Christmas Tree Recycling

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) has arranged for Christmas Trees to be collected from Bodkins Recreation Ground car park on Thursday 16th January.  Leave trees there by Wednesday 15th January.

Residents with brown recycling bins can leave their tree next to their brown bin for collection on 16th January.  Please don’t put it in the bin as it’s often difficult for the crews to get out.

Trees larger than 6ft must be cut down. Continue reading

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Bells Appeal Reaches Target

Nearly £44,000 has been raised towards the restoration of the six bells in St Mary’s church.  Work on the project by Whites of Appleton is expected to start next summer.

The amount raised is £43,756.  The revised estimate of the cost of the works by Whites is £36,700 so there will be a contingency fund of £7,000.  The whole restoration package includes restoration of the bells, new bell wheels, new ropes and rope guides and transportation of the bells to the company’s works. Continue reading

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Quarry Debate Continues

Campaigners against the proposed quarry near Clifton Hampden are concerned about the county council’s Cabinet recent decision that future new mineral sources to meet housing demand should be concentrated in South Oxfordshire.

The Cabinet agreed with the latest forecast for the amount of sand, gravel, crushed stone and other aggregates needed for new homes and roads in the county Continue reading

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Water & Electricity Priority Services

Thames Water and Scottish and Southern Electricity are encouraging vulnerable people to sign up for priority services.

By signing up for these free services, residents can benefit from extra help in electricity or water-related emergencies.  The goal is to provide extra peace of mind if you’re of pensionable age; living with a chronic medical condition or restricted mobility; experiencing a change in personal circumstances; or raising a family with young children under the age of five. Continue reading

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Christmas Waste And Recycling Collections

Residents are reminded that waste and recycling collections will change over the festive period.

Brown bin collections (garden waste) will be suspended while crews concentrate on collecting the extra waste from Christmas.

Information on the changes is on the South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) website: Continue reading

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Community Speedwatch

The Community Speedwatch campaign to curb speeding through the village has been agreed and the first appearance of the system is expected early in the New Year.

Eight villagers have volunteered to help operate the system.  Five of them, with the parish council, attended a recent meeting with the police.  The system was explained by police community support officer Marie Deacon, from the Wallingford Continue reading

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Vanderbilt Homes Update

Vanderbilt Homes has submitted another planning application for its housing development on the corner of Fieldside and Didcot Road.

This is a ‘discharge of conditions’ which means that it deals with some of the conditions specified by the planning inspector when the outline planning permission was granted for the site in January 2018.  The inspector’s report, which contains the conditions, can be viewed here: Continue reading

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Beware Rogue Traders

The Parish Council has been advised of cold calling in our area by traders offering tree surgery services for cash.  Trading Standards advise that, if you do get approached by someone who calls at your home without invitation, to ask them firmly but politely to leave.  However, be aware of diversionary tactics designed to throw you off-guard, such as to call on the premise of needing access to your property to carry out work already agreed with a neighbour. Continue reading

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Conservatives Hold Wantage

The Conservative Party candidate, David Johnston, is the new MP for Long Wittenham.  In yesterday’s General Election, he held the Wantage constituency with 34,085 votes and a 50.7% share of the vote.

Liberal Democrat Richard Benwell came second with 21,432 votes and 31.9%.  The Labour candidate Jonny Roberts polled 10,181 (15.2%) and the Independent, Mark Gray, 1,475 (2.2%).

The seat was previously held by Ed Vaisey from 2005. Continue reading

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General Election

Residents probably won’t need to be reminded that the General Election takes place today (Thursday 12th December) and the Village Hall will be open for voting between 7am and 10pm.

Information about the candidates in the Wantage constituency, of which Long Wittenham is part, can be found here:

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