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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.

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‘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.

 

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Letter of Condolence to Witney’s Twin Town, Le Touquet

le touquet signIn the wake of the tragic events in Paris,
Witney Town Council has issued the following message of condolence from the Mayor of
Witney to Monsieur Daniel Fasquelle, Mayor of our French twin town, Le Touquet.

 

Dear Monsieur Fasquelle

It is with deep shock and sadness that we heard the news of the attacks in Paris.  On behalf of the people of Witney I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the people of Paris, Le Touquet and all of France, to all the victims and their families and those that have suffered as a
result of the attacks.

We have a strong Twinning Association and the twinning movement encourages European towns to link with each other, to encourage the exploration of each other’s countries, culture and lives and to nurture an understanding in the hope of greater accord between us.

The results of the attacks will resonate with us all and the effects of the suffering in Paris will impact on all of France’s neighbours and friends.

The strength of the ties between our towns reflects our enduring
friendship and our shared values of community, freedom and tolerance.
Our thoughts are with you all at this time of tragedy. Witney stands with you.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Cllr Jim King

Mayor of Witney

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Road Closure – Witney – West End

 

 

West End Witney diversion plan revised 27th AugTRAFFIC 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 AND WAITING ON THE HIGHWAY

BY ALL MOTOR VEHICLES

         

          LOCATION:         Witney, West End – Road Closure

                                        Farmers Close and junction with Hailey Road – No Waiting

                    

          REASON:            to facilitate a new gas supply connection

 

DURATION:         Starting on 21 November 2015

                              The anticipated completion date is 22 November       2015

                                               

          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

 

The “No Waiting” restriction means that wherever there are in place yellow “No Waiting” cones, you will not be able to park vehicles on the highway.

 

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Via Farmers Close

 

         

Mark Kemp, Deputy Director – Commercial

Environment & Economy                                                               Date 29 October 2015

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TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICE – The Crofts Witney

TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICECrofts Road Closure
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 AND WAITING ON THE HIGHWAY
BY ALL MOTOR VEHICLES

LOCATION: Witney, The Crofts

REASON: to facilitate carriageway maintenance

DURATION: Starting on 16 November 2015
The anticipated completion date is 20 November 2015
(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

The “No Waiting” restriction means that wherever there are in place yellow “No Waiting” cones, you will not be able to park vehicles on the highway. PLEASE NOTE that the “No Waiting” restriction will also apply to Highworth Place

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Via Highworth Place
Mark Kemp, Deputy Director – Commercial
Environment & Economy Date 29 October 2015

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