Oxton Chairman’s Blog – June 2013

blogI’m back! This will be my fifth year as Chairman, so you’ve got me & my Blog for another 12 months J

Flood Mitigation Measures: Representatives from the Parish Council (PC), County Council Flood Risk Assessment, Newark & Sherwood District Council, JBA Consulting (hydrology specialists) met on Wednesday 22nd May with more than 20 Parishioners and four representatives from Oxton Estate in attendance. A healthy debate took place which revolved, in the main, around how to divert water away from flooding hot spots in the village. I would say the discussions were very useful and several actions were taken away by the PC, County, NSDC and JBA Consulting. It was agreed to hold another meeting at the end of October/beginning of November to review progress.

However, the following morning brought good news! Oxton Estate, as a goodwill gesture, cleared shrubs, overgrowth etc from the section of the Dumble which runs along the B6386 in front of Meadowview cottage from the Bridge Inn to the roundabout. What a kind gesture. Our thanks go to the Estate, especially to Richard Cross, for their assistance.

Oxton Post Office & Shop:- Peter, our sub-postmaster, has advised me that if no buyer is in place by the end of June 2013 the Post Office (HQ) will begin discussions with him about the future of Oxton’s sub Post Office. There are a number of potential options – it could be converted to a main or a local Post Office but as these options would rely on shop profits for a wage this is not a practical solution, or the Post Office could offer the current owner redundancy and the Post Office and shop would then close.

It would be a real loss to Oxton if such an important facility closed. The shop has been on the market for some time. No interest has been shown by Oxton resident groups to buy the shop and run it on behalf of the Community.

Need to contact the Police on a non-emergency matter then dial 101:- You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response. For example, you should call 101 if:-

you want to report suspicious behaviour

  • your car has been stolen
  • your property has been damaged or been burgled
  • you suspect drug use in your neighbourhood
  • give the Police information about crime in your area
  • speak to the Police about a general enquiry

101 has been introduced as part of the Government’s wider objective of improving access to the Police, ease pressure on the 999 service and to help tackle crime and disorder. Please make a note of this number and use it when necessary.

Annual Parish Meeting (APM):- The turn out for the meeting was very low which I think is a great indicator that the Parish Council is meeting the wants and needs of its Parishioners. Just six people attended along with Bruce Laughton (District Councillor) and Roger Jackson (CountyCouncillor) and of course the Parish Councillors (apologies were received from Robin Aldridge and Carol Buchan). Andy Stewart, our previous CountyCouncillor now retired, was there to say goodbye, reflect on his MANY years serving the community and receive a gift which the Parish Councillors had bought for him out of their own funds.

Minutes of Meetings:- Full minutes of meetings can be found at www.oxtonpc.org.uk and are now posted on the PC notice board.

Please read the latest village news at www.myoxton.org.uk

That’s all for this month. Hope to see you at the Oxton Summer Ball on Saturday 29th June 2013.

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

0115 965 5984

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