26 residents attended the Annual Parish Meeting on 20 April. The meeting included presentations from RAF Brize Norton, Smiths of Bletchington, Geoff Feasey of Challenge North Leigh and Ruth Edy on behalf of Ducklington Open Gardens and St Bartholomew’s Church as well as the usual presentations from the Parish and County Council.
Squadron Leader Neil Cooper from RAF Brize Norton talked about the ongoing development at the base as it gears up to receive the planes from RAF Lyneham when it is eventually closed.
Martin Layer, Planning and Estates Manager for Smith & Sons (Bletchington) Ltd who operates the minerals site at Gill Mill outlined the proposed planning application for an extension of the minerals working site at Gill Mill. Detailed information on the proposals is available at their web site – www.smithsbletchington.co.uk – click on Community Zone, then Planning Applications and then Gill Mill.
Mr Layer explained that Smith & Sons actively encourages input into the proposals from the local community. A public exhibition is planned for later in the year.
Geoff Feasey gave a very interesting presentation about action that local communities can take to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. He was part of a group of people who started an energy reduction project in North Leigh which successfully reduced its electrical energy consumption by 10% – click on www.challengenorthleigh.org for more information. Mr Feasey explained that the key to any similar project being started is for an enthusiastic local leader to come forward.
The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who spoke and attended the meeting for making it so informative and interesting. We look forward to seeing many more of you there next year!