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When Cllr Dixon became Mayor in May 2015, she made a promise to herself and the community that she would jump out of a plane to raise money for her two chosen charities. So on Saturday 29 August 2015, Nichola took to the skies with experts from London Parachute School and fulfilled her pledge, raising over £1400 in the process:

"I can honestly say it was the best thing I have ever done, I would do it again tomorrow if I could." - Nichola

Speaking about the jump, Nichola said: "I had to keep telling myself I was more excited than nervous and having my family, friends and some fellow Councillors supporting me really helped to keep me calm. I'd like to say a big thank you to the guys from the LPS, they were so relaxed and matter of fact - they must be as they do this every day - that they made it a really enjoyable experience."

Nichola has well and truly raised the bar when it comes to raising money and is now thinking about what her next fundraising challenge is going to be.

Thame Skate Park Update


One month in to the build and Thame's new skate park is beginning to take shape. Approximately 300 tonnes of stone has been installed and sculpted to form the contours of the park. All the drainage systems are in place in the bowls and the metalwork for the coping and grind rails are in situ. The next phase will be the installation of the reinforcement mesh followed by concreting.


Town Council Says 'No' to Tesco

Thame Town Councillors have recommended refusal for an out of town Tesco store on Kingsmead Business Park located on Howland Road. The decision was made at Tuesday’s Full Council meeting where local residents gave impassioned speeches both for and against the application.

Both residents and Councillors feared that the proposed development would have a significantly adverse effect on the vitality and viability of both the town centre and weekly market, with the applicant failing to demonstrate otherwise. The proposed retail floor space was 4 times that recommended by the Thame Neighbourhood Plan to meet future need in the growing town. In addition, the site’s proposed operational hours of 7am – 11pm would have adverse noise consequences for the neighbouring community.

The Town Council’s recommendation will be sent to South Oxfordshire District Council prior to its consideration of the application which is expected by the end of September. 

Council Responds to Bus Consultation


The Town Council has issued a formal response to Oxfordshire County Council regarding the Subsidised Bus Service Consultation. Following discussion at various Council and sub-group meetings and field research undertaken by the Council's transport representative, Cllr Mary Stiles, Councillors have raised great concerns regarding the methodology used to obtain service user data. It is believed that the information that has been gathered is either incorrect or incomplete and therefore does not accurately reflect how these services are being used in and around Thame.

Options proposed by the County Council, which include the removal of all subsidies or a reduction in certain services based on specific criteria, Councillors fear could lead to the isolation of rural communities and in some cases create real hardship. The Town Council is aware that many residents of both the town and outlying villages rely heavily on the threatened bus services for access to health services, employment and education and believes that current services could be optimised to reduce the level of cuts needed. The Council has also stressed that if subsidies are reduced, those decisions must be made on a route by route and scheduled time by time basis. 

The consultation will remain open until 14 September so make sure you have your say. You can respond online by clicking here or visit the Town Hall Information Centre for a hard copy of the consultation form.
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