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New Community Noticeboard

Good news. There is now a new noticeboard to replace the one that was removed from Market Square. It is located at the southern end  of Market Square against the railings by the Town Hall.





  • We define the Witney area as – all areas within Witney as defined by the town boundary.
  • Events that are held by community clubs, groups or organisations or charities may be considered for inclusion on the Town’s notice boards, as long as they fall under the Witney area designation (as above) Posters submitted for such events that fall outside the designated area may be included if they can clearly demonstrate that the organisation/s concerned directly offer or are for the benefit to the residents of Witney or comprise Witney residents or enjoy reciprocal advertising arrangements with Witney Town Council.
  • Any event held by or to raise funds for a charity must include the registered charity number on the poster.
  • Charities may submit a poster for an event even if the charity’s registered address is outside the Witney area. If the event is outside the Witney area its inclusion will be at the discretion of the Officers of Witney Town Council in accordance with the paragraph (b) above.
  • No commercial organisation or event will be advertised unless such event is held in one of the Witney Town Council’s Venues as indicated in the Contract of Hire of said Public Hall or venue. No posters for an event held by a commercial organisation and held in any venue other than the Witney Town Council’s Public Halls will be accepted for display.
  • Posters should be no larger than A4 in size.
  • No poster will be displayed more than six weeks before the due date of the event.
  • All posters will be removed at the first opportunity after the date of the event.
  • All posters will be displayed by Witney Town Council on its notice boards free of charge.
  • Posters for display must be submitted to the Town Hall at least one week before the date of the event.
  • Witney Town Council is not responsible for the accuracy of the information displayed on the posters. It is the responsibility of the organisation concerned to ensure that all information displayed is accurate. Any errors are the sole responsibility of the event organiser.

Town Council Facebook Problem

We are currently experiencing a problem with our Facebook page. We are unable to post or moderate your posts or access your messages to us! We are in the process of trying to fix it but please send us your enquires, posters and event notifications to and we will publicise events and answer queries in other ways. Thank you for your patience


Letter of Condolence to Manchester

Following the attack in Manchester on Monday evening, the Mayor of Witney, Cllr Chris Woodward and Leader of the Council, Cllr Toby Morris have sent a letter of condolence to the Lord Mayor of Manchester expressing solidarity and support to all of those involved.

Lord Mayor, 

On behalf of the Town Council and the people of Witney, we offer our deepest condolences for the devastating loss of life and injuries sustained during the concert at Manchester Arena on Monday evening. 

We share in your grief.

It is deeply shocking, and beyond belief that this terrible attack was on a concert where so much joy and pleasure was being had by families and their young children. 

The communities of Manchester and the families of the victims are in our thoughts as the country, and the world, comes to terms with this horror.

Lord Mayor, we stand with your community as family, and offer you peace and our strength at this difficult time.


Cllr Chris Woodward

Mayor of Witney

Cllr Toby Morris

Leader of Council


Advance Warning Road Closure A40 Dual Carriageways



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



LOCATION:         A40, from A415 Ducklington junction to B4047 Asthall Barrow junction.

REASON:            to facilitate carriageway maintenance works

DURATION:         Starting on 19 June 2017 for 5 nights (20:00 – 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: B4047, A4095 Tower Hill, A415 Ducklington Lane and vice versa.


 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 Simon Marsden, OCC Highways & Transport on 0345 310 11 11.



Queen Emma’s Dyke Contamination

image3LAKE & COUNTRY PARK – Queen Emma’s Dyke contamination

Yesterday evening we were made aware of a problem with a potential contamination of the water in Queen Emma’s Dyke. The Environment Agency and Thames Water were both onsite investigating.

Witney Angling Society’s Chairman, Andy Lawson, has called with an update this morning, confirming that dead fish were found in Queen Emma’s Dyke, the stream alongside the lake, but that they had been working to rescue as many as they could. The Environment Agency has dammed the dyke upstream while their investigations continue so if you are visiting the lake you will notice that the dyke has been reduced to little more than a trickle. Sadly, you may also see some remaining dead fish in the stream.

Witney Lake is self-contained and no water courses feed directly into it. We have not been notified of any contamination to the Lake itself, but our usual advice stands; that we do not encourage swimming or allowing your dogs to swim in the lake which contains untreated water.

If we receive any further information we will update our social media and website pages.


‘Clean for the Queen’ Roadside Regeneration Curbridge Road

Roadside Re-generation Work

Work has begun to clear an unsightly strip of land that separates properties on Thorney Leys from Curbridge Road.   A team from Witney Town Council’s grounds maintenance contractors, Gavin Jones Group, has removed fly-tipped rubbish along with dead and decaying undergrowth and litter.  This will allow future replanting to take hold and will rejuvenate the site.

Household doors, Christmas trees, a pram, pots & pans, concrete blocks, garden pots, garden waste and discarded filled dog waste bags are among the items removed. This will need to be sent to landfill and recycling sites at a cost to the Town Council and its taxpayers.

In conversation with the works team, most residents who had initially been concerned by the clearing of old vegetation have demonstrated their understanding of the need for the work and the planned improvement to the area, labelled an ‘eyesore’ by Witney residents. Some have even offered to donate cash or purchase plants to assist with the regeneration.

Chair of the Amenities Committee, Cllr Brenda Churchill, commented;

“As part of the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign, Clean For the Queen, there will be lots of projects of this kind undertaken by many different organisations in order to spruce up Witney in time to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.”

The new planting will eventually lead to the restoration of the hedgerow that originally existed on the site.