Plans to modify Witney town centre are rolling out.
Traffic restrictions along the High Street up to the Market Square have now been introduced with the road closed to non-authorised vehicles, although shops will still be able to receive deliveries. The scheme is designed to ensure shoppers and pedestrians have adequate room for safe social distancing.
Barrier sleeves with the logos ‘Stay safe, shop local’ and ‘Please keep a safe distance’ are being introduced to reinforce the message.
Cllr Toby Morris, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “We have had to work quickly to bring about these changes which are now being rolled out but have been listening to businesses and residents during the process. “We have also worked with partners including Witney Town Council and Oxfordshire County Council to ensure the town centre is a safe place for pedestrians while supporting the local economy.
“Significantly, these remain experimental changes which will be kept under review.” On Friday parking wardens will re-direct non-authorised vehicles away from the High Street while the three disabled parking bays outside Boots have been relocated further up the road. The number 15 Stagecoach bus to Abingdon and the number 19 to Carterton are being rerouted down Corn Street from tomorrow in readiness for the closure of part of Welch Way on Friday 26 June.
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request for volunteers made by Hailey Parish Council in our first leaflet was
overwhelming. We have around 50
volunteers registered with us, around 40 of whom are on our Hailey Help Hub
(HHH) WhatsApp group and can respond quickly to requests for help with
shopping, prescription collection or just a phone chat if anyone is feeling a
bit low. This is a FANTASTIC response. We also know that there are many other people
who are quietly helping their friends and neighbours.
a HUGE thank you to everyone from Hailey Parish Council
IF YOU NEED HELP, CONTACT YOUR PARISH
Middletown & Foxburrow
– 899125Michael Drew – 70262
End & Whiteoak Green
Andy Smith –
868796 or 07831 500134Tina Rogers –
Ann Gibson 700162 or 07771 711187Calvert
McGibbon – 705301
Giles Doland – 07971 511926
West Oxfordshire District Council have set up a dedicated helpline to offer help and advice
For extremely vulnerable Oxfordshire residents who have received a letter from the
NHS and who have no support network, local councils and the voluntary and
community sector have created dedicated points of contact offering priority
support across the county.
Phone lines open
Mon-Fri 8:30-8:00 or Sat-Sun 9:00-5:00
For any resident wishing to volunteer or set up a community group
there is a website now set up specific for Oxfordshire with lots of information
on it. Please visit: www.oxfordshireallin.org
NHS Foundation Trust has launched
a 24/7 mental health helpline to take pressure off 111. The line will help
get the right mental health advice for people of all ages including children
and older adults
T: 01865 904 997 (adults)
T: 01865 904 998 (children and young people)
Age UK offers advice and
assistance to people with a friendly, weekly call to see how you are and to
problem-solve any practical problems. Leave your name and number and someone
will call back as soon as possible (Monday to Friday).
T: 01865 411 288
Dementia UK –
If you have a diagnosis of dementia, or are a carer or relative of someone who
has, DementiaUK can provide advice and support. Support line open Monday to
Friday 9am – 6pm. T: 01865 410 210
Domestic Abuse Services offers free services to anybody aged 16+ experiencing
domestic abuse. Their Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline is still open and
available Monday to Friday 10am – 7pm. T: 0800 731 0055
* Alternatively, you can call the 24-hour
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
T: 0808 2000 247.
customers who have any
concerns about how COVID-19 pandemic affects them or their tenancy can refer to
the website www.cottsway.co.uk/coronavirus or alternatively they can telephone
Customer Services on 01993 890000.
Community Foundation’s (OCF) Resilience Fund to support organisations respond to COVID-19
and recover stronger is now up and running.
For further information contact http://oxfordshire.org/.
Government Grants to businesses affected by the COVID-19
crisis remains WODC’s top priority.
Businesses concerned about their grant application can contact the
council either by telephone on 01993 861070 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting your business rates account
number. Businesses that have not applied
can check their eligibility and download the form from the website COVID-19
Job Retention Scheme Portal to Open: If you cannot maintain your current
workforce because your operations have been severely affected by COVID-19, you
can furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual
monthly wage costs up to £2,500 per month, through the Coronavirus Job
Retention Scheme. This scheme is
administered by HMRC and the portal for making applications opened on Monday 20 April:
Job Retention Scheme.
CBILS Business Loan Update: CBILS is the Coronavirus Business
Interruption Loan Scheme which gives lenders a government-backed guarantee for
the loan repayments to encourage more lending.
Lenders can provide up to £5million in the form of:
Term Loans, Overdrafts, Invoice Finance and Asset Finance.
Business Bank website sets out the eligibility criteria as well as the
information for which lenders will ask in support of an application.
Contact: British Business Bank CBILS
1-to-1 Business Advice: OxLEP has established a new 1-to-1
business advice service to help businesses struggling to get support through
the COVID-19 crisis.
includes Guidance on:
Business resilience, Cash flow, Cost reductions and
See OxLEP website
for more information on this and other existing business support programmes:
Contact: OxLEP business support programmes.
Summary of Business Support
business support website sets out the full range of business support measures
that have been made available to UK businesses and employees.
have recently introduced new temporary legislation enabling PCs to hold remote
The public are still invited to these meetings (usually 2nd Monday of month). If you would like to join, then please email Andy Smith by 6.30pm of the day of the meeting and he will send you the Zoom link to access it.
Health and well-being services affected during
There are a range of
well-being and health services that are affected during this period. If you
need to find out about services such as: support to quit smoking, sexual health
clinics and weight management sessions, please click here.
information about services affected during the Coronavirus:
Updates about critical frontline services such as fire and rescue, waste
collections, highways and children’s social care:
Follow the guidance on the Public Health England website
if anyone in your household suspects they have Coronavirus.
Individuals with confirmed Coronavirus can store their
personal waste (for example, used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths)
securely within disposable bags. When
appropriate, these bags should be removed and placed into another bag and
securely tied or sealed and kept separate from other wastes.
This must be stored for at least 72 hours before being
put in your usual domestic or household waste bin.
Other household waste can be disposed of as normal
Below is a link to information that you might want to
know about for yourself or others:
1. If you are – or
someone you know is – a clinically extremely vulnerable person and need
“If you have a medical condition which makes you
extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID 19), register and tell us whether or
not you need support.
You may have received a letter from the NHS telling you
that you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, or been contacted by your GP or
hospital clinician. If this has not
happened, contact your GP or clinician after you register with this service.
It may take time for any support offered through this
service to arrive.
you should continue to rely on friends, family and wider support to help you
meet your needs.
You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else