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On Wednesday 17 December 2008, RWE npower announced that they have no need of Thrupp Lake for ash disposal at any time in the future, and would be giving the Lake to the community, for nature conservation,  through a partnership management scheme. This could include the possible creation of an educational and environmental centre at Sandles.

They have outlined a vision for the whole Radley Lakes area that would create a substantial wildlife haven and amenity areas, balancing the needs of wildlife and local people.  To this end, in May 2009, they appointed Northmoor Trust as their preferred partner who will manage the area on behalf of Npower.  Harry Barton is the Chief Executive of Northmoor Trust and is looking forward to the challenge.

The ash that was destined for Thrupp Lake will now go to the WRG landfill site at Sutton Courtenay, which is right next to the Power Station, where it will be used sustainably for engineering purposes in connection with landfill operations. The transportation of the ash will not use public roads and there should be no adverse impact at all for local residents. Surplus ash will be stored at Sutton Courtenay for use after the power station closes, which will be by the end of 2015. This will save the importation of around half a million tonnes of material to the site, most probably by road, in the future - a significant beneficial outcome for Sutton Courtenay too.

The Town Green Judicial Review is now withdrawn from the Court process and our legal bills have been paid.     We are in discussions with Northmoor Trust as to how we can be of assistance in their vision for the future of Sandles and Thrupp Lake. 

They have started clearance workon the site with assistance from local people and SRL Members.  A series of working parties are planned prior to major project works later on. 

In the meantime, Save Radley Lakes are facing other, relatively minor, threats to the area: a CLEUD by Tuckwells and the possibility of further gravel extraction.  Oxfordshire County Council have refused to grant the CLEUD and further developments are awaited..

The Earth Trust has been given planning permission for a new Wetland Centre at Thrupp Lake. This means that in future visitors to this beautiful nature reserve at Radley near Abingdon could benefit from improved facilities and car parking.


The Earth Trust will need to raise the funds for the Wetland Centre, which will cost in the region of £750,000. Planning permission has been agreed as long as safety improvements are made to the access road, Thrupp Lane . The Earth Trust and Oxfordshire County Council are working together to make the necessary improvements to the access road at Thrupp Lane.




Friends of Radley Lakes have a new website.  click to proceed. 

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Save Radley Lakes' website will remain as a beacon for other campaigners

to show what can be done when a piece of the countryside is threatened.  

We hope you will find the information contained in our campaign site to be of use. 

The Friends website is intended to keep our supporters up to date with events

and progress with the Earth Trust who are managing Thrupp Lake on behalf of RWE nPower.

A map of the Radley Lakes can be found here with an annotated Google map here.

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AGM 21st March 2011

Bid for Lottery funding fails

Wildlife Talk

Quiz Night - Friday 23rd October


Community work Party 25th August

New Shelter at Thrupp Lake

Working Party update


Dog Show 3rd July 2010

Dates for Community Working Parties at Thrupp Lake

Northmoor Trust's Half Term Event at Thrupp Lake 

EGM - Peachcroft Centre -

14th May 2010

Working party 23rd April - special guest appearance

Northmoor Trust start work at Thrupp Lake

Northmoor Trust give dates for public consultation

Annual General Meeting

Gunshots and Gunning Jet Skis - illegal activities at Radley Lakes

If you see people with firearms, call the Police.  They will attend immediately.  It is an offence to discharge firearms in the vicinity of the public and it is a crime to kill wildlife.


Radley Parish Council withdraw from Judicial Review Process

Northmoor Trust to partner NPower to manage Thrupp Lake

Events Diary

We have settled our legal fees and now that Earth Trust are taking over the Sandles and Thrupp Lake from NPower, we are looking forward to helping bring their project to fruition. 


We are busy organising "Friends of Radley Lakes" about which an Extraordinary General Meeting of Save Radley Lakes was called in May 2010.  The name Friends of Radley Lakes has been adopted and a constitution will be drawn up, a new website has been set up.

Save Radley Lakes/Friends of Radley Lakes are committed to helping EarthTrust in bringing their vision for the future of Thrupp Lake to a successful conclusion and we hope to help them in very many ways in the future.

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