Welcome to Long Wittenham

Welcome to the website for the village of Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire, England. Within these pages you will find information on the village, the Parish Council and its activities, a directory of local businesses and services, information on clubs and groups, and lots of other things too.

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Sharp Bend Poses Safety Risk

Oxfordshire County Council is to be asked to carry out a road safety audit on the junction of Didcot Road and High Street near The Cross in Long Wittenham.

Speaking at the parish council’s December meeting Chris Waites who lives in the High Street said the sharp bend was dangerous for cyclists travelling from the Clifton Hampden direction and turning right.

He said: “The white road hatching is fading and some vehicles coming from the Didcot direction cut the corner.  It’s a blind bend and very dangerous for cyclists.  It’s only a matter of time before a cyclist is injured in a collision.”

White hatching on the curve was put in three years ago to raise the awareness of drivers to the sharp bend.  Councillors agreed that the junction posed a risk to cyclists wanting to turn right.

It was decided to ask the county council’s Highways Department to conduct a safety audit and propose measures on how to improve safety. However, with the county council’s budget under strain from reduced government grants, the parish council – which itself has a limited budget – cautioned against raised expectations.

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Parish Council Opposes New Homes Plan

Plans for up to 29 houses on land off Northfield Lane next to Bodkin’s Field in Long Wittenham have received a frosty reception from parish councillors.

Lagan Homes of Banbury have an option to buy the land and want to build a selection of three and four-bedroom homes.  Architects West Waddy want to stage a public exhibition in the village in January or February and hope to submit a planning application to South Oxfordshire District Council in the Spring.

However, the proposal has run into opposition from Long Wittenham Parish Council which regards it as a threat to the council’s own plans for the Community Hub as proposed in the village Neighbourhood Development Plan which was approved by residents this Continue reading

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Move Proposed for Clifton Hampden Surgery

Clifton Hampden surgery, used by many people in Long Wittenham, looks set to be moved to a new Culham Science Village within the next few years.

The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) is drawing up draft plans for GP practices, hospitals and health providers as it identifies priorities and outline ways to make services “more sustainable and responsive to patients’ needs.”

A report says that health care services are under significant pressures as the population grows and there are more elderly people needing care.  By 2026 the OCCG forecasts the county will be short of 109 GPs and recruitment is unlikely to meet demand. Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 7th December

The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (7th December) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

Download the agenda here.

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Outlook Newsletter – Autumn 2017

Residents who have not received the latest edition of South Oxfordshire District Council’s newsletter, or who would prefer to read it online can view or download it here.

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Quarry Application Refused

Yesterday afternoon Oxfordshire County Council’s Planning Committee voted against the proposals from Hills Quarry Products for a quarry on land at Clifton Hampden.  The committee voted by 11 votes to reject the application.  There were no votes in favour, with only one councillor abstaining.

Hills will almost certainly appeal the decision. The company has a board meeting later this week and will make a decision then.  If the company appeals then it will go to a pubic enquiry next year.

Our county councillor Lynda Atkins spoke against the plan and raised the concerns of Long Wittenham residents

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St Nicholas Food Fayre – 9th December

A reminder that St Nicholas himself will be opening the Friends of St Mary’s Christmas Food Fayre at St Mary’s Church at noon on Saturday 9th December.

Come along to buy from a great selection of tasty delights e.g. cakes, puddings, mince pies, biscuits, chutneys and much more.  There will also be the chance to buy spring bulbs potted up ready to flower, candles, decorations, cards, gift wrap and more.  Most of the produce will have been made by people from the village.

Children will find lots of things to do, including a St Nicholas Lucky dip, and the grown ups won’t miss out as they can treat themselves on the Christmas present tombola! Continue reading

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200 Club Winners

The Long Wittenham 200 Club is pleased to announce the November winners.

£10 each goes to:

149      A. Byard
166      Mrs. Braid
67        A. Berkeley
115      P. Drew
108     P. Surridge

Profits from the 200 Club go towards the maintenance and improvement of the Village Continue reading

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Bachport Needs Your Support

The planning application for the quarry near Clifton Hampden is set to go to the Oxfordshire County Council Planning Committee, which meets on Monday 27th November at 2pm at County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND.

Bachport (Burcot & Clifton Hampden for the Protection of the River Thames) is asking for its supporters to attend this meeting.  This will show community opposition to a planning application that has raised serious concerns on multiple levels, not least by the Council’s Highways Authority, which has said the quarry would cause “severe harm” to road safety, threatens air quality and risks plans for a much needed new road link and river crossing between Didcot and Culham. Continue reading

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Kler Enquiry Report

The four-day public enquiry into plans by the Kler Group to build 36 houses on the field at the corner of the Didcot Road and Fieldside ended at lunchtime on Friday 17th November following a morning site visit and tour of the village by the inspector heading the enquiry, Phillip Lewis.  His report and conclusion is expected early in the New Year.

Mr Lewis was accompanied on his visit to the site of the former Challis Farm land by members of the Kler team, South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning representatives and members of Long Wittenham Parish Council.

Kler’s case is based on the need for more homes in Long Wittenham, but both the district and parish councils objected on the grounds that the development is not needed and is Continue reading

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