Rural entrepreneur builds a business case for a new eco-bus operation to take on subsidised bus routes. A techno-centric entrepreneur based in the Bartons has drafted a business case to initiate a new social enterprise called Our Bus Company. The new rural owned bus company aims to run electric midi-buses (small and narrow buses appropriate for rural roads) and would maximise the use of apps and online support, so that bus users can pre-book stops, if needed. This operation aims to replace and extend bus routes to Oxford and Banbury for the Bartons, Glympton, Wootton, Sandford St Martins and Duns Tew. Two local sources have offered some funding, but the new social enterprise needs to secure significant start-up funds to move forward. ORCC are supporting the new scheme to source funding.
Community First Oxfordshire has been engaged as project lead on a multi-stakeholder team on a regeneration initiative at Reynolds Way, South Abingdon. A community mural- which came about from evidence gathered during a CLP consultation in 2011 and 2012- had been vandalised, triggering other anti-social behaviour and complaints from residents. ORCC worked alongside Vale DC, Sport for Streets and Sovereign Housing community involvement team to undertake a new consultation project, finding out what local residents would like to see replace the artwork. In turn, this has led to further consultation regarding community infrastructure and the on-going development of a longer term community-wide regeneration and engagement strategy.