Traffic restrictions introduced in Witney to boost social distancing

Traffic restrictions introduced in Witney to boost social distancing: Witney town centre modified map
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.  
Contact Information West Oxfordshire District Council Communications Team 01993 861616

Oxfordshire Library Update

Oxfordshire Libraries May 2020

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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:

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:

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:
Contact Information West Oxfordshire District Council Communications Team 01993 861616

Hailey’s response to the Coronovirus and useful links

Hailey’s response to the Coronovirus

The 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. 

So, a HUGE thank you to everyone from Hailey Parish Council


Middletown & Foxburrow Graham Knaggs – 899125Michael Drew – 70262 Delly End & Whiteoak Green Andy Smith – 868796 or 07831 500134Tina Rogers – 07774 259199 Poffley End Ann Gibson 700162 or 07771 711187Calvert McGibbon – 705301 New Yatt Giles Doland – 07971 511926
West Oxfordshire District Council have set up a dedicated helpline to offer help and advice
WODC Community Support Helpline on 01993 861077

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.

West Oxfordshire: 01865 897820 or

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:

Oxford Health 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)

Oxfordshire Mind offer online and phone wellbeing advice and information. Options sessions and ongoing telephone support available…T:  01865 247788

Guideposts, a national mental health and wellbeing charity, offers free advice and support over the phone or via webchat. Lines open Monday to Friday 9-5pm
T:  0300 222 5709

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

Citizens Advice have converted their face-to-face advice to helping more people over the phone and added a new email advice service. T:  0300 330 9049

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

Oxfordshire 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.

Cottsway Housing customers who have any concerns about how COVID-19 pandemic affects them or their tenancy can refer to the website or alternatively they can telephone Customer Services on 01993 890000.

Oxfordshire 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

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 quoting your business rates account number.  Businesses that have not applied can check their eligibility and download the form from the website COVID-19 business grants.

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:                   

Contact:  Coronavirus 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. 

The British 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. 

This service includes Guidance on:

Business resilience, Cash flow, Cost reductions and Diversification. 

See OxLEP website for more information on this and other existing business support programmes:

Contact: OxLEP business support programmes.

Summary of Business Support

The Government’s business support website sets out the full range of business support measures that have been made available to UK businesses and employees.

Contact: Government business support website.

Remote Parish Council Meetings

Remote meetings due to Coronavirus pandemic:

The Government have recently introduced new temporary legislation enabling PCs to hold remote meetings.

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.

There will still be a public time item for your views to be heard. The rest of the time, the PC asks that you mute yourself so there is no extra background disturbance.

News and updates from Oxfordshire County Council

Please see below for stories and information that we would like to share with you and your residents regarding health and adult social care:

New coronavirus clinics to help patients across Oxfordshire:

Praise for Oxfordshire’s inspirational care teams:

New hotline for diabetes patients during COVID-19


Health and well-being services affected during the coronavirus:

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.


Local 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:

For information and updates about other services, please go to:

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 


Image result for easter garden images
Year 2 Easter Gardens | Manby Lodge
Our Easter Garden – Dundee Methodist Church

What to do with your rubbish if you have Coronavirus or are self-isolating

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