Housing Development group rebranding as Sustainable Stonesfield to help preserve the character and beauty of the Village
The group argues that development plans must include improvements to local infrastructure; that sufficient affordable houses are built in the village for young people and families; to protect an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); and the District Council’s duty to consult effectively with local residents when drawing up plans for development.
Public meetings in March
A public meeting is to be held by Sustainable Stonesfield at 7.30 pm on Monday 27 March at the village hall to listen local views.
In addition, Cala Homes is hosting a drop-in meeting on Monday 20 March, also in the Village Hall, 4 – 8 pm to show its plans to build 50 houses one one site in Stonesfield.
"Overall, over three quarters of a tonne of items were taken (compared to around half a tonne at their first SwapShop) by 120 people attending. A huge thanks to all who attended, and especially the team of people from SUSTO who worked so hard to make this happen."
This is a chance to clear out all the stuff in your home and garage that you don’t need and, conversely, offers the possibility of finding something that you do need - for free!
You don't actually need to swap things, just give or take what you wish.
SUSTO Suggest you bring or take kitchen items, toys, books, CDs, clothes and things for the garden, adding "Browse the goods, enjoy a cup of tea and cake or taste a smoothie made by the smoothie bike.”
Drop off times for items is between 1.30pm and 3pm and goods can be taken away from 2pm to 4pm.
Guests included Peter Lefort - Project Officer for Oxfordshire Community Action Group, and Colin Carritt of Sustainable Woodstock.
The meeting kicked off with a, rather US-centric, film The Story of Stuff, but the discussion led by Ros Hughes, was determinedly local.
Encouraging things happening already included news of a biomass boiler planned for the school, and locally produced food is to be delivered by Callow Farm...
A full write up is promised by Ros Hughes, but the draft group aim was presented as:
The Community Action Group known as Sustainable Stonesfield (SUSTO) aims to raise awareness of the effects of Climate Change, to support and promote Community action and education that addresses these effects with sustainable solutions and, by sharing information and activities with similar Groups, to create a sustainable future.
The next meeting is set for 6 September, at 7:30pm in the White Horse to discuss actions, with one of the first planned events likely to be a Swap Shop.
Posters have just been posted round the village like this one!