Advance Notice Overnight Road Closure A40 Witney March 2-4

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure and “No Waiting” restriction at Witney, A40 Witney Bypass

Map showing extent of A$) surface dressing 

Map showing diversion route for A40 road closure

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 carriageway resurfacing works.

 

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 02 March 2020 up to and including 04 March 2020. This closure will operate between 08:00pm and 07:00am (20:00 and 07:00) hours.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and restriction and will operate on the days shown above.

 

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 Elizabeth Smith Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11 or email Elizabeth.Smith@workingwith.skanksa.co.uk

 

T7486/AC

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Advance Notice -Road Closure at North Leigh, A4095 Witney Road

Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council
Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Road Closure at North Leigh, A4095 Witney Road

Zoomed in map of road closure at North Leigh

Map shpwing location of road closure for North Leigh

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 and signage improvement work.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 5 October 2020.
The anticipated completion date is 9 October 2020. The closure will operate nightly between 19:30 and 06:00.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and restriction and will operate on the days shown above.

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 also the alternative routes for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Tim Belton, Oxfordshire County Council – Skanska on 0345 310 11 11 or 07812 237621.

T7503 / RAG

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Advance Notice – Roadworks Foxburrow Lane, Hailey Rd

Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council
Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Map showing diversion for Roadworks

Map showing road closure in Foxburrow Lane Hailey

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 carriageway resurfacing works.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 06 March 2020 up to and including 09 March 2020. This closure will operate between 07:00am and 07:00pm (07:00 and 19:00) hours.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and restriction and will operate on the days shown above.

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 Elizabeth Smith, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11 or email Elizabeth.Smith@workingwith.skanska.co.uk

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A40 Vegetation Clearance & Road Surveys

Oxfordshire County Council will be conducting a short period of work along the A40 on a short section of the road just to the west of the Wolvercote roundabout. The work is being conducted as part of plans to improve the A40.

The work will involve some light vegetation clearance along with engineering surveys over a three-week period beginning this month. A temporary lane closure (at night) will be required in compliance with Oxfordshire County Council Highway regulations.

The surveys are to be carried out at night to minimise the impact on traffic, but no road closures are required. Any road users in the area from 20.00-05.00 over a period of seven days (w/c 24th February) may experience short delays due to temporary traffic lights. Any work during the day will be off the carriageway and confined to foot ways, cycle paths and verges.

The dates of the work will be:

W/c 17th Feb days– No impact to traffic. Pedestrian marshals will be overseeing the footpaths to escort pedestrians and cyclists safely past the works.

W/c 17th Feb nights – Surveys with no impact to traffic.

W/c 24th Feb days- No impact to traffic. Pedestrian marshals will be overseeing the footpaths to escort pedestrians and cyclists safely past the works.

W/c 24th Feb nights – 2-way traffic lights on A40 and lane closures on A40 and around Wolvercote roundabout but travel in all directions will remain open.

W/c 2nd March – Surveys with no impact to traffic.

Oxfordshire County Council apologises for the inconvenience that may be caused during the work. The schedules above have been designed to keep the area open to business as usual as far as possible.

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The Annual Town Meeting – Join the Conversation

The meeting is an important part of local democracy and is open to all registered electors in the town.

Annual Town Meeting Agenda 11 March 2019 (comp)

Held once a year, the Annual Town Meeting  is facilitated by the Town Council on behalf of the electorate. This is not a Council meeting, but an opportunity for residents to raise and discuss matters affecting the town and to ask questions and express views about the year ahead.

The Mayor will open the meeting and Town Council committee chairs will present brief reports to let you know what the Council has been working on for the last year, and its future plans.

The evening also includes a display from charities and organisations that have received financial grants from the Council; giving an insight into how the money has been spent and the benefit this has brought to the town.

Residents are encouraged to take part in the public question session. If you have any questions you would like to raise it would be helpful, but not essential, if they could be submitted in advance of the meeting.

Questions asked in advance can be researched in order that a more informed discussion can take place and a comprehensive answer may be provided at the meeting. Submit your questions by letter or email  to the Town Clerk: townclerk@witney-tc.gov.uk

After the formal session of the meeting, there follows an opportunity for residents to take part in a Youth Services mapping exercise and the input from this will to highlight gaps in provision and to steer funding to where it is most needed 

Tea and coffee will be available before the meeting.

 

 

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STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF WITNEY TOWN COUNCIL REGARDING FOOTBALL ON PITCH ONE AT THE LEYS

 

In response to recent inaccurate and misleading social media posts, the Council feels it is necessary to provide a summary of Witney Town Council’s position in respect of Pitch One at The Leys.

Sport is not being banned at The Leys, as sport and recreational use will continue, in line with its historic purpose.

The Sainsbury’s side of the Leys where Pitch One (the adult pitch) is located is also used for a series of highly popular events throughout the summer, which are fast becoming staples in the town’s calendar.

As a result, Pitch One has been degrading over the last five or so years as a result of increasingly heavy usage throughout the year, despite Witney Town Council’s increased investment in renovation and maintenance work. In 2019 the football season finished two weeks early to allow for pitch work to be carried out before the first of the events on the Leys, but the benefits of this work were undone once the event season started.

It has now dropped below the required safety standards for organised competitive sports, as set out by a number of bodies, including the Football Association and  STRI, the Sports Turf Research Institute who inspected the pitch and documented their findings in a report, two years ago (see extract below).

It has become apparent that, it is no longer sustainable to use the pitch for both sports and events, as there is insufficient time between the two to carry out the full remedial works required to bring the surface back into playable standard. Other solutions have been explored but have not proved practical or affordable. For example, to purchase the necessary boarding to hold events over the top of the pitch without affecting it, would cost in excess of £100,000.

Witney Town Council, has a responsibility to both the Home and Away teams using this sports pitch to provide a safe surface, as well as a responsibility to the town to ensure the continued success of its events. After much discussion between Councillors, as well as dialogue with the various groups that use the pitch, the decision was taken to dedicate that half of The Leys to events only.

The Town Council remains committed to supporting local, grassroots sports, and accommodating additional need as our town continues to grow.  As part of its investigations into possible solutions, replacement sports sites have been identified, which will offer facilities not only comparable to those at The Leys, but of an arguably higher and more modern standard, in the future.

At the same time, it is also committed to providing and facilitating the top-quality culture and leisure events that the people of Witney have come to expect. To achieve both of these outcomes is not an easy balancing act and requires difficult decisions to be taken in the short term in order to resolve the matter satisfactorily in the long-term.

In order to ensure that the original spirit of The Leys as a place of sports and recreation will continue long into the future; the other side of The Leys (where the Coffee Shed is) will be used almost solely for sports, with the exception of long-standing traditions and family favourites such as Witney Carnival and Witney Feast. Football will continue with the four junior football pitches and tennis, mini golf, bowls and cricket, and along with the Splash Park and play area will provide a wide range of high-quality opportunities for physical activity.

The Town Council has the deepest respect for our sports teams and over the last decade has increased the number of Junior pitches by twelve to help accommodate our mix of 49 adult and junior football teams. It welcomes anyone who wishes to constructively help achieve this, for the benefit of the whole town, now and in the future.

Finally, Witney Town Council is disappointed to see inaccurate, deliberately misleading rumours being disseminated on social media while it is working tirelessly to provide the modern, safe, and accessible facilities that the people of Witney deserve.

These kind of comments generate further unhelpful and unfounded speculation, such as the suggestion that the land will be sold off for housing or other development. Witney Town Council can reassure its residents that The Leys is safe from this particular threat.

In 2018 the Town Council had the foresight to register and designate The Leys as a Field in Trust which affords it protection from development and preserves it for the enjoyment of future generations.

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The issue with Pitch 1 was highlighted in an advisory report to the Town Council following an inspection of all our sports grounds; football, cricket, bowls etc. by our sports turf consultants.

Here is the extract.

The area designated for football pitches at Leys is deemed unsafe for use following continued use for alternate events throughout the year prior to the football season. The surface has become severely

compacted during the installation and take-down of a stage during inclement conditions, when no protective boards were employed to spread weight and wear to the area. A Clegg Hammer reading

was taken in the site of one of the goalmouths and a value of 315 gravities was recorded when the typical value expected for a football pitch is between 70-90 gravities. As such, it is recommended that the site is no longer used for natural sports pitches as it presents a genuine Health & Safety risk with regards to significant injury to players and officials alike. With the provision of a sound and permanent irrigation supply, extensive renovations and the reservation of the field solely for sportspitch use, the area could be restored to provide a playable and safe surface BUT this will deteriorate significantly if other events resume.

 

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Waste Recycling Centres to close for Deep Clean

Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council:

During March and April, your Household Waste Recycling Centre will be closing for two days to carry out a deep clean and essential maintenance.

Closing dates:
Alkerton (Banbury) – Tues 3rd & Wed 4th March 2020
Ardley (Bicester) – Tues 17th & Wed 18th March 2020
Dix Pit (Stanton Harcourt) – Tues 24th & Wed 25th March 2020
Drayton (Abingdon) – Tues 28th & Wed 29th April 2020
Oakley Wood (Wallingford) – Tues 31st March & Wed 1st April 2020
Redbridge (Oxford) – Tues 10th & Wed 11th March 2020
Stanford (Faringdon) – Tues 21st & Wed 22nd April 2020

Full details can be found at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/wasteclosure including details of your nearest site during closures. Thank you in advance for your patience.

For those residents with van or trailer permits, please note these can be used at any of our centres.

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Five Witney Play Areas Get New Equipment

An upgrade of five of Witney’s play areas is set to begin.
Contractors will begin work in the next week or so on the £48,000 project, after councillors selected equipment that would fit available space in five of the town’s play areas. It is hoped that the modern, bright and colourful equipment will add interest and play value to the parks, for older children as well as little ones.
One such play area set for a boost is at Newland’s King George V Fields, where a new IXO multi-climbing system is to be installed, incorporating slides, ladders, platforms and bars. The new apparatus will cater for children of all ages and abilities, with the additions also including a Speed Gyro roundabout, with a non-slip deck, which at 400mm from the ground is the perfect height for transfer from a wheelchair.

Photo depicting the new multi play Ixo at King George V field

Multi play Ixo for King George V field

The accessible Speed Gyro roundabout
The accessible Speed Gyro roundabout

There will also be a fresh look at the Fieldmere Close play area, with the installation of a climbing and balancing trail, including a balance beam, log walk, stepping stones, and a rocking log. The play area on Moorland Road, meanwhile, is set to welcome a brand new cone-shaped rotating climber, which is bound to appeal across multiple age groups.
Small improvements will also be made to play areas at the Leys and Burwell, which have been updated more recently. The music station at Burwell Recreation Ground is being replaced by a climbing hut, playhouse, and eight-seater wooden see-saw, while the Leys – which until now has had an absence of equipment for younger children – will feature a new toddler slide and tunnel unit.
The equipment is being installed across Witney by specialist suppliers Proludic, and will begin to appear over the next few weeks.

 

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Advance notice of Roadworks – Burford Rd, Witney

Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council – Advance notice of Roadworks – Burford Rd, Witney
map showing closure
Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Road Closure at Witney, 119A Burford Road, OX28 6ED
 
 
A request has been received from KCD/Thames Water for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Burford Road whilst new service water connection works are carried out.
 
A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate from the 14 April 2020 up to and including the 17 April 2020. This is a 24 hour road closure
 
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 Sophie Carter on 02035 777745 or email SOPHIE.CARTER@thameswater.co.uk
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Advance notice Road Works, New Yatt Rd, North Leigh

Map showing extent of road closure and diversion

Posting on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council.
A request has been received from MV Kelly Ltd for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of New Yatt Road whilst carriageway resurfacing and installation of services and remedial works are carried out.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate from the 23 March 2020 up to and including the 27 March 2020. This is a 24 hour road closure.

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 Euan North on 0153 0278134 or email euan.north@mvkelly.co.uk

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Advance Notice – Road Works – Saxon Way April 2020

Map showing closure and diversion Saxon Way

Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council Highways department.

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:         Witney, Saxon Way  

           REASON:           Carriageway resurfacing & patching

           DURATION:         Starting on 27th April 2020

                             The anticipated completion date is 1st May 2020

                             (24 hours full closure for each day)

                                         (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: The alternative routes for traffic are via a combination of Orchard Way – Corn Street – The Crofts and vice-versa.

Further information OCC Highways 0345 310 1111

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Advance Notice – Road Works – Holloway Road April 2020

Map showing closure and diversion Holloway Road

Posted on Behalf of Oxfordshire County Council Highways Department

 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, Holloway Road

                   

          REASON:            To facilitate carriageway resurfacing / patching

 

DURATION:         Starting on 13 April 2020

                                        The anticipated completion date is 17 April 2020 (date included). Closure will operate from 07:00 to 17:00 hours

                                        (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: via Welch Way, Corn Street, Holloway Road

Further information OCC Highways 0345 310 1111

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