Be Part of Witney’s Poppy Mile

Giant nets are out in the Corn Exchange today (Wed 16th October) and again on Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and on the morning of Saturday 20th October to give as many people as possible the chance to attach a poppy to them and be part of Witney’s Poppy Mile.
It’s a huge task and will form the starting point of the poppy tribute so please come and join in.
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Temporary Footway Closure, Parking Bay Suspension and Relocate Bus Stop – at Witney, Corn Street

OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – Section 14(1)

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Footway Closure, Parking Bay Suspension and Relocate Bus Stop – at Witney, Corn Street

Date of Order: 19th November 2018

Coming into force: 28th November 2018

End date: 28th May 2019

A request has been received from Abbey Mill Homes LTD  for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Corn Street whilst essential Footway Maintenance works are carried out.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 28/11/2018  The estimated duration of the works programme is 6 months.

(The maximum duration of a TTRO on a road is 18 months and on a footpath is 6 months, or until completion of the works, whichever is the earlier.)

Notice of intention to make the Order will be published in the local press.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works. Please note that access routes will depend on exactly where the works vehicles are at any time and may need to be negotiated with the gang on site as necessary.

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative route for traffic is attached.

This Order is being introduced because of building development works which are anticipated to take 6 months to complete –  with work time from 07:30 hrs to 17:30 hrs including weekends.

The effect of the Order is to close temporarily the footway and suspend some parking in Corn Street, on the north side of the road east of Corn Bar for approximately 250 metres. The bus stops will be relocated during the period of work time to the eastern end of the works.

Exemptions are included for emergency services and for the works and for pedestrian access to premises which are only accessible from the closed section of footpath.

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

This Order will remain in force for a maximum period of 6 months or until the works have been completed whichever is the sooner.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Jenny Draper of Abbey Mills Homes Ltd on 01234 815628.

 

 

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Bus Shelter Art Competition – Get your image featured

We are extending the Bus Shelter Art Project for a second year and would like to open up the opportunity for individuals to see their own artwork and images featured on the town’s shelters.

We welcome your submissions of original photographs, paintings or sketches for use on panels. Imagine your artwork reproduced at a large scale and out there for all to see!

Your work must be accompanied by a signed copy of the  Terms and Conditions. You can download one here

Artwork competition rules – Tcs and Cs

 

 

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Temporary Road Closure at Witney, A4095 Woodgreen

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 THE HIGHWAY

BY ALL MOTOR VEHICLES

         LOCATION:         Witney, A4095 Woodgreen

                  

          REASON:           Carriageway resurfacing works

  

DURATION:         Starting on 07th November 2018 (each night 20:00 hrs to 06:00 hrs)

                             The anticipated completion date is 10th November 2108 at 06:00 hrs

                                        (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: The alternative routes for traffic are via: B4022 Newland, Jubilee Way, A4095 Woodstock Road and vice versa.

In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the road as detailed above in order to facilitate carriageway resurfacing works.

 

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 07/11/2018 (each night 20:00 hrs to 06:00 hrs)  ).

The anticipated completion date is 10/11/2018 at 06:00 hrs.

 

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.

 

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 Stuart Bowler / Tim Belton   , Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

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Corn Street Proposed Parking Restrictions

RE: CONSULTATION – Corn Street (Witney) Proposed Parking Restrictions (DYLs)

Oxfordshire County Council is seeking your views on the proposal to extend the existing ‘No Waiting at Any Time’ (double-yellow lines) parking restrictions on Corn Street in Witney. The proposals are being put forward in response to the development of land and the creation of a new access on the north side of Corn Street. In light of this, please find the following consultation documents attached:

The proposed Traffic Regulation Order was advertised in the Witney Gazette today; Wednesday 03rd October 2018, and details are also available to view on the Councils consultation pages at the address below:

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

 

As stated on the notice, any objections or other representations on the proposal should be submitted by Friday 02nd November 2018.

 

Oxfordshire County Council Highways 0345 310 111

 

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Raising the Merchant Navy Day Flag

This morning at 10am Deputy Mayor and ex Merchant Navy Officer Councillor Howard Chirgwin, proudly represented the people of Witney and stated that he was ‘proud to be honouring and recognising the service given to our island nation by seafarers.’

 

In this Centenary year, Cllr Chirgwin highlighted how the title of British Merchant Navy was bestowed on the then, British Merchant Shipping Fleet following their service in World War I.

In the 4 year period between 1914 and 1918 approximately 8 million tons of British shipping was lost at sea and around 15,000 seafarers gave their lives serving their country whilst at sea.

 

The 3rd September has been chosen as Merchant Navy Day as it marks the day on which the first British Merchant ship was lost at the start of the Second World War. SS Athenia was torpedoed to the west of Ireland en route from Liverpool to Canada. She was a passenger ship carrying 1103 passengers and 315 crew. She sank with a loss of 112 lives, 93 passengers and 19 crew.

 

Councillor Chirgwin then read a message from HRH the Earl of Wessex before raising the Red Ensign (or red duster as it is often fondly referred to) with a representative from the Merchant Navy, Sub Lt (SCC) RNR Tony Ingham.

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Resident’s Satisfaction Survey 2018 – What you told us

We asked you to rate Witney Town Council Services in this year’s Resident’s Satisfaction Survey . We had a total of 183 responses—a sharp contrast to the 531 responses we received 2 years ago.

We asked you to score our services from  1 Excellent to 4 Poor,
added space for you to tell us why you rated any of the services poor and a section for you to comment on anything else you felt strongly about, good or bad!

The results showed significant improvement trends in
satisfaction levels about Town Council Services since our 2016
survey. The results will be used to inform policy and will help us to continue to seek to improve service delivery across all
departments.

Since all the information and data you feed back to us in our surveys is anonymous we are unable to feedback directly to you with
answers to any questions you pose via the survey.

Witney Town Council holds the view that it is important to
respond where possible so this leaflet aims to address some of the points made by you this year.

In this leaflet we will address the three services that prompted the most comments from you, generally a mix of positive and negative comments, apart from where bins and benches are concerned!

These were:

1Outdoor Spaces

2 Bins and Benches

3 Communication

Click below to view the entire document.

Survey Response to Comments 2018

 

 

 

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Witney Feast 10th and 11th September

Witney Feast started in 1243 when King Henry III granted two deer from the Royal Forest of Wychwood to celebrate the rededication of St Mary’s Church.
Witney feast is traditionally held on the two days following the first Sunday after 8 September (the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin). Originally it was more of a fair for cattle, horses, pigs, cheese, and general merchandise. By the 1870s it included a large pleasure-fair, which continues today. Sale of livestock no longer takes place at the fair.

This year marks the 775th anniversary of the Feast and to commemorate that Witney Town Council has leased the land to the funfair this year at monetary value equivalent to that of two deer in a nod to Henry III’s gift.

The Wilsons who run the fair plan to use the money from the discounted price to introduce a couple of new features this year. Details to be announced soon!

Details of a competition for a ‘Golden Ticket’ are set to be announced soon. One family will win a golden ticket for free rides (for four people) for one day on either Monday or Tuesday by answering a simple question and being drawn from the entries.
In the meanwhile everyone can enjoy 50p off a ride by downloading the Witney Town Council app and showing the voucher (which is on the Rewards tab) to the ride staff.

The whole thing starts on Sunday evening with the traditional Golden Gallopers service on the Leys at 7.15. Where else can you hear hymns played on a fairground organ and watch the service being held alongside golden horses and cockerels on a big Merry Go Round?

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Advance Notice Roadworks – Thorney Leys 3rd September

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure – at Witney Thorney Leys

A request has been received from Flynn for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Thorney Leys whilst essential sewer works are carried out.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 3rd September

Notice of intention to make the Order will be published in the local press.

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative route for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Flynn

01793 486631
info@flynn.co.uk

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The Buttercross Clock update 22.08.18

As the Buttercross is designated a scheduled monument this means that special permission has to be sought from the Secretary of State  to carry out any work on it. This extends to accessing the clock mechanism.  An application was lodged with the Secretary of State via Historic England and we have now received a response confirming that the work can be undertaken.

In the interim period, during inspection ahead of the work beginning,  it was determined that the building had some structural issues making it unsafe for anyone to enter the roof space to repair the clock.  The Town Council are now in the process of commissioning the required work to make the roof space safe. This building work is very specialist and needs to be undertaken by builders with appropriate experience to undertake the work advised by the structural engineers.  Once this has been carried out the clock will be able to be repaired.

‘Once a monument is scheduled any works to it, and flooding and tipping operations that might affect it, with few exceptions require scheduled monument consent from the Secretary of State, (not the local planning authority). Historic England manages the process of scheduled monument consent on behalf of the Secretary of State. Metal detecting on a Scheduled Monument is also illegal without a licence from Historic England.’

More information can be found here

https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/hpg/has/scheduledmonuments/

 

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