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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