Preparing for Adverse Weather

Preparing for possible waste and recycling collection delays due to adverse weather

Current weather forecasts show that the bitterly cold spell is set to continue until the end of this week, with a strong likelihood of snow on Thursday or Friday.

So far waste and recycling collections have not been disrupted, but it is possible that  crews might not be able to empty some green garden waste bins if the contents are frozen.

The Council’s waste contractor, Ubico Ltd, is monitoring weather conditions and should the weather result in any disruptions to collections, residents should leave their waste and recycling at the kerbside and crews will try to pick them up as soon as practicable.

Any further updates will be posted on or residents can call our waste hotline on 01993 861025 if they have any queries.

Burglary in Shipton Under Wychwood

Burglary in Shipton Under Wychwood

Please see message from Thames Valley Police.

On the 10/2/18 a property on the High Street in Shipton Under Wychwood was burgled. Offenders broke in through a window on the property.

2 days before the incident, the occupant of the property had a door to door seller asking if they would be interested in guttering cleaning services. we are unsure if this is connected However, if you have any further information or leaflets dropped off by the door to door seller, please contact police on 101 and quote crime reference number 43180044146

District Council’s Local Plan – Latest News

Consultation on Further Main Modifications to the Submission Draft West Oxfordshire Local Plan (2011 – 2031)

 West Oxfordshire District Council has published a series of Further Main Modifications to the Local Plan for consultation

The Local Plan establishes a vision of the District in 2031 and sets out a series of objectives, policies and proposals to guide that vision.

The plan seeks to address a number of key challenges facing the District including housing, employment, transport and protection of the natural and historic environment. To provide further detail at the local level, the plan splits the District into five sub-areas and sets out a detailed strategy for each. The Local Plan covers the entire administrative area of West Oxfordshire District.

The Further Main Modifications (FMMs) are intended to address various issues raised during and since the Local Plan examination hearing sessions held in May and July 2017 including those set out in the Inspector’s letter of 16 January 2018.

Additional information about the consultation including where to view documents and how to respond to the consultation is available in the attached letter. Further information can also be viewed on the Councils website

The consultation period runs from Thursday 22nd February 2018 to Monday 9th April 2018.

Any comments must therefore be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday 9th April 2018.

All comments received within this period will be submitted to the Inspector together with the proposed Further Main Modifications and supporting documentation. They will also be made available for public inspection.

Parish Council Elections

Shipton under Wychwood Parish Council

 Come and join us

Your Parish Council is always looking for new members either to fill vacancies as they arise from time to time and also for the full election of all seven Councillors in May. This note is a brief guide to what we do and the time and commitment involved. All our existing Councillors are listed on the village website with their contact details; they would be delighted to hear from you for an informal chat. You can also look at our past agenda and minutes or sit in on a meeting to get a fuller flavour of our activities.

What does a Parish Council do?

Parish Councils have their origins in Saxon times with village meetings making decisions that affected the whole community. In the past two centuries there have been more that 25 Acts of Parliament conferring various powers on Parish Councils . Overall we have more powers- things we may do and few duties- things we must do.

Shipton  Parish Council?

We represent around 1200 local people and have an annual income of over £30,000 derived mainly from the ‘precept’ which is collected with the Council tax. Like other Councils, we maintain the Green, the recreation ground, almost 200 trees and all the green space including the churchyard; we support the Volunteers and make grants to local causes. We have funded and built the play ground and maintain it; we manage and develop the allotments. We receive over 30 planning applications annually and comment in detail to the District Council who are the planning authority, supporting or objecting to new applications. We liaise with the County Council over roads and transport, with the Police over crime and public safety and with a wide variety of other bodies whose activities impact on our village. So our activities fall under three headings:-

–We decide how our money should best and most economically be spent in the interests of the village as a whole.

— We influence the decisions and activities of other bodies who may affect our lives through planning, policing, road safety, winter and other emergencies and so on.

–We act as the focal point for village concerns , we get involved and we strive to make things better.


How do we work?

We meet monthly throughout the year. Individual Councillors take a lead in various subject areas and follow these up on behalf of the Council. We issue a newsletter three times a year and have a website to keep everyone up to date. There is public time at the monthly meeting for residents to set out their concerns on particular topics.

What would be my time commitment?

In addition to the monthly meetings and time needed to prepare for them, you should probably expect about two or three hours a week.

Do I need special qualifications?

The main qualifications are enthusiasm, commitment and a genuine desire to make Shipton a better place. It helps if you are a ‘people person’ who enjoys meeting and talking to local people. You should also not be shy of dealing firmly with outside bodies to represent local interests and of putting your views clearly. It would be useful if you can see the wood from the trees in the paper that comes our way and you will need a home computer for emails and other documents as that is how most public service work is now done. You will need to pick up the language of relevant law and finance but at a basic level and with full support. There are a few basic qualifications relating to nationality and residence.

What do you think I would get out of this?

Councillors are obviously unpaid. The activities are sometimes tedious like any role, people will expect you do things well beyond the Councils responsibilities, and thanks are the exception not the rule. But there is satisfaction in knowing for example that you have helped with a sensitive planning application, that road safety is better monitored, that the historic fabric of the village is protected for future generations and that local people trust you to be their voice and represent them as best you can.

  So why not take the next step and come and talk about joining us?


Council tax to rise by just £2.75 a year

 West Oxfordshire District Council’s share of council tax is set to increase by just £2.75 a year for the average householder.

The District Council’s Cabinet have recommended a three per cent increase from April which will see an average Band D household paying £94.38, instead of £91.63 in the current financial year.

Councillors were originally recommended to back a £5 a year rise – the maximum allowable without a referendum – but a combination of a sound investment strategy and cost savings has meant the lower level can be set.

Cllr Toby Morris, Cabinet Member for Resources, said when fine detail had been included in the 2018/19 budget, the council had improved its position by £447,000. Rises in investment income from the Rural Services Delivery Grant had contributed to this.

He also highlighted how sharing services with Cotswold and Forest of Dean District Councils was saving £1m a year with a further £1.5m worth of efficiencies predicted following the establishment of the local authority owned company Publica in 2017.

Cllr Morris added: “A combination of improved income and efficient operation has meant residents will see a lower increase this year which has to be good news.

“We were already charging the second lowest council tax rate of any district council in the country and I am delighted to say that is expected to remain the case.”

The final decision on Council Tax will be made at the full Council meeting on 28 February.


Ruth Gillingham– Library Manager is retiring at the end of March 2018

Ruth Gillingham– Library Manager is retiring at the end of March 2018

Ruth our fantastic Library Manager has decided to retire and spend more time relaxing with husband Simon. A collection for Ruth is taking place, with boxes in Groves in Milton, and in St Michael’s Stores in Shipton. In addition, a collection box is also in the library until 2nd March whilst Ruth is away.  If anyone wishes to donate online there is a bank account, details are :

Barclays Bank
S/C:  20-03-84
Acct No: 80787841
Mrs B M Saunders

Please mark donation as for Ruth.

We are planning a day of Celebration and Goodbyes on Wednesday 28th March. There will be the usual Coffee Morning in the library from 10 until 12, and also tea/coffee and nibbles in the afternoon. We will be having a presentation to Ruth at around 4:30. You are all invited to come and give Ruth your best wishes for her Retirement

New Bus Service through Shipton



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New Bus Service for Crawley, Leafield and The Wychwoods to Witney and Chipping Norton

On Monday 12 February, 2018 at 07.45 a new bus service will start in Milton under Wychwood to Witney.  There will be 5 return services a day between The Wychwoods and Witney via Leafield and Crawley, 3 of which will extend to Chipping Norton and back.  The route within Witney will be via Range Road and Deer Park. This will be a Monday to Friday service.

This service is operated by West Oxfordshire Community Transport Limited: a community owned bus operator with a professional team of drivers and operations management.  West Oxfordshire Community Transport took over the operation of the Witney Town Service on 30th January 2017 and in the ensuing months has developed a reputation for reliability, punctuality and commitment to go above and beyond to ensure our passengers have the service they deserve and need.

It is thanks to the financial contributions from Oxfordshire County Council Communities Fund, the Parish Councils of Crawley, Leafield and Shipton under Wychwood that we have been able to buy a new bus to operate this service.

Everybody within the communities where we operate (and beyond) can support our services and be involved.

To find out more about the new service and how to become a member, contact Margaret Burden on:

T:  01608 646744      E:


Please click below for the timetable.

Bus timetable


Broadband roll-out update

Underway and on schedule…

Connecting West Oxfordshire, our project to bring superfast broadband to the most rural parts of the district, is underway and on schedule. Gigaclear and their contractors started work in the Tackley and South Leigh areas before Christmas and are making good progress. Work has also now started in the areas around Ducklington and Kencot.

Further information as well as the Post Code Checker and Roll-Out Schedule are published on Gigaclear’s website.

Road works

Gigaclear is using Fibre to the Premise technology which will give the fastest and most future-proof broadband solution. However, this does mean that new fibre cable has to be physically laid.

Gigaclear is working closely with the Oxfordshire County Council Highways team to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and all works will be reinstated to the Government’s ‘Specification of the Reinstatement of Openings in Highways‘ (SROH) which is a statutory standard.

Connecting West Oxfordshire

Garden Waste Licences

Sign up now for garden waste collections

Letters are being sent to all householders in West Oxfordshire encouraging them to sign up for this year’s garden waste collection service.

The new subscription year starts from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 and costs £30 per bin a year for fortnightly wheeled-bin collection.

Householders that sign up before the 28 February can be sure of receiving their licence in good time for the start of the new subscription year and so be able to receive the maximum number of collections.

Cllr Carol Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “Our garden waste collections service is very popular and over 27,000 householders signed up last year. We are writing to every household to remind them to re-subscribe this year. The price will remain the same at £30 and residents can be assured that all their garden waste will continue to be composted and put to good use.”

Signing up for garden waste collections is quick and easy, simply make a credit or debit card payment online or over the telephone by visiting or by calling 01993 861025.

The annual charge runs from 1 April until 31 March each year. Anyone signing up part way through the year they will be charged the full amount (£30) until the end of March.

After collection, the garden waste is delivered to a composting site near Chipping Norton. This large scale site enables faster composting as it reaches higher temperatures. The garden waste is first shredded then stacked in long piles, known as windrows, which are regularly turned to produce compost. The process is monitored and closely managed to quality standard. Compost is then spread onto agricultural land.