Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 12th October

The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting this coming Thursday evening (12th October) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall.

Download the agenda here.

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200 Club Winners

The Long Wittenham 200 Club is pleased to announce the September winners.

£100 goes to 84 A. Greenland

£10 each goes to:

122    D. Young
98      J. Wells
80     A. Eccles

Profits from the 200 Club go towards the maintenance and improvement of the Village Hall.  There are cash prizes through the year: £10 per week for 48 weeks, £50 in June and Continue reading

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Extra Garden Waste Collections

Residents who are signed up for brown bin collections can put out twice as much garden waste during one week this month.

South Oxfordshire District Council is giving those who are part of the paid-for service the opportunity to put out the equivalent of one extra bin’s worth of garden waste (around three large bin bags) during the week commencing 23rd October.

Residents should leave their extra garden waste out in bin liners or sacks beside their brown bins on their usual collection day during this week.  Trade waste bags cannot be accepted.

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Village Apple Day – Saturday 21st October

Announcing the 2nd Annual Long Wittenham Village Apple Day at the Sylva Wood Centre on Saturday 21st October organised by Wittenham Warriors, hosted by the Sylva Foundation and including apple juicing, a tour of the Community Orchard and the launch of the Wittenham Bee Group.

Apple juicing in six easy steps:

1. Bring along boxes/bags of washed, dry apples that are free from bruising and mould to the Wood Centre from 10am – 12noon on the day.  The quality of the fruit determines the quality of the juice. Continue reading

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South News – September Edition

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

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SODC Rejects Kler Plan

About forty residents from Long Wittenham were present at the Didcot Civic Centre last evening where the South Oxfordshire District Council Planning Committee voted to reject Kler’s planning application for 36 houses on the field at the corner of the Didcot Road and Fieldside.

The committee’s decision is not the end of the matter however, as the application will now be subject to Kler’s appeal at the public enquiry scheduled for the 14th November, again at the Didcot Civic Centre, but it is hoped that SODC’s opinion will carry weight when the inspector considers the case.

The case against Kler’s plan was eloquently argued by Steve Brown on behalf of the parish council, Peter Rose as chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee and our district councillor Sue Lawson.

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South Oxfordshire Housing Delivery Strategy – Have Your Say

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have identified the need to build a significant number of new homes over the next 14 to 16 years.

The number of new homes needed, and the areas where they will be built, are detailed in the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse Local Plans.

The two councils have published a draft Joint Housing Delivery Strategy.  If adopted, this strategy will guide how the new homes are delivered and help to ensure that the types of homes provided meet the various needs of our communities. Continue reading

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Support Your Village

A reminder that the SODC Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday 27th September 2017 at 6pm at Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot, OX11 7HN to discuss the Kler planning application for 36 houses on the field at the corner of the Didcot Road and Fieldside.

Speaking for the village will be Steve Brown, Peter Rose and our District Councillor, Sue Lawson.

One of the key issues in our objections is that we do not believe that safe access can be provided to and from the Kler site.  Steve Brown, who has spent his professional career in local government highways departments will focus on this issue. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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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