Monday, 24 November 2008

OCC Planning Committee Meeting - 24th November

This is to let you all know that the OCC Planning Committee met this afternoon to discuss the above application. After much debate the application was rejected (8 votes to 6).

Thank you to all of you who turned out this afternoon to hear the debate. Thank you to all of you who have supported this campaign in so many ways. All your support over past months has been greatly appreciated.

Let us enjoy this moment ...

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Update from Outrage

Message from Outrage

We now have confirmation that the Stonehenge Farm application will be considered by the OCC Planning and Regulation Committee on Monday November 24th, despite the fact that the WODC Strategic Flood Review is not yet ready and hasn't been published. The committee's resolution on July 21st was that consideration of this application should be deferred 'until such time as the WODC Strategic Flood Review was published'. The officers recommend that this resolution should be rescinded. Outrage's solicitors have written to the County Council and our barrister will be addressing the Planning and Regulation Committee on the day. For further information, take a look at You can access the Nov. 24th Agenda and the officers' recommendation at


It is very important that the committee should be exposed to public scrutiny on November 24th. If they decide to overturn their previous resolutions we should make sure that they do so in the public gaze. November 24th may be our last opportunity to defeat an application which may increase the risk of flooding and which will destroy our countryside.


Our Fundraising campaign has been a great success. The attempt to nullify the majority votes of the OCC Planning Committee means that legal representation is now more important than ever. Your contributions have made it possible for OUTRAGE to instruct both our solicitors and our QC. We want to thank everyone who has helped in any way - by giving donations, by buying and selling raffle tickets and by buying Family Fundraiser tickets. There are still tickets available for this event. It'll be a great evening out, with wonderful food, music and dancing - and of course the Grand Raffle Draw with lots of fantastic prizes. Please come along and bring your friends. More information on

Julie Hankey

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Newbridge - Flood Alert!

The Thames has burst its banks and flooded the fields at Newbridge this morning.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Flood Watch Today

The River Windrush Catchment

Flood Watch

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The River Windrush from Bourton-on-the-Water to Newbridge and its tributaries

Stonehenge Farm - Proposed Site & Floodmap

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Friday, 7 November 2008

Job losses at HeidelbergCement

Heidelberg slashes over 4,000 jobs in UK and US

Issue date: November 6th, 2008

Globally, HeidelbergCement reduced its headcount from 68,783 to 64,638 over the year to September, with the majority of workers being culled from operations in the slowing economies of North America and the UK, the German company’s third quarter report highlights.

Following its acquisition of Hanson and as a result of slowing growth in the housing market in the two countries, 4,145 jobs were cut “…essentially from location optimisations and capacity adjustments in North America and the United Kingdom,” the report states.

The number of employees at the company on 30 September across Europe numbered 28,873, down from 31,663 the previous September. Meanwhile, the North America headcount fell 1,865 over the same period to 17,970.

The company is seeking to generate savings of €250million a year with its Fitness 2009 program, the full effects of which it expects will come next year, suggesting further headcount reductions could be announced over the coming months. Hanson and Castle Cement in the UK have already announced a range of jobs losses.

HeidelbergCement has been hit hard in the UK and the US. In late October ratings agencies Moody’s and Standard and Poor downgraded the company’s credit rating to sub-investment grade because of the lack of activity in the UK and North America, as well as a lack of further disposals and difficult refinancing conditions.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Message from OUTRAGE

You can now buy tickets for the OUTRAGE Family Fundraiser and Grand Raffle
Draw by following this link:

You can also get to the ticket sales page by following the link from our new
campaign page:

The number of tickets will be limited by the capacity of Northmoor Village
Hall, so please buy early to avoid disappointment.

Hot supper, disco, grand raffle draw, many prizes and a chance to help the
OUTRAGE campaign!