Dear <<First Name>>,
Good News About The ROMP
Members may remember the long-running saga of the ‘ROMP’ – the review of a very old mineral planning permission which would allow more gravel quarrying to take place between Radley and Abingdon in future. The permission was granted in 1971, but part of the area has never been quarried.
On 9 September, Oxfordshire County Council’s Planning Committee considered whether it should issue a ‘Prohibition Order’ for this permission. If confirmed, the Order would bring the permission to an end. Roger Thomas (Chairman of Friends of Radley Lakes) and Richard Dudding (on behalf of Radley Parish Council) both addressed the meeting.
The Committee concluded that, on the evidence available, mineral working at the site has ‘permanently ceased’. This opens the way for the County to issue a Prohibition Order. Such orders have to be confirmed by the Secretary of State, and a public inquiry into this seems likely, so there is still quite a long road ahead. Nonetheless, this is a significant step towards clearing up a long-standing uncertainty about the future of the area.
Abingdon Green Gym
If you are interested in nature conservation why not join Abingdon Green Gym, one of a network of Green Gyms throughout the country. They meet on Saturday mornings and work on sites in Abingdon such as Barton Fields, Abbey Fishponds, the Ock Valley and Southern Town Park as well as in neighbouring areas like Boars Hill and on Cothill and Boundary House Fens. Membership is free and tools and refreshments are provided. You can find out more on their website.
On a recent Saturday, Abingdon Green Gym went to help the Barton Fields Green Team with the end of Summer hay raking on Barton Fields wild flower meadow. The meadow had already been cut by a contractor and raked into piles by the Green Team on Thursday and it was the job of the Green Gym to transport the hay to the heaps around the meadow and rake up the residue. The weather was sunny, so it was hot and thirsty work and we were glad of a mid morning break. However, by the end of the session the task was finished and a good time was had by all.
On 8th September, residents of two adjoining gardens on the Oxford Road very kindly opened their gardens to the public to raise funds for Friends of Radley Lakes. We had a most enjoyable afternoon, the gardens were beautiful and the weather glorious. If you missed the event you really missed a treat. Here are a few of the photos taken at the event.