Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas tree recycling

West Oxfordshire District Council is encouraging residents to recycle their real Christmas trees.

Householders already signed up for garden waste collections can simply put them out on their next scheduled garden collection from Tuesday 9 January. Trees should be cut up and placed inside their licensed garden bin. However, if their garden waste bin is full, the tree can cut up and left next to the full bin for collection. Trees larger than 90cm / 3ft should be cut into manageable pieces before putting out.

Alternatively anyone, including those who are not garden waste customers, can take their tree along to one of the Council’s collection points on 13 and 14 January. All trees will be chipped at these locations for free.

Christmas tree chipping locations:

Saturday 13 January 2018

  • Witney: Witan Way Car Park , 9 – 11am
  • Carterton: Black Bourton Road car park, 1.30 – 3.30pm

 

Sunday 14 January 2018

  • Chipping Norton: New Street car park, 9 – 11am

All of the chippings collected will be taken to the composting facility that processes garden waste.

Proposal to create more car parking spaces in Witney

news release

Proposal to create more car parking spaces

A proposal that could lead to creating more car parking spaces in Witney will be considered by West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 10 January.

The Council will be considering whether it wishes to join forces with USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd), the Woolgate Centre’s leasehold company, to look at the feasibility of adding a deck to part of the existing Woolgate car park.

The Council’s Parking Strategy identified the need for a total of 600 additional off street spaces by 2031 due to the planned development of 4587 new homes in the sub-area (2016 – 2031) which is a 31% increase, as well as an increase in jobs in the town and a reduction in on-street parking.

Cllr James Mills, Leader at West Oxfordshire District Council said “We welcome the proposals from USS and the opportunity to work with them to explore how we can increase Witney’s car parking capacity to support the town centre and local economy.

“A decked car park could meet, in part, the town’s future parking needs as set out in our Parking Strategy, and it would support an extension to retail units.

“However, it will require investment to fund scheme drawings and undertake feasibility studies regarding town planning, traffic, highways, and commercial viability, as well as considering what contractual arrangements could be developed between the Council and USS.

“This investment does not guarantee that a viable scheme will be identified, and no decision has been made on the size of any car park or number of spaces at this stage. The proposal is simply a consideration as to whether such a development is a feasible option for delivering additional parking. We would, of course, also need to look at the funding options available.”

The Woolgate is the largest car park in Witney and the Council is the freeholder of the site, but much of the site is leased to USS.

There are a number of planning considerations which would need to be fully considered if development at this location is proposed, as the site sits within a Conservation Area and flood zone and any potential impacts on traffic flow and nearby residents would need to be fully explored.

If, through this initial work, it is established that a scheme could be feasible, the next stage would be preparation of a planning application.

Emergency planning update for Christmas

Following the recent snow, we have updated our online information and policies. We want to let you know what to expect from Oxfordshire County Council in similar situations in the future. We would also be keen to hear feedback on the county council response to the snow in your area.

Gritting runs

  • We aim to keep a network of major roads as free as possible from ice to minimise the risk of accidents. Precautionary salting (or ‘gritting’) helps to achieve this aim.
  • More information on routes and when the gritters are going out is here. We always advise people to take extra care even when roads have been treated.

Grit bins

  • Grit bins were refilled at the start of winter and are being refilled at the moment. There is more information on salt bins here.
  • We do encourage self-help. There are around 1300 salt bins across the county for the public to use on the public highway, including footways. Some Town and Parish Councils have snow warden schemes.

Pavements and cycle paths

  • Footways only get limited attention by the county council because clearing them is very labour intensive. Only major shopping areas are likely to be treated with salt/grit in the early stages following snowfall.

Snow guidance and government advice

Information and social media

  • During severe weather and other major incidents, the county council uses its website to relay safety messages and update residents. Subscribe to our email alert for media stories for the whole county and your area here (scroll down the right-hand column).
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to receive updates by social media.

Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2018.

Cllr Judith Heathcoat

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue

Simon Furlong

Director of Community Safety and Chief Fire Officer

Latest information about bin collections

Please note, we are keeping our website updated with the latest news about waste collections. For more information see: http://www.westoxon.gov.uk/news/general/snow/

Bin collections now resumed

Weather permitting, and where it is safe to do so, crews will be collecting bins as scheduled for the rest of the week. If your bin is not emptied, please report it as a missed collection.

Catching up on missed collections from Monday & Tuesday (11 & 12 December)

Depending on road conditions, we will empty the missed bins from Monday and Tuesday as follows:

  • Rubbish will be collected Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 December
  • Food waste will be collected on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 December
  • Recycling will be collected on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 December

Please leave your bins out.

Garden waste collections suspended

So that crews can concentrate on clearing the waste and recycling from Monday and Tuesday, garden waste collections have been suspended until 9 January.

Why collections were delayed

Although main roads have been gritted by Oxfordshire County Council, many of our collections are on hills and minor streets. Collection trucks are heavy and will be braking as they do hundreds of stops on each round – this can be hazardous in icy conditions. We delayed collections to take account of the safety of pedestrians, other motorists, property and our own crews.

Bin collections cancelled – Tuesday 12 December

Snow and bin collections in West Oxfordshire

Bin collections cancelled – Tuesday 12 December

Due to the icy road conditions there is no bin collection service in West Oxfordshire today (Tuesday 12 December) – this includes bulky household waste and clinical waste collections.

Weather permitting crews will be collecting bins as scheduled from tomorrow (Wednesday).

Catching up on missed collections from Monday & Tuesday (11 & 12 December)

We will empty the missed bins from Monday and Tuesday as soon as possible, depending on road conditions. However, if necessary, crews may be working over the weekend and early into next week to catch up.

Please leave your bins out.

Garden waste collections suspended

So that crews can concentrate on clearing the waste and recycling from Monday and Tuesday, garden waste collections have been suspended until 9 January.

Why collections were delayed

Although main roads have been gritted by Oxfordshire County Council, many of our collections are on hills and minor streets. Collection trucks are heavy and will be braking as they do hundreds of stops on each round – this can be hazardous in icy conditions. We delayed collections to take account of the safety of pedestrians, other motorists, property and our own crews.

More information

Dix Pit Recycling Centre is currently open but for the latest information please check Oxfordshire County Council’s website.

Latest updates will be added to this webpage. Alternatively:

Rural crime update from Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Ross

December 2017

Rural crime update from Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Ross  
Reports of rural crime in the Thames Valley have increased by five percent between October 2016 and September 2017.

I would like to reassure members of our rural communities of my commitment to investigating reports of rural crime. We rely on information from our local communities and take such reports very seriously. Incidents are robustly investigated by our local policing teams who have dedicated Rural Crime and Wildlife Officers based across the Thames Valley.

Rural crime can take many different forms including burglary, robbery, theft, criminal damage, fly tipping, poaching and hare coursing. We are continuing to work with local residents, businesses and partners to raise awareness of crime prevention techniques while developing problem solving solutions to tackle rural crime.

There are often fewer witnesses to rural crimes and greater opportunities for criminals to target isolated properties and businesses. The impact of these crimes can also be greater, with people feeling more vulnerable due to their remote location.

You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of rural crime by taking a few simple steps including:

  • Keeping the boundaries of your land and property well-maintained and secure
  • Fitting strong locks to sheds, garages and outbuildings
  • Checking security equipment regularly to ensure it is working properly
  • Locking equipment away in a secure building when it’s not in use
  • Security marking your tools and equipment

For more crime prevention advice, and to see details of your local Rural Crime Officers, visit the Rural Crime page on the Thames Valley Police website at: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/protecting-your-business/rural-crime/

If you become a victim of rural crime or suspect that a crime has taken place, you should always report it to police by calling the non-emergency number, 101. If an incident is in progress, or there is an immediate threat to life, you should call 999.

You can receive the latest rural crime news from Thames Valley Police and their partners directly to your phone or inbox by signing up to CountryWatch at: http://www.thamesvalleycountrywatch.co.uk/

 

Railway Upgrade Plan – Christmas 2017

Great Western Railway update

A quick reminder about work scheduled over the Christmas period; and which services will be operating.

As part of the Railway Upgrade Plan we are undertaking our largest ever resignalling scheme outside London Paddington in preparation for the opening of the Elizabeth Line. London Paddington will be closed for four days over the holiday period. We have a full plan in place to support customers with alternative journeys, which is on our website at GWR.com/Christmas2017.

As well as the Elizabeth Line work, over Christmas we will be commissioning the new overhead electric line equipment between Didcot Parkway and Maidenhead. This will mean we can roll out the rest of our electric fleet of Class 387 trains and can run our Intercity Express Trains under electric power from Didcot to London.

We will also be able to move more of our Turbo trains to the West of England and South Wales. This will mean additional capacity from the return to work after Christmas. There is still more to do, and we will keep rolling out our trains through 2018, so that in January 2019 we can introduce more journey time savings from the new trains and improved track.

The timetable changes over Christmas were advised a bit later than usual as there were some requests for extra work. There are therefore a small number of customers who have tickets for trains where the timetable has now been revised.  We have contacted everyone we can by email or phone. There are some others where we have no contact details and we are therefore using station posters, social and traditional media to remind customers to check their travel plans again before they set out.

I wish you all the best for the season and do please let me know if you need any further information

Best wishes

Mark Hopwood                                 Mark Langman

Managing Director                               Western Route Managing Director

Great Western Railway                      Network Rail

HAVE YOUR SAY ON YOUR DOCTORS SURGERY AND FUTURE OF GP SERVICES IN OXFORDSHIRE

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Locality place based plans across Oxfordshire

You’ve been invited to participate in Locality place based plans across Oxfordshire by Oxfordshire CCG

This is open from 4 Dec 2017 at 00:00 to 17 Dec 2017 at 23:59.

Dear All

The draft locality plans for GP practices and primary care in Oxfordshire are now published and available for comment until 17 December. Each Plan identifies the priorities of the local area and outlines ways to make GP services more sustainable and responsive to patient’s needs. With health and care services under significant pressure no single GP practice or provider organisation has one solution. However the draft plan maps out how GP practices can work together and with other providers to ensure sustainability and improvements in patient care.

We are grateful for all the patient feedback and to those who have engaged and helped us to develop the plans thus far.

We would now like to hear your views on the ideas and proposals in each of the Locality place based plans for Oxfordshire. To read the place based plan for each of the Localities in Oxfordshire and to take part in the surveys, please click on the link below:

Oxford City: https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/OxfordLocalityPlan/consultationHome

North (Banbury, Chipping Norton, Bloxham and surrounding villages): https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/NorthLocalityPlan/consultationHome

North East (Bicester, Kidlington, Woodstock and surrounding villages): https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/NELocalityPlan/consultationHome

South East (Wallingford, Henley-on-Thames, Benson, Thame, Chinnor, Sonning Common and surrounding villages):https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/SELocalityPlan/consultationHome

South West (Faringdon, Wantage, Abingdon, Didcot and surrounding villages): https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/SWLocalityPlan/consultationHome

West (Witney, Carterton, Eynsham and surrounding villages/towns): https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult.ti/WestOxonPrimaryCare/consultationHome

If you would prefer to comment on Locality place based plans across Oxfordshire as a whole, please email OCCG at cscsu.talkinghealth@nhs.net or write to:

Freepost OXFORDSHIRE CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP

Following this second phase of engagement we will collate and analyse all the feedback and input into the final plans. A final engagement report will be published alongside the plans in January 2018.

Have your say – Participate now!

A Good Send-off for the Vicar

 

After over six years, Kate’s final service as Vicar will be on Sunday 31st December – an 11am United Benefice in Shipton.

This will be followed by drinks and a hot lunch and leaving celebration at the New Beaconsfield Hall 12.30-3.30pm.  All are welcome and please do spread the word to others you feel may like to come.

We need to know numbers to cater for the sit down lunch so please RSVP by 18 December.

We are also collecting for a farewell gift for Kate.If you are able to contribute,you can get in touch with me in the Benefice Office . There is also the option to donate online (ask me for details). We are asking for donations by 18 December please.

Clare Harper

office@wychwoodbenefice.org.uk

01993 832 467

Kate’s Leaving Party

Oxfordshire Housing Survey

OXFORDSHIRE HOUSING SURVEY 2017

We need your help!

Oxfordshire County Council is currently carrying out a short, census style survey of households occupying homes that were built in Oxfordshire within the last ten years. The survey asks questions about the characteristics of those moving to new homes in the county and the type of homes they have moved to. This information will provide the local authorities of Oxfordshire with up to date evidence about the type of infrastructure and services that will be needed to support further housing growth in the county and will assist them in their negotiations with developers about funding.

Survey forms were sent out to most new households at the beginning of October, with a deadline for the return of completed forms of Friday 17th November.

OCC asks if you would kindly take a little time to complete and return the form to them.

www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/housingsurvey

Thanking you in anticipation of your help on this.