Oxfordshire Matters

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NDP Update

The Regulation 16 consultation on the revised Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) ended on 13th December.  There were over thirty responses but the majority were letters of support from residents.  Parish Councillor Peter Rose, the Chairman of the NDP Steering Committee, thanks all the people who responded.

The responses can be viewed on the South Oxfordshire District Council website: Continue reading

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New Hedge for Bodkin’s

Residents may have noticed that the hedge along the front of Bodkin’s Field on Northfield Lane has undergone substantial work.  Parish Councillor Steve Brown explains what’s been done:

“Following the very successful upgrade of the play equipment at Bodkins Field, which was organised for the Parish Council by Catherine Harrison, it was very noticeable that the hedge needed attention to bring it back Continue reading

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Survey on an Increase in Council Tax to Help Protect Operational Policing

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has launched a survey seeking the public’s view on an increase in the police element of the council tax by £2 a month.

On Thursday 13th December the Home Secretary announced the provisional police funding settlement for 2019/20.  In response to the exceptional 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.

Brown bin collections (garden waste) will be suspended while crews concentrate on collecting the extra waste from Christmas.  Garden waste customers will receive an extra collection in the spring to make up for this. Continue reading

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Long Wittenham Past

Another in our occasional series showing images and items of interest from Long Wittenham’s past.

With the village’s sewerage system in the news, we have some items from 1962 when the system was installed.  First, a newspaper cutting dated 17th July 1962 reporting on the official opening of the system, and two photographs Continue reading

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SODC Local Plan

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) will be taking a vote on its Emerging Local Plan on 20th December 2018.

Please read a letter to all residents from District Councillor Sue Lawson, who represents our village, here.

The SODC website to which she refers in her letter is here: Continue reading

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Sewers Under Strain

Future housing developments in Long Wittenham must take into account the village’s sewage system, says the Parish Council.

The council has decided to make it a standard response to any future planning applications such as Kler Group’s development and the council’s own Community Hub plans.

Thomas Homes, the council’s developer for the Hub which will include approximately Continue reading

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Parish Precept

The Parish Council has agreed to seek a 3% increase in its precept for the new financial year starting in April 2019.  The precept is the amount of the council tax that is paid to the Parish Council to fund the services it provides.

The 3% increase will raise an extra £573.  The rise is close to the current rate of inflation and will help the council keep abreast of rising prices and extra Continue reading

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Councils Aid Athletics Club

Long Wittenham Athletics Club has been given a financial boost from local councils towards the cost of a new boiler and hot water system which have broken down.

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC), Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) and Long Wittenham Parish Council have come Continue reading

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