Hailey PC’s response to Community Infrastructure Levy

West Oxfordshire District Council is consulting on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that it will impose on house building developers. It has proposed a nil per cent CIL for the five strategic sites across the district.

Hailey PC is concerned that this would mean that community infrastructure at the North Witney development (and other developments) could not be provided. So no playgrounds, community centres etc. It is also concerned that WODC’s evidence is not sound.

Please click here for the full text of Hailey PC’s response to the CIL consultation which has been submitted to WODC.

Dix Pit to re-open next Monday

Dix Pit to re-open next Monday
The Dix Pit household waste recycling centre will reopen on Monday 18 May but residents are being urged to hold their visit unless it is absolutely essential.
Long tailbacks are expected at the site run by Oxfordshire County Council. These are set to be exacerbated by reduced opening hours and the number of vehicles accessing the site being reduced by 50 per cent to allow for social distancing. Government guidance says that trips to a recycling centre should only be made if ‘essential’ – that is if the waste cannot be stored safely without harm to health.  It adds: “It would be reasonable for residents to undertake a journey to a HWRC if the waste or recycling could not be stored safely at home or disposed of through other legitimate routes such as a dedicated collection. “By this we mean that the waste/recycling could not be stored on their property without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to the resident or other members of their household or harm to public health and amenity.”

Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We know there has been considerable frustration with the site being closed but hopefully this decision will help ease the situation and help prevent fly-tipping. “I would urge residents not to react too hastily though as we don’t want to see the site overwhelmed. If you can delay for a while longer, this would help everyone concerned.”

Residents are also reminded that the full bulky waste service will be available again from Thursday 14 May. For more information, see: https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/getting-rid-of-large-items/

Things to remember when visiting the reopened centres: 
You should only visit the site if you cannot safely store your waste at home.
Revised opening hours: All sites will open at 8am and close at 4pm to allow them to be cleaned for the following day. The summer evening opening hours are suspended.
Vehicle numbers and parking bays will be reduced on site, and once the maximum is reached the site will operate on a one-out one-in basis.
PLEASE NOTE the potential for long delays and queues. Please follow any instructions given by traffic marshals to ensure queues are managed safely
Charges for non-household waste brought to sites will continue and this will be by contactless card payment only.
Residents are expected to self-police and abide by social distancing of two metres from site teams and other residents at all times.
For an initial period, no hire vans or trailers will be permitted onto sites. Site teams will be there for guidance only and will not be able to assist residents in unloading their waste.
Only one resident will be permitted out of the vehicle, unless it is to unload a heavy load which would otherwise be unsafe to remove. Visits are best made by just one person per vehicle.

In line with Public Health England guidance, residents who are vulnerable, or who are showing symptoms which may indicate coronavirus, should not visit household recycling centres. Residents are requested to ensure all waste is pre-sorted before arriving at site to ensure minimum time on site. Please refer to the Oxfordshire County Council website before leaving home to familiarise yourself with these and to avoid frustration and delay: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/wastereopenquestions

Bulky waste collections reinstated

Bulky waste collections reinstated
The bulky waste service for residents is being started again to help residents dispose of larger items.
While it is still subject to some restrictions, residents will still be able to arrange for the collection of up to three items per household including furniture, white goods and large electrical items. Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “I am delighted to see this service starting again. We have recognised the inconvenience that the suspension of the bulky waste collection has caused to residents.    “I am sure residents will appreciate the hard work and determination of our officers and our contractor, Ubico, to facilitate this.  We have listened to concerns around fly-tipping and acted accordingly.” The bulky waste teams will be operating to strict Government guidelines on social distancing. Currently, no beds, mattresses, sofas or carpets will be collected but the service is subject to ongoing review. For more information and to book a collection, see: https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/getting-rid-of-large-items/
Contact Information West Oxfordshire District Council Communications Team 01993 861616 communications@westoxon.gov.uk

Easter Thought from St John’s Church

Easter Thought.

If anyone, of any age, would like to make a little Easter garden for next weekend that would be lovely.  You could put it on a plate or a box or whatever you have to hand, using moss, stones, twigs and flowers. If you would like, it could go along the path near the church which would look lovely. Or perhaps you would rather keep it at home and maybe post  a photo of it on line. Either way it would be great to see your ideas. 

Keep well and safe, and if you would like to be included in the church emails, zoom service details, or just want a chat, please contact Sue Drew 702624 or Elpie Lewis 703070 elpielewis99@aol.com 

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Year 2 Easter Gardens | Manby Lodge
Our Easter Garden – Dundee Methodist Church

Recent Burglaries in the Area

Burglaries

There have been a recent spate of burglaries across the area in

  • Chipping Norton
  • Charlbury
  • Ledwell
  • Stonesfield
  • Long Hanborough.

    The burglars having been breaking through patio doors to gain entry to homes.

    Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. Good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a big difference.
    Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:
    • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
    • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
    • Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures – a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)
    • Install good outside lighting
    • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
    • Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
    • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
    • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
    • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
    • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
    • Ensure rear fencing is in good repair
    • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
    • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free.
    • Consider joining or forming a neighbourhood watch group a
    • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
    • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.

    Doors and windows

    In most burglaries, the criminals broke into the house or flat through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in. So make sure your doors are strong and secure. Consider fitting a bar for extra strength; a locksmith can advise you on how best to do it.
    Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. You can also buy a film in a DIY store that you can stick over the glass to make it harder to break.
    Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach.
    Going away on holiday
    Make your home look like someone is living in it:
    • Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark
    • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries
    • Use the Royal Mail’s ‘keepsafe’ service – they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you’re away. Mail sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away
    • Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway
    • Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites – burglars can use any information you post on there to their advantage.

Join  https://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/ to receive crime alerts for your area

Vacancy in Office of Parish Councillor

Due to the resignation of Gavin Hyatt as Hailey Parish Councillor, the Council now has a vacancy.

 

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
PARISH OF HAILEY

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

Pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Mr G Hyatt, formerly a Member of the above named Parish Council, has ceased to be a Member of the Parish Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish.

If, within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 5 November, 2019), a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made to the Head of the Paid Service, West Oxfordshire District Council, Woodgreen, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 1NB by TEN electors for the Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If there is an election, it will take place not later than 9 January, 2020.

Dated: Wednesday 16 October, 2019

Ms L Wilkinson
Clerk to Hailey Parish Council

 

If you are interested and would like more details of what is involved please click here for a description of the role.