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Little Lees development consultation

Plans for the proposed housing development on Little Lees, comprising both affordable and market-rate housing, will be on display in the Anne Downer Room of the Corner House on 8th April from 2pm to 5pm. Visitors can talk to the developers, Builders Ede, and discuss the proposals.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 24 Mar, 10:41 · Link

30 new parking spaces planned for station

First Great Western has been awarded an extension to their franchise to last until 2019.

As part of the deal, Charlbury station will get 30 new car parking spaces, while Hanborough will get 44.

New 'Intercity Express' trains will be introduced to replace HSTs across the Great Western area, and these will provide an hourly service in each direction (to London and to Worcester) from 2017/2018. Journey times to London will be reduced by a little over five minutes. The exact timetable details are not finalised, but an early diagram appears to suggest some peak trains will call at Didcot only between Oxford and Paddington.

Finally, First Great Western is likely to be rebranded as 'GWR' in an allusion to the original Great Western Railway.

Separate improvements already announced include a revised timetable starting this May, which should make the 07.12 departure more reliable; free wifi on all trains on the Cotswold Line, including Turbos; more cycle parking at Charlbury station; and 100 new car parking spaces at Kingham. There is also likely to be a new late-night service from London to Charlbury and Moreton, but this has not yet been officially confirmed.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 23 Mar, 16:02 · Link

Latest planning applications to West Oxfordshire District Council

The following planning applications have recently been lodged. Click on the address to see full details at the WODC website.

  • Unit 4 Spendlove Centre Enstone Road Charlbury
    Proposed community centre comprising of sports hall, library, cafe, relocation of sports and social club and associated landscaping. Existing sports and social club to be demolished.
    WODC reference: 15/00914/FUL - Tue 17 Mar 2015 - Under consideration
  • Land North Of Little Lees Charlbury Oxfordshire
    Erection of twenty two dwellings and associated works.
    WODC reference: 15/00567/FUL - Tue 17 Mar 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 23 Mar, 07:05 · Link

Charlbury station extended opening hours

There is currently an experiment afoot to keep the ticket office open until 19.00 to see if ticket sales merit making this permanent. Unfortunately, it is not possible to change the opening hours notice by the front door! But the ticket office really is open beyond the current hours, so go and buy your tickets there when you are travelling after 12.20.

Liz Reason · Sat 21 Mar, 14:02 · Link

Charlbury Community Centre : planning submission

The Trustees of the Thomas Gifford Trust are pleased to announce that the Planning Application for the proposed centre was submitted on Monday 16th March. Our thanks to all those who assisted us in getting to this stage with feedback and ideas for the building.
The plans are available as usual in the WODC website.

Jim Holah · Wed 18 Mar, 14:03 · Link

Rushy Bank Planning Application

Planning Application for Housing Estate and Dementia Care Home in AONB north of the river is currently in with WODC

Philippa Phelan · Wed 18 Mar, 10:34 · Link

Planning Application for 22 houses at Little Lees

Planning Application for 22 homes (11 affordable housing) at Little Lees has been registered with WODC

Philippa Phelan · Wed 18 Mar, 10:30 · Link

Latest planning applications to West Oxfordshire District Council

The following planning applications have recently been lodged. Click on the address to see full details at the WODC website.

Mon 16 Mar, 07:05 · Link

More bike parking for Charlbury station

First Great Western is spending £125,000 to improve bike parking along the Cotswold Line, including Charlbury.

The Department for Transport says:

"The project will significantly improve the capacity for cycle parking at the main stations between Hanborough and Evesham (including Charlbury, Honeybourne and Kingham). This project will provide additional high quality cycle parking to improve access to the line and focus on expanding capacity at stations where existing facilities are well used or improving facilities where poor cycle parking, location or security provision currently limit use."

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 13 Mar, 13:09 · Link

Ebony Still Missing?

Our cat ebony went missing on 6th January this year from Nine Acres Close.He is a very steamlined, medium sized black cat of 7.5 years old. It has been reported to us that a black cat has been seen around the Slade area and has been visiting people and another or the same that has been appearing down market street with a white cat. Also one in Finstock. if you know of anyone who is feeding or has taken in a stray black cat either e mail me with a possible photo on or Tel: 01608 810728 or 07792403924. We are still hopefull, so look forward to receiving any information, he is chipped so vet can identify him.

Christopher Geary · Wed 11 Mar, 14:00 · Link

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