Archive for October, 2011
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Had I not read it I would’ve missed this link to OxGrow’s Edible Cartography project. Is that something we might like to try in Witney?
It could certainly be added to the list of food orientated ideas discussed last Thursday at Cogges Farm.
Meeting of local environmental groups at the Cogges Farm Museum Cafe to discuss food projects. This Thursday, 20th Oct, 7:30pm.
(Apologies for the late notice)
A few years ago I read a book that had such a very simple message you could hardly call it radical, but that message is still struggling to get through.
It cropped up in Ramsden during that period when the Wychwood Network were arranging evening talks in the village hall there. It turned out the author is a local man and he gave us a first hand account of why this message is failing to get through.
Then, lo and behold, I’m supping a pint of Hooky on a straw bail in a field near Kingham, and it comes up again. This time Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is citing it as a principal reason behind his latest tv series.
This took place on Friday 30th September.
Town councillor Duncan Enright, non-statutory objector, spoke against the road but we missed it because of confusion over the starting time. The cross-examination of Alastair Elder, flood expert for the county, then resumed. There was much discussion about weirs, though no formal plans for a weir have yet been drawn up.
This took place on Thursday 29th September.
Stephen Roscoe, planning inspector, opened by clarifying what additional evidence he had received from non-statutory objectors.
This took place on Wednesday 28th September.
Mike Jennings submitted evidence on the ecological impact of the proposed Cogges Link Road. The site of the proposed road was described as grassland with little biodiversity interest. He could see no reason why the relevant DEFRA licences would not be granted on movement of protected species such as dormice and water-vole, since appropriate compensation and mitigation measures had been planned. There was some debate on the increased risk of mortality to mammals.
This took place on Tuesday 27th September and began with the questioning of Paul Taylor, an air quality scientist contracted by the county council.
Mr Taylor’s evidence was very hard for the non-specialist to follow, particularly because he didn’t speak very clearly and had to be asked more than once by the planning inspector to speak up. To add to the confusion, he kept referring to both the Cogges Link Road and the Shores Green alternative as “the scheme”.
Day 2 of the inquiry was Friday 23rd September. The cross-examination continued of Tracey Dow from the county council’s transport policy department by Mark Lowe QC, lawyer for the anti-road side.
The inquiry into the compulsory purchase of land needed to build the Cogges Link Road is ongoing. The outcome of the inquiry will affect all Witney residents, so we’re trying to report as much of it as possible. Here’s our account of the first day proper at the Methodist Church in Witney on Thursday 22nd September.