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Annual Council Meeting – first meeting of the new 4 year term of Witney Town Council


Here are some photos from the Annual Council meeting last night. This is the first meeting of the new 4 Year term for Witney Town Council. Cllrs Duncan Enright and Joy Aitman were elected as Mayor (Chairman) and Deputy Mayor respectively and Cllrs Rosa Bolger and Luci Asbourne as Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council. Committee chairs were also selected.

A calendar of all future meetings is available on the town council’s website and a full press release will be issued shortly.


Advance Notice – resurfacing Oxford Hill, Newland

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, that the Oxfordshire County Council
LOCATION: Witney, B4022 Oxford Hill, Newland -between the junction with Jubilee Way to Cogges Hill Road
REASON: to facilitate micro resurfacing of the highway
DURATION: Starting on 19 August 2019
The anticipated completion date is 21 August 2019 (date included). Works will be carried out between the hours of 09:30 and 15:30
(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:via Jubilee Way-A4095-B4022 and vice versa
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 Highways and Transport, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

Pavement Closure Corn Street






Notice of Temporary Traffic Order

Witney, Corn Street

Footway Closure and Parking Suspensions

Date of Order: 19 November 2018

Came into force: 28 November 2018

End date: 25 June 2019



This Order is being introduced because of building development works which was planned to be completed by 6 months – with work time from 07:30 hrs to 17:30 hrs including weekends.


But due to bad weather condition the work needs an extension of 4 weeks. Now the anticipated completion date of the work will be 25th June 2019.


The effect of the Order is to close temporarily the footway and suspend some parking in Corn Street, on the north side of the road east of Corn Bar for approximately 250 metres.


The bus stops will be relocated during the period of work time to the eastern end of the works.



Exemptions are included for emergency services and for the works and for pedestrian access to premises which are only accessible from the closed section of footpath.



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



Traffic Regulations Team (Ref T5977/MR) for the Director for Infrastructure Delivery, County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND. 0345 310 1111.



Oxfordshire Youth Big Band CANCELLED

‘With regret, the Mayor’s Big Band Evening in conjunction with the Oxfordshire Youth Music Service on Friday 10th May has been cancelled due to low ticket sales. We apologise for any inconvenience and will be contacting those who have purchased tickets for a full refund.’



Latest Vandalism report- How much did our Taxpayers spend on Vandalism last year?

Each year part of the budget setting process undertaken by Witney Town Council entails reviewing expenditure from previous years and calculating an expected cost for the year ahead.

Predicting the cost of vandalism and associated anti-social behaviour is very difficult since it fluctuates so much, year on year.

The figures for the municipal year 2018/19, so far, record 21 incidents of damage or theft costing in total, just over £4,000. Twelve of these occurred in play and sports areas, four in bus shelters, three in our cemeteries and a further one each at the Lake and Country Park and Lakeside allotments.

Burwell Play Area
The Leys Play Area

Newland bus shelter has been targeted 3 times with panels being burned, resulting in the need to replace both the Perspex and the community art work displayed.  More recently, the inside of the shelter has been subjected to graffiti.  This has added £480 to the cost of the original refurbishment of the shelter and installation of the art work. 

The implementation of risk management measures by Witney Town Council helps to reduce the impact and cost associated with vandalism to some extent, but repairing and replacing damaged equipment still takes money away from other areas where it could be usefully spent.

Tower Hill Cemetery Wall will cost around £1000 to repair

Fieldmere Play Area/ Tower Hill Cemetery wall was damaged over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

It is easy to dismiss vandalism as a minor offence, but actually it has a big impact on communities and distorts the perception of a cared for and safe environment for both residents and visitors to the town.

A spokesperson for Witney Town Council said,

“Witney  has a great community spirit.  However, there is a small but determined minority who choose to ruin things for others. The council cannot afford to continue endlessly replacing and repairing at the expense of the council taxpayer. We would far rather spend money on enhancing our town’s existing facilities and investing in future projects to meet the needs of our growing town. “

Although the Town Council operates a policy of regular inspection and is quick to repair, remove or prevent access to damaged equipment, the repeated destruction is disheartening when hardworking community groups within the town are fundraising to provide new play areas where they live. 

The chair of the Community Services Committee commented,

“At each Community Services Committee meeting we receive a number of reports and sadly the vandalism report is one that isn’t getting any shorter. That being said our works team are quick to respond and will always prioritise making areas safe to use. “

In the latest incident the dry stone wall separating Tower Hill Cemetery and Fieldmere Play area has an extensive hole where the wall has been kicked down over the Easter Weekend. This will cost around £1000 to repair. A good deal of this cost will be offset as the town council’s own works team are skilled in dry stone walling.

The Town Council reports all incidences of vandalism to the Police. If anyone has witnessed any acts of vandalism or has information about those responsible they are asked to contact Witney Town Council on 01993 704379 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800-555111. If you witness vandalism actually taking place please call 101 to report it. 


Letter to the Mayor of Le Touquet – Notre Dame Cathedral

The Town Clerk has sent the following letter on behalf of the Mayor of Witney to Madame Lilyane Lissignol, the Mayor of Le Touquet, expressing sympathy for the devastation of Notre Dame Cathedral

We heard the news of the fire in Notre Dame Cathedral with dismay. Though it is hard to imagine the depth of your sense of loss at the devastation of such an ancient and cherished part of your country’s heritage, the shock and sadness is shared by your friends in your twin town of Witney.

We hope the firefighter who was injured makes a speedy recovery and we are thankful that no lives were lost in the battle to save this historic landmark.

We extend our best wishes to you and your countrymen and hope that you are able to preserve and restore as much as possible of this magnificent building and its contents.


Vacancy for Maintenance Foreman

Witney Town Council is currently recruiting for the following position:
Reporting to: Operations & Estates Officer 
Responsible for: Staff – Maintenance team Resources – Budget control within sphere of work
Hours: 37 hours per week 
[Flexible as some early mornings/evenings and week-end work will be required, as well as being on a rota for emergency call outs]
Grade/Salary: SCP 22-26 £26,317 to £29,636
Location: The Leys Depot
Job Summary:To head up the Council’s Maintenance Team and co-ordinate planned and responsive facilities management, maintenance and repairs across a wide range of premises and services. There is also a requirement to manage services contracted out and other contracts.To be responsible for the duties associated with the burial of the dead and cremated remains within the Council’s Cemeteries.Working with the Operations and Estates Officer and the Public Halls Officer ensuring services, buildings and premises are compliant with relevant legislation and Council policy. In particular providing technical support on the on-going maintenance, security and safety of Council premises/facilities.The post holder will also be required to assist the Operations and Estates Officer in the delivery of projects, both minor and major. The post holder will work closely with technical teams and contractors.
Full details on our Vacancies Page


Spring 2019 Newsletter Residents Satisfaction Survey , Precept and Budget Information

All our budget information can be found in the latest edition of the Witney Town Council Newsletter which has been delivered to all the homes in Witney. There is also news about the Annual Town meeting and the yearly survey to find out what you think about the Town Council Services and to gather feedback from you about planned projects. If you want to be even more involved there is information about becoming a town councillor.

If you want to read the newsletter online it’s here

And to take our survey you can visit Survey Monkey here