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Dangerous & Life Threatening - 21/06/2018 @ 17:30

The level crossing barriers are there for a reason: to save lives and eliminate injuries - physical and mental - to pedestrians, car drivers and train drivers. Anyone walking, cycling or driving over the level crossing when the red lights are flashing and the barriers are lowering/in position are committing an offence and may be prosecuted/fined. Almost everybody understands this. However, someone chose to ignore it. Below is a copy of an email received this evening:

'I just witnessed from my son's bedroom window a man who had just come off the 17.30 train - tall, possibly in his 60s with a white check patterned shirt crossing when the barriers were down and after the train had sounded its horn. You can understand the frustration of the drivers in these instances. He headed towards Bolney Road. I should add it looked like he was talking on his phone through his headphones.'

We are working with Network Rail and GWR to eliminate such instances. Please do not ignore all the warning signals and barriers and DO NOT CROSS when activated.

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Shiplake Community Space Project

Since the NP update provided at the APM, we have had many questions on the Community Space suggestions - what, how and why - particularly at the recent 'Pop Up' sessions. Will Stevens, the SG member who has developed the ideas and recent proposals, liaising with a leading consultancy  for such initiatives, has provided an article capturing the essence of the APM presentation with the possibilities outlined. The article is intended for the June issue of Shiplake News but given the interest shown you can read it now  by clicking here.

It needs to be emphasised that this potential project has been developed based on residents' responses provided in the Shiplake NP Survey (2017), many of which can be clustered under the heading 'How can we make Shiplake a better place?' and specifically Lower Shiplake in this case. (There are 4 potential parish wide projects, which will be presented in the Shiplake NP draft consultation documents and will be available shortly.

I have used the words 'suggestions, possibilities and potential' intentionally because that is what the projects are. With all such projects they will be influenced by resident feedback, due consideration  of all safety aspects and potential impact on local commerce and, yes, how they might be paid for.

David Pheasant & Will Stevens on behalf of the NPSG   

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Neighbourhood Plan 'Pop Up' Views + An Apology

Many thanks to all those who attended and gave their views at the Saturday 26th May events at the Baskerville and Plowden. These were arranged immediately after the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) update at the APM on Wednesday 23rd May 2018. The presentation is on the website Home page providing information on the proposed changes to Shiplake’s NP, resulting from the Thames Farm decision and SODC’s attribution of the 95+ houses to the settlement of Lower Shiplake.

The NP’s draft plan for public consultation is scheduled for June and the ‘Pop Up’ sessions have been valuable in gaining immediate feedback on the revised proposals.

The first look at the results asking whether residents supported or not the revised proposals is:  YES (33), NO (6) and NOT SURE (5). There were differences in emphasis and viewpoints in the responses between Shiplake Cross and Lower Shiplake, for the latter the Community Space being a big talking point. More details will follow shortly once the detailed analysis is completed.

Again, our many thanks for the opportunity to discuss your views in greater depth at short notice and on a ‘hot’ public holiday weekend. Our thanks to the Baskerville and Plowden for their hospitality.

An apology: a message inviting residents to the APM inadvertently stated the starting time for the APM was 7:45pm, in common with monthly parish council meetings, and not 7:30pm for the APM as stated in later messages/notifications. Apologies on behalf of the parish council for any inconvenience that may have been caused.

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