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 such as information about Coronavirus.

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Road Closures – Clifton Hampden

The Parish Council has been advised by the Traffic Regulations team at Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) of road works which will result in the closure of the road over Clifton Hampden Bridge for two periods over the next couple of months.

Closure 1 (Ref T8356/AC) will operate from 20th February up to and including 1st March between 07:00 and 19:00.  Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.  This is to facilitate vegetation clearance work.

Closure 2 (Ref T8291/RAG) will operate from 8th March up to and including 5th April with appropriate traffic signs displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.  This is to facilitate repairs to traffic signals and embankments.

The OCC Traffic Regulations team has provided two plans showing the extent of the closures, alternative routes for traffic and other information: Plan1 / Plan2.

For more information contact the Traffic Regulations Team on 0345 310 1111 quoting the approriate reference above.

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Computer Appeal

The primary school Head Teacher, Ms Bellingham, has asked the Parish Council to pass on a huge thank-you to villagers for their extremely generous donations following the recent appeal for computers to help children with home learning.

Offers of both computers and tablets were received, as well as financial support, to enable families to work remotely during lockdown. Continue reading

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Vanderbilt Homes Planning Application Approved

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) has approved the reserved matters planning application for the Vanderbilt Homes development on the corner of Fieldside and Didcot Road.

Outline planning permission was granted for the site in January 2018.  This application provides details of the overall layout and the type and mix of houses that will be built. Continue reading

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Stay At Home Urges District Council

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) continues to urge people to stay at home, avoid mixing with other households and follow the lockdown rules to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

In recent days the rates in South Oxfordshire appear to be beginning to show some improvement, but the situation is still grave.  Rates across the whole of Oxfordshire continue to be much higher than before Christmas.

Read a statement from Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader of SODC.

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Do You Know Someone Who Makes An Outstanding Contribution?

The Government’s Honours Committee is calling for nominations from across the UK to help make the Queen’s Honours List as diverse as possible.

This could be the perfect opportunity to nominate people in our community who go above and beyond to make a real difference, including those who have made a significant contribution during the pandemic. Continue reading

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Vanderbilt Homes Amendments

Vanderbilt Homes has submitted more amendments to its planning application for the housing development on the corner of Fieldside and Didcot Road.

These amendments are ‘discharge of conditions’ which means they deal with the conditions specified by the planning inspector when the outline planning permission was granted for the site in January 2018. Continue reading

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SODC Garden Waste

We reported here on 7th January that South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) has temporarily suspended its garden waste collection service owing to the dramatic rise in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.

Residents who are signed up for the service may like to read a letter from Councillor David Rouane, SODC cabinet member for housing and environment.

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Virus Spreads in South Oxfordshire

Covid-19 cases in Oxfordshire are rising rapidly and the latest figures show that South Oxfordshire has the second highest infection rate in the county.

On 7th January South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) reported that there were 3,817 cases in the district and a daily rate of 85 new cases.  The figures below show the number of new cases per 100,000 people in the seven Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 14th January

The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting via Zoom video conferencing at 7:30pm on Thursday 14th January.

Download the agenda here.

If members of the public have any comments they wish to make on items on the agenda, they should email the Parish Clerk at longwittpc@hotmail.co.uk. Continue reading

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St Mary’s Bells Restoration

Work on the bells restoration project at St Mary’s Church will begin later this month.  Scaffolders will start work on 15th January and the bells should come down five days later.  Restoring the bells and bell frame is expected to take four months.  The work is being carried out by Whites of Appleton, one of the few restorers of bells in the country.

Leading the project is Julie Sargent from Little Wittenham, who said that all the work will be done under strict Covid-19 guidelines.  She said: “Unfortunately, it means that we Continue reading

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