Publication of Financial Year-End Documents for Public Inspection

We have today published our Accounts for the Year ended 31st March 2020 along with our Annual Governance and Accountability return for Public Inspection.

They are in the library section of our new digitalised document system on this link.

Link to finance documents in library section of Modern Gov digital documents

If you are not yet familiar with this new system it is worth following the link below to the main menu page and exploring all the links. You can find our minutes agendas and reports here too, along with detials of all our councillors and committees.

Link to Modern Gov menu page

 

 

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Witney Town Council Youth Services £30k Funding Launched

Witney Town Council is delighted to be launching its Youth Funding Grant on 1st August.
Following a period of consultation with key professionals, the town’s youth and more recently a residents’ satisfaction survey that focused on youth provision, the Town Council set aside £30,000 in its budget which will be made available in the year 2020-21.

This is an exciting opportunity for community and voluntary sector organisations, including existing organisations and those in the process of setting up.

The fund is open to organisations covering age ranges 0 – 18 years.

Cllr Luci Ashbourne, Leader of the Council who chaired the Youth Services Working Party commented;

Cuts to local Government have hit young people really hard, and while the voluntary sector have stepped up to meet that gap meaningfully, it is vital that they’re supported and not relied upon by local authorities. This fund is just one of the ways Witney Town Council is meeting that commitment” 

 Applications are open for one month from 1st August to 1st September 2020. Successful submissions will be projects that have a measurable impact on key issues affecting our young people and that promote positive futures. The Council will look favourably on those who create opportunities to be accessible to all young people, therefore applications demonstrating how they will extend their reach to young people who have not previously engaged with these opportunities are encouraged.

Applicants will need to meet criteria as set out in the application process and will also be required to report back on the success of the project for which funds have been granted. They will be notified of final decisions in mid-October.

Cllr Owen Collins, Chair of the Stronger Communities committee added;

There’s a huge number of young people in Witney, and they contribute massively to the energy and life of our town. However, they’ve often been at the sharp end of reduced services, so it’s vital that the provision exists to help and support them. I’m therefore delighted that this fund has been launched, to help build a more positive future for the next generation, that the whole of Witney will ultimately benefit from.

Youth Grant Funding Criteria

Witney Town Council Youth Fund Application Form

 

 

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Buttercross Clock

Some good news about the beleaguered Buttercross clock. Our clock mender has sent an update on the new mechanism we are waiting for. The specialist company that the part was ordered from was closed during lock down. It has now reopened and catching up on all its back orders.

As soon as the new mechanism arrives the clock can be repaired.

 

The Buttercross

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Play Area Safety Reminder

With a slight rise in Covid-19 infections reported in Oxfordshire we would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of observing safety measures and capacity numbers as stated on our posters in the play parks.

Visitor safety is our biggest concern. Unlike commercial parks we do not have the resources to man all our play areas. We therefore rely on you to help ensure the play areas remain open by looking after yourselves and observing safety notices.

Copy of the poster with the text

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Climate, Biodiversity and Planning Committee Meeting 21 July 2020 Agenda and Virtual Meeting Link

Please see the link below which will enable you to watch the meeting of the Town Council’s Climate, Biodiversity and Planning Committee on Tuesday  21st July 2020 at 6pm via Zoom.

If you would like to speak on any agenda item listed please contact the Town Clerk (townclerk@witney-tc.gov.uk) 24 hours prior to the meeting so the necessary arrangements can be made.

Full Council Agenda 27 July 2020

Please click the link below to join the meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/99545109494?pwd=ZU50Nnc2U1g0dW82blhDamRwUnFoQT09

Password: 324072

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Dying tree to provide benches for cemetery

Witney Town Council is preparing to fell one of the town’s substantial Beech trees, within Tower Hill cemetery. It has recently shed a large bough, the second in two years, and upon examination it has become apparent that the tree is becoming dangerous and needs to be removed. The second bough fell over the weekend, blocking two paths and narrowly missing several headstones.
The splintered Beech in Tower Hill Cemetery
The splintered Beech in Tower Hill Cemetery
The Beech was of such a size that it will take a few days to properly clear away the fallen branch and fell the remainder of the tree.
Given the age and condition of many of the trees in the cemetery the Town Council has, for the last few years, undertaken significant replacement planting in order to preserve and maintain Tower Hill’s familiar leafy canopy. An additional Beech will be added to this Autumn’s planting schedule.
The splintered Beech in Tower Hill Cemetery
The Beech trees will be recognisable to most visitors. Several of them line the walk up the footpath from the entrance at the bottom of Tower Hill. In Folklore Beech is considered the Queen of British Trees, associated with ancient knowledge, and with its dense canopy and deep shade it is a valuable wildlife habitat, sustaining butterflies, birds and some of the more unusual shade loving plants.
Losing a tree is always such a pity but regretfully, in public access areas, the only option is to fell diseased and dying trees. This Beech is such a well-loved part of the landscape that the Town Council is hoping to use parts of the main trunk to create two natural style benches to place at the side of the footpath so that it still has a place where it has stood for so long.
A large bough has fallen
A large bough has fallen
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Full Council Meeting – 27th July 2020 Virtual Meeting Link and Agenda

Please see the link below which will enable you to watch the meeting of the Full Council on Monday 27th July 2020 at 7pm via Zoom.

If you would like to speak on any agenda item listed please contact the Town Clerk (townclerk@witney-tc.gov.uk) 24 hours prior to the meeting so the necessary arrangements can be made.

Full Council Agenda 27 July 2020

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Policy, Governance and Finance Virtual Committee Meeting Link13 July 2020

Please see the link below which will enable you to watch the meeting of the Town Council’s Policy, Governance and Finance Committee on Monday 13th July 2020 at 6pm via Zoom.

If you would like to speak on any agenda item listed please contact the Town Clerk (townclerk@witney-tc.gov.uk) 24 hours prior to the meeting so the necessary arrangements can be made.

Please click the link below to join the meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/95721620314?pwd=dGlRSXlRSTZCQ2dabitYdVNCb25KUT09

Password: 507405

 

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Play Areas – 3 Play areas reopened

Witney Town Council is pleased to announce that Burwell, Woodgreen and Quarry Road play areas have opened today and these will be followed by others as the week progresses.

The safety of everyone is paramount and we have been using the time since the recently issued Government guidance on reopening to carefully risk assess each play area and start to implement necessary changes required to make them safe for our residents and visitors.

To allow for safe play and social distancing there are restrictions on the total number of people that can be inside the fenced areas. Please take note of these on the posters you will find at each of the open play spaces when you arrive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Play Areas Update

 

Unfortunately, we will not be reopening any of our playgrounds or outdoor gym equipment on Saturday 4 July.

The health and safety of our residents and visitors is our priority, and therefore we need time to consider the practical implications of the recently issued Government guidance on reopening.

It is however our intention to reopen as soon as practical and we would like to thank you for your understanding during these challenging times. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further updates.

 

 

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Stronger Communities Committee 6 July 2020 Virtual Meeting Link

Please see the link below which will enable you to watch the meeting of the Town Council’s Stronger Communities Committee on Monday 6th July 2020 at 6pm via Zoom.

If you would like to speak on any agenda item listed please contact the Town Clerk (townclerk@witney-tc.gov.uk) 24 hours prior to the meeting so the necessary arrangements can be made.

Please click the link below to join the meeting:

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Reopening of Play Areas

 

child on play equipmentFollowing the recent Government announcement that play areas and outdoor gyms can reopen, Witney Town Council is working hard to reopen these and taking precautions to manage risk. We will communicate further information when we can reopen them. Please remember. They remain closed for now.

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Halls, Cemeteries and Allotments Committee 29 June 2020 Virtual Meeting Link

Please see the link below which will enable you to watch the meeting of the Town Council’s Halls, Cemeteries and Allotments Committee on Monday 29th June 2020 at 6pm via Zoom.

If you would like to speak on any agenda item listed please contact the Town Clerk (townclerk@witney-tc.gov.uk) 24 hours prior to the meeting so the necessary arrangements can be made.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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