PC Chairman’s Blog – May 2012

MINUTES OF MEETINGS:- Full minutes of meetings can be found at www.oxtonpc.org.uk  

STREET LIGHTS:- Notts County Council (CC) has advised of plans to switch off street lights in rural areas during the night. Under current proposals all the street lights in the village would be switched off between midnight and 5:30am with the exception ofWater Lane, one light at the top of Elmcroft and the light in the Village Hall car park (which is not adopted by Notts County Council). The Parish Council (PC) agreed that, as a general principle, CC give serious consideration that only 50% of the lights in Oxton should be switched off. In addition the PC felt  it is important that certain lights be left on all night including those next to School Gardens (an opinion of this will be sought from the Housing Association), the Blind Lane/Main street junction, next to the Church, around the Green Dragon and the Honeyknab Lane/Windmill Hill junction. Councillor Andy Stewart gave reassurance to the PC that the Police were in support of the scheme and added there had been a fall in levels of crime in pilot areas. As a general principle the PC is in favour of this however, it is felt that certain key areas must not be left in darkness.  

TRANSPORT SURVEY: HAVE YOUR SAY!!:- Notts CC is asking residents in the Newark, Ollerton and Southwell areas how they would like to see a range of different bus and other transport services operate in the region in the future. The Towards Integrated Transport Across Nottinghamshire (TITAN) project has been set up to look at ways of delivering transport services that communities need in a more effective and efficient way. This is your opportunity to have your say about future transport policies in this area. There are a number of ways in which you can do this which are:- 1. On line at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/titan where there is information about the project and an on line version of the consultation questionnaire for you to complete. 2. Pick up a copy of the small questionnaire from Oxton Post Office 3. Call the Notts CC customer contact centre if you require help completing the questionnaire or to request more paper copies on 08449 808080 Please spare 10 minutes to take part. It is very important that small communities like Oxton be able to access reliable, regular public transport. The PC will be responding using results from the recent Village Plan survey. The consultation ends on 11 May 2012.  

VILLAGE PLAN FUNDING:- The PC have agreed to fund the following projects which have developed as a result of the recent  2011 Village Plan feedback:-

  • Planters – to be placed throughout the village. If you would like to pledge a years’ sponsorship (£80.00)  for one of the containers maybe as a family, business or in memory of a loved one, please contact Robin Aldridge on 965 2929.  The money will pay for three separate planting schemes throughout the year.
  • Training for the chair based exercises – this will enable Roy Walker (resident) to be accredited as a qualified trainer so he can to deliver the sessions. The activity is open to all villagers.

BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMPETITION:- Oxton will again be entering the local competition this year so, if you have a little spare time and fancy joining an enthusiastic group of volunteers whose aim is to prepare the village for the competition then please contact Robin Aldridge on 965 2929. Newcomers welcome!!

OXTON’S ANNUAL PARISH FOOTPATH WALK:-  Come and join us for the annual tradition of beating the parish boundaries. Why not take the opportunity to exercise, walk through the beautiful countryside, meet other villagers and enjoy a very social occasion.

  • TIME & DATE:  11:00 am on SATURDAY 12TH MAY

Maps will be available to enable you to decide the footpath you would like to walk.  For further details please contact Ashley Bell on 0751 431 0684

AND FINALLY…..THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING is being held on Thursday 24th May 7:30 in the Village Hall. Hope to see you there!

Best Wishes….Jill Jones   0115 965 5984


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