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Notice from SODC
Garden Waste Collection Resumed - 23/9/21


The temporary pause to the garden waste service is coming to an end in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse very soon, with collections getting underway for some residents in the districts as early as next week. 

The service was paused to ensure rubbish, recycling and food waste collections weren’t affected during the ongoing and well documented national shortage of HGV drivers. The driver shortage is still an issue for the councils’ waste contractor, Biffa, but the council has agreed a new temporary arrangement for garden waste collections that requires fewer drivers, which means Biffa can resume the service sooner. 
To make up for the disruption to the service the council will be extending customers’ current subscription to the service by three months – they will do this by delaying the collection of the customers’ next Direct Debit payments by three months. 
The temporary arrangement means that fortnightly garden waste collections will change to take place every four weeks, but subscribers to the service will be able to leave twice as much garden waste out as normal. This temporary arrangement will be reviewed at the end of October to see if normal service can resume. 
Customers will still get their brown bins emptied on the same day of the week as normal. If, for example, a customer’s bins are usually emptied on a Monday, their brown bin will still be emptied on a Monday under a new temporary garden waste timetable, but they will be emptied once every four weeks, instead of every two weeks.   
The councils are sending out more than 50,000 letters and emails this week to their garden waste customers explaining the situation in more detail, along with a copy of the temporary timetable. The timetable can also be found on dedicated website pages for garden waste customers, along with a more detailed version of the timetable. 
Garden waste will be collected in the same weeks as recycling as normal. This means garden waste collections will restart in some parts of the Vale on 27 September and in some parts of South Oxfordshire on 4 October. 
The webpages providing more details are: 
Any residents who do not wish to renew their current subscription, will continue to receive garden waste collections for three months after the subscription was originally due to end.  
Food waste collections will continue to take place weekly, and recycling and rubbish collections will continue to take place fortnightly as normal. 
Councillor Catherine Webber, Vale of White Horse District Council cabinet member for Climate Emergency and the environment said; “We are very pleased to have found a solution that means garden waste collections can start taking place again very soon.  
“We appreciate and understand that this hasn’t been the service our customers have come to expect, and we do apologise sincerely for the disruption, but we’re also happy that suspending garden waste collections has prevented disruption to the other household waste collections – something with which councils elsewhere are struggling."  
Cllr David Rouane South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for housing and environment said: “We want to thank our garden waste customers once again for their patience and understanding and apologise once again for the disruption. We believe that the temporary arrangement is a good way of getting the garden waste service up and running sooner rather than later, while Biffa continues to look for ways to address its driver shortage. 
“The decision to suspend garden waste collections was difficult, but I think it was right to protect the other household collections from disruption, especially food waste. I’m happy we’re able to make it up to our customers by extending their subscriptions by three months so that no one will be out of pocket.”  

(An explanatory letter is being sent to all residents)


  
Communications
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
01235 422400
Book a test drive and join the electric vehicle revolution
 
Read the story and watch the video on the Oxfordshire County Council website or below:
 
Three test drive events are taking place in Oxfordshire next month to showcase electric vehicles (EVs) and an innovative new way of charging them aimed at people without off-street parking.
 
Oxfordshire’s park and charge team will be running live roadshow events in Abingdon, Witney and Henley in August. These free events will be an opportunity for residents to learn more about EVs and the different options for making the switch.
 
The test drive events will take place 10am - 4pm on:
  • Saturday 14 August at Cattle Market car park, Abingdon
  • Friday 20 August Kings Road car park, Henley
  • Saturday 21 August at the Woolgate Centre, Witney.
 
The test drives form part of Oxfordshire’s £5.2 million park and charge project that has been awarded funding from Innovate UK as part of the government’s investment in British engineering to transform electric charging infrastructure. The project is being delivered by Oxfordshire County Council, with support from Cherwell District Council, West Oxfordshire District Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, the Vale of the White Horse District Council, Zeta Specialist Lighting, Urban Integrated UK and the University of Oxford.
 
Event organisers are working alongside local dealerships Go Green Autos, North Oxford MINI and Jaybee Motors. To book a test drive, residents can visit parkandchargeoxfordshire.co.uk choose their preferred day and venue and fill out a quick form. A member of the park and charge team will confirm all bookings.
 
Councillor Duncan Enright, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Travel and Development Strategy, said: “Come and test drive an electric vehicle. We are in the twilight of petrol and diesel cars, as we must move to zero carbon transport in the next few years for the sake of our health and the planet.
 
“Our new park and charge hubs will be appearing in towns and villages across the county to be a safe place for overnight charging, particularly for those who don’t have off-street parking and can’t easily charge their vehicles at home. Be part of the future and come along for what promises to be a fun and informative experience.”
 
As well as test driving an EV, attendees will be able to chat to local experts and members of the park and charge team to find out more about driving electric and about the EV charging hubs that are coming to Oxfordshire later this year. 
 
Park and charge hubs can be found within 22 county and district council owned car parks around the county, offering overnight charging bays for residents to use. The first one opened in Bicester in May, enabling drivers to park for free overnight and charge up using one of the 12 new EV charging points, which also provide much needed battery top-ups to commuters and visitors during the daytime.
 
Councillor David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Climate Change at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Over a third of West Oxfordshire’s CO2 emissions can be attributed to transport, which is hugely significant when looking at how we can go about reducing the district’s carbon footprint. Creating a network of EV charging points across the county encourages people and businesses to make their next car purchase electric, confident in the knowledge that they will be able to charge their vehicle at a time and place convenient to them. This is a vital step in how we bring about change.”
 
Councillor Catherine Webber, Vale of White Horse District Council Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency and Environment, said: One of the ways the council aims to achieve the district-wide target of becoming carbon neutral by 2045 is by working closely with partners wherever possible. This is why the council is working with Oxfordshire County Council to build on our commitment to active travel. It is also partnering with Oxfordshire councils on the Oxfordshire electric vehicle infrastructure strategy and the park and charge project.
 
“We are delighted that we can host a park and charge event at the council’s Cattle Market car park in Abingdon so people will have a chance to test drive some electric vehicles and find out more about this exciting project.”
 
Councillor Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council and Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Nature Recovery, said: “The council is a partner in several innovative energy projects across the county, including the Oxfordshire energy strategy and local energy Oxfordshire project in addition to the park and charge scheme. This is just one of many ways we as a council are aiming to achieve our target of becoming a carbon neutral district by 2030.
 
“We are very pleased that we are able to use the council’s Kings Road car park in Henley to showcase the park and charge project and, if possible, we'd like people to walk or cycle to the event.
 
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For more information about this release contact the Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council communications team on 01865 323870 or email press.office@oxfordshire.gov.uk
How waste sites are run in the future is being planned right now. We're proud of the many options to recycle across the county, but would love your views on what else we could do.

Changing opening hours, being able to bring items in for reuse, repair or to see them upcycled for future purchase, and checking black bin bags to reduce the amount of recyclable materials in the general waste, are just some of the ways we could improve on our environmental performance. But let us know what you think.
https://letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/lets-talk-waste-and-recycling-2021

Have your say - OCC Waste/Recycling survey

People across South and Vale urged to have their say on the
Ox-Cam Arc
People across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are being urged to have their say on the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, a government led project which will have an impact on the district in the future.
The Oxford-Cambridge Arc includes the area between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge and aims to make significant economic, social and environmental improvements across the region by 2050 and beyond. 
The government is currently developing a vision for the Spatial Framework – a long-term strategic plan for growth across the area – which will help support planning for the future with the aim of helping to create jobs, drive investment, protect and enhance the environment, and provide infrastructure to make the Arc a better place to work and live.
The government has announced a 12-week public consultation on the future of the Ox-Cam Arc and people are being encouraged to help to create the Spatial Framework’s vision for the area to 2050 under the following themes:
  • The Environment
  • The Economy
  • Connectivity and Infrastructure
  • Place-making
Once agreed, the shared vision will help to determine which new policies are developed and ultimately will shape government plans for the Oxford to Cambridge Arc region.
The consultation also seeks views on 
the work the Government has done to set the scope of the Sustainability Appraisal, and the Government has also announced a new expert panel to advise on sustainable economic and housing growth in the Arc.
Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “The Ox-Cam Arc will have an impact on our residents in South Oxfordshire for many generations to come, especially if the high population growth forecasted materialises.  It is therefore vital that development is properly managed and planned and that the project’s vision really focusses on protecting and enhancing our natural environment, while also providing green focussed improvements to our local infrastructure and employment opportunities which will have genuine benefits for people living and working here. 
“We as a council we will do what we can to influence the direction of this project, however it’s very important that people understand what this project means and that they are able to have their say at each stage of the process. 
“I therefore urge everyone who lives and works in South Oxfordshire to have their say in this consultation, particularly our younger residents who will be most impacted by the longer-term effects of any Arc projects.” 
Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “This is really the first opportunity that our residents have had to see or comment on the government’s plans for the Arc region and their Arc Spatial Framework, which will become part of national planning policy.
“As a council we are already pushing for stronger environmental policies and powers along with investment in green technology.  We know that people are concerned about the potential levels of growth and making sure that any benefits that the Arc projects bring benefit all existing residents across our communities.    
“The Arc projects are likely to have a significant impact on our communities and will play a key role in how we are able to come together as a wider region to tackle the climate emergency.  It’s particularly important that residents, businesses, and local partners in the Vale have a say in shaping this vision as it will help determine what policies and investments happen next.
“I urge everyone who lives and works here to find out more about the government’s vision for the Arc region and to have your say in this initial consultation.”
How to have your say
This public consultation is the first of three that will guide a new Spatial Framework over the next two years.
To find out more and to have your say visit 
placebuilder.io/futureofthearc.  The consultation is open until 12 October 2021.
About the Oxford-Cambridge Arc
The Oxford-Cambridge Arc (the Arc) is a globally significant area between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge. It is formed of five ceremonial counties: Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
It supports over two million jobs, adds over £110 billion to the economy every year and houses one of the fastest growing economies in England.
For more information, please visit the 
government’s website.


Communications
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
01235 422400
Riverside splash pads to reopen soon for families

Two new riverside characters need your help to find them names! 
 
Released Monday 12 July 2021

The splash pads at the Riverside outdoor pool area in Wallingford will reopen on the 19 July in time for fun for all the family during the school holidays. 
 
The outdoor pool and campsite at Riverside reopened at the end of May, the start of the normal season for the site following Covid-19 safety guidelines. 
 
South Oxfordshire District Council and their leisure contractors GLL felt that it would be difficult to manage social distancing and restrict numbers around the splash pads so delayed their reopening until restrictions had been lifted to ensure the safety of the public and the staff on site. 
 
The outdoor pool has been really popular since it opened with over five thousand visitors so far, and that is following Covid-19 guidelines which has meant limiting the numbers that can attend the swimming sessions. 
 
During the extended closure South Oxfordshire District Council and GLL worked on refurbishing the splash pad area so that it was ready to open as soon as it was safe to do so, and to make it more fun for the children to enjoy. They have now introduced a couple of new creatures, a river monster and crocodile. 
These creatures have made Wallingford their new home and the council have launched a vote on their social media platforms asking residents to name them by voting for their favourite from the following list: 
  • Olivia 
  • Amelia  
  • Isla  
  • Ava  
  • Mia  
  • Isabella  
  • Sophia  
  • Grace 
  • Lily  
  • Freya  
  • Oliver  
  • George  
  • Noah  
  • Arthur 
  • Harry  
  • Leo  
  • Muhammad 
  • Jack 
  • Charlie  
  • Oscar 

Voting is now open and will close at midnight on Sunday 18 July. The winning names will be announced on Monday 19 July.  
 
Cllr Maggie Filipova-Rivers, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing said: “The Riverside pool has been really popular so far this season. The reopening of the splash pads is going to be so much fun for families. Plus, while they have been out of use, we have been able to add a couple of new creatures. A river monster and crocodile have “swum up the Thames” and settled themselves next to the splash pads. I can’t wait to see what names are chosen for them.” 
 
Residents are asked to continue to be considerate to others and be mindful of safety guidelines set by GLL and the council when using the facilities. There will be increased cleaning of the splash pads and hand sanitiser stations will be made available to ensure that they are safe for everyone to use.  
 
The splash pads will be available to use from 9-6pm every day until early September. 
 
Details of the opening times and further information about the outdoor facilities at Riverside including the campsite can be found on the Better UK app and website
 
Notes for Editors 
 
Please see attached images of the creatures waiting to be named. 
 
The vote for the two names can be found on the South Oxfordshire District Council Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/southoxfordshire and on Twitter @southoxon 



Communications
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
01235 422400

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Ridgeway visitors urged not to damage historic route
 
Read the story on the Oxfordshire County Council website here or below:
 
Visitors to the Ridgeway National Trail in the south of Oxfordshire are being urged not to drive or park where they are not allowed, following an increase in reports of damage to the ancient trackway.
 
An increase in visitor numbers is expected over the Christmas holiday period at the historic trail, as families head for the popular walking route. It comes at a time when the trail is already busier than ever and the surface is vulnerable to damage because of the wet conditions.
 
Oxfordshire County Council’s Ridgeway Officer, Sarah Wright, said: “We want to raise awareness of how to care for the trail. With so many visitors, it’s even more important that everyone uses the trail safely and responsibly.
 
“Just one car driving over wet ground can create a long stretch of wheel ruts that costs tens of thousands of pounds to repair and it is especially galling when the driver shouldn’t have been driving along there in the first place. With the route being so historic, visitors could unwittingly damage irreplaceable archaeology when they park on verges.”
 
There has been a rise in reports of people riding motorcycles and driving 4x4s along The Ridgeway National Trail. Some relate to criminal activities, while others concern visitors parking on verges when parking areas are full.
 
It is an offence to drive on The Ridgeway where there are no public rights to do so and the landowner’s permission has not been given. During the winter, the only part of The Ridgeway National Trail open to the public to drive vehicles is the three-mile Byway section in the Swindon borough area, from Fox Hill to the county boundary near Bishopstone.
 
There is no public right to drive on the trail where it follows a public footpath, bridleway, or restricted byway. Public rights to drive cars or motorcycles apply only to routes signed as ‘Byways Open to All Traffic’ and vehicles must be road legal. Drivers should always check on-site signage before proceeding.
 
In Oxfordshire, there are no Byway stretches along The Ridgeway, so the public should not be driving on it at all.
 
Wantage Neighbourhood and Wildlife Officer PC Darren James, said: “As a vehicle owner, it is your responsibility to check for the relevant signage to be sure access is lawful.
 
“We continue to patrol The Ridgeway and work with our partners in local authorities to tackle those who choose to disregard the laws that are in place to protect our wildlife and open spaces.
 
“Your information can help us to investigate crimes of this nature. Therefore, if you suspect that a crime has taken place, you can report it to police online or by calling the non-emergency number, 101. If an incident is in progress, or there is an immediate threat to life, you should call 999.”
 
The police carry out patrols on The Ridgeway and have powers to confiscate vehicles involved in illegal activities. Where possible, the Ridgeway officers provide information to the police to help them tackle offenders.
 
The Ridgeway’s website gives details about what activities are possible where, including an interactive map. Visit www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/information
 
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New Housing grants policy makes it easier for those in need of help with their homes

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have made it easier for people with disabilities or who are vulnerable to receive housing assistance grants and loans to help make their homes safer and more comfortable.
 
While the councils have always provided a grants and loans service for vulnerable people to help their homes better suit their needs, the new Housing Assistance Grants and Loans policy introduced by the councils this month has extended what’s on offer.
 
The maximum grant available has increased from £30,000 to £50,000 and a grant is also now available for people living with dementia. In addition, the system is to be streamlined with new technology aiming to improve the service and reduce the waiting times for work to be carried out.
 
The new policy aims to:
 
  • support more disabled residents to live independently by improving access and movement around their homes
  • reduce hospital admissions and enable early hospital discharges
  • reduce the need for residential care by allowing people with disabilities to live independently in their own homes
  • reduce fuel poverty and the effects of living in cold homes
  • support tailored home adaptations for those who need them including those suffering with dementia
 
To apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant, the first step is to contact an Occupational Therapist to see if someone is eligible. For more information on applying for grants and loans please see our  website pages (South) and (Vale)
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The Earth Trust

What We Do
Our Mission is to give people access to and experience of the environment through the natural green spaces we manage and together understand what we can do to care for the planet.

We deliver our strategy through these six work programmes:

Food & Farming
Future Forests
Water & Wetlands
Transformational Learning
Earth Trust and a gateway to accessible, natural green spaces
Championing Green Spaces

Contact us at: https://earthtrust.org.uk

Charity Reg. No. 1095057
Little Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QZ
Tel: 01865 407792

Do you know how to keep your children safe online?

During lockdown, many of us have turned to the internet to stay in touch, which goes for children as well as adults. Sadly, some criminals are using these extraordinary circumstances as a way to exploit and target young people when they are online.

Since the government restrictions were introduced Thames Valley Police have seen an increase in reports of online sexual abuse involving children and are urging parents to take this opportunity to have honest conversations about online safety with their children and to review privacy settings on the apps and social networks that they are using.

Online sexual abuse is any type of sexual abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, online gaming or using mobile phones. In some cases this involves children being groomed or exploited by an adult.

Any child or young person that uses the internet or has a smartphone could be a victim of online sexual abuse and they can be at risk from people they know, as well as from strangers. Those they are speaking to online may not be who they say they are.
The signs of online sexual abuse can be hard to spot and in these unprecedented times it is possible that these changes in behaviour may be mistakenly attributed to the change of circumstance or routine in which we all find ourselves.

These signs include; hiding computer screens or taking phone calls away from others, being secretive about what they’re doing and who they’re talking to, sudden personality changes or mood swings, engaging less with family and their usual friends and referring to a ‘new friend’ but offering limited information about them.

If you are concerned for the safety of a child, call Thames Valley Police on 101, or the NSPCC helpline on
0808 800 5000.
To support parents during COVID-19, the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection division are producing fortnightly activity packs to help discuss staying safe online with your children. These age-appropriate resources, containing two 15-minute activities for each age group, can be found at
www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Thames Valley Police continues to intercept and bring to justice those who attempt to exploit children online and encourage anyone who is concerned about the sexual behaviour of an adult or a child, to call
101 or the Stop it Now helpline on 0808 1000 900.

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A4074 Update


Villagers will have seen the new white gates and extra solar warning sign that Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) have installed on the Ipsden stretch of the A4074.

Ipsden Parish Council (IPC) have no jurisdiction or powers on A road matters, but have been lobbying OCC on villagers behalf for many years to improve the dangerous conditions at the two junctions. The minutes detailing these efforts, and showing the results, have been continuously published for comments over this period, but for those who have not read the minutes over the years, the situation is summarized below.

The obvious requests were to have a speed restriction, double white lines to prevent overtaking, and warning signs. That is what IPC fought for, but after many site meetings and much correspondence, OCC were unable to offer a speed restriction and Thames Valley Police vetoed double white lines.

OCC did however offer white gates with “Please drive carefully” and a further vehicle activated speed warning sign. The proviso was that IPC had to raise funds to pay for the £9,900 (approx) that these installations would cost because Government cuts meant that OCC did not have the funds.

IPC therefore commenced applications for grant funding. After four years, grants from SODC, OCC, our district councillor, and £2781 from our own reserves over the period, the money was raised. Thanks to all parties for their valuable help in this process, but special thanks are due to our County Councillor Mark Gray for his contributions and efforts, and to our clerk, Amanda McCrea, for her endless efforts, and for tolerating the system’s obfuscation.

A small final twist occurred with the signs on the southbound gates. They are actually in Crowmarsh Parish! The border with Ipsden Parish does not start until the Church Lane turn which is obviously too late to place a warning. OCC was therefore obliged to sign as “Rural Community”. Not ideal, but better than nothing. Rules are rules! Happily, the northbound gates are signed “Ipsden”.

OCC will re-paint the road “SLOW” signs and white lines shortly to finalise the job. The red center strips are also due for renewal, but there is no date for that yet.

What IPC and the village wanted is not exactly what was possible, but hopefully there will be an improvement to all of our nerves in using these unpleasantly dangerous junctions. IPC will continue to seek further improvements from OCC over the years.


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OXFORDSHIRE FIRE & RESCUE


Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue are now using what3words. This means if you need to contact the police and are having trouble describing where you are, you can use the app to tell them your exact location.


what3words has labelled every 3m x 3m square in the world with an address made of three random words from the dictionary. For example, the 3 word address of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square is ///this.fantastic.notes


All you need to do is download the free what3words app. You’ll be able to see and share the 3 word address of your current location and also find out the 3 word address of your home (by typing in your address and selecting the square containing your front door).


If you’re renting your property on Airbnb or any other accommodation sites, you can also use it to make sure guests don’t get lost by just sending them the 3 word address of the front door/property entrance (especially if your postcode goes to the wrong place!).


Visit 
what3words.com or download the app to find out more.

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Councils are asking drivers to ‘Turn it off’ if they are stopped for a minute or more

Just one minute of sitting with your car engine running and the vehicle not moving produces the equivalent of 150 balloons of harmful pollutants into the air.
This is why South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have launched a joint campaign to help improve air quality across southern Oxfordshire.
The campaign called ‘Turn it Off’  -
www.southandvale.gov.uk/turnitoff - which has been endorsed by Public Health England - is aimed at drivers who leave their engines ‘idling’ - still running even when the vehicle is not moving. This often happens when a vehicle is parked but the driver is still inside, waiting for someone outside a school or a shop.
The councils will be promoting the campaign on Clean Air Day Thursday June 20 at a stall at Henley Market in the morning and at Old Station Yard, next to Stert St, in Abingdon in the afternoon. These will be followed by more awareness events across both districts.

Air pollution has been identified by a number of organisations including the World Health Organisation, United Nations and the Royal College of Physicians as the biggest environmental risk to health. A recent
report from Public Health England estimated that within the UK, air pollution is linked to up to 36,000 deaths each year. Older people and children are most sensitive to air pollutants.
Keeping the engine running while parked contributes to an increase of air pollutant levels. Schools, traffic lights and bus stops are most likely locations for idling.
The councils’ new campaign ‘Turn it off’ aims to educate people about air pollution and the links to engine idling and promoting cleaner ways to drive.
  • Switch off when the car is likely to be stopped for more than 1 minute
  • 1 minute of idling produces twice as many emissions as a moving vehicle
  • 1 minute of idling produces the equivalent of 150 balloons of harmful pollutants
  • Excessive idling is a waste of fuel (and money)
  • People inside cars are exposed to high levels of air pollution, with children especially at risk of harmful effects
Vale of White Horse District Council cabinet member for Environmental and technical services Cllr Jenny Hannaby said: “Vehicles produce pollution and idling produces unnecessary air pollution and wastes fuel. We invite people to join our campaign and do something personally to help improve air quality in our area.”
 
South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for housing and environment Cllr David Rouane said: “The message is simple - if you are in your car and stop for a minute or more then you should turn off your engine for cleaner air.”
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The refurbishment work on the telephone kiosk next to the village shop has been completed. It now looks splendid and is being used for the display of local information. Local businesses and residents are encouraged to make use of this facility.
Highways Maintenance Briefing - from OCC

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Residents in southern Oxfordshire concerned about keeping warm and managing their energy bills are being encouraged to contact an advice service for help.
 
The Better Housing Better Health (BHBH) service, funded by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils alongside the county’s other district councils and Oxfordshire County Council, helps people who are vulnerable to the effects of living in cold homes over the winter period.
 
The advice service offers free, impartial advice on staying warm and managing energy bills. Residents can find out if they qualify for a grant to install energy saving improvements to their homes or a free home energy visit to look at ways to save energy to bring their bills down.
 
The service is run by the Affordable Warmth Network, which all local councils are part of.  It offers direct referrals to a growing network of support organisations, including the fire service, falls prevention service and befriending and advice services.  All of which aims to ease the pressure on other health services during the winter months. 
 
If you or someone you know is struggling to keep warm and well this winter call the free BHBH hotline on 0800 107 0044 or visit the website www.bhbh.org.uk.
South Central Ambulance Charity (SCAC)
SCAC has launched a campaign to raise £1m by Christmas 2019. Their service covers Ipsden and surrounding villages. Our lives depend on SCAC in emergencies, so please consider supporting this worthy charity.
Click here for SCAC's poster
Click here for SCAC's website giving further information
Southern Electric Priority Services offers support for the seriously ill or vulnerable during a power cut.
Click here to view the 8 page leaflet
Click here to register for the scheme on-line or Telephone SSE Priority Services on - 0800 294 3259
Village Group Email - Please subscribe
The Parish Council has put together a village group email in order to notify parishioners of County, District and Parish forums, notices and consultations that may be of interest. Emails will be sent out by "blind copy" in order to ensure data protection, i.e. email addresses and names will not be seen by others, they will be known to and held by the Parish Clerk only.

To sign up, all you need to do is email
ipsdenpc@gmail.com stating Village Group Email in the subject line.
RAF Benson Flying Activity
Following last year's meeting and update about flying at Benson Airfield, the RAF now kindly make available all activity on a daily and weekly basis.
Click here for the section of the RAF Benson website which details the weekly flying program, as well as the planned first take off and last landing times.
Neighbourhood Watch
Steve English is the village's Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator. He has a wealth of experience from the Police Force and excellent contacts with the local Police.

Any resident concerned about criminal activity should click on the link below to see the latest information.

Click here for the Ipsden Watch blog
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