CONSULTATION – Market Square (Witney) – Proposed Traffic Calming & Parking Amendments

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
(VARIOUS ROADS – WEST OXFORDSHIRE)
(PROHIBITION AND RESTRICTION OF WAITING AND PERMITTED PARKING) (VARIATION NO. xx) ORDER 20**

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Oxfordshire County Council proposes to make the above order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and all other enabling powers. The Order will further amend the Oxfordshire County Council (Various Roads – West Oxfordshire) (Prohibition and Restriction of Waiting and Permitted Parking) Order 2012 so as to make changes in Market Square, Witney to accommodate a longer bus stop by moving the existing road hump slightly northwards.


The Council proposes under Section 90 of the Highways Act 1980 to construct a flat top road hump with a nominal height 100mm, ramp gradients of 1:15 and extending 7 metres at Market Square in Witney, at a point approximately 66 metres north of its junction with Corn Street. The proposed road hump will replace and be to the same specification as the existing road hump located approximately 52 metres north of the Corn Street junction.
To accommodate the above, on the west side of the road, an 11 metre length of 30 minute waiting (8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday) will be removed and replaced with No Waiting at Any Time. The length of the bus stop area will also be increased to extend over where the old hump was.
Documents giving more detailed particulars of the Order are available for public inspection online by visiting:

https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/MarketSquareWitneyAmends/consultationHome

or in person at County Hall, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1ND, between 8.30am & 4.30pm Monday to Friday; and at WODC Town Centre Shop, 3 Welch Way, Witney, OX28 6JH from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday, and from 9am to 5pm Fridays.
Objections to the proposals specifying the grounds on which they are made and any other representations, should be sent in writing quoting to the address below no later than 19 January 2018. The County Council will consider any objections and representations received in response to this notice. They may be disseminated widely for these purposes and made available to the public.
Traffic Regulation Team (ref. AK/12.6.410) for the Director for Infrastructure Delivery, County Hall, Oxford, OX1 1ND. Tel 08453 101 111.

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Witney Town Council Snow & Ice Clearing

Witney Town Council does not clear or grit roads or pavements within the town or residential areas. Please see this link from Oxfordshire County Council with advice and information about snow clearing.
https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/sites/default/files/folders/documents/roadsandtransport/safety/snowguide.pdf

The Town Council does clear snow and ice in the areas for which it has custodianship and where access is essential.

  • Langdale Hall
  • Burwell Hall
  • Town Hall
  • Corn Exchange
  • Public sites
  • Cemetery car parks and single pathway access if possible
  • The Leys Yard

This does not mean that WTC will have staff available to grit these areas on all occasions but we  will endeavour to cover as appropriate. Play areas and sports fields are not cleared.

Current status 13.12.17 – the following have had snow and ice cleared

  • Langdale Hall  (construction work is underway but the car park has been gritted)
  • Burwell Hall snow and ice cleared and gritted to the front of the building
  • Town Hall -undercroft is clear of snow and gritted
  • Corn Exchange front cleared of snow and ice and the alley alongside that links to Langdale Hall
  • Tower Hill Cemetery car park is closed and the gates locked as the snow and ice here poses a significant health and safety risk.  A single pathway from the Co-Op funeral parlour gate up  past the chapel to the Curbridge Road gate is cleared and the path from the kissing gate on Tower hill has been gritted & adjoins this. No other paths within this cemetery have been cleared.
  • Windrush Cemetery car park is clear and a single path to the lower part of the cemetery is cleared for walking (not the full circle). The ashes path has been left with snow as this is a slightly safer surface than leaving ice or gritting on the paving stones beneath.
  • The Leys Yard
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Advance Warning Road Closure – Curbridge Road Witney from 8th Jan 2018 for 12 weeks

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – Section 14(1)

Notice of Temporary Traffic Order

Witney, Curbridge Road

Prohibition of Through Traffic

Date of Order: 18 December 2017

Coming into force: 8 January 2018

 

This Order is being introduced because of new sewage and water mains connection works which is anticipated to take 12 weeks to complete.

The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding in that part of Curbridge Road southwest of the roundabout junction with Thorney Leys/Deer Park Road to its junction with the unnamed road to Ducklington.

Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force. Exemptions are included for emergency 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 Deer Park Road, B4047 Burford Road, Downs Road, Main Road and vice versa.

This Order will remain in force for a maximum period of 18 months or until the works have been completed whichever is the sooner.

A request has been received from John O’Flynn Developments Ltd for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Curbridge Road, whilst essential mains upgrading works are carried out.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Seamus Clandillon on 07714 743475.

Traffic Regulations Team (Ref JaC/T5262) for the Director for Infrastructure Delivery, County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND. 0345 310 1111.

 

 

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Mayor Chris’s Carol Service

Mayor Chris Woodward will be hosting his carol service at St Mary’s Church, Church Green on Friday  8th December.  A mix of traditional carols and readings will be on offer. Perennial favourites Witney Town Band and WOAPA  will be providing some wonderful  performances. Refreshments are available afterwards. All welcome!

 

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Small Business Saturday

West Oxfordshire supporting Small Business Saturday

 West Oxfordshire District Council is urging people to support Small Business Saturday on 2 December by shopping locally at independent retailers, as well as reminding everyone that car parking in the District is free.

The Small Business Saturday campaign focuses on 2 December which, in the run up to Christmas, is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said, “ With the weeks leading up to Christmas being an especially busy time for retail, Small Business Saturday is a good opportunity to remind everyone that parking across West Oxfordshire is free – both in our car parks and on the street.

“However, in West Oxfordshire free car parking is not just for Christmas, but all year round. We are one of the few local authorities in the country to retain free parking and we believe it has been key to the growth and success of our market towns and our wonderful range of small businesses and independent retailers.”

Retailers can tap into a wealth of resources on the Small Business Saturday website to help them take part in the day and promote their businesses. Campaign organisers are holding a range of free talks and workshops on a number of topics, from turning an idea into a business, through to marketing or growing a small business.

Last year’s Small Business Saturday reached more than 130 million people on Twitter and people spent a total of £717 million with small businesses on the day.

To keep up to date, follow @SmallBizSatUK on Twitter and get involved in the conversation using the #SmallBizSatUK hashtag.

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Deer Park Refurbishment – Consultation

Plans are underway to refurbish the existing play area on Ralegh Crescent, on Deer Park. Witney Town Council is leading the project and will be running a consultation stand at the West Witney Primary School Christmas Fayre, from 12-2pm on Saturday 9th December. Please come along and give us your feedback on what you would like to see on the play area. Your thoughts and ideas will be used to put together a design brief for playground suppliers to work with.

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Christmas Lights Switch on Live Stream!

If you cannot make it into town tomorrow night for Christmas Lights switch on, it will be streamed live on Periscope after 5pm. Switch on at 6pm . Copy & paste the link into your browser (you don’t need a Periscope account) and you can watch all the goings on right there on your screen! You cannot beat the atmosphere in the Market Square but this is a great alternative for those unable to come down and enjoy the fun in person.

https://www.pscp.tv/WitneyXmasLights/1djGXLWelLXGZ

 

 

 

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Advent Fayre 2017

Good News! Our Advent Fayre is five years old this year and will take place on Sunday 26th November. We will have lots of activities for the children; cutting, gluing and a giant reindeer decopatch. Father Christmas will be joining us too. This year grown ups are invited to join us making poppies in the Gallery Room for our 2018 commemoration

 

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Witney Town Council Play Areas Survey

Following refurbishments for Burwell Recreation Ground, The Leys and most recently the Oxlease play area, Witney Town Council wants to continue to make improvements to your play areas. Before that happens, we want to know what you think.

You can access the survey via the online link via our app, Facebook, or the Town Council website

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QXXPCRX

If you want to tell us about more than one play area please fill in a different survey form for each one.

 

 

 

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The Council’s position on a Unitary Council proposal

Following the formation of a new working party at the Annual Council meeting held in May 2017, the Members met on 17 July and 11 September to further consider the Town Council’s position in respect of the Unitary Council proposal.  At the full Council meeting held on 9 October 2017 the following resolution was agreed

 

As a parish council, Witney Town Council is happy to cooperate with all and any levels of local council to improve understanding of their functions and work together to introduce efficiencies, provided that they are both financially and environmentally sustainable and in the best interests of the residents and businesses of Witney going forward.  The Town Council feels that none of the unitary proposals for Oxfordshire meet the Council’s aims and are in the interests of the people of Witney. Benefits can be delivered by other means; some of the suggestions coming forward for one website, one phone number for all services and a one stop shop for Oxfordshire County Council, West Oxfordshire District Council and Witney Town Council are all good ideas that merit further investigation but do not need a unitary council to be successful.

 

Witney Town Council supports the initiatives of West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council in the work done with other councils, providing benefits and showing best practice.  Witney Town Council supports the aims listed in the All Party Parliamentary Group for District Councils document (District Council collaboration and devolution in England – July 2017):-

 

  • flexibility in service design and provision;
  • opportunities to re‐evaluate and transform public services;
  • increased capacity for collaboration partners;
  • financial savings and reduced operation costs;
  • district joint‐working within functional economic areas which reflect a logical
  • economic geography;
  • reflect and respond to the needs of their communities;
  • enhance local well‐being of citizens and communities;
  • shape economic development and growth across FEAs and other territorial spaces;
  • cost reduction;
  • a culture of collaboration;
  • a shared sense of place and understanding of locality;
  • awareness of each other’s organisational cultures;
  • shared and agreed purpose to the collaboration;
  • trust in partners to deliver and to operate in the best interests of the partners;
  • the place on which the collaboration is based must make sense to the partners;
  • the political will to develop and pursue collaborative ventures.

 

    In the view of the Town Council, democracy and accountability should        be kept as local as possible.

More about the proposal
https://www.better-oxfordshire.org/

http://districtcouncils.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Collaboration-and-devolution-inquiry-final-version.pdf

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Increase in Burglaries – Advice

This is a message sent via Thames Valley Country Watch. This information has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Emma Clark (Police, PCSO, Cherwell )
Unfortunately we have had a increase in burglaries in the Oxfordshire area, the preferred means of entry for the burglars seems to be via patio doors, both secured (by smashing the glass with garden ornaments and loose stones) and insecure. please be vigilant keep all doors and windows locked even when at home, secure back and side gates and lock garages.
Don’t Make It Easy For Thieves

How to protect your home

Don’t advertise. Burglars want different things these days than they used to. A few years ago, the prime targets were your home entertainment electronics. Now, thieves are mainly after cash, drugs (pharmaceutical and otherwise), laptop computers, guns, and jewellery. They want stuff that’s small, valuable, and easy to sell. However, whenever you buy a big-ticket electronics item, you should take measures to hide the “evidence.” Be discreet about carrying in the new flat screen. Pull into your garage first, if possible. Likewise, don’t leave the big new box out by the curb; cut it up first. It’s not so much that a burglar wants your home theatre equipment. Rather, he thinks that if you can afford to buy one, you probably have lots of other nice things to steal.
There are lots of products you can buy that promise to deter burglars from taking your valuables from fake food cans to false books.

Bad places to hide things:
Dresser or lingerie drawers
Night stands
Under the mattress
Medicine cabinets
Anywhere in the master bedroom, living room, or dining room

Good places to hide things:
Attic
Basement
Broom closet
Kitchen

now would be a great time to sign up for neighbourhood watch, making communities safer by looking out for each other, for more information visit the Thames valley police website.

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