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RAF Brize Norton & Oxford Airport Public Airspace Consultations

RAF Brize Norton and London Oxford Airport (LOA) at Kiddlington have both launched airspace change proposals (ACP) to establish more controlled airspace. There are two separate consultations running in parallel and two sets of documents.

The proposal for RAF Brize Norton would see the northern boundary of the controlled airspace extended close to Upper Rissington, which could therefore impact local residents and those using the neighbouring airfield for recreational flying.

Controlled airspace before.
Controlled airspace, proposed.

Within the village we have many residents who are involved in the flying arena – military, civil and general aviation (GA) –  who are far better placed to provide informed comment on the proposals and their impact on the village. The Parish Council would be very interested to hear from residents who have flying knowledge who could attend the consultation drop-in sessions and then brief the Parish Council at our next meeting on 14 March 2018.

The drop-in sessions at RAF Brize Norton will be held on Tuesday 20th February, and Wednesday 28th February, where project members will be on hand to answer questions. Full details including timings, car parking and security arrangements can be found on the RAF Brize Norton consultation website: https://www.raf.mod.uk/rafbrizenorton/flyinginfo/bznacp.cfm.  Please note that visitors are asked to register in advance for security reasons and to ensure there is capacity to host everyone who wishes to attend.

The consultations close on Thursday 5 April 2018.

Have Your Say On County Council Spending 2018-19

We have been asked to make you aware of the county council’s budget consultation, via the following press release from Gloucestershire County Council, on 20th December 2017.

Council welcomes Local Government Finance Settlement

Proposed changes to the way local government is funded have been announced by Sajid Javid MP in the House of Commons.

This afternoon the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government discussed plans to consult on proposals for a new way of funding local government from 2020/21.

The speech recognised that the way councils receive funding needs to be updated to reflect the changing communities that local government serves. This would give local authorities the freedom they need to make decisions in the best interests of local people.

In his speech the MP also acknowledged the need for local councils to have greater control over the money they raise. As part of that, pilot schemes for 100% business rate retention have been announced in ten authorities, including here in Gloucestershire.

The full details of the proposed changes have yet to be published, but they would not come into effect until 2020/21.

The county council’s own public consultation into the budget for 2018/19 is currently live, giving residents the chance to inform how the council uses its £407.16 million budget.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We welcome this announcement from the Secretary of State and look forward to seeing exactly how this will benefit Gloucestershire when full details are published in due course.

“News of a review of the fairness of government funding for councils is particularly welcome – for a long time Gloucestershire has lost out when compared to other areas.  It is very good news to hear this will be addressed.

“By having more control over how we use the money available to us, we can continue to deliver the vital services that really matter to our residents.”

Residents can have their say on the county council’s proposed 2018/19 budget until Wednesday 17th January at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/budget2018.