Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

West Oxfordshire Councillors' Notes: Carl Rylett

New Housing in Eynsham: Salt Cross Garden Village

In this blogpost, West Oxfordshire District Councillor for Eynsham and Cassington Carl Rylett updates us on what he's been focusing on over the past month. You can also email him if you have any questions: [email protected]

Carl says, "The main issue in and around Eynsham is the proposed new housing. For Salt Cross Garden Village, West Oxfordshire District Council is responding to various questions from the National Inspector. Meanwhile, the developers at West Eynsham are progressing on a masterplan. I am ensuring that they pay close attention to the Council's Net Zero Toolkit and so pressuring them to take the climate change crisis seriously. I also helped ensure they held a face-to-face consultation event in the village. Resident engagement in developing plans for the future of their village is so important and I'm doing all I can to make sure they are heard.

This ties in with my involvement in the District Council's Climate Action Working Group, whose remit includes enhancing biodiversity in the District. Among other things, I have encouraged the Council to be fully involved in a ‘Waste Not Want’ campaign for this Christmas, and fed back to the Group the great work being done by the Eynsham Nature Recovery Network and so encourage their types of activities more widely across the District. A key theme is community engagement with the Council functioning as an enabler.

Also around Eynsham, I have:

  • visited Eynsham Day Centre, a voluntary service offering activities and friendship in our community. I am working with them to help enable more of the village's population to make use of their valuable services. 
  • helped an excellent Parish Council initiative to help local school children plant an allotment next to Witney Road Play Area
  • voted against the conversion of Newlands Inn to residential use when they failed to give sufficient evidence that it was not commercially viable as a pub. Great caution should be taken when considering the potential loss of services which help give a village its character and fosters community spirit."

Please do email Carl if you'd like to get involved, [email protected]

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