Dix Pit to re-open next Monday

Dix Pit to re-open next Monday
The Dix Pit household waste recycling centre will reopen on Monday 18 May but residents are being urged to hold their visit unless it is absolutely essential.
Long tailbacks are expected at the site run by Oxfordshire County Council. These are set to be exacerbated by reduced opening hours and the number of vehicles accessing the site being reduced by 50 per cent to allow for social distancing.

Government guidance says that trips to a recycling centre should only be made if ‘essential’ – that is if the waste cannot be stored safely without harm to health.  It adds: “It would be reasonable for residents to undertake a journey to a HWRC if the waste or recycling could not be stored safely at home or disposed of through other legitimate routes such as a dedicated collection.
“By this we mean that the waste/recycling could not be stored on their property without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to the resident or other members of their household or harm to public health and amenity.” Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We know there has been considerable frustration with the site being closed but hopefully this decision will help ease the situation and help prevent fly-tipping. “I would urge residents not to react too hastily though as we don’t want to see the site overwhelmed. If you can delay for a while longer, this would help everyone concerned.”

Residents are also reminded that the full bulky waste service will be available again from Thursday 14 May. For more information, see: https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/getting-rid-of-large-items/

Things to remember when visiting the reopened centres:
  You should only visit the site if you cannot safely store your waste at home.
Revised opening hours: All sites will open at 8am and close at 4pm to allow them to be cleaned for the following day.
The summer evening opening hours are suspended.
Vehicle numbers and parking bays will be reduced on site, and once the maximum is reached the site will operate on a one-out one-in basis.

PLEASE NOTE the potential for long delays and queues. Please follow any instructions given by traffic marshals to ensure queues are managed safely
Charges for non-household waste brought to sites will continue and this will be by contactless card payment only.
Residents are expected to self-police and abide by social distancing of two metres from site teams and other residents at all times.
For an initial period, no hire vans or trailers will be permitted onto sites. Site teams will be there for guidance only and will not be able to assist residents in unloading their waste.
Only one resident will be permitted out of the vehicle, unless it is to unload a heavy load which would otherwise be unsafe to remove.
Visits are best made by just one person per vehicle.
In line with Public Health England guidance, residents who are vulnerable, or who are showing symptoms which may indicate coronavirus, should not visit household recycling centres.
Residents are requested to ensure all waste is pre-sorted before arriving at site to ensure minimum time on site.
Please refer to the Oxfordshire County Council website before leaving home to familiarise yourself with these and to avoid frustration and delay:
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/wastereopenquestions

News and Updates from Oxfordshire County Council

Please see below for stories and information that we would like to share with you and your residents regarding health and adult social care:

New coronavirus clinics to help patients across Oxfordshire:

https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/new-coronavirus-clinics-to-help-patients-across-oxfordshire/

Praise for Oxfordshire’s inspirational care teams:

https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/praise-for-oxfordshires-inspirational-care-teams/

New hotline for diabetes patients during COVID-19

https://www.ouh.nhs.uk/news/article.aspx?id=1225

 

Health and well-being services affected during the coronavirus:

There are a range of well-being and health services that are affected during this period. If you need to find out about services such as: support to quit smoking, sexual health clinics and weight management sessions, please click here.

 

Local information about services affected during the Coronavirus:

Updates about critical frontline services such as fire and rescue, waste collections, highways and children’s social care:

https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-from-the-government/

For information and updates about other services, please go to: https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/?h=1&all=1

Remote Parish Council meetings

The Government have recently introduced new temporary legislation enabling PCs to hold remote meetings.

The public are still invited to these meetings. If you would like to join then please email the clerk by 6pm of the day of the meeting and she will send you the link to access it.

clerk@shiptonunderwychwood.org

There will still be a public time item for your views to be heard. The rest of the time, the PC asks that you mute yourself so there is no extra background disturbance.

Scam advice for residents (charity worker scams)

Oxfordshire residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.

Some scammers are claiming to be charity workers, offering assistance with shopping, or requesting donations.

Here are some tips from our Trading Standards team on how to check charity workers are genuine (graphic attached for social media and websites):

How to check if they are genuine:

  • Check the charity’s name and registration number at gov.uk/checkcharity. Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.
  • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information – it’s ok to decide not to give on the spot. Be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of and be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them.
  • Exercise the same caution as with any other internet transaction, for example, to donate online. Visit the charity’s own website and always type the website address into the browser yourself.
  • Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with, to find out more about their spending. Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative if you are unable to research this or need a second opinion.
  • Ignore requests to donate through a money transfer company.

Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:

https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshire-residents-warned-against-coronavirus-scams/

Oxfordshire residents warned against coronaviru

Oxfordshire residents warned against coronavirus scams

Residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.

In Oxfordshire, County Council’s Trading Standards has received reports of scams targeting people via emails, text messages, and on the doorstep.

Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:

https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshire-residents-warned-against-coronavirus-scams/

Withdrawal of 210 bus service

Statement from West Oxfordshire Community Transport:

‘ It is with great sadness that we have to advise you that following the

> Prime Minister’s announcement, we have decided to

> withdraw all our bus services with immediate effect’.

An Urgent Message from The Management team at Wychwood Surgery

To all Patients,

In light of the new Coronavirus guidelines, in order to reduce spread & protect vulnerable patients, from Monday, 16th March until further notice, we are suspending walk-in GP appointments.

All appointments to see a GP will be triaged by a telephone consult with a GP. If the GP thinks that you need to be seen face to face, you will be given a specified appointment. For some health concerns or medication reviews, we may well be able to help you over the telephone.

Therefore, if you think you need to speak to a GP, please ring the surgery between the hours of 8.15 am & 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, and a receptionist will give you further instructions. Please note these are not our opening hours but times between which a GP will be able to phone you back.

If you are concerned that you may have symptoms of coronavirus, please read this NHS guidance first: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ Please do not present to the surgery.

Providing that you do not meet the criteria for self-isolation:

  • Wychwood Pharmacy will continue to remain open for medication collection.  If you are self-isolating please ask a relative, friend or neighbour if they can collect you medication.
  • Routine and necessary nurse surgeries and clinics will continue as usual.

This is a temporary measure to protect patients and staff. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor

NOTICE OF VACANCY
IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

PARISH OF SHIPTON UNDER
WYCHWOOD


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

Pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Mr T Etherington, formerly a Member of the above named Parish Council, has ceased to be a Member of the Parish Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish.
If, within 14 days³ after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 27 February, 2020), a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made to the Head of the Paid Service, West Oxfordshire District Council, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 1NB by TEN electors for the Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If there is an election, it will take place not later than 30 April, 2020.
Dated: Friday 7 February, 2020


Ms L Wilkinson
Clerk to Shipton Under Wychwood Parish Council

³ In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.