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From the Parish Council Chairman - June 2021

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May was a bit of a political month! 3 votes in one Village Hall at the same time wasn’t what we were all expecting. (But nice to get out…!)

Firstly, you voted overwhelmingly to support the Neighbourhood Plan and this is really good news for the village. We cannot know what government edicts might override the planning protections we have achieved in the future but it’s brilliant that we have our Plan written into the wider SODC Plan and it should provide us with some safeguards and guide sensible development in the coming years.

As you might know the Neighbourhood Plan Committee started work just as the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway reared its ugly head and the Expressway Action Group was born out of that. It’s great for us all that the Plan has been completed and the Expressway cancelled. The Expressway would not have served our Parishioners in any positive way and both the road and all the houses associated with it would have been bad news. I want to thank everyone who helped with the Neighbourhood Plan and the EAG work. The combination of your vote on the Plan and a lot of hard work from others will help protect the distinct character of our Parish. Please pat yourselves on the back now. (And then post the video to your local Whatapp group!)

Meanwhile you all know that sadly the Cuddesdon Church Fete was cancelled again this year. But, not to be defeated, the Fete Connittee are running a different event at the end of June to replace it – the Cuddesdon & Denton Garden Trail. It’s on Sunday June 27th in the afternoon and you can visit all the open gardens for a fiver and enter a Grand Draw too with great prizes. This isn’t a Parish Council event but, as many of you know, I wear two hats and sit on the Fete Committtee as well, so I hope you don’t mind me celebrating the first public event that we’re attempting since the lockdowns started. Raffle tickets available at the pub. So a double reason for a quick pint.

It’s been over a year now since the pandemic began and our community has been well and truly changed and challenged. From what I’ve seen, everyone has just become a kinder neighbour and we aren’t waiting for the government or for the summer sun for permission to be just that.

I feel very lucky that I live here.