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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Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme Online Consultation

The Environment Agency are asking for feedback on features of the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme design including bridges, footpath furniture i.e. benches, and information boards, as well as asking for information to help with construction plans and getting general feedback on the scheme.

The consultation was originally planned to run in May, but was postponed due to the pre-election period for the General Election.  This consultation will run from 22nd June to 20th July 2017.

The latest scheme design was exhibited at a series of four public drop-in events in May. The information shared at the events is available in the Consultation Document, which can be downloaded from the consultation webpage:

https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/thames/oxford-fas-consultation-2017

If you would like help completing the consultation, members of the project team will be available at the following dates and locations:

2pm – 7pm, Friday 30 June, Kennington Library, Oxford OX1 5PG
12pm – 6pm, Thursday 6 July, Oxford Central Library, OX1 1AY
9.30am – 2pm, Tuesday 11 July, Botley Library, OX2 9LP

There is more information about these sessions on the scheme’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/oxfordscheme/

There will also be hardcopies of the consultation document available at the three libraries throughout the consultation. For further information contact:

Environment Agency, King’s Meadow House, King’s Meadow Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8DQ
Telephone: 07796 193160
Email: oxfordscheme@environment-agency.gov.uk

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Kler Planning Application Update

Long Wittenham Parish Council has laid out its opposition to plans for 36 homes on land off Fieldside known locally as Challis farm. Kler – the company behind the plans – has appealed against South Oxfordshire District Council’s delay in making a decision and there will be a public inquiry later this year.

The parish council has consistently objected to the proposals and says that the appeal should be refused and one of the main reasons is that the Kler development conflicts with the council’s Neighbourhood Development Plan or NDP. This plan involves building a new school, pre-school, village hall and about 40 homes on land off Didcot Road. The NDP will be put to a village referendum probably on 7th September.

The council says that as the NDP has reached such an advanced stage in its development it Continue reading

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Didcot Garden Town Delivery Plan

The consultation period for the proposed delivery plan for Didcot Garden Town will run from 19th June 2017 to 31st July 2017.  The Delivery Plan document and a link to the consultation can be accessed here: www.didcotgardentown.co.uk.

Hard copies of the document are also available for the public to view subject to local opening times, at:

  • South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, OX14 4SB
  • Vale of White Horse District Council, Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JE
  • Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot, OX11 7HN
  • Didcot Library, 197 Broadway, Didcot, OX11 8RU
  • Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot, OX11 7NE
  • Didcot Wave, Newlands Avenue, Didcot OX11 8NX

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Biffa Bin Cleaning Service

Biffa, the company that collects waste and recycling in Long Wittenham has launched a new bin washing service.  Residents can pay a monthly fee to have their bins – refuse, recycling, green and food – washed on a regular basis.

Customers of Biffa Wheelie Clean have the option of having their bins washed every 4, 8 or 12 weeks.  The choice is yours!  The company is currently putting bin hangers on bins in their districts to advertise the service.

For more information go to www.biffawheelieclean.co.uk or call 0808 164 1000.

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Wittfest 2017 23rd – 25th June

This is the 18th Year of the Wittfest three day Music Festival at The Plough.  The event, as usual, will be free.  There will be lots of great local bands playing a varied selection of musical genres.  This year instead of raising money for local charities the event is fundraising for much needed new play equipment for the children’s playground at Bodkins.  There are some amazing raffle prizes, including four tickets to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in London in July.  As usual, the daytime will be a family oriented with Peppa Pig and Spiderman, face painting, bouncy castle and lots more.  Raffle tickets will be on sale on the day and programmes will be available at the pub from Monday 19th June.  Programmes and Raffle tickets are £1 each.

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Inspector Backs Neighbourhood Plan

Thursday 7th September 2017 is the likely date when villagers in Long Wittenham will vote in a referendum on the parish council’s Neighbourhood Plan (NP).

South Oxfordshire District Council still has to consider and accept the independent examiner’s report and recommendations before the plan goes before the public but it’s not expected to be an obstacle.  If the NP wins public backing it a will allow the community to take responsibility for guiding housing development in the area.

Parish councillor Peter Rose who has been leading the council’s negotiations on the NP said: “We have received a preliminary report praising the plan and recommending that it Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 15th June

The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (15th June) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

Download the agenda here.

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Playground Equipment Fundraising Event

As part of the activities to raise funds for the purchase of new play equipment at Bodkin’s Field, the Wittenham Warriors invite all fun seeking ladies in the village to Elm Close House on Friday 7th July from 7pm to 10pm for a “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” evening.  There will be a donations wine bar, dancing to ‘Big Boys Band’, boat rides and a raffle.

Tickets are £10 including a welcome glass of bubbly and a pudding and are available from Sally Duff on richsal2000@yahoo.co.uk or call 07899 097612 / 01865 407788.

Download the flyer here.

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South Central Ambulance Service – Annual Survey

Have you used any of the South Central Ambulance services in the last year?  The South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) 2017 Member satisfaction and Patient care survey is now open and it’s your chance to give your feedback and help shape the Trust’s plans for the year ahead.

It is important that SCAS, as a NHS Foundation Trust, takes account of feedback and views from members in the local communities who have used/use the emergency and non-emergency services.

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Hark to the Past at the Pendon

Bringing the past to life with a glimpse of rural England in the Vale during the 1920s and 30s through the eyes of the Pendon Museum was unveiled at the June meeting of the Long Wittenham Parish Council sponsored Good Neighbours Club.

Chris Webber a trustee of the museum said the Pendon helped bring a touch of nostalgia to the present showing what rural life was like 80 and 90 years ago.  The Vale Scene depicted what it was like in a rural district with accurate, life-like models of buildings and excellent model railway layouts.

Apart from the Vale Scene there is the Dartmoor Scene reflecting the variety of trains seen on the Great Western Railway and the Madder Vale Railway which was the first fully Continue reading

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