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Appleford Parish Council

Appleford-on-Thames is a village and civil parish on the south bank of the River Thames about 2 miles (3 km) north of Didcot, Oxfordshire. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 local government boundary changes. The 2011 Census recorded the parish’s population as 350.

Evidence of Romano-British settlement has been found in a field south of the parish church plus ceramics and human burials of the same period at Manor Farm. In 1968 the Appleford Hoard of 4th-century Roman artefacts was found. It includes Roman coins, pewter ware, and ironmongery including tools, a chain and a padlock. The hoard is now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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New Relief Road & River Crossing - Position Paper

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Following various meetings with Oxfordshire County Council (OCC), Appleford has prepared a “Position Paper” which it has submitted to the Council Leadership and other local stakeholders.  The Position Paper was informed by the findings of the village survey conducted in November and represents the views and interests of the village.   We are awaiting a date to meet the Council Leader and his team   Meetings with OCC transport planners are on-going.

The new relief road will have a damaging impact on the village and it is important that you stay abreast of developments.  The elevated road with a flyover bridge and trailing embankments will be visually intrusive and bring traffic noise and airborne pollution.

Appleford’s position is the road must be moved so it is at ground level.

Please attend the next Parish Council meeting on 18 Jan @ 7:30 pm.
Link:  https://tinyurl.com/y6dkvxeg

Where do we go from here?

The Parish Council is addressing village concerns with Oxfordshire Co Co (OCC) and is awaiting a meeting date with OCC Council Leadership to discuss the Position Paper.  In order to be credible and effective we need your support.

The Parish Council will press for changes to the planned road alignment.  We are seeking a review of alternative locations nearby so the road will be at ground level.  To demonstrate the Village’s commitment to opposing the elevated road and bridge, the Parish Council  NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT.   We will need you to show this by writing to selective OCC Cabinet Members and decision makers who approved the current plans.  We need POSTERS and BANNERS that show we oppose the flyover bridge.

TIME IS SHORT as OCC are moving to bring their proposals for PLANNING APPROVAL in the next 4 – 6 months.  Engage now to protect your village from permanent damage.   WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO SUPPORT OUT EFFORTS.

Your continued support for this on-going effort is vital to the future of Appleford as a rural village.

Parish Council Vacancies:  It’s your Village so why not and JOIN THE PARISH COUNCIL and make a contribution.   There are two vacancies.  We need your help so please email applefordpc@googlemail.com and get involved.

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