John Howell MP – COVID-19

Dear All

I am making contact via all Town and Parish Councils and Parish Meetings in the constituency in the light of the national situation due to COVID-19.

I know that you are all working hard on your own community response to the situation and thank you for all that you are doing on this. With much negative news in the media it is so encouraging to know that on the ground people are working together to support one another.

As the situation unfolds more and more questions are being asked as the implications for different people, different groups, and different businesses come to light. As new questions arise please do feel free to email me with the concerns (contact link below). If you are asking the questions it is quite likely that others are asking them too. I may not be able to get immediate replies for you, but I can do my best to make sure that your questions are raised with those who can provide an answer.

I fully appreciate the alarm that this situation is causing for many. I share with others the concern at the fake news circulating together with the part that social media can play in inducing fear and panic. All of the information that is available from Government is in the public domain, MPs are not privy to other information. The two key links for up to date information are:

On the Government website at

On the NHS website at

Anyone can sign up for email alerts when there is any new information at this link:

With thanks again and my best wishes


John Howell OBE MP FSA
Member of Parliament for the Henley Constituency

Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria | Member of the Council of Europe | Deputy Chairman Industry and Parliament Trust | Government Neighbourhood Planning Champion | Chairman Communities and Local Government Conservative Backbench Committee

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

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Kirtlington Park Festival Licence granted

Cherwell District Council Licencing Sub-committee met on 21st January 2020 to hear the application of the KITE Festival in Kirtlington in June. The Licencing Authority decided to withdraw their objection following representation from the event organisers and the Committee resolved to grant the licence.
The conditions to the granting of the license are set out in the Promoting Licensing Objectives:

The Parish Council is pleased to note the following:
Condition 4. The Licensee will attend a Parish Council meeting prior to each Event and will provide a monthly update to the Parish Council upon the plans for delivery of the Event for each of the three months prior to the event and will attend a Parish Council meeting after each Event to share information and receive local community feedback.
Condition 6. The Event Management Plan (EMP) shall be subject to scrutiny by the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) and shall be discussed with and approved by the Licensing Authority at least one month prior to each Event.
Kirtlington Parish Council is looking forward to meeting the U-Live (Promotor) representatives who have confirmed their attendance at the next Parish Council meeting on 18th February 2020 at 7pm when they will outline their plans for the Kite Festival in more detail. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Kirtlington Hedgehog Street

Kirtlington Hedgehog Street is connecting gardens in the village to give hedgehogs enough space to breed and to help keep them off the roads. This is part of the national Hedgehog Street campaign.

  • 55 properties in the village are connected
  • c. 16 acres of gardens are included
  • The village pub, shop, school and church are all connected.

The national Hedgehog Street organisation has told KWACS that Kirtlington has one of the biggest volunteer-run Hedgehog Streets in the country!  See the map in green.  To join, please make sure hedgehogs can pass from your garden to your neighbours’ gardens.  All it needs is a CD sized hole in your fence or wall.

As hedgehogs have yet to evolve the ability to fly, where there is a ground difference between gardens we have to resort to innovative structures like this stone staircase and oak ramp:

As part of the project, we use foot print recording tunnels and camera traps to check on the presence of hedgehogs. A camera trap video of a hedgehog on the ramp posted to KWACS’ twitter feed went viral with over 33,000 views!

GREAT WOLF RESORTS PROPOSAL, CHESTERTON – extended deadline for comments

Kirtlington Parish Council has objected to this proposal and asks you to submit your letters of objection NOW to Cherwell District Council .  Your letter must include your name, address & the date, the addressee ( Ms Clare Whitehead, Case Officer, Development Management, Cherwell District Council, Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4AA) and the Reference:  Great Lakes UK Ltd – Planning Application No: 19/02550/F.

–          Please see the attached Prompt Sheet for more details if you wish to write an individual letter, and two template letters which you may use instead.

–          The deadline for submitting comments has been extended until the Cherwell DC Planning Cttee date, currently 12th March 2020.

This link takes you to the application details on Cherwell District Council’s website –

Letter Templates;

To give an impression of size, the small building at the bottom (left of centre) is Bicester Country Club and Hotel
The size of this proposed development is vast

Hot News! Kirtlington Film Club programme 2019-2020 is now listed under ‘more clubs’. See details of movies to be screened, view trailers, read reviews and download our colourful poster.


90% of those voting in the Referendum voted YES.

The average turnout across the neighbourhood plan area was 25%.
A total of 1,365 people voted, out of 5,514 eligible to vote.

As a result, the MCNP is now a part of
the statutory development plan for Cherwell.

Thank you to all those who voted and particularly those who helped make this happen.

Further details can be found here.

Oxford to Cambridge Expressway Announcement 12 Sept 18

Corridor B chosen for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

A plan to link together fast-growing technology hotspots took a further step closer to fruition today (12 September 2018) as Roads Minister Jesse Norman announced the chosen central corridor for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.

After detailed scrutiny and review by Highways England, of the 3 options A, B and C, Corridor B was judged to offer greater benefits to the region – outperforming the other options by providing better links to jobs, education, leisure and health services.

The expressway, with options to pass either west or east of Oxford, is also expected to take up to 40 minutes off the journey between the A34 south of Oxford and the M1.

Picture of the proposed corridor route.

Building the new link close to the east/west rail link will also offer more options for the commercial development of up to 1 million new homes, in line with proposals by the National Infrastructure Commission, and encourage more people to travel by train rather than by cars.

Dog Mess Update

Since our announcement in January via the Village News and Website regarding the dogs walked in this village, we are pleased that the feedback has been so positive.  Our campaign to try to stop irresponsible dog walkers from allowing their dogs to leave their messes around the Village is ongoing, not only as regards the pavements but also the footpaths, the open spaces, the quarry, other people’s front gardens and the verges by roads and bridleways, as well as the churchyard and the playing field.

It is worth repeating that dog poo bags are available free from the village shop (supplied by Cherwell District Council).  There are five poo bag bins in the village which are collected regularly by Cherwell District Council, and that Council advises that where there is no specific dog poo bin nearby such bags with their contents should be placed in your GREEN bin.

So there is no excuse for bags to be thrown up into trees, hung on farmers’ gates or left in verges.  Please do be considerate of others’ property   Of course, our village has no 24 -hour dog warden to police inconsiderate behaviour, day and night, but we rely on our villagers to act responsibly and we are grateful to community-minded villagers who take the trouble to talk to those who do not act responsibly.


Golf Opens at Kirtlington Golf Club




Winter Series 4

(Alternate Days)

Saturday 26th January 2019

Sunday 27th January 2019

Winter Series 5

(Alternate Days)

Saturday 23rd February 2019

Sunday 24th February 2019

Winter Series 6

(Alternate Days)

Saturday 9th March 2019

Sunday 10th March 2019

Summer Series 1

(Alternate Days)

Friday 19th April 2019

Saturday 20th April 2019

Summer Series 2

(Alternate Days)

Saturday 11th May 2019

Sunday 12th May 2019

Summer Series 3

(Alternate Days)

Friday 28th June 2019

Saturday 29th June 2019








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