Oxfordshire 2050- Plan consultation

White Hart junction roundabout reconstruction

Major reconstruction work will start at White Hart roundabout on 16 August 2021 to increase the life expectancy of the road.

The additional work, which is expected to last an estimated 12 weeks, will involve digging down almost a metre beneath the surface to build a new structure for the road base.

The nature of the work means it will not be safe to keep the roundabout open to through traffic. Access will be maintained for emergency services only and diversions will be in place for all other road users.

We anticipate motorists will be able to use the new roundabout by November 2021. 

Traffic will still be able to use the junction to leave the A419 southbound to join the A420 eastbound, or to leave the A420 westbound to join the A419 southbound only. A map of the diversionary route can be viewed below:

Message about garden waste service

Dear Garden Waste customers,

We have taken the difficult decision to suspend our garden waste collections.

As you may already be aware, waste collection services right across the country have been suffering from disruption over the past few weeks. This has been the case in South Oxfordshire too.

The national and local disruption is due to the ongoing issues of a shortage of HGV drivers, as a result of the pandemic and Brexit, who are needed to drive our waste collection vehicles. We also have a number of waste collection staff who are required to self-isolate by the government’s Track and Trace system.

The situation does not look likely to improve in the next few weeks and so with a heavy heart we have decided to suspend the garden waste service for a month to allow the crews to prioritise food waste, recycling and general waste collections. This approach is in line with government guidelines on the prioritisation of waste collections. We hope to be able to reinstate the service after a month and we will review the situation towards the end of August before providing an update.

We hope to be able to reinstate the service after a month and we will review the situation towards the end of August before providing an update.

We are confident that we can honour our commitment to provide a minimum of 20 collections a year for this paid for service. In normal years, we provide more collections than this partly thanks to our extra-large garden waste collections in the Spring and Autumn. We don’t envisage this year being any different, so nobody should be out of pocket.

We will let you know as soon as we are in a position to restart the service. We will keep you updated via these garden waste pages on our website and our social media sites.

If you would like to dispose of your garden waste you can take it to one of Oxfordshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres if you’re able – you can check the county council’s website for opening times. Or if you’d rather, you can wait until the garden waste service resumes and we’ll take it then.

FaringdonPlus Solar street scheme

Solar is an idea that can shape our community in significant and positive ways.

Following the climate emergency declaration of 2019, Faringdon Town Council decided to collaborate with IDDEA, to introduce the use of solar power in Faringdon. The solar street scheme aims to involve the wider community to reduce their carbon footprint while saving residents money.

We are excited to launch our first meeting in august and we hope this will generate much interest from the community.

Launch Presentation and Q&A session via Zoom

Tuesday 10th August at 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Register for the Presentation and Q&A session by clicking on the date above.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the meeting.

If you have any questions please contact us on Info@SolarStreets.co.uk 

Let’s make FaringdonPlus Solar Streets an effective weapon in the fight to halt Climate Change and Save Our Planet.

Electric blanket testing

We want to keep our residents safe, (not just from Covid) by offering a free safety electric blanket testing . This free safety check is important for all residents of Oxfordshire who own an electric blanket, heat pad, over blanket etc.

20-24 September 2021
4-8 October 2021

To book your collection call 01865 895999 Option 1
Or email: communityengagement@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Volunteers for admin and support (non advice roles) needed at Oxfordshire South and Vale Citizens Advice

It’s not widely known that Citizens Advice needs volunteers to help manage the organisation, as well as volunteers to provide advice.

In particular, we are looking for people who can offer a day a week to help us with our Research and Campaigns work, our new website, IT support, fundraising administration, maintaining links with towns and local communities, organising events with MPs (planned for autumn), preparing case studies, interviewing people for our e-newsletters, office administration and much more.
Our main offices are in Abingdon, Didcot, Henley and Thame. Since March 2020 our volunteers and staff have been advising the public from home on our Adviceline service. Recently we partially re-opened our offices, in part to train new advisers.
What will you get out of it? You will join a friendly team, meet new people, develop your skills and make a real difference to people’s lives.
You’ll need to have good interpersonal skills, a willingness to learn and be confident with computers. Full training will be provided.
If you have eight hours a week to spare for the next two years or more and are looking for a satisfying and stimulating volunteer role in your local community, please contact us at:

Temporary Road Closure, Faringdon-Carriageway Maintenance

I am writing to inform you that Oxfordshire County Council will be undertaking carriageway
maintenance work on Park Road between the A420 roundabout and Marlborough Street.
The works are programmed to start on Monday 2nd August 2021 and are expected to last for up to 3 weeks, subject to any bad weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances arising during construction.
The works will include replacing damaged road signs, traffic bollards and ironwork, resurfacing of the existing carriageway and the replacement of road markings.

Traffic Management

To enable these activities to be carried out safely the work will be done in the following phases:

Phase 1: Monday 2nd August to Wednesday 4th August, 20:00 to 06:00hrs – temporary
traffic signals to enable preparation work to be carried out, including replacing damaged
road signs, traffic bollards and ironwork.

Phase 2: Monday 9th August to Friday 20th August, 20:00 to 06:00hrs – full road closure
to enable the resurfacing work to be carried out and replacement of road markings. A
signed diversion route will be put in place during this period.

Park Road will be reopened to traffic when safe to do so outside of these periods.
Staff will be positioned at either end of the closure to direct traffic and pedestrians to ensure the safety of the public and workforce.

We ask that you give them your full support whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist, or motorist.
Every effort will be made to accommodate vehicular access to properties and businesses within and adjacent to the works, but this may be subject to some delay depending on the activities being carried out on site.

Again, I ask for your support during these periods.

We have consulted with Vale of White Horse District Council’s Environmental department
regarding carrying out these works at night. As part of this consultation the noisier operations,
i.e. removing the existing carriageway and breaking out, will cease by 11pm. Unfortunately, the remaining operations are not completely silent, but the site team will be briefed to complete the work with as little disruption and as quietly as practicably possible.

Keeping You Informed

Several methods of communication are being used to keep you informed of these works:
Signs are being placed on site to forewarn road users in advance of the works. A maintenance information website, which will be updated should any changes occur:

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. However, we will do our utmost to
complete this work as safely and as quickly as possible.

Yours faithfully,
Andrew Madigan
Principal Engineer – Structural Maintenance
Environment & Place

Councils expand their free activity trails for children for the school summer holidays

From Monday 9 August to Monday 30 August Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire district councils are running FREE Litter Bug Detectives Trails for children in 19 sites across southern Oxfordshire with the chance for schools to win litter picking equipment.

The trails are being managed by local town and parish councils and follow on from a successful pilot of the scheme in four parks at May half term.

The activities are aimed at primary school children and have been produced to promote recycling and reuse messages and explaining the damage litter does to our environment.

Each child who takes part can get a free notebook and pencil and if they get all the answers correct, they can request for a personalised Litter Bug Detectives certificate.

In addition, there will be a prize of free litter picking equipment for schools whose pupils take part.

How to take part

Go to our webpage www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/litter-bug-detectives-trail and download the trail map of the park or site to visit. The map will show a trail to 13 sites around the park.
At each site there will be a question on the themes of waste and recycling. The 13 answers will each provide a letter each to make two words.
Email the two-word answer and your name and address to waste.team@southandvale.gov.uk before midnight on 5 September and the team will send you a Litter Bug Detective Certificate.
Notes to editors

The trails will be available at the following sites

Abingdon – Boxhill Park
Berinsfield – The recreation ground
Chalgrove – The recreation ground
Chinnor – Conigre Field
Drayton – Millennium Green
Faringdon – Tuckers Park
Goring – Gardiner recreation ground
Great Coxwell – local footpaths
Harwell – The recreation ground
Kennington – Playfield Road recreation ground
Kingston Bagpuize – Orchard Gate recreation ground
St Helen Without – Sandleigh Road recreation ground
Stanford-in-the-Vale – The village hall recreation ground
Thame – the town centre and Phoenix Trail
Uffington – Jubilee Field
Wallingford – Bull Croft
Warborough – the village green
Watchfield – the recreation ground
Woodcote – the village green recreation ground

Press release: First tickets for the White Horse Community lottery go on sale

Residents in the Vale of White Horse can help out local good causes and be in with a chance of winning a weekly £25,000 jackpot if they buy a ticket for the White Horse Community Lottery which go on sale this week.

Players of the lottery can choose which local good cause they want to support when they purchase tickets – they can even choose to support more than one good cause if they like. Tickets cost just £1 per week with 60p from every ticket sold going to support charities and community groups across the Vale. Supporters of the good causes that have registered for the lottery can buy their tickets from the official website.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday 29 July and the first draw will take place on Saturday 18 September. As part of the first draw the council will donate £100 to five good causes which will be chosen by winners.

Vale of White Horse District Council started its own lottery as a fun and creative way for voluntary and community groups to raise much needed funds.

Cllr Margaret Crick, Chair of the Council said: “I’m so pleased that the date for the first lottery tickets going on sale is here. The lottery is a such a good way for people to get involved in supporting local organisations. Residents can choose where they want their money to go, and they too can be winners. It’s so simple to be a part of, both for the player and the good cause or causes they choose to support”

Cllr Bethia Thomas, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement said: “It’s great to hear that the first lottery tickets are going on sale. We will soon be able to see how the local organisations already registered to be a part of the lottery are able to benefit from the funding that is raised. So many have already signed up to take part, but we’d love to see more join in by heading to the lottery’s website.”

To find out more about buying tickets, or if you are a good cause based in the Vale of White Horse that would like to benefit from the lottery, visit whitehorselottery.co.uk