OLD Marston’s new parish council is finally in place in after the death of a long-standing councillor delayed the election.
Voters headed to the polling station in Mortimer Hall on Thursday to elect 12 councillors for the parish.
The election was to have taken place on May 22 – the same date as European and local authority elections.
But it was delayed after the death of Marston parish councillor Roy Jones on May 5 from bronchial pneumonia.
Marston Parish Council chairman Charlie Haynes was re-elected as a councillor after already serving for 32 years.
He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed being on the parish council. It has been more enjoyable since I retired and had more time to do the job.
“It’s a job you really need to be involved in. I spend about two hours a day doing parish council work.
“I get the satisfaction that we are keeping the parish as nice as we possibly can for the parishioners to enjoy.”
Voter turnout at the election was low, with 13 per cent of the electorate entering the ballot booth.
Mr Haynes said: “It’s a one-off parish election and people are not bothered to turn out.
“It’s a level of government that people do not know much about.
“But I think we have a good profile and do a lot of good work for the parish.”
Mr Haynes said the councillors now had ambitious plans to replace the sports pavilion and to upgrade children’s play equipment in Boults Lane.
The parish council has been quoted £550,000 to carry out the work, which would include zip lines and swings.
It would pay £75,000 and get a loan of £200,000. It is hoped grants from Sports England or the Big Lottery Fund would make up the remaining £275,000.
Mr Haynes said: “It has got old swings and equipment, so we want to bring it into the 21st century and give the children what we can. It’s always interesting times ahead. We have increased demand on the parish council’s budget so we have to plan very carefully.”
The parish council will elect its new chairman at its next meeting at Mortimer Hall, in Oxford Road, at 7.30pm, next Tuesday.
6:00am Friday 9th October 2015
A FILM aiming to break down the stigma surrounding homeless people in Oxfordshire will premiere tonight at an Oxford cinema.
5:10pm Thursday 8th October 2015
A 15-YEAR-OLD girl was raped in Barns Road, Cowley on her way to the bus stop.
5:00pm Thursday 8th October 2015
A boy has been taken to hospital after being involved in a crash in Bicester.
6:36pm Thursday 8th October 2015
CCTV footage from an Oxford travellers’ site has shown a man who was allegedly kept as a slave being pushed around and treated “like a ragdoll”.
4:50pm Thursday 8th October 2015
AN E-FIT of a man who ran away after being caught holding a little girl's hand in Greater Leys has been released by Thames Valley Police. According to officers, a two-year-old girl was playing outside a property in Shepherds Hill at about 6.20pm on Friday, September 11. When her mother came to check on her she saw a man holding the girl's hand. When she challenged the man, he ran away. He is described as white, in his thirties, about 5ft 7ins or 5ft 8ins with short spiky blond or brown hair. He was wearing a knee-length jacket that may have been leather. Investigating officer Det Con Lorna Briggs of Force CID in Oxford said: “We are keeping an open mind regarding this incident. There might be a innocent explanation as to why the man was holding the girl’s hand. “If anyone recognises the man in the E-fit or has any information about the incident then please contact your local police station."
4:50pm Thursday 8th October 2015
A BEGGAR has been banned by police from approaching people in Oxford and asking them for money, food or cigarettes.