Oxton Chairman’s Blog – March 2013

blogMinutes of Meetings:- Full minutes of meetings can be found at www.oxtonpc.org.uk and will be posted on the village notice board.

Village Website:- read the latest village news at www.myoxton.org.uk

Public Transport:- Notts County Council has confirmed that the pilot scheme looking into transport needs in the county (the Titan transport review) covers much of Newark and Sherwood area and that a number of new or revised services have recently been introduced. The second phase, which includes Oxton, is currently underway and will include a detailed investigation into the transport requirements of Oxton and Calverton. Let’s hope the village benefits from an improved service!

Toads Crossing:- Yes, it’s that time of year again……Beanford Lane will close Friday 1st March thru’ to Sunday 31st March to allow the safe crossing of toads. Thanks go to all parties concerned who organise the closure of Beanford Lane in order to facilitate the now famous toad crossing point.

Unsuitable for Heavy Goods Vehicles:- Four new signs have been installed at the A6097 Greaves Lane junction warning that the road is as it says on the sign, unsuitable for HGV’s. The PC has asked County to consider similar signage for Blind Lane and Forest Road.

Highways Repairs:- Two items of interest for the village as follows. Forest Road will be closed on Monday 25th February to Friday 1st March for surface remedial work. Water Lane will be closed 18th to 25th February to allow installation of a new footpath.

Flooding:- Despite the unprecedented double whammy of rain melting six inch of snowfall within six hours, no properties were flooded. Anxiety levels ran high and a couple of properties came close to water ingress but vigilance on the part of residents ensured that disaster was averted.

The Parish Council (PC) would like to thank Dave Mellors (our Snow Warden), Jim Bird and Neil & Jo Hopkins who helped out despite their properties not being at risk. The PC would also like to thank Dave and Jan Callaway who have been instrumental in alerting residents to possible flooding and distribution of emergency equipment often in the middle of the night. The PC will continue to monitor the flood relief system and report any problems for maintenance but home owners are responsible for protecting their own properties.

The recent flooding events have highlighted that one of the major problems is caused by the volume of water running off Southwell Road down Sandy Lane in an uncontrolled manner. Newark & Sherwood District Council have agreed to a wet weather inspection of the area and Parish Councillors will be invited to attend. The timing of this inspection is very dependant on weather conditions.

Owl Boxes:- The PC has sponsored two owl boxes and our thanks are extended to Richard Cross of Oxton Estate who assisted with deciding on the location and erection of the boxes.

Parish Boundary Footpath Walks:- Advance notice of a date for your diary. This year’s “pound the bounds” will take place on Sunday 19th May at 2:00pm. Why not have your walk sponsored for your chosen charity or local fund raising activity? Further details will be published in a separate article over the next couple of months.

 Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we’ve seen the last of snow and heavy rainfall for sometime! I think we deserve a decent summer. My next Blog will be in the May edition.



Kind regards..…….Jill Jones                                                                  jill@myetype.co.uk

0115 965 5984

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