Followed by Q & A session with Professor Emily Gray who commissioned the film & lead the research on which is it based.
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Labour’s Stuart Moss increased vote by 8% but we still have some way to go to break the Independent/Conservative dominance in this ward.
IND: 40.5% (+40.5) BROAD John 877 votes
CON: 33.0% (+16.0) LYDIAT David 716 votes
LAB: 20.2% (+8.3) MOSS Stuart 439 votes
GRN: 3.3% (-1.7) NIXON Robert 72 votes
LDEM: 3.0% (+3.0) CHIVERS Mark 64 votes
Independent GAIN from Conservative.
No UKIP (-11.7) and other Ind(s) (-54.2) as prev.
Women’s Rights activist Helen Pankhurst was our guest speaker at a recent Banbury & Bicester CLP supper club (9 June 2018).
She happens to be the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and the granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British Suffragette movement, and continues the fight for Women’s equality.
Her new book, “Deeds not Words – The Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now” is published by Sceptre, and to quote Helen she discusses “How far women have come since the Suffragettes, how far we still have to go, and how we might get there”.
She told her audience, “I can’t be too late home tonight I am going on the Women’s Procession in London tomorrow”. (An event held in various locations across the UK to mark 100 years since votes for women).
With the help Surinder Dhesi, our local Labour Councillor, and Banbury Town Council, residents living around the Windrush Play Area in Neithrop believe their problems with anti-social behaviour might be a thing of the past.
Two park benches situated only fifteen feet from residents’ front doors became a social gathering spot for young people. Danesmoor resident Paul Clare said, “During the heat of the summer months I had to close all my windows because of the noise, and this has been going on for as long as I’ve lived here, that’s over thirty years.
My neighbour took some photos and passed them to our local Councillor Surinder Dhesi who raised the issue with Banbury Town Council and they agreed to move the benches to the far end of the park away from any houses.
Resident Sheila Snooks said, “This was done last year but again the siting of the benches directly facing the footpath meant that many of us walking our dogs suffered abuse as we passed in front of the people hanging around the newly sited benches.”
Surinder Dhesi, Labour Councillor for Neithrop, said, “I approached the Town Council again and a couple of weeks ago they moved the benches so that they faced inwards to the park with the footpath behind. This simple manoeuvre meant that people using the footpath could now do so unhindered.
Fingers crossed, we seemed to have sorted the problem. Nobody is against young people having fun but they have to be considerate of their neighbours.
If anyone has any problems of this nature they should always ring the non-emergency police number – 101. Calls are logged and if a pattern develops the local police will take action. In addition we have a three-monthly liaison meeting with the police at a local Community Forum which any resident is welcome to attend.”
Despite Oxfordshire County Council having little money to eliminate Banbury’s potholes and invest in road improvements, Mark Cherry, Labour councillor for Banbury Ruscote, is doing his almighty best to improve the situation in his ward.
He has just overseen a 200-metre stretch of complete resurfacing on the A422 Stratford Road between the entrance to the North Oxfordshire Academy and the junction with Warwick Road.
Mark Cherry said, “We all know the roads in Banbury are appalling but I’ve had some local success, which I put down to persistence, four years experience as a councillor and good liaison with County Council Highways’ officers and local developers.
That stretch of road cost £90,000, but the cost has been partly covered by the Bloor Homes Development on the Banbury Rise estate. Developers are required as part of their contract to contribute to basic infrastructure and facilities in the area they are building in.”
In the pipeline is topcoat resurfacing of Trinity Close, Caernarvon Way roads off Edinburgh Way, the end of Edmonds Road meeting Woodgreen Avenue and the end of the Fairway meeting Orchard Way Roundabout.
But despite the efforts of Mark Cherry and other councillors, the countywide pothole problem is still growing because of the continuing effects of cuts to local authorities by central government, and there just aren’t enough out-sourced road gangs to do the work.
Mark Cherry said, “Oxford County council estimate they need up to an additional £300 million to sort the problem but the Conservative government only gave us an extra £1.8 million this year.”
Headlines … Cassi Perry wins Banbury Cross and Neithrop, Shaida Hussain (Banbury Grimsbury and Hightown) and Barry Richards (Banbury Ruscote) are re-elected, Perran Moon (Banbury Hardwick) 140 votes short of victory. Suzette Watson doubles our vote in Adderbury, Bloxham and Bodicote.
|DOD, Bernard Geoffrey||Green||155|
|MELLING, Bette||Liberal Democrat||152|
|MILNE-HOME, Alastair John||Conservative||883|
|PERRY, Cassi||Labour and Co-Operative||1225||Elected|
Ballot papers Issued: 2,424
|BEVERLY, David Frederick||Conservative||849|
|HUSSAIN, Shaida||Labour and Co-Operative||1098||Elected|
|WILES, David Brian||Liberal Democrat||114|
Ballot papers Issued: 2,232
|MOON, Perran Henry Rupert||Labour and Co-Operative||778|
Ballot papers Issued: 1,883
|RICHARDS, Barry Keir||Labour and Co-Operative||1033||Elected|
|WHITE, Rita Rosa Victoria||Green||107|
Ballot papers Issued: 1,728
|FERRARA, Antonio Oliver Joseph||Labour||758|
|HAMEL, Jane Beatrix||Green||169|
|JACKSON, Brent||Liberal Democrat||158|
Ballot papers Issued: 2,544
|NIXON, Roger David||Green||126|
|WING, Lucinda Elizabeth-Anne Louise||Conservative||824||Elected|
Ballot papers Issued: 2,168
|BOON, Francis Patrick||Green||137|
|LYON, Margaret Elizabeth||Labour||457|
|MURPHY, Daniel Morgan||Liberal Democrat||192|
Ballot papers Issued: 1,700
|KAVUMA, Celia Helen||Labour and Co-Operative||653|
|NIXON, Robert Joseph||Green||235|
Ballot papers Issued: 1,914
|DAVIS, Peter||Liberal Democrat||284|
|MCHUGH, Andrew John||Conservative||1457||Elected|
|WATSON, Suzette Elizabeth||Labour and Co-Operative||540|
Ballot papers Issued: 2,496
|CULLEN, Anne Felicia||Labour||512|
|GREENSLADE-HIBBERT, Shaun Edward||Green||433|
|WEBB, Douglas George||Conservative||1618||Elected|
|WOODWARD, Julian||Liberal Democrat||448|
Ballot papers Issued: 2,796
|BLISS, Aaron James||Green||317|
|DAVIS, Nigel Geoffrey||Liberal Democrat||350|
Ballot papers Issued: 2,910
|MIDDLETON, Ian Michael||Green||776|
Ballot papers Issued: 2,608
|ROSE, Alaric David Hammond||Liberal Democrat||1793||Elected|
|SIMPSON, Nigel Jason||Conservative||1045|
Ballot papers Issued: 3,152
|EMPTAGE, Timothy Martin||Liberal Democrat||413|
|HUGHES, David Leonard||Conservative||1386||Elected|
Ballot papers Issued: 2,386
Local Labour councillor Hannah Banfield has just fulfilled her main election promise to get a bus service started again for Grimsbury after the B7 bus service was discontinued due to funding cuts of 49% to Oxfordshire County Council’s budget from the Conservative government.
Hannah Banfield said, “I have secured funding for a 12 week trial period starting 30th April to see if a Grimsbury bus service, the B7a, is viable, so I am urging all Grimsbury residents to play their part in securing this vital community service. Banbury Labour Party will leaflet details of the new service.
The trial is on weekdays only and the bus will run through the heart of old Grimsbury starting and finishing at Bridge Street, the first bus leaving at 9.15am and the last ending at Bridge Street at 4.40pm. People can use their free bus passes as usual.
Hannah Banfield continued, “The loss of the B7 Grimsbury bus was most frequent complaint on the doorstep when I was canvassing last year during the county council elections.
Many of the residents were upset and felt they had become isolated. Not everyone could afford a taxi or walk back from Town with shopping bags, and it became difficult or impossible for many people to visit their doctor or just meet up with a friend for a coffee and a chat.
When I was elected in May 2017 I asked all county councillors to work together for the good of Banbury residents. I suggested we pool our individual Locality Fund allowances to run a pilot. Councillors Mark Cherry, Keiran Mallon and Tony Ilott came on board and together we raised £12,000.
Kevyn Powell, whose company is currently operating a community bus service in Easington, will run the Grimsbury trial, but he does not receive any council subsidy.
The one big factor that might make this work is that the Community Bus Service is reimbursed 100% of concessionary bus travel by OCC, whereas Stagecoach, who originally ran the service, only received 40%. But at the end of the day people need to use it, otherwise it may be lost for ever.”
In the run up to local elections on Thursday 3 May 2018, Banbury and Bicester Labour Party have today launched their manifesto – a series of commitments to provide decent, affordable homes, thriving towns and villages, a cleaner, greener environment and a more caring and responsible way of running the council.
Labour group leader Sean Woodcock said, “This manifesto promises real change to our area with a cast-iron commitment to protect the public purse.
The Conservatives have run Cherwell for nearly 20 years and they have no plan to solve the very real problems facing the district. Labour has here a set of practical policies that will address them.”
KEY POINTS FROM THE MANIFESTO:
Sean Woodcock said, “We are seeing many new housing developments in Banbury and Bicester but the reality is there is not enough affordable housing, and with home ownership out of reach for many, people have no option but to rent from a private landlord at often inflated rents levels. We want to tackle that.”
Thriving towns and villages
Sean Woodcock said, “The Labour Party believes in proper planning for growth. Poor planning has led to Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington falling behind similar towns in neighbouring districts. Meanwhile many villages have found themselves victim to speculative housing development.”
A cleaner, greener environment
Sean Woodcock said, “We want to improve air quality by reducing nitrogen dioxide levels. Two ways we can start is by installing electric charging points in council car parks and changing the requirements for licensed taxis in favour of cleaner cars.
We also want to be at the leading edge of reducing plastic waste in our environment. We will cut the use of plastic by our council, and install drinking water fountains in all our urban centres.
A more caring and responsible way of running the council
Sean Woodcock said, “We want to address the affects of damaging government policies on our communities by improving and protecting public services whilst also protecting taxpayers’ money.”