Parish Council Monthly News

The Parish Council met on the 6th June with seven Parish Councillors and a large number of members of the public being present. Apologies had been received from Matthew Barber, District Councillor and our new Oxfordshire County Councillor Mike Fox-Davies.  

Linda Humphries has resigned from the Parish Council due to work commitments. The Parish Council thanks Linda for her time and commitment in undertaking her Parish Council duties, much appreciated. That now leaves a vacancy on the Parish Council so, if you would like to serve on the Parish Council please contact Angela the Parish Clerk or any Parish Councillor. Go on, come along to represent the village and have some fun along the way.

The “quote” of the last Parish Council came from the Burial Ground committee on doing an inspection of the graveyard “look there are some dead plastic flowers over here”. Regular application of sun cream may help!

Thames Water held a meeting in Abingdon on 15th June to explain their future water management  plans. Of interest to Steventon is upgrades to our, at capacity, sewer infrastructure and the prospect of the potential construction of a reservoir.

Thames Water intend coming to the village within the next few weeks to explain their findings, date to be confirmed, on upgrading the sewer infrastructure. They would like to upgrade the sewers and link in the new developments before 2020. The timescales for the work are dependent on the road closures in Steventon when Steventon bridge works start, because of the traffic congestion that will be caused in Sutton Courtenay.

The reservoir is only 1 option of 6 that is being considered to supply water for London and the rest of the South East of England. No decision has yet been made on the preferred option. The indications are that they would put in a desalination plant to start with. Water usage figures are showing a big reduction with the introduction of water meters. Thames Water are aiming to put out their Water Management Plan out for Public Consultation (12 week period) in January 2018. In advance of this Thames Water are holding a drop-in session in Steventon Village Hall 14.30 to 19.30 on Monday 10th July to explain their thinking on future water usage and demand and their proposed options.

A demonstration covering basic life support and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator, similar to the one located at the Village Hall is to be arranged by the Parish Council in July. The demonstration can cater for up to 30 people. If you are interested in attending please contact  Angela, the Parish Clerk.

The next Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 4th July 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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