Rogue Traders

Rogue Traders

Rogue traders are operating in Shipton Under Wychwood targeting the elderly and vulnerable. We have had a report where an elderly person was visited by males offering to cut back trees and general ground work in her garden, they were paid some of the money upfront on that day and returned today to carry out the work which was very minimal. They then sent the victim to the post office to withdraw more money.
Please can we keep an eye on our elderly and vulnerable neighbours and relatives, speak to the neighbour if work is being carried out and call the police on 101 number if you believe your neighbour or elderly relative may be a victim of Rogue Traders.

Thames Valley Police

Raising the bar in recycling

Your chance to talk rubbish and recycling with Oxfordshire’s councils

Do you know that each household in Oxfordshire produces one tonne of waste each year? We are amongst the best in the country at recycling and composting for a few years now at about 60% but recycling rates have started to drop in Oxfordshire.

Residents are being given the chance to talk rubbish and recycling and tell Oxfordshire’s county, city and district councils how they can help them recycle more and create less waste.

This consultation will inform the review of the joint countywide waste strategy. This sets out shared priorities across Oxfordshire for waste and recycling until 2030, that will be approved by the Oxfordshire Environment Partnership over the summer. Then, each council partner will adopt changes later in the year.

We want to do better at recycling and the new joint countywide waste strategy is critical to this. We know that on average over half of the items put in the general waste bin could have been recycled by placing them in the other bins available.

Through this consultation residents are being asked what would help them to reduce their overall waste consumption and recycle more. This includes expanding the range of materials that can be recycled at the kerbside and tips and advice on left-over food, upcycling clothing or donating or buying second hand goods. The councils are also seeking views on more radical schemes that have been implemented elsewhere in the country, such as changing bin sizes and collection frequency.

Councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet Member for Environment at Oxfordshire County Council said:“We want to help residents to increase the amount they recycle and have looked around at what other councils are doing. This is a long-term strategy and we will not be making any immediate changes however we are interested in which of these the residents of Oxfordshire think may work for them as we seek to minimise the overall amount of residual waste produced in the county.”

Do you want to help us recycle and reduce waste? Take part in the online survey atwww.recycleforoxfordshire.org.ukThe survey runs for six weeks until 18 February.

We want to ensure that as many residents as possible know about the changes.  If your parish council uses social media we would also be grateful if you could like and share our social media posts, and post the following information and graphic attached:

  • Your councils want your ideas about reducing, reusing and recycling our rubbish. Help them shape the future of waste and recycling services in Oxfordshire and tell them how they can help you recycle more – complete their survey by 18 February www.recycleforoxfordshire.org.uk

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/

 

Snow and West Oxfordshire District Council services

Snow and West Oxfordshire District Council services

Due to snow and icy road conditions, there is a limited bin collection service in West Oxfordshire today, Monday 11 December.

West Oxfordshire District Council hope that any outstanding collections will be completed by Wednesday but this is dependent on the weather conditions.

Please can residents whose bins have not been emptied leave them out for collection.

Nasreen Ullah, Environmental Services Manager at the Council, said “We will be trying our utmost to reach as many areas as possible but the roads are very icy and dangerous. Collections have been suspended for the safety of our residents, their property and bin crews”.

There will be no bulky household waste or clinical waste collections today and households will be contacted to re-arrange.

Oxfordshire County Council has also closed Dix Pit Recycling Centre temporarily.

For more information and the latest update visit: www.westoxon.gov.uk, follow West Oxfordshire District Council on Facebook or Twitter or call 01993 861025.