Northfield Lane Footpath Closure

The Parish Council has been advised by the Traffic Regulations Team at Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) that a request has been received from Earth Trust for a temporary closure to apply to the footpath at the end of Northfield Lane (Number 287/2/10) whilst essential earth works are carried out to facilitate the trust’s wetland creation project.

The temporary closure will operate from 1st May 2020 and will remain in force for a maximum period of six months or until the works have been completed, whichever is the Continue reading

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South & Vale Citizens Advice Virus Update

The Parish Council has received the following letter from the director of Oxfordshire South & Vale Citizens Advice:

I thought I would let you know what is happening with the Citizens Advice Service in Oxfordshire South & Vale.

We have now closed all our Advice Centre’s and are enabling our advisers and supervisors to provide a service from home.  There are several technology, security and confidentiality Continue reading

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Waste Services Virus Update

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) reports that most waste collections are currently running as normal.  The waste team’s well-tested service disruption plan is now in place.

The waste contractor, Biffa, has suffered some staff shortages due to illness and self-isolation but is managing this by redeploying staff and using agency drivers.

However, with new crew members unfamiliar with the routes and in some cases fewer Continue reading

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Oxford Parking Charge Changes

Oxford City Council has announced that critical key workers will now be able to use council parking bays without time restriction or charge.  The changes will apply to all on-street parking and open, council-run, car parks including pay and display in Oxford.

The Government has defined critical key workers as including health and social care staff, education and childcare workers, other public services, food supply chain, transport, utilities workers and others. Continue reading

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Coronavirus Scams

Residents are warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the Coronavirus situation.

The Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team has received reports of scams targeting people via emails, text messages, and on the doorstep.  Full details and advice from the Trading Standards team are here:

https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshire-residents-warned-against-coronavirus-scams/

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Clap For Carers

The village stepped out in force last evening for Clap For Carers, paying tribute to NHS staff and volunteers who are helping to provide essential services during the Coronavirus emergency.

People emerged from their homes and into the streets to applaud the efforts of NHS workers and volunteers for at least two minutes.  Others opened their windows and clapped.

Parish councillor Sally Duff who is co-ordinating the relief operation in the village said it Continue reading

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Shielding Our Most Vulnerable

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) has asked the Parish Council to share the following information with residents:

Our most vulnerable residents across Oxfordshire will have recently received correspondence from the NHS, identifying them as high risk and advising them to strictly self-isolate for twelve weeks.

We know this long term restriction may cause additional concerns for those without any nearby support and we want to make sure any shielded resident, who doesn’t know where Continue reading

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Going Forward Buses – Services Suspended

The Parish Council has been asked to pass on this message from Going Forward Buses:

It is with regret that we advise we are suspending all our services from Saturday 28th March 2020 onwards.  The numbers travelling have fallen so dramatically that we cannot continue operating, and in any case we feel it is difficult to justify running services when the government is asking everyone not to travel.  “Stay home, save lives”. Continue reading

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Parking Charges Suspended

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23rd March regarding travel restrictions, South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council have suspended all parking charges with immediate effect.  This applies to all district council car parks across the two districts.

South and Vale have taken this action to support key workers and those who need to shop for essential food or medical supplies during the Coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading

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Playareas Closed

Following Government restrictions, as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, the playareas in the village have been closed.  Residents may use the grounds for exercise, in line with Government guidance, but the play equipment must not be used.

The Parish Council will not be carrying out its weekly safety inspections until further notice, and anyone using the equipment does so at their own risk. Continue reading

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