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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.


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