Sunday, 17 December 2017

Residents asked to choose a parish

RESIDENTS in an area at the centre of a tug-of-war between Sonning Common and Peppard are being asked for their

RESIDENTS in an area at the centre of a tug-of-war between Sonning Common and Peppard are being asked for their views.

Both parish councils have responded to South Oxfordshire District Council’s request for their views on boundary changes by claiming the north-east area of Sonning Common should be in their parish.

The area has about 130 houses in Blounts Court Road, Widmore Lane, Park Close, Pond End Road and Churchill Crescent as well as the Butcher’s Arms pub and the offices and laboratories of Johnson Matthey.

Douglas Kedge, who chairs Sonning Common Parish Council, said: “We should contact the houses in the area that Peppard has claimed, informing them about the situation and strongly urging them to write to the district council to give their views, whatever they are.”

Councillor Leigh Rawlins suggested publishing a map showing where the boundaries are and explaining the difficulties they pose.

“Unless people understand that we’re starting from a crackers position they might not understand why we’re changing things that otherwise might be set in stone,” he said.

Councillor Barrie Greenwood said the difference between the two parish councils was that Sonning Common had asked for a review of the boundaries but Peppard had asked for a change.

Paul Harrison, who represents the Sonning Common on the district council, said housing prices in that area would increase if it was moved into Peppard.

He said: “There’s status for being part of Peppard rather than Sonning Common so you’ve got those issues as well.”

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