Thursday, 19 October 2017

Residents upset over boundary change idea

RESIDENTS have demanded answers from Peppard parish councillors over proposed boundary changes.

RESIDENTS have demanded answers from Peppard parish councillors over proposed boundary changes.

Fifteen people attended Monday’s council meeting, with many there to find out why the council has recommended to South Oxfordshire District Council that the north-east part of Sonning Common parish should become part of Peppard.

They were concerned about the impact it would have on postal services.

Jeanne Shaw, of Pond End Road, part of the affected area, said the postcode for Sonning Common was RG4, which is linked to Reading post office, but for Peppard it was RG9, which connects to Henley.

She said: “The change will not happen overnight and it will take a lot of effort, time and expense from about 100 households.

“In the meantime, there could be chaos for the poor post office because we will get two postcodes for each of us. A lot of our important mail could be lost.”

Michael Colton, of Shiplake Bottom, said RG9 was a better postcode for insurance.

Council chairman David Hammond said the district council had asked for comments on a number of issues, including boundary changes, and Sonning Common Parish Council had suggested the same boundary be reviewed.

He said there were already several postcodes in Peppard as a result of previous boundary changes, adding: “One of the difficulties you get in all these things is wherever you draw a line on a map, you cut a boundary.”

He said Peppard council believed residents would benefit from being part of its parish but added: “We’re a long way off making boundary changes. If there is a proposal, whatever it is, it will go out for consultation.”

Councillor Leeanne Flett said some residents from the affected area had said they would like to be in Peppard so they could access the free school bus service.

She said: “There’s a historic link in that area was included in Peppard originally. The geography of the area fitted in with the houses at the beginning of Blounts Court Road, which is in Peppard.

“It seemed to make sense that we should include that area in our parish.”

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