Notice of Temporary Traffic Order on unnamed road between Curbridge and Ducklington

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – Section 14(1)

Notice of Temporary Traffic Order

Ducklington, Unnamed Road to Curbridge – Prohibition of Through Traffic

Date of Order: 14 August 2017

Coming into force: 17 August 2017

This Order is being introduced because of carriageway maintenance work which is anticipated to take 3 weeks to complete.

The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding or waiting in the whole length of the unnamed road from the A415 Ducklington westwards to Curbridge.

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 is via the A4095 Bampton Road, Thorney Leys, A415 Ducklington Lane 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.

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Revealing the Heritage of Tower Hill Cemetery – Heritage Open Day Event

Event poster

Many of you enjoyed browsing the old copies of the Witney Gazette and discovering the naughty antics of ancestors in the Constabulary Summons book, here at the Town Hall for the Heritage Open Day event last year.

This year we are uncovering the history behind our Victorian cemetery at Tower Hill.  Long before the Town Council, Urban District Council or WODC existed, the Burial Board purchased land and appointed architects and contractors to carry out the work to create ‘Witney Burial Ground’.

What sort of thing?

The chapel will be open and within it some of our older burial records, historic documents and reproductions will be on display.

There will be a self- led heritage trail with explore and discover questions and a guide which will cover

o The Commonwealth War Graves
o The Wishing Tree story
o The ‘local celebrity graves’ of Witney’s rich and famous
o The flora and fauna of TH cemetery

Service of Reflection

At midday on Saturday 9th only,  there will be a short service of reflection led by Rev Toby Wright and Father Patrick Broun with music from Witney Town Band.

Refreshments and Parking

Refreshments and limited parking kindly provided by Our Lady and St Hugh Church at the bottom of Tower Hill.

Access

Please note that some of the paths are uneven. It may not be possible to gain access to some features of the trail by wheelchair or with a pram/pushchair. Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a lead and clean up after them.

 

 

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New Play Area Coming to Oxlease

An artist's impression of the new play area
An artist’s impression of the new play area

 

Young residents of Cogges will soon be able to enjoy a new play area on Oxlease. Thanks to the hard work of the Cogges Meadow Park Community Group, who worked tirelessly to fundraise and see their dream become a reality, work is due to start on site on 29th August.

The project has been made possible by a £46,000 grant from WREN, as well as funding from Cottsway, Witney Lions, GW Bartington Will Trust Fund, Witney Round Table, Bruce Wake Charitable Trust, Bartlett Taylor Charitable Trust, Witney Town Hall Charities, Witney Lions, Greggs Environmental Fund, Witney Town Council, Waitrose and fundraising by the local community. WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Cllr Suzanne Bartington, Chair of the Cogges Meadow Park Community Group believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

She says: “This project will provide a real boost to  the recreational opportunities for people of all ages in Cogges. It’s fantastic that WREN and other local charities, groups and individuals have supported us through grant awards and fundraising. We hope the new play area will be ready for children to enjoy by the end of September“. 

Joe Newby, WREN Grant Manager, saidGood quality recreational facilities, which are accessible to all, are vital for community well-being. The Oxlease project will ensure that such facilities are available for the families and young people of Cogges for years to come. We were delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile project and are excited to see the outcome”.

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Play Day Competition

 

 

 

 

It’s Competition time! If you are coming to our play day at Newland today – download the Town Council app to your phone (just search for Witney Town Council in your app store).
Take a photo of the fun today using the SUBMIT PHOTOS feature on the app.
To find it click the ‘More’ tab from the front screen -Submit Photos is the 4th item on the list.
Make sure you include your name and age and on Friday we will select 3 winners at random one each from Under 10, Over 10 and Adult entries with an outdoor themed prize for each.
Good Luck!

If you don’t have a smart phone you can still enter by using your phone or camera to take a
picture and emailing it to
info@witney-tc.gov.uk

By entering you are giving permission for us to use your photo in our media and PR.

Dress in old play clothes and suitable for the weather – see you there!

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Job Vacancy with Witney Town Council – Maintenance Operative

MAINTENANCE OPERATIVE

Full Time 37 hours per week – £18,746 to £20,661 per annum

Witney Town Council currently has an opportunity available for an experienced Maintenance Operative to join its small team.

Ideally you should have a trade but can also be a general all-rounder with a positive can-do attitude.  Duties will include maintenance of the Council’s buildings, play areas, street furniture, Country Park, cemeteries which will include grave digging.  If you can turn your hand to anything and work without supervision then this post may be for you!

The ideal candidate will have experience in a similar position and be multi-skilled, with good knowledge of Health & Safety.  There will be a high degree of customer contact particularly working in the Cemeteries so excellent customer care and communication skills are a necessity.

So, if you are a flexible, forward thinking team player who enjoys working outdoors to improve our environment then we would like to hear from you.  In return we can offer a competitive salary, 23 days holiday increasing to 28 days after 5 years’ service, and pension scheme

The closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 16 August 2017

For an informal discussion about this post please contact John Hickman, the Operations & Estates Officer on 01993 777825.

For further information and an application pack please contact the Town Hall on 01993 704379, by email info@witney-tc.gov.uk or  download a copy of all the documents from our Vacancies page

 

 

 

 

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Advance Notice Road Closure -Witney High Street

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 WAITING ON THE HIGHWAY

BY ALL MOTOR VEHICLES

                   LOCATION:         Witney, High Street

                    REASON:            Carriageway maintenance works

               DURATION:         starting on 14 August 2017 for 5 nights                                                               (18:00 – 05:00)

                                        (Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5                                          consecutive days.)

                        ACCESS:             Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages 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.

 Owen Jenkins, Director for Infrastructure Delivery Communities

                                                                                                 Date: 12 July 2017

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Drivers Urgently Needed for Community Bus Service

West Oxfordshire Community Transport are in need of drivers to help keep the services they provide going. They are at full stretch with little or no cover for holidays and sickness.

You only need to hold a minibus D1 Licence and you will be paid.

65 bus routes have been lost across Oxfordshire in the last year since the bus subsidies were cut by Oxfordshire County Council. Can you help to keep this one running?

Contact admin@woct.org.uk or phone 01993 630124 if you can help.

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Advance Warning Road Closure – B4022 Hailey Road

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – Section 14(1)

 Notice of Temporary Traffic Order

Hailey Parish – B4022 Hailey Road

Prohibition of Through Traffic

Date of Order: 20 July 2017

Coming into force: 24 July 2017

 This Order is being introduced because of gas mains and service replacement works which are anticipated to take six weeks to complete.

The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding or waiting on the B4022 Hailey Road between the junctions of Priesthill Lane and northwest of Church Lane, Middle Town, Hailey.

Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.

Exemptions are included for police, fire and ambulance 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 B4022 Hailey Road, WITNEY, A4095 Woodstock Road, LONG HANBOROUGH, A44 Oxford Road, WOODSTOCK, B4437, CHARLBURY, B4022 Fawler Road, HAILEY 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.

Traffic Regulations Team (Ref ACP/T5082) for the Director for Infrastructure Delivery, County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND. 0345 310 1111.

 

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Advance Notice Road Closure A4095 Bampton Road Curbridge to Lew

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984

Section 14(1)

Notice of Temporary Traffic Order

Curbridge, A4095 Bampton Road

Prohibition of Through Traffic

Date of Order: 31 July 2017

Coming into force: 4 August 2017

This Order is being introduced because of carriageway maintenance works which are anticipated to take 2 weeks to complete. The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding or waiting in the length of the A4095 from its junction with Well Lane, southwards to its junction with the unnamed road to Yelford.

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 is via Thorney Leys, Ducklington Lane, A40, B4477 Brize Norton Road, Minster Road, Manor Road, Station 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.

Traffic Regulations Team (Ref JaC/T5016) for the Director for Infrastructure Delivery, County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND. 0345 310 1111.

 

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Have your say on Witney puffin proposal

People in Witney are being asked to make their views known on proposals to install a new ‘Puffin’ crossing on Thorney Leys.

Oxfordshire County Council has launched a consultation to see what people think of a signaled pedestrian crossing being put in place to help people who need to cross near to the new residential care home.

All the information on the proposals can be found at: http://bit.ly/2tHwPIa

The closing date for all representations is 11 August 2017

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Schools In Bloom Winners!

This Year Witney Town Council took a different approach to its Schools in Bloom competition. Normally schools are awarded a sum of money and follow the same criteria that towns and villages follow in the National In Bloom initiatives. They are then paid a visit by Town Council and Rotary judges who award prizes to the top entries.This has been successful for many years but we realised that members of the public never ever got to see the great results as they cannot just pop in to the schools and take a look.
This year we worked with our new Grounds Contractors, Continental Landscapes Limited and Witney Rotary Club to bring the entries out into the community so that everyone can enjoy them. Our contractors supplied each school with a wheelbarrow and 2 bags of compost, the Town Council provided garden Gift Vouchers for Hilltop Garden Centre and Witney Rotary Club, collected, paraded the finished entries as part of Witney Carnival Procession to the Leys.
At the Carnival members of the public were encouraged to vote for their favourites and Witney Rotary Club who award an annual cash prize also selected their winner. The commemorative, Chrissie Curry WOW FACTOR trophy winner was also chosen.
Here are the winning entries for 2017.

1st Queen Emma’s Primary


2nd West Witney Primary


3rd Tower Hill Primary

Rotary choice Witney CommunityPrimary

Chrissie Curry Wow factor The Batts School

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you for entering. We look forward to you all taking part again next year. The awards ceremony takes place in September – date to be announced.

The Wheelbarrows are now on display on the Leys until the end of summer.

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Witney Schools In Bloom Judging

Every year Witney Town Council holds a ‘Schools In Bloom’ competition, encouraging the schools of the town to get involved with a small gardening project which is then judged by the Town Councillors and members of the Rotary Club of Witney.This year, the task was to plant up a wheelbarrow as inventively and colourful as possible. Judging will be done this year at Saturday’s Town Carnival with the residents deciding which wheelbarrow should win the Challenge Cup. Come along and see which one you think is the best!

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