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Dear <<First Name>>,

First things first – a Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that your Christmas break was enjoyable and relaxing.
There has been plenty happening at the Lakes in recent months and 2016 could turn out to be an interesting year. See the news items following.
There is much to feel encouraged about, and we hope that 2016 will bring positive developments: Thank you for all your help and support this far.

Best wishes
Roger Thomas
Chairman, FRL

Sandles

Steps are being taken by Earth Trust to try and secure the demolition of Sandles in early 2016. This will hugely improve the appearance of the area. Watch this space!
There are no immediate plans to proceed with the Visitor Centre.

 
A view of one of the Thrupp Lake islands from Sandles.
 
A view of Sandles, hopefully soon to be demolished.

ROMP

Oxfordshire County Council has consulted FRL on the scope of the new Environmental Impact Assessment which is now needed for the ‘ROMP’ area of further gravel extraction between Thrupp and Abingdon. We have commented, outlining our main concerns (especially over Orchard Lake).

A view across Orchard lake through its Reedbed.

Curtis Industrial Site

The Vale council has refused to grant a long-term (15 years) extension to the temporary planning permission for the industrial uses on the Curtis site in Thrupp Lane. It remains to be seen what will happen next. (This refusal does not apply to the Larfarge-Tramac concrete batching plant there, as this has permanent permission.)

Looking towards the Curtis site from the Radley Lakes area with the concrete batching plant on the right and the Curtis site just showing on the left.

Radley Neighbourhood Plan

Radley Parish Council has started work on a Neighbourhood Plan. This will set out how the parish would like to see the area develop in future. Once adopted, the Plan will become part of the legal planning framework for the area. One of the working groups is looking at Thrupp Lane and the Lakes area, and the Plan provides a great opportunity to start charting the long term future of the Lakes as an area for nature conservation and quiet recreation.

Parts of Radley Lakes under new management

This winter saw the start of Npower’s 5 year aftercare phase for the pulverised fuel ash (PFA) filled Areas G and H/I, and I am happy to report that Earth Trust was awarded the contract for the first year. Read more to see a map of Radley lakes which identifies these areas.

The main aim of the restoration of Areas G and H/I is to ensure that the restored areas at Radley Lakes provide a diverse range of habitats for a variety of species associated with the woodland, wetlands and water bodies in the area as well as the specialist species associated with the PFA substrate (which is alkaline).

Read more...

Lucy Tompkinson
Earth Trust Community Wildlife Warden
Barn Owl at Radley lakes © Mark Chivers
Volunteers clearing willow from Area H/I © Lucy Tompkinson
It’s winter at Radley Lakes © Jo Cartmell
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