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VISION 2016

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									 Vision 2016
 Cherwell Community Plan 2016
 Delivering a better quality of life in Cherwell




Published April 2002
Contents
                                                          Page
Foreword                                                    3

What is the Cherwell Community Plan 2016?                   4

Cherwell in Context                                         6

Cherwell‟s Vision to 2016                                   7

         Reduce Crime and tackle the Drugs problem          8
         Improve Health                                    12
         Improve Education                                 16
         Promote Prosperity and Sound Transport Systems    19
         Secure More Affordable Housing                    22
         Protect and Enhance the Local Environment         25
         Improve Recreational Opportunities                29
         Rural Perspective                                 32
         Urban Focus                                       36
         Focus on Cherwell‟s People                        39

The Cherwell Community Planning Partnership?               43

Contact for alternative formats and further information    43




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 Foreword




This Community Plan is presented to the people of Cherwell by the Cherwell Community
Planning Partnership.
The Cherwell Community Plan is intended to be a living and changing document that sets a
long-term Vision for Cherwell to 2016 with specific aims and actions to move towards
achieving the Vision.
It has taken the Partnership 18 months and consultation with literally thousands of individuals,
groups and organisations to arrive at this Plan - delivering it will equally be no small task!
The Partnership is made up of many organisations, all with different ways of doing things,
different priorities and many different plans. The challenge has been to hear what the people
of Cherwell have told us, to agree the Vision, to bring together the many different plans, and
set common aims and actions to move towards delivering the Vision.
Just as the Partnership is made up of many organisations, the Cherwell population comprises
many communities – young and old, carers and families, faith and ethnic groups, volunteers and
business people, to name just a few. All these different communities have a part to play in
delivering this Plan
The Cherwell Community Plan 2016 is the start of the process of “joined up” service delivery
in Cherwell. Now we have to get down to delivering the Plan and updating it to reflect the
changes as they arise.
I hope you will find the Plan meets your aspirations and that you will hold the Partnership to
account for its delivery!




Cllr G A Reynolds                              Grahame Handley
Leader                                         Chairman
Cherwell District Council                      Cherwell Community Planning Partnership




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    What is the Cherwell
    Community Plan 2016
The Cherwell Community Plan is a living and changing document that sets a long-term Vision
for Cherwell to 2016.
The Vision brings together the wishes and needs of Cherwell‟s local communities and co-
ordinates the delivery of aims and actions towards achieving the Vision. For this Vision, “local
communities” often means groups of residents living in a village or area of a town in Cherwell,
but it can also mean residents who share a common interest, such as sport or voluntary work.
The Community Plan is not fixed in tablets of stone. It will change over time responding to
both the needs of the many Cherwell communities and to external pressures, for example
from national Government.


Why 2016?
What Cherwell will look like in terms of the use of land for housing, roads and industry will be
set out in the next Oxfordshire Structure Plan which will run until 2016. The Cherwell Local
Plan will follow the same time-frame. This Community Plan links the delivery of the
communities‟ wishes with the physical changes that will be occurring across the District.


Who are the Cherwell Community Planning Partnership?
The Cherwell Community Planning Partnership is the “Local Strategic Partnership”, made up of
representatives of Cherwell‟s public, private and voluntary sector organisations, who have
come together to form a Partnership to develop and work towards delivering the Vision in this
Community Plan. The Partners are as follows:
   Cherwell District Council
   Thames Valley Police
   Oxfordshire County Council
   Cherwell Vale Primary Care Trust
   North East Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust
   Oxfordshire Rural Community Council
   North Oxfordshire College
   Banbury Town Council
   Bicester Town Council
   Kidlington Parish Council
   Banbury and District Chamber of Commerce
   Bicester and District Chamber of Commerce
   Kidlington Voice
   Oxfordshire Economic Partnership
   Voluntary Organisation Forum

How was this Community Plan developed?
The Partnership was formed in December 2000 and committed itself to a far-reaching
programme of consultation during 2001 with the people and organisations who live and work
in Cherwell. To begin with, a Stakeholders‟ Convention was held involving local organisations
operating in Cherwell to start the creation of a common Vision to 2016. The Stakeholders‟


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Convention helped frame a Quality of Life Survey conducted in the Spring of 2001of a
representative sample of 1,000 residents in Cherwell. This generated a Residents‟ Agenda of
the main issues for people living in Cherwell in priority order. Following on from this a
Regional Partners‟ Convention of regional and national agencies that influence the future of
Cherwell was arranged and specific consultation was undertaken. This included workshops
with Parish & Town Councils, tenants, young people, voluntary and environmental
organisations and “Question Time” public meetings were held across the District.
The resulting draft Community Plan 2016 considered all the consultation feed back collated
during 2001 and was structured around ten themes which reflect the top ten priorities that
emerged from the Residents‟ Agenda. The draft Community Plan 2016 was summarised into an
8-page booklet and distributed with a questionnaire to Cherwell‟s 54,000 households in the
winter 2001 issue of Cherwell Link, Cherwell District Council‟s magazine. 1,100 replies were
received, of which over 80% agreed with the Visions, themes and actions set out in the
summary of the Plan. Moreover, three-quarters of the replies said the Plan matched their own
aspirations for the District.
It is important that this Plan is realistic so a number of assumptions were made at the outset,
chief of which was that the money available to implement the actions would be within plus or
minus 10 per cent of current budgets.


How will the Actions actually be delivered and success measured?
Each of the ten themes of the Community Plan 2016 contains aims and actions to be delivered
over the 5 year period ending in December 2006. Sitting behind the Community Plan 2016 is a
developing framework of medium term strategies and associated action plans to 2005/2006.
Each action plan contains the detail of what, who, how, why, where and when for each aim and
action in this Plan, plus many other actions that it has not been possible to include in the Plan.
It is the role of the Cherwell Community Planning Partnership to monitor this Plan to make
sure that everything is delivered. This will be done through a strong framework of control to
manage implementation and robust arrangements for monitoring and review. In particular,
there will be an annual review of the Plan following the end of each financial year where
adjustments can be made to take account, for example, of changing needs and external
pressures.
In addition to simply measuring delivery of the Plan it is important to gauge whether the quality
of life of residents has improved. This will be assessed through specific indicators covering the
economic, social, environmental well-being of the District and also through other quantitative
and qualitative means such as further quality of life surveys.
In short, people in Cherwell can be confident that the aims and actions set out in this Plan will
be delivered. Further, progress will be reported on regularly through Cherwell Link, Cherwell
District Council‟s magazine, delivered to every household in the District three times a year.


How does the Cherwell Community Plan 2016 fit with other
Community Plans/Strategies in Oxfordshire?
The Cherwell Community Plan is the first in a number of Community Plans/Strategies based on
the District areas in Oxfordshire. There is agreement between all the Districts in Oxfordshire
and Oxfordshire County Council that there will be an “Oxfordshire Community Strategy” co-
ordinated by the County Council for the whole of Oxfordshire which will address issues of a
county-wide significance.




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Cherwell in
Context
Cherwell District is a            Cherwell Map of electoral Wards from 2002 onwards
predominantly rural area          1 Banbury:
providing an excellent            Calthorpe; Easington; Grimsbury and Castle; Hardwick; Neithrop;
environment in which to live      Ruscote
and work. There are three
                                  2 Bicester:
urban centres – Banbury,          Town; North; East; South; West
Bicester and Kidlington, which
together contain 65% of the       3 Kidlington:
population.                       North; South

The countryside is varied and
distinctive in character. The
area‟s environmental quality
has been one of the main
reasons for attracting
investment. The past decade
has brought a prosperous,
diverse local economy.
Banbury and Bicester in
particular have witnessed
significant commercial and
housing development. The
rural economy is also
changing; increasingly less
dependent on agriculture and
other related rural industries.

Cherwell continues to change,
with rapid population growth,
currently totalling 140,000,
projected to increase to some
178,500 by 2021.

Growth has brought pressures
both on the local environment
and service provision. The
challenge is to maintain and
improve services, preserve
what is best about Cherwell
and develop sustainable
physical and social
infrastructures to match the
future growth.




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Delivering a better quality of life in Cherwell
1.    Reduce Crime and tackle the Drugs problem
           – making Cherwell a safer place to live


2.    Improve Health
           – improving health and reducing inequalities


3.    Improve Education
            – raising standards


4.    Promote Prosperity and Sound Transport Systems
          – maintaining a vibrant, local economy with good road, rail and public
            transport networks


5.    Secure More Affordable Housing
           – increasing choice


6.    Protect and Enhance the Local Environment
           – developing a culture of good practice


7.    Improve Recreational Opportunities
           – increasing participation in sports and culture, and improving facilities


8.    Rural Perspective
            – preserving and enhancing the quality of rural life


9.    Urban Focus
           – developing the unique characters of Banbury, Bicester & Kidlington


10.   Focus on Cherwell‟s People
            – improving the quality of life for all




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1. Reduce crime and tackle the drugs problem
  Vision 2016
           Making Cherwell a safer place to live
Cherwell is an area of relatively low crime, but reducing crime levels, addressing the fear
of crime and tackling the drugs problem remain at the top of Cherwell‟s Residents‟ Agenda.
Over the last three years, some 26,800 crimes were reported across Cherwell District. This
figure equates to an average of 68 crimes per 1,000 population, a figure which compares
favourably with the average for the Thames Valley Police area of 98 crimes per 1,000
population and the national average of 88 crimes per 1,000 population.

The pattern of crime is, however, changing. Substantial progress has been made in reducing
domestic burglary and theft of vehicles. However, theft from vehicles, criminal damage, violent
crime and drugs and alcohol misuse remain significant local issues. Also, general nuisance and
anti-social behaviour features prominently in issues drawn to the attention of the statutory
authorities and is of increasing concern to residents throughout Cherwell.

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 made the reduction of crime a statutory responsibility of
the District Council, the County Council and Thames Valley Police. The Act also required the
three statutory authorities to work together, and to base its strategies on a detailed crime
audit and consultation. At Cherwell, the Community Safety Strategy Group is more than just
the statutory authorities involving as partners the Magistrates‟ Courts‟ Service, Probation
Service and the Primary Care Trusts.

The Group has reviewed its 1998 strategy and partnership action over recent years has
succeeded in reducing levels of crime. The challenge to 2016 is to build on that trend and
make Cherwell an even safer place to live. The Group has developed a new strategy for 2002
to 2005 to tackle crime and disorder. The new strategy is based on a comprehensive crime
and disorder audit, including an assessment of a wide range of consultation with the public,
organisations and voluntary groups. This strategy has identified the following aims and actions:

Aims
1. Reduce substance misuse – drugs and alcohol, particularly amongst young people
2. Reduce burglary
3. Reduce car crime
4. Tackle anti-social behaviour, reduce nuisance and criminal damage
5. Young people – raise awareness to personal and community safety issues and reduce
   offending
6. Reduce victimisation – tackle domestic violence and racial incidents
7. Make roads safer and reduce speeding




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Key actions to 2006 include:
1. Reduce substance misuse - drugs and alcohol
   a) Help people under 25 resist substance misuse
        Reduce the proportion of people under 25 using serious drugs by 25% by 2005 and
             by 50% by 2008
        Fund a programme of substance misuse education in schools: provide a drugs
             education programme for primary school pupils, using Life Education Centres,
             drugs education to secondary pupils using drama and follow-up information, and
             expanding the Bodyzone Project to secondary schools in Bicester & Banbury
        Employ additional detached youth workers to work with high risk groups in
             Banbury & Bicester
        Divert young people, particularly those “at risk”, into productive activities through
             a range of incentives and better access to young people‟s services.
    b) Protect the community from drug-related anti-social and criminal behaviour
        Reduce levels of repeat offending amongst drug misusing offenders by 25% by 2005
             and by 50% by 2008
        Target individuals involved with drugs who generate a large amount of crime
    c) Enable people with drug problems to overcome them
        Increase participation of problem drug misusers, including prisoners, in drug
             treatment programmes by 66% by 2005 and by 100% by 2008
        Expand the “Turnaround” drug and alcohol treatment programme
        Provide supported accommodation for people wishing to access the “Turnaround”
             programme
    d) Stifle the availability of illegal drugs on our streets

    e) Reduce alcohol abuse
        Introduce alcohol-free zones in urban centres, where appropriate
        Maintain the reduction in drink-driving through education and enforcement
        Promote Streetwise campaigns to divert young people away from alcohol
        Enforce restrictions on under-age alcohol sales


2. Reduce burglary
       Reinforce the homes of vulnerable residents, particularly those burgled, against repeat
        offences
       Provide crime prevention advice provided to burglary victims


3. Reduce car crime
       Accredit car parks under the Secured Car Parks Award Scheme
       Target crime prevention advice at vehicle hot spots
       Take steps to speed up the removal of abandoned vehicles




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4. Tackle anti-social behaviour, reduce nuisance and criminal damage
      Upgrade and expand the CCTV scheme in the three urban centres
      Maximise the use of Anti Social Behaviour Orders and Acceptable Behaviour
       Contracts for those committing repeat offending or adopting unacceptable behaviour
      Negotiate with all Registered Social Landlords to ensure the inclusion of effective anti
       social behaviour conditions in tenancy agreements
      Seek injunctive action through the courts in respect of anti social behaviour by
       Council tenants
      Reduce the incidence of dog fouling through the use of fixed penalty notices and the
       promotion of dog waste bins
      Reduce incidences of fly-tipping, and remove all reported fly-tipping in an average of 3
       working days
      Identify criminal damage hot spots for crime prevention interventions
      Reduce the incidence of offences on Bretch Hill, Ruscote and Hardwick by 5% per
       year to 2005 through: introducing the Street Warden Scheme; increasing the number
       of active Neighbourhood Watch schemes and increasing community involvement with
       a dedicated youth worker and police youth officer
      Reduce the number of recurring nuisance complaints, year-on-year


5. Young People - raise awareness of personal and community safety issues
      Increase children‟s awareness of personal and community safety issues, for example
       through participatory activity programmes such as „Junior Citizen‟ and also educational
       programmes in schools
      Create more participatory cultural activities and facilities for young people,
       particularly for those at risk, to promote social activity and community safety
      A major programme, co-ordinated by the Oxfordshire Youth Offending Team, to
       reduce re-offending
      Implement measures to divert young people away from crime in Bicester


6. Reduce Victimisation: tackle domestic violence and racial incidents
      Secure a Women‟s Refuge in Banbury by 2003 for those suffering domestic violence
      Support the continued work of the North Oxfordshire Domestic Violence Forum
      Establish a countywide protocol for rehousing victims of domestic violence
      Commission a countywide Domestic Violence Co-ordinator
      Encourage reporting of racial incidents by setting up reporting centres across the
       District at local authority premises, for example, libraries and leisure centres and train
       staff appropriately




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7. Make roads safer and reduce speeding
      Maintain education and awareness campaigns such as Travel Wise and Speed Watch
      Introduce 30mph limit zones in all Cherwell‟s villages
      Implement an annual programme of improvements to off-street parking on Council
       estates
      Reduce road casualties by 15% (average deaths & serious injuries) by 2005
      Target speed enforcement – for example, deploy the Speed Indicator Device around
       the District as a speeding deterrent and educational aid
      Improve the pedestrianised areas of Cherwell‟s urban centres


Delivering Theme 1
Lead Organisation:                          Supporting Organisations assisting the
Cherwell Community Safety Strategy Group    delivery of this Theme include:
Statutory Partners:                         Crimestoppers
Cherwell District Council                   Drugs and Alcohol Action Team
Oxfordshire County Council                  Drugs Reference Group
Thames Valley Police                        Neighbourhood Watch
Non Statutory Partners:                     Parish and Town Councils
Magistrates‟ Court Service                  Thames Valley Partnership
Primary Care Trusts                         Thames Valley Police Authority
Probation Service                           Victim Support Oxfordshire




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2. Improve health: improving health and
    reducing inequalities
 Vision 2016
    Co-ordinate, improve and provide more diverse and
             accessible health provision through:
improved education, better access to screening, partnership
       working and increased choice for older people
Good health is as much a result of the environment people live in as it is a function
of health and care services. Housing, employment, income, education, recreation,
environment and transport all provide the basis for good health, and enable health services to
help people maintain their independence.
Overall, the health of Cherwell‟s people is good compared to the national average, reflecting
the relative wealth of the area. However, there are health challenges associated with small
pockets of deprivation particularly in the urban areas and in some rural areas. Also of concern
is the rise in the number of homeless, an indicator of the pressure on housing and
subsequently the health service.
In some of the rural areas access and isolation are a problem, especially for older people and
people with disabilities. Banbury‟s ethnic minority communities face specific issues of health
and access to services.
National targets set by Government concern four areas for “Saving Lives”: coronary heart
disease and strokes, accidents, suicides and cancer. The National Service Frameworks identify
coronary heart disease, diabetes, mental health and older people as key areas.
Coronary heart disease is a significant issue in Cherwell, particularly for men. Also, lifestyle
issues in Cherwell are of concern with the highest percentage of smokers in Oxfordshire and
the highest proportion of people who never or infrequently exercise. There is clear evidence
that appropriate modification of lifestyle can have a significant, positive benefit to an individual‟s
health. Promoting healthier lifestyles is therefore a key area for primary healthcare
professionals and the two Primary Care Trusts in Cherwell are actively working to reduce
smoking, promote healthy eating and encourage exercise.
Cherwell also has the highest rate of underage pregnancy, outside Oxford City, across the
whole County. The Bodyzone scheme actively supports the County strategy to reduce
teenage pregnancies by offering counselling and health promotion in schools.
Cherwell Vale Primary Care Trust (PCT), North East Oxfordshire PCT, Cherwell District
Council and Oxfordshire County Council work together on the Cherwell Community Planning
Partnership, with key service providers, such as the Horton Hospital, to improve the health of
the people of Cherwell. All NHS agencies are working together to achieve the national NHS
Plan targets. PCT Health Improvement Plans are currently being finalised and Cherwell District
Council‟s Health Strategy will be reviewed in 2002. All will take into account the national
„health inequalities‟ targets introduced in 2001 and the focus on improving the NHS. There will
be a strategic review of the County‟s Community Hospitals in 2002/03.
The following aims, derived from consultation, link health and care services with the wider
determinants of health.




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Aims
1. Identify and support the health and social needs to reflect the expanding population
   including GP and dental services
2. Improve access to GP and local hospital services including out-patient and in-patient care
3. Ensure local healthcare and social services provisions meet the specific needs of older
   people, the young and those with mental health problems
4. Promote healthy lifestyles, raise awareness of health care provision and provide access to a
   wide range of advice to tackle coronary heart disease, cancer and other major diseases and
   reduce the incidence of ill health
5. Protect the public‟s health through monitoring and inspection
6. Reduce health inequalities across health provision in Cherwell



Key actions to 2006 include:
1.   Identify and support the health and social needs to reflect the expanding
     population including GP and dental services
      Increase NHS dental services throughout Cherwell
      Build a new Bicester Community Hospital:
        -      Provide a minor injuries unit in the new hospital
        -      Provide improved in-patient and out-patient facilities
        -      Provide a new ambulance station on the site of the new hospital
        Improve consultation with the public and patients

2. Improve access to GP and local hospital services including out-patient and in-
   patient care
    Decrease the waiting times for in-patient and out-patient care
    Increase specialist services in GP practices such as musculo-skeletal, skin, eye, and ear,
       nose and throat clinics – which also reduces outpatient waiting times and demands
       placed on hospitals
    Reduce A&E waiting times and cancelled operations, for example by using discharge
       beds to tackle delays in transfer
    Improve out-of-hours cover at the Horton Hospital for GP patients as well as for
       emergencies
    Develop intermediate care at the Horton Hospital
    Modernise maternity provision at the Horton Hospital, particularly ante-natal care
    Reduce waiting time to see a GP, for example through more effective use of other
       health care professionals
    Improve access to existing screening programmes
    Ensure continued high standards of ambulance response times, especially in rural areas




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3.   Ensure local healthcare and social services provisions meet the specific needs
     of older people, the young and those with mental health problems
      Improve services for older people and help them to live independently, such as
         through increased NHS community hospital beds at the new Bicester Community
         Hospital
      Further develop support schemes such as “Staying Put” and Small Repairs Scheme
      Ensure health & social care provision is consistent across administrative boundaries
         following NHS reorganisation
      Implement the national service framework for older people – for example identifying
         and removing all age discrimination
      With the support of new technology, help more older people live independently:
         either in sheltered housing or - where possible - in their own homes
      Secure at least 22 self-contained supported units for people with mental health
         problems by 2005

4.   Promote healthy lifestyles, raise awareness of health care and provide access
     to a wide range of advice to tackle coronary heart disease, cancer and other
     major diseases and reduce the incidence of ill health
      Promote participation in active recreation as a key component of a healthy lifestyle
      Reduce smoking, encourage healthy eating and promote the benefits of exercise,
         through schemes such as “exercise on prescription” and green gyms
      Promote the benefits of planned „Health Walks‟ to sedentary people and/or those
         recovering from ill-health
      Provide health care and advice in rural and urban areas using Cherwell‟s „Mobile
         Healthy Living Centre‟
      Increase physical activity in schools, for example through the Sport England Active
         Schools Programme and encouraging walking to school via the „Better Ways to
         School‟ initiative
      Expand “Bodyzone” advice clinics in secondary schools to help reduce teenage
         pregnancies
      Continue to promote the „Eat Well in Cherwell‟ award scheme to all food
         establishments
      Reduce the incidence of fires and accidents in the home

5.   Protect the public’s health through monitoring and inspection
      Minimise the incidence of food poisoning and food-borne disease through pro-active
        inspection of food businesses, such as shops and restaurants, and raise the awareness
        of the public through education
      Reduce occupational ill-health through a risk-based inspection programme
        Encourage all people, living and working in Cherwell, to monitor and, if necessary,
         protect against radon gas in both their home and workplace




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6.   Reduce health inequalities across health provision in Cherwell

        Develop strategies and interventions to reduce the inequalities gap, identifying where
         and how inequalities are being experienced and ways of monitoring the impact of
         interventions
        Improve access to health services for those living in rural areas e.g. by using the
         Cherwell Mobile Healthy Living Centre as a clinic for vaccinations and basic footcare
         and further developing voluntary and community transport schemes such as Dial-a-
         ride


Delivering Theme 2
Lead Organisations:                              Supporting Organisations assisting the
Cherwell Vale Primary Care Trust                 delivery of this Theme include:
North East Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust        Nuffield Orthopaedic Trust
Cherwell District Council                        Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust (including
                                                 the Horton Hospital)
                                                 Oxfordshire Ambulance Trust
                                                 Oxfordshire County Council
                                                 Oxfordshire Fire Service
                                                 Oxfordshire Learning Disability Trust
                                                 Oxfordshire Mental Health Trust




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3. Improving education: raising standards
 Vision 2016
  Raise the standards in schools and colleges to meet the
     needs of Cherwell‟s businesses and public services–
  from hi-tech and manufacturing to rural craft industries

School results are among the highest in the Country. Oxfordshire County Council‟s
Education Department supports 44 primary and 7 secondary schools in Cherwell, attended by
17,000 pupils. Schools in 21 out of 31 wards perform well above County and national averages,
with one beacon school, and one specialist school in technology. There are also five
independent schools in Cherwell.

Ten wards contain schools which perform less well in one or more core subjects. Five wards
are in the 25% most educationally deprived wards across the country, representing 26% of the
Cherwell population. Ofsted inspectors have placed two schools into special measures and
identified two others with serious weaknesses (as at 31 January 2002).

This disparity between school standards is of concern. Much of these shortcomings can be put
down to the socio-economic background of the catchment populations of these schools:
schools with the lowest standards draw most of their pupils from the wards with the highest
levels of disadvantage. Following a recent Best Value Review, the Local Education Authority is
better focusing its support for “Schools of Concern”, and improving monitoring of schools to
ensure any dip in performance is rapidly addressed.

To address these problems, links have been developed with businesses, such as Aston Martin
at Drayton School. This focuses pupils on recognising the levels of attainment necessary to
succeed in the workplace. As part of promoting business links, Cherwell has developed one of
the best schemes in the country whereby businesses offer 15 year-olds a personal mentor to
help guide them when they are deciding on future employment or academic studies.

Within education, there is also a particular emphasis on information and communications
technology. All primary schools have improved their Information and Communications
Technology through the National Grid for Learning, and secondary schools will soon have fast
internet connections („broadband‟).

Further information is available from Oxfordshire County Council‟s „Education Development
Plan‟. Provision for younger children is co-ordinated by the „Early Years and Childcare
Development Partnership‟, with their own distinct plan. Post-16 and vocational education, such
as that provided by North Oxfordshire College, is co-ordinated by the Learning and Skills
Council, which works in collaboration with local employers. Co-ordination of links with
businesses involves Cherwell District Council, the Chambers of Commerce and a wide
network of local business in Cherwell.




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Aims
1. Raise school standards - particularly literacy and numeracy to above the national average
2. Reduce the number of schools giving cause for concern
3. Raise standards for pupils at risk of under-achievement
4. Raise participation in and attainment of skills through lifelong learning
5. Develop links between education and business
6. Develop the use of information and communications technology (ICT)
7. Prepare under fives for schooling



Key actions to 2006 include:
1. Raise school standards - particularly literacy and numeracy to above the
   national average
     Encourage schools to increase standards and narrow the attainment gap, particularly
      in Banbury and Bicester where results are below Oxfordshire and national averages
    Develop Banbury and Bicester as „Learning Towns‟ and Kidlington as a „Learning
      Village‟
    Improve the learning environment: replace buildings at Bicester Community College
      and Banbury School
2. Reduce the number of schools giving cause for concern
      Reduce the percentage of schools in Cherwell in “Serious Weakness” and “Special
       Measures”
3. Raise standards for pupils at risk of under-achievement
        Through initiatives such as the Bicester „Boys achievement project‟, raise boys‟
         performance towards levels currently achieved by girls in certain subjects
        Target resources, particularly in Banbury, for pupils with English as a Second Language
        Ensure attendance exceeds the OfSTED benchmark attendance rate (currently 92%)

4. Raise participation in and attainment of skills through lifelong learning
     Increase the proportion of 19 year olds achieving a higher level qualification
     Ensure an apprenticeship place for all who want one and meet the required standard
     North Oxfordshire College to develop as a centre of excellence for art, design &
      media
    Increase awareness of health issues and develop life skills, for example by use of the
      Bodyzone advice clinics
5. Develop links between education and business
        Develop links between schools and local employers, such as Aston Martin and
         Drayton School, based on the North Oxfordshire‟s Employers‟ Network
        Continue to help a minimum of 200 Year 10/11 pupils each year through Cherwell‟s
         Business Education Partnership‟s mentoring project




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6. Develop the use of information and communications technology (ICT)
     Support initiatives – like Kidlington‟s Konnect21 project – which will connect schools
      to fast internet („broadband‟) access and enable them, together with other community
      facilities, to be used as resources for the community
    Make appropriate computer training available for all through a network of IT Training
      Centres, being developed by North Oxfordshire College, in Banbury, Bicester,
      Kidlington and by Community Education centres
    Increase young people‟s experience and knowledge of multi-media, for example
       through Banbury‟s „Animation Station‟
7. Prepare under fives for schooling
       Ensure 85 percent of three year olds have access to an approved, free early years
        education place


Delivering Theme 3
Lead Organisations:                             Supporting Organisations assisting the
Oxfordshire County Council                      delivery of this Theme include:
North Oxfordshire College                       Community Education Councils
                                                Connexions Service
                                                Business Education Partnership
                                                Chambers of Commerce and Kidlington Voice
                                                Cherwell District Council
                                                Learning and Skills Council
                                                Local Universities
                                                North Oxfordshire‟s Employers‟ Network




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4. Promote prosperity and sound transport
systems: maintaining a vibrant local economy
with good road, rail and public transport
networks
 Vision 2016
 A diverse, skilled, high-wage, high-employment economy
with a strong hi-tech sector, good transport links and sound
                        infrastructure


Cherwell has a vibrant and rapidly expanding local economy with a population
projected to increase by nearly 20% to 2016 and two major growth towns: Banbury and
Bicester. Business confidence is high and the strength of the local economy is demonstrated by
one of the lowest unemployment rates in the South East of England. In total, around 20,000
new jobs have been created in Cherwell over the 10 years to 2002; this puts Cherwell in the
top 10 Local Authority areas for jobs growth in the country.
Cherwell District now has nearly 3,500 businesses employing over 56,000 people, 95% of
which employ less than 50 people. There are 34 large companies of over 250 employees and
many of Cherwell‟s businesses are world class in their field. In more recent years there has
been a remarkable rise in the number of service and high technology firms that have moved
into or set up in the area. Of the new businesses setting up in Cherwell in 2000/01, over one
third were from the technology sector.
Economic growth needs to be sustainable not only in terms of robustness in the face of
recession but also in relation to its impact on the local environment and society. The Vision
seeks a diverse Cherwell economy of businesses from hi-tech firms and retailing, to
manufacturing and rural crafts. The widening skills gap, particularly among school and college
leavers, draws attention to education and skills training in Cherwell. The Vision also refers to
high-employment levels, aiming for a “recession-proof” economy based on diversity which can
retain the highly valued “full employment” status currently enjoyed and steadily achieved over
the last decade.
Even in the exceptionally low unemployment period being enjoyed by Cherwell at present, job
losses are averaging 300-400 per year. Complacency in the next few years could undermine
Cherwell‟s capacity to be “recession-proof”, particularly as the population is rapidly expanding.
This places increasing importance on maintaining Cherwell‟s track record of securing over
1,000 new jobs each year since the early 1990s.
The future prosperity of Cherwell should not be taken for granted. There is much to be done
to sustain and grow the economy, all of which needs to be matched by investment in
developing the right skills and providing the right infrastructure, including transport and
communications, that looks to the needs of the next decade and beyond.




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Aims
1. Promote a strong hi-tech and high-wage economy
2. Promote a diverse, sustainable economy to help „recession proof‟ Cherwell
3. Improve skill levels in Cherwell
4. Sustain high employment levels
5. Improve transport Links
6. Create a sound infrastructure




Key actions to 2006 include:
1. Promote a strong hi-tech & high-wage sector
       Promote new investment in Cherwell by high-quality, high-value businesses, such as
        new technology and science-based firms
       Maintain 75% business occupancy each year at Cherwell‟s three established Innovation
        Centres (Heyford Park, The Colin Saunders Centre and the Centre at the Oxford
        University Business and Science Park in Begbroke)
       Establish and sustain a new Innovation Centre at Bicester
     Exploit the linkage to the University of Oxford through the North Oxfordshire
      Enterprise Hub, one of the first five allocated in the South East Region
    Encourage the property market to provide land and appropriate premises for
      businesses
2. Promote a diverse, sustainable economy to help “recession-proof” Cherwell
     Foster the expansion of existing local, small and medium sized businesses
     Target new business creation of service companies to support the hi-tech and science-
      based business sectors
    Support businesses by bidding for funds from Europe and elsewhere
    Support the rural economy
3. Improve skill levels in Cherwell
       Develop Further Education Partnerships to promote vocational and skills-based
        training
       Encourage work-based training, such as modern apprenticeships and the Springboard
        Training Programme
       Enhance “life skills” programmes for young people
       Provide mentors for a minimum 200 school pupils (Years 10/11) in Cherwell each
        year as part of the National Mentoring Network
       Encourage community-based learning:
           increase the range of ways of learning; exploit computer-based & on-line
            opportunities
           increase venues across Cherwell for classroom-based skills training, particularly
            schools and other community premises such as libraries


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4. Sustaining high employment levels
       Create 1,000 new jobs each year to 2006 and beyond

5. Improve transport links
       Implement the Integrated Transport and Land-use Strategies for Banbury and Bicester:
        highlights include:
         dual Hennef Way, Banbury‟s M40 access road
         improve Skimmingdish Lane and complete the southern bypass around Bicester
         transform Banbury Railway Station into a multi-mode interchange
       Devise an Integrated Transport and Land-use Strategy for Kidlington to improve the
        flow of through traffic
       Maintain an efficient road network, by achieving minimum standards of road
        maintenance and continue to improve the condition of both principal and non-
        principal roads, addressing the issues of most concern to public – disruption caused by
        statutory road works and temporary repairs to potholes
       Secure the railway station planned for Kidlington

6. Create a sound infrastructure
       “Wire-up” the whole of Cherwell to achieve a fully-managed internet service for the
        dedicated use of public and private sectors in a robust, reliable and sustainable manner
        to provide an infrastructure for the new era of information and communications
        technology
       Within the Cherwell Local Plan 2011:
         identify housing land to deliver the Government allocation of 11,250 new homes
            in Cherwell
         identify employment land and premises for the business and population growth
         identify reusable “brownfield” sites before using “greenfields”


Delivering Theme 4
Lead Organisations:                   Supporting Organisations assisting the delivery
Cherwell District Council             of this Theme include:
Oxfordshire County Council            Banbury and District Chamber of Commerce
                                      Bicester and District Chamber of Commerce
                                      Business organisations such as Business Link Solutions &
                                      Federation of Small Businesses
                                      Cherwell M40 Investment Partnership
                                      Kidlington Voice
                                      Learning and Skills Council
                                      Local Universities and Colleges
                                      North Oxfordshire Education/Business Partnership
                                      North Oxfordshire Enterprise Hub
                                      Oxfordshire Economic Partnership
                                      Oxford Innovation
                                      Oxfordshire Rural Community Council
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5. Secure more affordable housing:
increasing choice
  Vision 2016
   Increase choice, care and social housing provision
       through flexible design, funding, planning and
            co-operation between agencies
Cherwell District has one of the fastest growing populations in the country.
Coupled with a vibrant local economy, Cherwell has seen sharp increases in house prices and
private sector rents which has generated a variety of housing needs, many of which the private
housing market can satisfy.
There is, however, an ever-increasing gap between what the market provides and what people
can afford. For the vast majority of households unable to bridge the gap, the provision of
suitable social rented housing is the only realistic and affordable solution.
The popularity of „Right to Buy‟ – particularly in the villages - has meant the loss of over 5,000
Council properties for rent across the District. The Council now owns just over 4,000 homes
and Registered Social Landlords operating in Cherwell manage just under 3,000 affordable
homes in the District. With a growing waiting list, currently registering around 3,000
applicants, it is clear that many families stand little prospect of being housed without waiting
many years. As well as the pressures that this creates for local families, the high prices in the
private housing market makes the recruitment and retention of key public workers –
policemen, nurses, doctors, teachers and firemen – increasingly problematic. The main focus
in Cherwell therefore is the provision of more affordable homes in both the urban and rural
areas.
It is vital to make the best use of the District‟s current social housing stock and give greater
individual choice to applicants, particularly to allow people to remain in rural areas where they
grew up. Neither should vulnerable members of the community be excluded from the
opportunity to live independently. To allow this to be the case, partner organisations work
together to assess individual needs, implement adaptations to properties and arrange support.
Everyone‟s quality of life is affected by the quality of the house in which they live. This has been
recognised nationally with the Government setting a series of targets for the rejuvenation of
the country‟s housing stock and improvement in the energy efficiency of individual homes. In
Cherwell District, private sector housing is in relatively good condition and so rejuvenation is
being focused in two areas of need: the Grimsbury area of Banbury and the replacement of
defective Airey-type properties in a number of rural villages.
To address the deteriorating physical condition of Cherwell District Council‟s stock an
“appraisal exercise” was carried out in 2001 to see how best to address the problem. This
showed transfer of the stock to a Registered Social Landlord to be the best solution and the
Council decided to pursue this option by applying to the Government to join its 2002/03
programme. Transfer of the stock ultimately requires a positive vote from the Council‟s
tenants.
The Cherwell Housing Strategy to 2005 contains aims and actions to address the housing
needs identified above which are summarised here.



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Aims
1. Maximise affordable housing, across a range of tenures, throughout the District – urban
   and rural
2. Develop affordable housing for key workers in the public sector
3. Enable home adaptations for disabled people
4. Rejuvenate Cherwell‟s housing and its environment
5. Provide supported housing schemes
6. Promote and support sustainable, balanced communities
7. Raise the standards of Cherwell District Council‟s housing stock


Key actions to 2006 include:
1. Maximise affordable housing, across a range of tenures, throughout the
   District – urban and rural
       Using planning policies, secure at least 30% affordable housing on new, qualifying
        housing developments across the District
       Secure a minimum of 500 additional affordable homes by 2005 across a mix of tenures
       Secure a minimum of 100 new affordable homes in rural areas by 2005

2. Develop affordable housing for key workers in the public sector
       Secure a minimum of 28 affordable homes for key workers in the public sector

3. Enable home adaptations for disabled people
       Fulfil the annual programme for adaptations to Council and private homes
       Secure 4 self-contained flats with overnight care facilities for young adults with
        physical disabilities
       Secure a halfway house to support people with a physical disability discharged from
        hospital, before they return home

4. Rejuvenate Cherwell’s housing and its environment
       Regenerate rural Airey-type homes in partnership with the private sector
       In the Grimsbury area of Banbury, each year
           purchase, modernise and let a minimum of 6 properties that are in need of major
            repair to let to people on the Council‟s waiting list
           deliver a minimum of 5 major & 15 minor property improvement schemes




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5. Provide supported housing schemes
       Provide 40 flats with support for special needs groups
       Secure a Women‟s Refuge in Banbury
       Open the “Bridge Direct Access Project” for emergency single homeless in Banbury
       Provide supported accommodation for people wishing to access the „Turnaround‟
        drug and alcohol treatment programme

6. Promote and support sustainable, balanced communities
       Introduce a „choice-based‟ lettings system to allocate social housing
       Increase the priority given to local residents when allocating social housing in villages
       Implement common estate management procedures for Cherwell District Council and
        Registered Social Landlords

7. Raise the standards of Cherwell District Council’s housing stock
       Install replacement double-glazed windows & doors and central heating in all Council-
        owned properties
       Deliver the annual programme of environmental improvements and security measures
        determined by the Council Tenants‟ Working Party
       Apply to the Government to join the 2002/03 programme to transfer to a Registered
        Social Landlord



Delivering Theme 5
Lead Organisation:                     Supporting Organisations assisting the delivery
Cherwell District Council              of this Theme include:
                                       Forums such as Cherwell Housing Providers‟ Forum
                                       Oxfordshire County Council
                                       Oxfordshire Rural Community Council
                                       Parish and Town Councils
                                       Registered Social Landlords
                                       Tenants‟ Associations
                                       Voluntary Organisations




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6. Protect and Enhance the Local
   Environment: developing a culture of good
   practice
Vision 2016
 Develop a District-wide culture of good environmental
        practice, provide environmental education,
           reduce dependency on fossil fuels and
      increase the use of alternative energy sources
Cherwell provides an excellent environment in which to live and work, but like
many other areas in the South East has to balance pressures for economic growth
with the need to sustain and protect its environment.
With a growing population and a thriving economy, the District needs to take positive action
to protect its urban and rural environments, and ensure that development is as far as possible
sustainable in environmental terms.
The District covers almost 59,000 hectares of land, much of which is recognised as being of
high landscape value, including an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Epwell. Otmoor is
a significant habitat for many species of plants and insects and in all there are 17 sites of Special
Scientific Interest. Over 8,000 hectares in the south of the District is Oxford Green Belt. The
District also contains many important historic features including 49 designated Conservation
areas and over 3,000 Listed Buildings. Even though Cherwell is predominantly rural, the built
environment gives the area a unique character and is as important to the local environment as
green fields, trees and rivers.
Despite efforts to promote public transport as a more sustainable option, for a high
proportion of the rural population, poor bus services and a reliance on the private car are facts
of life. Traffic in rural areas is growing and there are environmental concerns regarding
pollution, noise and danger on rural roads. Such concerns are increasing the pressure to
improve public transport.
The reporting of pollution incidents is on the increase and the management and reduction of
pollution is an important issue. Monitoring of atmospheric pollution, local air and water
quality, industrial activity, and emissions, and taking steps to secure improvements ensure the
environment we live in is protected for the future.
Since the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, Cherwell has responded to the drive towards
sustainable development with a Cherwell-wide Agenda for the 21st Century. This world-wide
agenda places obligations on us all to conserve energy, reduce waste, recycle more and
minimise pollution. Many tough national targets have been set in these areas, such as the
target to increase recycling of household waste to 25% nationally by 2005, which Cherwell is
making great strides towards.
A review of progress and extensive consultation is now underway to formulate a new
Environmental Strategy for Cherwell from 2002 featuring the following aims and actions:




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Aims
1. Incorporate the principles of sustainable development in all plans
2. Promote environmentally sound transport solutions
3. Preserve the countryside, wildlife, protect parks and open spaces
4. Conserve and enhance the built heritage
5. Promote renewable energy and energy conservation
6. Reduce business and household waste, encourage reuse and increase recycling
7. Minimise pollution and manage local air and water quality
8. Increase environmental awareness and promote local community action


Key actions to 2006 include:
1. Incorporate the principles of sustainable development in all plans
       Comprehensive and sustainable policies to be incorporated into the Cherwell Local
        Plan
       Minimise the adverse environmental impacts of planned development
         avoid inappropriate development in the flood plain
         encourage developers to use sustainable drainage techniques
       Implement the flood alleviation scheme for Banbury
       Reduce the adverse effects of agricultural land use on the water environment

2. Promote environmentally sound transport options
       Implement integrated transport strategies for the urban areas and devise one for
        Kidlington
       Work with local businesses and schools to implement Green Travel Plans
       Reduce traffic growth and increase the use of public transport and other alternatives
        to travel by car including safer pedestrian and cycling routes:
           Encourage bus use in urban areas to grow by 5% per year
           Encourage bus use in rural areas to grow 2% per year
           Work towards the target of 88% of Cherwell‟s residents having access to at least
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3. Preserve the countryside, wildlife, protect parks and open spaces
      Protect and improve the landscape, natural habitat and woodland heritage
      Provide parks, play areas and open spaces for local needs
      Protect Cherwell‟s natural woodland heritage
          adopt a Tree and Woodland Plan and associated management programme
          undertake a full audit of ancient trees
      Establish a tree planting and nature conservation grant scheme to promote
       community involvement, public access and improved education
      Implement the UK‟s Biodiversity Action Plan in the Cherwell Valley area
      Introduce a "Green Gym" project to encourage conservation and healthy activity

4. Conserve and enhance the built environment
      Undertake an audit of the built heritage and develop a strategy with clear design
       policies and an appropriate architectural mix
      Ensure restoration and re-use is sensitive, and new buildings within historic contexts
       are well designed
      Complete the review of key Conservation Areas, eg Banbury and Bicester, and
       promote new or extended Areas where appropriate
      Improve the pedestrianised areas of Cherwell‟s urban centres
      Provide special care to Listed Buildings “at risk”
      Consider enabling development to secure the future of heritage assets where
       necessary
      Promote access to funding from schemes such as the Local Heritage Initiative and
       Heritage Lottery Fund
      Protect and enhance the rich heritage of historic buildings, features, landscapes and
       gardens, and archaeology

5. Promote renewable energy and energy conservation
      Implement home energy efficiency schemes
      Promote the Thames Valley Energy Efficiency Advice Centre‟s work promoting
       renewable energy projects within the Cherwell area
      Develop “energy efficient” show homes in Banbury and Bicester in partnership with a
       local Registered Social Landlord

6. Reduce business and household waste, encourage reuse and increase
   recycling
      Increase recycling of household waste to 12% by 2003/04 and 18% by 2005/06 by
       introducing new kerbside collection schemes
      Support the Oxfordshire waste management strategy
      Promote composting at home through the sale of reduced price compost bins to
       householders
      Work to implement waste reduction programmes which encourage households and
       businesses to reduce the quantity of waste they produce




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7. Minimise pollution and manage local air and water quality
      Monitor and control local sources of pollution following the “polluter pays” principle
       wherever possible
      Provide the public with direct access to real-time air quality data
      Develop an enforcement Policy and improve the effectiveness of removal of litter, fly
       tipping, and abandoned vehicles.
      Identify and assess all contaminated land sites within the Cherwell District
      Monitor and improve water quality of the River Cherwell around Banbury Sewage
       Treatment Works
      Year-on-year, monitor water quality and maintain a sampling programme to cover all
       private water supplies

8. Increase environmental awareness and promote local community action
      Develop education programmes to raise individual awareness on issues such as litter
       prevention and support local communities to develop environmental projects
      Provide opportunities for groups to develop projects which enhance the local
       environment
        provide grant support to groups for the development of 25 local environmental
           projects by 2005
        support groups wishing to access external sources of funding for the development
           of local environmental projects
      Extend the Oxfordshire Farming and Education Initiative to all Cherwell primary
       schools


Delivering Theme 6
Lead Organisations:                  Supporting Organisations assisting the delivery
Cherwell District Council            of this Theme include:
Oxfordshire County Council           Cherwell Rural Transport Partnership
                                     Countryside Agency
                                     Environment Agency
                                     Environmental Forum
                                     Thames Valley Energy Efficiency Advice Centre
                                     Transport companies and operators
                                     Voluntary organisations and Trusts




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7. Improve recreational opportunities:
   increasing participation in sports and culture,
   and improving facilities
     Vision 2016
       Improve facilities and District-wide participation and
            involvement in sports and cultural activities,
             embracing local heritage and traditions and
               fostering a modern, healthy lifestyle
It is widely recognised that both physical and mental activity contribute to good
health, increased self-esteem and improved well-being. The challenge is to encourage more
people to be more active, throughout their lives. Recreation – in all its different forms – is a
key component of a modern, healthy lifestyle.
Cherwell is well placed, with a good range of facilities and opportunities within the District and
immediately beyond. Over the past decade, the District has been promoted more vigorously
as a centre for tourism, recognising the increasingly important role of tourism both in
providing local recreation opportunities and in generating a diverse and sustainable local
economy.
However, the essentially rural nature of the District has meant that the commercial sector is
poorly represented in terms of cinema, hotels and family entertainment. The District has seen
significant growth in population in recent years and by 2021Cherwell‟s population is forecast to
increase to 178,500. Such an increase may prove more attractive to the commercial sector,
but so often investment of this type follows on after the population growth has taken place.
Similarly, there are growing expectations of community and recreation opportunities provided
by the public sector. In Cherwell, public sector provision currently ranges from community
activities in small-scale venues in rural areas to the provision of facilities such as Spiceball Park
Sports Centre and Woodgreen Leisure in Banbury, Bicester & Ploughley Sports Centre,
Kidlington & Gosford Sports Centre, and the outdoor sports facilities at Drayton School,
Banbury, Cooper School, Bicester and Stratfield Brake, Kidlington. Many of these facilities are
used by local schools to provide sports opportunities under the national curriculum.
Improving recreational opportunities involves widening participation, increasing involvement in
setting up and supporting recreation activities and expanding or developing new facilities. The
consultation has highlighted two key areas for attention: activity programmes for young people
– particularly in Bicester – and improved leisure opportunities for the increasing population of
older people in Cherwell. More detail on these and other issues is contained in the Cherwell
Cultural Strategy and the new Rural Strategy.
Aims
1.   Improve sports development opportunities
2.   Increase leisure facilities and venues
3.   Promote arts and tourism
4.   Develop community recreation



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5. Provide more information, promotion and support
Key actions to 2006 include:
1. Improve sports development opportunities
       Increase physical activity for school children, for example through the Sport England
        Active Schools Programme
       Use the „Sports Development Continuum‟ to broaden public involvement in sport and
        promote excellence
       Promote shared use of school sports facilities, creating greater links between schools
        and their local communities
       Prioritise children‟s play provision and further sports pitch needs in urban and rural
        areas, particularly through new development


2. Increase leisure facilities and venues
       Develop a long term facility development programme for the District to address
        future leisure/lifestyle requirements
       Encourage commercial leisure companies to provide facilities, such as cinema and
        tenpin bowling, in urban areas
       Secure forty acres of additional sports pitches at Howes Lane, Bicester
       Provide a new Library for Kidlington
       Develop St Mary‟s Church, Banbury as a setting for local events
       Develop The Mill for the wider benefit of Banbury and North Oxfordshire
       Develop a programme to improve village recreation facilities where there is unmet
        demand
       Maximise grant aid and support for facilities which act as a village focal point

3. Promote arts and tourism
       Implement a Visitor Management Plan for Banbury
       Establish an outreach heritage service from the Banbury Museum with a network of
        local historical groups and facilities
       Improve arts and cultural opportunities in Bicester, such as the Town Centre Arts
        Initiative
       Expand the use of the Courtyard Youth Arts Centre in Bicester by providing theatre
        and community cinema
       Encourage travelling theatres, cinemas and roadshows to promote the arts
       Develop and promote a network of bridleways across the District
       Link local artists and craftspeople in Cherwell‟s rural areas into a marketing and
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4. Develop community recreation
       Provide more recreation activities in community centres for older people
       Develop more after-school clubs and holiday play schemes
       Develop a network of informal recreation areas and young people‟s meeting points,
        across the District
       Promote greater access to the countryside for walkers, cyclists and horse riders,
        emphasising public footpaths and bridleways

5. Provide more information, promotion & support
       Provide “on-line” information about cultural activities, events, services and facilities
       Continue supporting organisations such as community associations, parishes and
        voluntary groups to fund and develop projects and extend their programmes of
        activities and recreation facilities
       Establish a publicly accessible database detailing contacts for a range of community
        based groups
       Provide “internet public information points” in focal points such as libraries to
        increase accessibility to local recreational and cultural information


Delivering Theme 7
Lead Organisation:                      Supporting Organisations assisting the delivery
Cherwell District Council               of this Theme include:
                                        Commercial companies and operators
                                        Local Associations and Voluntary Organisations
                                        Local Management and Youth Committees/Trusts
                                        Oxfordshire County Council
                                        Oxfordshire Rural Community Council
                                        Regional & national Boards: arts, tourism, sport
                                        Town and Parish Councils




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8. Rural perspective: preserving and enhancing
   the quality of rural life
  Vision 2016
     Preserve and enhance the quality of rural life, allowing
      access to urban facilities for the rural community and
        for the urban community respectfully to enjoy the
                countryside – it is a joint heritage
Cherwell is predominately rural in character. Its landscape is varied and distinctive, set in a
mainly agricultural setting. The quality of the countryside makes Cherwell a popular place to
live, work and spend leisure time. The River Cherwell and its valley form a distinctive central
spine to the District‟s landscape, through which are routed the Oxford Canal and the railway.
The landscape has four distinct areas: the Cherwell Valley, Ironstone Downs, Ploughley
Limestone Plateau and Clay Vale of Otmoor.
35% of the Cherwell population live in 75 rural parishes in Cherwell, ranging in population
from small hamlets with less than 40 residents to vibrant village communities of over 2,000
residents. 60% of parishes have a population of under 500.
From a recent study conducted by the Countryside Agency, nationally 75% of rural settlements
do hot have a general store and 21% of rural households live more than 4km from a
supermarket. In Cherwell, 72% have neither a general store nor a village shop. Nationally, 51%
of rural settlements have a bus service on 6 or 7 days a week. In Cherwell, 57% of parishes
have either a public or community service on at least 6 days a week, but only 9% have a daily
service and 9% have no service at all. 85% of Cherwell‟s parishes do not have a petrol station;
nationally the figure is 81%
The outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease highlighted specific rural issues and prompted greater
effort for co-ordinated action at a national, regional and local level. The Cherwell Rural
Strategy includes many initiatives which are prompted by local need but which can benefit from
national funding sources.
Drawing on opportunities which have arisen out of the Government‟s Rural White Paper, the
new Rural Strategy has a range of actions and targets under four strategic objectives. This
strategy is a response to the changing nature of the Cherwell rural environment, economy and
communities. It addresses the specific social and economic needs of the rural population, whilst
balancing the opportunities against the challenges which a quality rural landscape provides.

Aims
1. Encourage vibrant and thriving village communities: ensure that rural communities become
   more sustainable and socially active
2. Ensure accessible services and facilities: ensure rural communities have relevant
   information about local services and facilities
3. Support the needs of Cherwell‟s changing rural economy
4. Preserve Cherwell‟s environmental character in rural areas, recognising growing pressures
   and challenges: improve understanding and respect for the countryside


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Key actions to 2006 include:
1. Encourage vibrant and thriving village communities: ensure that rural
   communities become more sustainable and socially active
      Secure 100 new, affordable homes in rural areas by 2005 through
        suitable small housing sites in larger villages with facilities
        using “exception sites” in villages where local need can be demonstrated
        using “brownfield” land in preference to “greenfield” sites
    Increase the priority given to local residents when allocating social housing in villages
    Increase networking between villages:
        increase rural representation at the Voluntary Organisation Forum
        programme regular meetings for Parish Councils to improve networking and share
            good practice
        create a dedicated IT network for Parish Councils to share information and
            improve communication
    Promote and financially support the development of Village Plans by community
       groups
    Maximise grant and support to facilities acting as a village focal point
    Support Parish Councils and voluntary groups to fund and develop projects and
       extend their programmes of activities in villages
    Encourage travelling theatres, cinemas and roadshows in rural areas to promote the
       arts
    Develop a programme to improve village recreation facilities where there is unmet
       demand
2. Ensure accessible services and facilities: ensure rural communities have
   relevant information about local services and facilities
       Improve village recreation facilities and activities
       Provide internet linked “public information points” in villages
       Promote rural networks by maintaining an on-line information database of rural
        activities, events, services and facilities
       Generate more inter-village and village-to-urban public transport through
         more routine, regular services
         expanded existing routes and introduce new routes
       Increase “on-demand” community-based rural transport services
       Maximise awareness of public transport opportunities in Cherwell, while recognising
        the importance of the private car in rural areas
       Increase passenger take-up of rural bus services by 2% per year
       Increase use of village facilities for community use: village schools, halls, pubs etc.
       Provide more healthcare and advice in villages, for example by increasing the services
        offered on the Cherwell “Mobile Healthy Living Centre”




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3. Support the needs of Cherwell’s changing rural economy
      Improve the viability of all existing village shops and post offices by 2005, with support
       from Oxfordshire Rural Community Council‟s dedicated village shops fieldworker
      “Co-operative” ventures supported and promoted, such as:
        food and other local produce co-operatives
        co-operative ventures for, and between, village shops
        services through village shops such as banking facilities, etc.
        links between local co-operative ventures and retail outlets such as village shops
           and farmers‟ markets
      Link local artists and craftspeople in Cherwell‟s rural areas into a marketing and
       support network which encourages the distinctiveness and diversification that
       traditional and new crafts can bring to the rural economy
      Develop a support framework for Cherwell‟s village pubs ensuring their sustainability
      Promote rural tourism
      Encourage farm diversification into areas such as recreation, tourism and small
       business development, and ensure the Local Plan 2011 embraces the planning
       measures needed
      Bid for funds to support rural businesses

4. Preserve Cherwell’s environmental character in rural areas, recognising
   growing pressures and challenges: improve understanding and respect for
   the countryside
      Introduce traffic calming measures such as 30mph speed limits in every village
      Monitor and address concerns to reduce the fear of crime in rural areas:
        work closely with Parish Councils and rural Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators
        use mobile CCTV to support detection of criminal and anti-social behaviour in
           rural areas
      Conserve the quality and appearance of the landscape, through four distinct local
       character areas – the Cherwell Valley, the Ironstone Downs, the Ploughley Limestone
       Plateau, and the Clay Vale of Otmoor
      Improve standards of street cleaning in rural areas - with the new „village blitz‟ crew
      Maintain the open countryside through the control of development including the
       Oxford Green Belt
      Protect historic buildings and features
      Increase understanding of Cherwell countryside issues through improved maps,
       information, publicity, local media, features in Cherwell Link and events, including
       promoting the role of the Cherwell Countryside Forum
      Extend the Oxfordshire Farming and Education Initiative to all primary schools
      Promote greater access to the countryside for walkers, cyclists and horse riders,
       emphasising public footpaths and bridleways and where appropriate, the Oxford Canal
      Promote and support nature conservation projects which are aimed at community
       involvement, public access and education




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Delivering Theme 8
Lead Organisations:           Supporting Organisations assisting the delivery
Cherwell District Council     of this Theme include:
Oxfordshire Rural Community   Cherwell Countryside Forum
Council                       Commercial companies and operators
                              Co-operative organisations
                              Local associations and voluntary organisations
                              Local transport organisations
                              National Farmers‟ Union
                              Oxfordshire County Council
                              Regional & national Agencies and Boards
                              Thames Valley Police
                              Town and Parish Councils




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9. Urban perspective: developing the unique
   characters
  Urban centres' shared Vision 2016:
  Develop the unique characters of Banbury, Bicester and
          Kidlington and engender a sense of pride,
         belonging to the community, and heritage
Cherwell District has three distinct urban centres: Banbury, Bicester and
Kidlington, where 65% of the Cherwell population lives. The towns of Banbury and Bicester
have populations of nearly 45,000 and 30,000 respectively, whereas Kidlington, a large village,
has a population of nearly 15,000. All three centres have local shops and supermarkets, sport
centres, District Council offices, health centres and dentists. All have active, thriving weekly
markets and provide an important base for services to the rural hinterlands.
The population of Cherwell is projected to increase significantly and Banbury and Bicester, as
two of the four growth towns in Oxfordshire, will accommodate most of the Government‟s
target for Cherwell to build 11,250 homes by 2011.
It is important for the urban centres to develop and adapt in response to the increasing
pressures, and in particular that their infrastructure in terms of facilities, transport systems and
employment opportunities, develops to match population growth while safeguarding the
unique character and heritage of each centre.
From Cherwell-wide focus groups of stakeholders, local Councillors and public, the following
shared aims have emerged:

Urban Centres’ shared aims
    1.   More leisure facilities
    2.   Improved traffic flows
    3.   More social housing
    4.   Reduced crime and disorder
    5.   Better integration between the centres and their hinterlands
    6.   An infrastructure to match growth – now and in the future
Urban Centres’ shared key actions to 2006 include:
        Promote commercial leisure investment opportunities in Cherwell‟s urban areas
        Encourage a thriving evening economy
        Introduce alcohol-free zones in the urban centres where appropriate
        Achieve 30% social housing on new urban developments
        Improve the Oxford Canal as a “green corridor” in Banbury and Kidlington
        Implement integrated transport strategies
        Reduce traffic growth in the urban centres aiming at achieving half that forecast to
         2016
        Improve the pedestrianised areas of Cherwell‟s urban centres




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   Work towards the target of 88% of Cherwell‟s residents having access to at least an
    hourly bus service by 2011
   Encourage bus use in urban areas to grow by 5% each year
   Reduce crime in the urban areas achieving a reduction in the recorded statistics for
    the numbers of burglaries, violent crimes and vehicle crimes (per 1,000 population)
   Upgrade and expand the CCTV scheme in the three urban centres
   Conserve and enhance the built heritage: bring forward policies for the built heritage
    with clear design guidance and an appropriate architectural mix
   Secure physical and social infrastructure to match Cherwell‟s substantial rate of
    growth through the Oxfordshire Structure Plan to 2016 and the Cherwell Local Plan
    2011


  Vision 2016: Banbury Town
 Value Banbury‟s historical past, enliven run-down areas,
   promote enterprise and preserve Banbury‟s industrial
                        heritage
Key actions to 2006 include:
   Dual Hennef Way, Banbury‟s M40 access road
   Extend “pedestrian priority” into Market Place and Parsons Street
   Improve school exam results in Banbury Schools each year
   Transform Banbury Railway Station into a multi-mode interchange with a walking,
    cycling and public transport link from George Street
   Improve residential parking on Council Estates and neighbourhoods
   Implement a Street Warden Scheme to reduce the incidence of anti-social behaviour
    and offences such as criminal damage and burglary on the Bretch Hill and Hardwick
    estates in Banbury
   Implement a Visitor Management Plan which integrates the Oxford Canal, in particular
    in the vicinity of Banbury Lock, with public art provision


 Vision 2016: Bicester Town
Build Bicester's community spirit - work local, think local
Key actions to 2006 include:
   Attract 500 jobs each year to the Bicester travel to work area
   Build a new Bicester Community Hospital
   Increase the number of GPs covering the Bicester area
   Complete Bicester‟s southern ring road
   Develop improved rail facilities and links
   Improve parking facilities in the Town Centre
   Improve cultural opportunities, such as the Town Centre Arts Initiative
   Expand North Oxfordshire College activities in Bicester
   Improve recreational opportunities for young people



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      Vision 2016: Kidlington Village
     Preserve the community feeling of a village and integrate
    the East and West side to create a traffic-free village centre
                           for Kidlington

   Key actions to 2006 include:
      Bring forward proposals for a better integrated village centre for Kidlington
       considering
        a more pedestrian friendly, traffic-free centre
        re-directing through traffic to Oxford
        meeting the parking needs of workers and shoppers
        improved short-term car parking
        a permanent site for the market
      Consider options to address the lack of timely news and information to Kidlington
       residents
      Secure the railway station planned for Kidlington


Delivering Theme 9
Lead Organisations:                 Supporting Organisations assisting the delivery
Banbury Town Council                of this Theme include:
Bicester Town Council               Chambers of Commerce and Kidlington Voice
Kidlington Parish Council           Commercial companies and operators
Cherwell District Council           Primary Care Trusts
Oxfordshire County Council          Regional & national Agencies and Boards
                                    Thames Valley Police
                                    Voluntary Organisations, Trusts & Societies




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10. Focus on Cherwell's people:
    improving the quality of life for all
Vision 2016
     “Improve the quality of life for all, particularly older
 people, the young, disabled people and ethnic minorities
    recognising and supporting the important role of the
  family, carers, voluntary sector and faith communities.”
This theme is arguably the most important of the ten themes in this Community Plan. From the
consultation for this plan, it is clear that the people of Cherwell care deeply about the well-
being of their fellow residents.
„Quality of life‟ is, however, particularly complex to assess. For example, rural isolation can be
one person‟s dream and the next person‟s nightmare. The varied needs of different groups of
people are reflected in the actions for this theme.
Throughout this plan it has been assumed that services should be equally accessible to all.
Equality of opportunity for everyone is integral to the work of all the organisations involved in
the Cherwell partnership and who have signed up to this Community Plan 2016.
Looking at the profile of Cherwell‟s population, there has been significant growth over the last
decade and Cherwell is now one of the fastest growing areas in the country. The current
population of 140,000 comprises 54,000 households. The urban areas account for 65% of the
population: 45,000 in Banbury, 30,000 in Bicester and 15,000 in Kidlington. The remaining 35%
live in the rural areas (50,000 population).
Based on the Government‟s forecast of 178,500 population by 2021, the projected age
structure of Cherwell‟s population is as follows:
                   2000 Popn.            %         2021 Popn.            %           % Change
under 15             35,000            25.0          33,900             19.0              - 3%
15 - 64              86,700            62.0         117,100             65.6            +35%
65+                  18,000            13.0          27,500             15.4            + 53%
The 1991Census shows that disabled people represent 11.6% of Cherwell population and 3.6%
of the population are from ethnic minority groups - the largest community being in Banbury.
The following identifies the lead organisations responsible for co-ordinating delivery of aims
and actions within this theme to improve the quality of life for Cherwell‟s older people, the
young, disabled people and ethnic minorities:
Delivering Theme 10
The Lead Organisations                  Supporting Organisations assisting the delivery
responsible for the delivery of         of this Theme include:
this Theme are:                         Faith Communities
Cherwell District Council               Commercial companies and operators
Oxfordshire County Council              Racial Equality Councils
Voluntary Organisations‟ Forum          Voluntary Organisations




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Older people
Aims
1. Increase involvement
2. Improve advice and support
3. Reduce discrimination
4. Promote independent living
5. More care places
6. Better transport options
Key actions to 2006 include:
    Involve older people in decisions which affect them
    Develop information, advice and advocacy services
     Expand the programme of recreation activities for older people
     Build a new social services day centre in conjunction with a new library in Kidlington
     Increase the proportion of older people living independently in the community
     Evaluate how new technology can help maintain independence
     Further develop support schemes such as “Staying Put” and the small repairs scheme
     At least 50% of affordable homes to be build to “Lifetime homes” standards
     Develop a new community hospital in Bicester
     Further develop the Dial-a-ride scheme and other transport services
     Further develop Concessionary Fares for older people
Young People
Aims
1. Maximise education opportunities for young people
2. Help young people prepare for the workplace and future social demands
3. Increase recreation and participation
4. Address transport and access to facilities
5. Support young people “at risk” and promote positive behaviour in the community
Key actions to 2006 include:
    Maximise opportunities to learn up-to-date skills
    Reduce the percentage of schools in “Serious Weakness” and Special Measures
    Mentors from businesses to help 200 year 10 and 11 pupils achieve examination
       success and develop life skills
    Encourage businesses to link with local schools and colleges
    Expand recreation and participative opportunities for young people, particularly in
       Bicester
    Increase facilities such as after school clubs and holiday playschemes for 5-14 year olds
       by at least 6% every year
    Develop a network of young people‟s meeting points
    Take the needs of young people into account in developing transport services
    Expand “Bodyzone” advice clinics in secondary schools to help reduce teenage
       conception by 15% by 2004 and 50% by 2010
    More youth support workers to help young people “at risk”
    Secure nine supported flats for teenage mothers in Banbury
    Further develop the “Turnaround” drug and alcohol treatment programme for young
       people


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Disabled People
Aims
1. Increase involvement and opportunity
2. Improve information, advice and support
3. Reduce discrimination
4. Promote independent living
5. Increase mobility and transport options
6. Promote the inclusion of pupils, such as those with special educational needs, in
   education and other settings – to enable them to reach their full potential
7. All organisations in Cherwell to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act


Key actions to 2006 to include:
    Integrate disabled people into clubs and recreation activities
    Ensure buildings open to the public are fully accessible
    Increase accessibility of public transport
       Increase accessibility of footpaths through the replacement of stiles
       Develop information, advice and advocacy services
       Ensure information is accessible in a variety of formats
       Increase supported accommodation in the community
       Enable home adaptations for disabled people and build at least 50% of affordable
        homes to “Lifetime homes” standards
       Develop a countywide purchasing plan for specialist equipment
       Establish a halfway house to accommodate disabled people leaving hospital, before
        returning home
       Encourage businesses to offer training, work experience and jobs
       Further develop the Dial-a-ride scheme and Shopmobility
       Increase the use and accessibility of Council sports facilities
       Promote the Cherwell Link discount card for disabled people and their carers
       Further develop Concessionary Fares for disabled people




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Ethnic minorities
Aims
1. Promote racial equality in the public, private and voluntary sector - specifically in
   public service delivery and employment
2. Ensure all racial harassment or racist incidents are reported, recorded, monitored
   and tackled
3. Reduce discrimination
4. Provide counselling, advocacy and support for those affected by racism
5. Improve access to information in other languages
6. Ensure full involvement of ethnic minority communities in activities and consultation

Key actions to 2006 include:
    Ensure compliance with the Race Relations (Amended) Act 2000 and Codes of
       Practice: in particular publish Racial Equality Schemes detailing how public
       organisations will fulfil their obligations and ensure appropriate training for staff
    Introduce local reporting centres for racist incidents at local authority sites and
       provide staff with appropriate training
    Support organisations which counsel, support and provide advocacy for those affected
       by racism
    Identify community development and capacity building needs within ethnic minority
       communities and take action to address
    Raise the achievement – and reduce the exclusions – of ethnic minority school
       students. Ensure compliance with the Code of Practice for the elimination of racial
       discrimination in education, and work towards achieving the CRE standard „Learning
       for All‟
    Promote more active engagement of local ethnic minority communities in sport and
       the elimination of discrimination by sports bodies
    Reduce the proportion of ethnic minority households in unsuitable accommodation
       across the District from 13% to 10% by 2004
    Comply with the Commission for Racial Equality‟s Code of Practice in rented housing
    Implement the Good Practice Guidance for Social Landlords on Tackling Racial
       Harassment and ensure that Registered Social Landlords adopt ethnic minority
       strategies in line with Housing Corporation guidance




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 Who is part of the Cherwell Community
 Planning Partnership?
Cherwell‟s Vision 2016 and the resulting aims and actions have been drawn together following
extensive consultation across the whole of Cherwell by the Cherwell Community Planning
Partnership who are responsible for co-ordinating delivery of the Plan for the people of
Cherwell. The Cherwell Community Planning Partnership members are:

                Cherwell District Council
                Thames Valley Police
                Oxfordshire County Council
                Cherwell Vale Primary Care Trust
                North East Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust
                Oxfordshire Rural Community Council
                North Oxfordshire College
                Banbury Town Council
                Bicester Town Council
                Kidlington Parish Council
                Banbury and District Chamber of Commerce
                Bicester and District Chamber of Commerce
                Kidlington Voice
                Oxfordshire Economic Partnership
                Voluntary Organisations‟ Forum

 This information is available in different formats
This document can be made available electronically or in alternative formats including Braille,
audio tape and other languages on request. It is also available on the Council‟s website
www.cherwell-dc.gov.uk



 How to find out more
       Mrs Alison Davies
       Cherwell Community Planning Partnership
       Bodicote House
       Bodicote
       Banbury
       Oxfordshire
       OX15 4AA

       Tel: 01295 252535
       Fax: 01295 270028
       Textphone: 01295 221572
       Email: info@cherwell-dc.gov.uk
       www.cherwell-dc.gov.uk




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