Friends of Old Woodstock

Who are the Friends of Old Woodstock?

The Friends of Old Woodstock (FoOW) is a community organisation open to all resident of Old Woodstock.  Old Woodstock comprises the homes in Manor Road including The Old Builders Yard, St Andrews Square and Hill Rise and the homes in the Barn Piece estate including Vermont Drive, Rosamund Drive, Vanbrugh Close, Marlborough Crescent, Mavor Close and Westlands Way. 
The purpose of FoOW is to nurture the Old Woodstock community, to represent its voice in the town and to ensure that its particular needs are met.

For the latest news on Community First Oxfordshire's work in developing a Woodstock Community and Infrastructure Delivery Plan go to the Local Plan and Development page or click here

An important notice concerning the temporary suspension of Friends of Old Woodstock

Friends of Old Woodstock was first set up when the play area was under threat of closure in 2016, later re-emerged a few years ago when the development was first heard of, and was re-activated this year when a timetable for development was announced.

This time, the aim of the core group was to communicate with and inform all residents of the planned development and issues surrounding it, seeking feedback and opinions.  We are all un-elected and unrepresntative , and care has been taken to respect all points of view, including those from the wider community.

More recently, the core group has re-formed and a difference of approach has become clear, between outright opposition to the development and seeking to mitigate the effects of it, notably the dangers to pedestrians on the A44 and vehicular access to the new site from the A44 or through Rosamund Drive and our valued play area. However, despite these differences, the group has held together through mutual respect and goodwill.

It is now understood that a letter writing campaign is to be promoted, encouraging residents including families and children to write to annoy the developers and public figures, together with window stickers and banners.  For some of us this severely damages efforts to make positive suggestions for road and off road safety, and most other efforts to engage with public authorities, planners and the developers.  We fear that such an approach could lead to Old Woodstock finishing up with new houses and nothing else.

This is not to ignore valuable lines of enquiry currently underway, such as advice from the Planning Officer or a Planning consultant, aimed at possible objection at the planning application stage, but there are also parallel efforts being made to gain the support of local and County representatives for infrastructure and other improvements. 

For the time being, therefore, it is envisaged that the two groups should go their own way.  Friends of Old Woodstock as a coherent group will be suspended for the time being although this website will continue to to campaign for measures to remove the dangers to pedestrians on the A44, for appropriate and safe vehicular access to the new site from the A44 and for the protection and improvement of our valued play area.

  Friends of Old Woodstock 1st Public Meeting at the Town Hall 27th March 2019

At a public meeting on 27th March2019, open to all Old Woodstock residents, 71 households were represented.

At the meeting, the residents of Old Woodstock expressed strong opposition to housing development on the site adjacent to Hill Rise, because of the potentially increased concentration of pedestrians and motorists on the A44, which is the only link between the site and the town of Woodstock, and the real dangers present there.

The A44 Manor Road carriageway and pavements cannot be widened at already dangerous points between Farm End and the Black Prince public house.  Safer off-road routes for pedestrians and cyclists have not been explored by either the developer or the Authorities, and may present additional time consuming difficulties of funding, land ownership, aquisition and design, well beyond the start of building. Even if alternative routes are provided, this specific section of the  A44 Manor Road will remain a danger, and a risk to health due to increased air pollution.

In addition, promises to engage residents in discussions regarding layout and impact upon existing communities have not yet been met.  Read more ........

To Object? Or not to Object?  That is the Question?  ...... CLICK HERE FOR An Opinion from FooW Steering Group member Colin Carritt

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Read here about the Woodstock Community and Infrastructure Delivery Plan being prepared for Blenheim Estates and Woodstock Town Council by locally based charity Community First Oxfordshire

MORE INFORMATION WILL BE ADDED TO THIS WEBSITE WHEN WE HAVE A CLEARER PICTURE OF WHAT OLD WOODSTOCK RESIDENTS WANT FROM IT.  IN PARTICULAR WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT ARE RESIDENTS CONCERNS ABOUT THE NEW DEVELOPMENT, TRAFFIC, SAFETY, RECREATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT.  TO THAT END WE WILL BE CONTACTING ALL RESIDENTS SHORTLY.