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Thame councillor says ‘letter was cowardly diatribe’

Mike Dyer, Thame Town Councillor

I WAS appalled at the total travesty peddled by your correspondent in your letters page on August 19.

Hiding behind ‘name and address supplied’ he (or she) clearly has no grasp of the real situation, and hasn’t even absorbed the content of articles in your previous issue.

The letter was a cowardly diatribe seeking to discredit the intentions of the Town Council, and the suggestion that a referendum would be a stitch-up was scandalous.

Firstly, he doesn’t seem to understand the difference between a random sampling of opinion – the best that could be achieved at short notice last October – and a referendum, which is a formal voting process under local election rules.

I also fail to see how he can extrapolate an increase of around 20 per cent in homes to ‘at least’ 30 per cent increase in population.

I agree that it’s too many, and shouldn’t be concentrated on one site, but blatant exaggeration doesn’t strengthen the case.

He should understand that the Core Strategy housing proposals are being imposed upon us by South Oxfordshire District Council and that Thame Town Council’s submission to the Examiner argues strongly that site allocations should be deferred.

It also argues that they should be determined later through our own local plan.

He then argues that we need a Town Plan for Thame, looking ahead to the next 20 years, but if he had read your previous issue he would know that we are embarking on precisely that!

Starting next month, the objective is to achieve a holistic and coordinated strategy for Thame’s future, put together by proactive engagement with the people who live and work in Thame, addressing all the issues including housing, employment, education, health care, traffic and transportation, parking, environment and infrastructure issues.

Under the provisions of the Localism Bill, and subject to being adopted through a local referendum, the Town Plan will then become a very potent policy document which will serve to protect our Thame and its community.

This is a real opportunity for everyone to get involved in shaping our future and I hope that the people of Thame, and its immediate neighbourhood, will all pitch in and take an active part.

Rescue team is nothing without public backing

Karen Edwards, fundraising officer

ON behalf of Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue, I would like to thank you all for your support, without support from people like yourselves we would not be able to continue to assist the police, and do what we have been trained to do.

The missing person is always our top concern, their safety is paramount. We held a street collection in Thame in August and we raised £74.50.

Thanks to a young lady called Beth who named our mascot for us, and received a skateboard as a prize.