Category Archives: Local

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 … Continue reading

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Something in the water …

After 25 years in local politics, I have seen my share of skulduggery and low cunning although I have seen no evidence of the corruption that members of the media and public like to assume goes hand-in-hand with political debate, particularly … Continue reading

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Meeting Adderbury’s needs

Walking Coco in Adderbury at lunch time on Tuesday 28 March, a resident called across to me to say “you have two hours of hell tonight”.  He was referring to the Parish Council meeting and it was actually two and … Continue reading

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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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