Our Christmas Light Competiton Winner

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Here is Eve, the winner of our Christmas Light Competition with her winning design. Pictured with Eve are Mayor, Chris Holliday who presented her with her prize and Marc Hatcher of Scott Fraser who sponsored the light. Eve’s parents also kindly posed for a photo or two. The competition was run through Witney’s primary schools and children were asked to submit designs back before the summer holidays!

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Deer Park Medical Centre Update

Here is an update on Deer Park Medical Centre with some dates and actions. 

  • An independent website is being created and we hope to have more details of this later. A march through Witney is also being planned, as reported in last week’s Witney Gazette.
  • A portfolio has been presented to the Economic Overview and Scrutiny Panel at WODC. This contains legal information which it is hoped may mean that there could be a Judicial Review.
  • There is a meeting of the working party on November 9th  and although this meeting is not open to members of the public, their views will be represented by Mrs Brenda Churchill, Chairman of the PPG.
  • On 17th November the Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel will meet at County Hall at 10am. Residents are welcome both to attend and speak and it is hoped that many will do so.
  • http://mycouncil.oxfordshire.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=148
  • If you are planning to come and speak, you need to contact Julie Dean in advance (email in above link).
  • It has been suggested that a demonstration take place outside County Hall at 9am when the members of the committee arrive.  
  • If you cannot make the meeting there is a template letter available here, that you can amend and adapt for yourselves or use it as it stands if you prefer. Use it to contact members of HOSC in advance of the meeting on 17 Nov. Deer Park_template
  • The letter focuses on appealing to HOSC to use the powers it has and for them to recognise the closure as a significant change, which would prompt them to ask the CCG to go back to the drawing board and hopefully re-tender. 
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Go Ride Bus Service Extended

The Witney Town Centre Bus Service, currently being run by Go Ride CIC (due to have ended in November) will now continue until January 2017 as they have offered to continue the service until the New Year. The Town Council is still working hard to secure a long term viable service beyond that date.go-ride-logo

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There is Still Plenty of Time to Nominate a Worthy Winner

COY Logo 16The search is on to find Witney’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year 2016. This prestigious 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 30th December to submit their details.

If you know someone who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in order to achieve something of great benefit to you or your community contact the Town Hall for a nomination form or download a form.
App form for Citizen of The Year Award.

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PUBLIC NOTICE INVITATION TO THE PUBLIC – Footpath Creation

INVITATION TO THE PUBLIC

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The land between Thorney Leys and Curbridge Road is being developed by Richmond Care Villages.  As a result the public footpath across the site has been obstructed and closed.

Following discussion with the Open Spaces Society, Richmond now proposes two footpaths across the site: (a) a diversion of the existing path and (b) a new path leading to a pedestrian-controlled crossing of Thorney Leys.

At the Society’s suggestion Richmond has also agreed to register as town green an area of open space linked to both paths, thus opening it to the public and protecting it against future development.

You are invited to visit the development to see the routes of the new and old paths and the position of the town green on Saturday 5th November and Saturday 12th November from 2pm to 4pm and on Sunday 6th November and Sunday 13th November from 10am to 4pm.

As the site is still under construction, the footpaths and open space are not expected to be complete until Spring 2017.

Further information from 01491 573535 or 01926 679502

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Vote for Cogges Meadow Park Community Group in Tesco Carrier Bag Funding Bid

cogges-meadow-park-logoCogges Meadow Park Community Group  is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which see grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted to receive the cash award.

And from next month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Cogges Meadow Park Community Group is one of the groups on the shortlist. The Group members are raising funds for outdoor fitness equipment to be installed at Oxlease, Witney. The equipment will be suitable for adults and children including those with disabilities, enabling access to outdoor exercise all year round!

Group Chair Dr Suzanne Bartington said ʺOutdoor recreation has positive benefits for health and wellbeing. Many residents find gyms and classes are too expensive or restrictive so we wish to provide free access to fitness equipment suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities in a beautiful green settingʺ

Voting is open in stores from 31st October – 13th November.  Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

This is the second round of the initiative: the first round saw approximately eight million shoppers vote in stores up and down the country earlier this year.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “The first round of the Bags of Help initiative was a fantastic success.

“In total 1,170 community groups were awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 – that’s a massive £11.7 million being invested into local projects.

“We are already seeing some great results from groups transforming their own environmental and greenspace areas.

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for round two. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help is giving our communities both the funding and the support to create better, healthier and greener places for everyone to enjoy.

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“They’re all fantastic projects that make a real difference in our neighbourhoods.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

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20 Years of Service Award for member of Town Council Team

john-sWitney Town Council’s Mayor, Cllr Chris Holliday was delighted to award a certificate of Long Service to John Silvey  who marked 20 years of dedicated service for Witney Town Council today.

John is a familiar figure around the town and you will have no doubt seen him out and about in all weathers, looking equally cheerful in sunshine or rain.

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Free End Of Season Plants

flowers-1507499_960_720The bedding plants from Langdale Hall’s beds have been removed today and will be available for members of the public to take from outside our depot at the Leys (next to the Coffee Shed) for the next couple of days. Please bring a bag or container to take some in and please note that you cannot access the depot by car. You can park at the top of the Leys and walk down . The plants are free of charge as we love to see them recycled, but if you would like to make a donation to The Mayor’s charity Ditto we are happy to accept that here at the Town Hall. Please only take what you can use. Plants only available during office hours and while stock lasts. Plants available include the following:

Alchemilla
Heuchera
Kniphofia
Geum
Papaver
Lupins
Lobelia
Gaillardia
Carex
Salvia
Redcurrant
Vibernium
Verbena
Penstemmon
Astilbe
Digitalis
Leucanthemum
Echinacea
Lavender
Campagnia
Yarrow
Strawberry
Raspberry
Sedum
Pampas Grass

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THE LEYS SKATEPARK REMEDIAL WORK

skateboard-316565_960_720Please note that a programme of remedial work will begin on Monday 24th October. The park is still accessible during this time, though individual ramps will be subject to work over the next week or so. The work is weather dependent but will be completed as soon as possible.

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Langdale Gate Parking Suspension October 30th

Langdale road closure picOXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL – road closure Langdale Gate
 
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: Witney, Langdale Gate
REASON: to facilitate carriageway resurfacing
 
DURATION: Starting on 30 October 2016 for 1 day (Sunday)
(Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days.)
ACCESS: access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles, buses 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 Witan Way, High Street and vice versa.
 
 
Chris McCarthy, Interim Deputy Director – Commercial
Environment & Economy Date 14 October 2016
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Queen Emma’s Dyke Contamination

image3LAKE & COUNTRY PARK – Queen Emma’s Dyke contamination

Yesterday evening we were made aware of a problem with a potential contamination of the water in Queen Emma’s Dyke. The Environment Agency and Thames Water were both onsite investigating.

Witney Angling Society’s Chairman, Andy Lawson, has called with an update this morning, confirming that dead fish were found in Queen Emma’s Dyke, the stream alongside the lake, but that they had been working to rescue as many as they could. The Environment Agency has dammed the dyke upstream while their investigations continue so if you are visiting the lake you will notice that the dyke has been reduced to little more than a trickle. Sadly, you may also see some remaining dead fish in the stream.

Witney Lake is self-contained and no water courses feed directly into it. We have not been notified of any contamination to the Lake itself, but our usual advice stands; that we do not encourage swimming or allowing your dogs to swim in the lake which contains untreated water.

If we receive any further information we will update our social media and website pages.

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