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The Annual Meeting of the Parish was held on Tuesday May 7th 2019. Reports from the Parish Council Chair, DAMASCUS, Village Hall, Parochial Charities, St. Michaels’s School, SARINC, Steventon Sports & Social Club and Steventon News can be found on the village web site.

The Parish Council meeting followed the Annual Meeting with 7 Parish Councillors, and several members of the public being present. Apologies were received from Matthew Barber, Vale of White Horse District Council (VWHDC) Councillor Mike Fox-Davies Oxfordshire County Council Councillor.

In August 2018 the Vale of the White Horse District Council (VWHDC) planning committee refused the application by Network Rail for consent to demolish Steventon Grad II listed Railway Bridge. 

Network Rail have now appealed against the decision and is now in the hands of the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). Unfortunately despite the VWHDC’s council's objection to Network Rail's request for the appeal to be determined via written representations, this has not been supported by PINS.

The VWHDC will be submitting a statement on 20 May (deadline 22 May), supported by additional work undertaken by their consultants Peter Brett Associates together with a heritage statement.

The Parish Council will ensure that all correspondence sent to the VWHDC is forwarded to the Inspector.

Since submitting their documentation to the VWHDC Network Rail have issued a letter to the Parish Council that states:

“Although trains are still able to travel under the bridge using diesel fuel, trains running on electric power have been restricted to speeds of 60mph in this area. This means that the new trains are not able to take full advantage of the benefits of electric acceleration and deceleration.

Working concurrently with the appeal process, we have been looking at techniques which were not available 12 months ago. This analyses the possibility of increasing the speed of the train to 110 mph on electric power, whilst limiting the impact on the current timetable; should this be approved, it would allow Steventon road bridge to remain in place.

It is important to note that we cannot guarantee this modelling will work, but should it be a viable option, there would be an associated cost to the taxpayer. As the speed of the trains would be increased, the level of wear on the overhead electric power cables would also increase; this means that more regular maintenance checks will be required, and the cables will need to be replaced more often.

We look to complete the analysis of this modelling by the end of the summer, and a decision on how to move forward can then be made.”

As further details emerge we will keep you informed.

We are progressing with Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) the installation of a pedestrian crossing on Hanney road (by the junction with Barnett Road). Both a vehicle and pedestrian survey have been undertaken and I thank St. Michaels school and volunteers for producing the pedestrian survey. We hope to have a pedestrian crossing installed during the school summer holidays.

The VWHDC have installed two diffusion tubes for measuring Air Quality in Steventon. The first monitoring site is located on the lampost by the pedestrian crossing on the High Street by the CooP and the second at a background location on a telegraph pole near the pumping station on Milton Lane. To date we have results for January and February 2019. The highest level recorded so far is 25 ug/m3 of NO2. The action level is 40 ug/m3 of NO2 indicating that currently the levels at the monitoring points are well below the action level.
The next Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 4th June at 7pm in the Village Hall. If you want to find out what has/is happening in the village please come along.
Dr Chris Wilding - Chair

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