Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Boundary review of parishes begins

A REVIEW of boundaries in Sonning Common and Peppard has begun.

A REVIEW of boundaries in Sonning Common and Peppard has begun.

It is being carried out by South Oxfordshire District Council in time to make any changes for the next parish council elections in May 2015.

Both parish councils have asked to increase the size of their parishes by taking territory from the other or Kidmore End parish.

They each want the whole of Shiplake Bottom, which is currently split between the parishes, to be moved into their respective areas.

Sonning Common has also asked for properties in Blounts Court Road to be moved into its parish, while Peppard wants to retain this area and extend it to include the stretch of Peppard Road as far as Widmore Lane. This would affect about 130 houses.

Sonning Common wants Chiltern Edge School to be moved from Kidmore End into its parish, which is not opposed by Kidmore End Parish Council.

It also wants to extend the southern tip of its boundary so that it includes the village name board at the junction of Kennylands Road and Peppard Road.

Sonning Common would also like to raise its number of councillors from 12 to 15.

The district council has formally begun the community governance review after agreeing the terms of reference and draft proposals should be made public before the end of February.

In a letter to all parish councils, district council chief executive David Buckle said he had already received a number of responses from the public about the options and these would be taken into account.

He said: “I am confident that in a number of cases the council will choose not to make any proposals.”

Residents have until by January 31 to make comments.

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