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From the County Councillor - September 2017

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I have enjoyed my first months as your new County Councillor.

I have attended County Council meetings, Parish Council meetings throughout the division, and had many training events laid on by County Council.

At the full County Council meeting on July 11th I spoke twice. I was pleased to speak in support of the motion for the County Council to move to a committee system of governance rather than the existing cabinet system. The motion, with amendment to investigate the options available and to change the structure as soon as practicable, was carried.
I also spoke in favour of a motion to invite all Oxfordshire MPs to come to a meeting of County Council to discuss how we can work together to better serve our local residents. When this happens, I plan on asking questions about school funding, local bus services and protecting the Green Belt, amongst other issues.
Many residents have contacted me with road concerns.  I have met with Mr Keith Stenning, the county officer who oversees highways in this area, and he has noted down these issues. Mr Stenning has advised local residents to report all problems with bollards, potholes, pavements, drains, etc., firstly on Fix My Street: If they are not dealt with, please let me know and I will chase.
Mr Stenning and I met with local resident Nick King regarding cycle safety on the Cuddesdon Road going into Horspath. OCC supports improvements for cycle safety. New signs warning of cyclists and bollards at the eastern-most chicane have now been agreed in principle, and hopefully these will go up soon.
On other matters, I have supported a local family in SEN provision for their child; I have been advising the Maple Tree Children’s Centre in Wheatley how to seek further County grant funding; and I have been attending community transport meetings in regards to improving the transport options in villages in Wheatley Division.
Please do let me know if you have any concerns and I will do my best to represent your views to County Council.

Dr. Kirsten Johnson, County Councillor, Wheatley Division