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Car Free Day Sunday 22nd September

Witney Town Council Welcomes Car Free Day As A Breath Of Fresh Air

Having declared a Climate Emergency in June, Witney Town Council is supporting a Car Free day on Sunday September 22nd. We are encouraging people to leave their car at home (if possible) and discover some of the benefits of being car free.

There is a growing awareness that climate change, air pollution, and poor health due to lack of exercise mean that we need to shift away from car use and towards walking, cycling and public transport.

Whether you’re looking to save money, reduce your energy use, or simply enjoy the health and social benefits of being car free, you are invited to participate in Car Free Day.

There are no road closures planned for this year but there will be some cycling activities and a Health Walk taking place on the day and activities throughout  the week before to highlight the best reasons for leaving your car at home.

We will be asking people to share running, walking, mobility scooter and cycling routes they have used to come into town along with their experiences of their car free journey, good or bad.

Car Free Day is a great opportunity for individuals and communities to try something new. What do you see and hear when walking or cycling that you might miss when you are in your car?

It’s not easy for everyone to be without a car that day. If your job requires that you visit several different sites in your working day that might be impractical, but just reducing the number of cars on the road has a big impact on air quality. So, if Sunday is your big shop day and you need a car, why not consider sharing with a friend or neighbour and shopping together? It’s a great chance to have a catch up and socialise.

If you are choosing alternative transport on that day Witney Town Council encourages you to post about your journey or share how you are taking part on social media using the hashtag #CarFreeWitney

Leader of The Council, Cllr Rosa Bolger, commented

“Car Free Day is about supporting and encouraging us all to explore our town by finding an alternative way to get around. We’re very lucky in Witney to have so many wonderful paths and cycle routes.  If you can, why not join us by hopping on your bike, taking the bus or walking in- let us know what you and your family choose and best of all how you’ve contributed to tackling our climate emergency one step (or pedal) at a time.”

We have a great line up of events. Starting bright and early at Witney’s Park Run event. The Park Runners have teamed up with Windrush Bike Project this Saturday and have issued this invitation:

As a precursor to Car Free Day on Sunday 22nd September, we would encourage those of you who are able, to walk or cycle to Witney parkrun on Saturday 21st September.

We are also pleased to be joined on that day by Windrush Bike Project who will be offering free bike checks, maps of local cycling routes and general cycling advice. 🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️

Having declared a Climate Emergency in June, Witney Town Council is supporting this year’s Car Free Day on Sunday September 22nd. There is a growing awareness that climate change, air pollution, and poor health due to lack of exercise mean that we need to shift away from car use and towards walking, cycling and public transport.

If you bring your bike along to Witney parkrun on Saturday 21st or decide to ditch the car on Sunday 22nd, Witney Town Council encourages you to share your experiences on social media using the hashtag #CarFreeWitney.

Windrush Bike Project are also helping out on Sunday with some guided rides into town and Lawrence and Judith have organised guided walks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There are refreshments in the Corn Exchange between 10.30am and 1pm, so every reason to come into town and ‘Just for One Day, Choose Another Way.’

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Heritage Open Day – Write Up Your Street event CANCELLED

CANCELLED- We are sorry to announce that this event has been cancelled and apologise for any disappointment-  CANCELLED

 

Are you a local history buff? We are just launching our @heritageopenday event for 2019. The theme is #ThisIsPeoplePower. Who are the movers & shakers of times gone by commemorated by having streets in Witney named after them? We are asking residents to find out http://www.witney-tc.gov.uk/heritage-open-day-2019-write-u…/
We will mount a family friendly FREE exhibition of findings in the Corn Exchange. Where do you live? Fancy researching your house or business building? Did someone notable live there? We’ll include that too.
Lots of hits and tips on how to get started on our website now.

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Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council – Advance Notice Roadworks – Thorney Leys

TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICE
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT, 1984

A request has been received from Oxford Direct Services for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Thorney Leys, Witney whilst carriage way resurfacing works are carried out.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate from the 22 August 2019 19:00 to and including the 24 August 2019 06:00 (night time 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 also the alternative routes for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Dave Tidball, Oxford Direct Services on 07879885448.

T6939/SJ

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Witney Town Council issues call to arms with Climate Emergency Public Meeting

Witney Town Council declared a Climate Emergency at the Council meeting on 26th June. Keen to address this enormous challenge, they have now issued a call to arms by inviting residents to a public meeting at the Corn Exchange on the afternoon of Sunday 28th July.

Residents wanting to help Witney find real solutions to combat our climate emergency will be recruited at the meeting to join a working party. This working party will report back to the Full Council with proposals and recommendations.

Witney Town Council is committed to ensuring that the town does everything possible to become carbon neutral and to ensure a cleaner and better future for its residents.

 

The meeting will be chaired by the Leader of Witney Town Council, Cllr Rosa Bolger who stresses that the meeting is open to everyone;

“Our climate emergency is the most pressing issue we will face in our lifetime, it’s critical that all levels of council show real ambition in working to tackle this disaster. This public meeting is just the first step in our commitment to actively involve the public, consult with experts and create a plan that uses the powers of the council to work for real solutions. We must think global and act local.”

The meeting will feature some key speakers and experts and encourage questions and suggestions from those attending.  Ideas gathered at the meeting will be used to inform the working party and ultimately shape and form policy.

The audience can expect to hear from the following:

  • Oxford City Council
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Extinction Rebellion and others

Anyone who wishes to volunteer but cannot make the meeting can register their interest by emailing: info@witney-tc.gov.uk.

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Mayor Takes the Park Run Challenge

Cllr Enright with the Parkrun selfie frame
Mayor of Witney, Cllr Duncan Enright

On Saturday 22 June our Mayor, Cllr Duncan Enright, ran the Park Run during the Wood Green School takeover. Takeovers happen regularly to support and promote worthy organisations and charities. His first run was this time last year in support of a national takeover by the NHS. We asked him how well he did and he revealed that he came 249th but 8th in his age bracket!
The takeover by Wood Green PTA is in support of their 50k challenge, for more resources for library, sports, well-being and drama.
If you feel like running 5k, you only have to register once with them to do so and if you don’t feel like a run yourself, Witney Park Run relies on volunteers to make it happen. So, if you can spare a few hours on a Saturday morning, do get in touch with them.
https://www.parkrun.org.uk/witney/

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