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.

TESTING IN OXFORDSHIRE
20-24 September 2021
4-8 October 2021

BOOKING INFORMATION:
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:
www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/oxfordshire-south-vale/volunteer/

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

South and Vale media release – Your annual voter registration letter is coming

Residents in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are being urged to check the details on a letter they will receive from their district council from the end of July.
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will be sending a ‘Canvass Communication Form’ to every home requiring the residents to check the details of everyone over the age of 16 that lives in their property. This is something local authorities need to do by law each year in order to ensure the electoral register is up to date.
The letter people receive in July/August will depend on whether or not records indicate that there has been a change in the registered voters living at their property – for instance, if a registered voter has recently moved into a property, then that address will receive a yellow letter, while a home whose occupants have remained the same since the last election will receive a green letter.


What you need to do:


If your household receives a yellow letter:
Once you have checked the details, please visit householdresponse.com/southandvale to either confirm that everything is correct, or to update the information for your property. You will need the two-part code on the letter to do this.
If your household receives a green letter:
• if the details are correct – you don’t need to do anything, you can simply keep the letter for you records or shred it and put it in your recycling bin.
• if the information is not correct – please visit householdresponse.com/southandvale to update the details for your property. You will need the two-part code on the letter to do this.
In either case, the letter will explain exactly what you need to do – it is very important that you read it carefully.
If you are required to either confirm or update your details online, please do so as quickly as possible – this helps to ensure that councils don’t have to send you a reminder or try to contact you again this Autumn to confirm the information.


Mark Stone, Electoral Registration Officer for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, said: “When you receive your letter, please read it carefully and follow the instructions. Most people should not need to do anything, however if you do need to confirm or update your details please do so as soon as possible as this will help us to avoid having to issue costly reminders later on.”

Dog fouling

26 July 2021


Dear residents,
The parish council has reported to us that there is a growing dog fouling issue across our districts.
Although there are many benefits that come with owning a dog (especially during lockdown), there are also responsibilities which include cleaning up after your dog. Please be aware that it is an offence to not clean up after your dog or leave used dog waste bags anywhere other than an appropriate bin. Under the Dog Fouling of Land Act 1996, allowing your dog to foul can result in an on-the-spot fixed penalty notice of £50 and incorrect disposal of dog waste bags e.g. not putting them in the bin can result in an £80 fixed penalty notice. If fines are not paid, cases can be escalated to court resulting in fines of up to £1,000.
There are some council owned litter bins within your parish. These can be used for both litter and dog waste bags – you do not need to find a specialist dog waste bin. You can also put dog waste bags in your black general waste wheelie bin so if you cannot find a bin or bins are full, please take it home.
We know that most residents take a lot of pride in their local area and we encourage everybody to take extra steps in keeping your parish clean and tidy.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the waste team at waste.team@southandvale.gov.uk


Best wishes,
Waste Team