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Temporary Office Closure

Our offices are temporarily closed while necessary works are carried out on our ancient building.
We hope to re-open on Wed 29th September. You can still contact us by email and telephone and, if strictly essential, you can call to make an appointment to see someone in person.
email: info@witney-tc.gov.uk
telephone 01993 704379
We apologise for any inconvenience.

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New Tree Stock for Winter Planting

Seventeen new trees to replace felled, diseased, dead or failing trees have been delivered ready for planting in November.

Careful planning was made for the suitability of the site for each of the trees. Those for the Leys, for example were selected for the impact of their autumn colour.  In Queen Emma’s Dyke the new trees replacing the large willows that were felled are much more suitably sized for the area.

Tower Hill will see four new varieties planted that will be in keeping with the arboretum feel of the cemetery.

As part of  Witney Town Council’s commitment to the environment and desire to plant more trees, three larger, semi-mature, 5 year old  trees, grown on and donated to the Town Council  are also waiting  to go in at new sites across the town.

 

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LIVING ROOF BUS SHELTER IS A FIRST FOR OXFORDSHIRE!

In another innovative first for the town, Witney Town Council has installed a sedum roofed shelter as the long awaited replacement for a damaged shelter that had been removed, in Burwell Drive. The new living roof, vandal-proof shelter is the first of its kind in the whole of Oxfordshire.

The bus stop in Burwell is well used and busy and the shelter had been sorely missed, so the replacement is very welcome.

The upper panels of the shelter are ‘vandal-proof’ and perforated to allow good all round visibility.

The shelter has a living roof planted with sedums. This provides a wide range of benefits to the urban environment. It absorbs rainwater, reduces stormflow, captures dust and pollutants from the air – and regulates temperatures.

Adding plants in urban spaces has plenty of other benefits, including: reducing noise pollution, reducing stress, increasing biodiversity, beautifying the local environment, absorbing carbon, and improving air quality. It’s also a safe haven for bees and other insects.

Plus of course, it’s a rather lovely surprise when spotted from the top deck as a bus pulls up alongside.

The decision to include a living roof for the new shelter is in keeping with Witney Town Council’s commitment to finding more sustainable solutions, and meeting its climate emergency objectives.

Cllr Ruth Smith, Witney Town Councillor for the Central ward and Chair of Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, said,

“We are delighted to be able to provide this innovative bus shelter. Residents have rightly asked for a replacement. The Town Council fully supports bus travel – it’s greener than individual cars and is essential for all who don’t drive.

 The green roof adds a little waypoint on insect corridors and biodiversity beyond grass, because it’s sedum plants.

 We trust that this shelter will be treated respectfully. Let’s all talk about its usefulness so that even those tempted to vandalise it hear and think again.”

Cllrs Owen Collins and Ruth Smith in the new Living Roof Shelter
Cllrs Owen Collins and Ruth Smith in the new Living Roof Shelter
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AGENDA – CLIMATE, BIODIVERSITY & PLANNING, TUESDAY, 21ST SEPTEMBER, 2021, 6pm

The agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday, 21st September, 2021, 6.00 pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link:
Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Main Hall, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Minutes
3a To adopt and sign as correct the minutes of the committee held on 20 July and 10 & 31 August 2021.
3b Matters arising from the minutes of 20 July and 10 & 31 August 2021
4 Public Participation
5 Planning Applications
6 Planning Decisions
7 Avenue Two, Witney – Proposed Parking Restrictions
8 Oxfordshire Plan 2050
9 Oxford-Cambridge Arc Public Consultation
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Agenda – Halls, Cemeteries & Allotments, Monday, 13th September, 2021, 6.00

The agenda for Halls, Cemeteries & Allotments, Monday, 13th September, 2021, 6.00 pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Main Hall, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Minutes
4 Public Participation
5 Committee Work Plan
6 Burwell Hall – Replacement Heating System
7 Langdale Hall – Request for Outside Seating
8 Public Halls & 1863 Café Bar Report
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Witney Feast is Back!

WITNEY FEAST IS BACK!

Star Flyer, Space, Superstar, Extreme, Jumping Frogs, Dominator, Stargate. These are all rides that you are likely to encounter at Witney Feast this year!

It is with great delight that Witney Town Council welcomes the Feast back to its historic home on The Leys after COVID-19 stole the show last year.

Meetings and conversations have been taking place over the past few months to ensure that everything is in place to make the fair a fun and successful family event for everyone.  A huge amount of work from both the fair organisers and the Town Council goes into making an event of this kind possible, and especially in a year where things still feel very tentative, post-pandemic regulations.

It’s set to be a spectacular return. Along with traditional rides such as the Waltzer and Dodgems there is the Wild Mouse roller coaster and a family friendly smaller version – the Dragon Coaster.

Many of the rides that come to Witney are exclusive and not seen in Oxford at the St Giles fair.

So, if you fancy a ride aboard the Star Flyer 200 feet up in the air, or a wander through the biggest fun house in Europe at four storeys high, right here in the heart of Witney is the place to be.

The Witney Feast will take place on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th September with the traditional Golden Gallopers service on the evening of Sunday 12th.

If you are longing to find out more, tune in to Windrush Radio at 11am on Sunday 12th and hear Emily Wilson, her daughter-in law and two granddaughters talking you through everything you need to know about the Feast.

 

Witney Feast from above on The Leys
Witney Feast from Above on The Leys
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Agenda Full Council Meeting Mon 6 September

The agenda for Full Council, Monday, 6th September, 2021, 7.00 pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Main Hall, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Public Participation
4 Oxfordshire Bus Service Improvement Plan
5 Exclusion of Press and Public
6 Corn Exchange Working Party Minutes
7 Corn Exchange – Phase Two Contracts
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Agenda Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday, 31st August, 2021, 6.00pm

The agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday, 31st August, 2021, 6.00 pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Main Hall, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Public Participation
4 Planning Applications
5 Planning Appeal Decision
6 Street Naming – Mill Walk, Witney
7 21/02210/FUL – Witan Park, Witney
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Traffic Regulation Notice – Downs Road

Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council

TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICE
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT, 1984

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, that the Oxfordshire County Council

TEMPORARILY PROHIBITS THE USE OF THE HIGHWAY
BY ALL MOTOR VEHICLES

LOCATION: Witney, Downs Road

REASON: To facilitate carriageway patching works

DURATION: Starting on 3 November 2021
The anticipated completion date is 6 November 2021 (date included). Closure will operate nightly between 20:00 and 06:00
(Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days.)

ACCESS: Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE:via Range Road -/Dear Park Road – A4095 – Main Road -Downs Road and vice versa

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Matthew Timms-Area Operations North, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

Downs Road area of worksDowns Road Traffic Management Plan

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Agenda – Climate, Biodiversity and Planning Meeting Tuesday 31st August 2021

The agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday, 31st August, 2021, 6.00 pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Main Hall, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Declarations of Interest
3. Public Participation
4. Planning Applications
5. Planning Appeal Decision
6. Street Naming – Mill Walk, Witney

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Witney Lake Incident – Witney Town Council Statement

We are in touch with Nicole’s family and aware of the petition.  The family have been invited to meet with key Councillors and Officers, and we are keen to listen and offer support to them as they try to come to terms with this tragic accident.    

 We completely understand the desire to do something tangible to prevent any further loss of life, and indeed this is our priority too. Given the number of similar flooded pits, rivers and other accessible areas of open water, and the hidden dangers that all of them pose, it feels that the most meaningful course of action is for us to work with the rescue services and schools to roll out an education programme. Hopefully, this will ensure that as many people as possible are aware of the dangers, even to experienced and confident swimmers, and choose safe swimming and water play options instead.

The Town Council is actively reviewing its risk assessment and health & safety in response to the tragic accident to see where additional safety measures can further mitigate risks to the Lake and Country Park users.  We have already increased warning signage at every point where people may access the lake and will be adding different types of signage, including pictorial signage, so that the warnings are much clearer to everyone. We have also instructed an independent health and safety audit to be carried out, in order that we can feel confident our response is as robust as it can be.

As part of our longer-term approach, we will also be looking at the viability of introducing a lido to Witney to provide a safe outdoor swimming space for our town, including talking to other levels of local government to assess how this may best be facilitated, if considered feasible.

The hearts of the community, including every single person who works at or represents the Council are with the family at what must be an unthinkably distressing and painful time, and we do hope to work together so we can all feel confident that any further loss of life in open water is prevented.

 

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Traffic Regulation Notice – Woodgreen – Phase 2

Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council

TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICE
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT, 1984

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, that the Oxfordshire County Council

TEMPORARILY PROHIBITS THE USE OF THE HIGHWAY
BY ALL MOTOR VEHICLES

LOCATION: Witney, Woodgreen

REASON: To facilitate installation of ironworks following micro surfacing works

DURATION: Starting on 19 October 2021
The anticipated completion date is 22 October 2021 (date included). The closure will operate 07:30 to 17:00 daily.
(Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days.)

ACCESS: Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE:via B4022 – A4095 – Woodgreen
and vice versa

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Tim Belton- Milestone Infrastructure Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

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Traffic Regulation Notice – Woodgreen – Phase 1

Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council

TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICE
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT, 1984

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, that the Oxfordshire County Council

TEMPORARILY PROHIBITS THE USE OF THE HIGHWAY
BY ALL MOTOR VEHICLES

LOCATION: Witney, Woodgreen

REASON: To facilitate micro surfacing works

DURATION: Starting on 13 October 2021
The anticipated completion date is 16 October 2021 (date included). The closure will operate 07:30 to 17:00 daily.
(Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days.)

ACCESS: Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE:via B4022 – A4095 – Woodgreen
and vice versa

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Tim Belton- Milestone Infrastructure Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

T9390 / RAG

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Notice of Temporary Traffic Order – West End

Notice of Temporary Traffic Order
Witney-West End
Prohibition of Through Traffic
Date of Order: 6 September 2021
Coming into force: 17 September 2021

This Order is being introduced because of water main connection works which are anticipated to be completed on 30 September 2021.

The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding in that part of West End between No. 78 and its junction with Hailey Road.

Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.

Exemptions are included for police, fire and ambulance services and for the works and for access to premises which are only accessible from the closed section of road.

The alternative route for traffic affected by the closure is via
Woodstock Road – Woodgreen – New Yatt Road – New Yatt Lane – Hatfield Pits Lane onto High Street – Witney Road onto Hailey 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 (T9198 / RAG)

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Graham Seaton at Morrisons Water Services on 07890 051 438 or email graham.seaton@morrisonws.com

Street map of works at West End
Map showing diversions
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Gardeners’ Delight at New Allotments

Tuesday 3rd August saw the handover of a new and inspiring flagship allotment site at Windrush Place in Witney as the keys were handed over to Barry Jessel, the Chair of Witney Allotment Society, by the Mayor of Witney, Cllr Joy Aitman.

Mayor of Witney, Cllr Joy Aitman and Chair of Witney Allotment Association, Barry Jessel
Mayor of Witney, Cllr Joy Aitman and Chair of Witney Allotment Association, Barry Jessel

The site is the result of a project that centres upon green initiatives, designed to support Witney Town Council’s commitment to act on climate change. The site also places a firm emphasis on both accessibility and community.

The 55 regular plots are a mix of standard sizes with a small number of half and smaller plots aimed at supporting novice gardeners. Each plot has its own tool shed and a water butt for harvesting rainwater. There is an eco, composting toilet on site, compost bins and a shared secure container. A community hub building, which will act as a social meeting point is to be installed in the next few months.

There are two accessible plots for gardeners with less mobility just inside the entrance to the site. These have their own parking spaces, accessible tool sheds and accessible composting toilet.

The project is the result of the hard work of the team at Witney Town Council, along with that of contractors who had to deal with unseasonable weather over the spring, and then a heatwave in July.

Witney Town Council Officers, plot-holders, the Mayor of Witney and Chair of Witney Allotment Association
Witney Town Council Officers, plot-holders, the Mayor of Witney and Chair of Witney Allotment Association

 

The allotments are now ready to be handed over so that cultivation of the plots can begin. Two of the new plot-holders were first on site, for the handover and keen to get a first look at their plots.

These are Witney’s first new allotments for around 30 years and the waiting list reflects this. Witney Allotment Society holds the waiting list and has been overwhelmed by applications for all the sites.

Cllr Melanie Jones, Chair of the Halls, Cemeteries and Allotments committee, is looking forward to seeing the fruits of everyone’s labours;

“I am very pleased that the new allotments are now ready for people start getting productive. Witney Town Council wish our new gardeners huge success and bountiful crops”

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Agenda – Climate, Biodiversity and Planning Meeting Tuesday 10th August 2021

The agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday, 10th August, 2021, 6.00 pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Main Hall, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Public Participation
4 Planning Applications
5 Oxfordshire County Council Planning Applications MW.0081/21 and MW.0083/21
6 Application for Variation of Premises Licence – W/21/00532/PRMV
7 Licensing Application W/21/00563/PRMA – Little Maham’s Ltd, 9 Market Square, Witney
8 Licensing Application W/21/00487/PRMA – Newzlink, 24 Corn Street, Witney
9 Committee Work Plan
10 Thermal Imaging Camera
11 Great Big Green Week – 18-26 September 2021
12 Tree Planting Requests
13 Forest School
14 Wildflower Planting at Recreation Grounds
15 Application for a Minor Variation to a Premises Licence – W/21/00609/PRMMV Unit 2-4 Eagle Industrial Estate

 

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Witney Town Council Youth Services Grant Applications open

Witney Town Council is delighted to be opening its Youth Funding Grant to applications again.


This is an exciting opportunity for community and voluntary sector organisations, including existing organisations and those in the process of setting up.

Applications are open for one month until 1st September 2021. Successful submissions will be projects that have a measurable impact on key issues affecting our young people and that promote positive futures.

The Council will look favourably on those who create opportunities to be accessible to all young people, therefore applications demonstrating how they will extend their reach to young people who have not previously engaged with these opportunities are encouraged.

Applicants will need to meet criteria as set out in the application process and will also be required to report back on the success of the project for which funds have been granted. They will be notified of final decisions in mid-October.

Youth Services Grant Criteria – 2021-22

Youth Services Grant Application Form 2021-22

Here is how the 2020 money was shared:

Got2B Community Interest Company was awarded £15,210.00 towards 2 detached/in house youth sessions and project work in partnership with the town’s secondary schools.

Home Start Oxford received £11,700.00 to improve youth services in Witney – supporting babies and preschool children and their parents, through a range of online groups.

Junior parkrun – £3120.00 was pledged towards setting up a Junior parkrun in the town.  This project has been able to launch since the lifting of Covid- 19 restrictions.

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