Faringdon Town Council has overturned its earlier decision to vacate the Corn Exchange. It has agreed to negotiate a new lease with landlords the Vale after the District Council offered new terms. These include the setting of a peppercorn rent, instead of introducing an annual rent.
Faringdon Folly: Over 50 people took part in a meeting to discuss a raft of proposals that have been drawn up by Faringdon Town Council's working party on parking. One new suggestion is a compromise between free parking, as many have requested in the town centre car parks, and paid parking.
Thames Water will be able to go ahead with plans to create a new sludge treatment works near Faringdon as it is "permitted development" under current planning rules. This is because there will be no new building, nor any major environmental impact, says Thames Water.
At the Faringdon Town Council meeting held last Wednesday (14th July) Councillors Matthew Barber and Roger Cox were accused of misconduct by fellow Town Councillors and reported to the Standards Board for England.
The saga of Faringdon’s Pump House has gone on for many years now, and shows no signs of improving. The Town Council is determined to push through the redevelopment of the Pump House despite its questionable financial basis.
Liberal Democrats on Vale of White Horse District Council pushed through their new budget with a comfortable majority - despite a vigorous attack from Conservatives on the inflation-busting rise in council tax.