Below are the emails that we sent to Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, regarding the news that instead of 610 new houses to be built on land off Dunmore Road, 1000 have been agreed.
Below is the latest response from Nicola Blackwood, and we thank her for taking the time to reply;
Dear Abingdon First,
Thank you very much for contacting me with your concerns, and I am sorry for the delay in getting back to you.
I have made the case to the Chancellor in the strongest possible terms that the A34 is operating at full capacity, and we need urgent investment on the route as a whole in order to achieve sustainable economic growth in Oxfordshire, particularly at a time when much needed housing is planned for the area. I have also been pushing hard for investment to address the specific problems in Abingdon and the need for a diamond junction at Lodge Hill to divert traffic away from Marcham Road and Ock Street and ease the queues on Drayton Road.
The new houses on Dunmore Road have been included in the Vale of White Horse District Council’s Local Plan, however before they are approved there will be the opportunity for public consultation and scrutiny throughout the planning application and I will ensure that I do whatever I can to represent local residents through that process.
On the County Council’s recent decision with regard to the pedestrian crossings at Drayton Road and the planned 159 new homes, I have called on the Vale of White Horse District Council to seek legal advice and examine the options for a Judicial Review of this decision. I submitted my objections to this application in August, drawing on safety concerns about the changes to the crossings, and I strongly believe the social and physical infrastructure of the area must be taken into account.
The A34 is not only causing daily misery for businesses, families and commuters but is also acting as a barrier to economic growth and I have consistently said that we must have infrastructure before expansion.
19/10/14 Dear Nicola,
We are still waiting for your response to our previous emails, one of which your Office manager responded too, telling us we would get a reply as soon as you were out of your meeting (25th September 16:10).
You have recently been in the local press, stating that you have been talking to George Osborne with regard to looking into, or as you put it, “We need a long-term plan for improvement along the whole of the A34”. Can you then tell us, how this long-term plan will fit in with the 1000 homes that have just been given the go-ahead to be built, in your constituency of Abingdon (North), and IF the A34 gets the upgrade that you require, and desperately needs, will these 1,000 homes then need to be compulsory purchased back (No doubt at minimal cost), and demolished, to allow the expansion of the A34 into at least a three lane carriageway?
Won’t it be the case, that if these homes are built, as a minimum, that the current A34 will have to have that whole stretch adjacent to them, reduced in speed limit to 50 mph, (as is the long stretch at Botley, where the homes are further away than these will be), thus causing more congestion on the A34?
We would also ask for your thoughts and opinion please, on the recent news that Cllr Nimmo-Smith overturned his earlier decision on moving a pedestrian crossing, due to safety concerns, and has now given the go-ahead to build 159 homes on the Drayton Road, thus causing even more congestion to South Abingdon, and potential injury/death to school children who will not use the crossing once it is moved further out of their way and will naturally take the shortest route?
We really do need a response from you on this as our MP, as it does not look good to our (just under) 17,000 viewers that our own MP cannot be bothered to respond to questions about her own constituency?
This email will be published on the website www.abingdonfirst.com, as will your reply if we receive one.
We look forward to your response at your earliest opportunity.
Could we now ask for Nicola’s comments regarding the 1000 homes that are to be built in North Abingdon, and also what safeguards are to be put in place to ensure that the infrastructure and leisure facilities are adequate for this massive expansion please?
NO REPLY SO FAR….OUR MP MUST BE TOO BUSY TO WORRY ABOUT HER CONSTITUENCY?
Nicola was very vocal leading up to the local by-election, regarding the A34 and Lodge-Hill diamond interchange.
We trust that this wasn’t just paying lip-service to try and garner support for the Conservatives? If it was, then people will remember this when it comes around to the general election…