Monday, 7 October 2019

Post Office at Gainsborough Green closes

Post Office Closes 

McColl's Newsagent and Post Office at Gainsborough Green appears to have closed. A lot of people are upset by this closure as it leaves South Abingdon without a post office, and the closest alternative is in town.

It is too late to stop the closure as McColl's lease has expired. I would like to see what can be done to bring back a Post Office to the area. I will investigate and ask whether there are any options to make this happen.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

South Abingdon Children's Centre - Crayon Fence

At the South Abingdon Children's Centre, on Caldecott Chase, the Mayor of Abingdon, Cllr Charlie Birks did a bit of DIY to fix the last crayon to the fence.
He also gave a speech thanking everybody who helped get the centre back up and running. It is now run by the Abingdon Carousel charity.
There is a named crayon for each of the organisations that have helped provide funding or done work to make sure the Children's Centre opened.

Other news is that the Children's Centre has started a Saturday Club last week that runs between 9.30 am and 12. They do things like stories, science, cooking, planting and gardening, music, art and crafts. Parents or carers stay with the children who can be any age - although activities will mostly suit pre-schoolers.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Try Sailing and Hatwells Funfair

 There will be the chance to have a go at sailing on Sunday 12th May 2019 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Abbey Sailing Club (off the Wilsham Road). This is an open day for people who want to try sailing.

Just feel free to pop along and they will hopefully get you on the water (weather dependant). There is also a BBQ.
Also this weekend Hatwells Funfair is on. They have lots of stalls and are in Ladygrove Meadow - by the Drayton Road, Ock Bridge.

Friday, 3 May 2019

It is not the end. It is just the beginning.

Thankyou for all your support during the campaign and for your votes. On a day where the Lib-Dems (and their partner Green candidate) were way ahead of all the other parties, we came within 14 votes of returning an Independent in Caldecott.

This is not a time to stop as so many issues has been raised that need addressing. So I will be keeping this website open and trying to campaign on some of these issues.
If others are interested in continuing in such a community action / pressure group, please let me know and I could schedule meetings.

Here are just some of the issues raised while campaigning:

* Need for dropped kerbs in town near the top of East St Helen Street - person was to show me exact location
* Need for places and activities for people with learning difficulties - meeting with person in a few days to find out more even though not elected.
* Parking and pot holes on Wilsham Road makes it dangerous for cycles.
* Chicane cycle passage on Preston Road dangerous for cycles
* Need for school crossing on Preston Road
* Speeding cars down Preston Road
* Cars going on verges on Caldecott Road to drop or pick up children from school. The existing wooden fence is decaying.
* Elderly people need the 41 bus and don't want to loose it.
* More sound proofing needed somewhere ( I have the details)
* Some suggested rubbish bin locations + signs to make sure they are noticed
* Some suggested places where dog mess enforcement is needed
* Pavement cracking (I have details)
* Outside 74 Saxton Road bushes are overgrown - raised on fix my street
* Why not put skips down Saxton Road so people without transport can clear gardens
* Road needs a makeover (I have details)
* Upset old Abbey House might be used social housing rather than benefiting the community
* Railings on wharf need repainting black
* Need more trees in public places
* Town Council should declare its own climate emergency
* Town needs recharge points for electric vehicles
* State of roads bad
* Find way to open path from Morland Gardens more directly to town.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Preston Road Community Centre

Preston Road Community Centre was first opened in 1974 thanks to the great efforts of the Thameside Residents Association some of whom I have met while canvassing. They each gave some money to get it built. It is still going strong as a charity managed by volunteers. I am one of three trustees (we are looking for more) and serve as honorary secretary, and help at the bingo. The centre is well used and is available for hire for children’s parties at the weekend. Regular users    include: Youth Clubs, U3A, Bingo, Vineyard Church, craft and games groups, Wine Circle, Adult Education, various keep fit groups, and dog training. The centre is also used for blood donations, and elections.

The Preston Road Community Centre Association (PRCCA) is the current charity and runs the centre for the benefit of local residents and organisations. Its objects are to advance education and, in the interests of social welfare, to provide leisure and recreational activities.' The PRCCA website has more. If elected as a town councillor I will learn more about other groups that could fit in well at the centre.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Saxton Road Skip idea

While canvassing Saxton Road on Saturday one lady told me that some years ago skips were brought in and it allowed people to clear some of the bulky items cluttering gardens. She wondered whether it could be repeated. Helping people clear bulky items by finding a community solution..

I had canvassed 3/4 of Saxton Road when I met a group of Labour people who had just done that last bit so rather  than visit people who had just had a visit I visited John Morris Road and leafleted the final bit of Saxton Road.

There is another issue somebody raised but it has already been raised on fixmystreet. It is an overgrown hedge and the owner is not currently there. A suggestion has been made that the council get it cleared then charge the owner.

A bin is needed round the side of the Reynold's Way shops as that is where litter gets dropped or blown. There are three bins in front of the shops and one on the green. A bin is also needed round the side of the Tower Close shop where sweet wrappers get dropped on the way home from school. Maybe with a children's art sign about no litter

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Litter and Local Environment

I will find ways to  improve the local  environment.

I help in litter picks in Abingdon and Caldecott but think removing litter traps and adding more bins will help more.

Dog mess left on pavements is a problem in places and needs education and enforcement.

I love the murals on the Reynold’s Way wall, and would like more art work in the area. I will explore people’s ideas for brightening up the area and tackling issues. There is one road in particular that is strongly in need of a general facelift to cheer it up and make people feel more happy. A couple of residents said that and I felt it too.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Elderly disenfranchised?

I have taken letters round to people on the electoral register in the sheltered housing in Caldecott. I was shocked at one place to be told that their residents would not be voting as they are 'elderly'. 

I believe everything should be done to keep people active in body and mind and spirit. Why not use elections?

Monday, 22 April 2019

Safer School Crossing and Cycleways

Some cars accelerate to get through the chicanes at the top of Preston Road. There is also speeding at the bottom end, and there has been a fatality. I would like to see a safer  crossing point near Thameside School and other measures to slow down traffic. I would like to see at the very least a speed indicator.

There has been no progress on improving cycle ways from Caldecott through the town centre in many years. I will see whether a working party could be set up to look at this again. Cyclists get on the pavements along the Drayton Road, and then risk being knocked off by cars coming out onto the Drayton Road from side roads. The Wilsham Road is clogged with parked cars and dangerous for cyclists.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

New Cinema

The new Abbey Cinema in the Guildhall is excellent, as is the work done refurbishing the older rooms.

 I am not in favour of plans to move the library to the Guildhall. People, I have spoken to, would prefer to see the cinema continue there if successful. The library works well where it is. If elected I would campaign to protect cinema and library.

Congratulations to the cinema in being so pro-active about coming to Abingdon. They approached the Town Council with their proposal, and we are very glad they have a good business case and one that can work here.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Children’s Centre

The Children’s Centre was recently reopened and is now run by a charity called ‘Carousel’. The Mayor of Abingdon, Councillor Margaret Crick, opened the centre. She is also one of the trustees of Carousel. There are baby clinics, parenting help, citizens advice and much more.

For the latest information see the Caldecott Road notice board or

Well done to the current Town Council for helping to fund this work for three years. It is a great shame it was closed by County Council cuts in the first place. I will work to ensure that funding is sustainable.