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

It was expected that Kler’s planning application for up to 36 houses on the field at the corner of Fieldside and the Didcot Road would come up before the South Oxfordshire District Council’s Planning Committee in March, but Kler have now lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate on the grounds of ‘non-determination’, i.e. SODC has failed to make a decision on the application in a reasonable time.

On balance it is believed that this will be good news for the village although there will be a lot of work to do when the case is heard, and it takes the decision out of the hands of local politicians and away from the democratic process offered by Neighbourhood Planning.

At this point it is not known how the Kler appeal will be heard, whether at a full hearing, or simply by written representations.  Nor therefore is it known when it will be heard but it could be many months in the future.

In the meantime our own Neighbourhood Plan is progressing along the prescribed path and it is hoped that this will be in place by then.

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South News – February Edition

Residents who are not already subscribers to South Oxfordshire District Council’s bi-monthly digital newsletter “South News” may like to read the February edition which is available here.

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 23rd February

The Parish Council will have its monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (23rd February) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

Download the agenda here.

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Fullamoor Quarry Decision Looming

Oxfordshire County Council have begun a second round of public consultation on the sand and gravel quarry between Clifton Hampden and Culham.  The planning decision will depend on this consultation response.

Hills Quarry Products have supplied further information, but according to Bachport (Burcot & Clifton Hampden for the Protection of the River Thames), nothing in their proposal has changed:

  • Bachport’s concerns have not been addressed.
  • The Culham Science Centre’s concerns have not been addressed.
  • The quarry will generate significant, long-term, negative impacts on the four surrounding villages and on visitors using the Thames and Thames Path.

Bachport ask that if you previously objected, to write again or resend your letter.  If you Continue reading

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St Mary’s Fund Raising

Residents will be pleased to hear that planning permission has recently been granted for much needed new facilities at St Mary’s Church including an extension to the north aisle to provide a WC with wheelchair access.

Now the task of raising the funds to pay for this begins and the Friends of St Mary’s will be making a start by hosting a barn dance on Saturday 6th May in the village hall.

Details and ticket availability will follow, but please reserve the date and tell your friends so that the event is a huge success for this treasure of the village.

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Strength and Balance Classes

Generation Games is Age UK Oxfordshire’s physical activity service whose aim is to help the ‘not so young’ to get moving and enjoy life to the full.

They will be running new Strength and Balance Classes every Wednesday in the Long Wittenham Village Hall from 3.30 to 4.30pm, starting on the 22nd February.

See the poster for more details.

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Pendon Museum 2017 Season

Pendon Museum opens its doors for the 2017 season on Saturday 11th February and will be open at weekends throughout the Spring and Summer.

And don’t forget the children’s drop-in modelling sessions at half term on Wednesday 15th February.  They are free of charge (although normal admission fees apply) and last 20-30 minutes.

For more information, visit the Pendon Museum website: http://www.pendonmuseum.com

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Parish Council Meeting

Please note that owing to unforeseen circumstances, the monthly parish council meeting originally scheduled for Thursday 16th February has been re-scheduled for a week later, Thursday 23rd February.

The agenda will be published shortly.

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Neptune Wood and surrounds – a community greenspace

Would you be interested in contributing your ideas on making Neptune Wood and its surrounds an even more appealing place for families, and for people walking dogs?

The Earth Trust owns Neptune Wood and the surrounding area.  Recent survey work suggests that the area is used predominantly by people walking dogs and the trust would like to encourage this – they know how important it is for you to have access to good quality, local greenspace for getting out with your dogs; but they also want to help keep the area attractive to local families.

Clare Sulston, the Engagement Development Manager for the trust wants to understand Continue reading

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Neighbourhood Plan Public Meeting Report

Residents who missed the village meeting on 19th January to discuss the revised version of the Neighbourhood Plan that was published on 6th January can read a report of the meeting here.

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