Due to current COVID restrictions, we have taken the decision to move the next stage of our public engagement for the Neighbourhood Plan online. Please be advised, therefore that the Roysse Room event, planned for 20-22 January, has been cancelled. We have set up a dedicated website for presenting our current ideas and thinking to you, and capturing your responses, and would be grateful if you could log on to www.abingdon-neighbourhood-plan.org from Monday 24 January. The website will remain open for 6 weeks.
Residents and businesses in Abingdon are gearing up to enjoy the celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 Year Reign. We are planning […]
Due to current restrictions, we ask that any information centre and town enquiries are made via email to email@example.com or by phone on 01235 522642.
The office will be closed from 1 pm Friday 24th December – 10 am Tuesday 4th January.
We wish you a safe and Merry Christmas.
Abingdon’s Neighbourhood Plan is being prepared on behalf of all who live and work in here. When finalised, it will set out a vision for our town over the next ten to fifteen years building on peoples’ hopes and everyday experiences. Importantly once we have agreed that it should be adopted, at a local referendum probably in 2023, the local planning authority will have to take it into account as it considers planning applications and associated matters across Abingdon.
Although the Neighbourhood Plan is an initiative of Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council it is being put together by a steering group of volunteers. This steering group is being assisted by Feria Urbanism, an urban design and planning practice based in Bournemouth, with deep experience of supporting the creation of neighbourhood plans in other towns like ours.
Work on our Neighbourhood Plan started last year with groups of socially distanced people undertaking a detailed examination of their immediate neighbourhoods, looking at where they live through five lenses: Planning, Landscape, Architecture, Culture and Engineering. A series of late winter interactive virtual focus groups allowed participants to share their own thoughts and ideas on a range of topics including Families, a Greener Abingdon, Heritage, Business and the Town Centre Economy, Culture and Sports and Leisure. And over the Easter holidays children from our local primary schools completed worksheets that enabled them to contribute to the plan too. All this information was plotted on a map and informed the creation of a draft issues, options and ideas report.
A key suggestion of the report was for a trail that would better connect the town centre with the river, and the possible role of the Upper Reaches site as a destination at the riverside end of the route in making this happen. An integrated approach could enhance recreational and cultural opportunities by creating a riverside hub, comprising housing, workshops and performance spaces in a new riverside quarter.
Further ideas emerged from outreach sessions that were held over the summer including better provision of cycle friendly routes into and around the town, ‘lido-ising’ the open air swimming pool and repurposing the multi-story car park as our travel becomes less private car focussed. All who took part noted the difficulties of mixing pedestrian, cycle and motor traffic in the town centre, but no magic bullet to solve this perennial problem has yet been identified!
In parallel, over the summer, task groups have worked on issues such as green spaces, neighbourhood identity, the town centre and culture to provide further input. This will be reflected in a draft report that will be open to public consultation after Christmas. When finished the plan will set out a range of potential planning policies, priorities and capital projects. These will have one aim – to make our future town a great place for people of all ages to live in and grow in a way that is environmentally sustainable, vibrant, resilient, and safe.
Do come along to the outreach event planned for 20th to 22nd January in the Roysse Room of the Guildhall to find out more and share your views.
The more of us that join in, the better the Neighbourhood Plan will be and the closer we’ll get to my own aspiration for it, which is to make an even better Abingdon for generations yet to come.
Abingdon Neighbourhood Plan steering group
The Mayors Over 70’s Christmas Party, which was due to take place on Friday 17th December has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and the new variant. We are saddened not to be holding this popular event, but the health and safety of our residents is our top priority. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to bringing back this important event in future years.
It is with much sadness and great regret that we have been informed by the family that Ewart Hemmings, Freeman of Abingdon, has passed away at the age of 91, after a long illness.
Ewart was awarded the Freedom of Abingdon in 1999 after a long and distinguished career in local government, serving on Abingdon Town and Borough Councils, Vale of White Horse District Council and Oxfordshire County Council. Ewart was Mayor of Abingdon in 1978/1979.
Ewart was pre-deceased by his wife of many years, Betty. He is survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His funeral will take place on Thursday 6th January 2022 at 12 noon at Our Lady & St Edmund of Abingdon. All are welcome to attend.
As a mark of respect the Town Flag is now flying at half-mast from the Old County Hall.
Abingdon Museum is currently closed to the public due to Staff illness. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
We hope to reopen as usual from Tuesday 14th December, but please check the website before traveling to the Museum.
At the darkest time of the year, it’s good to know that Citizens Advice is there to support you. If you’re in difficulties and need help or advice over Christmas and New Year, you can call us on 0808 278 7907 (Adviceline). The line will be open on 24 and 29-31 December, then from 4 January onwards.
If you normally pick up supplies at a Food Bank, remember that the opening hours could change over the holidays. It’s a good idea to check with the Food Bank before you set out.
Also bear in mind that if you have a pre-payment meter for your energy supplies and can’t afford to top up, you can get temporary credit. Your supplier might add this credit automatically, but if they don’t, ask for it. Check the supplier’s website and go to https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy for more information.
Residents and businesses in Abingdon are gearing up to enjoy the celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 Year Reign.
We are planning events to celebrate this anniversary from Wednesday 1 June to Sunday 5 June 2022 at Rye Farm Meadows in Abingdon, against the beautiful backdrop of the Thames.
There will be events for all ages, including performances from local dance and drama groups, bands, a comedy night and a funfair for the kids, with plenty of food and drink to enjoy.
This will be a chance to celebrate the Queen’s record-breaking reign in style and to bring the community together after a difficult few years.
Do you perform in a local band? Have you always fancied yourself as a bit of a comedian? Do you have a local group you want to promote. Do you have a local business which would like to be involved? If so we want to hear from you. We want to hear from:
- Local dance societies
- Local drama societies
- Local bands
- Local comedians
- Local food and drink stalls
- Local businesses looking to sponsor the event
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can be involved.
More details of the activities will be added in coming weeks so please keep checking back on this website.
There are also many National events celebrating the occasion, with the Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) taking place on Thursday 2 June, the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday 4 June and street parties on Sunday 5 June. The official timetable of Events can be viewed here.
Join in and let’s party like it’s 2022.
The Mayor of Abingdon, Cllr Cheryl Briggs, is hosting a fundraising Quiz night on Thursday 9th December 2021.
The Quiz will take place at 7 pm at the Loose Cannon Brewery in Abingdon and there will be a bar available and a Pizza van.
The tickets are £5 per person and all profits raised will go towards the Mayor’s Charities; Abingdon DAMASCUS and Yellow Submarine.
If you would like to come, tickets are now available from the Roysse Court Reception area in Bridge Street (open 10am-4pm Monday – Friday), or please email email@example.com.
Maximum of 6 people per team.
We would be delighted if you could join us for what we are sure will be an enjoyable evening.
You could win a Nando’s or Costa voucher as new campaign highlights that laughing gas is #NoLaughingMatter
A new campaign has started across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse to highlight the issues and dangers of Nitrous Oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas.
The campaign will see #NoLaughingMatter stencils painted across the districts and there will also be a short online quiz, with a £25 Nando’s or Costa voucher up for grabs.
Most people will have seen the small silver cannisters discarded in public areas, such as parks and high streets. Perhaps they didn’t know what they were, became concerned about people using them or were annoyed at the litter. Maybe they knew exactly what they were and had used them before.
Laughing gas is the second most used recreational drug among young people in the UK aged 16-24. It is sold in small cannisters that can often be found discarded in streets and parks.
Laughing gas is a psychoactive substance – when inhaled it slows down the body’s response time, which can lead to fits of laughter, dizziness and feeling relaxed. However, it can also cause paranoia, hallucinations, and headaches, and if too much laughing gas is inhaled, the user could suffer shortness of breath or even pass out, potentially putting their life at risk. When discarded in public areas, the cannisters also cause a litter nuisance.
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have launched the #NoLaughingMatter campaign to raise awareness of laughing gas and the risks of using it, and are encouraging residents to report any cannisters they find and to seek advice/support where needed.
Cllr Maggie Filipova-Rivers, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Using Nitrous Oxide may seem relatively harmless, however a few minutes of fun from these cannisters can put peoples’ long-term health at risk and potentially have even more serious consequences. When that happens it really is No Laughing Matter, so it is important that people are more aware of the dangers, particularly young people who may be under more pressure to try these substances.”
Cllr Helen Pighills, Cabinet Member for Healthy Communities at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Through the #NoLaughingMatter campaign we are aiming to highlight the issues and potential dangers of using laughing gas. As well as reaching out to young people via the stencils and quiz, we would also encourage parents to take a look at the information and advice available and to ensure their children are aware of the risks.”
#NoLaughingMatter – to find out what you need to know about laughing gas and to enter the competition to win a £25 Nando’s or Costa voucher – visit southandvale.gov.uk/nolaughingmatter