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.
The Mayor of Witney received a letter from the Mayor of
Le Touquet M. Daniel Fasquelle, in which he expressed his gratitude and thanked the people of Witney for their support following the
attacks in Paris.
In 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.
Cllr Jim King
Mayor of Witney
At 11am on Monday 16 November there will be a minute’s silence across Europe in memory of the victims of the events in Paris. The Council will be formally observing the minute’s silence at theTown Hall and the Union Flag will fly at half mast today.
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 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