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Verging On The Ridiculous.

With summer getting in to full swing it’s becoming quite a job to keep the weeds down in the garden. Unfortunately, this also appears to be the case when it comes to our kerbsides and verges in Milton. I'm not sure if we were quite as scruffy as this last year so perhaps it’s just the weather causing the problem. How much attention is the Council giving to this? Clearly (and perhaps justifiably) it’s not a priority.


We have a lot of very publicly spirited residents in Milton who take pride in the appearance of the village (Paul Browning please take a bow!) so perhaps if a few more of us chip in and clear the verge in front of our own houses that would help the Council a little over what is clearly a challenging time for them.


I know that if I leave a small problem for a time it can escalate to a much larger one - let’s make sure that this doesn't happen to our village.

Yours, knee deep in weeds
John Simmonds

Decision Delayed Over Plan To Demolish Steventon Bridge

The decision over whether to demolish a historic bridge in Steventon, closing a major route into the village for 10 months, has been delayed.Vale of White Horse District Council's planning committee were set to vote on the controversial application from Network Rail last night but instead opted to defer.


According to outgoing council leader Matthew Barber,  who tweeted after the meeting, councillors are 'demanding further information on alternatives to knocking down the bridge' and he said the committee would vote again in around a months' time.


It comes as a welcome reprive for campaigners, including Steventon Parish Council, who have been fighting the plans since they were first proposed by Network Rail four years ago. Businesses fear they will lose trade if the plan goes ahead.


The rail company insists the project is the only way to electrify the line after putting 'significant resources' into exploring alternatives.


Despite initial concerns, both Historic England and the district council's conservation officer have supported revised plans, which add brickwork cladding to the High Street bridge's concrete replacement.


A final report from Historic England's buildings and area inspector Richard Peats explained, following 'clarifications' from the rail company, that all other potential options were either impossible, would pose a risk to the running of the railway or would involve even lengthier closures to the other routes into Steventon.


Closure of the bridge for any period of time is likely to see an increase in traffic using Milton to gain access to the Steventon area.