COVID19 – COMMUNITY ACTION – Community and local business support groups

Meanwhile, local businesses continue to make generous offers to help each other and members of the public on various sites.

The main one for Witney seems to be: Support your Witney community during the Covid-19 outbreak

Support your Witney community during the Covid-19 outbreak facebook page link

and there are others offering help in the surrounding towns and villages such as Carterton & Brize Coronavirus community assistance group- which offers “Advice, Resources and Kindness”

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COVID19 – COMMUNITY ACTION – Witney Land Army

There are lots of excellent Community Action and Business Resilience posts dotted around on Facebook. Many of you have one for your own village or area and they are great for keeping your fellow residents up to date with what is going on.
Witney Land Army are centrally organising volunteers through their page and you can sign up using this form. This will help co-ordinate all the offers of general help.

Volunteer for Witney Land army link to sign up form

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ROAD CLOSURE A40 EAST

ROAD CLOSURE – A40 EAST

MAP SHOWING ROAD CLOSURE ON A40 FROM CURBRIDGE TO EASTBOUND WITNEY SLIP ROAD

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Road Closure and “No Waiting” restriction at Witney, A40 Witney Bypass (Eastbound only)

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 31 March 2020 up to and including 03 April 2020. This will operate between 20:00 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 restriction and also the alternative route for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

T7712/AC

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Spending Time Outdoors, safely

#StayhomeStaySafe is the advice but if you are spending time outside in our green spaces – new guidelines were issued by the government on 23 March and you may see posters reminding you of these.

  • observe social distancing by keeping at least 2 metres/6 foot away from other people
  • keep dogs on a lead to avoid unnecessary contact with other space users
  • encourage people to wash their hands before leaving home and as soon as they return from being outside.

Poster reminding people to maintain 2m distance, keep dogs on a lead and wash hands before coming out and on returning home       Poster reminding people to maintain 2m distance, keep dogs on a lead and wash hands before coming out and on returning home

poster asking members of the public maintain the social distancing guidelines for the  burials team

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PICNICKING IN OUR PARKS AND GREEN SPACES

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government has introduced three new measures.

Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.

Closing certain businesses and venues.

Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public.

Every person in the UK must comply with these new measures, which came into effect on Monday 23 March. The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

You will have seen signs going up around the town reminding residents of the new guidelines we should follow to keep ourselves and others safe and protected while outside,
issued by the UK government on 23rd March. There are signs in the parks and green spaces including the cemeteries. We are publishing them here to serve as a reminder.

Taking into account the third measure on the list we have been asked by the Police to remind you that picnicking constitutes a gathering and is therefore prohibited at this time. The government continues to review the measures in place and will keep us updated if things change.

In the meantime we thank you for your co-operation.

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Covid-19 focused Scam awareness and safety online

At a time when we are not in as much contact with our elderly or vulnerable relatives as usual please give them a call and just talk through how to avoid losing money to scammers. Unbelievably even now there are people coming up with new ways to deceive people and take money from them in big or small amounts, by phone, by text, online and even on the doorstep.
There are lots around covering a number of topics from free school meals to emergency payouts from the government.Ask them to show you anything they are thinking of responding to that is offering something free or offering cash, doing their shopping, asking them to have a virus test or purchase s cure or vaccination.

Some of them look very convincing – others have bad spelling or other errors but at a quick glance may look genuine.

 

You can find out more here at Trading Standards and Oxfordshire County Council

Trading Standards beware of covid-19 scams/

Oxfordshire County Council Scam awareness

There is a link here to cybercrime and keeping yourself or your business protected online.

South East employers online safety and cybercrime awareness

 

 

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Message from Lower Windrush Valley Project

PLEASE NOTE – THE BIRD HIDES ARE NOW CLOSED

As many of you will be aware, all LWVP volunteering sessions and events have been postponed until further notice. At a time when we are all being asked to restrict our movements and social contact with others, it is important to remember the huge physical and mental wellbeing benefits of spending time in nature, whether that be in your garden, walking through the countryside or at a local nature reserve or park.

We hope that the attached leaflets might provide some inspiration for getting outdoors in the local area.

Discover the Lower Windrush Valley – Walks and Leisure Leaflet
Rushy Common and Tar Lakes Leaflet
Witney Lake and Country Park Leaflet

Please remember to:

follow government advice on social distancing – do not meet in groups and wash your hands frequently
keep to public Rights of Way or permissive routes (details of which can be found on the Discover the Lower Windrush Valley leaflet)

If you’re looking for nature themed activities to keep the children entertained, here are a few ideas:
Making a recycled bird feeder: https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/games-and-activities/activities/make-a-recycled-bird-feeder/

Making a nature bracelet (instructions attached)

Make a Nature Bracelet instructions

The Trees for Schools website is very good. Loads to do and you can search for activities based on links to the KS1 and KS2 curriculums: http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/categorymenu/?cat=activities

Finally, if anybody is finding themselves wondering what to do with all this extra time at home – we have a back log of wildlife records from our bird hides that need entering in to Excel. Please get in touch if you think you can help with this.

Best wishes and keep well,

Lucy and Rachel

Lower Windrush Valley Project

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Closure of Witney Town Council Public Buildings

The Town Hall, Corn Exchange and Burwell Hall will be closed from Friday 20th March in the interests of staff and customers and to adhere to the Government advice on social distancing.  You can still contact us by telephone or email and please keep a look out on our Facebook, Twitter App and website news posts to stay up to date with useful updates.

Town Hall  01993 704379
email: info@witney-tc.gov.uk

Corn Exchange  and Burwell Hall 01993 702309
email: publichalls@witney-tc.gov.uk

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Current Local Bus Service Information

London, Bus, Red, England, Public Transport

This is the current position regarding all local bus services from Monday 23 March but obviously they are subject to change so please keep checking with bus companies where you can.
STAGECOACH
S1 and S2
Peak service to operate largely as normal to enable key workers to continue.
Off peak Sunday service.
S7
Normal service.
15
Saturday service.
19
Saturday service.
233
Hourly service.
Oxford Tube
Unchanged.
PULHAMS
X9
Normal service.
SWANBROOKS
The 09.30 to Cheltenham will not operate.
The 13.15 will operate as normal with a return at 16.10
WOCT
Town service
Hourly service between 08.55 and 12.55 on routes 214 and 215.
213 suspended.
210
Return shoppers service from Milton including Deer Park.
Service leaves Milton at 09.00 and serves Deer Park at 09.32. Return at 12.20.
VILLAGER
All services suspended.

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COVID19 – COMMUNITY ACTION

 

Land Army logo
There are lots of excellent Community Action and Business Resilience posts dotted around on Facebook.

Many of you have one for your own village or area and they are great for keeping your fellow residents up to date with what is going on.
Witney Land Army are centrally organising volunteers through their page and you can sign up using this form. This will help co-ordinate all the offers of general help.

Witney land army covid19 volunteer

Meanwhile, local businesses continue to make generous offers to help each other and members of the public on various sites. The main one for Witney seems to be: Support your Witney community during the Covid-19 outbreak:

Support your Witney community during the Covid-19 outbreak link

and there are others offering help in the surrounding towns and villages such as Carterton & Brize Coronavirus community assistance group- which offers “Advice, Resources and Kindness”

Please don’t forget Volunteer Link Up who always need volunteers and will need them more than ever right now and finally take care of yourselves.

 

If you are finding it all a bit much and need some support with anxiety or other mental health conditions MIND offers help and support

Mind Mental Health Information and support link

 

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Spring Issue Newsletter and Survey

Front cover of the newsletter

It’s time for the Spring Newsletter. This issue will be delivered to all Witney Homes around the end of this month but if you can’t wait till then you can read about your Council Tax and what the Town Council spends its share of that on.

WitneyNewsletter(Spring2020)

There is also our Annual residents’ satisfaction survey asking you to rate our services and also as part of that survey a focus on Youth Services.
www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3BJHS9

 

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Advance Notice – roadworks – Faringdon Rd. Faringdon 14-19 April

This one isn’t Witney but will affect journeys to Swindon and put some extra traffic on other local routes

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Road Closure and “No Waiting” Restriction at Faringdon, Faringdon Road

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 14 April 2020 up to and including 19 April 2020. This will operate between 04:00 and 18:00.

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 restriction and also the alternative route for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

T7651/AC

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Advance Notice – Roadworks Crawley 11-22 May 24hr road closure

MAP TO FOLLOW WHEN AVAILABLE

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Road Closure at Crawley, Showell Farm, Witney, OX29 9XJ

A request has been received from KCD/Thames Water for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Showell Farm, whilst essential new water connection works are carried out.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 11 May 2020 up to and including 22 May 2020. This is a 24 hour road closure.

(The maximum duration of a TTRO on a road is 18 months and on a footpath is 6 months, or until completion of the works, whichever is the earlier.)

Notice of intention to make the Order will be published in the local press.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Sophie Carter on 02035 777 745 or email Sophie.Carter@thameswater.co.uk

 

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Advance Notice – Road works – Northleigh- May 2020

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Road Closure at – North Leigh, A4095
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 improving signage.
A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 19/05/2020 (at 19:30hrs).
The anticipated completion date is 22/05/2020 (at 06:00hrs).
Night closure and each night from 19:30hrs to 06:00hrs.
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 Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.
T7496/MR

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