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.

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

Festive caddy bin liners giveaway

Festive caddy bin liners giveaway

In the run up to Christmas, West Oxfordshire residents can pick up a free roll of food waste caddy liners at District Council reception points and at recycling roadshows.

Cllr Carol Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We want to encourage as many people as possible to recycle their food waste, especially over Christmas when there are always a lot of leftovers such as turkey carcasses and fruit and vegetable peelings.

“All food waste is recycled, with the gases generated during recycling being converted into electricity and the food waste itself producing nutrient-rich fertiliser which is then used by local farmers.”

Food waste in West Oxfordshire is collected weekly and recycled locally at the Agrivert Anaerobic Digestion plant near Cassington.

Residents can line their food caddies with carrier bags, pedal bin bags (not black), compostable bags or newspaper. Extracted liner bags are sent to an Energy Recovery Facility.

Free bags can be collected at the Town Centre Shop, Woodgreen or Elmfield offices in Witney and the Guildhall in Chipping Norton. One roll per household will be available until stocks run out.

Householders who do not have a free food waste bin and kitchen caddy or are unsure of how to recycle their food waste, should contact the District Council online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/food or on 01993 861025.

Pictured holding a roll of caddy liners is Jake Aitman, a member of the Council’s customer services and waste recycling teams.

Description: Food waste + Jake 2017

Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle

Lions club message in a bottle

Let the emergency services know your medical history.

/messageinabottle #messageinabottle

The Lions, Message In a Bottle scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location – the fridge.

The bottle is kept in the fridge, where the emergency services will be able to find it in the event of being called to your home. We will know you have a bottle by the two labels displayed on the inside of the front door or on the main entrance to your home and the other is for the door of your fridge.

This scheme is free to the user. Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can fall downstairs, so this scheme can benefit anyone, including you.

As a minimum it will save the Emergency Services valuable time identifying you and your emergency contacts. By telling whether you have special medication or allergies or not, it is a potential lifesaver and provides peace of mind to users and their friends and families.

Bottles are free of charge and can usually be found in your local Chemist or Doctors Surgeries.

Thanks to a number of other organisations, you may also find that you can obtain one through your nearest;

  • Neighbourhood Watch group
  • Age Concern
  • Council Offices
  • Housing Associations
  • and many other places including Police stations.

If you are unable to find a Bottle, please contact your local Lions Club.

To find out more information about the scheme please visit the Lion’s Club website or if you would like the opportunity to get involved with this scheme and many others that help those in need, then please contact your local Lions Club or email mdhq@lions.org.uk or telephone 0121 441 4544 for details of your nearest Lions Club or click here to find your nearest club.

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.