Parish Council Monthly News

The May meeting on 2nd May in the Millennium Room of the Village Hall was in three parts.

Thames Water (TW) gave a presentation of their current water resources plan and investment during the period 2019 to 2024. No information was given about when the sewer infrastructure in Steventon will be upgraded. TW are still of the opinion that a reservoir in the location of Steventon is the major long term water solution for providing London with water. TW are to hold a Public Meeting on the 15th June 2017 in Abingdon, details yet to be provided. A copy of TW presentation can be seen on the Parish web-site.

The Annual Meeting of the Parish was then held. Copies of reports presented can be found on the village website. Retiring Oxfordshire County Councillor Stewart Lilley was presented with an 1898 map of Steventon (he collects maps) for the work he has done over the past 8 years.

This was then followed by the Parish Council meeting. The Parish Council met  with seven Parish Councillors and a large number of members of the public being present following the Annual Parish Meeting. Apologies had been received from Matthew Barber our District Councillor, the neighbourhood police and the missing Parish Councillors.

Network Rail has applied for consent to demolish and reconstruct Steventon Railway Bridge. The closing date for consultation is the 31 May 2017 although slightly late letters/web comments  would probably be considered.  Details can be found on the Vale of White Horse District Council (VWHDC) web-site at: (Click on planning, then planning application register followed by search by location and date. Scroll down and click on Steventon then press search. Details are given in supporting documentation in applications P17/V1154LB and P17/V1161/P18).

The Public Inquiry for appeal by JA Pye Limited (the Appellant) for the provision of 20 houses on land off Brewer Close was held 9 to 11th May 2017. The QC for the Appellant argues that the development should be permitted on the following grounds:


The Inspector undertook a site-visit on the afternoon of 11th May 2017. The Inspectors judgement will be known in June 2017.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has launched his ‘Victims First’ brand and website,

Victims First is the new overarching title for the PCCs work in providing support, increasing accessibility and improving services for victims of crime across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

The first initiative under ‘Victims First’ is a new online resource which has advice on what to do and how to get help if you’ve been a victim of crime, including information on what you should expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if you report the crime.

The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. Members of the public will be able to use the website to refer themselves directly to the PCCs own support services, using the online form, or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the victim has reported the crime to the police.

The website has information and advice to help people to recognise hidden crimes such as modern slavery, domestic abuse, including coercive control, and hate crime. Victims First also provides a third party reporting mechanism for hate crime so that those who don’t want to report directly to the police can either complete a reporting form on the website or call 0300 1234 148.

The next Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 6th June at 7pm in the Village Hall. If you want to know what goes on in the village then please come along.

Dr Chris Wilding - Chair


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