Don’t forget the Mayor’s Carol service is tomorrow night (Friday 14th December) at 7:00pm in St Mary’s church. Everyone is welcome so please come along and enjoy some traditional carols and a mince pie.
Ralegh Crescent play area at Deer Park, Witney has undergone a £63,000 refurbishment and has been completely redesigned with an exciting range of new equipment for youngsters up to the age of 12.
The facilities were based on feedback from local children who had the opportunity to pick the kind of equipment they wanted during a consultation at West Witney Primary School Christmas Fayre last year.
Supplier HAGS then came up with a play area designed to cater for the entire age range features including slides, swings, climbing equipment and a toddler trail.
The project was a joint partnership between WODC and Witney Town Council, and was brought about due to S106 funding from recent housing developments.
Cllr Jeanette Baker, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Health at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “It is wonderful to see this money being put to such good use and making a real difference to the local community.
“This play area will continue to provide great fun for generations of children.”
The new design has also taken into account problems with drainage, which often made the old space unusable during periods of wet weather. The need to improve this came through clearly from local residents during consultation.
Witney Town councillor Harry Eaglestone said: “It’s especially good to see the results of a successful consultation with local children breathe new life into such a well-used and popular play area. The refurbishment, to a very high standard by our local town and district councils, has been well worth the wait”
Cllr Jim King added: “A good deal of thought has obviously gone into both the design and the equipment – it will be great to see the children enjoying the park again.
The design is brilliant and we hope that it has long lasting appeal and will be valued by children of all ages.
Picture shows: Children from West Witney Primary School enjoying the new equipment with Cllr Jim King, Cllr Jeanette Baker (first and second left), Alex Sloan, deputy head teacher (3rd right) and teaching assistant Rhian Davies (right)
Do you know someone who stands out from the crowd? An ordinary person or an organisation doing extraordinary things? Nominate them for a Citizen of The Year award and you could be attending the Civic Reception next year to see them collect an award. Full details are on our website, but to give you an idea – here are the achievements of some of our former winners:
Don -Volunteer with RBL, SSAFA, The Poppy Appeal and a foster parent.
Daphne- A hospital volunteer for over 20 years.
Jeff- Established the late night cafe and Street Pastor group in Witney, offering a hot drink and a safe haven to our young people on weekend nights.
Wendy – a dedicated teaching assistant, worth her weight in gold.
Pat a youth rugby coach who set up a team for players with special educational needs.
John – our local street cleaner come rain or shine.
Charlie- a young carer and winner of the Young Citizen award.
Chris – a youth worker and mentor.
Download a form and get the nomination to us by the end of December.
Oxfordshire County Council will be seeking your views on the proposals for the A40 improvements from Friday 30 November 2018 to 6 January 2019.
The detail design and plans for the Eynsham Park and Ride and A40 Eastbound Bus Lane scheme will be on display as well as the concept designs for further infrastructure improvements.
You can view the plans online or at one of the four exhibition events planned for early December:
How to respond
If you are unable to attend the consultation events, you can view the plans and have your say online by visiting our consultation webpage and filling out the online feedback form. The consultation will be available online between the 30 November 2018 and 6 January 2019 (closing at 11.59pm). You can access this online at: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/A40
Don’t be alarmed if you see fencing around the Buttercross. Work is on structural repairs to the failed timbers has completed and some roof work is scheduled to follow. Please bear with us while we apply some TLC to this much loved and iconic landmark.
We have galleries of pictures on Facebook that cover all the commemorative events and projects over the weekend.
Witney’s Poppy Mile
Armistice Centenary WWI Exhibition
Armistice Centenary Best Dressed Window
Armistice Centenary Dinner
RAF Freedom Parade
Armistice Centenary Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance
Armistice Play Day
Armistice Centenary Afternoon Tea and Performances
Dedication of the Armistice Centenary Memorial
Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Road Closure and “No Waiting” restriction – at Witney, Woodgreen
In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the road and impose a ‘No Waiting’ restriction as detailed above to facilitate Micro-Asphalt Surfacing Works.
A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 26/10/2018.
The anticipated completion date is 30/10/2018.
A Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and restriction and will operate on the days shown above.
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.
Please note that Notices for urgent works can last up to 5 consecutive days only.
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 restriction and also the alternative route for traffic is attached.
Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.
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.