10th January 2022
The 250 bus service is ending as we know it in December 2022. Funding for the current service has been heavily subsidised by Dorchester Group’s Section 106 agreement as part of their undertakings for the development at Heyford Park. The funding will continue to support a new service that runs only between Heyford Park and Bicester, as this is the obligation laid out between OCC and Dorchester (in fact the Dorchester funds are already supposed to be directed towards a regular service between Heyford Park and Bicester, but OCC have continued to apply these to the existing service).
The planning for this has been in place since 2015 where OCC took a decision that funding for so called ‘socially necessary’ services were no longer supported. Your Parish Council have been working with the relevant authorities in order to secure whatever service we can for at least the village of Upper Heyford and hopefully Lower Heyford after these changes are implemented.
The most recent meetings took place in August of 2021 under the banner of the Mid Cherwell Neighbourhood plan as there are other transport issues within the MCNP area that are under consideration and planning currently – Traffic calming or reduction in Middleton Stoney being a key aspect. Present at the meeting were Tim Bearder and Duncan Enright of OCC, both part of the transport team.
Whilst engagement with OCC and CDC was initially quite good, we have been told that it is NOT appropriate for Parish Councils to be involved in any discussion regarding transport planning and alloctation of S106 funds. The PC continues to lobby Dorchester and OCC for inclusion of our village on the new route, or an alternative.
We need the residents of the village to voice their opinions to OCC and Dorchester in order that they understand the strength of feeling within the residents of Upper Heyford.
You can complete an OCC survey here
If you would like to get involved, please contact the parish clerk here
As news progresses this page will be updated with more detail.