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Gladman go to the High Court after their defeat at appeal
Government lawyer urges judge to reject appeal as being ‘totally without merit’After Inspector Nick Palmer rejected the Gladman appeal for 245 houses in the countryside next to Emmer Green, the company have appealed to the High Court to overturn his decision. The arguments are technical and relate to how housing need is calculated. If a judge agrees there is a case to be heard it will take place in court over one day in London. The Planning Inspectorate will answer the claim that its Inspector has acted improperly. See more at www.cagedunsden.org
‘Give As You Live’ and support your favourite charity for freeThis clever scheme routes your online purchases through a site which donates up to 4% of the value of your shopping to your nominated charity – at no cost to you. Includes Amazon and eBay as well as prepaid cards for food. Sign-up is easy and Dunsden village hall is one local charity you can support:
District Council consults on our planning futureWe have until 5pm on 18 February to comment on the District Council’s development plan to 2034. It includes a huge increase in the permitted density of houses next to Reading as well as a big increase in the total number of houses to be built across the District. Further details:
Parish council round-up
- Construction of a new road junction for Tarmac on the Henley Road beyond the Flowing Spring will be complete in February. In spite of local opposition, 50 HGVs per day will then begin infilling on the site using this access.
- Test drilling for a potential new gravel extraction site adjacent to Shiplake College has been taking place.
- Berkshire authorities have paid for more work on their ‘business case’ for a third bridge. Reading asked SODC to ‘safeguard’ the proposed site of the bridge in the SODC local plan, but this has been refused. OCC supports the refusal.
- Improvement work on the footway from Playhatch to Caversham Park Village has been successfully completed, thanks to the parish council and our county councillor.
- Drainage improvements in Playhatch are imminent thanks to unblocking work promoted by the parish council.
- Reading has withdrawn its support for a Mass Rapid Transport scheme along the Thames but is now consulting about alternatives.
- The Environment Agency is promoting a £40m flood prevention scheme for Reading. It would require 2m high walls along the river in Reading with a 10m plastic barrier in the ground beneath. The parish council is concerned this would push water downstream to cause worse flooding in Sonning Eye. More at tinyurl.com/cavflood
Fabulous Ninebarrow return
to perform at Dunsden
‘Exquisite harmonies: apt, appealing and
pitch-perfect’ – R2 Magazine
Superlative performers Jon Whitley and Jay Labouchardière of Ninebarrow make a triumphant return to Dunsden Village Hall, on Sat. 23 March, 15 months after their last sell-out performance. Ninebarrow’s new record, ‘The Waters and the Wild’ reached Number 2 in Amazon’s Folk Best-Seller chart in June 2018. ‘Stunning’; ‘immaculate’; beautiful’ (The Telegraph), and ‘exquisite’ (Radio 2 Magazine) are just some of the amazing reviews these rising young stars have received. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’. Forget the ‘folk’ label if you’re not a fan of the genre. This is pure music at its best. Try it! A fully stocked bar and simple refreshments will be available, including Loddon Brewery ales.
Tickets are just £13 from buytickets.at/dunsden
Sunday February 17: Snowdrop Sunday at All Saints
Tea, cake, mulled wine, music, readings, short talks plus added snowdrops
Free entry. A chance to visit the pretty church where Wilfred Owen’s parents and sister are buried, and to find out about the Wilfred Owen Trail – a free phone app and walking route. For more information see the church website.
Saturday May 11: quiz night is back!
Popular quiz night returns, thanks to Beth & John
Bring a team or join one on the night and take part in a fun and brain-teasing evening. Tickets are selling fast at just £12 including fish & chip supper. Loddon ales to help the little grey cells? Tickets from Binfield Heath Stores and buytickets.at/dunsden
Roll-up, roll-up for the village
hall’s excellent raffle
Win champagne tea for two, Mill at Sonning
tickets and Loddon ales amongst many others
Help the hall by buying tickets for the big raffle now on sale from committee members, at events and in the Binfield Heath village stores. There are some excellent prizes and the draw will be at our quiz night at Dunsden village hall in May.
‘Murder on the Parish Council’ at the Bottle & Glass
A sell-out success with over £1,000 raised for the village hall.
Big thanks to the team at the Bottle & Glass for hosting us, and to Chris Bertrand and the players from Actors Bold.
Fixmystreet.com continues to be the best place to report any problems with roads or pavements locally. The parish council also continues to attempt persuade the authorities responsible to do needed work as quickly as possible. Livewell.oxfordshire.gov.uk is a useful site that lists all kinds of services and activities for adults, including for the elderly.