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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Emerging SODC Local Plan – Consultation on Proposed Main Modifications

Residents will be aware that the emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan is currently at the Examination stage.  Following recent examination hearings, the Planning Inspector has asked South Oxfordshire District Council to prepare a ‘Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications’ to the plan.

The schedule reflects the modifications that the Inspector considers necessary to make the plan sound before it can move to the adoption stage.  These are the only changes that can be made to the plan now.

To give people a chance to have their say on the modifications, South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) is carrying out a six-week consultation which runs from Monday 21st September 2020 until 2nd November 2020.

View the modifications on the SODC Local Plan webpage.

Comment on the Main Modifications Consultation.

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Covid-19 Testing in Oxfordshire

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) has asked the Parish Council to share the following information with residents:

We’ve been made aware of a worrying trend of people turning up at hospitals in Oxfordshire, asking to be tested for Covid-19.  This is possibly as a result of the national issue with testing capacity, where people have struggled to book a test online.  We are therefore supporting our NHS and Public Health colleagues in pushing out the extremely important message that people with Continue reading

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OCC Newsletter

Residents who are not already subscribers to Oxfordshire County Council’s digital newsletter “Your Oxfordshire” may like to download the latest edition.


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No Appeal Over Northfield Lane

There will be no appeal by the Parish Council to a decision by Oxfordshire County Council to refuse permission for a change in status of Northfield Lane from a footpath to a bridleway.

At the September meeting of the Parish Council, Tom Bowtell, who was chairman at the time of the original application in 2013, said that the reason for the application was that there had been conflict between horse riders and farm traffic, but since then the issue appeared to have been resolved. Continue reading

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New Westfield Play Area Equipment

Work will start next month on a £12,000 scheme to replace the equipment at the Westfield toddlers’ play area.  The Parish Council has secured a grant of more than £4,500 from the FCC Communities Foundation, a non-profit company funded by landfill tax which supports the environment.

The council is backing the project with a grant of £7,200 and South Oxfordshire District Council and the village social group Wittenham Warriors have also made contributions. Continue reading

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Report That Overweight Lorry!

Followers of this website will be aware that a lorry driver was recently fined for driving a vehicle over 7.5 tonnes through the village.  The weight limit applies to the whole of Long and Little Wittenham, except for access.

The Parish Council is keen to ensure that these restrictions are enforced and you can help.  Vehicles over 7.5 tonnes are required to have reflective red and yellow Continue reading

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Rubbish Scars Beauty Spot

There is widespread anger in the village over the activities of a family of four who recently blighted part of the River Thames along a stretch popular with anglers.

The family dumped a large black bin liner full of discarded food cans and general rubbish.  There were three old, fold-up picnic chairs, pots and pans, a metal grill used for a barbecue, an old inflatable air bed and even an un-opened packet of Continue reading

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OCC Covid-19 Briefing Note

The Parish Council has been asked to distribute this Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) briefing note to residents.  It contains details about the new Covid-19 restrictions that will come into force on Monday 14th September.

It also contains important information on the testing situation in Oxfordshire. Continue reading

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SODC Local Plan Petition

Residents will be aware that the Planning Inspector found South Oxfordshire District Council’s (SODC) local plan ‘sound’.  The plan was devised by the Council’s previous Conservative administration.

After winning the election in 2019, by campaigning against the plan, the Lib Dem/Green coalition running South Oxfordshire voted to scrap  it, in part because six of the seven strategic sites are on Green Belt land. Continue reading

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Be Considerate of Other Residents

A resident has asked the Parish Council to remind people to be considerate of neighbours when lighting garden bonfires.

As we enter the time of year when many residents may wish to burn leaves and other garden waste, the council asks that you think about the impact this may have on neighbouring properties.

A simple conversation with your neighbours may be all that is required to ensure that the Continue reading

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