Citizen of The Year 2021 Nominations are open

The search is on to find Witney’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year. This prestigious annual award goes to someone who has given their time and energy to benefit their local community usually (but not always) on a voluntary basis.
Judges will be looking in particular for selfless service to a voluntary body or the community or someone whose service is acknowledged as making a real difference to the everyday lives of others. There is no age barrier, but nominees must live within Witney.
Friends, relatives, neighbours and colleagues have the chance to nominate a special person for the prestigious title or any of the other awards which include; a Certificate of Outstanding Merit, Outstanding Commitment to Public Service and Outstanding Contribution. Witney Town Council is looking for people who have
given exemplary service, which may be paid or unpaid, who make a real difference to Witney.
Residents who go that extra mile to help others will be recognised in the annual awards, presented by the Mayor at the Civic Reception in March next year.

ANYONE thinking about nominating a deserving individual as Witney’s Citizen of the Year or for any of the other awards has until 31st December 2021 to submit their details.

 

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Agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday, 23rd November, 2021, 6.00 pm

The agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday, 23rd November, 2021, 6.00 pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Gallery Room, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Minutes
3a To adopt and sign as correct the minutes of the committee held on 21 September & 12 October (Attached) & 2 November 2021
3b Matters arising from the minutes of 21 September, 12 October & 2 November 2021
4 Public Participation
5 Planning Applications
5a Planning Application by Ubico Ltd – Recycling Depot, Supergas Ind Est, Minster Lovell, OX29 0SZ
6 Planning Decisions
7 Application for New Premises Licence. W/21/00940/PRMA – Acqua Salata Ltd 62 Corn Street Witney
8 Adoption of West Oxfordshire Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
9 Witney Traffic Advisory Committee – 28 September 2021
10 Pavement Licence Application W/21/01061/PAVLIC – Smarts Fish & Chips, 50 Market Square, Witney

 

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Agenda for Policy, Governance & Finance, Monday, 22nd November, 2021, 6.00 pm

The agenda for Policy, Governance & Finance, Monday, 22nd November, 2021, 6.00 pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site
Meeting venue: Gallery Room, The Corn Exchange, Witney
The following items are included in the agenda:
No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Minutes
4 Public Participation
Policy
5 20 MPH Speed Restrictions
6 Open Spaces Policies
Governance
7 Payment of Accounts
8 Bank Accounts & Mandate
9 Annual Investment Strategy 2021-22
10 Financial Report & Associated Matters
Finance
11 Annual Grant Requests
11a Volunteer Link Up
11b Citizens Advice West Oxfordshire
12 Revenue Budget
13 Schedule of Proposed Fees & Charges 2022/23
14 Capital & Special Revenue Projects Programme
15 Exclusion of Press and Public
16 Property & Legal Matters
16a Town Hall Window Repairs & External Building Decoration
17 Staffing Matters

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Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – Oxford Road, Woodstock

Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council:

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: Woodstock, Oxford Road

REASON: To facilitate carriageway patching works

DURATION: Starting on 13 January 2022 @ 20:00
The anticipated completion date is 14 January 2022 @ 06:00 (date included) (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

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 A4095 – B4047 – A40 – A361 – A44 and vice versa.

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

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Tim Belton, Milestone Infrastructure -Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

T9666 / RAG

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Agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday, 23rd November, 2021

The agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday, 23rd November, 2021, 6.00 pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Gallery Room, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Minutes
3a To adopt and sign as correct the minutes of the committee held on 21 September & 12 October (Attached) & 2 November 2021 (To follow).
3b Matters arising from the minutes of 21 September, 12 October & 2 November 2021
4 Public Participation
5 Planning Applications
5a Planning Application by Ubico Ltd – Recycling Depot, Supergas Ind Est, Minster Lovell, OX29 0SZ
6 Planning Decisions
7 Application for New Premises Licence. W/21/00940/PRMA – Acqua Salata Ltd 62 Corn Street Witney
8 Adoption of West Oxfordshire Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
9 Witney Traffic Advisory Committee – 28 September 2021
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New Lease of Life for Play Area

A revamp of Park Road Play Area has reached completion.
Contractors have been installing play equipment for the £30,000 makeover project to give the play area a long-awaited new lease of life. The park has undergone its safety check by inspectors and was opened officially, this afternoon by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Liz Duncan.
The new design features bright and colourful equipment designed to stimulate activity play and appeal to toddlers and young children, The park retains two of the original pieces of equipment, a slide’ and a rocking horse which has been fixed into a static position in order to meet health and safety standards which were very different back when the horse was originally designed and installed! Both items were renovated by Witney Town Council’s work team.
Among other equipment is a toddler trim trail and two climbing beams which will promote balance and agility. Among the new apparatus is an accessible swing and mini spinning bowl. There is also a static aeroplane and a space themed play panel designed to encourage imaginative play.
Liz Duncan commented;
“I’m so pleased to be re-opening this important playpark after so many years of closure. This marks the return of a truly local public space for parents and children, with ideal equipment for healthy exercise and enjoyment.”
Witney Town Council is delighted to have reinstated this important green space and made younger children the focus of this particular park. It is committed to providing and maintaining high quality equipment and recognises the importance of access to stimulating play opportunities for all children. This colourful play space will be a valuable asset to local families and the wider town as it offers energetic play experiences in a safely enclosed area.
Cllr Liz Duncan cutting the ribbon, assisted by Rebecca and Bradley
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Liz Duncan cutting the ribbon, assisted by Rebecca and Bradley

Children using the play equipment in the new park

A thank you card from grateful residents
The circle of hands was a thank you for everyone’s hard work from Elijah and Asha and their mum, Fiona.

children enjoying the new equipment

Cllr Duncan on the slide
The slide being quality checked for fun by Cllr Duncan.
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Agenda for Halls, Cemeteries & Allotments, Monday, 8th November, 2021

The agenda for Halls, Cemeteries & Allotments, Monday, 8th November, 2021, 6.00 pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Gallery Room, The Corn Exchange, Witney
The following items are included in the agenda:
No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Minutes
4 Public Participation
Cemeteries
5 Burial Times
6 Tower Hill Cemetery – DDI Audit Access Requirements
Allotments
7 Lakeside Allotments – Topographical Survey
8 Witney Allotment Association – Request for Gates at Hailey Road Allotments
Public Halls
9 Public Halls & 1863 Café Bar Report
Budget
10 Budget
11 Schedule of Proposed Fees & Charges 2022/23
12 Exclusion of Press and Public
13 1863 Cafe – Business Plan

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Children’s Christmas Card Competition is Closing on Monday 8th November

You still have time to enter

Today we are launching our annual Christmas Card competition. There’s just around a month to get your entries in on the closing date of Monday 8th November. Imagine having your own design being used by the Mayor! You will have your own copies to send out too.
Every year we ask Witney’s children to get creative and design an official Christmas Card for the Mayor and this year is no different.
The Council is calling on all the children of primary school age living in Witney to help out. Your mission is to create a fabulous Christmas themed design.
The competition is open to all primary aged children creating designs at home, in school, with their Brownie pack or any other Witney organisation.
Below you can see some of the previous entries.
Don’t forget to pop your name, age, school and contact details on the picture when you return it.
The overall winning design will be made into the official card used by the Mayor and Town Council.
Entries can be submitted via email or post and we have provided a Witney Town Council Christmas card Competition template for you to use ,or you can just use an A4 sheet of paper. Please return your entries to:
info@witney-tc.gov.uk or Witney Town Council, Town Hall, Witney OX28 6AG
We must receive all entries by 5pm on the 8th November. There will be prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd.
We look forward to seeing them!
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Agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday, 2nd November, 2021

The agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday, 2nd November, 2021, 6.00 pm has just been published.

 

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Gallery Room, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Public Participation
4 Planning Applications
5 Lake & Country Park Update
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Agenda for Parks and Recreation Monday 1st November 2021

The agenda for Parks & Recreation, Monday, 1st November, 2021, 6.00 pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Gallery Room, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Minutes
4 Participation of the Public
5 Sewer to The Leys Bowls Club
6 Financial Report: Revised Revenue Budget 2021/22 and Draft Base Revenue Budget for 2022/23
7 Schedule of Proposed Fees & Charges 2022/23
8 Revenue Growth Items, Special Revenue Projects & Capital Projects

 

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Remembrance Sunday 2021

The Remembrance Sunday service at the War Memorial in Witney is to be made a little shorter, at the request of the Witney branch of The Royal British Legion.

Remembrance Day Poppy tributes
Remembrance Day poppy tributes

A major change to the service is that there will be no parade this year. Instead, groups and organisations that wish to, can meet in their own groups and make their own way to the memorial following after the service, rather than as an official procession.

The wreath laying element of the ceremony has also been scaled back with just eleven wreaths being laid as part of the service. Previously up to 40+ wreaths have been laid which takes a considerable amount of time. This year members of the public that wish to lay wreaths and poppy tributes of their own following the service, will not have to wait so long to do so.

The changes were made out of respect for the ageing veterans who took part in the parade, and to limit the amount of standing time for them, and some of the very young that traditionally attend to pay their respects.

These are the only changes, The roads will be closed as usual to allow people to gather safely to take part in the service.
The Town Band and Witney clergy will attend the memorial to provide the music, readings and prayers for the service, which will include the readings by the RBL and the Two Minutes silence as always. The full Church Service of Remembrance will take place in St Mary’s church afterwards as in previous years.

A fully downloadable copy of the War Memorial service sheet is available on the Remembrance Day Page of the Town Council’s website. Some paper copies will also be available on the day but in keeping with the Town Council’s commitment to reducing its use of paper, there will be fewer this year and people are encouraged to access it on a mobile device where possible.
http://www.witney-tc.gov.uk/remembrance-day/

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Emergency Road Closure – Station Road, South Leigh

Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council:

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: South Leigh, Station Road

REASON: Emergency closure to facilitate repairs to a water mains clamp in the carriageway

DURATION: Starting on 24 October 2021. The anticipated completion date is 27 October 2021 (date included) . This is a 24 hour per day closure . (Emergency Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 21 days)

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: via locally signed diversion route

Further information regarding the emergency works may be obtained by contacting Robert Buchan of Thames Water on email Robert.Buchan@thameswater.co.uk

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Volunteer DJ Wanted For Our Popular Tea Dance

We are hoping to be able to reinstate our very popular tea dance. Formerly, this ran for around two hours every Wednesday afternoon.

COVID 19 forced the event to be suspended and once we were able to open up the Corn Exchange again, our resident DJ had retired.

We have had enquiries from  dozens of disappointed dancers and would be waltzers, and would love to be able to bring the dance back for them, so if you can commit to a couple of hours every Wednesday afternoon  please let us know. We have all the sound equipment.

Please email info@witney-tc.gov.uk to find out more or to arrange a chat with Tom.

Tango dancers

 

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West Oxfordshire Litter Bin Placement and Renewal Programme

West Oxfordshire District Council is reviewing its provision of litterbins across the district to make it easier for residents and visitors to dispose of their rubbish responsibly, helping to keep communities litter free.

At the same time, the Council is investing in new litter bins so that older bins, which are reaching the end of their useful life, can be swapped out for bins that are easier to empty and more visually pleasing to help keep towns and villages looking their best.

Currently, the Council manages and empties over 1,200 litter and dog waste bins. A programme has now begun to check the condition of all existing bins and that they are located where they will provide most benefit. Litter bins will also be sited at new locations if a need is identified as part of the project.

Combined Litter and Dog Waste Bin

In the future, this may mean:

  • Where an existing litterbin is next to a dog waste bin, the dog waste bin may be removed as bagged dog waste is now accepted in with the general litter.
  • Where two bins are in close proximity to each other and where usage of the bins is low, one of the bins may be moved to another location where there is clear evidence of litter and where no bin is currently provided.
  • Residents will start to see a phasing out of separate litter and dog waste bins. These will be replaced by a brand new single bin, which reminds users to put both litter and dog waste into the bin. Over a hundred of these new style bins are already in use in the district and proving popular.

Residents interested in finding out more about the litterbin placement and renewal programme can visit West Oxfordshire District Council’s website for more information: https://meetings.westoxon.gov.uk/Data/Cabinet/20201216/Agenda/9%20Litter%20Bin%20Placement%20and%20Renewal%20Programme.pdf

 

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Witney In Bloom Schools Challenge – Winning Wheelbarrows

Witney Schools In Bloom

Eight Witney schools entered the Witney Town Council 2021 Schools Challenge. Each school received a wheelbarrow and compost, supported by our contractor ‘Continental Landscapes’ and Witney Town Council provided vouchers for each school to choose seeds or plants to fill the barrows with a planted display.

Nationally, at their shows this year, the Royal Horticultural Society adopted the theme ‘Power of Flowers’. The theme reflects the positive impact of plants on our health and wellbeing and we invited school children to adopt this theme for their planting scheme. There was no obligation to follow a colour scheme, or theme – original, children led designs were encouraged.

We were hugely impressed by the beautiful entries and all of the barrows were looking wonderful, right on time  for judging day. Our Schools Challenge judges were Mayor of Witney – Joy Aitman, Senior Vice President of Witney Rotary Club – Coleen Hunter, and Thames and Chiltern region Royal Horticultural Society ‘In Bloom’ judges, Nigel Bishop and Paul Almond.

The judges had some very difficult decisions to make, with all of the barrows demonstrating lots of imagination, creativity and plant care. After much deliberation the overall winner was chosen as The Kings School entry, awarded with a £100 prize sponsored by Rotary Club of Witney.

Runners up were:
Mayors Special Award – Queen Emma’s Primary School
RHS Judges Choice – The Batt C of E Primary School

And the following schools are awarded certificates as category winners:
Power of Positivity – Tower Hill School
Most Inspiring – St Mary’s Infant School
Most Fragrant – Witney Community Primary School
Happiest Barrow – Madley Brook School
Most Ornamental – West Witney Primary School
Edible Oasis – The King’s School

 

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Christmas Card Competition

Today we are launching our annual Christmas Card competition. There’s just around a month to get your entries in on the closing date of Monday 8th November. Imagine having your own design being used by the Mayor! You will have your own copies to send out too.
Every year we ask Witney’s children to get creative and design an official Christmas Card for the Mayor and this year is no different.
The Council is calling on all the children of primary school age living in Witney to help out. Your mission is to create a fabulous Christmas themed design.
The competition is open to all primary aged children creating designs at home, in school, with their Brownie pack or any other Witney organisation.
Below you can see some of the previous entries.
Don’t forget to pop your name, age, school and contact details on the picture when you return it.
The overall winning design will be made into the official card used by the Mayor and Town Council.
Entries can be submitted via email or post and we have provided a Witney Town Council Christmas card Competition template for you to use ,or you can just use an A4 sheet of paper. Please return your entries to:
info@witney-tc.gov.uk or Witney Town Council, Town Hall, Witney OX28 6AG
We must receive all entries by 5pm on the 8th November. There will be prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd.
We look forward to seeing them!
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Witney In Bloom Awards Results

The Thames and Chiltern In Bloom judges have made their awards.

Witney Town Council is  delighted that Tower Hill Cemetery which entered for the first time has got a very respectable Silver Gilt which is just one step below a Gold award.

At the same time the Leys retained its Gold status from when last judged 2 years ago. This is a great testament to all the work that continued throughout the Pandemic, to keep our parks and green spaces accessible and safe for users.

Our thanks go to staff on the teams responsible for looking after these areas and to our contractors. It’s a great result for the town which along with our town wide planting and community gardens, has provided Witney with another colourful summer.

Feedback from the judges for Tower Hill Cemetery included the following comments:

This is a well maintained cemetery in a lovely peaceful and tranquil setting. Large mature beech trees add to the aesthetic value of this site.

The two chapels are in good condition although one is used for storage, while the other is functional.

AREAS OF ACHIEVEMENT
The control of traffic movements within the cemetery, with the use of moveable bollards, restricting access to certain areas at different time of the day.
A good level of DDA compliance, given the undulating nature of the site. This is very helpful to visitors.
The regular inspection of headstones, as a duty of care, involving the relatives of the bereaved, where possible, to use a Topple Tester to test the stability of their relatives’ headstone and to take the necessary action if required.
The high standard of Topiary was excellent and noted as an attractive feature.
AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT

There is an ageing tree population within the cemetery. As a duty of care these fantastic trees are inspected on a regular basis by a private company. As the trees are removed on safety grounds, they are replaced which is to be commended. Unfortunately some have failed.

There were areas set aside for wild flowers, but these have not been successful this year.
The Judges noted that the rose bed adjacent to the chapel was in need of weeding.
It would be nice to try and encourage the small group of people who used to maintain the small flower beds adjacent to the chapel to return. They will need encouragement and reassurance if they are to come back to working in this environment.

Tower Hill Cemetery Silver Gilt Certificate - In Bloom
Feedback from the judges for The Leys included the following comments:

It was an absolute pleasure to visit The Leys again and see the park full of activity. The judges were impressed by the range of facilities on offer and the standards achieved by the Town Council staff, their contractors Continental Landscapes Ltd. Well done to all involved.
AREAS OF ACHIEVEMENT
The community involvement throughout the park is a credit to all involved, evidence was plain to see including the major events such as the Witney Feast, and visiting fairs, to the formal and informal sports,  the churches together tree planting scheme, the school wheelbarrow planting competition and the fairtrade planted troughs planted by volunteers.
The park was well presented with a high standard of horticultural and grounds maintenance which was appropriate for a Town Park well used by the public.
The Arboricultural management is comprehensive with regular proactive inspections/surveys, any identified work recommendations were undertaken with applications made to the Districts Conservation Officer. Judges were impressed with the focus on successional planting and the new avenue of oaks should ensure tree cover is maintained for future generations to enjoy.
The park was free from litter and there was a programme of repairs and maintenance of street furniture. The introduction of dual units for litter and recycling was a real improvement and it was noted that this was being well received and used by the public with little or no contamination experienced in the recycling sections of the bins.
AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT

Some areas of paving within the park will need attention to prevent trip hazards, the surface around the new War Memorial, tarmac path in the park outside the golf facility, and main path where the avenue of trees between the fairground site and the sports pitch area is heaving due to tree roots.

The levels of the slabs on the entrance to play area needs raising where water puddles following inclement weather.

The public toilets are an essential public facility for such a busy park and were nice and clean, unfortunately, on the day of judging the interior lights were not working.

The Leys Gold certificate In Bloom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Agenda – Full Council, Monday, 11th October, 2021, 7pm

The agenda for Full Council, Monday, 11th October, 2021, 7pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link:
Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Main Hall, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Minutes
4 Public Participation
5 Witney Community Policing Issues
6 An Update from Witney Oxfordshire County Councillors and West Oxfordshire District Councillors
7 Report Back from the Councillors on the Work with External Bodies where they serve as the Town Council’s Nominated Representative
8 Minutes of Committees and Sub Committees
8a Climate, Biodiversity & Planning Committee – 10 August, 31 August (attached) and 21 September 2021 (to follow)
8b Parks & Recreation Committee – 6 September 2021
8c Hall, Cemeteries & Allotments Committee – 13 September 2021
8d Stronger Communities Committee – 20 September 2021
8e Policy, Governance & Finance Committee – 27 September 2021
9 Conclusion of Audit for Year Ending 31 March 2021
10 Climate Emergency Update
11 Windrush Valley Traffic Action Group
12 Code of Conduct Complaint – Letter of Apology
13 Civic Announcements
14 Health and Safety
15 Communication from the Leader
16 Correspondence
17 Questions to the Leader of the Council
18 Sealing of Documents
19 Exclusion of Press & Public
20 Corn Exchange – Retractable Seating Contract
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Agenda – Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday, 12th October 2021, 6pm

The agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday, 12th October, 2021, 6.00 pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link:
Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Main Hall, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Public Participation
4 Committee Work Plan
5 Planning Applications
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