Advance Notice Road Closure -Orchard Way and Swingburn Place April 2020

Map showing road closure and diversion Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council- Advance notice of road closure – Orchard Way and Swingburn Place, Witney, April 2020

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, that the Oxfordshire County Council


LOCATION: Witney, Orchard Way & Swingburn Place

REASON: Carriageway resurfacing & patching

DURATION: Starting on 20th April 2020
The anticipated completion date is 24th April 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 Corn Street – The Crofts – Saxon Way and vice-versa.

Communities Date: 30th December 2019

Further information OCC Highways 0345 310 1111


Christmas & New Year Opening Times

Christmas & New Year Opening Times


Wednesday 25th December         CLOSED

Thursday 26th December              CLOSED

Friday 27th December                   CLOSED


Monday 30th December               8.30 – 5.00

Tuesday 31st December                8.30 – 5.00

Wednesday 1st January                CLOSED

Thursday 2nd January                    8.30 – 5.00

Friday 3rd January                          8.30 – 4.30


We would like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Sewage Discharge into Emma’s Dyke and Colwell Brook UPDATE

We have received and update on the latest position at Witney Sewage Treatment works from the Environment Agency. On Monday 23rd December officers attended following reports over the weekend of sewage discharges to the Colwell Brook from the sewage works.

They have confirmed that the sewage works is discharging following the recent heavy rain. The impact they have found has been similar to that reported in November. There is sewage fungus in the Colwell Brook and Emma’s Dyke.

Therefore the notices advising that humans and their pets stay out of the water still stand and will do so until further notice.


Swimming and food gathering is not recommended.

Please keep dogs on leads along Emma’s Dyke and Colwell Brook. We request that you do not allow dogs that have entered the brook or dyke to then swim in the lake. Thank you


Budget agreed to address concerns raised by residents

Budget agreed to address concerns raised by residents

In its first budget for Witney, the new Town Council administration agreed to address concerns raised by residents, and invest in sports facilities, public halls, youth services and the community bus, as well as committing to address the climate emergency acknowledged as one of the Council’s first acts.
The precept (council tax) charged by Witney Town Council will rise in April by just over a pound a month for the average home as a result of a budget set last night. This will provide a sound basis for future planning, and in particular:
• a fund for youth services across the town, to plug the gap left by the closure of Base 33 and the lack of youth clubs;
• seed funding for environmental projects to move towards our ambition of net zero carbon Witney by 2028;
• adequate provision of good quality sports pitches including cricket and football for our growing town;
• enough funds to take the next steps in renewing Corn Exchange, improving Burwell Hall, and refurbishing the Town Hall
Rosa Bolger, Leader of the Town Council, said:
“After years of cuts, council services in Witney need investment, but we have been careful to keep our share of resident’s council tax, less than 8% of the total bill, affordable. This budget will allow us to meet the immediate needs of our town while keeping bills at a sensible level.
We are committed to work on our halls and green spaces, as well as important community projects like youth services, with a constant focus on climate action. By acting now we are investing for the future.”


Council Calls for River Clean Up

Following the discovery of sewage fungus in Queen Emma’s Dyke, Colwell Brook and the River Windrush, Witney Town Council has written to Thames Water expressing its deep concern about sewage being released and pumped into our local rivers and watercourses. The letter also comments on fears concerning the damage to the health of the bodies of water and associated health risks to residents of the town and their pets who may come into contact with the pollution. It ends by requesting that Thames Water, with the Environment Agency, takes urgent steps to curtail this and provides a clear and credible response to prevent this situation occurring again, by the end of this year.

A second letter is being penned to the Environment Agency to urge them to review and monitor the situation and requesting assurances that everything possible is being done to remedy the situation.

The letters were proposed in a motion to Council on Monday evening, by Councillor Andrew Prosser and seconded by Councillor Ruth Smith.

Vice Chair of the Planning and Development Committee, Cllr Prosser says;

Recent events have demonstrated that the current infrastructure and enforcement processes for the treatment of sewage here are not fit for purpose, and I am seriously concerned about the potential impacts on residents, their pets, and aquatic life in the river itself.  Thames Water and the Environment Agency need to take urgent remedial steps, and to detail what actions they planning to take to prevent sewage pollution of our rivers and water courses in the future”

As riparian owners of the Queen Emma’s Dyke Stream and part of the River Windrush that flows through the Lake and Country Park area, the Town Council has chosen to install signage to highlight the danger of the pollution to dogs entering the water in this area and in Colwell Brook which feeds in. The signs alert dog walkers of the existence of treated sewage in the water and advises that dogs should not enter the water. Dogs that have been in the river or stream should be discouraged from entering the lake in order to minimise the risk of the spread of pollution.


The lake itself is self-contained and as such less likely to be polluted, although heavy rainfall recently caused some flooding on the Eastern side of the lake from the river, which then caused a small breach in the bank and flowed out over the Western edge and into the dyke. This is unlikely to have caused any significant pollution to the lake.

Vice Chair of Climate and Biodiversity and Chair of Planning and Development, Cllr Ruth Smith adds;

“We are working with the Windrush Against Sewage Pollution group to keep abreast of the current strain on the sewage system and likely impact of new developments. As a Town Council, we are speaking up for the concerns of residents and we intend to do all we can to insist that our sewage infrastructure meets 21st century health expectations and restores our beautiful river and streams”. 

Witney Town Council is regularly inspecting the Lake & Country park and monitoring the situation. They ask members of the public to remain vigilant and report any incidents or concerns to the Environment Agency using their Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60 (Freephone 24hr service).


Badly Missed Shelters Are Replaced

Two new bus shelters have been installed in Witney.  Both are replacements for existing shelters, one at the Abbey Road end of Burwell Drive, which was damaged when a car collided with it and the other in Corn Street, which was removed while construction of a small development of houses was underway.

Both were paid for with developer funding from Abbeymill Homes, who built the new houses in Corn Street. The shelters form part of a package negotiated by Witney Town Council’s Planning & Development committee which also includes other new street furniture to be installed nearby.

Cllr. Ruth Smith, Chair of the Planning and Development committee, explained;

“The Planning & Development committee is delighted to see the new bus shelters in place now that the development has been completed. Passengers had been without a shelter and using a temporary bus stop while work was underway.

Ensuring that improvements and desirable outcomes for the town are secured during the planning process is an important part of what the planning committee does. By working closely with developers such as Abbeymill Homes we were able to ask the developer to be sensitive to existing essential infrastructure and to avoid inconveniencing residents as much as possible.

For our own part, we are very aware of the importance of seats and bike racks at bus stops, as well as information screens, and we are working hard as a council to achieve this wherever we can.”

Witney Town Council is a supporter of active travel and helps to fund some of the local bus routes and services provided by West Oxfordshire Community Transport.

The Burwell Drive shelter
The new shelter in Burwell Drive
Picture of The new shelter in Corn Street
Corn Street’s new shelter




Witney Town Council has received the following automated flood alert from the Environment Agency this morning.

River Windrush from Bourton to Newbridge

Flooding is possible – be prepared

Map showing flood alert area

Property flooding is not currently expected. River levels are rising on the River Windrush as a result of heavy rainfall. Therefore, flooding of low-lying land and roads is expected from later this afternoon 13/12/19. No further rainfall is forecast today. However, we expect river levels to remain high for at least the next few days. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are operating weirs to reduce flood risk and in the area clearing weed/trash screens. Please remain safe and aware of your local surroundings and refer to the ‘River and Sea levels in England’ webpage for current river levels. This message will be updated this evening, 13/12/19, or as the situation changes.

This information was last updated at


WWI Centenary Poppy Souvenirs On Sale

The Centenary Commemoration book and bookmarks were launched this morning alongside the unveiling of the poppy blankets so cleverly created by the West Witney WI. Between them, the books and blankets perfectly capture the tremendous community spirit and effort that went into this event last year. You can buy a pictorial souvenir book for £7.50 and a bookmark with original knitted poppy for £2 from the Town Hall from today, while stocks last.  Profits will be shared between Forces Charities and Royal British Legion.

A photograph of the blankets with guests including the Mayor and Leader of the Council
From left to right District Cllr Jane Doughty: Cllr Rosa Bolger, Leader of the Town Council: Sandra Fenton of West Witney WI: Cllr Duncan Enright, Mayor of Witney: Cllr Thomas Ashby of Witney Town Council


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