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Foundations For the Leys Centenary Memorial Laid Today


Foundations for the new memorial on The Leys  recreation ground were laid today. The new installation  is intended to commemorate the end of The Great War and the purchase of The Leys as a living memorial to those who gave their lives.

Witney Town Council has commissioned work by a local artist from Becky Mosaics, having successfully sought funding from WODC.

The memorial will consist of a central obelisk, some mosaic artwork, seating and a memorial garden. Work can now begin with the unveiling of the memorial set to be part of the commemorations taking place on 11th November this year.


Advance Notice of Road Closure, Madley Way 14-18 May



Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure at Witney, Madley Way

 A request has been received from SGN for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Madley Way whilst essential gas repairs are carried out.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate from the 14 May 2018 to 18 May 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.

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

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



Consultation on Proposed speed and weight limit changes, West Oxon

Please note, if  you wish to add your comments to the consultation on speed and weight restrictions please follow the links.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Oxfordshire County Council proposes to make the above orders under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and all other enabling powers. The effect of the orders, in response to local development, to reduce HGV through traffic, and for road safety reasons is as follows:
1) To introduce 40mph speed limits on:
a) A4095 Curbridge Road from Deer Park roundabout to a point south of the A40 overbridge; and
a) Downs Road, from the existing 30mph limit near Witney Lakes Resort through to Main Road T-junction, Curbridge; and also the access link roads to/from the new (under construction) A40 roundabout;
2) To introduce a 50mph speed limit on:
a) the A40 dual-carriageway encompassing the areas of Downs Road overbridge and the new roundabout, a distance of approximately half a mile.
All the above lengths of road are currently subject to National speed limits.
3) To introduce a 7.5 tonne maximum weight restriction (except for access) on:
a) the B4047 Burford Road from Downs Road, Witney to the A40 Asthall roundabout; and
b) the B4477 Brize Norton Road, Minster Lovell from the B4047 Burford Road, southwards the A40 slip road.
The Oxfordshire County Council (Witney Area) (Speed Limits) Order 2017 will be revoked/replaced, and the Oxfordshire County Council (Oxfordshire 7.5 tonne Maximum Gross Weight Restriction) Order 2007, shall be further amended accordingly.
Documents giving more details of the proposals are available for public inspection online by visiting:, or in person at County Hall, Oxford, OX1 1ND, between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday; and at and at WODC Town Centre Shop, 3 Welch Way, Witney, OX28 6JH, from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday, and from 9am to 5pm Fridays.
Objections to the proposal, specifying the grounds on which they are made and any other representations should be sent in writing to the address below no later than 04 May 2018. The County Council will consider objections and representations received in response to this Notice. They may be disseminated widely for these purposes and made available to the public.

Traffic Regulation Team (Ref: CM.12.6.185/302/410) for the Director for Communities, County Hall, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1ND

A40 50mph Speed Limit – CONSULTATION PLAN

A4095 40mph Speed Limit – CONSULTATION PLAN

Downs Road 40mph Speed Limit – CONSULTATION PLAN

B4047 Weight Limit – CONSULTATION PLAN

West Witney Speed & Weight Limits – STATEMENT OF REASONS


Witney Area Speed Limits – ORDER 2017

Weight Limits – ORDER 2007


Annual Resident’s Satisfaction Survey

This survey closes on 30th April 2018

As the new municipal year approaches Witney Town Council is inviting resident’s views and comments on the services we provide. The survey for Witney residents has just 3 pages and should take you around 5 minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey will help us formulate Witney Town Council’s plan for the coming year. We welcome the views of your entire family including any children who are interested in expressing their views on the future of their town.

You can also be part of our ‘Voice of Witney’ group. You will be offered the chance to take part in further surveys/consultations/competitions; receive newsletters and be contacted when there are other occasions where we may wish to enlist the help of volunteers or a representative group. Just let us know the best way to contact you by calling in at the Town Hall, phoning us on 01993 704379, sending us a private message on our Twitter @witneytowncounc or Facebook account or dropping an email to

Thank you for participating in our survey.

The survey is also included in the March edition of Letterbox magazine with a freepost return address.


Our Citizen of the Year Awards 2017

Last night the Citizen of the Year awards were presented at the annual Civic Reception by Mayor Chris Woodward.


A selection of photos can be found here

A fabulous night at the Civic Reception last night where Mayor Chris Woodward presented the Citizen of The Year Awards…

Posted by Witney Town Council on Saturday, 17 March 2018


Ralegh Crescent Play Area update

Here is an update on the Ralegh Crescent Play area.
Work to refurbish the play area on Ralegh Crescent in Deer Park is progressing well. Playground suppliers are currently working to produce suggested designs based on the feedback gathered from children and their families at the consultation in December. Residents also told us that the playground is often too boggy to use, so we are also working with suppliers to try to find a way to improve this. We are aiming to have the playground installed in time for the summer holidays, weather permitting! We will post further information on here as the project progresses.

Below is a link to the consultation results

Consultation report for Ralegh Crescent Playground Refurbishment project


Commonwealth Day Flag raising Monday 12th March

A short flag raising ceremony will take place at the Town Hall, Market Square, Witney, OX28 6AG on Monday 12th March 2018 at 10am to mark Commonwealth Day 2018. The running order of the event is as follows

9.50AM: Reading of the Commonwealth Affirmation.

9.55AM: Reading of the message from the Commonwealth Secretary-General.

10.00AM: Raise the Commonwealth Flag.


Community Art to Brighten the Journey








Newland bus shelter was unveiled today in its new community art livery.  It’s the first bus shelter to have its artwork installed as part of unique community improvement project; a partnership venture between Witney Town Council and Abingdon and Witney College.

Specially commissioned art work is being used to renovate sixteen of the town’s bus shelters in an initiative designed to refurbish the shelters and discourage vandalism and graffiti. By ‘Adopting a Stop’ businesses have a great opportunity to display their logo on a piece of street furniture and brighten the wait for commuters.

Lewis Saunders Curriculum Manager – Art & Design at Abingdon and Witney college used his expertise, working with art Students to pull together a number of designs that from which complete panels or finer details of large designs can be selected.

The team at Krayma, who are the first local business sponsors of a shelter to undergo the makeover, were on hand to witness the specially commissioned ‘Witney heritage’ themed composition transform the humble piece of street furniture into an eye catching asset.

Mike Dove from Krayma Technical Solutions said;

“As an established local business, we are very supportive of many local community initiatives, events and projects. To get involved with this ‘Bus Shelter Art Project’ as a sponsor from the outset is a privilege for us.
Witney’s a beautiful town and one we’re all proud to live in, but the bus stops around town were looking a little tired.
For Duncan Enright to come up with this fantastic concept, rather than just give them a lick of paint is a superb idea.
To keep it very much a local project, by working with the very talented students at Abingdon and Witney College is brilliant. It’s also a great platform for them to show off their excellent work.
To see many other local businesses get behind this campaign would be great. I am not sure too many other towns do anything like this and it will be a real talking point in the town and further afield.”

 Vinyl print company Leach Print, who work closely with the college, installed artwork at the busy stop under the gaze of passers-by and passengers boarding buses at the busy  stop, who found the artwork a talking point and were thrilled by the prospect of more shelters to follow suit.

Dave Mullord at Leach Print commented;

“LeachPrint are delighted to be invited and involved in an exciting project for Witney Town Council. Our expert advice on using suitable materials were fitted using our one-way vision vinyl with stunning results.”

 The results are indeed stunning – from within the shelter there is a clear view of the street and approaching buses but from outside the windows are clad in a colourful and exciting design which also has a very slight transparency.

Witney’s Mayor, Cllr Chris Woodward is enthused by the project and sees it as the optimum way to rejuvenate the shelters in a way that has benefits across the community;

‘Today, I am proud to introduce Krayma as the first sponsors of our new bus shelter art. This magnificent work will hopefully be the inspiration for others to showcase their talent and bring our bus shelters back to life, each with a unique identity.

 I am deeply grateful to  Krayma, they capture the essence of what can be achieved in the community if we work together.

My thanks also to the Town Hall officers along with Councillors Holliday and Enright for their Community Services Committee work on bringing this to fruition.’

 A number of the town’s shelters are already spoken for but there are lots more to choose from and prices start from as little as £133 + VAT. If your organisation would like to sponsor a shelter please get in touch via to express an interest and get more information