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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Kler Planning Application Update

As already announced, the public enquiry into Kler Group’s planning application for 36 houses on the field at the corner of the Didcot Road and Fieldside is scheduled for the 14th November at the Didcot Civic Centre in Britwell Road, Didcot.

As part of the process, the South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) has appointed a barrister for the enquiry and he has asked the SODC Planning Committee what they would have decided if the matter had not been taken away from them.

The Planning Committee will therefore consider the application and make its opinion known at its meeting on 27th September.  Its opinion will be crucial at the public enquiry and so it is important that it knows what the village thinks about Kler’s plans.

If you want to support the Parish Council and oppose Kler please send a brief note to our District Councillor, Sue Lawson at sue@bumble101.com by the 26th September saying that you object for one or all of the following “planning” reasons:-

  • The village is “unsustainable” without the updated facilities in our newly adopted Neighbourhood Plan.  When Kler originally applied we still had a bus service which has now gone.
  • Kler’s plans don’t comply with our Neighbourhood Plan and won’t provide any new facilities for the village which will put more pressure on older facilities.
  • The access to the site will not be safe as they can’t provide proper visibility for vehicles.
  • The development will add to all the extra traffic from the NE Didcot plans and cause more congestion in the High Street and at Clifton Hampden Bridge.

Sue will then be able to say that their is a broad spread of opposition in the village when she speaks to the Planning Committee.

Parish Councillor Steve Brown will represent the Parish Council at the meeting on the 27th.  Residents are welcome to go to the meeting but there is only 5 minutes for all objectors to speak so this has to be coordinated.  Please contact Steve Brown for more details at longwitt@hotmail.com.

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Harvest Supper – Saturday 30th September

Don’t forget to purchase your tickers for The Friends of St Mary’s Church Long Wittenham Harvest Supper at the Village Hall on Saturday 30th September starting at 7pm.

The evening will include live music from local band Eclectica and the Church Raffle Grand Draw.  A donations bar will be provided.  Proceeds will go towards the planned toilet & improved catering facilities for the church.

Everyone is welcome.

Tickets for the Harvest Supper (£10.00 for adults and £4.00 for children under 16) and for the Church Raffle can be obtained from :- Continue reading

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Pendon Museum – Village Open Day

Pendon Museum will be opening its doors for free entry for all residents in the village on Thursday 5th October from 3pm to 8pm (last entry 7:30pm).

The museum preserves the idyllic rural scene and transport of the 1920s and 1930s in a miniature form for all generations to enjoy.

There is much to see, from the pioneering Madder Valley Railway, through Pendon’s first complete model – Dartmoor Scene – to the breathtaking Vale Scene.

If you have not visited the museum before, or even if you have, this is an opportunity for Continue reading

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Clifton Hampden Quarry Update

Oxfordshire County Council’s decision to approve a large increase in the amount of sand and gravel needed to support large scale housing developments over the next 20 years is a set-back to campaigners fighting plans for the huge quarry near Clifton Hampden.  But the fight continues.

The council says more than one-million tonnes of aggregates a year are needed until 2031 to support the need for houses in the county.  In total 22,500 homes are due to be built in South Oxfordshire by 2033.  The plan specifies that 75 per-cent of aggregates should come from quarries in south Oxfordshire.

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Registration for Oxfordshire Artweeks 2018

Registration for May Festival 2018 is now open and the closing date for entries is the 31st December 2017.

Don’t miss your chance to take part: Artweeks is non-selective and open to all amateur and professional artists and craft makers living or working in Oxfordshire.  Artweeks is also open to artists that live outside the county but are members of an established Oxfordshire based art group, society or guild.  Artweeks festival is organised by a not for profit members company.

If you are new to Artweeks you may like to attend one of the free taking part events.  Meet the festival director and hear more at these free sessions: Continue reading

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Changes to DIY charging at OCC Recycling Centres

From Sunday 1st October 2017 the charges for the disposal of non-household waste are changing.  The existing DIY 1,2,3 for free scheme, which has been in place for 15 years, is being replaced by a small fixed fee per item.

You will still be able to dispose of all household waste free of charge at any of the county’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Further details can be found at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/chargeablewaste.

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Countryside Alliance Awards 2017

The Countryside Alliance Awards, also known as the ‘Rural Oscars’, are THE rural business awards to win, and give a voice and platform to the best of the countryside’s produce, enterprise, heritage and communities.

The Rural Oscars are diverse, highly coveted and a great morale boost to those in the running.  They were borne of a desire to give a voice and a platform to rural businesses and to acknowledge the efforts of thousands of unsung heroes who routinely go above and beyond the call of duty for their communities.  The Countryside Alliance had long felt the many “doom and gloom” tales of rural decline in the media did not accurately reflect the spirit of rural people and their desire to protect our landscapes and communities for future Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 14th September

The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (14th September) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

Download the agenda here.

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Referendum Result

We are pleased to announce the result of yesterday’s referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan:

 

Total votes cast             452
Spoilt ballot papers          4
Turnout                            64.75%
Yes                                   418
No                                      30

There are 698 people on the electoral roll, which means that 59.9% of the total electorate voted ‘Yes’.

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Clifton Hampden Bridge Closure – Revised Date

The Parish Council has been advised by Oxfordshire County Council that the closure of Clifton Hampden Bridge, originally scheduled for 18th September for ten days, has now been rescheduled for 9th October, again for ten days.

This is for repair work that is required following a road traffic accident last year that demolished a length of brick parapet.

The road closure is needed to undertake the work required as the bridge is too narrow to Continue reading

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