Labour District Councillor Geoff Saul, raising a glass to the success of the refurbished and re-opened Salford Inn, near Chipping Norton on Saturday afternoon, 11 March. Geoff enjoyed a pint with Labour supporters (and canine friend) at the Inn after touring the village and speaking with residents. “The biggest concerns we found on the doorstep were over local NHS services – both the downgrading of services at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, and the loss of beds and nurses from the NHS at Chipping Norton War Memorial Community Hospital”, said Cllr Saul “this a big concern in this very rural community, which is a long way from services in Oxford. We also found no one in favour of a Unitary Authority for Oxfordshire. Everyone we spoke to wanted to stay in and retain a West Oxon Council area with its own identity”.
Cllr Saul was on a tour of the village to listen to residents’ issues and concerns in the run-up to this year’s County Council elections on 4 May. “Residents, especially our supporters, were pleased to see us”, Cllr Saul added. “People told us that no one from any political party had knocked their doors for at least 12 years!”. Salford is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Chipping Norton, one of the highest and furthest points in NW Oxfordshire near the Gloucestershire border. It is 23 miles from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Pictured L-R are John Gittings, Sharon Akers, Cllr Geoff Saul and Mike Cahill (CNLP Branch Secretary).
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