Update on Occupation Lane


Occupation Lane

Hailey Public Bridleway 31

 On the 27th of March 2019 it was confirmed that this lane should be recorded as a Public Bridleway


UPDATE – 13th September 2019

Oxfordshire County Council has started to clear vegetation to open up this bridleway.  Further clearance is required as well as some ground works and this will be continuing over the next month.

If you wish to walk along the bridleway in the meantime please take extra care as the ground is uneven in places and some vegetation remains on the surface.

If you would like any further information, please contact countryside@oxfordshire.gov.uk


Referendum on the Adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan

Referendum on the adoption of the Hailey Neighbourhood Plan

  1. A referendum will be held on Thursday 29 August 2019 to decide the following question:

“Do you want West Oxfordshire District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Hailey to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

2. The hours of the poll will be from 7 am to 10 pm.

3. The situation of the polling station and the description of persons entitled to vote thereat are as follows:

Situation of Polling Station: Village Hall, Middletown, Hailey, OX29 9UA

Station Number: 1

Range of electoral register numbers of persons entitled to vote thereat: GO-1 to GO-920


Dated: Monday 19 August 2019

Keith Butler
Counting Officer

New Bridleway at Hailey

Notice of Confirmation of Modification Order

Section 53 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981:

An order has been made to modify the Definitive Map by:

Adding a bridleway in Hailey from the east side of New Yatt Road at SP3748 2128 running in a generally southerly direction for approximately 1456 metres to meet the A4095 at SP 3751 1154.

Please see attached notice and map for more details.


Sign up now for garden waste collections

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Sign up now for garden waste collections

Letters are being sent to householders in West Oxfordshire encouraging them to sign up, or to renew their subscription, for the garden waste collection service.

The new subscription year starts from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 and costs £30 per bin a year for a fortnightly wheeled-bin collection.

Residents signing up before the end of February will have their licence in time for when the new subscription year starts, and can be sure of not missing any collections from April.

Cllr Steve Good, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “The garden waste collection subscription service is extremely popular and currently more than 27,000 properties are signed up. The price remains the same as last year and at £30, we believe this continues to be extremely good value.”

Signing up for garden waste collections is quick and easy, and can be done using a credit or debit card, either by calling 01993 861025 or online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/garden.


Householders choosing not to re-new their subscription service can have their bin collected. More information is on www.westoxo.gov.uk/garden.

The annual charge runs from 1 April until 31 March each year. Anyone signing up part way through the year they will be charged the full amount (£30) until the end of March.

After collection, the garden waste goes to a composting site near Chipping Norton. This large scale site enables faster composting as it reaches higher temperatures. It is first shredded then stacked in long piles, known as windrows, which are regularly turned to produce compost. The process is monitored and closely managed to quality standard. Compost is then used on agricultural land.



Survey on an increase in council tax to help protect operational policing is launched

Survey on an increase in council tax to help protect operational policing is launched

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has launched a survey seeking the public view on an increase in the police element of the council tax by £2 a month*

On Thursday 13th December the Home Secretary announced the provisional police funding settlement for 2019/20. In response to the exceptional operational demands on the police, particularly in areas such as Thames Valley, the Government is increasing the funding available to PCCs by up to £813 million. However, this is provided all PCCs increase the police portion of the council tax by £2 a month or £24 a year (equivalent for a Band D property), which, collectively, will raise £509 million of the £813 million increase in funding.

Anthony Stansfeld said: “The Thames Valley Police budget has been cut by £101 million over the last eight years which has resulted in significant cuts to police officer and staff numbers. This year the Government has encouraged all PCCs to raise the policing element of the council tax precept for all households. To prevent further damaging cuts to policing and restore some important frontline policing capability I would like to make use of this Government advice and raise the council tax precept accordingly.

“Demand on police forces nationally has risen significantly in the last year as a result of an increase in non-crime business, higher crime numbers, the increasing complexity of crime, and the increasing reach of criminals both physically and via technology. Throughout this Thames Valley Police has been efficient and effective but having already faced significant cuts since 2010/11 the process of identifying new cash savings is becoming ever more challenging. However, we are committed to making policing even more efficient and have already identified over £4m of new savings in 2019/20.”

“My focus for the future continues to be on delivering strong neighbourhood policing for all of the communities across the Thames Valley whilst addressing the serious threats and hardship posed by criminals. With this in mind the extra cash generated from the proposed increase in council tax will be spent on operational policing. The draft budget for 2019/20 includes additional funding to increase local frontline policing, recruit more investigators and improve contact management with the aim to reduce call waiting times on 101 calls.”

The survey and more information, including the proposed amounts from each council tax band can be found by visiting: https://bit.ly/2QEkGkk

 Closing Date: Wednesday 9th January at 5pm

*this is the equivalent for a Band D property. The increase for other property Bands is set out in the table available with the survey on the above link.