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Friday 6th October 2017

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Please see attached Notice of Conclusion of Audit for Charlbury Town Council here


Wednesday 26th July 2017

Town Council Audit 2016-2017

Please see copy of the last year's accounts.


Audit 2016/17


Friday 17th March 2017

Charlbury Town Council election

The election for the vacancy on Charlbury Town Council will be re-run on 20th April after no candidates came forward for the previous election.

Nominations must be submitted by 4pm on Wednesday 22nd March.

According to the official WODC notice of election:

  • Nomination Papers may be obtained from the offices of the Returning Officer, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB on Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. They may alternatively be obtained from the Clerk of the Town Council (charlburytc@btinternet.com)
  • Nomination Papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, at the Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB, on any date after the date of this notice, on Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, but not later than 4 pm on Wednesday 22 March 2017.
  • If the election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 20 April 2017.
  • Applications to vote by post, or to vary or cancel existing postal or proxy voting arrangements, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Monday 3 April 2017. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Monday 10 April 2017. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on the grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by no later than 5 pm on Thursday 20 April 2017. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5 pm on Monday 10 April 2017. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5 pm on Monday 10 April 2017. All applications and notices regarding absent voting must be sent to the Electoral Registration Officer, Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB. Application forms for postal and proxy voting are available from that address.
  • Applications to register to vote must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer no later than 12 midnight on Friday 31 March 2017 if they are to be effective for this election.
  • For further information about elections please visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/elections or telephone the Elections Office on (01993) 861410.

Please do consider standing - it's important that the Town Council reflects all parts of the town. The time commitment is typically two evening meetings a month, though town councillors can also volunteer to be representatives on other bodies. If you'd like more details about what's involved, do ask any current town councillor.




Thursday 2nd February 2017

Election of a councillor

ELECTION OF A COUNCILLOR FOR THE TOWN OF CHARLBURY

1. NOMINATION PAPERS
Nomination Papers may be obtained from the offices of the 
Returning Officer, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon OX28 1NBon Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
They may alternatively be obtained from the Clerk of the Town Council.

2. DELIVERY OF NOMINATION PAPERS
Nomination Papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, at the Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon OX28 1NB, on any date after the date of this notice, on Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, but not later than 4 pm on Friday 10 February 2017

3. POLL
If the election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 9 March 2017

4. APPLICATIONS TO VOTE BY POST OR PROXY
Applications to vote by post, or to vary or cancel existing postal or proxy voting arrangements, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Wednesday 22 February 2017.  Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 1 March 2017.  Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on the grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by no later than 5 pm on Thursday 9 March 2017.  The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 1 March 2017.  To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on Wednesday 1 March 2017.  All applications and notices regarding absent voting must be sent to the Electoral Registration Officer, Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon OX28 1NB. Application forms for postal and proxy voting are available from that address.

5. APPLICATIONS TO REGISTER TO VOTE
Applications to register to vote must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer no later than 12 midnight on Tuesday 21 February 2017 if they are to be effective for this election.

6. ELECTION INFORMATION
For further information about elections please visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/elections or telephone the Elections Office on (01993) 861410.
Dated:  Thursday 2 February 2017
Keith Butler
Returning Officer


Thursday 12th January 2017

Notice of vacancy in office of Councillor

Town of Charlbury - notice is hereby given:

Pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Mr G Clemson, formerly a Member of the above named Town Council, has ceased to be a Member of the Town Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Town.

If, within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 1 February, 2017), a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made to the Head of the Paid Service, West Oxfordshire District Council, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 1NB by TEN electors for the Town, an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If there is an election, it will take place not later than 30 March, 2017.

Dated: Thursday 12 January, 2017

Mr S.R. Clarke Clerk to Charlbury Town Council


Tuesday 6th December 2016

Parish Poll on proposed grant

On 8 December 2016 a Parish Poll will be held in the Memorial Hall to ask the town's electors whether the Town Council should give grants of:

  • £130,000 to the Thomas Gifford Trust, for the Charlbury Community Centre;
  • £70,000 to the Charlbury Football & Sports Club, for a new headquarters, changing rooms and social facility on Nine Acres.

The money would be raised by a loan taken out by the Town Council, typically from the Public Works Loan Board, and repaid over 20 years. The effect would be a rise of around £10 in the annual council tax on a Band D property.

The poll will be held in the Memorial Hall between 4pm and 9pm. Government regulations state that poll cards are not issued, and unfortunately postal votes are not permitted.


Wednesday 1st June 2016

Town Council Report June 2016

  

Town Council elections

Only ten candidates were nominated for the 12 seats on Charlbury Town Council, meaning that there was no election.

The candidates nominated were:

Kathy Broughton*

Janet Burroughs

Richard Fairhurst*

Peter Kenrick*

Tony Merry*

Phil Morgan

Nick Potter*

Ron Prew*

Robin Puttick

Liz Reason*

A * indicates a sitting councillor. Harriet Baldwin, Susie Finch, Willem Hackmann, Valou Pakenham-Walsh and Tom Skelton did not stand for re-election.

Our thanks to them all for many years of dedicated service.

The two empty seats will be filled by co-option. The next Town Council elections will be held in 2020, except in case of resignation or other vacancy.

Annual Parish Meeting

The APM took place on Friday 15th April in the Memorial Hall, with addresses from Town Council chairman Peter Kenrick, our district and county councillors, and representatives of Charlbury organisations. Highlights from the reports given included the ongoing success of the Corner House and Memorial Hall following the recent improvements to the latter; the popularity of the children’s play area run by the Nine Acres committee; and the great progress made by the Thomas Gifford Trust on the new community centre.

Summer events

We are pleased to welcome the succession of summer festivals back to Charlbury once again and hope the many visitors will enjoy our lovely town. If you encounter any issues that cannot be resolved by contacting the organisers, please call:

• anti-social behaviour and traffic issues: Thames Valley Police, 101

• noise: West Oxfordshire District Council, 01993 861000 (office hours) or 0845 303 9706 (other times)

Due to the closure of the railway line during the Wilderness Festival weekend, visitors will be bussed from Swindon station, minimising the impact on Charlbury’s station and roads.

Bus update

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed 20 July as the new date for the withdrawal of bus subsidies. From then, the C1 Rail bus will cease to operate. The X9 to Witney and Chipping Norton will continue but to a revised timetable, which was not available at the time the Chronicle went to press but will be publicised on the Charlbury website (www.charlbury.info).

Contacting your Town Council

All our meetings are open to the public. Full council meetings will be held in the Corner House at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29th June, 27th July and 24th August, with Planning & Correspondence two days before (8pm unless there is a speaker).

The next open ‘surgeries’ will be in the Corner House from 10am–12pm on Saturday 4th June and 6th August.

You can email Roger Clarke, the Town Clerk, at charlburytc@btinternet.com or phone 01608 810608 (9am–5pm weekdays, not weekends or bank holidays).

Richard Fairhurst

 


Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Town Council Report March 2016

May 2016 elections


All 12 seats on Charlbury Town Council will be up for election on Thursday 5th May. With several long-standing councillors stepping down, now is your chance to really make a difference to the future of our town.

There’s no job profile for a town councillor and you don’t need to pass an exam. What’s important is that the Town Council represents all ages, backgrounds and viewpoints in Charlbury, and is determined to help our town thrive.

The timetable for the elections is:

Early March: Nomination papers available from Charlbury’s Town Clerk (Roger Clarke, 810608, charlburytc@btinternet.com) or West Oxfordshire District Council’s Returning Officer (01993 816410, elections@westoxon.gov.uk).

Thursday 7th April, 4pm: Nominations close. Candidate list published immediately afterwards.

Thursday 5th May: Election. Polling takes place in the Memorial Hall. Results are usually announced early the next morning.

If you’d like to find out more about what’s involved, why not come along and watch our meeting on March 23rd? The meeting is open to the public, starts at 7.30pm, and there’s no obligation to stay for the full time. You can, of course, also speak to any current councillor or to the Town Clerk.

Bus services

Following discussions with Pulhams Coaches, we are delighted to report that the X9 bus service to Witney and Chipping Norton is likely to continue in operation, despite the withdrawal of Oxfordshire County Council’s subsidy.

Pulhams hope to continue to run the peak service largely as at present, but make some reductions on lesser-used off-peak services. This will enable them to run the X9 and its sister X8 (Chipping Norton–Kingham) service with two buses, rather than the present three.

Details are subject to confirmation, and we hope to post a proposed timetable on the Charlbury website when we receive it from Pulhams. Changes will take effect following the end of subsidy in June.

The C1 railbus service is set to end. Unfortunately Go-Ride, the current operators, have confirmed that the level of subsidy is such to make it uneconomic commercially. Thank you to everyone who has supported the railbus in the past.

(The S3 Oxford bus already runs without subsidy and is unaffected.)

Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the Memorial Hall on April 15th at 8pm. Do come along and find out more about the work of the Town Council in the last year. if you have a resolution that you wish to be considered by the meeting, please submit it in writing to the Town Clerk at least seven days beforehand.

Boundary Walk

The Annual Parish Boundary Walk will take place on Rogation Sunday, 1st May, led by Tony Merry. It starts at 10am at the old oak tree on Forest Road (B4437 to Burford) at the top of the hill, nearly a mile past the railway station. The walk crosses land not normally open to the public by kind permission of the landowners. There will be a break for lunch at Model Farm, Ditchley, for which we are very grateful to Rob & Maxine Hobill. We need volunteers for stewarding and chauffeuring on the day – if you can help, please contact the Town Clerk.

In brief

We would like to record our appreciation to Lynette Murphy for producing the Charlbury Chronicle for the last 19 years. Good luck to Susie Finch as she takes on the editorship.

Thank you to all the town centre residents and businesses for illuminated Christmas trees, to Geoff Burroughs for donating the tree for the Corner House, and to the team of volunteers led by Liz Walton who organise this beautiful display every year.

In the event of a sudden cold snap, if you notice that any of the salt bins are empty, please call Roger Clarke (810608). Please remember that the salt is for use on public roads and footpaths, not private driveways!

The town council precept, part of your Council Tax, has been set at £87,158 for 2016/17, giving a Band D rate of £68.44. This is an increase of 1.67% on the current rate.

Please take a few moments to check your boundaries and cut back overhanging branches and excessive growth so that the pavements are kept clear for pedestrians.

Contacting your Town Council

All our meetings are open to the public. Full council meetings will be held in the Corner House at 7.30pm on Wednesday 23rd March, 27th April, and 18th May, with Planning & Correspondence two days before (8pm unless there is a speaker). The May meeting is the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council, at which the Chair and Vice-Chair are elected and nominations to committees made.

The next open ‘surgeries’ will be in the Corner House from 10am–12pm on Saturday 2nd April and 4th June.

You can email Roger Clarke, the Town Clerk, at charlburytc@btinternet.com or phone 01608 810608 (9am–5pm weekdays, not weekends or bank holidays).

Richard Fairhurst


Monday 9th November 2015

Logs for Labour runs again

Would you like free firewood, or do you have a woodland that needs managing?  The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment’s “Logs for Labour” programme aims to promote sustainable use of firewood by running events where volunteers help to manage woodlands in return for logs.  The events run most weekends in the winter, are about 3 hours long, and could involve coppicing hazel, thinning trees or piling up brash.  All you need are sturdy gloves, shoes and a saw (only hand tools are allowed for insurance reasons)… or let us know if your woodland needs the help of volunteers.  Information about forthcoming events is at www.oxonwoodfuel.org.uk/logs-for-labour or ‘like’ www.facebook.com/oxonwood.  Riki Therivel, 01865 243488.


Friday 18th September 2015

Defibrillator training document

Following on from the training session held in the Memorial Hall on 8 September, the training document can be found here.


If you have any further queries, please contact the Town Clerk.


Friday 18th September 2015

New waste and recycling calendars now online

West Oxfordshire residents can now download their waste and recycling calendars for the next 12 months from:www.westoxon.gov.uk/news/sept/waste-and-recycling-calendars/

Enter your address in the 'postcode search' section on the West Oxfordshire District Council website to access your bin collection calendar.

Here, people can also register for handy weekly email alerts about waste collection dates, including a reminder the day before about which bins to put out and helpful information about changes to collection days over the Christmas period and bank holidays.

Paper copies of the waste calendars are available for those that do not have web access. These can be picked up from:

The District Council's Town Centre Shop and Elmfield offices in Witney.
The Guildhall, Chipping Norton.
Burford Visitor Information Centre.
Carterton Town Council.


As well as bin collection information, residents can use the alerts service to receive information about planning applications registered near to their homes.


Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Free Women's Cricket Sessions

Council nets more funding to help inspire young people into sport

 

West Oxfordshire District Council will be continuing a successful project that is inspiring young people to adopt a healthy lifestyle by taking up a physical activity or sport.

 

The Council has been awarded just over £10,700 for 2015/16 from the Lottery-backed Sportivate London 2012 legacy programme, set up to provide opportunities for more 11 to 25-year-olds to get into sport.

 

The funding enables the Council to build upon the success of a project developed over the last three years that offers young people the chance to try new activities and take part in courses free-of-charge.

 

Details of the programme are yet to be finalised, but among the first activities this year is free women’s cricket sessions running:

 

  • At Charlbury Cricket Club

  • Every Thursday from 11 June to 30 July

  • 6-7pm

  • Run by qualified coaches

     

    The cricket sessions offer free training to women over 16 and will be suitable for beginners.

     

    Cllr James Mills, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Health, said: “This project has already reached out to many young people in West Oxfordshire, including 66 last year who became engaged in sports after attending sessions ranging from street sports to archery. 

     

    “We are therefore delighted to have once again secured funding to continue this for another year and hope young people in our District take up the opportunities that will be available as a result of it.”

     

    The £56m Sportivate fund is co-ordinated by Sport England and, locally, Oxfordshire Sports Partnership.

    For further information contact the District Council’s leisure team on 01993 861080 or email leisureandtourism@westoxon.gov.uk


Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Relocation of Citizens' Advice Bureau

Relocation of West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Service in Chipping Norton

 

The Advice Service in Chipping Norton is now being delivered from the new Health Centre in Russell Way, Chipping Norton.  

As before, the service is available to anyone living in Chipping Norton and its surrounding villages.  The opening times for both drop-in and appointments are from 9.30 – 12.30 and from 1.30 – 4.00 pm every Wednesday and telephone advice from 9.30 – 4.00 pm every week day on 03444 111 444.  For people who require a face to face appointment but are unable to access the Health Centre, we also provide a home visiting service.

We are very grateful to the manager of the Health Centre for making us welcome in the new health centre and for enabling us to offer an improved level of service to our clients.  We are confident that they will find the new location every bit as convenient as our old premises, particularly as there is on-site parking and easy access by public transport. 


Wednesday 3rd June 2015

CPRE West Oxon AGM 2015



West Oxon District Committee of the Campaign to Protect Rural England will be holding its AGM on

Saturday 18th July 2015

2.30 pm

at

Bampton Village Hall


All members are welcome. 

We also welcome non-members and representatives of Parish Councils who are concerned about the countryside.

There will be a talk from Maurizio Fantato of Witney Oxford Transport on current issues and possible solutions.

There will also be an update on CPRE’s branch and national work.

The AGM will be followed by tea, coffee and cake.

The West Oxon committee will also be running a small plant-sale.

For more information please contact:

CPRE Oxfordshire: 01491 612079 or administrator@cpreoxon.org.uk


Monday 18th May 2015

Notice of Town Councillor Election

Nominations are invited for the one vacant seat on Charlbury Town Council. The following excerpts are taken from the official notice:

"Nomination Papers may be obtained from the offices of the Returning Officer, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB on Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding any bank holidays). They may alternatively be obtained from the Clerk of Charlbury Town Council (Roger Clarke, 01608 810608).

"Nomination Papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, at the Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB, on any date after the date of this notice, on Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding any bank holidays), but not later than 4pm on Friday 29 May 2015..

"(If the) election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday 25 June."

For further information, see www.westoxon.gov.uk/elections or telephone 01993 861410.


Monday 2nd March 2015

Message to all Dog Owners

Message to all dog owners. 


Please keep your dog under control at all times when walking in or around fields that contain livestock.

It is an offence to allow a dog to attack or cause serious injury to a person or livestock, or to behave in such a way that makes a person worried that it might attack them. Dog owners are responsible for controlling their dogs' behaviour in public.

We have had one report today in the Chipping Norton area where livestock have been injured.

Our suggestion is that when there are other animals in the area put your dog on a lead.

Many thanks

Wesley Smith (Police, PCSO, Chipping Norton)


Friday 27th February 2015

Pink Ribbonwalk - raise money for Breast Cancer

The Pink Ribbonwalk is back – with a twist!

Join us on a 5, 10 or 20-mile walk in the countryside and raise money for people facing breast cancer. A free T-shirt, post-walk meal, medal and massage are available at our stunning venues, including our brand new London at Night Pink Ribbonwalk which will showcase some of the most iconic sights the capital has to offer.

Visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk/walk to find out more and register.


Monday 22nd December 2014

Fishers Lane Road Closure

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Restrictions - Road Closure / “No Waiting” Restriction / One Way Streets suspended for access

Charlbury - Fishers Lane - 19 January 2015 one day only

 

A request has been received from Clancy Docwra on behalf of Thames Water, for a temporary road closure, “No Waiting” restriction and suspension of One Way Streets to apply to roads around Fishers Lane, Charlbury whilst essential water mains works are carried out.

 

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice is being made by Oxfordshire County Council to implement the temporary closure and restriction and will operate on 19 January 2015 for one day only from approximately 8am to 5pm.

 

The “No Waiting” restriction means that vehicles will need to be removed from the highway where there are in place yellow “No Waiting” cones.

 

Please note that Temporary Traffic Regulation Notices can last up to 5 consecutive days only. [Emergency Temporary Traffic Regulation Notices can last up to 21 consecutive days only.]

 

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works. One Way Streets will be suspended for access.

 

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the works is here.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Kez Braham of Clancy Docwra on 07884 474453.


Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Christmas Collection Dates 2014

Please see flyer on the dates for Christmas Refuse Collection here


Friday 6th June 2014

Thames Valley Police Open Day - 2 August

Learn more about the work of the police at their Open Day in Sulhampstead (near Reading) on 2 August, between 10am and 4pm.

  • See the Police Helicopter and team
  • Meet the mounted and dog sections
  • Learn about different departments
  • Tour the Police Museum

More information can be found at www.thamesvalley.police.uk/openday


Tuesday 1st April 2014

Notice of Town Councillor Election

Nominations are invited for the one vacant seat on Charlbury Town Council. The following excerpts are taken from the official notice:

"Nomination Papers may be obtained from the offices of the Returning Officer, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB on Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding any bank holidays). They may alternatively be obtained from the Clerk of Charlbury Town Council (Roger Clarke, 01608 810608).

"Nomination Papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, at the Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB, on any date after the date of this notice, on Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding any bank holidays), but not later than 4pm on Thursday 24 April 2014.

"(If the) election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday 22 May."

For further information, see www.westoxon.gov.uk/elections or telephone 01993 861410.


Tuesday 18th March 2014

Notice of Vacancy in the Office as Councillor

Notice of Vacancy in the Office as Councillor - Town of Charlbury

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Mr J Holah, formerly a Member of the above named Town Council, has ceased to be a Member of the Town Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Town.

If, within 14 days* after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 9 April, 2014), a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made to the Chief Executive, West Oxfordshire District Council, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 1NB by TEN electors for the Town, an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If there is an election, it will take place not later than 12 June 2014.

  • in computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.


Friday 21st February 2014

Flooding Survey

In response to the flooding across Oxfordshire, the county council is looking at its impact and the response of communities and public services so they can consider how they might do things differently in the future and OCC are keen to ensure that the views of residents and communities help shape discussions at this important meeting.

If you have not already done so, could you please take the time to complete this short survey here They have have also asked us to make residents and businesses in your local area aware of this survey and of the flooding economic impact survey click here that is being coordinated by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. Results from these surveys will be shared with all groups and organisations attending the Members' Flooding Forum and the Oxfordshire Flooding Summit that will held on 21st March.


Sunday 5th January 2014

Notice of Election

Election of a Town Councillor for the Town of Charlbury


NOMINATION PAPERS

Nomination Papers may be obtained from the offices of the Returning Officer, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB on Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding any bank holidays). They may alternatively be obtained from the Clerk of the Charlbury Town Council (Roger Clarke, 01608 810608).


DELIVERY OF NOMINATION PAPERS

Nomination Papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, at the Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB, on any date after the date of this notice, on Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding any bank holidays), but not later than 12 noon on Friday 10 January 2014.


POLL

If the election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday 6 February 2014.


ABSENT VOTES

Applications to vote by post, or to vary or cancel existing postal or proxy voting arrangements, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Wednesday 22 January 2014 if they are to be effective for this election.

Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5 pm on Wednesday 29 January 2014, except in cases where unforeseen illness or incapacity occurs after that time, in which case applications may be received by no later than 5 pm on Thursday 6 February 2014.

All applications and notices regarding absent voting must be sent to the Electoral Registration Officer, Electoral Services Office, Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxon, OX28 1NB. Application forms for postal and proxy voting are available from that address.


REGISTERING TO VOTE

Applications to register to vote must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer no later than Wednesday 22 January 2014 if they are to be effective for this election.


ELECTION INFORMATION

For further information about elections please visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/elections or telephone the Elections Office on (01993) 861410.




Friday 15th November 2013

Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor

TOWN OF CHARLBURY

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

Pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Mr R Robson, formerly a member of the named Town Council, has ceased to be a member of the Town Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Town.

If, within 14 days* after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 5 December 2013) a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Chief Executive, West Oxfordshire District Council, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 1NB by TEN electors for the Town, an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If there is an election, it will take place not later than 6 February, 2014.
Dated: Friday 15 November, 2013.

*In computing any time for this purpose, a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.


Thursday 4th April 2013

Town Council Statement

Town Council Statement

The Thomas Gifford Charity have announced at their recent public meeting and in the Chronicle that they are moving toward the submission of a planning application for the Spendlove site, probably in the autumn. Funding has been secured for the scheme which includes ‘enabling development’ of apartments to provide part of the funding for the Sports and Community facilities envisaged in the published draft plans.

The trustees consider this to be an appropriate time to investigate opportunities for alternative sources of funding to provide sufficient monies to build a scheme and protect part of the site for future community use.

 The Town Council wish to stress that no decisions have been taken on matters relating to alternative funding. The trustees of the Gifford Charity are exploring options. In the meantime, the Town Council has asked the management committee of the Corner House &War Memorial Hall to consider the governing document for the Charity which sets out responsibilities related to management and any land sale which might be considered. The scheme sets out very clearly the process to be followed. Decisions are for the management committee alone to make. The Town Council is the Custodian Trustee and its role is to ensure that the committee acts within the terms of the scheme and meet requisite Charity Law.

There will be further consideration of all community facilities in the Town as part of the Community Led Plan which will set this as a first priority. Information will be gathered from all providers together with future aspirations for inclusion in the plan. All discussions will involve residents, be open and transparent with the results being reported back to the Town Council in a similar manner to those relating to the Town Appraisal.


Town Clerk

4th April 2013


Tuesday 5th March 2013

Little Lees Affordable Housing available

Soha Housing, the developers of the new site on Little Lees, are inviting applications for four "shared ownership" properties.

Two of the properties are two-bedroom houses, and two are two-bedroom flats. The value of each flat is estimated at around £175,000, and of each house at £205,000. Typically the purchaser would take out a mortgage to buy 50% of the property, and then pay Soha a subsidised monthly rent for the remaining 50% (of around £180-£210 per month).

Applicants must have a local connection with Charlbury. For further details, contact West Oxfordshire District Council's Housing Services department.

Soha will also be providing 11 rental properties on the same development.


Thursday 28th February 2013

Developing a Community Led Plan

Developing a Community Led Plan

As mentioned in the Town Council report  the Town Council has been considering how to respond to the principle provided by the Localism Act 2012, that communities should have opportunities to influence the future of the places where they live.

 There are two options, one being the Community Led Plan, with the other a Neighbourhood Plan.  With a Neighbourhood Plan, the focus is on how to shape new development in the town, establishing general planning policies for the development and use of land in the area.  This has to be agreed through a local referendum after a full consultation with all residents.  With a Community Led Plan (CLP), the intention is for the community to develop a sound understanding of local aspiration and need, again through a broad consultation process.  The CLP can focus on the social, economic, environmental and cultural life of the town, support applications for funds and be used to work closely with the District & County Councils to deliver against.

 At its January meeting the Town Council considered a proposal to start a consultation with the residents of Charlbury on the proposal to develop a Town Plan, based on the model of a Community Led Plan.  Before we can start, we propose to set up a CLP Advisory Group that will be the team that drives forward the CLP consultation process, sets up events, and arranges consultation and feedback to understand the aspirations and ideas of the town.  The CLP Advisory Group will agree a set of Terms of Reference with the Town Council to ensure that there is proper planning and clear outcomes for the plan.

 Our first request is for anyone interested in being a part of the CLP Advisory Group to contact the Town Clerk on charlburytc@btinternet.com or telephone 01608 810608, to indicate their interest.  Once we have a team together we will start the process of planning events in the town that will give the widest feedback from all parts of the town, providing regular feedback to all interested parties and eventually arriving at a final report and plan for the future of Charlbury.

 We are sure that this proposal will bring together a creative and hard-working team that will deliver a fresh plan for Charlbury and if you want any further background go to www.oxonrcc.org.uk for information from Oxfordshire Rural Community Council to see the national 9 step CLP process.  You can also go to www.clp-se.org.uk to see examples of other local towns and parishes that have taken this opportunity to shape the future of their communities.

 The group of Town Councillors are Richard Fairhurst, Jim Holah, Liz Reason, Russell Robson, Valou Pakenham-Walsh


Thursday 28th February 2013

Town Council Report March 2013

By Councillor Jim Holah

 In the last edition I mentioned that there are opportunities arising from the Localism Act and I am pleased to say that we have been considering how best to begin a debate in Charlbury about a Community Led Plan.  This is one of the options for us all to consider what we want Charlbury to look and feel like in the next ten to fifteen years.   At present there is a small group of Town Councillors thinking about how we can start the debate and we have agreed financial support in next year’s budget.  Don’t forget, if there are any issues you want to find out about, you can come to the Town Council meetings to hear the discussions, all meetings are open to the public  If you have any questions, please see how to contact us at the end of the report.

Christmas Trees: thanks to all residents and businesses who put up Christmas trees in the town, this made a real difference and brought brightness to our streets in December.  Special thanks to Geoff Burroughs for donating the tree for the Corner House,

Snow & Ice: the winter weather hit us very hard in January and the Town Councillors available spent some time clearing footpaths and spreading salt.  Thanks to those residents who also took time to spread salt and shovel snow to help.

Pot holes: the roads have been suffering as a result of all this bad weather, and if you find potholes, please report them to O.C.C. Highways on 0845 310 1111.

The Town Council Reception:  took place in the Corner House on the 13th February

The Annual Parish Meeting: will be held at 8pm on Friday 5th April in the War Memorial Hall.  Please come along and find out what your Council has been up to for the past year and ask questions about any aspect of the town.  As well as Town Councillors, the District and County Councillors will also be in attendance.

Annual meeting of the Town Council: will be held on Wednesday 22 May at 7.30pm in the Corner House and is open to the public as are all other meetings.  This meeting sees the election of the Chairman and the various Committees and nominations to other organisation in the town.

Town Council precept: this is the Town Council’s budget for 2013/14 and will be £79,640.00.  This is less than the current budget of £84,292.00 and gives a Band D Council tax rate of £64.14, down from the present of £64.44. The reason that the Council Tax has only dropped by 30p whilst the budget has been reduced by £4,652.00 is that the process by which Band D is calculated, the Council Tax Divisor, has been changed by the Government. About half the precept is unavoidable as it covers the essential running costs of the town.  This includes grass cutting, hedge, tree and walling repair, care of the cemetery, play equipment maintenance, insurances, grants and administrative costs.  Repayment of loans relating to the cemetery extension and funds towards the resurfacing of the hard surface play area are also included.  If you want to know more about the planned expenditure, please contact the Town Clerk.

Councillor surgeries for 2013: The dates have been set for this year as follows; 6 April, 1 June, 3 August, 5 October, 7 December, between 10 & noon.  There are always two Councillors available to you and for the moment the venue is the Corner House.  In the last issue I asked whether there were any other venues that might be more convenient but there have been no suggestions so far.

County Council elections: are on Thursday 2 May: with a seat available for the new Charlbury & Wychwood Division.  The present Charlbury Division seat is held by Cllr. Neil Owen (Con), who has made it clear that he will not be contesting the new Division.  The Polling Station is at The Memorial Hall, between 7am to 10pm.

Annual Parish Boundary Walk:  takes place on Rogation Sunday 5 May, the walk leader this year is Harriet Baldwin.  The walk starts at 10 am at the old oak tree on Forest Road (B4437 to Burford). Break for lunch at Model Farm, Ditchley by kind permission of Rob & Maxine Hobill.  Volunteers (please contact the Town Clerk) are needed for stewarding and chauffeuring to support this walk on Bank Holiday weekend over land not normally open to the public.

The Station car park: is now fully operational including the new set of steps proposed by the Town Council that make it easier to use the new facilities at the station.

West Oxfordshire Local Plan: The Town Council has made comments on the draft document ad you can obtain a copy from the Clerk or through the W.O.D.C website.

Police & Crime Commissioner consultation: the Town Council has commented on the draft strategy and again, you can obtain a copy from the Town Clerk.

 Affordable Housing in Little Lees:  this site being built and managed by SOHA will hopefully be available for occupation by May 2013.  There are 15 homes and to qualify you must meet the following criteria; to be on the WODC housing waiting list, be resident in Charlbury for at least 12 months or have lived here previously for at least three years, be currently employed in the Parish for more than 12 months or have close family living in Charlbury for at least three years


Saturday 22nd December 2012

Town Council Report December 2012

Charlbury Town Council report, No. 65
By Councillor Jim Holah

This is the second report from the Council elected in May 2012.  As well as getting to grips with the standard items that are the responsibility of the Council, we have been learning about the various initiatives and changes coming about because of the changes to the Planning system, along with the opportunities coming from the Localism agenda.  We will provide information about these initiatives through the newsletter, or you may wish to come to the Town Council meetings to hear the discussions  -   all meetings are open to the public.  If you have any questions, please see how to contact us at the end of the report.

Recycling facilities:    as well as improved facilities recently installed at the Spendlove, at the July meeting the Town Council supported the West Oxfordshire D.C. proposal for a recycling centre at Greystones, Chipping Norton.

Train service improvements: on the 18th July, the Town Clerk represented us as a guest of First Great Western on a Class 180 Adelante special train from Charlbury to Evesham, marking the return of this service with a short ceremony at Moreton in Marsh.

Station Car Park:  the extension opened for service on the 1st October and appears to be popular with rail users already, along with the relocated coffee stall, which will soon be within the main building based on a recent planning application.

Street Fair: we send our congratulations to the organisers of this successful and  enjoyable day, raising in the region of £11,000 (subject to audit) that provides for the maintenance of the Corner House and War Memorial Hall and that otherwise would have to be raised through local Council tax.

Councillors open surgeries: the October surgery was again busy with a number of queries and suggestions from residents.  As always, all issues are passed to the Town Clerk for action and all those attending receive a direct response.  All issues are reported to the following Council meeting for information.  The next Surgery is on the 1st December, in the Corner House from 10 am to noon.

Councillor surgeries for 2013:   For next year, we are experimenting with venues other than the Corner House.  Where would you suggest we hold surgeries that would make it easier for more residents to speak with Councillors?  Use the contact details below to tell us.

Remembrance Day: Councillor Kathy Broughton laid the Council’s wreath at the War  Memorial in St Mary’s Church on Remembrance Sunday, 11th November.

Snow & Ice: the winter weather will soon be upon us, and once again we ask you to be aware of the hazards of icy pavements and roads, but also to look out for your neighbours who may find it hard to get out in such weather.  Could you look in on them or offer to assist them in any way? Any help would be appreciated.

The Permissive Paths on Wigwell Nature reserve and Nine Acres Recreation Ground will be closed all day on Wednesday 2nd January 2013.  This is  a legal requirement.     Residents with gates opening on to Oxpens Allotments, Nine Acres Recreation Ground and Wigwell are reminded that this does not create a Right of Way.

Overhanging branches to pavements and weed growth : thank you to those who  responded to our request in the last newsletter to cut back overhanging branches, making  pavements easier to use.  Thanks also to those who tackled weeds outside their homes.  We have also managed to remove some weeds through the Stewardship Scheme fund, targeting some of the worst areas identified.

Thomas Gifford Charity:   Please see the report elsewhere in this newsletter outlining the developments and progress with the proposed Community Centre.  Please note also that the annual meeting of the Charity is to be held on the 6th December in the War Memorial Hall.

How do we keep you in touch with Council activity and issues?: always a key topic of importance for residents and one we wish to get right.  The Town Council has three  dedicated Notice Boards, at the Corner House, next to the Enstone Road bus shelter and opposite Fiveways Store.  We always publicise meeting dates, agendas and other important notices.  We also make information available on the Town Council website and place minutes and other documents in the Library.  Members of the public may address the Town Council for up to 5 minutes before a full Council meeting by arrangement with the Clerk.

 

Happy Christmas and New Year to one and all

 


Monday 27th August 2012

Town Council Report Sept 2012

Charlbury Town Council report, No. 64
By Councillor Jim Holah

This is the first report from the Council newly elected in May 2012. I hope you find it informative of both the continuing work of the Council as well the challenges and opportunities from new legislation and changes arising from the Localism Act. If you have any questions, please see how to contact us at the end of the report.

Town Council annual meeting, 16th May: the new Council met for the first time, voting in Nick Potter as Chairman for the 18th successive year and Valou Pakenham–Walsh as Vice Chairman for the second year. The Councillors, all sitting as independents are Kathy Broughton, Richard Fairhurst, Susanna Finch, Willem Hackmann, Jim Holah, Reg James, Peter Kenrick, Tony Merry, Liz Reason and Russell Robson. The business of allocating subcommittee roles was concluded, with details available from the Town Clerk.

Code of Conduct: a new model code for Councillors highlighting six key objectives of selflessness, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty & integrity and leading by example has been introduced. This was adopted and endorsed at the June Council meeting.

Former Councillor Ron Prew is thanked for his 17 year service since election in 1995, serving as Vice Chairman for 4 years.

Councillors open surgeries: the June and August surgeries were kept busy with a steady stream of residents calling to discuss local concerns and to ask questions about services and facilities. These have been followed through, with a short report made to the following Council meeting for information. The next Surgery is on the first Saturday in October, in the Corner House from 10 am to Noon.

Annual Parish Boundary walk: this was held on the 13 May, a fine Rogation Sunday with 12 walkers led for the first time by Geoffrey Griffiths and Harriet Baldwin. Our thanks go to them, the Stewards and helpers and particularly Maxine and Robert Hobill for their generous lunch arrangements at Model Farm, Ditchley.

Overhanging branches to pavements: the lush growth of your hedges and trees is again causing obstructions to pedestrians and we request that you cut back and recycle any branches, bushes or plants, as wheelchairs and prams are particularly affected when the pavements are narrowed. There are also large areas of weeds growing in kerbs and gutters around the town, if you are able to remove or treat any of these in the area outside your home it would improve the look of Charlbury.

Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations, The Chairman represented the Town Council at the service at St Mary’s Church on the 3 June and H.M.The Queen has replied to our letter of loyal Greetings on the occasion. The Town Clerk is having this framed for display in the Museum. Our thanks go to the organisers of the celebratory events held. Despite the rain these were successful and very enjoyable.

Neighbourhood Plan, this subject has seen some focus for the new Council since May, with a presentation from West Oxfordshire Planners outlining the possibilities and challenges. We have arranged to attend further briefings before discussing how best to respond and will update you in future reports.

Grants for Financial Year 2013/14, any organisation that thinks it may need a grant from the Town Council for the financial year 2013/14 must obtain an application form from the Town Clerk and return it together with supporting documents by mid-day on 31 October. Late applications cannot be considered. The Clerk can advise on what can, and cannot, be grant aided under the Local Government Act.

Local Government Election, on the 3 May Liz Leffmann (LibDem) was elected to represent the Charlbury Ward (including Finstock & Fawler) on West Oxfordshire District Council. The other Councillor for the Ward is Hywel Davies (Con). The next Local Government election will be on the 2 May 2013 for the Charlbury & Wychwood Division on Oxfordshire County Council. The Charlbury Division represented by Neil Owen (Con) has been affected by the Boundary Commission and so this will be the first election for the new Division.

Thomas Gifford Charity, the Town Council nominates three trustees; Cllr Liz Reason resigned from the board of trustees in March, with Cllr Jim Holah appointed to replace her. The other two appointed trustees are Ian Cox and Jim Clemence. Cllr Russell Robson is also a trustee.

To contact the Town Council, email the Town Clerk, Roger Clarke, at
charlburytc@btinternet.com or telephone 01608 810608,
9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. (Not weekend or Bank Holidays)
Further information can be found at www.charlburytowncouncil.co.uk


Thursday 23rd August 2012

Centenary Wood Management Plan

The Oxfordshire Woodland Project met recently to discuss the Centenary Wood Management Plan, which can be viewed here.   


Any queries should be directed to David Rees from Oxfordshire County Council.

His contact details are:
David Rees
Manager
Oxfordshire Woodland Project
email:  david.rees@oxfordshire.gov.uk
tel:        01865 815427


Monday 16th July 2012

Weight restriction on bridge at Dyer's Hill

Oxfordshire County Council are about to impose a temporary 7.5T weight limit on the bridge over the Evenlode at the bottom of Dyer's Hill, by the railway station. The diversions, due to come into effect at the start of the week, are due to concern about the bridge structure. Heavy traffic will be asked to divert via Chipping Norton and Spelsbury.


Wednesday 4th July 2012

Views sought on proposed recycling centre

West Oxfordshire District Council is proposing to develop a household recycling centre, subject to planning, at Greystones, a former council depot on the outskirts of Chipping Norton and is asking the public for thoughts on the proposals. 

Residents are invited to come along and find out more about the proposals at any of the following informal drop-in consultation events: 

  •          Chipping Norton - Town Hall on Thursday 5 July from 12 noon to 8pm.
  •      Chipping Norton - Leisure Centre on Saturday 7 July from 9am to 1pm.
  •      Charlbury - The Corner House, Market Street on Thursday 12 July from 12 noon to 8pm.

Staff will be on hand to talk through the suggested plans and answer questions. Feedback from the consultation will help develop any future planning application.

If you cannot attend any of the consultation events but would like to find out more, detailed information will be available on the District Council website from Monday 2 July: www.westoxon.gov.uk/greystones. Alternatively, call 01993 861420. Consultation ends Friday 20 July 2012.


Wednesday 9th May 2012

Annual Boundary Walk - 13th May 10am

The Annual Boundary Walk will take place on Sunday 13th May starting at 10am at the Old Oak tree Forest Hill ( Shipton Rd. ) The walk is approximately 11 miles in total with a number of intermediate points where walkers can leave.

A lunch stop, about half way through is taken at Model Farm, Ditchley. The walk is led by Geoff Griffiths.  Dogs MUST be kept on a lead at all times and any children should be accompanied by an adult.  This walk opens up paths which normally are not available, thanks to the relevant landowners.

This is an annual privilege which we need to maintain, hence the "rules". The leader's decisions are final.
 


Tuesday 8th May 2012

9th September - National FASD Day

The Town Council have been asked to publicise the following event:

Once the Royal Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics are over, what are you going to do next? The shops will want you to start shopping for Christmas, but can we give you an alternative suggestion - join us in marking National FASD Day!


9th September is National FASD Day - the 9th day of the 9th month symbolising the 9 months of pregnancy when it is advised that ladies avoid alcohol to protect their unborn baby from FASD.

We are asking people to get all their friends together and have a BreakFASD on 9th September, maybe starting at 9.09am or even be different and have yours at 9.09PM.

As 9th September this year falls on a Sunday, if anyone attend church, we are asking churches to pray during their services for our work and the families we work alongside.

More information, including how you can sign up and be part of this exciting national event here:
http://www.charitychoice.co.uk/the-fasd-trust-15175/events/national-fasd-day


Friday 4th May 2012

Town Council Election Results

The following candidates have been elected to Charlbury Town Council, with number of votes cast:

  • Nick Potter*: 666
  • Valou Pakenham-Walsh*: 636
  • Susie Finch*: 633
  • Richard Fairhurst: 618
  • Liz Reason*: 586
  • Reg James*: 538
  • Peter Kenrick: 514
  • Jim Holah: 510
  • Willem Hackmann*: 483
  • Tony Merry: 462
  • Kathy Broughton: 455
  • Russell Robson: 432

Not elected:

  • Ron Prew*: 395
  • Fergus McVey: 375

Turnout was 48.43%, again the highest of any Town/Parish Council election in West Oxfordshire. * indicates incumbent.


Monday 5th March 2012

Nomination Papers to the Town Council

Nomination Papers are available from the Town Clerk as of 6th March and can be collected by appointment Telephone 01608 810608. 


Alternatively there are forms at WODC please telephone Mrs. Ellison on 01993 861525 to arrange collection.


Thursday 1st March 2012

Election May 2012 Timetable

The Town Council is up for election this year, and some long standing councillors are standing down - hopefully to make room for some new younger blood. The timetable can be found here however if you have any queries, please contact Roger Clarke at charlburytc@btinternet.com


Thursday 1st March 2012

Road Closure - Spelsbury to Chadlington

It will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the section of Chadlington Road that runs between its junction with the road to Dean and the B4026 in Spelsbury, to facilitate carriageway reconstruction works at the Spelsbury end of the closed section.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from Wednesday 7 March 2012. It is planned to take approximately five days. (The maximum duration of such a temporary closure will be 18 months or until completion of the works whichever is the earlier.)

Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and also overnight access for those residents within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works. Please note that access routes will depend on exactly where the works vehicles are at any time and may need to be negotiated with the gang on site as necessary.

Detailed information on the affected area can be found here


Thursday 1st March 2012

Road Closure - Witney, West End

This road closure is being introduced because of repair works to the sewer main which is anticipated to take 3-5 days of 24 hour working and will operate from the evening of 30 March 2012. The estimated duration of the works is 3 to 5 days (Friday to Tuesday probable maximum).

The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding in the length of the B4022 West End, between its junctions with the A4095 Woodgreen Hill and Crawley Road.

The Order also temporarily prohibits vehicles waiting in the length of the B4022 Hailey Road between Crawley Road and Farmers Close, and in any of the main through route of Farmers Close, and in part of New Yatt Road and the roads which surround Wood Green, including the A4095 Woodgreen Hill. These will be used as local diversions which includes buses.

The alternative route for traffic affected by the West End closure is via the A4095 eastwards towards Woodstock, the A44 north-westwards, the B4437 westwards to Charlbury, the B4022 southwards towards Witney and vice versa. 

Map of affected area can be found here and the diversion route can be found here


Wednesday 29th February 2012

West Oxon Community Safety Partnership update

West Oxon Community Safety Partnership's latest update can be found here and contains some very useful information.


Friday 24th February 2012

Climate Change - Advice & Support

Are you a farmer or rural business within the Cotswolds AONB?  If yes, advice and support is available which could help develop various resource management and efficiency savings for your business, and reduce the harmful impact of emissions on the environment.

Climate change advice and project development support is available locally within the Cotswolds AONB from a dedicated business advisor in one or more of the following areas:
  • Resource management and carbon energy audits
  • Energy efficiency and renewable technologies
  • Soil, water, and nutrient management
  • Access to funding – RDPE grants, feed-in-tariff, and renewable heat incentive
  • Research, bid writing and project management services

Contact: James Lloyd – Climate Change Advisor
Email: james.lloyd@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
or info@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
Tel: 01451 862033


Friday 24th February 2012

Temporary Road Closure – Charlbury to Spelsbury -

In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close a section of the B4026 between Spelsbury and Charlbury to facilitate structural carriageway patching works.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from Monday 19 March 2012.  The estimated duration of the works is up to three weeks.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Simon Marsden, OCC Highways & Transport on 0845 310 11 11.

A map of the affected area can be found here


Wednesday 18th January 2012

WODC Photographic Competition 2012

A third photographic competition is being run by the Tourism department of West Oxfordshire District Council and they wish local residents of West Oxfordshire to take part. The range of photographs can be from inspirational panoramic views to unstaged action shots, local produce to local wildlife, market towns & villages or people just having a great time in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds - the world really is your oyster.

There is a competition prize of a beautiful canvas print of the winning image created by Blueprint Imaging Limited, Witney www.blueprintimaging.com. The image will be reproduced onto a 30 x 20 inch art canvas.

Closing date for entry is Friday 27th April 2012

For further details, terms & conditions and a competition entry form please visit:

http://www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/industry/photographic-competition-2012



Sunday 8th January 2012

Temporary Road Closure / “No Waiting” Restriction

In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close roads in Charlbury as detailed above, in order to facilitate structural carriageway patching works. A “No Waiting” restriction, as indicated by yellow cones, will be in place as detailed above to coincide with the closure.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order is being made to implement the temporary closure and “No Waiting” and will operate on the days shown above.

Notice of intention to make the Order will be published in the local press.
Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and those residents within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works.  Please note that access routes will depend on exactly where the works vehicles are at any time and may need to be negotiated with the gang on site as necessary.

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and “No Waiting” and also the alternative route for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Simon Marsden, OCC Highways & Transport on 0845 310 11 11.

Notice            Diversion route


Monday 24th October 2011

Road Closure - Charlbury to Enstone B4022

Temporary Road Closure – Charlbury - B4022 from Charlbury towards Enstone
In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close a short section of the B4022 from Charlbury towards Enstone to facilitate carriageway structural patching works.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 31 October 2011. The estimated finish date for the works is 9 November 2011. (The maximum duration of such a temporary closure will be 18 months or until completion of the works whichever is the earlier.)

Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and also limited overnight access for those residents within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works.  Please note that access routes will depend on exactly where the works vehicles are at any time and may need to be negotiated with the gang on site as necessary.

Map details       Traffic Order


Tuesday 20th September 2011

Library consultation

The joint response from the Town Council and Friends of Charlbury Library has now been sent to Judith Heathcoat, the cabinet member at OCC.

The consultation period ends on September 30th. Can I ask that you consider responding individually if you have not already done so as the strength of feeling will be judged on quantity of reply as well as quality!!. Forms are available in the Library.


Saturday 20th August 2011

Temporary Road Closure - The Slade

In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the B4022 at The Slade in Charlbury to facilitate carriageway structural patching and resurfacing works. A “No Waiting” restriction will also be in place as shown on the attached plan.
 
A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order is being made to implement the temporary closure and waiting restrictions and will operate from 20 September for up to four days approximately. (The maximum duration of such a temporary closure will be 18 months or until completion of the works whichever is the earlier.)
Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and also overnight access for those residents within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works. Please note that access routes will depend on exactly where the works vehicles are at any time and may need to be negotiated with the gang on site as necessary.
 
Copies of the drawings showing the extent of the closure, waiting restrictions and also the various alternative routes for traffic are attached at the bottom of this notice.
 
Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Simon Marsden, OCC Highways & Transport on 0845 310 11 11.
 
Details of road closure      Northbound map      Southbound map      No Parking


Tuesday 16th August 2011

Grant Applications

The Town Council has approved a new process for grant applications. Applicants should contact the Clerk to obtain an application pack which MUST be returned no later than midday on October 31st. Applications received after that time will be discounted, as well as those not submitted on the required form. Applications for small grants to be considered in November may continue to apply in the normal way(i.e. as previously). If you wish to clarify any of the above please contact the Clerk. He can be contacted by email at charlburytc@btinternet.com or by phone on 01608 810608


Thursday 21st July 2011

Radon testing

Some of you may be aware that West Oxfordshire District Council is supporting the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in a public health Radon awareness campaign.  On Monday 18th July the HPA has written to 9208 houses within the district to tell them about radon gas. The purpose of the work is 'Find & Fix'; that is to:

 

a) Identify houses with high radon levels and

 

b) Encourage households to do remedial works to reduce that level.

 

If you have any queries on the above, please contact the numbers below, who will be able to give you more information.   A copy of the leaflet can be found here.   

 

For technical enquiries from the public, please direct to our town centre shop on :  01993 861000.


Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the campaign in greater depth, don’t hesitate to contact me using my direct details provided below.


Clive Salisbury

Senior Environmental Health Officer

West Oxfordshire District Council

Elmfield

New Yatt Road

Witney

OX28 1PB

Tel: (01993) 861378

www.westoxon.gov.uk


Thursday 14th July 2011

“Stamp Out Rural Crime” - 28th July

The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership is organising a “Stamp Out Rural Crime” event to encourage farmers and rural businesses to protect their property. It will take place on Thursday 28 July at Elderbank Hall, Station Road, Brize Norton. More details are available on www.saferwestoxon.co.uk/stamp-out-rural-crime-event


Friday 1st July 2011

Concessionary Fares Application Process

From 1st April 2011 Oxfordshire County Council became responsible for the overall management of the Concessionary Travel Scheme in the county.   However, bus passes are still currently issued by local District Councils on an agency agreement, until 31st March 2012.


Following a consultation exercise in 2010, it was decided that the basic terms of the scheme as run by the District Councils will not change, except that the hours of operation will be enhanced from a 9.30am to 9.00am start.

In order to develop plans for this service from 1st April 2012, OCC are looking at ways to standardise the application and card-issuing process.  Any changes to the process would mainly affect those applying for a pass after 1st April 2012, rather than any existing bus pass holders.

Please see the poster here which will also be distributed to libraries, GP surgeries and Community Centres throughout the county, to explain what they are doing and why, plus any contact details to which any questions can be addressed.


Wednesday 1st June 2011

Public Consultation re. Little Lees

PUBLIC CONSULTATION :  Following a Housing Needs Survey a need for further affordable housing in Charlbury has been identified. On Wednesday June 15th. from 3-00p.m. to 8-00p.m. the proposed scheme will be on display in the Corner House (Anne Downer room) Comments are invited from all interested persons on this proposal and where possible will be reflected in the subsequent formal planning application.Normal consultative procedures on the planning application, once submitted,will follow WODC current practice.Please take this opportunity to put your views forward. Thankyou. Town Council


Wednesday 25th May 2011

Annual Boundary Walk

The Annual Boundary Walk will take place on Sunday 29th May starting at 10am at the Old Oak tree Forest Hill ( Shipton Rd. ) The walk is approximately 11 miles in total with a number of intermediate points where walkers can leave.

A lunch stop, about half way through is taken at Model Farm Ditchley. The walk is led by Tony Graeme.  Dogs MUST be kept on a lead at all times and any children should be accompanied by an adult.  This walk opens up paths which normally are not available, thanks to the relevant landowners.

This is an annual privelege which we need to maintain, hence the "rules". The leaders decisions are final.

A new leader is needed from next year so if you might be interested this is the ideal opportunity to find out what is involved.  If you are interested, please contact Roger Clarke at charlburytc@btinternet.com 


Tuesday 26th April 2011

Enstone Road maintenance

Oxfordshire County Council will be undertaking carriageway repair works on Enstone Road, Charlbury. The road works are programmed to commence on 9th May 2011 and are expected to last for four weeks, subject to any bad weather or unforeseen circumstances arising during construction.

 

Enstone Road and Brown’s Lane will both be closed during the works and diversion routes will be signed. Please see attached plan for extents of road closures. Brown’s Lane closure will be used to manually control HGV access. Vehicular access to properties and businesses on Brown’s Lane will be maintained at all times. Parking may be restricted and this will be indicated with traffic cones.

The works will be constructed in three sections to reduce disruption and allow space for parking. Access to Wychwood Paddocks will be maintained during the works. Access to Enstone Road will either be from Nine Acres Lane/The Slade or from Pooles Lane, subject to progress of the works. Pedestrian access to properties on Enstone Road will be maintained but vehicular access may be restricted at times. You will be notified of access arrangements and any restrictions by the Scheme Supervisor as the works progress. Please contact the Scheme Supervisor if you have any specific requirements regarding access.

 

Scheme Supervisor: Adrian Powell – 07834 505809

 

 

Please note that bus services will not be able to access Church Street and therefore will operate in both directions via The Slade and Sturt Road.
 
A copy of the plan can be found here.
 


Thursday 3rd March 2011

Nominate A Neighbour cards

Thames Valley Police have just taken delivery of some more Nominate A Neighbour cards which are ideal for elderly or vulnerable neighbours and family. 

The idea is that when an unexpected caller comes to the door the Nominate A Neighbour card should be passed through the letterbox, shown at a window or through the gap in a chained door. The card directs the caller to a nominated neighbour who can check their identity.

The occupant is advised not to enter into a conversation with the caller but to just show the card. A genuine caller will not mind following the instructions.

The scheme has proven popular with neighbourhood watch schemes in West Oxfordshire so if you would any more cards please telephone 01993 861640.

If you do receive a visit from a suspicious caller, try and note down as much detail about them and their vehicle as possible, then telephone the police on 0845 8 505 505 or Oxfordshire Trading Standards on 0845 051 0845.


Thursday 24th February 2011

Enstone Road and Browns Lane Road Closure

Because of proposed works by Southern Gas Networks, the Enstone Road and Browns Lane will be closed from 7th March to 8th April. Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles, residents and businesses within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works.

(Further information from John Jacques on 07989 141899 )


Wednesday 23rd February 2011

Recruitment for 2011 Census

WODC are now recruiting for Census Collectors in the West Oxfordshire District Council area.  The jobs are part time with hours to suit ranging from 15 hours per week to 37 hours per week.

To get more information and apply for these jobs please log on to www.censusjobs.co.uk

 The areas being covered are  Bampton, Bradwell Grove, Carterton, Clanfield & Northmoor, Burford, Curbridge, Ducklington, Swinbrook & Taynton, Cassington,, Kiddington, Ledwell & Woodstock and Charlbury, Chipping Norton, Churchill & Milton-under-Wychwood.

 

John Clapton
2011 Census Area Manager
Oxford,
West Oxfordshire and Cherwell
Tel: 07801 331476
www.census.gov.uk





Tuesday 15th February 2011

C1 Bus Changes because of Road Closure

Finstock Halt
Because the B4022 Charlbury to Witney will be closed from 19th to 27th February, to enable works to take place on Bridge Strengthening there will be no C1 Rail Bus in the morning picking up in Charlbury. However, I have been assured that the C1 bus will pick from the station in the evening and drop off around Charlbury before going towards Shipton. More details on the X9 to follow. The B4022 closure is at Finstock Halt just past Fawler Mill so to get through to Finstock and beyond from Charlbury is not possible.

(Further information from Robin Calver 01865 815168 )


Thursday 3rd February 2011

St John's Ambulance want to break a world record

St John’s Ambulance want to break a world record and need more than 1,000 people (current record is 917) to learn the basics of first aid for 30 minutes in aid of St John Ambulance Oxfordshire.

The event will raise £60,000 to buy a new 4 x 4 ambulance for the Oxfordshire area.

 It will take place on the 19th March at The Kassam Stadium at 12:00 (for a 12:45 start).

 St John’s are contacting all the town councils to see if any of staff members / communities would like to be involved. From winter weather to flooding, tough terrain to isolated rural communities, St John Ambulance is the only provider of invaluable 4 x 4 ambulances in the county and the two they currently have are over 20 years old. St John Ambulance aim to train as many people as possible to be the difference between a life lost, and a life saved. Your support can help make that aim a reality.

 To register for the event just visit www.sja.org.uk/oxfordshire and follow the links. Alternatively you can call 01865 309 521.

 By being involved participants will be entered into a free raffle that includes a helicopter ride over Oxfordshire, the chance to lead out the Oxford United team on match day, 2 tickets to watch an Oxford Utd match from the director’s box, a signed Oxford Utd shirt AND four tickets for a show at the New Theatre (amongst other things!)

 To take part they ask that you raise a minimum of £10 sponsorship. You can use JustGivingTM for this event. Simply go to www.justgiving.com/sja, create your account and when asked, click on 'an organised event'. In the list of events available, please select, 'World Record Attempt on the Largest First Aid Class'. Alternatively you can download a sponsership form from the website.

 If you have any questions just contact St John Ambulance on 01865 309 521.

 Grace Chapman

Broadcast Assistant

BBC Radio Oxford 95.2FM

01865 311 444


Friday 28th January 2011

Photographic Competition 2011

Below is information about a competition that the Tourism department of West Oxfordshire District Council are running again during 2011.  They are particularly looking to engage the local residents in this; for them to come up with inspirational unstaged images that can used in WODC tourism publications.  

There is a lovely prize for the winning entry comprising of a one hour spa treatment for two at Witney Lakes Resort followed by dinner in their restaurant (Terms and Conditions apply).

WODC are looking for a range of photographs from panoramic views to action shots, local produce to wildlife, market towns & villages or people having a great time in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds - the world is your oyster. 

Closing date for entry is Friday 29th April 2011

For further details, terms & conditions and a competition entry form please visit: www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/photos


Invitation

Copyright information

Terms and conditions


Thursday 27th January 2011

Road closures advanced warning

Finstock Halt


Proposed works by Network Rail. The B4022 Charlbury to Witney will be closed from 19th to 27th February, to enable works to take place on Bridge Strengthening.  The B4022 closure is at Finstock Halt just past Fawler Mill so to get through to Finstock and beyond from Charlbury is not possible.

The suggested alternative route is via Woodstock and Bladon to Witney but a better alternative would be via Leafield, possibly through the Forest and then back on to the B4022 at the Finstock cross roads just above the garden centre.

( Further information from Robin Calver 01865 815168 ) 

Enstone Road and Browns Lane

Because of proposed works by Southern Gas Networks, the Enstone Road and Browns Lane will be closed from 7th March to 8th April.  Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles, residents and businesses within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works.

( Further information from John Jacques on 07989 141899 )


Friday 17th December 2010

Being neighbourly & hints during the cold weather

Oxfordshire County Council have issued a document giving hints and tips during the cold weather, and how we can help our neighbours out.
 
This can be download  from here.
 
They have estimated that we could be in for a snowfall of anything up to 20cms over the weekend.
 
Happy Christmas!


Wednesday 8th December 2010

Road closures due to gas works

A MAJOR project is taking place to renew the gas mains network in Charlbury.

The £166,000 Southern Gas Network project will replace dilapidated iron gas mains in Nine Acres Lane, Sheep Street, Fishers Lane and Enstone Road with modern, durable plastic polyethylene pipes as part of the ongoing mains replacement programme developed with the Health and Safety Executive.

The project is estimated to take 18 weeks and began at Nine Acres Lane on November 22.  Sheep Street will be closed for eight weeks from January 4, and Enstone Road will be closed from mid-March during the works.

Access will be maintained for emergency services, residents and businesses within the closed area, subject to the progress of the works.   If you need further information, please contact either Oxfordshire County Council 0845 310 11 11 or Southern Gas (John Jacques) 01865 845961 or 07989 141899.


Monday 22nd November 2010

Cornbury Park Licence Application

Lord Rotherwick is applying for a premises licence to allow the performance of plays, films, indoor sporting events, live music, recorded music and performances of dance, and any events of a description similar to the last three listed here. The application also requests permission to provide late night refreshment and to supply alcohol.
 
Timings for the above events:
 
  • for all events, from 10.00 to 02.00 hrs, on any or all of the seven days of the week
  • provision of late night refreshment - on any or all of the seven days of the week from 23.00 to 05.00 hrs
  • supply of alcohol - on any or all of the seven days of the week – 00.00 to 00.00 hrs – 24 hours a day
 
 Events will be limited to 14 per annum. Four of those events could exceed a maximum capacity in excess of 5,000, but not exceeding 19,999.

10 events would not exceed a maximum capacity of 5,000.

To put the noise issue into perspective – measurements are taken from the nearest inhabited dwelling, which, for this year’s Cornbury Festival, was at the front of Wellington Cottages in Hixet Wood.

The Environmental Health Officer has informed the Town Council that at no point did sound levels exceed 55 decibels. National guidelines suggest that, for an event like that, 65 decibels is acceptable. Decibels work on a logarithmic scale, which means that an increase of 10 decibels means a doubling of the volume, similarly the decrease by 10 decibels means a reduction in half of the volume.

If you wish to write in objection or in support of this application, please contact:

Bill Oddy at West Oxfordshire District Council, Elmfield, Witney, Oxon OX28 1PB

bill.oddy@westoxon.gov.uk


Thursday 9th September 2010

Events in Charlbury

Following last week's Town Council meeting it was obvious that there are some concerns around the Town about noise levels at some events.
 
If you wish to complain, the out of hours WODC phone number is 01993 705056 to which complaints should be addressed.


Saturday 14th August 2010

New waste collection service starting Nov 2010

A new waste collection service will be carried out by WODC, starting in November.
 

The new service will comprise of:

 

  • Weekly food waste collections
  • Weekly recycling collections – as current service, using black boxes
  • Optional fortnightly garden waste collections
  • Fortnightly household waste collection

More information can be found by clicking on here.


Wednesday 4th August 2010

Cotswolds Hack - in aid of NSPCC

The Cotswolds HACK will take place on Sunday 5th September and is a 25 mile sponsored challenge walk in aid of the NSPCC’s  Child’s Voice Appeal, which will help expand the NSPCC's vital helpline services- Childline the UK's free, confidential 24 hour helpline for children and the NSPCC Helpline for adults concerned about a child.

The scenic route will start and finish in Cornbury Park and will also travel through Blenheim Estate and Ditchley Park.

The registration fee is £15 per person and the walk is for over 18's only. The registration deadline is Monday 23rd. August. For further details, to register online and information on payments log on to www.nspcc.org.uk/hackor contact the NSPCC East appeals office on 01908 328060 or e mail cotswoldshack@nspcc.org.uk


Tuesday 27th July 2010

Your Community, Your Call

Get advice on protecting yourself, your property and your neighbours at West Oxfordshire's "Your Community, Your Call" roadshow, starting Monday 26 July. The roadshow has been organised by the West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership and follows last year's successful week to promote how crime and disorder is being reduced across the district. A range of issues will be covered from drugs and alcohol to burglary, car crime and anti social behaviour.
 
Supporters at the events will include the Neighbourhood Police Teams, Trading Standards, Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue, NHS Oxfordshire, Crimestoppers and Age Concern. Each partner will be giving away its own information packs and offering free advice and help to visitors.
 
The roadshow will visit the following places: . Monday 26 July: Witney marketplace - 9.30am-midday, Marriotts Walk - 1.30pm-3pm . Tuesday 27 July: Woodstock market square - 9.30am-midday . Wednesday 28 July: Chipping Norton market square - 9.30am-midday . Thursday 29 July: Carterton market place - 9.30am-midday . Friday 30 July: Eynsham market square - 9.30am-midday
 
West Oxfordshire Area Commander Chief Inspector Jack Malhi said: "In West Oxfordshire we are fortunate to benefit from extensive partnership working between public agencies and local communities, and this has contributed towards the fall in crime we have seen in the past year. "I urge residents to visit the roadshow when it is in their area to find out how they can get involved in helping their community as we all have a responsibility to ensure our district remains a safe place to live, work and visit."
 
Cllr Verena Hunt, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: "During last year's public engagement surveys many residents said they had seen improvements in community safety but didn't know exactly what is being done in their neighbourhood. The partnership roadshow is an ideal time to find out how crime and disorder is being tackled locally while getting advice and information from a variety of public agencies there." The neighbourhood police teams will be offering free bike marking at each location to help prevent cycle theft.


Wednesday 21st July 2010

Free Garden Waste Collections

Sign up now for FREE garden waste collections

All West Oxfordshire households now have the chance to sign up for free fortnightly garden waste recycling collections.

If you would like garden waste collections, you need to tell West Oxfordshire District Council as soon as possible. Register:

·         Online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/garden

·         By calling 01993 861025

 This is the first time that garden waste collections will be available in West Oxfordshire.

 Currently, this is a paid-for service for 5,500 households. If you are an existing garden waste customer, you will automatically receive free garden waste collections.

 All garden waste collected will be recycled into compost. Free garden waste collections are part of a new recycling and waste service starting in November 2010 which will give you more opportunities to recycle.

 Find out more at www.westoxon.gov.uk/waste or by calling 01993 861025.


Wednesday 2nd June 2010

Oxfordshire Waste Infrastructure Programme

This series of updates  is to inform  and up date you on the progress on the improvements being made to Oxfordshire County Council’s Waste Recycling Centres (WRCs) under the Waste Management Group’s waste infrastructure improvement programme.

 

Background

As a result of government and EU targets to reduce the amount of household waste that is sent to landfill, Oxfordshire County Council has developed a programme to enhance the county’s waste recycling facilities and promote the importance of recycling via education and reuse.

 

Oxfordshire County Council’s current waste infrastructure portfolio has 8 Waste Recycling Centres (WRC’s) which help the county achieve a recycling rate of over 48%. The strategic benefits of the current sites have been assessed and opportunities for improvement have been analysed, with waste diversion from landfill being the key driver.

 

The 1st phase of this programme involves Oxfordshire County Council transforming its waste recycling services with the refurbishment of Redbridge WRC, the relocation of Dean Pit WRC within West Oxfordshire and the creation of a new flagship recycling centre complete with reuse outlet and a dedicated area to promote recycling and reuse, and the ability to accommodate school visits at Kidlington. The latter is intended to help improve county recycling rates and alleviate pressure at (and also enable the redevelopment of) Redbridge WRC. The new and improved facilities are intended to help achieve the target of 55% recycling and composting identified in the joint municipal waste strategy by 2020.

 

Progress on the Waste Infrastructure Programme  - Waste Recycling Centres 

A site for Kidlington WRC has been identified and was allocated in the Oxfordshire minerals and waste local plan.
 
The project has reached the feasibility stage and stakeholder and community engagement has commenced.
 
The site search for Dean Pit’s replacement is underway in West Oxfordshire and stakeholder engagement is underway.

 

Planning

It is proposed to submit an outline planning application (Matters Reserved) for the new facilities at, Kidlington in May 2010.

 

Next steps

The work to complete formal planning for Kidlington WRC is to be completed by summer 2010.  

 

Dean Pit  

Dean pit planning permission expires at the end of September 2011.

 

An extensive search has recently been undertaken to establish a suitable site for a replacement Waste Recycling Centre (WRC) within 5 miles of Dean Pit and Chipping Norton.

 

381 development sites within this area were identified and scored on their suitability for development of a WRC.

 

This number was finally reduced this week to 2 main options, and 2 slightly lower scoring option, within the localised area, most being around Enstone. 

 

The next phase is to pursue the sites with a regard to develop a viable replacement WRC , the final site selection and officer recommendation for Dean Pit’s replacement WRC is planned for early summer 2010.

 

The  objective is to establish a solution by the time planning permission expires.

  

Redbridge   

The refurbishment of Redbridge WRC will commence once Kidlington WRC has been commissioned summer 2011.

 

Communications

The information on the Oxfordshire County Council website continues to be regularly updated. Please follow the link here for more information.

 

 

 


Wednesday 2nd June 2010

WODC Photographic Competition

Below is some information about a competition that the Tourism department of West Oxfordshire District Council are running.  They are particularly looking to engage the local residents in this; for them to come up with an unstaged/inspired image that could be used in one or more of the publications that WODC put out.

There is a fantastic prize for the winning entry.

They are looking for a wide range of photographs from panoramic views to action shots, photographs of local produce, wildlife, market towns & villages, eating out and people enjoying what the Oxfordshire Cotswolds has to offer. 

Closing date for entry is Friday 30th July 2010

For further details, terms & conditions and a competition entry form please visit: www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/photos


Tuesday 25th May 2010

Town Council Surgeries

Ever wanted to ask your Town Councillor a question?    Do you know who your Town Councillors are.    If you would like to talk to a town councillor about any issue you may have, the Town Council are holding three planned surgeries on 5th June, 3rd July and 4th September.   All will start at 10am and finish at 12pm and will be held in the Corner House, in the Morris Room and Watney Room.


We look forward to meeting you.


Tuesday 19th January 2010

Street Lighting Update

The Town Council would like to report that having carefully considered all responses and further questioning of OCC, at the Town Council's last meeting it decided to retain the status quo in respect of street lighting. Representations have been made to OCC to ask that their proposal to switch off lights be mandatory rather than optional. If the policy changes then the matter will be reconsidered.


Monday 18th January 2010

Logs for Recycling

A large tree has recently been felled on Nine Acres and the wood has been cut into logs and left on site. Residents may help themselves to this and can find the logs near to the steps up into the field at the top of Nine Acres Lane. Please take what you need and help recycle the timber.


Friday 15th January 2010

Winter & Neighbours Leaflet

The Town Council have been issued with the following Governmentleaflet, giving hints etc on what to do in severe weather, how we can help our neighbours, and yes, clear pavements without fear of prosecution. The document can be found here


Saturday 9th January 2010

Help your neighbours

OCC and Age Concern have issued a brief leaflet which can be viewed here giving emergency numbers etc.


Thursday 8th October 2009

Public Meeting on Street Lighting Proposals by Oxfordshire County Council

A public meeting will be held on Friday 23rd October at 8pm in the Memorial Hall to discuss the consultation by Oxfordshire County Council with regard to switching off the street lights from 12am to 5.30am.

Speakers from Oxfordshire County Council will be present to discuss the proposal and climate change in its wider context.

Street Lighting Poster


Thursday 8th October 2009

Swine Flu Update from WODC

A Meeting will be held on Friday 23rd October 2009 at 8.00pm in the Memorial Hall to discuss the consultation by Oxfordshire County Council with regard to switching off street lights from 12.00am to 5.30am.
 
Speakers from Oxfordshire County Council will be present to discuss the proposal and climate change in its wider context.


Thursday 24th September 2009

Reporting Crime

The police have requested that ALL crimes are reported, no matter how small, in order to have a realistic idea of the actual crime figures. If you are witness to a crime, unruly behaviour, car vandalism etc then please ring 0845 8 505 505
 
This will aide the police to make Charlbury an even safer place to live.


Saturday 1st August 2009

Proposed Speed Limit changes

The County Council are proposing alterating the speed limits on the following roads.
 
The B4022 to Finstock from the 30mph sign at Charlbury to the 40 mph sign at Finstock to 50mph; the B4026 to Spelsbury from the 30mph sign at Charlbury to the 30mph sign at Spelsbury to a proposed 40mph limit and the B4437 to Woodstock with an extension of 30mph limit to the layby outside Halcyon Honey Farm.
 
Any queries should be addressed to errol.carrington@oxfordshire.gov.uk or phone 01865 815576 by 7th August.


Friday 31st July 2009

Swine Flu Update from WODC

Oxfordshire PCT has launched a campaign to help people prepare and manage for a flu pandemic. They are asking councils to help cascade information by directing people to their 'Be prepared' web page.
 
For further information about swine flu there are some useful links on the WODC website, Swine Flu Latest
 
Information about "Flu" friends and a flu friend form can be found below.
 
Information about Flu Friends
Flu Friend Form


Friday 31st July 2009

Housing Needs Survey Update

As you may be aware, Charlbury Town Council is working in partnership with Oxfordshire Rural Housing Partnership (ORHP) to deliver a new affordable housing development. Affordable homes are provided for those who cannot afford to rent or buy on the open market and are allocated to those satisfying local connections criteria. A 2007 Housing Survey revealed a need from 24 households.
 
The Town Council is seeking to update this information. If you would like to register an interest in an affordable home or have already done so, please contact Tom McCulloch at Oxfordshire Rural Community Council on 01865 883 488 before 31 October 2009 or at tom.mcculloch@oxonrcc.org.uk. Mr McCulloch, who is working with the Town Council and ORHP, will ask for details in confidence about what size of house what type of tenure (rental or shared ownership) you may be interested in. Your personal information will not be shared with the Town Council.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE The housing allocation process is overseen by West Oxfordshire District Council. Therefore, if you are interested in applying for an affordable home you must also register with Housing Services. To do this telephone 01993 861010.