Adderbury says YES

Tonight’s Parish Poll voted YES to including football in any plans for use of the land given to the parish council on the north side of Milton Road.  The non-question posed by opponents to development of the Milton Road land was: Do you support the plans for football pitches and a clubhouse on the land north of Milton Road?  It was never the intention of the parish council to use this site exclusively for football or for a football clubhouse so the question was flawed from the start and deliberately so by those seeking to prevent development of this land.  The voting was:

YES:  479 and NO: 339 so a solid margin for including football in our planning for use of this gifted land.  The turnout was 821 voters or 36% so I say thank you to all who bothered to vote whether it was for YES or NO.

I am afraid this is only the start of the battle.  We have a lawyer in the village who is aggressively pursuing a Judicial Review against the parish council and who is clearly seeking to make life as difficult as he can with intimidating use of legal process for those parish councillors who are only motivated by their desire to improve the village’s facilities.  The parish council is therefore likely to be mired in arguments about our response to this judicial review with the instigating lawyer doing his best to tie our hands.  Given he has published his business on the web, I invite you to meet our local lawyer.  To take a liberty with Percy Bysshe Shelley in his epic poem one might be inclined to think “My name is Nigel Davies, lawyer of lawyers, look on my works and despair” but some of us are made of stronger stuff.  Do your worst Mr Davies, Adderbury voted YES.

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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4 Responses to Adderbury says YES

  1. Simon Davies says:

    Excellent article Keith, only a shame that that the negatives will continue to waste time (and money) on continuing to fight a rearguard action which is to the detriment of all. No doubt when this is over they will leave the council as they seem to be only interested in their narrow view of Horn Hill politics and not on the well being of Adderbury in general – at least that will be a relief!

    • Anne Harvey says:

      Utter tosh. 21 per cent of the village voted for this ludicrous white elephant, and now the utterly-discredited Parish Council needs a stooge organisation of self-appointed busybodies (who – according to their laughable Mission Statement and website – will self-perpetuate in their little cocoon and brook no dissent), to seek to hijack the way ahead, and pretend they are doing so as servants of the common good. Pathetic.

      • A strange viewpoint, I have to say, Mrs Harvey. This Parish Poll had none of the publicity afforded to local or national elections. There was no polling card. The polling station was open from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm compared with the much longer hours for local or national elections. Despite this, the Parish Poll achieved a 36% turnout with 479 voting YES (58%) and 339 voting NO (42%). 36% is better than the turnout in a lot of local government elections. 16% is a far better margin than the referendum on the European Union. Interesting to note you do not seem to be an Adderbury elector so your interest in the matter is puzzling although you do live in the village? I wonder if you are a frustrated Remainer or, looking at your e-mail address, a frustrated Scot Nat?

        As for what you call a “stooge organisation”, these are decent people who want to see Adderbury’s infrastructure improved to a level fit for a village of 3,000 people. You will have to be patient to see what emerges from discussions between this group and the parish council to take matters forward before you cast scorn on the whole matter.

      • Anne Harvey says:

        Since I can’t reply to your posting I’ll have to reply to myself. Suggest you re-do the maths. The percentage of eligible electors (of whom I am one, as the Electoral Registration Officer for Cherwell/South Northants Council will confirm) who voted for the proposal is as I suggest. In fact I received more communications about the parish poll than I did from any political party standing in the Banbury constituency which courted my vote in the General Election.Why you choose to shoehorn your obsession with the EU Referendum into this discussion about parish facilities is anyone’s guess, but that’s tedious Little Englanders for you. There’s absolutely nothing frustrated about MY politics, I can assure you. I am aware (and agree) that there are very good, committed and well-intentioned people with whom I have served on village committees and broken bread on many an occasion in this pop-up organisation, but I’m afraid that ithe exclusive, partisan tone that it adopts on its website invites scepticism if not contempt – and you really don’t get to tell me how or when I am entitled to form a view on it. The ship has sailed on that.

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