A Moment of Reflection on the Eve of the Funeral of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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On Sunday evening Witney Town Council will be lighting the Corn Exchange purple.
The Cabinet Office has invited members of the public to take part in a National Moment of Reflection which will take place at 20.00 on Sunday evening, the eve of Her late Majesty’s funeral. More information is available here National Moment of Reflection – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
One suggested format for this is below.
Some will clap from their doorsteps, as we did for the NHS during the Covid lockdowns. Others may be planning to light a tealight, hold a minute silence, or make a speech such as that suggested below.
You may wish to follow this or do something less formal.
This is for people to decide for themselves. The important thing is for communities and individuals to feel comfortable marking the moment in a way that is meaningful to them.
A Moment of Reflection on the Eve of the Funeral of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
By 19.55 members of the community will gather at a location of choice.
At 19.58 the convenor of the event will say:
Thank you all for gathering here this evening for this brief vigil on the eve of the funeral of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In a few moments we will join with people across the United Kingdom in a Moment of Silent Reflection. The start and end of the Minute here will be marked by a whistle. During the Minute we will have an opportunity, in silence, to reflect on the lifetime of service which Her late Majesty devoted to the United Kingdom, the Realms and Territories and to the Commonwealth.
The Queen was sure in her faith and steadfast in her duty, bringing constancy through 70 years of change. We will remember Her late Majesty with affection and gratitude and silently give thanks in our hearts for her unswerving devotion to us and to our Country.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is now approaching 8.00 p.m.
At 20.00 a whistle sounds
Silence will be kept
At 20.01 the whistle marks the end of the Silence
Applause
[In those places where it has not been read, the Proclamation of The King’s Accession may be read]
The vigil concludes with all present saying:
God Save The King
and the singing of the National Anthem
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CAR FREE DAY – What’s on

It’s just under a week to go to Car Free Day which is on Thursday 22nd September. With it falling on a Market Day there will be fewer activities in the centre of Town but we still have a lot going on and the usual amazing volunteer groups to help us out.
Windrush Bike Project start our Car Free Day activities with Buddy Rides at 8am.
These are for people who would like to cycle but are nervous of traffic. They will help with finding the best routes in and around Witney. You need to pre-book a slot on their website. There are free teas and coffees in 1863 for anyone taking part in a buddy ride as a thank you for making a cleaner and greener choice. https://bookwhen.com/windrushbikeproject
Windrush Bike Project are also ending our day with free DR Bike Bicycle checks and small repairs at their depot in Corn Street from 4pm to 7pm.
At 10am Steve will lead a short, safe route cycle ride to Ducklington and we will stand anyone that goes on the ride a free tea or coffee at 1863. Meet under the Town Hall.
From 10am to 2pm Thames Valley Police will be manning a market stall where they will offer Free bike marking. You can have your scooter done too.
At 10.30 am WODC will be taking people on a health walk for around 45 minutes. It will be suitable for most people and again there is a free tea or coffee for anyone that goes along. Meet beneath the Town Hall.
Cycling without Age will be with us between 11am and 2pm with their amazing electric trishaw. The trishaw makes it possible for older and vulnerable people to enjoy the experience of a safe and accompanied bike ride, something they may not have been able to do for years. We are really excited that they are coming along this year.
Don’t forget we also have our Walk to School /Active Travel Bingo which your children can complete over the course of the whole week.
We have a Car Free Day themed window in our Admin office too, with posters about useful apps for getting bus times and calculating safe cycle routes. There is also a list of some lovely local walks to try out. #CarFreeDay
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Active Travel Bingo – Enter to win Oxford Bus Museum family ticket

Active Travel Bingo Card

Complete the bingo card and claim a FREE Active Travel pencil! All entries will be in the draw to win a family ticket to Oxford Bus Museum.

Witney Town Council are set to celebrate World Car Free Day with a range of activities planned for Thursday 22nd September. World Car Free Day is celebrated all around the world, with towns and cities allowing people to experience streets free of motor traffic.

Whilst Witney Town Council are not closing any roads on the day, we are promoting Active Travel and have a number of activities organised. Traditionally we have hosted activities for children on the Market Square, however, International Car Free Day falls on a Thursday this year, and since that is market day in Witney, we are unable to use the space for street games.

We would still like to reach out to Witney children, and raise awareness of Active Travel, with that in mind we have produced ‘Active Travel Bingo’ – an eye-spy and task based worksheet to encourage children to engage in the outdoor environment on their way to school and at any other Active Travel opportunities during the week of Car Free Day. Please find a copy of the bingo card and entry form here.

Any child* completing the sheet is eligible to collect a FREE Active Travel pencil from our town centre office. All completed forms will be entered in a prize draw, one entrant will be randomly selected to win a family ticket to Oxford Bus Museum, worth £15.

Please join Witney Town Council in encouraging car free travel for the day of 22nd September.

*Any primary school aged child resident in Witney, or attending primary school in Witney.

Closing date 30th September 2022.

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Agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday 27th September 2022, 6pm

The agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday 27th September 2022, 6pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Gallery Room, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

  1.  Apologies for Absence
  2.  Declarations of Interest
  3. Public Participation
  4.  Planning Applications
  5.  Planning Decisions
  6.  Minutes
  7.  Finance Report
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Agenda for Halls, Cemeteries & Allotments, Monday 26th September 2022, 6pm

The agenda for Halls, Cemeteries & Allotments, Monday 12th September 2022, 6pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Gallery Room, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

  1.  Apologies for Absence
  2.  Declarations of Interest
  3.  Minutes
  4. Public Participation
  5.  Finance Report
  6.  Public Halls Operational Report
  7.  Corn Exchange Ticketing System
  8.  Car Parking for the Corn Exchange
  9.  Children’s Memorial Garden
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Agenda for Parks & Recreation, Monday, 5th September 2022, 6pm

The agenda for Parks & Recreation, Monday, 5th September 2022, 6pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Gallery Room, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Minutes
4 Participation of the Public
5 Committee Work Plan
6 Finance Report
7 Play Area Review
8 Bowls Greens – Ditch Infill
9 King George V Recreation Ground – Defibrillator
10 West Witney Sports Ground – Tennis Court Colour Coating
11 Burwell Hall – Options for Changing Room Extensions
12 Exclusion of Press & Public
13 Property Matters

 

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Our New Logo

Why do we have a new logo?

The logo is part of the planned rebranding project (visual identity) which forms part of the Town Council’s Communications Strategy. It is also part our ongoing move towards greater accessibility which is driven by new website legislation.

The Town Council was established in 1974 and adopted the Town Crest to use on its official documents. The use of the Town Crest was not exclusive to the Town Council and has been used by other organisations in the town.

As we have moved into the digital age it has become apparent that we need a logo that is scalable and suitable for use across a variety of digital and print formats, that also depicts some of the town’s history. Our new logo provides an instantly recognisable way to identify Witney Town Council documents and social media accounts.

Like many other local authorities, the town we serve has seen considerable change over the last ten years and some of the demands and challenges we face have transformed the ways in which we work and how we deliver our services. In almost 50 years our logo has not evolved to reflect this and  our rebranding aims to address this.

The logo depicts three distinctive buildings, St Mary’s Church, the Buttercross  and the Town Hall, and incorporates the pascal lamb which features on the town crest and in the stained-glass window above the door of the Corn Exchange. The colours are inspired by traditional Witney blankets.

Witney Town Council's new logo

We will implement the new branding on our social media and documents and other items will be rebranded as they need replacing.

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Agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 6pm

The agenda for Climate, Biodiversity & Planning, Tuesday 23rd August 2022, 6pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Virtual Meeting Room via Zoom

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Public Participation
4 Planning Applications
5 Application for Variation of Premises Licence – Oxon BBQ, 68 High Street
6 Notification of Planning Enforcement Appeal – 66 Corn Street
7 Notification of Planning Appeal – 13 Willowbank
8 Planning Appeal Inquiry Arrangements – Land East of Witney Road, Ducklington
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Temporary Footpath Closure – Davenport Road to Moorland Close – From 24th October 2022

Davenport Road Footpath Closure Map

Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council:

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 TEMPORARILY PROHIBITS THE USE OF THE FOOTPATH BY ALL USERS.

LOCATION: Davenport Road through to Moorland Close Footpath, Witney

REASON: Full closure is required to remove the existing breeze block wall that runs the full length of the path due to several large unsafe cracks.

DURATION: Starting on 24/10/2022
The anticipated completion date is 28/10/22
(Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days)

ACCESS: Limited access will be maintained for emergency services and for frontages within the closure, subject to the progress of the works.

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: Davenport Road, A4095, Moorland Avenue and Vice Versa.

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Traffic Regulation Notice – Station Road, Brize Norton – 28th October 2022

 

Station Road Brize Norton Road Closure

Station Road Brize Norton TRO

Posted on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council:

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 TEMPORARILY PROHIBITS THE USE OF THE HIGHWAY BY ALL MOTOR VEHICLES

LOCATION: Brize Norton, Station Road
REASON: To facilitate pole replacement
DURATION: 28 October 2022 between 08:00 and 17:00
(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.

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: via MANOR ROAD,MINSTER ROAD, BRIZE NORTON ROAD, BURFORD ROAD, TOWER HILL, CURBRIDGE ROAD, BAMPTON ROAD, LEW ROAD AND ROAD THROUGH LEW A4095 and vice versa

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and the alternative routes for traffic can be viewed here.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Ashley Bartley at Freeflow Traffic Management on email ashley.bartley@freeflowtm.co.uk

T10730 / RAG

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Witney’s New Park Ranger

Witney now has a Park Ranger.

The role is a new post, which has come about as a result of a review and restructure following the adoption of the ambitious Open Spaces Strategy.

Whilst the role will be primarily centered around the Lake and Country Park, the Council also has a significant tree stock which requires maintenance and future planning.

The Park Ranger role is also key to bringing fresh ideas forward to the Council to assist with meeting its objectives and aspirations.

Among the actions specified in the strategy are:

  • Drawing up and adopting a comprehensive arboriculture plan;
  • Identifying and implementing possible re-wilding areas;
  • Preparing an improvement and upgrade plan for angling facilities at the Lake and Country Park;
  • Preparing and adopting a comprehensive and improvement plan for the Country Park and Lake area.

Our ranger, Carl, will also be working to maintain and enhance existing habitats and promote safe use of the town’s open spaces.  He comes to Witney Town Council with a lot of experience, having previously worked for Oxford City Council, where he was one of a team looking after more than 30 parks and green spaces covering more that a 1000 acres.

Carl is very friendly and approachable and feels strongly about an integration of conservation and recreation. He places importance on the provision of areas where everyone can get the best experience possible.

There is an opportunity to meet him at the lake on Saturday 20th August between 9am and 12 noon.  Please come along and say hi. He would love to know what you think of the lake and meadows area.

 

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Witney Town Council Youth Services Funding Applications Open

Young people sitting on the grass
Witney Town Council is delighted to be opening its Youth Funding Grant to applications again. This is an exciting opportunity for community and voluntary sector organisations, including existing organisations and those in the process of setting up.
Applications are open for one month until 1st September 2022. Successful submissions will be projects that have a measurable impact on key issues affecting our young people and that promote positive futures.  The pot has increased from £30,000 to £40,000 this year.
The Council will look favourably on those who create opportunities to be accessible to all young people, therefore applications demonstrating how they will extend their reach to young people who have not previously engaged with these opportunities are encouraged.
Cllr Vicky Gwatkin said;

“We introduced the Witney Town Council Youth Funding grant in 2020 to recognise the fantastic contribution various organisations make supporting and nurturing relationships with our young people.  The Town Council really value the expertise these organisations bring and their continued commitment to providing positive outcomes to such an important group within our community.

We are so pleased to have further increased the grant to £40,000 this year and encourage groups to apply for the current round of funding.”

Applicants will need to meet criteria as set out in the application process and will also be required to report back on the success of the project for which funds have been granted. They will be notified of final decisions in mid-October.
The 2021 fund pot was distributed to the following organisations
Got2B Community Interest Company
Home Start Oxford

Synolos

Oxfordshire Music & Arts Trust

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Agenda for Full Council, Monday 1st August 2022, 7pm

The agenda for Full Council, Monday 1st August 2022, 7pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Main Hall, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
1a Request for Dispensation
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Minutes
4 Public Participation
5 Witney Community Policing Issues
6 An Update from Witney Oxfordshire County Councillors and West Oxfordshire District Councillors
7 Report Back from the Councillors on the Work with External Bodies where they serve as the Town Council’s Nominated Representative
8 Minutes of Committees and Sub Committees
8a Climate, Biodiversity & Planning Committee – 21 June & 12 July 2022
8b Parks & Recreation Committee – 27 June 2022
8c Halls, Cemeteries & Allotments Committee – 4 July 2022
8d Stronger Communities Committee – 11 July 2022
8e Policy, Governance & Finance Committee – 18 July 2022
9 East Witney Ward – Potential By-election
10 Standing Orders & Code of Conduct
11 Appointment to Outside Bodies – Witney Town Charity
12 Witney Town Council Rebranding
13 Witney High Street
14 Civic Announcements
15 Health, Safety & Vandalism
16 Communication from the Leader
17 Correspondence
17a 20mph WItney Proposals
17b Witney Chamber of Commerce
18 Questions to the Leader of the Council
19 Sealing of Documents

 

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20mph Speed Limits Agreed for Witney

This Press Release has been issued by Oxfordshire County Council.

Witney brings in widespread 20mph speed limits

 Town becomes first to take advantage of council’s £8 million programme

 

picture of the Buttercross with 20mph superimposed

Read the story on the Oxfordshire County Council website or below:

Just over a week after Wales voted to make 20mph the default speed limit in residential areas to create safer, healthier, and quieter streets, an Oxfordshire town is following suit and implementing new 20mph restrictions.

Plans for dozens of 30mph roads in Witney to have their speed limits lowered to 20mph have been approved. It becomes the first town wide location in the county to make the change as a direct result of Oxfordshire County Council’s 20mph policy change and associated programme which was announced earlier this year.

Councillor Liz Leffman, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, approved the measures at a meeting on Thursday [21 July]. The changes are expected to be implemented and new signage installed later this year.

Councillor Andrew Gant, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management, said: “This is a landmark moment for our ambitious 20mph policy, which we are spending up to £8 million on over a three year period. Witney is the first and the biggest project we are undertaking in this phase of the programme and we believe these changes will make the town a safer, quieter, and less polluted place and will encourage more people to cycle and walk – reducing the county’s carbon footprint.”

Councillor Liz Duncan, Mayor of Witney and Chair of a Town Council Working Party set up to develop the scheme, said: “It is exciting to see this comprehensive 20mph scheme coming to our town, bringing improved road safety for residential streets, reducing the risks of death and injury. We have received many requests from residents for the reduced speed limit and this whole town approach will bring huge benefits.

“As well as safer streets, other similar schemes have seen reductions in traffic noise, better air quality and increased physical activity because with roads feeling safer, people are happier to leave the car at home and walk or cycle instead.”

The county council has been inundated with requests from towns and villages to bring in 20mph zones since it launched the policy in February. The first two phases of the project are now fully booked, although communities can still apply to be part of the third delivery phase which takes place in 2024 – 25.

Cllr Gant added: “Witney is just the start, and more than 70 other towns and villages will be benefiting from reduced speeds in the next financial year – followed by hundreds more in the next two years.

“The recent decision in Wales shows that 20mph is becoming the accepted speed limit for residential areas, and Oxfordshire County Council is at the forefront of bringing about that change. It is well-known that the survival rate for people involved in accidents increases as speeds are reduced.”

There is a clear link between the speed of traffic and the likelihood of accidents happening in which people are killed or injured. You are seven times more likely to survive if you are hit by a car driving at 20mph than if you are hit at 30mph.

The scheme is free to town and parish councils, with the county council funding sign-only changes for areas wishing to be part of the changes as long as locations meet the agreed criteria for 20mph restrictions.

Town and parish councils will be expected to fund any traffic calming measures or speed-activated signs that may be required to support the new limit in their areas.

Applications for 20mph streets and roads need to be supported by the parish or town council and by the relevant local county councillor. More information, including a timetable of where and when forthcoming projects are taking place, is available on Oxfordshire County Council’s website.

Oxfordshire County Council has already implemented five 20mph pilot sites to test the impact of the policy in Cuxham, Long Wittenham, Wallingford Central, Wallingford North, and Kirtlington. Early data has shown these measures have had a positive impact on reducing speeds.

While the council has been working alongside Thames Valley Police – who did not object to the 20mph proposals for Witney – the emphasis is on drivers adhering to the new limits through a change of mindset, rather than enforcement. It is hoped that as 20mph areas become more common, breaking the limit will become socially unacceptable for drivers.

The council is also committed to working with key stakeholders including bus, taxi, and haulage companies, as well as major businesses, throughout the process. Officers will work with the bus companies to ensure that the impact on services is minimal.

The changes, which had the backing of West Oxfordshire District Council as well as Witney Town Council, will also involve the reduction of some speed limits from 50mph to 40mph and from 40mph to 30mph around the town.

County council officers have said they will look to minimise potential street clutter by making sure only the legally required amount of signage is placed around the town.

The 20mph programme also fits in with the council’s vision zero policy, which aims to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries from Oxfordshire’s roads by 2050.

Ends

For more information about this release contact Oxfordshire County Council’s communications team on 01865 323870 or email press.office@oxfordshire.gov.uk

 

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Agenda for Policy, Governance & Finance, Monday 18th July 2022, 6pm

The agenda for Policy, Governance & Finance, Monday 18th July 2022, 6pm has just been published.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Gallery Room, The Corn Exchange, Witney

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Declarations of Interest
3 Minutes
4 Public Participation
Policy & Governance
5 Payment of Accounts
6 Bank Mandate & Cheque Signatories
7 Cemetery Regulations
Finance
8 Financial Report & Associated Matters
9 Grants & Subsidised Lettings
10 Printing & Photocopying Contract
11 Purchase of a Works Vehicle
12 Sports Pitch Bookings System
13 Exclusion of Press and Public
14 Change Programme – Confidential Update
15 Major Capital & Revenue Projects
16 Property & Legal Matters
17 Staffing Matters
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