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Advance Notice Road Closure – West End Witney

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary “No Waiting” restriction & Parking Suspension at – Witney, West End (between Roundabout at A4095/B4044 junction and Millers Mews)

In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to impose a ‘No Waiting’ restriction and parking suspension as detailed above to facilitate drainage survey.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 08/06/2020 (at 20:00hrs).
The anticipated completion date is 10/06/2020 (at 06:00hrs).
2 nights closure and each night from 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and restriction and will operate on the days shown above.

Please note that Notices for urgent works can last up to 5 consecutive days only.

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 restriction and also the alternative route for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

T7870/MR

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Social Distancing over the Bank Holiday Weekend

You can play your part in stopping the spread of #coronavirus.

If you’re planning to go out over the bank holiday weekend, make sure to keep 2 meters apart from others.

Public spaces may be busier this bank holiday weekend.

The safety of yourselves and others relies on people remembering to maintain 2 meters social distancing and if a place is too busy, please be prepared to make the necessary decision to leave and try somewhere else instead.

STAY ALERT, STAY SAFE…..Protect the NHS

Ladies on benches demonstrating correct social distancing

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Advance Notice Roadworks Burwell Drive/Farmhouse Meadow

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – Section 14(1)

Notice of Temporary Traffic Order
Witney – Burwell Drive and Farmhouse Meadow
Prohibition of Through Traffic and Waiting
Date of Order: 20 July 2020
Coming into force: 27 July 2020

This Order is being introduced because of carriageway resurfacing works which are anticipated to be completed 7 August 2020.

This will operate between 07:00 and 19:00hrs. The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding or waiting in the whole length of Burwell Drive and Farmhouse Meadow.

Map showing 1st area of closure

Map showing 2nd area of closure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map showing 3rd area of closureAppropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.

Exemptions are included for emergency services and for the works and for access to premises which are only accessible from the closed sections of road.

The alternative route for traffic is via Ducklington Lane, Curbridge Road and vice versa.

This Order will remain in force for a maximum period of 18 months or until the works have been completed whichever is the sooner.

Traffic Regulations Team (Ref.T7826/AC) for the Director for Infrastructure Delivery, County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND. 0345 310 1111.

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Town Council Urges Residents to Keep Faith with Lockdown Exit Strategy

Witney Town Council is encouraging people to keep faith with the lockdown exit strategy, continue to follow government guidance and not take part in public gatherings in the town’s parks.
The Government’s guidance is clear – public gatherings of more than two people are prohibited and social distancing should be maintained at all times. Signs are up in Witney’s parks, reminding people to respect social distancing rules and that play equipment is still off limits to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Luci Ashbourne says,

“We are living through unprecedented times, and I have been so proud of the community response in our town, with many people going above and beyond to help their neighbours. One of the most important ways we can keep each other safe is to respect and value social distancing at all times – it is the one most important, and frankly life-saving, acts of solidarity and care that we can carry out. I understand it is hard, but without it more lives will be unnecessarily lost. We will get through this, and all do our part while we stay apart

Cllr Ashbourne wished to pay particular tribute to the local neighbourhood policing team who have worked tirelessly patrolling the town and estates ensuring that public spaces were being used appropriately and social distancing observed.

As the government navigates a path out of lockdown it is vital that people continue to observe the guidelines. Flouting precautions that remain in place only makes a return to lockdown more likely.
Witney Town Council is also making preparations for the lifting of restrictions while following government guidance on opening facilities and services to the public and putting safe working practices in place to protect staff and the public/service users.

Although the skate park, splash park and play equipment remain closed for the time being, some play areas are being refurbished with the installation of new equipment and safety checks taking place in anticipation of reopening as soon as permitted.

Picture of The Leys with St Mary's Church in the background
Picture of The Leys with St Mary’s Church in the background

Premier Tennis is opening courts and the Coffee Shed with additional precautions in place to protect users and while the Corn Exchange remains closed – facilities within are being improved and upgraded.
It is in everyone’s interest to get through this and back to a semblance of normality as soon as possible.

Things are moving forward and we are keen to keep that momentum, but it does rely on the patience and full co-operation of members of the public in sticking to the rules and keeping things on track.

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Witney Town Council makes history as it holds its first remote Annual Council Meeting and Election of the New Mayor

In a historic first for the town, local councillors, officers, and members of the public stayed at home and gathered around mobile devices to join Witney Town Council for its first ever ‘virtual’ Annual Council meeting. They tuned in via a remote conferencing app to witness the election of Councillor Joy Aitman as the new Mayor of Witney on 13th May 2020.
The Covid-19 outbreak has brought about a temporary change in legislation permitting local councils to meet remotely, so that they are able to continue to take decisions that allow them to function and provide continuity in their delivery of services.

Councillors and officers attending the Annual Council Meeting remotely

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillors and officers attending the Annual Council Meeting remotely

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillors and officers attending the Annual Council Meeting remotely
Councillors casting votes at the Annual Council meeting held remotely for the first time

 

 

 

 

Witney Town Council was well prepared for this, having, over the last two years, updated its business continuity and resilience contingency plans. This has included investing in cloud data storage, a web-based telephony system and digitalising its democratic processes that leaves it well placed to work and hold meetings remotely when necessary.

Councillor Aitman has no intention of serving as a virtual Mayor though. She has a straightforward, hands on approach to the role and is looking forward to the end of the pandemic so that she can fulfil her position in the town with the enthusiasm for which she is renowned. Having served as Deputy Mayor last year she has a good idea of what is in store. She is passionate about the youth of Witney, having taught at both primary and secondary level both here and in London.

She said,
“I am thrilled to be elected as Mayor and look forward to representing Witney. I hope to focus on rebuilding the spirit of the town when our current situation changes. I am sure we will work to celebrate the reopening of Witney.
I am enjoying working with the Youth Council and supporting them in putting on events for the town. They are an ambitious group and have many exciting ideas.
On the Corn Exchange Working Party we have been working to create a heart for our community. I am excited that we will soon be seeing some fabulous changes.
I hope to spend my year focused on our young people. They are the future of our town”

Councillor Joy Aitman, Mayor of Witney

Councillor Aitman joined Witney Town Council in May 2019 and represents East Ward.
Serving as her deputy this year will be Cllr Liz Duncan, while the new Leader of the Council is Councillor Luci Ashbourne and the Deputy Leader is Cllr Vicky Gwatkin.

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Witney Town Council holds its first virtual Annual Council Meeting and Election of the New Mayor

A recent temporary change in legislation brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak has allowed local councils to meet remotely for the first time. This enables them to continue to take decisions that allow them to function and provide continuity in their delivery of services.

As a result, we are making history in the town with our first Virtual Annual Town Council Meeting at which our new Mayor will be elected.

To watch you will need the following details

Topic: Annual Council Meeting of Witney Town Council

Time: May 13, 2020 19:00  London

Join the Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 952 8358 7756

Password: 4DRMsr

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Oxfordshire County Council CONSULTATION – B4437 Forest Road, Windrush River & Ninety Cut Hill Bridges (Charlbury, Minster Lovell & Astall) Proposed Weight Restrictions

RE: CONSULTATION – B4437 Forest Road, Windrush River & Ninety Cut Hill Bridges (Charlbury, Minster Lovell & Astall) Proposed Weight Restrictions

Asthall & Minster Lovell Bridges – PUBLIC NOTICE.pdf
Asthall & Minster Lovell Bridges – STATEMENT OF REASONS.pdf
Asthall Bridge 3t Weight Limit – DRAFT ORDER 2020.pdf
Minster Lovell Bridge 18t Weight Limit – DRAFT ORDER 2020.pdf Charlbury B4437 Bridge 7.5t Weight Limit amend – DRAFT ORDER 2020.pdf

Oxfordshire County Council are  seeking your views on the proposals to make changes to the structural weight limit restrictions at various bridge locations to help ensure the longevity of the bridges whilst a program of improvements is planned for remedial work (subject to available finance). Specifically the proposals include: a)  introducing a permanent 18t structural weight limit on the Windrush River Bridge in Minster Lovell, b) introducing a permanent 3t structural weight limit at Ninety Cut Hill for the Windrush River Bridge in Asthall, and c) updating the existing traffic regulation order covering the 7.5t weight limit for the B4437 Forest Road/Dyers Hill in Charlbury to better clarify the descriptions. In light of this, please find the following consultation documents attached:

  • Public Notice,
  • Statement of Reasons,
  • Draft Traffic Regulation Orders.

The proposed Traffic Regulation Orders have been requested to be advertised in the Witney Gazette newspaper today; Wednesday 29th May 2020, and details are also available to view on the Councils consultation pages at the address below:

https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/AshtallCharlburyMinsterBridges/consultationHome

As stated on the notice, any objections or other representations on the proposal should be submitted by Friday 29th May 2020.

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Lake & Country Park – Sewage Caution Advised

 

Poster advising dogs and humans not to enter the river, brook and lake in the Country Park because of raw sewage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windrush Against Sewage Pollution Group have recently been in correspondence with Thames Water about the discharge of untreated sewage into Witney’s Waterways, following up on articles that indicate that Covid-19 can be present in both treated and untreated sewage. They asked Thames Water if they could be updated when discharges take place in order to remind people of the dangers of entering the rivers, stream and lake around the Country Park area.
In response, Thames Water have said that updates will not be issued, as currently there is no proof that Covid-19 can be transmitted in this way.

Consequently, as a precautionary measure, signs will be in place advising visitors that continued caution with regard to not allowing dogs and people to enter the water is wise.

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Witney Plans for a Virtual VE Day 75 commemoration

Witney vows to Commemorate 75 Years of Peace even during Lockdown

In order to comply with government regulations in force and to keep everyone safe during the Covid 19 emergency, Witney Town Council has reviewed its plans for marking the historically important 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May.

With the town in lockdown and people unable to do as they did in 1945 and gather in the Market Square to fill the streets with music and dancing and parties, the council has sought an alternative way to bring people together while remaining safely at home.

Mayor, Duncan Enright summed up the determination of the Town to make the most of things;

“Witney Town Council has been making preparations for our VE Day 75 celebrations for some time, though things are no longer possible as they were originally planned. We will be remembering the sacrifice of those who won our peace, at a time when we are all making sacrifices for the health of our world and marking this anniversary in our own homes instead of out together in the streets.

But we all know Witney likes a good party! I am confident that the people of Witney will be celebrating VE Day with a mix of characteristic good cheer and respect, while maintaining social distancing, keeping themselves safe and looking forward to when we can all get together again.”

Working with local FM radio station, Witney Radio, we have contributed some of the planned elements of our VE Day celebration to form part of an exciting radio broadcast that includes the best local and national events. Voicebox Choir who would have been leading an enthusiastic ‘big sing’ in the Market Square have now recorded a special concert as part of the content of Witney Radio’s programme and the Mayor and Town Crier are also recording their sessions for that.

Alongside this we have created a dedicated web page and together these mean we get to share with you a packed VE Day programme that you can enjoy at home. Our talented Town Band are putting together a video made of individual clips by the social distancing musicians and that will feature on our VE Day web page.  Witney Town Council is  determined  that although the day will not be as exuberant and interactive as planned it will still be an appropriate commemoration of the spirit of the time and tribute to the sacrifices made by so many. While it is a time to remember, reflect and pay tribute to the millions who played such a vital part, both here at home and overseas, it is also a celebration of 75 years of peace.

What’s on the Radio? You can tune in throughout the afternoon to hear the following:

  • 2.55pm The Last Post
  • 3pm Battle’s O’er
  • 3.05pm Winston Churchill’s Speech
  • 3.10pm The Nation’s toast to the heroes of WWII read by Mayor Duncan Enright followed by the National Anthem
  • 3.20pm Squadron Leader Allan Scott DFM, who now lives and enjoys life in West Oxfordshire speaks of his time as a spitfire pilot
  • 5pm A Voicebox VE Day concert – A special concert recorded by members of Voicebox Choir
  • 6.55pm A cry for peace around the world from Witney Town Crier, Jean Postlethwaite-Dixon
  • 7pm Ringing out for peace – a selection of Church Bells ringing out for peace from Church Towers across Witney & West Oxfordshire

You can find Witney Radio on 99.9 FM

Barry Clack, Director of Witney Radio said,

“The Coronavirus emergency and consequent Government guidance means that we won’t be able to see the type of celebrations that Witney deserves this VE Day. Witney Radio feels strongly that we should not miss out on these celebrations but instead stay at home and celebrate this historic day. Witney Radio will be broadcasting content which residents can listen to and enjoy on Friday 8th May to honour those who served us in the past and allow those of us unable to be together to share in this celebration. Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR Pageant master for VE Day 75 supports Witney Radio’s broadcasts for the day and asks people to take part in celebrating VE Day 75 whilst observing guidelines and staying safe ”

Our special VE Day page is  at http://www.witney-tc.gov.uk/ve-day-75/

You can read a first-hand account of that day in 1945 when Victory in Europe was declared, by author Phyllis Ransome.

We will also be inviting residents to submit their personal family history pictures of VE Day electronically in order to try to build a picture of Witney in 1945. These will be posted in a gallery on the VE Day page.

Witney Town Band will share their video of them giving a very special virtual performance.

The page also has details of a competition being run by SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. They are asking people to get to create a piece of artwork, celebrating VE Day 75 in any medium and submit a photo of it by midday on the 27th April.

https://www.ssafa.org.uk/news-articles/ve-day-75-art-competition

If you enter and send us a copy of the photo electronically, we will post as many as we can in the windows of the Corn Exchange foyer.

We will also have a template to make some really easy  paper bunting so you can decorate your garden or living room to give a little more atmosphere while you tune in and enjoy everything on offer on VE Day.

Although this is not going to be quite the celebration anyone had hoped for, there is an opportunity later, for us to commemorate VJ day in August with you, hopefully in a much more boisterous way, but for now, the safety of everyone in our town is a priority.  We hope you have a great day on 8th May and raise a glass (or a teacup with us) and toast our World War II heroes and drink to that moment when we can ‘meet again’.

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COVID 19 – Request NHS Loaned Equipment Recall

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Can you help with returning old equipment?
The NHS are asking residents to give unused health equipment back. Items can be recycled and reused such as: chairs, beds, mattresses, electrical items, bed rails, walking and toilet frames, and slings that can be collected by NRS healthcare while observing social distancing.

For further information about the ‘hand it back’ campaign, contact NRS to arrange a FREE collection of health care equipment that is no longer needed. Call NRS Healthcare on: 01869 225 420 or email enquiries@oxfordshire.nrs-uk.net Please do not attempt to return the equipment in person.

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Message from the Chief Constable Ahead of the Easter Weekend

 

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The Chief Constable said: “With Easter coming this weekend and the weather forecast to be fine, it is vitally important that the public continue to adhere to the Government restrictions. I appreciate that this is a time of year when we would usually be enjoying time with our families and friends, however these are unprecedented times and we must all do our part to protect each other and the vital services of the NHS.

“Thank you to the residents of the Thames Valley for complying with the Government’s measures. They are in place to protect us all, and I appreciate the effort that all of you are making to stay indoors and social distance when you have to leave the house for an essential reason.

“I know these restrictions will now be well-known by now, but let me remind you all that you can only leave your home to shop for basic necessities, for one form of exercise per day, for a medical or care need, and to travel to and from work, but only where you cannot work from home. If you are outside for these essential activities please ensure you are at least two meters from anyone who you do not live with.

“Please do not be tempted to go out for any other reason.

“As usual, our officers will be patrolling our communities during Easter. We will be engaging with the public to ensure they are complying with the Government directives. Where there is any misunderstanding about the measures, we will explain and encourage the public to follow the guidelines. However, when necessary we will enforce the new powers given to us by Parliament.

“Our frontline officers and staff have been given personal protection equipment (PPE) to use. You may therefore see our officers wearing gloves and masks when they are out this weekend, if they are not able to keep the required distance with the public. This is for your safety and theirs.

“This is an unprecedented public health emergency and an extraordinary national effort is required to fight this virus. I am proud that the public and my staff have been working together to help save lives. I thank you all and I wish you all a very happy Easter.”
Message Sent By
Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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COVID-19 SCAM AWARENESS REMINDER

Astonishing and outrageous to have to post scam awareness warnings when people are up against so much already! But, please be aware that at a time when communities are pulling together and doing amazing things to help each other out, there are still unscrupulous, dishonest people out to take advantage of the situation. OCC has a list of the most common scams but if any request or offer is made to you, take time to consider it, speak to someone else and don’t be afraid to say that you will get back to the person asking. If they are genuine they will not mind.
Scam Awareness Warning link

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Advance Notice – Road Closure Hailey & Witney, Foxburrow Lane (Hailey Rd)

map showing diversion route Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Road Closure and “No Waiting” restriction at – Hailey & Witney, Foxburrow Lane (Hailey Rd)

In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the road and impose a ‘No Waiting’ restriction as detailed above to facilitate carriageway resurfacing works.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 21/04/2020 (at 04:00hrs).
The anticipated completion date is 24/04/2020 (at 18:00hrs).
Each day from 04:00hrs to 18:00hrs.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and restriction and will operate on the days shown above.

Please note that Notices for urgent works can last up to 5 consecutive days only.

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 restriction and also the alternative route for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11

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COVID-19 COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION FROM from Robert Courts MP

Our MP has put together a comprehensive 4 page  COVID-19 information leaflet which contains the latest NHS guidance, contact information for our local councils, volunteer groups and helpful organisations, as well as important anti-scam advice.

COVID-19 Info Sheet – Robert Courts MP

You are also welcome to visit his website

(www.robertcourts/coronavirus) or contact him directly (robert@robertcourts.co.uk) if you have any particular queries which the leaflet does not address.

 

Image of Page 1 of the COVID19 information leaflet

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