Burglaries in the parish
Three commercial premises in Dunsden and Sonning Eye were hit over the Bank Holiday weekend. The break-ins seem to have been carefully planned and resulted in several thousands of pounds of losses. A reminder to be vigilant at all times, report all suspicious activity, and make sure that doors and windows are not left open when a house is empty.
Plan for 245 new houses near Dunsden to be decided this Wednesday (6th)
The parish council is firmly opposed to Gladman’s outline planning application for a large new housing development near Dunsden. It would almost triple the number of houses in the parish and if agreed might set a precedent for further large scale house building next to Playhatch and elsewhere in the area. CAGE is an umbrella group of seven local parishes and four Reading residents groups that are fighting the scheme. Will you support the campaign? They are running buses to the planning committee on Wednesday in order to encourage as many members of the public to attend as possible. Find out more on the CAGE website.
Henley Road closure
The parish council is working with Oxfordshire County Council and the police to ensure they attempt to limit the impact of the extra traffic through Playhatch and Dunsden during the nine weeks the A4155 is to be closed. Extra warning signs are to be installed and additional action will be taken as needed.
Expanding fibre broadband in Eye & Dunsden
Fibre broadband is coming to the remotest corners of the parish, thanks to the Better Broadband programme. The majority of coverage in Eye and Dunsden has been delivered commercially. Three postcodes (RG4 9PU, RG4 9PX and RG4 9PY) with four premises, are not in the existing plans and we are not aware of any further commercial deployment plans. These residents may wish to consider a co-funding option detailed on the website.
Grow your own on our allotments
The council provides two allotments, one at Sonning Eye and another at Playhatch. Vacant plots sometimes become available. If you’re interested, please email Mandy, our Clerk.
Get your tickets now for village hall curry night fund-raiser at the Loddon Brewery
A fun evening is promised as the Loddon Brewery opens its doors for a charity auction in aid of the village hall on Saturday June 10th. There will be displays about the brewing process as well as a chance to sample Loddon ales. Tickets cost just £15 including a welcome drink, and a two course meal supplied by the award-winning Himalaya MoMo House. There’ll be a silent auction of several dozen amazing lots at bargain prices, including trips on a helicopter, a glider and a combine harvester.
You can also bid for some great family days out, including a spa day and a visit to the Roald Dahl Museum or dinner and a night’s stay at the French Horn or Great House in Sonning. If you are feeling more adventurous, why not bid for a sculpture to be created from a sitter of your choice or a special piece of music to be written for you? Local guest auctioneers will also be on hand for a selection of the more popular lots. All proceeds go towards the transformation of Dunsden Village Hall into a bigger brighter and warmer space for the whole community. See the lots on offer now.
CAGE celebrate Gladman defeat
Campaigners have been celebrating the announcement that South Oxfordshire District Council has decide to refuse permission for the construction of 245 houses on land between Peppard and Kiln Roads next to Emmer Green. The Chairman of CAGE said ‘this is a tremendous victory for all those who have written with their objections and for the dedicated campaigners from local parish councils and residents’ groups who have been working away at opposing the scheme since it was first lodged in the autumn. The countryside we care about will continue to be threatened and CAGE will remain vigilant. An appeal on the grounds for refusal is now possible, but at least campaigners have some much deserved breathing space.’
What should we do with the telephone kiosk on the village green?
The parish council has now acquired the red phone box on the village green at Dunsden from BT, which was about to remove it. The aim is to preserve it as a long-standing part of the village scene. Other possibilities include the installation of CPR equipment or the provision of local information about the Dunsden Owen Association trail, the community orchard and other parts of local life of interest to visitors.In Binfield Heath a phone box has been converted to a book exchange. The kiosk at Playhatch is a listed structure, as it is part of the setting of Playhatch House, which is a listed building. Please use the comments section to contribute your ideas!
Henley Road due to close for months during summer due to subsidence
Engineers have found that the collapsing A4155 near The Flowing Spring will now need to be completely closed for around two months over the summer (exact dates yet to be fixed). It was hoped that the shoring up works could be carried out using single lane working. Diversions will be available. Install the phone app Waze for the latest highways information from Oxfordshire County Council.
Oxfordshire County Council have launched a website designed to help people identify their flood risk and to respond to the threat of flooding if it should occur. Of particular interest to Sonning Eye and parts of Playhatch, it includes a searchable flood map and advice about preparing a community flood risk and mitigation report.
The Wilfred Owen Association has generously offered to give Dunsden a sculpture by Anthony Padgett of the famous WW1 poet Wilfred Owen who lived here 1911-13.
The Committee of the Wilfred Owen Association favours a position where it can always be seen. The church, parish council and village hall committee favour an indoor position because the green is already cluttered and because of the risk of crime.
The result of this poll will be considered when the Wilfred Owen Association makes a final decision later in the year. Please vote online now and share your view!
This periodic event at All Saints Church, Dunsden provides a good opportunity to see inside the church where the young Wilfred Owen was assistant to the Rector. For more information see the church website.
Sunday 26 February, Church Open Day, 10 am to 5pm
- Guided tours of the church and grounds
- Live music and readings
- Learn about the Wilfred Owen Trail
- Refreshments, including mulled wine,
tea, coffee and home-made cakes
- Large off-road car park
- Free entry
CAGE (Campaign Against Gladman in Eye and Dunsden) is an alliance of local parishes and residents groups united in their opposition to the Gladman proposal for 245 houses in Eye & Dunsden.
The group now has its own website and Facebook page which provide the latest information. Despite incorrect information on the SODC website, comments are still urgently needed on the detrimental planning application.
Why not come along to our popular and friendly quiz evening and help our fundraising programme for the hall? You can bring a team of 4-6 or can join up with others on the night to form a team.
Tickets are just £12, including a fish & chip supper. Sausage & chips or vegetarian options are also available. To book contact Beth on 01189 470339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You have until 20 January to post your comments on SODC’s website about the Gladman plan to almost triple the number of houses in our parish. Just click on this link to record your views. Every comment helps!
A group of local parish councils and residents’ associations is completely opposed to the scheme, which they see as ‘unsustainable’ according to Government guidelines. There has been strong opposition from people living in Emmer Green, who can see the development wrecking an attractive landscape as well as placing an intolerable burden on local services.
The Henley Standard reported local opposition to the scheme recently.
Reading Borough Council planning officers have recommended councillors vote against the scheme. A decision will be taken at the planning meeting on 11 January.
Thames Water has said they see the scheme posing a threat to local water supplies.
The final decision will be taken when SODC votes on the scheme on February 1st. We hope to see as many people as possible at the planning meeting on this date.