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Welcome to Enstone Parish. If you live in Neat Enstone, Church Enstone, Cleveley, Lidstone, Gagingwell, Chalford, Radford, Fulwell or Broadstonehill this site is for you.

There are 3 levels of local government in Oxfordshire - County Council, District Council and Parish Council. The Enstone Parish Council is a democratically elected body of councillors. A local rate is levied and collected by the district council as part of the council tax. The Parish Council plays an important role in the local community and is a vital link to district and county councils and other agencies on local issues.



Speedwatch Campaign - 2019

Enstone has a new LED Traffic Speed Detection System and this has been used in Gagingwell as a new speedwatch campaign begins.

This confirmed that traffic still breaks the speed limit on this road. The police have been informed of those drivers exceeding the speed limit.

The system will be inceasingly deployed in and around Enstone as the campaign gathers momentum.



Declaration of Results - West Oxfordshire District Council Elections on Thursday 2 May 2019

The document with the results notices for each of the 16 Wards of the West Oxfordshire District in which there were elections on Thursday 2 May may be viewed and downloaded by clicking here - Election Results Document.



West Oxfordshire District Council - Review of Parliamentary Polling Districts and Polling Places

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that West Oxfordshire District Council is to review the Polling Districts and Polling Places within the District of West Oxfordshire, to include the location of polling stations - please click here for full pdf.



Renault F1 visit

Enstone Parish Council Visit to Renault F1

Members of the Parish Council were recently invited to Whiteways Technical Centre, home of Renault F1 Team where the Formula 1 car is developed and manufactured, except for the engine unit.

The visit consisted of a tour of the centre and the high-tech engineering capabilities and infrastructures necessary to compete at the highest levels in motorsport. The extensive lengths that are taken to comply with the highest environmental and safety standards were also explained to the group.

The team’s 2019 car – the R.S.19 – was tested in Barcelona ahead of the 2019 season which starts in Melbourne, 15 to 17 March.

One message that did come across loud and clear - “don’t drive fast in our parish, you will not arrive any quicker - leave it to the professionals on the race track”.

We wish the whole team every success for 2019.



Parish Response

Enstone Driving Centre (Mullin Museum - 18/03319/OUT)

Enstone Parish Council - Residents’ comments following a meeting held Monday 17th December 2018 - (click on green button for documents below)

A meeting was held in Enstone Parish Hall on 17th December 2018 to obtain the views of residents of Enstone to the proposed Mullin Project. 43 parishioners from Enstone attended (not including counsellors) and several spoke. Comments were made both in favour of the proposed development and in opposition.

Although the proposed Mullin development is situated outside Enstone, both the museum and the ‘lodges’ are directly adjacent to the parish, with the access to the site being along the boundary between Enstone and Great Tew parishes. The traffic generated by the museum coming from most directions will arrive through Enstone along the A44, the B4030 and the B4022. For these reasons we believe that the views of Enstone Parish Council and Enstone residents should be taken into account.

We include below the comments made by residents in support and in opposition to the development.

At the end of the meeting a show of hands was requested from the residents of Enstone present at the meeting. The show of hands revealed 6 in favour and 23 in opposition.

Comments made in favour raised these points:

  1. Employment: The employment opportunities which may be offered by the museum.
  2. Economic benefit: The local economic benefit of substantial investment in the museum and of visitors to the museum.
  3. Education opportunities: Training links with other organisations and possible apprenticeships in conjunction with Bicester Heritage Centre.
  4. Prestige: The prestige resulting from locating such a significant museum in the area.
  5. Environmental benefits: Improvement of a neglected part of the airfield by the construction of the museum.

Comments made in opposition raised these points:

  1. Location inaccessible by public transport: The proposed site of the museum is situated two miles from any public transport and is not accessible on foot. To reach the site requires that motorists must pass through small communities, adding to the already substantial traffic burden and safety hazards on B roads through Enstone, Gagingwell and the Bartons.
  2. Traffic volume: many residents believe that the vehicle movements included in the specialist transport reports and in the proposal are underestimates of the likely eventual numbers. Visitor numbers at similar museums, experience of other local developments such as Soho Farmhouse (with traffic movements now demonstrably much greater than those in the original plans), the expected additional traffic which will be generated by other events at the museum and by support activities, and future expansion of the site and its operations, all contribute to this view.
  3. Speeding Traffic: Traffic travelling too fast through our communities is a constant concern among residents. The recommendations from Highways for improvements to the junction of the B4022 and the A44, and traffic calming measures through Enstone, Gagingwell and the Bartons are to be welcomed. These measures as currently described will be inadequate to compensate for the incremental volume of traffic created by the museum.
  4. Visual Impact: The development on the skyline adjacent to Enstone parish of the museum and the exclusive lodges will be visible from the B4030 and from parts of the parish of Enstone.
  5. Light and Noise impact: Potential light and noise pollution are of concern and appropriate counter-measures and controls will need to be put in place if the proposal is approved.
  6. Danger to and from aircraft: Positioning of the museum at the end of the airfield runway appears to be risky. There was recently an aircraft accident on the airfield when a plane crashed into a chicken shed on the edge of the airfield.
  7. Possible risk of contamination: Concerns have been expressed by neighbouring landowners about possible contamination from the site’s use as a WW2 airfield as highlighted in the report by David Rudland Senior Contaminated Land Officer.
  8. Need for affordable housing: The proposed 28 lodges are not expected to contribute anything to the social fabric of the area and will not address the need for affordable housing in Enstone.
  9. Biodiversity: The environmental survey was undertaken in October when the biodiversity of the area could not be effectively assessed. The presence in the area to be developed of extensive areas of bluebells, orchids, cowslips and other grassland flowers is overlooked.
  10. Future infill: The threat of potential infill on the agricultural land between the proposed development and the B4030 at Gagingwell is a concern. Should the district council approve the development, parishioners fear that the infilling of this area would be a next step for developers, resulting in the further degradation of a rural landscape adjacent to local villages.

If the Development Control Committee decides to approve the proposal, residents ask that adequate and proportionate controls to limit the environmental effect and compensating traffic calming measures to mitigate the adverse impact on the local community are put in place.

Response from Enstone Parish Council - January 2019

General

The proposed Driving Centre development lies outside of our Parish on the boundary between Great Tew and Enstone. However, the greatest impact of this development will be on the residents of Enstone Parish, so the Council is setting out our key issues which should be addressed if this development is approved.

The Council accepts that this would be a prestigious development for Oxfordshire and builds on the strength of the local Motor Sport and Automotive industry. However the major issue the Council has is the suitability of Enstone airfield for this project, given that it will attract (by its own figures) over two hundred thousand visitors each year. The Council was split - some believe that a location in Oxfordshire with well-developed public transport links and roads infrastructure already in place, would be better suited. Others, however, are very much for the proposed Enstone Airfield development.

Transport

This remains the major concern of the Councillors and local residents. Whilst accepting the County Highways report that the roads have the capacity to cope with the additional journeys to and from the museum, all of the journeys will be on local B roads already in a poor state of repair.

It is likely that all the journeys to the museum will be by private transport as there are no local bus services which would serve the museum. The developer’s proposal to run a single minibus service from local train stations at Banbury or Charlbury is unlikely to reduce this by any significant extent.

There has been a significant increase in traffic volume in recent years on local roads due to the Soho Farmhouse development and the expansion of Renault F1 Motorsport, and the volume will increase significantly when 2000 extra homes are built in Chipping Norton and following the anticipated redevelopment of Heythrop Park Resort.

In addition, recent traffic speed watch activity has shown that speeding is prevalent through our village and this problem is unlikely to improve with this development. Significant sums of money need to be spent on traffic calming measures and road and junction improvements, see attached proposal from Enstone PC. The Council notes the developer has proposed that £200k from the £1.7M S106 money generated from this project should be spent on signage improvements and traffic calming in Gagingwell, Westcott Barton and Middle Barton (Ref an email from Keiran Hedigan to Enstone PC 20/12/18). We feel this is totally inadequate and will not have a significant effect in offsetting the additional private journeys created by travelling to the museum.

Local housing for residents to work in the museum

One of the major benefits claimed for this development is provision of local employment opportunities and apprenticeships. The Planning statement claims “It will deliver up to 338 jobs in the local economy” and “It will create 100 jobs directly employed in the museum and park”. The development proposal does not provide any details of the anticipated location of the staff or provide any opportunities for the staff to travel to work other than by private motor car. A survey from the nearby Soho Farmhouse showed that 59% of their staff lived 10 – 20 miles away, 12% over 20 miles away and only 29% within 10 miles of the hotel. Based on this evidence, the Parish Council is of the opinion that this proposed development will add significantly to local journeys to and from work.

It would be desirable that a development such as this provide opportunities for local young people (within a 10 mile radius) to work there. However, there is no affordable housing within Enstone and the surrounding villages forcing our young people to move out to the major towns in Oxfordshire such as Banbury and Bicester.

None of S106 money has been set aside for low cost starter homes in Enstone village which the Council believes is a key priority. The developer has proposed that £1.25M is spent on affordable housing in Great Tew, although it’s unclear how many homes they will provide and under what terms. In addition to this the developer is proposing to pay £11M to the Landowner to pay for restoration of his private mansion. Whilst accepting this isn’t part of the required S106 money as the 28 private lodges are deemed to be “holiday homes”, we do question whether a better settlement for the local communities should be sought in this respect.

Other Issues

The Planning Statement is incorrect :

2.8 Vehicular access states one entrance between the Green lane and the Tew cross roads. In fact there is one to the chicken farm and one to the shooting school and airfield and a few years ago, a third entrance was granted planning permission. There are also two field entrances as well.

The Ecology reports by Windrush Ecology and by Melanie Dodd make no mention of the extensive wild orchids and bluebells growing on the site. It may be because the survey was conducted in Winter. It is recommended that another survey is conducted in Spring / Summer.

In summary, whilst there may be economic and employments benefits to the local economy, the council believes that this development will have an overall negative impact on traffic levels in our village and there is insufficient mitigation of these effects through the proposed provision of the S106 monies.

Enstone Parish Council's Request For S106 Monies - Mullin Project, 18/03319/OUT



The Church of St. Kenelm - A Service of Celebration & Rededication

St. Kenelm's

On Sunday 25th November a service of celebration and rededication was held at St. Kenelm's following the restoration and re-ordering. The last full restoration was completed in 1856. Over the past 30 years the roof has been renewed, threats from beetle and damp have been eliminated and a proper heating system has been installed. The most recent work has been the most ambitious: transforming the interior of the building with complete redecoration, new lighting, a new organ, kitchen and toilet facilities and a new vestry. The aesthetics of the building have been enhanced with the introduction of new flexible seating and a mosaic of Venetian glass depicting the life of St. Kenelm by the artist Nicholas Mynheer (pictured below in front of his work)

So many individuals tirelessly organised and supported fund-raising events, pledged money and offered their skills and services. During the 30 year's of restoration over £1 million was been raised. The congregation was thanked by the Revd. Mark Abrey, Rector of the Chase Benefice, along with the Bishop of Dorchester. Representatives of those involved with the design and execution of the work along with those involved in the re-ordering handed over the plans and unveiled the reredos to the Archdeacon of Dorchester.

St. Kenelm's

Enstone Community SpeedWatch

Enstone SpeedWatch

Speeding is one of the factors that most affects the quality of life in communities. It contributes to the severity of road traffic collisions and increases the impact on the lives of people in the community.

As part of the Community SpeedWatch traffic monitoring scheme, coordinated by Thames Valley Police, Enstone Parish Council have obtained a hand held Speed Indication Device for volunteers to carry out regular speed checks in known hot spots within Enstone Parish.

How it works:


Chris Jones

Community Policing

Thames Valley Police

I am Chris Jones the PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) for your area and here to assist your parish and community with your policing needs in anyway I can. I am based out of Woodstock Police Station however my area beat is Great Rollright, The Bartons, Sandford St. Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone.

My job is to assist in tackling rural crime and deal with crime related incidents and anti-social behaviour, general nuisance issues and many other concerns. This in turn contributes to Thames Valley Police’s aims of raising visibility and reassuring the public.

Please, if you have any police issues you think I might be able to help you with then stop me and have a chat or contact me on:


Microsoft Tech-Support Scammers using WannaCry attack to lure victims

This is a message sent via Thames Valley Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed. Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

Action Fraud can be contacted on 0300 123 2040

www.actionfraud.police.uk


Telephone Scam Warning from Thames Valley Police

From a phone number of 01264 976 183, an Indian/Asian sounding male claiming to be from Witney Police station with reference to ID Fraud asking for our caller to log on to their computer.

There have been many complaints to other agencies about an Asian male saying he is from BT, Talk Talk or the National Crime Agency.

This is a Scam and we would ask residents to HANG UP and report to Action Fraud or your phone provider.

Action Fraud can be contacted on 0300 123 2040

www.actionfraud.police.uk


Police and Crime Plan 2017 - 2021

This new Plan consists of five broad strategic priorities which are:

1.  Vulnerability – Managing demand on services through working together with a particular focus on mental health, elder abuse, hidden abuse, and the criminal justice experience for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

2.  Prevention and Early Intervention – Improving safeguarding in both the physical space and virtual space including tackling cyber crime, road safety, peer on peer abuse, hate crime and female genital mutilation (FGM).

3.  Reducing Re-offending – Targeting and managing harm and risk with a focus on substance misuse, violence involving weapons and offender management including perpetrators of domestic abuse.

4.  Serious Organised Crime and Terrorism – Improving the local response including increased public awareness, promoting a ‘dare to share’ culture, and preventing violent extremism and the exploitation of vulnerable people.

5.  Police Ethics and Reform – Increasing the pace of change with a focus on improved support for victims, accelerated uptake of new technology, and improving the perceptions of police among young people.

The priorities and aims in the Plan will be addressed in greater detail through the delivery plans of Thames Valley Police, the Office of the PCC and other partner service delivery plans, particularly Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs).

The plan was developed using a broad range of information including the evaluation of research documents, analysis of crime trends, horizon scanning to identify future trends and consultation with partners including the police and local authorities.

It was also informed by the views of the nearly 5000 residents of Thames Valley, including over 1000 young people, who took part in the PCCs policing and crime survey in 2016.

The full plan can be found on the PCC website by clicking here.


NOTICE – Right to Record Meetings of the Council


Please note that the public and the media have a right to record meetings of the council.

Should you wish to record a meeting it would be helpful if you could notify the Clerk or the Chairman so that they can ensure you have the necessary facilities and so that other members of the public can be notified that the meeting is being recorded.

Please note that the Chairman has the right to ask that recording be stopped if the Chairman reasonably believes that the meeting is being disrupted because of the recording, if the recording is preventing the public participating or is inhibiting community involvement or if the meeting moves into confidential session.

If you object to being recorded please notify the Chairman or Clerk. We will endeavour to ensure that your objections are respected. However we are not able to guarantee this. This is a public meeting and there is a statutory right for anyone to record it.

Anyone at the meeting may use Twitter, Facebook or similar social media provided that the Chairman does not consider their actions are disrupting the proceedings of the meeting.


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