Virus Delays Wetlands Project

The Coronavirus crisis has disrupted plans by the Earth Trust to create new wetlands and wildlife habitats at locations near the Thames.

The Trust says that it is committed to the project but in light of the current situation the project partners have decided to postpone further work until the early Summer of next year.

Working with the Church Farm Partnership and Hurst Meadow Trust, Earth Trust was Continue reading

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Waste and Recycling Centres to Reopen

Household Waste and Recycling Centres in Oxfordshire will reopen on Monday (18th May) for essential visits, from 8am to 4pm.  They will be open seven days a week, as long as they are not overwhelmed and can operate safely.

To keep everyone safe and allow for social distancing, the number of vehicles allowed on site at any one time has been reduced, so queues are very likely, especially at peak times such as weekends.  There may be local traffic restrictions around Continue reading

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Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 21st May

The Parish Council will hold its monthly meeting via Zoom video conferencing at 6pm on Thursday 21st May.

Download the agenda here.

If members of the public have any comments they wish to make on items on the agenda, they should email the Parish Clerk at

Any members of the public wishing to attend the meeting remotely should also contact the Continue reading

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Local NHS Heroes Article

Emma Newman recently gave an interview to the Oxford NHS Foundation Trust about the village’s Local NHS Heroes campaign.   Read the article published on the trust’s website:

There are also lot of messages of thanks from nurses and ambulance teams, growing by the day, which you can read here:

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Playareas Update

Following the publication of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy ‘Our Plan To Rebuild’, the Parish Council would like to remind villagers what this means for Long Wittenham.

The good news is that people may now exercise outside as many times each day as they wish and can participate in sports such as angling and tennis, but only with up to one person from outside their own household, so there can be no team sports unless played only with members of the same household. Continue reading

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Extra Garden Waste Collection

Residents who are signed up for brown bin collections will be able to put out twice as much garden waste on Thursday 21st May.

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) 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).

Residents should leave their extra garden waste out in bin liners or sacks beside their Continue reading

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Do You Know How To Keep Your Children Safe Online?

Thames Valley Police have asked the Parish Council to share the following information with residents:

During lockdown, many of us have turned to the internet to stay in touch, which goes for children as well as adults.  Sadly, some criminals are using these extraordinary circumstances as a way to exploit and target young people when they are online.

Since the government restrictions were introduced, Thames Valley Police have seen an Continue reading

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Sires Hill Road Closure – 12th June

The Parish Council has been advised by the Traffic Regulations Team at Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) that it will be necessary to close the road at the corner of Didcot Road and Sires Hill in order to facilitate resurfacing carriageway and signage improving works.

The temporary closure and will operate from 12th June 2020 each night from 7:30pm to 6am, and the anticipated completion date is 16th June 2020.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within Continue reading

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Local NHS Heroes Update

We are pleased to report that the Local NHS Heroes Campaign was a huge success.  More than 4,000 individual items were processed and a total of 335 individual care packs were made up for Abingdon Hospital and the county’s ambulance teams.

Also benefitting were local community district nurses, occupational therapists and physios based at Wallingford Hospital.  A donation of over 1000 items was also made to the Oxford Health Charity to go into their own care packages for community Continue reading

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Traffic Fears When Lockdown is Relaxed

A  group of district councillors is urging Oxfordshire County Council to take steps to reduce the risk of traffic volumes increasing, if and when the Coronavirus lockdown measures are eased.

Four councillors known as “Walking and Cycle Champions”, including Green councillor for the Wittenhams, Sam Casey-Rerhaye, have written to the county council calling on the authority to take a proactive review of measures following a dramatic drop in traffic levels during the lockdown. Continue reading

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