Precept For Witney Town Council 2016

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The average taxpayer in Witney will be asked to pay a precept rise of less than 8 pence a week to the town council next year. The decision to increase the precept payment was made reluctantly by members of Witney Town Council at its meeting of the Full Council on Wednesday 20th January 2016.

The precept has been capped at an increase of just 3.26% which will enable the Town Council to maintain its council’s general fund and fulfil its statutory obligations. This is a rise of £4.10 per Band ‘D’ property for the year.

The Town Council offers a range of services to the residents, which include: Allotments, Cemeteries, Civic and Community Events, Grants to Voluntary Organisations, Sports Pitches, Public Halls, Recreation Grounds, Planning Matters (consultee on planning applications for the planning authority), The Town Hall and Street Scene.

Many of these do not generate any income and need constant re-investment to enable them to remain an asset for the community.

With ever increasing budgetary pressures on County and District Councils over the coming few years town and parish councils will be asked to take on additional responsibility for some of the non-statutory services they currently operate. The Town Council is charged with getting more for less, while maintaining and improving, the services provided to the town. The handing over of some additional areas of responsibility is inevitable and beyond the Town Council’s control.

The forecast cost of running these services for 2015-16, including any income generation from hiring of public halls, burials and public events, is £1,246,518.

Witney Town Council works closely with West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council to ensure that all the services provided improve the quality of life for people of Witney.
The unfortunate increase is due to the continuous reduction in the Council Tax Support Grant and other factors such as the significant costs of the upkeep of the ageing, closed churchyard at St Mary’s Church Green which contains listed memorials. The budget has been set to safeguard against the almost inevitable loss of the support grant from Central Government in 2017.

Cllr David Harvey, Chair of the Budget Working Party said;

Members and Officers have worked together to keep any increase to the bare minimum and the result is less than the cost of a glass of wine in a pub spread over the year. It is absolutely right for the Town Council to be taking a prudent view of its finances and this is in the interests of all the residents of Witney.”

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‘Clean for the Queen’ Roadside Regeneration Curbridge Road

Roadside Re-generation Work

Work has begun to clear an unsightly strip of land that separates properties on Thorney Leys from Curbridge Road.   A team from Witney Town Council’s grounds maintenance contractors, Gavin Jones Group, has removed fly-tipped rubbish along with dead and decaying undergrowth and litter.  This will allow future replanting to take hold and will rejuvenate the site.

Household doors, Christmas trees, a pram, pots & pans, concrete blocks, garden pots, garden waste and discarded filled dog waste bags are among the items removed. This will need to be sent to landfill and recycling sites at a cost to the Town Council and its taxpayers.

In conversation with the works team, most residents who had initially been concerned by the clearing of old vegetation have demonstrated their understanding of the need for the work and the planned improvement to the area, labelled an ‘eyesore’ by Witney residents. Some have even offered to donate cash or purchase plants to assist with the regeneration.

Chair of the Amenities Committee, Cllr Brenda Churchill, commented;

“As part of the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign, Clean For the Queen, there will be lots of projects of this kind undertaken by many different organisations in order to spruce up Witney in time to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.”

The new planting will eventually lead to the restoration of the hedgerow that originally existed on the site.

 

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Letter of Condolence to Witney’s Twin Town, Le Touquet

le touquet signIn the wake of the tragic events in Paris,
Witney Town Council has issued the following message of condolence from the Mayor of
Witney to Monsieur Daniel Fasquelle, Mayor of our French twin town, Le Touquet.

 

Dear Monsieur Fasquelle

It is with deep shock and sadness that we heard the news of the attacks in Paris.  On behalf of the people of Witney I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the people of Paris, Le Touquet and all of France, to all the victims and their families and those that have suffered as a
result of the attacks.

We have a strong Twinning Association and the twinning movement encourages European towns to link with each other, to encourage the exploration of each other’s countries, culture and lives and to nurture an understanding in the hope of greater accord between us.

The results of the attacks will resonate with us all and the effects of the suffering in Paris will impact on all of France’s neighbours and friends.

The strength of the ties between our towns reflects our enduring
friendship and our shared values of community, freedom and tolerance.
Our thoughts are with you all at this time of tragedy. Witney stands with you.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Cllr Jim King

Mayor of Witney

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Road Closure – Witney – West End

 

 

West End Witney diversion plan revised 27th AugTRAFFIC 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, West End – Road Closure

                                        Farmers Close and junction with Hailey Road – No Waiting

                    

          REASON:            to facilitate a new gas supply connection

 

DURATION:         Starting on 21 November 2015

                              The anticipated completion date is 22 November       2015

                                               

          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 Farmers Close

 

         

Mark Kemp, Deputy Director – Commercial

Environment & Economy                                                               Date 29 October 2015

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TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICE – The Crofts Witney

TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICECrofts Road Closure
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, The Crofts

REASON: to facilitate carriageway maintenance

DURATION: Starting on 16 November 2015
The anticipated completion date is 20 November 2015
(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. PLEASE NOTE that the “No Waiting” restriction will also apply to Highworth Place

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Via Highworth Place
Mark Kemp, Deputy Director – Commercial
Environment & Economy Date 29 October 2015

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Nominations sought for Citizen of The Year

Nominations Sought for Citizen of The Year

The search is on to find Witney’s Outstanding Citizen of the year 2015. 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 November 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. Please call 01993 704379 or email info@witney-tc.gov.uk.

Alternatively you can download a  form
App form for Citizen of Yr award

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