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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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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Dying tree to provide benches in 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

Please click the link below to join the meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/93485617998?pwd=MFpBbC9YbWs2bmRBd3UxREpEKzQ1Zz09
Password: 543692

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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:

https://zoom.us/j/96042962618?pwd=YVJpRjJLTjZsd1FvZCtOcTUxWDV1QT09

Password: 892244

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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:

https://zoom.us/j/94874895603?pwd=Vm5NMmxYWjY4Q3BBOU91cWJYWEF4Zz09
Password: 731652Or iPhone one-tap :
United Kingdom: +442080806591,,94874895603#,,,,0#,,731652# or +442080806592,,94874895603#,,,,0#,,731652#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
United Kingdom: +44 208 080 6591 or +44 208 080 6592 or +44 330 088 5830 or +44 131 460 1196 or +44 203 481 5237 or +44 203 481 5240
Webinar ID: 948 7489 5603
Password: 731652
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/abNFlcZPZJ
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Climate, Biodiversity and Planning Committee 30 June 2020 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 Monday 30th 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:

https://zoom.us/j/98468241171?pwd=UEkyb0pXVDFaN005VmtyelM0L1Qzdz09

Password: 836663

Or iPhone one-tap :

United Kingdom: +442080806591,,98468241171#,,,,0#,,836663#  or +442080806592,,98468241171#,,,,0#,,836663#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

United Kingdom: +44 208 080 6591  or +44 208 080 6592  or +44 330 088 5830  or +44 131 460 1196  or +44 203 481 5237  or +44 203 481 5240

Webinar ID: 984 6824 1171

Password: 836663

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/abk3eSM5n9

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Sport and Play Committee 22 June 2020 Virtual Meeting Link

Please see the link below which will enable you to watch the meeting of the Town Council’s Sport & Play Committee on Monday 22nd 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:

https://zoom.us/j/91358803044?pwd=UE1wNFVTTUVqMW1BOUIyNENXYkJHZz09

Password: 098314Or iPhone one-tap :

United Kingdom: +441314601196,,91358803044#,,,,0#,,098314#  or +442034815237,,91358803044#,,,,0#,,098314#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

United Kingdom: +44 131 460 1196  or +44 203 481 5237  or +44 203 481 5240  or +44 208 080 6591  or +44 208 080 6592  or +44 330 088 5830

Webinar ID: 913 5880 3044

Password: 098314

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/acOLXz315C

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Witney’s Big Green Plan

Graphic describing main features of the plan , 20 mph speed limit, widened footways, pedestrian and cycling zones, one way street with contraflow for cycles, school streets, pop-up cycling facilities

 At its extraordinary Council meeting on 8th June Witney Town Council put forward the following motion.

Witney Town Council notes that a consortium of councillors, residents and social enterprises in the town worked together to compose ‘Witney Reallocating Road Space Proposals’ – termed ‘Witney’s Big Green Plan’ – which was submitted to Oxfordshire County Council on 18 May. The measures were drafted in relation to travel in the town whilst public transport capacity is limited and social distancing is required due to COVID-19. They were informed by a wealth of detailed local knowledge, including from Windrush Bike Project.

We note that the main recommendations of Witney’s plan, which was tailored to the government’s proposals, match OCC’s stated priorities:

  • School Streets
  • 20 mph speed limits
  • Reallocation of road space in favour of pedestrians and cyclists

We express commitment to Witney’s Big Green Plan throughout and beyond the pandemic by

  • working with Witney’s Traffic Advisory Committee to implement the plan alongside representatives from all councils, transport providers and user groups
  • setting out the contents of the plan formally in a WTC Active Travel Infrastructure Development Plan
  • communicating with residents as we work together to improve safety, public health, air quality and sustainability.

Having moved to formalise ‘Witney’s Big Green Plan’, Witney Town Council will continue to feed local details and wish lists into work being prioritised by the County and District Councils and will look at how it can access the funding available to facilitate measures which reduce vehicle miles in the town and promote active travel choices by creating new walking and cycling spaces. The plans will capitalise on emergency measures already planned and implemented in response to the need to get the town ’open’ again following the Covid -19 lockdown.
It is hoped to find ways to extend these temporary measures to make some of these permanent.

Improving existing infrastructure and connectivity will benefit those with a rediscovered appreciation of walking and cycling as a safer, greener and cheaper option for getting around.  Active travel reduces both air pollution and congestion and therefore meets the  criteria within the Town Council’s Climate Emergency sustainability priorities.

Cllr Ruth Smith, chair of the Climate, Biodiversity and Planning committee, says,

Everyone I have corresponded with – at county, other Witney councillors, our MP – states the two parallel purposes of improving active travel now: responding to the COVID-19 crisis and starting to embed the changes we know we need regardless. As a town council, we have resolved to look for opportunities to make Witney greener and healthier at every turn. We know there are people who have to drive, so we will seek solutions that acknowledge that, whilst leading the call for safer and more connected all-age cycling and walking.”

 

To comment on the social distancing changes to the town centre, which can be adapted, please contact West Oxfordshire District Council at enquiries@westoxon.gov.uk

To have your say on how the government’s Reallocating Road Space Phase 2 funding should be spent in Witney, please fill in this Oxfordshire Country Council questionnaire: https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/OxfordshireActiveTransport

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Covid-19 SafeStart Restrictions, road change

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

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

LOCATION: Road Closure: Witney, High Street
Parking Suspension: High Street between Witan Way and Corn Street

REASON: Emergency closure to facilitate public safety for Covid-19 SafeStart Restrictions, road change.

DURATION: Starting on 17 June 2020
The anticipated completion date is 25 June 2020 (date included). This is a 24 hour road closure.

(Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days.)

ACCESS: Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles, buses, deliveries, disabled drivers and for frontages within the closed section of road.

TRO: The relevant parts of the “Oxfordshire County Council (Various Roads – West Oxfordshire) (Prohibition and Restriction of Waiting and Permitted Parking) Order 2012” () as amended, will be temporarily suspended

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: via A4095, Woodford Way, Welch Way and vice versa

Further information Highways 0345 310 1111 Map showing new restrictions and diversions as described in the order Map showing new restrictions and diversions as described in the order

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Official Site of Witney Town Council

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