BICESTER GATEWAY RETAIL PARK TO BE REFUSED

The KRA are very disappointed to hear the proposed retail park to include M&S and Next is to be refused planning permission at the Planning Meeting this Thursday 6 August. Given the strong support for it that everyone showed on the post of the 5th July we urge you to send an email to the Council Leaders, Town Councillors and Planning Officers in support of the Retail Park.

Download the statement: CPG BICESTER Committee press release_Final_030815

We have drafted the following that you can copy and paste into emails and send to the emails listed below;


Dear Council Leader, Councillors and planning officers

As a Kingsmere resident I am very disappointed to hear the planning application for the Bicester Gateway/Oxford Road Retail Development is being recommended for refusal.

I completely support the development, am disappointed you have not consulted us as the nearest neighbours and do not agree with some of your concerns about the location of the site and the impact on traffic.

I implore you to approve the development to avoid running the risk of losing such important mainstream (i.e. not designer) retailers to the Town in terms of the economy and employment.

sue.mackrell@bicester.gov.uk; ian.hudspeth@Oxfordshire.gov.uk; cllr.barry.wood@Cherwell-dc.gov.uk; debbiepickford@hotmail.co.uk; sibleygold@aol.com; Cllr.norman.bolster@Cherwell-dc.gov.uk; richard.mould51@ntlworld.com; linda.griffiths@cherwell-dc.gov.uk

FANTASTIC SUPERFAST BROADBAND NEWS!

We have had confirmation that all 3 cabinets that serve Phase 1 of Kingsmere now have funding agreed for their upgrade to provide superfast broadband.
Taylor Wimpey and Bovis are co-funding the cabinet that serves their customers; Persimmon are funding the cabinet that will serve their customers; David Wilson and Bellway have now confirmed they will co-fund the final cabinet that serves their customers.
Please can everyone now remove the superfast posters they have up – it might seem rude to continue displaying them, now the developers are funding the upgrades.

Well done and thank you to everyone who helped us get to this successful end point for the funding of the upgrades!

Now we just have to wait for the installation and the KRA committee and Broadband group will be following this up with Openreach as soon as the contracts are all signed and with Openreach.

Tescos and new road layout plans

At the highly successful residents association meeting last week (29/01/2015) a few questions have been asked about the Tesco store move, park & ride and the new road layout. Fiona did some digging and found both the layouts for the new Tesco Extra store (showing the size of the store and the carpark) and a detailed diagram of the road layout changes. (Click the images for a full size view)

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The road layout above shows the new donut roundabout, and the tesco entrance, it also shows how the Bicester Village traffic will be channeled into the village hopfully bringing an end to the tailbacks at that roundabout.

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From the Tesco layout above you can see the new roundabout (also shown on the road layout) and the size of the parking and store.

 

 

More media broadband hits

A few more articles today about the campaign.

A nice write up by isp review with some interesting background information:
http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2015/01/kingsmere-residents-put-posters-warn-slow-broadband-speeds.html

 

And we had another article on the front page of the Bicester Advertiser last week:

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The KRA also gave a full update to everyone at the meeting residents meeting on the 29th of Jan, minutes of which should be online soon.

SUPERFAST BROADBAND UPDATE

Following a meeting on Tuesday evening, we can confirm that the contract has now been signed to upgrade the cabinet that serves Bovis Homes and Taylor Wimpey Homes customers on Kingsmere. This will now be jointly funded by both builders. The upgrade will occur within the next 12 months – hopefully sooner rather then later!

Additionally, David Wilson Homes have agreed to proportionally part fund the cabinet that serves their own and Bellway Homes customers. They are now re-approaching Bellway Homes to try and negotiate joint full funding of the cabinet.

The KRA would like to thank Bovis Homes, Taylor Wimpey Homes, David Wilson Homes, Countryside Properties, BT and Openreach who all sent representatives to the meeting.

The work will continue on this issue – a more detailed update will be provided at the KRA meeting on 29/1/15.

The media hits keep coming

Well what a fantastic end to 2014 the broadband campaign had. We are now well into 2015 and already have another media outlet picking up the story:

http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk/news/more-news/speedy-web-think-again-say-residents-1-6501082

Along with some updates posted to the ITV story:

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/story/2014-12-23/residents-pressure-developers-for-better-broadband/

 

Next up there is a Kingsmere Residents Association Broadband meeting being held on Monday (12/01/2015) please come along if you would like to know more or think you can help. The meeting starts at about 7:15 at the Brewers Faryre, the group normal meet on the right of the bar so please pop down and say hello.


 

One down, two to go..!

We would like to acknowledge Bovis’ generous agreement to fund the upgrade of Cabinet 53 to superfast broadband, which will serve their own and Taylor Wimpey’s customers on Kingsmere.
This has arisen following engagement with the KRA over the past few months. This engagement will offer the residents on Kingsmere some reassurance that at least one of the companies who have made significant profits as a result of their purchases on Kingsmere, are acknowledging their poor experiences with landlines and broadband.