West is best or west is worst?

It seems some villagers are floating the idea of forming a West Adderbury Residents Association. You can see part of a leaflet that is being circulated to selected areas of the village and that suggests West Adderbury has been poorly served by Adderbury Parish Council.

Interestingly, nowhere is there a definition of “West Adderbury”.

Does it include all properties to the west of the main road?  I doubt it!

Does it include the new development next to St Mary’s Road where there is already a flourishing residents association that is tackling some difficult issue?  Residents here might worry that their own issues could be demoted by whatever is worrying the authors of the attached flyer.

Perhaps it really includes Horn Hill Road and Berry Hill Road and not much else?

Will there be a minimum council tax band for admission?  Perhaps F and higher?  Or open to owners of BMWs and Range Rovers and upwards?

It is all conjecture, of course, and the idea may fizzle out like a firework on a damp Guy Fawkes Night!

However, it is worth looking at the composition of Adderbury Parish Council if it has represented the views of West Adderbury residents as badly as is claimed.

In Horn Hill Road, we have four parish councillors, Colin Astley, Penny Clarke, Tony Gill and Sue Jelfs.  Three of them live next door to one another and the fourth just a few doors down the road.  Just a stone’s throw away, we have Ann Lyons in Dog Close, Chris Shallis in the Bell Inn and Sheila August (newly arrived) in Green Farm.  That makes 7 of the 12 parish councillors living on the west side of the Oxford Road.

In the Twyford part of Adderbury  we have Steven Cox and Martin Rye.  Incidentally, I am so sorry to see this part of our village being called “Twyford, Banbury” thanks to the machinations of the post office.  We are one village – Adderbury – and I suspect the name adds quite a few £000s to house prices!

Finally, on the east side of the Oxford  Road, there is Diane Bratt, Rod Head and me.  I think East Adderbury was where the plague houses were located in the middle ages and some seem to imagine nothing has changed!

If we do find ourselves with a West Adderbury Residents Association, I look forward to their publishing their constitution, their elected officers, their membership criteria and their membership list.  When we have all of these in the public domain, I would be supportive of the Parish Council recognising the Association and listening to their views.  However, I am not holding my breath.  We never had any of this information for the Adderbury Conservation Action Group and I rather suspect the same will be true of the West Adderbury Residents Association.  Perhaps they are hoping the next parish council will comprise 12 elected members all from Horn Hill Road and Berry Hill Road?

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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One Response to West is best or west is worst?

  1. Peter B.Burrows - ex Chair od A.C.A.G. says:

    I do not remember you ever asking?

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