Focus on Adderbury

I knew serving on Adderbury Parish Council was going to be challenging but I am still struggling to come to terms with the sheer nastiness I have witnessed since my election.

The latest example is a leaflet being delivered around the village that has been signed by 32 residents and that contains a number of inaccuracies.

In this blog, I will concentrate on the demographics of the village and on democracy.  Later and in another blog, I will address some of the untruths that are being peddled.

The leaflet to which I refer asks villager to vote NO to the Parish Poll to be held on 11 May 2017 in answer to a non-question.  The non-question is “Do you support the plans for football pitches and a clubhouse on the land north of Milton Road?”  Sadly, this question is the first untruth because there are no plans of the parish council for this land to be turned over to football pitches and a clubhouse.  This site comprises more than seven acres and a majority of parish councillors believe there could be room for football pitches on a part of the site.  In addition there could be a running track, a cricket pitch and space for netball.  Equally important, this could be a site for a modern village hall for a village of 3,000 people.  This is something Adderbury has singularly failed to achieve despite the considerable growth of the village.

I hope your answer to this non-question will be YES.  This is not because I hope to see the site given over solely to football but I think our local football teams should have a chance to use part of this site along with many other sports.  I also think we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a decent village hall for Adderbury but only if it can stand on its own financially.  I would not support a proposal that required ongoing subsidy by local council tax payers.

Now, let me return to the demography of Adderbury and to democracy.  Adderbury has a little over 3,000 residents and 2,384 electors.   This is my best attempt at analysing where those electors live:

  • Aynho Road, East End and the new developments along Aynho Road  – 276 electors
  • Centre of the village including Cross Hill Road, Dog Close, Manor Road, Mill Lane, Round Close Road and several other smaller ones  235 electors
  • Main Road, including Greenhill, Griffin Close, Oxford Road, Summers Close, Twyford Gardens, Twyford Road 353 electors
  • The Green, including Adderbury Court, Chapel Lane, Croft Lane, Falkners Close, Green Farm, High Street, Lake House, Lake Walk, Lambourne Way & House, Meadow View, Parsons Street, Sir Georges Lane  and The Green  389 electors
  • Twyford, including Kemps Road, Margaret Road, Rawlins Close, The Crescent, The Rise, Twyford Avenue, Twyford Grove, Cawley Road, Deene Close, Rochester Way, and Walton Avenue   699 electors
  • West Adderbury, including Berry Hill Road, Horn Hill Road, Norris Close, St Mary’s Road, Tanners Lane and the new development at Adderbury Fields 432 electors

The leaflet to which I have referred above has been signed by 32 residents.  This is the break down of their addresses:

Road Nos Notes
Horn Hill Road 17 Including 4 parish councillors, 3 of whom are immediate neighbours
Norris Close 4
St Mary’s Road 3
The Leys 2
Adderbury Fields 2 This is the very recent development next to St Mary’s Road
Berry Hill Road 1
Lester Close 2 One of these is not on the Electoral Roll and appears to be the author of the Save Adderbury web site
Twyford Avenue 1 This is the Chairman of ACAG

In terms of democracy, it seems to me that we have 29 residents who live close to this site plus 3 who live in Twyford but have a history of opposing progressive development who are seeking to impose their apparent dislike of football and footballers on a community of 2,384 electors and 3,000 plus residents.  I would be surprised if quite a few of the remaining 2,352 electors did not value sports like football and wish to see it supported and developed in Adderbury.  I should repeat that I do not wish to see the Milton Road site handed over to a football club for their sole use but I do think the village should have a chance to develop this 7 acre plus site to include facilities for a variety of sports and community activities.

Please vote YES in the Parish Poll to say that you believe football could and should be a part of the use of the Milton Road site alongside many other potential uses.

The Parish Poll is on Thursday 11 May 2017 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Christopher Rawlins School, Aynho Road.  There are no postal votes so you need to turn up to vote in person.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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