Advance Warning -Road Closure Thorney Leys

Section 14(1)

Notice of Temporary Traffic Order
Witney, Thorney Leys
Prohibition of Through Traffic
Date of Order: 24 April 2017
Coming into force: 2 May 2017

This Order is being introduced because of storm drainage & foul connection works which are anticipated to take 10 days to complete.

The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding in that part of Thorney Leys at the southeast point where it forms a T-junction onto the main through road (between houses 406 & 509).

Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.

Exemptions are included for emergency services and for the works.

The alternative route for traffic is via Thorney Leys northeast access road.

Traffic Regulations Team (Ref T4809/AC) for the Director for Infrastructure Delivery, County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND. 0345 310 1111.
Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Road Closure – at Witney, Thorney Leys

A request has been received from Milbrooke Construction for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Thorney Leys (section of road between 406 & 509), whilst essential drainage works are carried out.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 2 May 2017 for 10 days.

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

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative route for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Jason Heron of Milbrooke Construction on 01793 511427.


Witney Town Council Annual Satisfaction Survey 2017

Now available in the April issue of the Witney Letterbox with a FREEPOST return option


As the new municipal year approaches Witney Town Council is inviting your views and comments on the services we provide. The responses to this and last year’s survey will help us formulate Witney Town Council’s Corporate Plan for the town for 2016-2018.

You can find the survey on line via links on our social media feeds and website and a paper version will feature in the April edition of the Letterbox magazine which is delivered to 12,000 homes in the town.

Cllr Chris Woodward, Chair of the Communications Steering Group, said;

“At the last few annual town meetings the public that have attended have expressed a desire for the Town council to find more effective methods of communication between the council and the public.

This Town Council has taken this challenge seriously and explored  new ways  to reach the widest possible audience and make better connections with their electorate.

This survey is just one example. It is being delivered to every household in the town through a variety of media in order to allow everyone to have a voice.

With current services and local authority spending under increasing pressures and scrutiny it is only right that the Town Council strives to get as much feedback as possible so that we can tailor the way  in which we deliver our services in the future.


This survey will close on April 30th.  Please note, you must live in Witney to take part.



West Oxfordshire Community Transport Routes 214 and 215 Timetables

WOCT held its official launch event in the Corn Exchange on Thursday 23rd March.  The Community Benefit Society is supported by Witney Town Council who have pledged to continue to offer financial support for a community operated bus service.

WOCT distributed timetables and membership forms for those who would like to help support the initiative. They are seeking shareholder members and you can become one for just a £1! Full details below.

You can download the membership form here Membership Form

and the Timetable is available here: Timetable


Annual Town Meeting Agenda and Information

Don’t miss the Annual Town Meeting in the Corn Exchange on Wednesday March 15th. It’s a chance to hear from local organisations and councillors about their achievements and activities over the last year. Local groups, such as the Witney Model Club, Volunteer Link up and Witney Woodland Volunteers, will have displays in the foyer.

From 6.45 refreshments will be available provided by one of Witney’s established Community Gardening Groups – Burwell Community Garden. Another local group, Windrush Flower Group will be providing the floral arrangements throughout the hall and then auctioning these off in aid of their adopted charity, Dementia Care Witney.

After the main session there will be a chance for residents to ask questions of individual Town Council committees in smaller groups at dedicated tables, the perfect opportunity for those who don’t care to ask questions in the public forum.

This is your meeting, for your town, so do come along and find out more about what is happening.

Minutes Annual Town Meeting 9 March 2016

Report of the Public Halls Committee 2017 
Report of Amenities Committee 2017
Report of Cemeteries and Closed Churchyards Sub Committee 2017
Report of Community Services Committee 2017
Report of Planning Committee 2017
Report of Policy and Resources Committee 2017


Fly The Flag for Commonwealth Day

Lovely to have Henry Box and St Mary’s School along to the Commonwealth Flag raising this morning and many thanks to the Mayor and his cadet, Corporal Adam Richards of Somme COY Oxfordshire Battalion ACF (the Rifles). A beautiful sky today so we were very fortunate.

Corporal Richards raised the flag, following the reading aloud of the Commonwealth Affirmation by Mayor, Chris Holliday:

“Joining together as members of one worldwide Commonwealth community, and valuing the personal dignity and worth of every citizen, we raise this flag as a symbol of the ties of kinship and affinity that we cherish. We draw inspiration from our diversity, and the opportunities for working together, as a rich source of wisdom and a powerful influence for good in the world. We affirm our commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter, to serving one another in a spirit of respect and understanding, and to advancing development, democracy and cooperation locally, nationally and internationally.”

The theme of this year’s Commonwealth day is,  ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’ which follows on from last year’s theme , ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’.


Citizens of the Year 2016

Citizen of The Year 2016 Winners

Outstanding Witney Citizens were recognised at an award ceremony at the Civic Reception on March 3rd. The reception for specially invited guests was held in The Corn Exchange.

Guests were treated to a fantastic performance by Springfield Senior Choir and Mayor, Cllr Chris Holliday then presented the awards. These went to Jennie Allen, Chair of The Windrush Valley Protection Group – Certificate of Outstanding Service to the Environment;  Trish & Colin Sparrowhawk who fundraise every year for a number of charities by selling homemade jams, chutneys and pickled onions from outside their home -Certificate of Outstanding Service to the Community;  David Miles and Dave Harrison for recognition of their hard work and contribution to the setting up of a replacement bus service for the town – Certificate of Outstanding Commitment to Public Service; Chris Osborn of Base 33 – Young Citizen of the Year and Kelly Hale of Madley Park- Citizen of the Year.

Chris Osborn is a Graduate at Base 33 and an advocate for the service. He is a peer mentor and a committed ambassador and representative.

Kelly Hale is the hall manager at Madley Park Hall, she works beyond her remit and outside her official hours to promote, not only the hall but the area where she lives, even setting up a Rainbows pack to meet demand in the area.

The Mayor commented,

‘Witney is a town of aspirational and inspirational people. That is what makes it the fantastic place it is to live.  There is a whole community of people doing what they do and making such a difference to the lives of others. You look at them and you know that it really is ‘ALL ABOUT PEOPLE.’

Our 2016 winners were:

Kelly Hale – Citizen of the Year

Chris Osborn – Young Citizen of the Year

David Miles – Outstanding Commitment to Public Service 2016

Dave Harrison – Outstanding Commitment to Public Service 2016

Colin Sparrowhawk – Outstanding Service to Community 2016

Trish Sparrowhawk – Outstanding Service to Community 2016

Jennie Allen – Outstanding Service to the Environment 2016

Congratulations to them on their achievements. Witney is a great town with some very dedicated residents.



Advance Road Closure Warning -Unnamed road between A415 Ducklington and A4095 at Curbridge

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure – Ducklington, Unnamed Road from A415 to 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 investigation works.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 13 March 2017 for 5 days.

 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 OCC Highways & Transport on 0345 310 11 11.



Advance Warning Road Closure Burwell Drive

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure at Burwell Drive and “No Waiting” restriction at Abbey Road and Holford Road on 20 March 2017

 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 in order to facilitate carriageway resurfacing works.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and “No Waiting” restriction and will operate on the days shown above.

 The “No Waiting” restriction means that vehicles will need to be removed from the highway where there are in place yellow “No Waiting” cones.

 Please note Temporary Traffic Regulation Notices can last up to 5 consecutive days only.

 Please note that access routes will depend on exactly where the works vehicles are at any time and may need to be negotiated with the gang on site as necessary.

 A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure, restriction and also the alternative routes for traffic is attached.

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

 JaC /T4682




Alert from Thames Valley Police – Suspicious Activity – White Van

This is a message sent via Thames Valley Country Watch. This information has been sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
Message sent by
Helen Keen (Police, PCSO, West Oxfordshire LPA)

A Ford Transit connect panel van with a partial registration number of MF57 ??? has been seen entering yards and building sites in West Oxfordshire over the last few days. The driver is a white male in his 30’s. If you see this vehicle please call 101 or 999 if suspect its activity is criminal.


Caretaker Vacancy


Witney Town Council is looking for an enthusiastic, conscientious and self-motivated person who would like to provide a key role in providing excellent customer service to users of the Council’s Public Halls.

This post is part time, 25 hours per week, with the possibility of additional hours.  Hours of work will be negotiable to be worked flexibly on a rota over 7 days, including early mornings, evenings and weekends to meet the needs of the business.

You will be required to assist in the security and maintenance of the Council’s buildings and ensuring rooms are set up/laid out meeting the needs of the hirers.

For further information and an application form please contact the Town Hall on 01993 704379 or

Closing date: 12noon on 3 March 2017

Caretaker February 2017 covering letter Caretaker February 2017

Caretaker February 2017

Application Form

Application Form-personal details


Random Acts of Kindness Day

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day, do something spontaneously nice!
But then why not PLAN to do something nice too? How about a glamorous ball or a table top sale to raise money and awareness for your favourite charity. It’s very easy to book one of our halls. Simply pick up the phone and call 01993 777821 and speak to Michelle or email



Community Plan Meeting Wed 15 Feb 7pm at the Corn Exchange

Our town is growing fast and will experience a good deal of change over the next decade or so. If you have an interest in how the community will develop and would like to put your ideas across, there is a meeting in the Corn Exchange on Wednesday 15th February at 7pm.  More information can be found here on the Witney Vision Facebook Page.

What is a Community Led Plan?

Basically, it’s a non -statutory  plan based on  local needs, issues and aspirations as identified by community members that might be used to help inform future plans for your town or parish.  It gives everyone a chance to make suggestions about actions and developments they would like to see happen in the short term and further ahead for the future of the town.

It’s a positive way to work in partnership with all stakeholders within the town, including Local Authorities, to help shape future provision.




The primary source of income for most Parish Councils comes from the Precept, part of the Council Tax. We hope to explain the contribution you make to the Town Council through your Council Tax and how it is spent.
The Town Council receives a small proportion of the local Council Tax. It does not receive any direct funding from central government. The funding collected pays for the running of the Council and the services it provides.
The Town Council makes an estimate of income and expenditure for the next financial year, including some for future planned projects and/or unexpected events. It is then calculated as an amount per Council Tax Band D Property and added to the Council Tax Bill of all the dwellings within the Parish area.
West Oxfordshire District Council collects your Council Tax on behalf of the District Council, County Council, Police, Fire and the precepts for any Parish/Town Councils in their district. It is important to note that Witney Town Council’s precept is just a small percentage of your overall Council Tax Bill.
This year, there is a small increase in the precept charge to Witney residents. The precept has been limited to an increase of just 3.36%. From April 2017 the cost per average household (Band D property) has increased from £130.52 to £134.91 per annum. This is a rise of £4.29 per property for the year, which equates to a weekly increase of only 8.4p per household.
Along with having to continue to absorb cuts to Central Government support grants, we have allocated budgets to the recently reopened Corn Exchange and committed a budget to support a local bus service for residents.
Your precept is spent on maintaining the provision of all the facilities and services the Town Council offers as shown in the graphic.


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