Sir – Further to your report (‘Chance to have say over housing plans’, last week’s Witney Gazette) that West Oxfordshire District Council has begun public consultation with the recommendation that the former RAF sites close to the town centre and the Carterton East option should be allocated for housing, I hope Carterton Town Council will take into account the true feelings of its residents.
When the housing sites were first suggested for Carterton, the town council voted, in the middle of a public consultation, to support the west option – hardly a move which showed they wanted to listen to the people they represent.
This angered hundreds upon hundreds of Carterton residents, so much so that a petition was raised to show their objection to such a beautiful piece of land being built on and on the wrong side of the town too.
When completed, this petition contained 1,748 names and addresses of adult Carterton residents, a significant proportion of the town’s voters.
This petition was sent to both the town council and the district council. Good to see that the district council, in this age of localism, listens to the people and, just as importantly, makes decisions which take account of sound planning.
Natasha Saveall, Pinecroft, Carterton