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Councillors >Stephen Phipps

I have been a resident of Bloxham since 1986. My wife and I raised two children in Bloxham, both attending Bloxham Primary school and the Warriner Secondary school. In the past I was a governor at Bloxham Primary school holding the roles of Chair and Vice-Chair with an interest in school buildings development, recruitment and finance. Prior to becoming a full time Parish Councillor I supported Bloxham Parish Council in objecting to two new large building applications at their appeals in an attempt to restrict Bloxham being swamped by over development and over loading its services and facilities, in the absence of a master plan for the village development. This master plan was later created with the Bloxham Neighbourhood Plan. On behalf of the Parish Council I co-ordinated the transfer of the Slade nature reserve together with some finance from Oxford County Council to improve and maintain it for the benefit of the village. It is now owned by the Parish Council and is an asset to the village. I presently sit on two parish councils committees, Planning and Resources, retaining my involvement with the Slade supporting our warden, and involved with maintenance and development work parties. I am also secretary to the Jubilee Park Management Committee which manages the hall and field through a lease but is owned by the Parish Council. We are presently involved in developing this facility for the village with 4 new changing rooms and extended meeting facilities and storage. Having been on the Steering Group Committee that developed our Neighbourhood Plan to determine how our village would develop and progress, I am committed to support the village to develop and prosper, yet retain its rural identity.

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