Defibrillator training

Following the acquisition of the new defibrillator for the phone box on Fiddler’s Hill, the PC has organised training on how to use it.

The training is taking place on Saturday 9th December at 11am at New Beaconsfield Hall.

Training is free and all welcome.



Temporary Road Closure – at Shipton-Under-Wychwood, Plum Lane

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure – at Shipton-Under-Wychwood, Plum Lane

A request has been received from Thames Water for a temporary road closure to apply to the length of Plum Lane, whilst essential Fire hydrant repair works are carried out.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 22 January 2018 to and including 24 January 2018.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Justin Manley of Thames Water on 07884474005.

Changes to Charges for Disposal of DIY/Non-Household Waste

Changes to Charges for Disposal of DIY/Non-Household Waste

As from 1 October, changes to DIY waste disposal charges at the council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) come into operation. Meanwhile, the council has signed a new Household Waste Recycling Centre contract that secures all seven sites in the medium term, with no change to the sites opening hours or days.

The existing DIY 1,2,3 for free scheme is being replaced by a small fixed fee per item of £1.50 for non-household waste. Tyres and plasterboard will also be charged for at an affordable rate. The existing scheme has been in place for 15 years and during this time the charge has not increased beyond £1 per item.

Banners and leaflets are on display at HWRC sites informing local residents that there will be a change in non-household waste charges, supported by social media activity and an issued press release.

In the HWRC public consultation carried out in summer 2016, 91% of responses indicated that residents would prefer to pay to deposit non-household waste as a way of saving money and protecting other council services.

The council recognises that many householders carry out small DIY projects from time to time, and by applying a small charge this allows HWRCs to continue accepting these discretionary types of non-household waste.

Non-household or DIY items, as a general rule are materials created from the construction, demolition, alteration or repair of a home or garden. For example a sink, bath, kitchen unit, fence panel, bag of rubble etc.

Residents can still dispose of all their household waste free of charge at any of the county’s HWRCs.

Also new in October will be a bin for recycling hard plastics. After a successful trial at Dix and Alkerton HWRCs, items such as plastic garden furniture and children’s toys will be collected and recycled from all sites.

The locations of the county council’s seven Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are:

  • Alkerton – Stratford Road, Alkerton, Nr Banbury
  • Ardley Fields- Brackley Road, Ardley
  • Dix Pit – Linch Hill, Stanton Harcourt
  • Drayton – Steventon Road, Drayton, Nr Abingdon
  • Oakley Wood – Old Icknield Way, Crowmarsh, Nr Wallingford
  • Redbridge – Old Abingdon Road, Oxford
  • Stanford in the Vale – Faringdon Road, Stanford in the Vale, Faringdon

W+S Recycling will manage six of the seven HWRC sites from October, while Dix Pit HWRC will continue to be managed by FCC Environment.

Hidden Harm campaign- open your eyes to abuse

On 2nd October, Thames Valley Police launched their Hidden Harm campaign urging everyone to ‘open their eyes to abuse’.

Over the next 18 months they will be raising awareness of different types of abuse hidden in the heart of the communities in Thames Valley. The first focus of the campaign is modern slavery.

In the past two years TVP has recorded 120 modern slavery crimes across our area but it’s likely that many more go unreported.

With offences in every county of the force, it’s a stark reminder that this is a crime that could happen anywhere.

Throughout October they will be concentrating on raising awareness of this crime and the signs to look out for that could indicate that someone is a victim.

Please click here to find out more.


West Oxfordshire Community Transport

West Oxfordshire Community Transport Limited 

WOCT aims to work with our community to deliver sustainable public transport services through a not-for-profit organisation. They believe that local bus services have an important role in maintaining an active and engaged community by providing the necessary links for all residents.

They currently operate the Witney 214/215 town services, enabling residents from surrounding estates to easily access the town centre.

Become a member

By becoming a member they expect that you will support the objects of West Oxfordshire Community Transport Limited which are to provide public transport facilities for people within the West Oxfordshire community where they are most needed; specifically for elderly people, people on low incomes or those with disabilities, people with young children or those living in isolated areas.

Becoming a member can cost just £1, which gives you voting rights.


Victims First

Victims First Facebook page

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s new initiative Victims First now has a Facebook page to keep people up to date on information, advice and support for victims of crime

Victims First is a website which has advice on what to do and how to get help if you’ve been a victim of crime, including information on what you should expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if you report the crime.

The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. You can use the website to refer yourself directly to the PCC’s own support services, using the online form, or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.

If you’ve been a victim of crime, Victims First can help you find the support you need. You can also follow the Victims First Facebook page for hints, tips and advice on staying safe and interesting comments and views on topical news. It will also share some inspiring victim stories, and how they’re coping after the crime.

Recycling service changes explained

Recycling service changes at WODC

From October residents will:

  • have fortnightly recycling collections. (Food waste will continue to be collected weekly).
  • use a blue-lidded wheelie bin for the majority of their recycling – aerosols, cans, card, cartons, foil, paper, plastic bottles/trays/tubs, (WODC will no longer collect flyaway plastics)
  • use their existing black recycling boxes for glass bottles/jars and unwanted electrical items
  • plastic bags can now be used to line food waste caddies or bins

Recycling guide and calendar

A recycling guide and bin collection calendar will be delivered to homes from 18 September

More information

01993 861025

Consultation- A361 Burford High Street Proposed Weight Limit Restriction

RE: CONSULTATION – A361 Burford High Street (Burford) Proposed Weight Limit Restriction

Please see following e-mail from Oxfordshire County Council:

We are writing to seek your views on the proposal to introduce a weight limit that will prohibit vehicles exceeding 7.5 tonnes travelling on the A361 High Street (including the River Windrush Bridge) in Burford, between the Burford and Fulbrook roundabouts (A40 to A424). The proposal is being put forward in conjunction with the Town council, and is aimed at promoting road safety, reducing danger & congestion, and improving the environment of the area. The proposals include the installation of advanced alternative route signage; for HGVs to use the A44 north-westwards from the A34, the A40 westwards from the A34, and the A429 from the A40 at Northleach (Gloucestershire) northwards to Stow on the Wold. In light of this, please find the following consultation documents attached:

  • Public Notice,
  • Statement of Reasons,
  • Consultation Plan,
  • Draft Traffic Regulation Order,
  • Current Traffic Regulation Order.

As detailed on the notice, any objections or other representations on the proposal should be submitted by Friday 15th September 2017.

For more details and the relevant documents please go to

Tour of Britain passes through Shipton

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain will soon be racing through The Cotswolds on their way to the finish in Regency Cheltenham. It is due to pass through the Wychwoods on 9th September.

There will be banners welcoming the cyclists into Shipton and on Milton park you will find various events to advertise the race, such as ‘decorate your bike’, face painting and a barbeque.