Category Archives: Local

Green Belt – friend or foe?

The Green Belt has been with us for more than 60 years.  Its evolution can be traced back to 1935 when the Greater London Regional Planning Committee proposed its establishment around London to prevent our capital simply growing outwards. The … Continue reading

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Open doors

We have had several lots of workmen at our home recently and they have all exhibited a single interesting characteristic.  They were all congenitally incapable of closing a door behind them.  This applied to the door by which they entered … Continue reading

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Two losses to our community

I am sorry to learn of two deaths in quick succession in the new year both of people who had given much to their local communities. Marie Corney died on 22 December in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, aged 78.  Loving wife … Continue reading

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Back to the grind …

After a quarter of a century in elections and local government, with 24 years as a county councillor and eleven as Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, I thought all of that was finally behind me and I was not entirely … Continue reading

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Cherwell elections – what’s the choice?

We have a by-election in Cherwell District Council, following the shock resignation of Nigel Randall who had represented Adderbury & Milton when this was a single member ward from 2012 to 2016.   I have discussed Nigel’s decision to resign the … Continue reading

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Cherwell elections – where’s the logic?

I am completely baffled to read Nigel Randall’s open letter in Adderbury Contact where he explains his reason for resigning as a District Councillor just 95 days after he was re-elected and with 1,364 days of his term still to … Continue reading

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When a pub is not a pub

If you were planning to go to the Black Boy public house in Milton for a pint today, don’t bother.  It is closed to the public for a private party.  I went for my usual Saturday pint and snack today … Continue reading

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