News Update no 107, January 6th 2023

There’s plenty of new information in this New Year newsletter so please do read on. But first a lost watch has been found in the last two days on the low wall outside the Manor and is now behind the bar in the Red Lion, hopefully for its owner to collect.

Stratton Audley Church

The Following is from Beckie Adams:
“The next service in Stratton Audley Church will be a Morning Service at 10.45am this coming Sunday 8th January – all are welcome, as ever.
Please check the Shelswell website for details of services on other Sundays and in other parishes in the benefice
‘Little Lambs’ baby and toddler group continues on Wednesdays in term time in Stratton Audley Church, starting at 9.30am and finishing at 11am. Just turn up or for more information contact Alice  at
Foodbank Donation in Church Porch!
Thank you very much to all those who have dropped donations into the box in the church porch to support ‘Help For the Hunry’ – Please keep them coming! Urgently needed are tinned tomatoes, tinned fish, rice pudding, tinned meat, tinned fruit, and juice/squash. Additionally dried goods & plus toiletries (They have plenty of cereal and pasta). Likewise if you are in need please help yourself to any of the goods and note that the Rector, Alice Goodall is now a ‘Local Referrer’ and can refer refer anyone who in need to the Bicester Foodbank. Contact: Alice Goodall, The Rectory, Finmere   01280 848192 .

Stratton Audley Barn

The following is from Richard, Sara and the team:
“Just a reminder that we re-open on Tuesday 10th January with a spring in our step for 2023! Lots of new spring stock coming in daily! We will also be going back to out pre-Covid days of opening Tuesday to Saturday,  10am-4pm daily with lunches served 12-2pm bookings recommended!
Happy New year and look forward to seeing you all soon”.

Postponed PC Meeting
The postponed January 4th Parish Council meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday 25th January, at 7pm in the Red Lion. Amongst matters for discussion will be the formal application for the Padbury Solar Farm. The meeting is open to all residents and anyone interested is asked to come along at the beginning of the meeting.

Padbury Brook Solar Farm Planning Application
The formal application has now been submitted to CDC and will shortly be available on the CDC planning portal.
It is now important that everyone over the next few weeks make their views known to Cherwell District Council as it will be the last opportunity to do so. In addition, for those of you who have not yet responded to Ronan Goss’ independent questionnaire on the subject, the link is still active:
The Parish Council has yet to make a decision as to whether to support or oppose the development but as previously reported, has been in discussion with the developer over the proposed Community Fund of £150,000 which would be set up regardless of the final position of the Parish Council. It is felt that JBM are failing to recognise the impact the development will have on residents, and the lives of residents in the village and throughout the parish, not just during the construction period but for years to come through loss of  amenity and the effect on the local landscape.
Whilst the sum may appear generous it is not equitable when compared to the sum being offered separately to Godington, which is £50,000. Whilst we are fully in support of the compensation being offered to our close neighbour, Godington consists of some 14 dwellings whilst the Parish of Stratton Audley is made up of 190 dwellings (170 of which are within the village), so on a per dwelling basis the sum is very much lower.
Whilst Godington is closer to the site they will not really be any more affected by it and arguably they will be much less disrupted without lorries passing their houses on the Park Road and they will not have their roads dug up for cabling, unlike Stratton Audley.
JBM may be confident that they will gain approval, but the Parish Council position is that most people in the community whether they are in favour, opposed or neutral will wish to see a fair and equitable financial settlement for Stratton Audley to mitigate the effects of such a large development.
The Fund could have enormous benefits for the community and we have suggested to JBM that assuming the development were to gain approval, they should be keen to have the community fully engaged in a positive manner going forward. As examples, a substantial community fund could help pay for fibre broadband and better telecom connections to all homes, potentially a shop or indeed the re-establishment of a bus service, amongst other ideas.
As a result all residents are encouraged to take this on board when responding to the plans, regardless of whether you are in support, opposed or neutral. Please do take the time to respond to the planning application and Ronan’s survey,  irrespective of whether you are in favour or not.

New Vehicle Speed Awareness Signs
You may have noticed that the new speed signs on Mill Road and Launton Road are not operational yet. It is unclear as to whether this is to do with a lack of sunshine to generate the solar power or faulty equipment but it is being investigated and hopefully will be sorted out in the next week or so.

Thames Water Pumping Station
You may have observed a tanker recently situated from time to time at the sewage pumping station in Launton Road and wondered if there had been some local flooding. Thames Water have advised that they did this as a precautionary measure due to the high volumes of rainfall over the Christmas period, which continue to infiltrate into the sewers. We have asked for a report on the improvements and repairs that have been carried out in the village over the last 18 months since the last serious problem in 2020/21.

20 mph Consultation
As previously mentioned, Stratton Audley has been selected to be amongst the first group of villages to be converted to a 20mph zone.
In December the County started a consultation process and are asking for your views on the proposal to replace the existing 30mph speed limit in its entirety.
Details of the proposed plans can be viewed on the Councils consultation portal at the address below:
Any objections or other representations on the proposal should be submitted by Friday 20th January 2023.
With regard to the speed limit on the approach roads to the village, for the timing being there are no plans to reduce these from the national speed limit of 60mph, but this is something that has been raised on number of occasions and will be pursued given sufficient interest.

Children’s Safety Posters
The children’s road safety posters were taken down before Christmas and any that were still intact have be placed in the bus shelter on the Stoke Lyne Road. Original artists are welcome to collect their own work-of-art before they are disposed of.

Bicester Heritage April Scramble
Sale of tickets for the April 8th Scramble will go live this coming Monday,  9th January at 10am. Once again, local residents can buy discounted tickets at 50% off. The promo code is:BristolBoxkite


And a few previous items that are still relevant:

Fish & Chips Van in the village on Saturdays
For those new in the community, a Howe’s Fish and Chip van comes to the village every Saturday lunchtime from 1.30pm to 2pm. You will hear a bell (like a school bell) and his first stop is in Cherry Street. He then drives along Cavendish Place and stops again at the junction with Mill Road.

Garden Waste Subscription 
I have received the following communication from Cherwell District Council and I daresay other have received similar letters:
“The subscription to this service is due to expire on 28th February 2023. Please renew before 28th February 2023 to continue your garden waste collections. If you renew after this date we will be unable to collect your garden waste until you have a valid subscription.
The charge for each garden waste subscription for 1st March 2023 to 29th February 2024 is shown below:

  • Subscribe between 1st December 2022 and 28th February 2023 and the first subscription costs £39, and additional subscriptions cost £33 each
  • Subscribe after 1st March 2023 and the first subscription costs £43, and additional subscriptions cost £33 each.

The easiest way to renew your garden waste subscription is by visiting our website:
Alternatively, if you can’t renew online, please call our Customer Service Team on 01295 227003. If you are calling us to renew your subscription, please ensure that you have read our Terms and Conditions before calling us”.

Village Improvement Ideas 
An enquiry was made recently as to whether there was anything left in the village improvement fund that was created out of the Street Festivals in 2016 and 2018. When the last analysis was made available in 2019 there was some £1600 remaining, although this figure was depleted further and as a result the Parish Council agreed to allocate a further £5000 to this fund. Please see the latest PC Minutes for further information.
At every Annual Meeting of the Parish, people are reminded to come forward with ideas, hopefully ones that they can help implement, whether it is for something physical to improve the look of the village, organising an event  or the setting up of a service for residents. All you have to do is attend a Parish Council meeting and put forward your idea.

Historical Village Information on Display in the Church
The following information has been kindly provided by Dorothy Howarth:
“The Shelswell History Festival in July took as its theme Trade and Transport and, although this seemed to have little to do with this village, the Local History Group produced information about the blacksmiths which were in Cherry Street (named after the blacksmith’s family) the start of the postal service in this area (which was down to the Stevens family) and the existence of 33 lacemakers in the village in 1851, at a time when there were “12 Paupers receiving Parish Relief” – which is probably not unrelated.
In terms of “Transport”, Stratton Audley is somewhat unique in being shown on a map of England of around 1690, amidst mainly large towns and cities, and it is believed that this may have been due to the existence of the Manor House where there could have been accommodation.   This map is the first of the whole country and is based on the strip-maps of John Ogilby and, without a map such as this, it would be difficult to think in terms of “transport”, hence a tenuous link to the festival’s theme.
More information on these topics and the amazing life of John Ogilby are to be seen on the display boards which were used for the Festival and are still on display in the Church.   It had been intended to take them down and put them into storage but the Church Warden is of the opinion that many people have taken an interest in them and suggested that they should be left on display for a little longer.   If you know of someone who would be interested please let them know before they are put back into storage.”

Local Police Bicester and Kidlington Rural Team News
To report a crime or contact the police there are now three options:
·       Call 999 if you see a crime being committed or in an emergency
·       Call 101 to report anything else to the police – or go online to do so
·       And now police are partnering with CrimeStoppers to remind everyone of ‘The 3rd Number – 0800 555 111’ that enables you to report your information totally anonymously if you prefer.
Finally for the latest crime statistics there is a useful national site into which you can put your post code. Click on this link  Bicester Rural | (