The Town Clerk has sent the following letter on behalf of the Mayor of Witney to Madame Lilyane Lissignol, the Mayor of Le Touquet, expressing sympathy for the devastation of Notre Dame Cathedral
We heard the news of the fire in Notre Dame Cathedral with dismay. Though it is hard to imagine the depth of your sense of loss at the devastation of such an ancient and cherished part of your country’s heritage, the shock and sadness is shared by your friends in your twin town of Witney.
We hope the firefighter who was injured makes a speedy recovery and we are thankful that no lives were lost in the battle to save this historic landmark.
We extend our best wishes to you and your countrymen and hope that you are able to preserve and restore as much as possible of this magnificent building and its contents.
Prohibition of Through Traffic and
Waiting and Temporary Speed Restriction
to 20 MPH
Date of Order: 27 May 2019
Coming into force: 2 June 2019
Order is being introduced because of routine surface dressing works which are
anticipated to start on 2 June 2019 up to and including 8 June 2019
effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding or waiting
on the A40 between the slip road for A415 to Bernard Gate and slip road for the
unnamed road to South Leigh ,Eastbound and Westbound carriageways.A temporary
speed limit will also be in action during this notice.
5300 metres between A415 Bernard Gate and unnamed Road South Leigh
Appropriate traffic signs will be
displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.
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 A415 –
A4095 – A44 – A40
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 (T6419 / RAG
) for the Director for Infrastructure
Delivery, County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND. 0345 310 1111.
Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council Highways department Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Temporary Road Closure & “No Waiting” Restriction at Witney, Lower Road
A request has been received from Amberon for a temporary road closure and “No Waiting” restriction to apply to a section of Lower Road from the junction of Fenlock Road to the junction of Church Road as described above, whilst essential repairs to the rail brickwork structure are carried out.
A temporary Notice is being made by Oxfordshire County Council to implement the temporary restriction and will operate from 01 April 2019 to 06 April 2019 for 5 Nights (Between 22:00 – 06:00 hours).
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 the alternative routes for traffic is attached.
Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Amberon.
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following ten burglaries in Witney and the surrounding areas.
The incidents, which are all believed to be linked, all took place between Monday 14 January and Sunday 20 January.
All incidents involved the offenders gaining entry to properties by smashing a window or door. Cash, jewellery and vehicles have been stolen during the burglaries.
The first incident occurred on West End, Kingham sometime between Monday 14 January and Sunday (20/1). It is currently not known what has been stolen.
The second incident occurred on Fawler Road, Charlbury between 12pm on Thursday (17/1) and 5pm on Sunday (20/1). Window smashed at the rear of the property. Jewellery and cash stolen.
The third incident occurred on Main Street, Over Norton between 10am on Friday (18/1) and 7pm on Saturday (19/1). Window smashed at the rear of the property. Jewellery stolen.
The fourth incident occurred on Bicester Road, Enstone between 4.30pm and 4.50pm on Saturday (19/1). Window smashed at the rear of the property. It is currently not known what has been stolen.
The fifth incident occurred on Enstone Road, Charlbury between 3.30pm and 4.10pm on Saturday (19/1). Side window smashed and jewellery and cash stolen.
The sixth incident occurred on Mill Street, Witney between 7.30pm and 9.45pm on Saturday (19/1). Rear door smashed. Audi stolen from property.
The seventh incident occurred on Chestnut Close, Witney between 11.30am and 10.40pm on Saturday (19/1). Window smashed at the rear of the property. Jewellery and cash stolen.
The eighth incident occurred on Chestnut Close, Witney between 3.45pm and 11.40pm on Saturday (19/1). Offenders entered via top floor window. Jewellery was stolen.
The ninth incident occurred on Wroslyn Road, Freeland between 1.20pm and 3.45pm on Sunday (20/1). Window smashed at the rear of the property. Jewellery and cash stolen.
The tenth incident occurred on Burford Road, Minster Lovell between 1.30pm and 5pm on Sunday (20/1). Window smashed at the side of the property. BMW and jewellery stolen.
There is currently no description of the offenders. However, a dark coloured hatchback, possibly a VW Golf vehicle has been seen near some of the burglaries.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Steven Bates based at Witney police station, said: “I am appealing for any witnesses who were in these areas at the time and may have seen or heard anything unusual.
“Anyone with information, CCTV or dashcam footage that could help our investigation should contact Thames Valley Police either online or call us on 101, quoting reference 43190019771.
“Residents can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by taking a few simple steps:
When going out, remember to light up your home using timer switches or a TV simulator.
Don’t leave valuables or cash on display and store your house and car keys away from your letterbox.
Move bins away from any side gates to prevent easy access into your property.
Lock any tools away to prevent them being used to break into your home.
Consider fitting a motion activated external light or installing a CCTV system.
Finally, mark your valuables using a UV pen and register them on the national property register at www.immobilise.com.
“If you see a burglary in progress, or a burglary has occurred very recently, you should always report it by calling 999.”
WOCT Bus Service features on BBC’s One Show this evening as a success story that demonstrates how the hard work and dedication of volunteers and support from local bodies including Witney Town Council has led to the preservation of these vital bus routes in Witney.