Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Turning back the pages

A MAN who died more than a year ago was this week summonsed to Henley Magistrates’ Court for an outstanding poll tax bill of £19. Ken Wright, from Gallowstree Common, died in December 1990 but South Oxfordshire District Council still attempted to recover the debt. Yesterday, magistrates directed that the demand be withdrawn. Mr Wright’s widow Lyn, who attended court has told the Standard of the distress the council’s actions caused her, calling it “uncaring bureaucracy”.

Gypsies at Kidmore End have been given one month to vacate the site they have illegally occupied since July. They must also remove all signs of their occupation, including buildings, hardstanding, drains and septic tanks within three months and restore the land to its former state in five months. The ruling comes as a result of a failed appeal by the gypsies to the Department of the Environment against an enforcement notice issued by the district council when they first moved on to the land in Kidmore Lane.

Campaigners have launched a £4,000 bid to stop Russells Water village hall falling down. The wood- clad walls of the hall have soaked up 70 years of rainwater, leaving it cracked and in danger of collapse.

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