Woodstock Town Council

Incorporated by Royal Charter of Henry VI in 1453

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Town residents are encouraged to participate in Town Council meetings.
Why not come along to the Town Hall on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30
Please check dates and times from the "Meetings" page or any of the Council's notice boards.
If you want to speak you will have to let the Clerk know in advance.  Go to the "Meetings" page and click on "Council's Policy on the Participation of the Public at its Meetings".

Information on the towns cemeteries, play areas and nature reserves is on the "Environment" page

The Notice Board

Christmas bin collection changes
West Oxfordshire District Council is reminding residents of changes to waste and recycling collections over the festive period.   Waste and recycling calendars can be viewed at
www.westoxon.gov.uk by simply entering a property postcode on the home page of the council website.   In addition, residents can register online for weekly email reminders. Currently over 8,000 people have done this. Residents without internet access can pick up a calendar from one of the Council reception points. Collection days over the festive period are:

Normal collection

Revised collection

Monday 26 December

Wednesday 28 December

Tuesday 27 December

Thursday 29 December

Wednesday 28 December

Friday 30 December

Thursday 29 December

Saturday 31 December

Friday 30 December

Tuesday 3 January

Monday 2 January

Wednesday 4 January

Tuesday 3 January

Thursday 5 January

Wednesday 4 January

Friday 6 January

Thursday 5 January

Saturday 7 January

Friday 6 January

Monday 9 January

Monday 9 January

Tuesday 10 January

Tuesday 10 January

Wednesday 11 January

Wednesday 11 January

Thursday 12 January

Thursday 12 January

Friday 13 January

Friday 13 January

Saturday 14 January

Garden waste will not be collected from 25 December to 9 January to enable bin crews to concentrate on picking up the extra recycling and waste.  Normal collections resume Monday 16 January 2016.

 

Good Practice of Clearing Autumn Leaves
West Oxfordshire District Council collects hundreds of tonnes of fallen leaves from footpaths and streets each autumn helping to prevent flooding during heavy downpours and maintaining a clean and safe environment during the winter months.  This work is completed on behalf of the Council by its environmental services provider Ubico Ltd.  The company uses mechanical sweepers and concentrates on the worst affected areas in the District and those with the highest footfall.  Crews work over the weekend during the busy periods to keep on top of the high leaf fall. 

The Cabinet Member for Environment said, “The scale of the task is huge as we have many so trees along our roadsides and pavements in leafy West Oxfordshire, but it is crucial that we do all we can to reduce the risk of flooding. Leaves on footpaths soon become soggy and slippery so sweeping them up is important for safety too.  I am pleased to have seen so many residents and businesses clearing up around their own properties and would urge everyone to do this as it helps them avoid the costs and inconvenience of unblocking drains.”

To report significant accumulations of fallen leaves on footpaths or other public areas, residents should contact the Council on 01993 861000 or online at www.westoxon.gov.uk.
 

 
Mayor's Carols 2016
All are welcome to the Mayor's Carols around the Christmas tree on the Town Square on Saturday 10th December at 5pm.  There will be mince pies, mulled wine and soft drinks available.  After the carols all the children will be able to meet a Very Special Guest in the Mayor's Parlour (see poster attached)
 
A Vision for the Future of Woodstock
The revised West Oxfordshire District Council Draft Local Plan includes new sites for housing development which, if approved, will increase the size of Woodstock dramatically.  As well as the 300 homes planned for 'Land South-East of Woodstock', the Plan proposes 250 homes on land north of Banbury Road and 120 homes on land north of Hill Rise in Old Woodstock.
Woodstock Town Council is seeking the community's views about these plans before sending its comments to WODC.  A questionnaire has been circulated to residents, which needs to be returned to the Town Hall by Tuesday 6th December so that WTC can present 'a community view' to WODC.  The questionnaire is available here.
 

Views invited on West Oxfordshire’s draft Local Plan
Residents in West Oxfordshire are being given the chance to have their say on a key planning document which will affect the development of the district over the next 15 years.Proposed changes to the draft Local Plan are now the subject of a six-week public consultation which started on 11th November.

 Under the revised proposals which were approved by councillors on 26 October, a total of 15,950 homes are set to be built by 2031, of which 2,750 have been allocated as the District’s contribution to Oxford’s unmet housing need. Key sites include 2,200 homes at the proposed Garden Village to the north of Eynsham along with an urban extension to the west of Eynsham which will add a further 1,000 new homes.  Other major sites will include increasing the number of homes in North Witney from 1,000 to 1,400; new allocations in Woodstock adding 670 properties; increasing the development area at Tank Farm, Chipping Norton from 600 to 1,400 homes and building a further 570 homes at three sites in Carterton in addition to over 1,000 homes which are already committed in and around the town.

The proposed changes to the draft Local Plan have been made following concerns raised by the Planning Inspector in January that the earlier draft was not consistent with Oxfordshire’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment and that it did not take into account the housing need identified for Oxford.    

Public exhibitions are being held at Witney Corn Exchange on 17 November from 2.30-8pm; Chipping Norton Town Hall, 23 November, 2.30- 8pm; Carterton Town Hall, 29 November, 2.30-8pm; St Leonard’s Church Hall, Eynsham, 12 December, 2.30-8pm and

Woodstock Community Centre, 14 December, 2.30-8pm

 Once the consultation ends on 23 December the proposed changes will be re-submitted to the Inspector together with all comments received and supporting background information. It is expected further examination hearings will then take place in spring 2017.  

Anyone wishing to take part in the consultation can obtain a form online at       www.westoxon.gov.uk/localplan2031 or by calling the Planning Policy Team on 01993 861667 

District’s Parking Strategy
Following a car parking survey which took place earlier in the year, West Oxfordshire District Council has recently sought people’s views on its’ new parking strategy.  Over 2,600 people completed the council survey last spring and this data, coupled with further in-depth research, has led to the development of the strategy for West Oxfordshire.

The report offers a range of proposals including the provision of more parking spaces in key areas, improvements to existing facilities and a review of enforcement. It will provide a blueprint for the Council to help make a decision on any proposed parking changes or improvements.  The key policy of free parking at all 15 car parks across the district which the Council owns or manages remains at the heart of the strategy. Detailed solutions for individual car parks and communities are not included as this will vary for site to site.

The parking strategy is available to view at council reception points and online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/parkingstrategy

 

Power Cuts Helpline
West Oxfordshire District Council is supporting the launch of 105, a new national three-digit helpline telephone number that will make it quicker and easier for people to report a power cut.
  It can be accessed from most landlines and mobile phones.
By calling the helpline, householders will be put through to the company that repairs local power networks and restores power.
The public can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put them, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, the emergency services should also be contacted.  Visit www.powercut105.com
 to find out more about the new 105 telephone number and electricity network operators.

 
Woodstock East Development Proposals
Following submission of a planning application by the consortium of Blenheim Esates and Pye Homes, the town council has sent a formal letter of objection to West Oxfordshire District Council.
You can read more here

 The Oxfordshire Comet
Transport from your door to destination
The Oxfordshire Comet is the new bookable transport service from Oxfordshire County Council,
 available for people in Woodstock that do not have access to suitable public transport.

Wherever
you need to be in Oxfordshire, the Comet can get you there.
 The Comet can do
one-off journeys, regular and group trips.
We can also offer regular routes for local communities, similar to a bus route.
The service is available 10.15am - 2.30pm Monday to Friday
Costs will vary
based on your journey and travel type
To book a journey
call 01865 323201
For full terms and conditions visit
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/comet

 
Views wanted on proposed changes to Council Tax support
West Oxfordshire District Council is consulting with residents about amendments to its Council Tax Reduction Scheme which, if agreed, would come into effect from April 2017.  For further details, please see the Council Tax Support Consultation letter from WODC attached.

 The scheme supports working age people on low incomes by reducing their council tax payments.  
 The proposed changes would bring the scheme in line with Universal Credit and Housing Benefit whilst ensuring it remains fair for everyone and encourages unemployed people to seek work. The maximum amount of Council Tax discount in West Oxfordshire is 91.5% and this will not change. Residents identified as vulnerable or in receipt of a state pension will not be impacted by any of the changes. Changes proposed include:
*  limiting the number of dependent children within the calculation to a maximum of two
*  reducing the period a person can be absent from Great Britain and still receive a reduction to four weeks
*  reducing backdating for new claims from six months to one month

The consultation is open to everyone and details can be found on www.westoxon.gov.uk/ctrs.
To submit a response, the Council Tax Support Consultation Response Form is attached or it would be really helpful if as many responses as possible are made online. The online response can be done by choosing “comment on council tax support changes” at http://www.westoxon.gov.uk/news/aug/council-tax-reduction-scheme/;
or you can go directly to the response site at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/37323GH

The consultation deadline is 28 October 2016. A report will be considered by councillors in January 2017.

Early announcement of Waste and Recycling Service Changes
From October next year (2017)
West Oxfordshire residents will be able to put the majority of recycling items that are currently placed in black boxes, all together into a wheelie bin. Glass, however, will still need to be placed in a black box as it has to be collected separately. A new kerbside collection for small electrical items will be introduced when the new service starts.  In line with most other councils, recycling collections will become fortnightly and will alternate with the general household rubbish collection. Food waste will continue to be collected weekly. 
The above were included in the recommendations for future changes to the waste service, to start when the current contract ends in October 2017.  They were agreed at West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet’s meeting on
22 June 2016 and will go forward to full Council for a decision the following week, on 29 June.

More details, which will be updated as further information becomes available, can be found on the following website:  http://www.westoxon.gov.uk/residents/bins-recycling/recycling-service-changes-2017/

 
High-speed Broadband Arrives in Woodstock
Read more here and download the flyer here
 

Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday
The Mayor of Woodstock, Woodstock Town Council and the citizens of the ancient town of Woodstock, Oxfordshire, send congratulations to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of Her Ninetieth Birthday. We thank Her for the many years of dedication and loyal service to the people of this country and for the impressive role She has played over the years across the Commonwealth and the world. We wish Her Majesty a very enjoyable birthday. Long may She reign over us. 

 

Vision for Woodstock Consultation
The Neighbourhood Plan Working Group, led by Woodstock Town Council are developing a “Vision for the future of Woodstock” which will inform further discussions and potentially lead to the drafting of a neighbourhood plan that can be used to influence planning decisions. The first draft is below the questionnaire.
The working group would like to hear your views about what this vision should and should not contain. It would be very helpful if residents could print the questionnaire below, fill in their views and post or drop in completed questionnaires to Woodstock Town Hall, Market Place, Woodstock, OX20 1SL

'Woodstock 2050 Towards a Vision' statement produced by
the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group (see here)

Questionnaire and first draft (below) - (see here)

WODC Warn of Parking Enforcement Issues
Read more here
 
Check out the new Cotswold Tourism website and Woodstock's entry at
http://www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/plan-your-visit/towns-and-villages/woodstock-p230491
 
Friends of the Woodstock Watermeadows
Please see latest news on our Environment Page
 
Thames Valley Local Policing Team
Click here for information about Woodstock's Local Policing Team
 
A Survey of Rare Bee-Orchids
The field between the new Marlborough Fields estate and Budds Close is a haven for orchids.  Bob Pomfret, our volunteer warden for the Budds Close nature reserve has prepared a survey of the orchids which may be under threat from possible development proposals.  Go to the Environment page to read the report
 
Section 106 Infrastructure
Ever wondered what "Section 106" planning jargon is all about?
Click here to find out the projects that have been funded from the recent building of homes at Shipton Road.
 
Want Advice on Clearing Snow and Ice?
Click here for information from Action with Communities in Rural England