Is there a need for a village fete in Shipton?

Is there a need for a village fete in Shipton?

 Previously, Shipton’s village fete was held bi-annually, alternating with the church fete. Due to various reasons it has not been held for a number of years, although the church fete continues.
The Parish Council has recently taken ownership of all the old village fete equipment.
Serious consideration is currently being given to resurrecting the village fete and a working group will meet shortly to look at the feasibility and possible formats.
Anyone interested in attending this meeting, or with ideas please contact Tim Brunsden at timbrunsden@shiptonunderwychwood.org

Updated waste and recycling calendars available mid-September

Updated waste and recycling calendars available mid-September

 

Annual waste and recycling calendars, starting from October 2018, will be available to download from West Oxfordshire District Council’s website from mid-September.

These calendars will remind you which bins to put out on what days and are especially helpful to find out any changes over the Christmas period and Bank Holidays.

Alternatively, sign up to receive FREE email updates about your property direct to your inbox including:

  • weekly bin reminders
  • Bank Holiday bin reminders
  • nearby planning applications.

For more information see: www.westoxon.gov.uk

New Animal Welfare Registration Laws

Businesses alerted to new animal welfare registration laws

New welfare laws will mean that more people who run animal businesses will have to register with their local council.

Dog day boarders, keepers of exhibition animals and some dog breeders must contact West Oxfordshire District Council ahead of Government legislation which will become law in just a few months’ time.

On 1 October, these groups will be covered by the ‘The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018’ and anyone who does not register could be guilty of an offence.

Businesses looking after dogs away from their homes during the day will need a licence.

People who keep exhibition animals in the course of their business for educational or entertainment purposes will also need to register – this includes businesses such as falconry displays, dove releases, animal encounter experiences, or pat-a-pony days.

Additionally, dog breeders who breed three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period and/or breed dogs and advertise a business selling dogs must register.

Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member responsible for Licensing at West Oxfordshire District Council said, “I am sure that most animal business operators would agree that tougher laws around animal welfare are to be welcomed. We ask that businesses contact us as soon as possible so that they are registered before the new law comes in place on 1 October.”

Please call 01993 861000 or email ers.licensing@publicagroup.uk

The full guidance on the new regulations is due in September, and uptake is expected to be high.

The legislation details can be viewed in full here.

 

Why animal licensing is important

Licensing is important because it provides a platform for regulation of animal businesses, ensuring that they adhere to good practice in animal welfare.

The lives of tens of thousands of animals are covered by this, from a bearded dragon sold in a pet shop to a dog sold over the internet. How these animals are cared for by a pet shop worker or puppy dealer determines if their business gets the go-ahead to operate.

 

Why the current licensing system is being reviewed

There are many laws surrounding licensing, all of which are over a decade old. These outdated pieces of legislation haven’t adapted to the changing types of animal-related businesses, and to new standards of good practice in animal welfare.

 

REMINDER – Information Session on Housing Development next to School

REMINDER

Development of 44 Houses on Milton Road Information Session

Deanfield Homes Ltd has acquired the site for 44 houses with outline planning permission, which was granted in December 2017. It hopes to start building in October once the various conditions attaching to the planning permission have been fulfilled.

They have agreed to offer an information session for interested members of the village. This will take place on Tuesday 17th July between 4pm and 8pm in the Committee Room of the New Beaconsfield Hall. It will be on a drop- in basis and members of Deanfield staff will be on hand to talk informally about their plans.

Deanfield Homes was formed in 2016 and examples of their recent projects in Tackley and Ducklington can be found on their website.

Whilst this is not a formal consultation session as planning permission has already been granted, the general building plan has evolved over time and this will be an opportunity for local residents to leave their comments.

Your Parish Council would welcome your views following your visit on 17th July. Details of how to do this can be found at the session.

Oxford Rail Upgrade work starts on Saturday and runs until 22 July

The Oxford Upgrade work to remodel the track and reduce congestion and delays around Oxford starts this Saturday 7 July.  It is an extensive piece of work and will mean line closures and diversions through to Sunday 22 July.  There will then be a further weekend line closure on 28 and 29 July.

More details including diversionary routes, bus times and alternative car park arrangements are on our dedicated Oxford upgrade web page https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/oxford2018

We have used social and traditional media, on board and at station messages, staff at stations and on trains to alert customers, and we will have extra staff on hand to help throughout the line closure.

 

Shipton Church fete

The Shipton Church Fete will be held on the village green and in St Mary’s church from  12-4pm on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August. It will be a fun family day for grandparents, parents and children to enjoy themselves.

On the village green there will be stalls and games to appeal to all ages. For the hungry  there will be burgers and hot dogs from the barbecue and a bar selling beer, Pimms and soft drinks for the thirsty. There will be stalls such as the white elephant, books, jigsaws and cakes. To add to the fun there will be hoopla, Aunt Sally ,tombola, other games and the jousting horse. There will also be stalls from external exhibitors.

Inside the church we will provide  tea and delicious cakes. On offer will be tours of the fascinating bell tower. There will be a special free musical programme.

Donations of books, bric-a-brac (in good condition) and jigsaws would be welcome. We look forward to welcoming everyone from our local communities to enjoy a traditional village church fete.

Development of 44 Houses on Milton Road Information Session

Development of 44 Houses on Milton Road

Information Session

Deanfield Homes Ltd has acquired the site for 44 houses with outline planning permission, which was granted in December 2017. It hopes to start building in October once the various conditions attaching to the planning permission have been fulfilled.

They have agreed to offer an information session for interested members of the village. This will take place on Tuesday 17th July between 4pm and 8pm in the Committee Room of the New Beaconsfield Hall. It will be on a drop- in basis and members of Deanfield staff will be on hand to talk informally about their plans.

Deanfield Homes was formed in 2016 and examples of their recent projects in Tackley and Ducklington can be found on their website.

Whilst this is not a formal consultation session as planning permission has already been granted, the general building plan has evolved over time and this will be an opportunity for local residents to leave their comments.

Your Parish Council would welcome your views following your visit on 17th July. Details of how to do this can be found at the session.

Tourism Roadshow, Burford

Tourism Roadshow, Burford, 28th June 10am
Have your say, ask your questions!

The Destinations Marketing Organisation (the ‘new’ WODC ‘umbrella’ for tourism), are holding a Tourism Roadshow at The Bay Tree tomorrow between 10am and 3pm.  This is a chance for anyone affected by or interested in Tourism in the area, to have a chat with the central body for the entire area.  Please do pop along if there is anything you would like to discuss.
A quick note regarding Business Rates as we know these are an ongoing struggle for many of you….there is currently a second year of rate relief available for many businesses for the year 2018/19 – this should come off your bill automatically but please check www.westoxon.gov.uk/businessrates if you are unsure
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