Adderbury Parish Poll Result

Q1.In light of concerns by residents about speeding traffic in the village, this poll is requesting Adderbury Parish Council to ask Oxfordshire County Council to carry out a formal consultation with all residents on the introduction of traffic calming measures to reduce speed of traffic on village roads. Votes cast: YES: 152  NO: 299

Q2. It has been identified that Adderbury Parish Council, Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council have at their disposal up to £30,000 to spend on traffic related projects in the village. If effective traffic calming requires more funds to be committed do you want that money to be sourced from some of the existing funds (known as Section 106) available to village projects? Votes cast: YES: 150  NO: 303

Q3. Do you agree with the Parish Council’s decision to support new Sports and Community facilities on the Milton Road and to use the Section 106 funds already allocated, for this project?  Votes cast: YES: 318  NO: 136

The turnout was 19.4%. Thanks to everyone who turned out to vote.  Given the lack of polling cards and the limited polling hours, this is a good outcome in support of the parish council’s policies and actions.  The poll will have cost us all close to £1,000 and was forced upon us by a group of ten individuals mainly from Horn Hill Road and the new estates on Milton Road at the Annual Parish Meeting and contrary to the wishes of the majority of those attending that meeting. 

Victoria Prentis

This is a stupid law that allows ten people to impose their selfish will on others and needs changing.  Attention, Mrs Victoria Prentis MP for Banbury – a good job for you with your legal background.

 

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Will the real Diane Hunter step forward?

A villager who writes under the pseudonym Diane Hunter but is well known to me has posted the following to me for upload.

Keith, I have noticed on adderbury.org that there is a person posting as Dianne Hunter.  It is certainly a shock to me that my nom-de-plume is being used by somebody else.    

However I was not so shocked by Councillor Astley’s plan to spend £7,000 on Twyford; £2,000 on East Adderbury and a massive £151,000 on West Adderbury traffic calming.  I can only imagine that he feels that any traffic calming measures in West Adderbury, aka outside his house, should be covered in gold leaf to make any concrete used fit in with the Hornton stone.   

Perhaps someone should inform him that he should be a councillor for the whole willage not just Horn Hill Road.  I suggest the council should spend some sec106 monies on sending him to SpecSavers to cure his short sightedness 

Regards. Diane Hunter 

 

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Bill Heine – May he Rest in Peace and give St Peter some chuckles

I am so sorry to learn of the death of Bill Heine after his battle with leukaemia.  He was a lovely man and a good friend.

He was a real professional as a journalist and broadcaster; always well prepared and on top of his brief.  He had a lovely sense of humour which occasionally got him into trouble but he always survived, mainly because he was such a nice man.  To many, he was Radio Oxford and he had a great following of people who loved, hated and feared him in equal measure.

I had some grand times with Bill in the Oxford studio, debating many issues.  Bill as presenter and me as Leader of Oxfordshire County Council.  You could always rely on Bill to bowl a googly during the interview but with a twinkle in his eye.

Bill loved Oxford and Oxfordshire.  Born an American and, I think, remaining one, he studied at Oxford University, made his home here and gave 30 years of his life to Radio Oxford. 

He was more than a journalist to me.  He was a good friend and companion.  He came to our parties at Nell Bridge and entertained others with his knowledge and humour.  We also had some interesting times at his home, with his partner, Jane.

Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine et lux perpetua luceam eis.

 

 

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Here we go again …..

I see Adderbury is being threatened with the holding of another Parish Poll.  You may remember the last one, instigated by residents from Horn Hill Road and the surrounding area and which sought to oppose the development of recreation and community facilities at Milton Road but it failed when a majority of villagers voted in support of developing Milton Road.  The cost of holding a Parish Poll falls to the parish which means it comes out of our council tax.  The last one cost all of us £984.80 but cost is clearly not a concern for the instigators who are equally capable of forcing a by-election at a cost of nearly £3,000 when there is a parish council vacancy which could have been filled by co-option and who appear to be less than enthusiastic that the parish council has been able to recover the £6,100 costs in fighting the two failed judicial reviews.

The threatened new parish poll is about traffic calming, a debate which seems to have been started with publication of a totally erroneous statistic claiming a 141% increase in traffic volume on Horn Hill Road.  While there are people who are concerned about traffic speed and volume and across the whole village rather than only the western section, they need to remember that the type of calming measures being promoted by the sponsors of another parish poll will require build-outs, speed bumps, paint on the road and other measures that may prove less than welcome to those living near them.

The parish council environment committee is working hard on the issue of traffic calming across the whole village.  It has been given delegated powers by the parish council to spend the traffic calming budget without the need to refer decisions up to the parish council and this means calming measures can be implemented more quickly.

The threat of another parish poll has been issued by an outfit calling itself WARA (West Adderbury Residents Association).  Here is a link to their web site.  You will see they are pretty anonymous and less than forthcoming about their leading members, their constitution or their manner of conducting business and reaching decisions.

I have to say it comes to something when a dissident minority on a locally elected public body seeks to impose costs on all of us through a parish poll which aims to specify a course of action which a majority on the same locally elected public body has decided against.  So much for democracy!

On the subject of democracy, Adderbury Parish Council will be up for election in May 2020. I see there are 50 electors in Horn Hill Road and twelve places on the parish council. perhaps we shall find ourselves with a new parish council comprised of only residents of Horn Hill Road after 2020!  Now that will be an interesting outturn although not good for representative democracy, I think.

 

 

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New 50 pence Brexit coin

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A view from across the water …..

I had this from a good friend and thought it worth sharing …..

Donald R. “Dick” Ivey, PhD, is a minister, educator, technology executive, entrepreneur,  Marine Corp Veteran and straight-shooting Republican Patriot from Celina, Texas, who is Fed up!  Here’s what he has to say today.

I am now in my 70’s.  Recently I received a questionnaire and request for money from the Republican Party and strongly agree with every question, as I have ever since Obama was elected.  Unfortunately, the one question that was missing is:

What have the Republicans done for the American people?

We gave you a majority in the House and Senate, and you never listened to us.

Now you want our money, my money, more money. You should be more concerned about our votes, not our money.  You are the establishment which means all you want is to save your jobs and line your pockets. Well guess what? It’s not going to happen.

So far, TRUMP hasn’t asked for a dime.

You might think we are fools because you feel Trump is on a self-destruct course but look beyond Washington and listen to the masses. Nobody has achieved what he has, especially in the state of New York.

Here’s why I wanted Trump. Yes, he’s a bit of an ass; yes, he’s an egomaniac; but I don’t care.

The country is a mess because politicians suck.
The Republican Party is two-faced and gutless, and illegals are everywhere. I want it all fixed!

I don’t care that Trump is crude.
I don’t care that he insults people..
I don’t care that he has changed positions.
I don’t care that he’s been married 3 times.
I don’t care that he fights with Megan Kelly and Rosé O’Donnell.
I don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslim terrorist.

Our country has become weak and bankrupt. Our enemies are making fun of us. We are being invaded by illega’s.

We are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hessian is a group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in, “AND I JUST WANT IT FIXED.”

And Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what We, The People, want and need.

I’m sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic Party, the Republican Party and sick of illegals. I just want this thing fixed!

Trump may not be a saint but he doesn’t have lobbyist money controlling him;
he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him; all you know is that he has
been very successful;  a good negotiator; he has built a lot of things; and he’s also not a politician.

I don’t care if the guy has bad hair and, like John Bennett said, “sometimes a country needs a Mother Teresa and sometimes it needs a Dirty Harry”.

Oh and by the way, I don’t care if Sheriff Joe didn’t obey a zealot judge; he upheld the law on illegal immigration. So, I’m glad Trump pardoned him.
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You are welcome to pass this on or not.

Thought for the Day:  “No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive!”

Sincerely, Donald R. “Dick” Ivey, PhD,  Celina, TX

Anything reflecting our politics in the UK?  Any sign of a UK Donald Trump?

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Adderbury Parish Council By-Election RESULT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voting for:

  • Iain Corcoran           266

  • Vicky Head               329

Declared elected:   Vicky Head

Majority:                         63

Turnout:                         25.1%

Well done Vicky!

 

 

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