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South Warwickshire, England.

The Oxhill News

February 2010

This months News



District Councillor Report

We are all currently looking at Budget Proposals for next financial year and I will continue to press for our current services to be maintained and improved.  In addition I am pressing for the Community Grants to be re-introduced, as I know that many village organisations rely on support from Parish Council AND District Council when applying for national grants.

I am also strongly supportive of a new Community Transport initiative which will see a low flat rate fare for evening journeys into and home from Stratford and Leamington.  Since becoming a Councillor I have had many conversations with young people about the high cost of bus fares, so it is hoped that this will make a difference.  I have also been very concerned about the closure of the District Council Office in Shipston and at a meeting earlier this week was pleased to hear that the Council are encouraging the Shipston Town Management to come up with a business plan to share the premises and make its operation viable.

Recently I have been happy to help with planning, parking and housing issues across the villages.  I have also continued to work with the Better Healthcare Programme in Banbury, where negotiations are at a critical stage to maintain and indeed improve the current services at The Horton General.  There must be about 15,000 in South Warwickshire, for whom The Horton is their closest hospital.  I have also spent a great deal of time at Tysoe school recently, where as a Governor, I am involved in the appointment of a new head teacher, following the retirement of Mr Taylor, a hard act to follow!  I also enjoyed immensely the School Carol Service and Christmas Story.  Christmas week also saw me enjoying a Christmas meal with Shipston Age Concern, another committee on which I serve.  Weekly lunch clubs are held at Stour Court and latterly Rainbow Fields in Shipston.  We are currently looking for a cook for Thursdays at Rainbow Fields, which is a voluntary position, but travelling expenses are paid.  So if you know of a willing volunteer let me know.  Outings are also organised, as is a nail-clipping service.

I am in regular contact with all parish councils and meetings, especially over Planning applications.  I often wish that applicants would discuss their proposals with neighbours and parish councils before submitting them, as it would often save a lot of time and trouble.  My year as Council Chairman continues as one of meeting many different groups across the District.  Be assured this will not deter me from continuing to work on your behalf.

Gill Roache, 01295 680309

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