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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West Waddy Development

Within the next few days residents will be receiving leaflets from a company called West Waddy ADP detailing proposals for a new housing development on the land next to Bodkins Field.

Members of the parish council met with representatives of West Waddy before Christmas and expressed the opinion that the proposals conflict with our Neighbourhood Development Plan.  The parish council will discuss this at the next parish council meeting on the 8th February.

In the meantime, residents are encouraged to comment on the proposals directly to West Waddy.  We understand that details of how to do this are on the leaflets.

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Your Help Is Needed

It has been quite a while since the last village meeting about The Community Hub.

At the time the parish council was concentrating on the Kler planning appeal.  Kler have now been given outline consent for their site on the corner of Didcot Road and Fieldside.  More information on this decision can be viewed here:

http://www.longwittenham.com/2018/01/kler-public-enquiry-decision/

Meanwhile, the council have been working with our developer, Thomas Homes, on designs for The Community Hub on Didcot Road opposite Saxon’s Heath.  Recently, a meeting was held with planing officers to get informal advice on the draft plans. Continue reading

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Oxfordshire Waste Consultation

Do you know that each household in Oxfordshire produces one tonne of waste each year?  We have been amongst the best in the country at recycling and composting for a few years now, at about 60%, but recycling rates have started to drop in the county.

Residents are being given the chance to talk rubbish and recycling and tell Oxfordshire’s county, city and district councils how they can help them recycle more and create less waste.

This consultation will inform the review of the joint countywide waste strategy.  This setsout shared priorities across Oxfordshire for waste and recycling until 2030, that will be approved by the Oxfordshire Environment Partnership over the summer.  Then, each Continue reading

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Thames Valley Police January Newsletter

The January edition of the Thames Valley Police Wallingford Sector Neighbourhood Team Newsletter is available to read here.

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 11th January

The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (11th January) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

Download the agenda here.

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Kler Public Enquiry Decision

The Parish Council and SODC’s Planning Committee both objected to the proposed  development of housing by Kler Group on the field at the corner of Fieldside and Didcot Road.

Kler appealed and a public enquiry was held in Didcot in November 2017.  After four days of arguments the inspector had the final decision on whether the development would be given consent or not.

Despite all the efforts of the Parish Council and SODC’s barrister the housing development has been given outline consent together with full consent for a new access off Didcot Road.

The Parish Council, our consultants and residents who spoke at the enquiry put forward a Continue reading

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Road Safety Signs

Residents may have noticed new road safety signs around the village.  Designed by pupils at Long Wittenham Primary School the signs have been located along village roadsides urging drivers to take extra care and slow down.

Altogether eleven of the colourful signs are in place.  One is outside the entrance to Bodkin’s Field where new play equipment was recently installed and two are in Northfield Lane.  Six are located on the approach to the village along Little Wittenham Road and a further two in West End near the bend close to the Three Poplars mobile homes park.

Parish councillors Steve Brown and Gordon Rogers, helped by Wittenham Warriors Continue reading

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Storm Eleanor

The adverse weather resulting from Storm Eleanor has prompted UK Power Networks to advise the following:

Extreme weather can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply.  Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.  We have organised additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to overhead lines and poles as soon as the wind reduces to a speed at which it is safe to work.

Anyone experiencing a power cut should: Continue reading

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Cycle Path Update

Consultants are still examining routes along the main road between Clifton Hampden and Long Wittenham for a proposed cycle path, potentially costing up to half-a-million-pounds, and hope to have a detailed design and report ready by the Spring.

The plan forms part of a proposed network of cycle paths linking the Vale Science area at Harwell, Milton Park, Didcot and the Culham Science Centre.

WSP consultants are working in conjunction with Oxfordshire County Council.  Both parties are investigating where the best alignment for the cycle path would be alongside the road. Continue reading

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Christmas Waste And Recycling Collections

Residents are reminded that waste and recycling collections will change over the Christmas and New Year period.

Garden waste collections will be suspended while crews concentrate on collecting all the extra waste from Christmas.  Garden waste customers will receive an extra collection in the spring to make up for this.

Details are on the South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) website: www.southoxon.gov.uk/christmaswaste.

Householders can also find out what to do with all their Christmas waste on the website, Continue reading

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