We were promised new shops and restaurants

We were promised new shops and restaurants

We were promised new shops and restaurants

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Once again the district council has let down the people of Bicester by allowing two of our new Pioneer Square shop units to be taken over by a gym. I have nothing against gyms, but they have their place elsewhere in our town and there are several successful examples of that.

But we were promised new shops and restaurants and a major upgrade of our town centre.

Instead, we already have shop premises that have been taken over by uses which do very little to improve the footfall and vibrancy of our town centre. Moreover, few of the new units are being occupied by shops and restaurants which significantly improve the quality of the shopping and eating opportunities it offers. I can’t even buy a decent pair of shoes in Bicester these days.

Bicester town centre needs better quality shopping and eating places as much as it needs the lower end of the market. But the opportunities for that to happen are being allowed to slip away. As the town expands, the need for more and better shopping facilities is going to increase.

The plan is for Bicester to become larger than Banbury, so it will need a town centre which offers at least as much as Banbury does today. Looking around the town centre, it is difficult to see how and where that is likely to happen. All the more reason to safeguard now those sites and premises which are intended for retail use.

Colin Cockshaw

Willow Drive

Bicester

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10:31pm Fri 29 Aug 14

rogerjwise says...

I recently made a complaint against the MP Tony Baldry, this was in the form of a letter sent to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

Baldry, in his capacity as a MP had spoken to solicitors representing the Bicester Sports Association, he then wrote a letter to Sue Smith Chief Executive of Cherwell District Council, on the subject discussed.

I then wrote to Baldry, asking two straight forward questions, regarding the BSA, to substantiate his claim that the BSA Trust was a-General Discretionary Trust- and the Trust deed discussed was dated 24th October 1936.

Baldry. replied suggesting i should take up these issues with C\D\C and Bicester Town Council.

B\T\C, have not managed a acknowledgement to my correspondence on the BSA, while a example of C\D\C was the highly paid executive of this public funded organisation, Ian Davies, whos original response to our questions, was hopelessly wrong, regarding the BSA and its identity.

In my opinion, the whole structure from local to national government. needs to be examined, with a a less self-interest attitude we might avoid situations such as the recent Rotherham episode and start putting the needs of the community at large to the fore.

The Standards Commission, reply regarding my complaint of Tony Baldry stated they -may not generally look at and among those is the way an MP handles an individual case or problem-
I recently made a complaint against the MP Tony Baldry, this was in the form of a letter sent to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. Baldry, in his capacity as a MP had spoken to solicitors representing the Bicester Sports Association, he then wrote a letter to Sue Smith Chief Executive of Cherwell District Council, on the subject discussed. I then wrote to Baldry, asking two straight forward questions, regarding the BSA, to substantiate his claim that the BSA Trust was a-General Discretionary Trust- and the Trust deed discussed was dated 24th October 1936. Baldry. replied suggesting i should take up these issues with C\D\C and Bicester Town Council. B\T\C, have not managed a acknowledgement to my correspondence on the BSA, while a example of C\D\C was the highly paid executive of this public funded organisation, Ian Davies, whos original response to our questions, was hopelessly wrong, regarding the BSA and its identity. In my opinion, the whole structure from local to national government. needs to be examined, with a a less self-interest attitude we might avoid situations such as the recent Rotherham episode and start putting the needs of the community at large to the fore. The Standards Commission, reply regarding my complaint of Tony Baldry stated they -may not generally look at and among those is the way an MP handles an individual case or problem- rogerjwise
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11:38pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

What has the day to day operations of a Sports Association got to do with local or national government?

A trust was set up, they purchased land on a commercial basis. They are now selling off bits of land on a commercial basis...
What has the day to day operations of a Sports Association got to do with local or national government? A trust was set up, they purchased land on a commercial basis. They are now selling off bits of land on a commercial basis... Andrew:Oxford
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10:56am Sun 31 Aug 14

rogerjwise says...

The monies raised to purchase the land came from individual donations and the Townspeople, this followed a call from the then chairman of the BSA for a sports ground for the people of Bicester.

A Private Trust, such as claimed by the BSA requires identifiable Beneficiaries, this Trust appears not to have this requirement.

The people of Bicester have missed out on first class sports facilities, while the C\D\C who appear not to know the legal entity of the BSA, offer the BSA DISCRETIONARY BUSINESS RATES.

I would have thought the 35.000 residents of Bicester would have been of more importance to the local, district and national representatives, than a handful of people, that make up the BSA, who by the way, have not been accountable.

The BSA land in Bicester, has been proposed as the new- town- park, opposite Bicester Village.
The monies raised to purchase the land came from individual donations and the Townspeople, this followed a call from the then chairman of the BSA for a sports ground for the people of Bicester. A Private Trust, such as claimed by the BSA requires identifiable Beneficiaries, this Trust appears not to have this requirement. The people of Bicester have missed out on first class sports facilities, while the C\D\C who appear not to know the legal entity of the BSA, offer the BSA DISCRETIONARY BUSINESS RATES. I would have thought the 35.000 residents of Bicester would have been of more importance to the local, district and national representatives, than a handful of people, that make up the BSA, who by the way, have not been accountable. The BSA land in Bicester, has been proposed as the new- town- park, opposite Bicester Village. rogerjwise
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