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AGM – Reminder

All Langford Village residents and friends are welcome to attend – there’s no need to register in advance, just come along to the Community Centre Hall for 7.30pm on Monday 3rd October.

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LVCA AGM 2022

New daytime classes at the Hall

You’ve probably already received our leaflet to your home, now please sign up here.

LVCA Events It’s easy to sign up for our new classes – just call or book online – CLICK HERE

LANGFORD NO.27 BUS SERVICE TO END

Important news is emerging about the 27 bus service for Langford residents. This service will no longer run after 4th September 2022. For more information please click here to read the information provided by Councillor Calum Miller.

The 27 bus will no longer run through Langford

Langford 5G Mast Site Ruled Unsuitable

The proposed 5G mast would look the same as this one in west Bicester.

The 5G telecom tower proposed for Peregrine Way has failed to win approval of Cherwell District Council and is being refused planning permission. Council officers say the mast would bring ‘demonstrable harm to visual amenity’ and cause detriment to living conditions for nearby residents.

We don’t yet know whether the telecoms firm that wishes to build the mast to improve coverage here will make any alternative proposal or whether it might appeal the decision to refuse it at that spot.

The LVCA was among the organisations and people who objected to the 16m tall mast being placed at the chosen spot and suggested consideration was given to putting it somewhere else on Langford Village.

Langford’s 5G Controversy

OBJECTIONS TO PROPOSED SITING OF NEW MAST ON LANGFORD VILLAGE

A number of Langford Village residents have now formally opposed the building of a 16 metre high mast designed to improve coverage for local mobile services and marked to be built on Peregrine Way.  The 5G mast and kerbside cabinets, shown in the diagram, would be sited on the verge near the junction with Merlin Way and on the opposite side of the road (see photo in which the position is shown with a traffic cone).

Images from the Langford 5G mast planning application documents

Details first appeared on the Cherwell District Council Planning Register in early July 2022 with local residents then given a short time to send in comments. The application for the mast has been made by telecoms firm CK Hutchison Networks. LVCA shared news of this development on its social media as soon as it was made aware of the application appearing on the Council’s Planning Register.

A Langford facebook poll then showed a clear majority – by 2 to 1 –  in favour of the local area having such a mast but with a significant number of comments also arguing that it shouldn’t  be placed where indicated but should be built elsewhere instead.  One highly suggested location is on the middle of the Peregrine Way roundabout with exits to Falcon Mead and Osprey Close. 

Several residents have now written to object to the mast for a number of different reasons and they include the Chairman of LVCA, Carole Hetherington, who has asked that a reconsideration is made on the siting as many more suitable/less intrusive spots could be identified for it in Langford’s community. Other objectors have raised issues of concern about visual impact and some have outlined fears over whether or not there could be an associated effect on health.

To read the comments on the planning register please click here and then find the ‘Supporting Docs’ section. A decision on the mast will need to be made by Cherwell District Council.

A 5G mast with an identical design to the one proposed at Langford Village has recently been installed on Leach Road in west Bicester – as shown here. These masts are around twice the height of a standard lamppost.

Leach Road, west Bicester. (Picture: Derek Finlay)