly.
Finally, the drainage - this will have been signed off by Thames Water as  the Statutory Undertaker.  If there are concerns that the drainage has not been built as per the approved scheme, this should be raised with Thames Water in the first instance.
I will be writing this case up as a “No Breach”. However, I would be grateful if you could notify me if the amenity space is not completed by the New Year and I will then look at this enforcement case again”
If residents on Miller Homes estate have any concerns on this then please contact

It is looking like the darker nights are bringing out dog owner behaviour, with increased incidents of dog fouling in the village. In particular the Green is being used as a “dumping ground”. A recent football match on the Green, even after a walk round removing dog poo, had to be stopped seven times to remove dog poo. This is disgusting behaviour from irresponsible dog owners who show no respect to people, and our village.
If you see a dog owner allowing their dog to foul and not picking it up, take details of anything you see and send details to the VWHDC Environmental Protection Team. They can be contacted by: Tel 01235 422403 or e-mail Remember dog fouling could lead to a fixed penalty notice of £50 or prosecution.

The next Parish Council meeting is on December 4th at 7pm in the Village Hall. If you want to find out what has/is happening in the village please come along.
May I wish everybody a Merry Christmas

Real Santa With Finger to Lips : Stock Photo

Dr Chris Wilding Chair

PS. Advanced notice that elections for the Parish Council will be held in May 2019. Parish Council Councilor’s are elected for a period of 4 years.



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