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URGENT NEWS from SODC

Snow conditions - Monday 11 December
Some of today's waste and recycling collections are being affected by adverse weather conditions. Please see below a message that we are sharing with residents. We will be keeping both the South and Vale websites updated, along with social media.

Your waste collections - adverse weather conditions 

Our waste collection crews are out and about emptying bins where they can, although most side streets are too dangerous for their 26 tonne trucks.
If it is safe to do so, please put your bins out as normal. If the bins in your street aren't emptied on your normal collection day, please leave them out for three days and we will try and come back to get them. If we haven't managed to get back to you in three days, bring your bins back in and we will come and get them next time they're due. If this is the case, we will collect extra waste left out next to your bin next time around.

Even if the roads around you are clear, it might still be difficult for our waste collection crews to reach you - that might be because the roads between you and our depot are not passable for our large trucks or it might just be that the snow and ice has slowed the crew down so much that they aren't able to finish their complete rounds in one day. 

We are very sorry for any disruption and inconvenience this causes you - we are doing the best we can to get out to as many of you as we can, but the safety of the general public out on the roads, and of our waste collection crews is our first priority.

Welcome to Ipsden

Ipsden is a small village tucked away in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in a corner of South Oxfordshire. The centre of Ipsden Village lies just 10 miles north of Reading and 16 miles south of Oxford. The charming riverside and bustling market towns of Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames are nearby.

Ipsden, together with its hamlets, comprises a population of just over 300 with an excellent community spirit. You will find in Ipsden:
- a lovely pub
- a well-stocked village store and post office
- a farm shop
- a nursery school
- a well-supported Church with a Vicar who lives in the village
- a village hall
- a drama society
- a children’s playground
- an active cricket club
- a residential college
- a number of thriving businesses

Ipsden is surrounded by beautiful countryside with some of the most stunning views and walks in this part of England. The Ridgeway and the Icknield Way both pass through Ipsden; those paths with their many branches winding through the surrounding fields and woods enable genuine relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, as does simply living here! While walking in the Ipsden area, you are likely to see a wide range of birds and wildlife.

Residents who commute enjoy a road network that gets them Reading in under 20 minutes, Oxford in under 30 minutes, Wallingford in 5 minutes, or Goring & Streatley in 8 minutes. The M40 junction 6 is easily accessible, as is the M4 junction junction 8/9 (for travelling to London or Heathrow), or junction 12 (for travelling west). Similarly, very frequent rail travel to London is available at Reading (taking only 30 minutes from Reading to Paddington), or from Goring & Streatley taking 58 minutes.

The above rail services are currently being electrified as part of the Great Western main line upgrade program. Capacity, speed and frequency will increase even further when the electrification is complete. In addition, Reading Station has been massively upgraded to receive the new Crossrail service which will take commuters directly into the City of London. The GWR service to Paddington runs in parallel and will be even further enhanced by the electrification program.

School buses serve the excellent local county primary and secondary schools, and the Joint Abingdon Schools bus service stops less than a mile away in North Stoke serving:- Abingdon School, St Helen & St Katherine's, Our Lady's Convent and The Manor Prep School. The Oratory Prep School and The Oratory Senior School are both only a few minutes drive away in nearby Cray's Pond and Woodcote.

Ipsden is not only excellently positioned, the village also has excellent modern electronic communications. Residents, businesses and home workers enjoy excellent High Speed Broadband. Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) was installed by BT Openreach in July 2015, financed in conjunction with Oxfordshire County Council. Residents who choose to connect via BT Infinity receive excellent download speeds of 50Mbps. Standard Broadband which has been available for many years is also available, as is Countryside Wireless Broadband. Mobile networks cover Ipsden well.

There are a number of farms in and around Ipsden, and excellent local produce is available from the thriving Farm Shop.

Deer are found in the woods and the famous Red Kites, which were reintroduced to the Chilterns in the mid 1980s, are often to be seen.

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