Over 75s TV Licences

Residents are probably aware of the plans to end free TV licences for people aged 75 and over.

Age UK campaigned very hard to retain the free TV licence but the Government has not relented and the BBC has now introduced a new scheme to charge people over 75 for their TV licence, unless they receive Pension Credit.  People over 75 who have been receiving a free licence will get a letter from TV Licensing explaining what they need to do next. Continue reading

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Vanderbilt Homes Amendments

Vanderbilt Homes has submitted another set of amendments (dated 24th July) to its planning application for the housing development on the corner of Fieldside and Didcot Road.

There are twenty-three new documents.  The deadline for comments has been set as 14th August, but given the volume of information to be reviewed, the Parish Council has asked the planning officer to increase the consultation period to allow the documents to be properly scrutinised. Continue reading

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Neptune Wood Meadow Closed

The meadow next to Neptune Wood is now closed during August and early September to prepare the field for grazing.

The owners of the wood and adjoining field, the environmental charity Earth Trust, suspended the closure of the meadow in July following complaints from villagers who said that during the Covid-19 emergency the meadow was a valuable open space for dog owners and the public. Continue reading

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Pre-School Revives Village Hall Space

The village’s Pre-School has completed a project to revitalise the space at the side of the Village Hall.  It has created what the school says is “a more appealing and stimulating environment”.

The school had planned to spend the Summer term holding cake sales and volunteering at local community events to raise funds for the garden project but due to Covid-19, the Continue reading

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OCC Newsletter

Residents who are not already subscribers to Oxfordshire County Council’s digital newsletter “Your Oxfordshire” may like to download the latest edition.

 

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Planning Application

The Parish Council has been advised by South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) of a new planning application within the environs of the village.

The application is for the removal of an unsafe derelict timber framed agricultural barn at Willingtons Down Farm.  The details may be viewed on the SODC website: Continue reading

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Oxford City Bus Gates

The Government has asked all local authorities to introduce emergency transport schemes to facilitate safe, socially distanced transport links (particularly walking and cycling) to help restart the local economy whilst controlling the spread of Covid-19.

Temporary bus gates have been proposed for Oxford city centre.  The bus gates aim to create an environment which is safer for pedestrians and cyclists.  This is to be achieved through ensuring quicker, more frequent buses on less congested roads.  It Continue reading

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Timetable Changes to Bus Service

Changes to Long Wittenham’s twice weekly bus service to Didcot are being introduced on Monday 3rd August.

Going Forward Buses runs the service on Mondays and there are two buses on Wednesdays.  As from Monday 3rd, the bus from the village will leave at 9.58am.  On Wednesdays the services will depart at 10.15am and 1.08pm.

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Village Map Update

The Village Map, a copy of which hangs outside the village hall, was originally produced in 2012 and last updated in 2017.  The Parish Council has decided to update it and print a new one.

A number of amendments have already been identified, but if you know of changes in the village which should be reflected on the map, email longwittpc@hotmail.co.uk with the details.  You can download a copy of the current proof here: Continue reading

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OCC Approves New River Crossing

Oxfordshire County Council’s (OCC) Cabinet has approved plans for the new road and river crossing linking Didcot with the Culham Science Centre.  The decision will bring millions of pounds worth of highways improvements to the Didcot area.

The Cabinet’s move also supports a bypass for Clifton Hampden, widening of the A4130 Didcot to the A34 from a single to dual carriageway, and a new Science bridge over the road and railway into the former Didcot A power station site.  See Continue reading

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