Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Opponents of boundary move called ‘illogical’

TWO district councillors have been accused of “irrationally” campaigning against parish boundary changes proposed by Sonning Common Parish Council.

The council has written an open letter saying that Paul Harrison and Alan Rooke are objecting on “emotional” rather than “logical” grounds.

Cllr Harrison is opposed to Sonning Common’s desire to move the boundary with Peppard to run along Stony Bottom Ridge while Cllr Rooke has said he wants residents to decide. Both have denied actively campaigning against the parish council.

The row comes after South Oxfordshire District Council’s Community Governance Review working group recommended that there should be no change to the boundary. The full council will make a decision on July 17.

The open letter to all district councillors argues that the opposition is “flawed and illogical” and that maintaining the boundary as it is would be a “sad and shabby conclusion to such an important democratic exercise”. The letter, which is published in this week’s Henley Standard, says Sonning Common’s proposals had met the criteria of the review and that the 138 homes allocated to the village under the district council’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment were calculated based on an area that included almost half of the homes in Peppard.

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