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Oxfordshire County Council is consulting on this proposal as part of their ongoing Minerals and Waste Plan.

The Parish Council Response

The Parish Council has submitted a full objection to the site. It may be found here.

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We have finally received notice from Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) on the topic of Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan Part 2. It transpires that that the soft sand quarry shortlist, promised by Jan/Feb 2019, is now postponed until June 2019. After a direct approach from us, we discovered that OCC met on 22 January and the following changes to dates for the proposed plan were agreed.

The next stage in the process will be consultation on a draft of the plan, which is programmed for June/July 2019, [although OCC maintains the existing final target] for adoption by the end of 2020. The revised timetable and key stages are:

  • consultation on a draft plan in June 2019
  • publication in January 2020
  • submission for examination in March 2020
  • adoption of the plan in December 2020…

If you click on the link and scroll down to 6/19, you'll find full minutes of the OCC cabinet meeting on the topic of preparing Part 2 of the Plan - the Minerals and Waste Site Allocations Plan.

What are the impacts of this delay?

  • Less time for us to counter any objections and create a clear, coherent, collective voice of opposition.
  • Whilst the deadline for adoption of the plan remains the same, all other milestones are squeezed, leaving us with less time at each stage.

What are our options?

Whatever the real reason for this delay, we now have 3 options:

  • Option 1: Wait politely until June. We might not be short-listed so why worry. We save time and resources for the real battle. A huge effort on behalf of the community might not be needed.
  • Option 2: Start fighting immediately. We meet fortnightly immediately, planning our war strategy and preparing for the worst-case scenario, as if we are already on the shortlist and we're the preferred choice. It'll need effort an energy from everyone.
  • Option 3: Prepare for June. We meet several times over the next few months and ready ourselves for the next stage. This might mean we establish key roles, create a structure, do research, consider our options, gather membership and raise awareness locally so that if we are shortlisted, we are already ready for action.

What can you do?

  • 1. In the immediate, please email back to us stating which option you prefer, by the deadline of 18 April.
  • 2. If you are willing to be an active participant, please state what you might be able to do (however small, every action counts). Could you attend meetings, talk to neighbours, write letters, tap your network, do some research?
  • 3. If you simply just want to be kept informed (but cannot commit to actions), please tell us.

What will the Parish Council do?

We will then create an email group of interested people and encourage a first meeting in late April or early May.