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Next Meeting of Ipsden Parish Council

The next meeting of the Ipsden Parish Council will be on Thursday 5th December 2019. The meeting will be at 6.00pm in the village hall.

Click here for a copy of the agenda

All villagers are welcome to attend. If you wish to advise any formal village matter that you would like raised at the Council Meeting, please contact the Parish Clerk. For questions, please click ipsdenpc@gmail.com to email our clerk, Amanda McCrea.

December Parking Arrangements

Drivers in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse can benefit from free parking in district council car parks on certain days in December.
The annual free parking tradition is provided by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents.  The free parking days allocated to each area are agreed with the individual town councils depending on which day would best suit local traders. 
Free Christmas parking days also means people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the pubs, cafés and restaurants during the festive period.
Drivers will be able to park without paying for a ticket in South and Vale car parks on the following days next month:
South Oxfordshire

  • Didcot – Mondays (9, 16, 23 December)
  • Goring – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)
  • Henley – Tuesdays (3, 10, 17 December)
  • Thame – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)
  • Wallingford -Thursdays (5, 12,19 December)

Vale of White Horse
  • Abingdon – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)
  • Faringdon – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)
  • Wantage – Saturdays (7, 14, 21 December)

On the above days there’s no need to display a ticket.
Parking is also free on a Sunday in many of the council-owned town centre car parks in South and Vale - please check the tariff boards in car parks for further details.
For details on parking in southern Oxfordshire visit:


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!).

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

Council staff to visit homes that haven’t responded to the yellow Household Enquiry Form
Released on 7 October 2019
In the coming days staff from South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will be visiting homes whose occupants have not updated their details following requests via the yellow ‘Household Enquiry’ form.
The councils need this information to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote is able to do so in forthcoming elections.
In August the two councils sent yellow letters to all homes across the two districts requiring people to confirm who currently lives in their property.  They then issued reminders in September to all those who didn’t respond to the initial request.  So far more than 100,000 homes have responded.
All households that did not respond by 5 October will now receive a visit from a council officer to confirm their details.
All staff making the household visits will be carrying ID so if someone knocks on your door please feel free to ask to see their ID before answering any questions.
Residents can still avoid receiving a visit by confirming or updating their details immediately at householdresponse.com/southandvale.  You will need the 2-part code on the yellow letter or reminder to do this.
Important – by law, each household must confirm their details, even if they are correct.  Anyone who fails to do so could be fined up to £1,000.
Residents who do not have access to the internet can confirm their details by completing and returning the form that comes with the letter.  If your details are correct you can also confirm this by phone or text – the details required for this are included on the yellow letter.
Margaret Reed, Electoral Registration Officer for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse, said: “Thank you to the thousands of residents who responded to the Household Enquiry form and confirmed their details.  We’re still yet to hear from 23,000 properties so our staff will now be making visits to ensure their details are up to date too.”

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
01235 422400
www.southoxon.gov.uk | @southoxon 
www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk | @whitehorsedc
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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.”
MAY 2019

Cllr Sue Cooper is the new Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council. She returned to the council last year after winning a by-election, having served on the council previously for many years. She represents her home ward of Benson and Crowmarsh and was elected as the Leader of the Council at the Annual Council Meeting on Thursday 16 May.
The new Chairman of South Oxfordshire District Council is Cllr David Bretherton, who was voted in at the same meeting. His Vice-chairman is Cllr Elizabeth Gillespie. In her Leader’s Report to the Annual Council Meeting, which is available here, Cllr Cooper said: South Oxfordshire is a wonderful place for our residents to live, and likewise for people who come here for work or to visit, but we have some significant challenges ahead. “I will be working with the cabinet to tackle the big issues affecting South Oxfordshire residents in new ways. This includes making sure housing and employment developments are more sustainable, as well as seeking out new ways to deliver truly affordable housing and helping to provide a boost to our market towns and villages so they’re a successful heart of their communities.” Here’s the list of councillors in the cabinet and the areas they’re covering:
  • Cllr Sue Cooper: Leader, Legal and Democratic, and Didcot Garden Town
  • Cllr David Turner: Deputy Leader and Finance
  • Cllr Sue Roberts: Climate and ecological crisis response, and support for the Leader
  • Cllr Pieter-Paul Barker: Partnership and Insight
  • Cllr Robin Bennett: Economic Development and Regeneration
  • Cllr Maggie Filipova-Rivers: Community Services
  • Cllr Andrea Powell: Corporate Services
  • Cllr Leigh Rawlins: Planning
  • Cllr David Rouane: Housing and Environment
Here are the appointments to chair the council’s committees. Planning committee
  • Chairman: Cllr Ian Snowdon
  • Vice-chairman: Cllr Peter Dragonetti
Scrutiny committee
  • Chairman: Cllr Ian White
  • Vice-chairman: Cllr Mocky Khan
Joint Scrutiny Committee
  • Co-Chairman: Cllr Ian White
Joint Audit and Governance Committee
  • Co-Chairman: Cllr Mocky Khan
General Licensing Committee and Licensing Acts Committee
  • Chairman: Cllr Anne-Marie Simpson
  • Vice-chairman: Cllr Leigh Rawlins
Community Grants Panel 
  • Chairman: Cllr Sarah Gray
Appointments for the following committees will be made at their respective meetings:
  • Community Governance and Electoral Issues Committee
  • Joint Staff Committee
  • Appeals Panel 

South Oxfordshire District Council
01235 422400
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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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Click here for the Highway Maintenance Factsheet - Summer 2018 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
A4074 Petition
The Parish Council organised a village wide petition to Oxfordshire County Council in an attempt to improve the dangerous village junctions with the A4074.

Grateful thanks are expressed to the 301 villagers and visitors who participated, and special thanks are offered to the following for their hard work in hosting and circulating forms:-

Alan and Nicki at The King William
Emma at Blue Tin Farm Shop
Shirley at The Village Store and Post Office
Alexander at Alexander's Interiors
Nicola at Early Days Nursery School
Mark at Brazier's Park
Joyce Hands, Amanda McCrea, and Parish Councillors.

The petition was presented to Oxfordshire County Councillor Mr Mark Gray at the Parish Council's formal meeting on 1st September 2016. Also in attendance at the presentation was OCC's Local Area Steward, Mr Keith Stenning. Both Mr Gray and Mr Stenning offered support, as well as liaison with Mr Nimmo-Smith, the OCC Cabinet Member ultimately responsible for working with the roads and traffic officers.

A road speed survey has been carried out in order to provide statistics and parish council members have met with county council traffic officers and Thames Valley Police to discuss the issue.

For the latest news on the A4074 problems, please see the recent Council minutes together with the attached notes by
Clicking Here
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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