Parish Council News and Meetings

Parish Council Meeting

The next ordinary meeting of the Hanborough Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 13th November 2018 at The Pavilion Greenway Hall at 7:15pm.

The agenda will appear here and on the public notice board in Riely Close and Church Hanborough by the preceding Thursday. Members of the public are invited to attend and can make statements or queries by prior written request to the Clerk. This needs to be done by midday of the day before the meeting.

Minutes are published in draft form on noticeboards and are available by request from the clerk around 2 weeks after each meeting.  They are published here when approved in the following meeting.

1810 HPCsummons.pdf
Agenda for the October meeting

Future Meeting Dates

13th Nov

11th Dec

8th Jan

12th Feb

12th Mar

9 April

14 May

11 June

Newsletter

20th October

Hanborough film nights

Following a successful evening earlier in the year, there is another film night in the  Pavilion Hall. The date is Friday Nov 16th.  Doors open at 6.45pm (bar open) and film starts at 7.30pm (bar will close and reopen at around 9.15-9.30pm until around 10.00pm). Charges will be £5 at the door.

Christmas Tree

Parish Council thanks Sportif Suzuki for sponsoring the Hurdeswell Christmas again this year.  The tree is ordered for delivery at the end of November.

Playground

We are pleased to report that 2 picnic tables have been installed in the new playground.  Works to improve the drainage ahead of the winter have been delayed by the hot dry summer which has meant that the ground has been too hard.  The contractor is now making arrangements for this to start.

Cycle safety in the parish

Councillors want to establish that cycling conditions in Hanborough are safe and fit for purpose and have invited County Councillor and Cycling Champion (Oxfordshire) Suzanne Bartington to visit to discus the current arrangements and advise on where improvements might be made.  If you cycle in the parish and have a view cycle safety please contact the clerk with your feedback. 

Traffic delays due to building works

Parish Council is concerned by traffic delays around developments in the parish and is working with County Highways and the developers to get the impact reduced to a minimum and for traffic lights to be removed as soon as possible.  We are also aware that Thames Water are due to start works on the A4095 in the not too distant future and this is likely to cause further problems.


16th September

Your Council Needs You... Become a Parish Councillor
Would you like to engage with your fellow residents and work to sustain and improve the quality of village life in Church Hanborough and Long Hanborough?

Here is a sample of just some of our community activities:-

Organising a film night and looking to making this a regular event
Looking into funding for gym equipment and getting quotes
Establishing a whole village social event
Setting up a walking group
Looking to improve and tidy up the noticeboard situation in the village
Liaising with the Church on a Welcome Pack for new residents to the village
Liaison with the vast majority of the clubs and activities in the village
Working with a new webmaster and updating the website
Setting up a Facebook page
Organising two litter picks

As a Parish Councillor people regard you as responsible for things that happen locally. You will make a difference by influencing decisions that affect our village community. Being a Councillor is of course a commitment but highly satisfying.

So if you are thinking of becoming a Councillor I would firstly encourage you to contact your Parish Clerk to find out how you might get involved. We currently have three vacancies to fill and interviews will be held in the next month or so.

Local Plan – ‘the best possible news for West Oxfordshire’
West Oxfordshire District Council’s Local Plan has been accepted by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate and will be presented to councillors for formal adoption at a special meeting to be scheduled during September.

The Local Plan sets out how the District can achieve economic growth and a housing target of 15,950 new homes, although some have already been built as the Plan covers the period from 2011 to 2031.

It identifies the most suitable sites for new housing and what accompanying infrastructure, such as road improvements, new schools and play facilities, is needed to achieve the greatest benefits for the new development and, wherever possible, a wider area.

The Local Plan was first submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in July 2015 but the Examination was suspended due to the Inspector’s concerns around housing targets and he requested that more work be undertaken. It was re-submitted in March 2017 with 15,950 new homes proposed compared to 10,500 previously.

The Local Plan report has been accepted by the Inspectorate subject to the modifications set out in the Inspector’s report on www.westoxon.gov.uk/localplan2031

Hanborough Station: drop-in session on Monday 8 October, 5.30pm – 7.30pm at The Pavilion
Network Rail are making improvements to the North Cotswolds line, and work is planned for this November to lengthen platforms at Charlbury, Evesham, Hanborough, Honeybourne, Kingham and Moreton-in-Marsh.

This will mean that they can open more doors on ten carriage trains, making it easier for customers to get on and off the new trains and helping to improve reliability. Work will take place during a 9 day blockade from 17/11/18 to 26/11/18. Please come along to find out more.

Full details of the work planned and impact on services during the work are on a dedicated page at
https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/planned-engineering/cotswolds2018

‘Water Day’ to discuss river pollution concerns
Amid growing concerns around water pollution and flooding in the River Windrush, West Oxfordshire District Council is hosting an open event to hear from water industry experts.

The ‘Water Day’ will be on Thursday 4 October and both the Environment Agency and Thames Water have agreed to give presentations and answer questions.

The Environment Agency has been exploring ways of cleaning up the River Windrush and they will be presenting a report at the meeting.

Anyone wishing to come along is asked to email enquiries@westoxon.gov.uk
The day will be held at the Woodgreen Council offices, Witney on Thursday 4 October, starting at 10 am.

Hanborough film nights
Following a successful evening earlier in the year, there are two further film nights in the Pavilion Hall. Please put them in your diary and and pass on to others. The dates are Friday Oct 12th and Friday Nov 16th. Doors open at 6.45pm (bar open) and film starts at 7.30pm (bar will close and reopen at around 9.15-9.30pm until around 10.00pm). Charges will be £5 at the door. The film for Friday Oct 12th is "Finding your feet", starring Imelda Staunton and Tim Spall plus others. A great British film and a super laugh!!

1st September

Your Council Needs You... Become a Parish Councillor


Would you like to engage with your fellow residents and work to sustain and improve the quality of village life in Church Hanborough and Long Hanborough?

Here is a sample of just some of our community activities:-

Organising a film night and looking to making this a regular event


Looking into funding for gym equipment and getting quotes


Establishing a whole village social event


Setting up a walking group


Looking to improve and tidy up the noticeboard situation in the village


Liaising with the Church on a Welcome Pack for new residents to the village


Liaison with the vast majority of the clubs and activities in the village


Working with a new webmaster and updating the website


Setting up a Facebook page


Organising two litter picks

As a Parish Councillor people regard you as responsible for things that happen locally. You will make a difference by influencing decisions that affect our village community. Being a Councillor is of course a commitment but highly satisfying.

So if you are thinking of becoming a Councillor I would firstly encourage you to contact your Parish Clerk to find out how you might get involved. We currently have two vacancies to fill.

New playground update

We have now installed 2 new bins in the playground which will hopefully be used extensively.  We have also ordered 2 new picnic tables and are arranging installation with ground anchors so that they don’t get moved around.  The winter drainage problems seem a distant memory but we have approved a quote from a contractor to dig a drainage ditch from each entrance to lower ground on the far side.  This will hopefully improve these areas and we continue to explore options for other areas.


Hanborough Station

We have been informed by Network Rail that Hanborough station is to be extended and the work is currently planned to take place between 25th – 27th December.  They will be writing to local residents to advise of these dates and invite them to an information evening in October.

General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”)

Most people are aware of GDPR which comes into force on 25th May.  Parish Council has an adopted Privacy Notice which is now available on our website.  We have appointed the clerk as Data Protection Officer and are currently completing a data audit of our records.  One initial decision is to delete the list of names and email of those who subscribed to the mailing list on our website.  We have not used this list often as there are other ways to contact residents and in any case we would have to get everyone on the list to reconfirm their inclusion which would likely lead to a loss of subscribers.


Community Speedwatch

Speeding is a concern in our parish and Parish Council has been approached to support a local Community Speedwatch (CSW).  This is a national initiative where active members of local communities join, with the support of the Police, to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.  A Vehicle Activation Device is the preferred option. This is similar to the smiley/sad face signs you see on lampposts, but will be mobile for deployment in several locations within a village.

Volunteers receive appropriate training, and are supported by neighbourhood policing team.  Speedwatch activity is not about interfering with neighbours' behaviour; it is a proactive solution to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone in the community.

If you would like to volunteer please contact the clerk who will pass your details onto the group.  Council is looking to share purchase with a neighbouring parish.


22nd June

Have your say on the new Garden Village
Residents, businesses and organisations are being offered the chance to have their say on a proposed garden village set to be built to the north of the A40 near Eynsham.

A consultation has been launched focusing on key issues such as transport, housing, jobs and the environment which will form part of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village Area Action Plan.

The proposals were initially discussed last summer as part of the Local Plan examination. The Planning Inspector has since informed the Council that, subject to some further changes, the Local Plan is likely to be approved. The Garden Village Area Action Plan is the next step in the process.

Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member for Housing and Development, said: “The creation of a new garden village is a first for West Oxfordshire and we want to hear as many views as possible on this important development.

“This initial consultation will help shape key opportunities for the site as well as tackling potential issues at a very early stage.”

The consultation will run for six weeks from 22 June until 3 August and will be taken into account as the proposals are worked up in more detail ahead of further consultation in the autumn.

As part of the process, council officers will be on hand to answer questions and provide further information at the following exhibitions:

Eynsham: Thursday 28 June 2-8pm St. Leonard’s Church Hall, OX29 4HF
Long Hanborough: Friday 6 July 2-8pm Hanborough Pavilion & Village Hall, OX29 8JG
Eynsham: Monday 9 July 2-8pm St. Leonard’s Church Hall, OX29 4HF

1st June

Your Council Needs You... Become a Parish Councillor

Would you like to engage with your fellow residents and work to sustain and improve the quality of village life in Church Hanborough and Long Hanborough?

Government is more than ever looking to local communities and our local councils to respond to very local needs and priorities. Both central and local government needs to be more effective in its communication with people and delivery of quality services. For these reasons it is important to play your part and have a say. This is no time to sit on the fence or offer views from the side lines. Local councils need active, interested and committed people to get involved and make a difference to the local community.

As a Parish Councillor people regard you as responsible for things that happen locally. You will make a difference by influencing decisions that affect our village community. Being a Councillor is of course a commitment but highly satisfying.

So if you are thinking of becoming a Councillor I would firstly encourage you to contact your Parish Clerk to find out how you might get involved. We currently have two vacancies to fill.

New District Councillors

Parish Council welcomes new District Councillors, Merilyn Davies and Alaa Al-Yousuf. Both live locally and are passionate about helping us to improve our communities and we look forward to working closely with them.

Grants

Parish Council awarded a grant of £150 to the Methodist Church who are going to refurbish the bench in Riely Close. Councillors appreciate their efforts on this.

General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”)

Most people are aware of GDPR which comes into force on 25thMay. Parish Council has an adopted Privacy Notice which is now available on our website. We have appointed the clerk as Data Protection Officer and are currently completing a data audit of our records. One initial decision is to delete the list of names and email of those who subscribed to the mailing list on our website. We have not used this list often as there are other ways to contact residents and in any case we would have to get everyone on the list to reconfirm their inclusion which would likely lead to a loss of subscribers.

Parish Emergency Plan

Parish Council maintains an Emergency Plan and is currently updating the contacts list. We are looking to add volunteers who may be able to help in cases where we need to help ourselves before other agencies can. To support this plan we are looking for anyone willing to go on the contact list who could help coordinate activity, help on the ground, owns a 4x4 vehicle, first responders etc. Please contact the clerk if interested.

Community Speedwatch

Speeding is a concern in our parish and Parish Council has been approached to support a local Community Speedwatch (CSW). This is a national initiative where active members of local communities join, with the support of the Police, to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.

Volunteers receive appropriate training, and are supported by neighbourhood policing team. Speedwatch activity is not about interfering with neighbours' behaviour; it is a proactive solution to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone in the community

If you would like to volunteer please contact the clerk who will pass your details onto the group.


15th April
Hanborough Welfare Trust
Many residents will not have heard of the Hanborough Welfare Trust which originates from 1632 when land was left to a Charitable Trust. Two parcels of land are rented to farmers and generate a small income which is to be used “to relieve either generally or individually persons resident in the Parish of Hanborough who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress”.
Following advertising, Parish Council received three expressions of interest in being nominated as Trustee to fill a vacancy. Two candidates withdrew when they understood the role better. The remaining candidate is well qualified for the role and Councillors approved his nomination at the April meeting.

Proposed pedestrian bridge over the railway
Councillors have long been concerned about the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on the A4095 bridge near the station. Last year we part funded replacing the bollards with OCC but councillors believe the best solution will be a second bridge.
In the past our MP Robert Courts has visited and expressed support for the project. Councillors recently brought together all the stakeholders for a meeting to discuss and agree the best way forward. There was agreement at the meeting that a second bridge is needed and that the next stage is for a feasibility study.

Playground - update on the mud!
The District Engineer visited the new playground to advise on the problem with poor drainage and reports that it can be improved. He advised that we wait a couple of months so that the areas worst affected become clearly defined and can then be targetted by the works. We recognise that the entrances in particular are really bad and will move this on as soon as we can.
Council has ordered two new rubbish bins, one for each entrance. These will be installed by WODC as soon as they arrive.

Parish Emergency Plan
Parish Council maintains an Emergency Plan and is currently updating the contacts list. We are looking to add volunteers who may be able to help in cases where we need to help ourselves before other agencies can. To support this plan we are looking for anyone willing to go on the contact list who could help coordinate activity, help on the ground, owns a 4x4 vehicle, first responders etc. Please contact the clerk if interested.

Community Speedwatch
Speeding is a concern in our parish and Parish Council has been approached to support a local Community Speedwatch (CSW). This is a national initiative where active members of local communities join, with the support of the Police, to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.

Volunteers receive appropriate training, and are supported by neighbourhood policing team. Speedwatch activity is not about interfering with neighbours' behaviour; it is a proactive solution to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone in the community.

If you would like to volunteer please contact the clerk who will pass your details onto the group.


20th March

PARISH MEETINGS IN APRIL
Members of the public are invited to attend the ANNUAL PUBLIC PARISH MEETING which will be held on Tuesday 17th April 2017 at The Pavilion at 7:00pm.

Members of the public are also invited to attend the next ORDINARY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING which will be held on Tuesday 10th April 2017 at The Pavilion at 7:15pm.

Hanborough Welfare Trust
Many residents will not have heard of the Hanborough Welfare Trust which originates from 1632 when land was left to a Charitable Trust. Two parcels of land are rented to farmers and generate a small income which is to be used “to relieve either generally or individually persons resident in the Parish of Hanborough who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress”.
There is currently a vacancy for a Trustee to be nominated by the Parish Council and we welcome applications from residents. In the first instance please contact the clerk who will outline the process which will be based on Charity Commission guidelines.
There are some challenges ahead for the Trust and this is a great opportunity to help move it on to the next stage in its evolution.

Dog waste
A letter from someone in the parish which highlights a problem that needs no further comment from council.
“Hi there. Just wanted to highlight the amount of dog poo that is being picked up and then bags left everywhere! Today I counted 6 different lots. This affects the Pavilion playing field, the fields next to the playing field and behind Kents Banks. Picking it up is all very well and good but by leaving the bags littered everywhere is even worse that actually leaving the said poo in the field which will eventually compost into the ground, poo bags will not!! This has been a problem for several months and doesn’t seem to be getting any better.”

Playground - update on the mud!
The District Engineer visited the new playground to advise on the problem with poor drainage and reports that it can be improved. He advised that we wait a couple of months so that the areas worst affected become clearly defined and can then be targetted by the works. We recognise that the entrances in particular are really bad and will move this on as soon as we can.
Council has ordered two new rubbish bins, one for each entrance. These will be installed by WODC as soon as they arrive.

Parish Emergency Plan
Parish Council maintains an Emergency Plan and is currently updating the contacts list. We are looking to add volunteers who may be able to help in cases where we need to help ourselves before other agencies can. To support this plan we are looking for anyone willing to go on the contact list who could help coordinate activity, help on the ground, owns a 4x4 vehicle, first responders etc. Please contact the clerk if interested.

Community Speedwatch
Speeding is a concern in our parish and Parish Council has been approached to support a local Community Speedwatch (CSW). This is a national initiative where active members of local communities join, with the support of the Police, to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.

Volunteers receive appropriate training, and are supported by neighbourhood policing team. Speedwatch activity is not about interfering with neighbours' behaviour; it is a proactive solution to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone in the community.

Once the group is setup and registered with the Police and formally as a CSW, Parish Council will fund the equipment. We have also contacted specialist insurers that provide cover for this activity. If you would like to volunteer please contact the clerk who will pass your details onto the group.


16th February
Cinema in Hanborough
VICTORIA & ABDUL (12) Judi Dench Ali Fazal
Parish Council is supporting an initiative to bring cinema to Hanborough on Friday 9th March at 7:30pm. Tickets £5 at the door. Licensed bar opens at 6:45pm. Come and enjoy a great Cinema night out at Hanborough Pavilion Playing Field Long Hanborough

Litter pick
Councillors thanked the residents who braved a damp day to make the first litter pic a sucessfull event. Parish Council intends to run these on a regular basis going forward.
Our MP and County Councillor both joined us to get stuck in and clear rubbish from Long Hanborough. Our MP reported on the event in his newsletter.
“Organised by Lucy Tritton from the Hanborough Parish Council, we cleared bags and bags of roadside litter. The Government has made many welcome strides focused on cutting plastic use, such as banning microbeads and recently setting out its 25 year Environment Plan, but it is important that the plastic waste already on our streets is being dealt with as well.

It was fantastic to see such a great turnout, getting their hands dirty and help clean up one of our beautiful villages. Litter is an epidemic we need to work together to tackle – and actions speak louder than words. As we are looking to decrease the use of plastics in the first place, we need to think about how we are disposing of our rubbish, and the effect it has on our communities and neighbourhoods.

I congratulate Hanborough Parish Council on this initiative and encourage local groups all over West Oxfordshire to get stuck in and help too – a little time can make a lot of difference!”

Playground - update on the mud!
The District Engineer visited the new playground to advise on the problem with poor drainage and reports that it can be improved. He advised that we wait a couple of months so that the areas worst affected become clearly defined and can then be targetted by the works. We recognise that the entrances in particular are really bad and will move this on as soon as we can.

Parish Emergency Plan
Parish Council maintains an Emergency Plan and is currently updating the contacts list. We are looking to add volunteers who may be able to help in cases where we need to help ourselves before other agencies can. To support this plan we are looking for anyone willing to go on the contact list who could help coordinate activity, help on the ground, owns a 4x4 vehicle, first responders etc. Please contact the clerk if interested.

Community Speedwatch
Speeding is a concern in our parish and Parish Council has been approached to support a local Community Speedwatch (CSW). This is a national initiative where active members of local communities join, with the support of the Police, to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices.

Volunteers receive appropriate training, and are supported by neighbourhood policing team. Speedwatch activity is not about interfering with neighbours' behaviour; it is a proactive solution to improve the safety and quality of life for everyone in the community.

Once the group is setup and registered with the Police and formally as a CSW, Parish Council will fund the equipment. We have also contacted specialist insurers that provide cover for this activity. If you would like to volunteer please contact the clerk who will pass your details onto the group.

Dog law
Council has received complaints about dogs off lead in the parish. Under the Road Traffic Act 1988 it is a criminal offence for a dog to be on a designated road (ie. a public road) without being held on a lead.

It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere in a public place. Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it injures someone or makes someone worried that it might injure them, or if it attacks someone’s animal and the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal.


17th January 2018

Parish litter pick

Councillors are organising a local litter pick and hope that residents will support this.  We meet at Riely Close on the 27th January at 2:00pm.

If there are areas where you think we need to install bins please let us know.

Playground update

The District Engineer has visited the new playground to advise on the problem with poor drainage. The good news is that it can be improved and council is now exploring the most cost effective way to do this.

On a separate issue, we have had some 'high jinx' reported at the multi use games area. There has also been some vandalism and damage to both this area and in the new play ground. We don't want to appear to be too heavy handed but we are concerned that damage to the surfacing in particular would be very expensive to repair. The facilities are for the benefit of all of us so if you are aware of any incidents please let us know or report it to the Police.

Your Council Needs You... Become a Parish Councillor

Would you like to engage with your fellow residents and work to sustain and improve the quality of village life in Church Hanborough and Long Hanborough?

Government is more than ever looking to local communities and our local councils to respond to very local needs and priorities. Both central and local government needs to be more effective in its communication with people and delivery of quality services. For these reasons it is important to play your part and have a say. This is no time to sit on the fence or offer views from the side lines. Local councils need active, interested and committed people to get involved and make a difference to the local community.

As a Parish Councillor people regard you as responsible for things that happen locally. You will make a difference by influencing decisions that affect our village community. Being a Councillor is of course a commitment but highly satisfying.

So if you are thinking of becoming a Councillor I would firstly encourage you to contact your Parish Clerk to find out how you might get involved. We currently have two vacancies to fill.

Dog law

Council has received complaints about dogs off lead in the parish. Under the Road Traffic Act 1988 it is a criminal offence for a dog to be on a designated road (ie. a public road) without being held on a lead.

It’s against the law to let a dog be dangerously out of control anywhere in a public place. Your dog is considered dangerously out of control if it injures someone or makes someone worried that it might injure them, or if it attacks someone’s animal and the owner of an animal thinks they could be injured if they tried to stop your dog attacking their animal.

 

 

Raising the bar in recycling: Your chance to talk rubbish and recycling with Oxfordshire’s councils

Do you know that each household in Oxfordshire produces one tonne of waste each year? We are amongst the best in the country at recycling and composting for a few years now at about 60% but recycling rates have started to drop in Oxfordshire.

 

Residents are being given the chance to talk rubbish and recycling and tell Oxfordshire’s county, city and district councils how they can help them recycle more and create less waste.

Do you want to help us recycle and reduce waste? Take part in the online survey at www.recycleforoxfordshire.org.uk. The survey runs until 18 February.

 

 

 

14th November 2017

Playground update

The new playground was opened on the 13th of November. Parish Council recorded thanks to all the dedicated people who worked to make this possible. The HAPI group worked so hard to raise funds, obtain grants and design the facility. The following organisations all contributed financially to the project.

WREN, WODC, Tesco, Lions, Cottsway, GreenSquare, Methodist Church, Oxford Citizens HO and Pye Homes.

 

Your Council Needs You... Become a Parish Councillor

Would you like to engage with your fellow residents and work to sustain and improve the quality of village life in Church Hanborough and Long Hanborough?

Government is more than ever looking to local communities and our local councils to respond to very local needs and priorities. Both central and local government needs to be more effective in its communication with people and delivery of quality services. For these reasons it is important to play your part and have a say. This is no time to sit on the fence or offer views from the side lines. Local councils need active, interested and committed people to get involved and make a difference to the local community.

As a Parish Councillor people regard you as responsible for things that happen locally. You will make a difference by influencing decisions that affect our village community. Being a Councillor is of course a commitment but highly satisfying.

So if you are thinking of becoming a Councillor I would firstly encourage you to contact your Parish Clerk to find out how you might get involved. We currently have two vacancies to fill. 

 

Telephone fraud reported

There has been a number of automated calls to residents recently claiming to come from HM Revenue and Customs and saying that the recipient is being investigated for fraud, and to speak to an agent, press 1 on the keypad.

It is very important that not only do recipients not call back, but also that they do not even speak to the caller but hang up immediately. Similarly, for scam emails, do not click on any links, contact the sender, or open any attachments.

If you’ve been a victim of fraud report it immediately to http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or telephone 0300 123 2040.

Christmas Tree

Parish Council would like to thank Sportif Suzuki who have kindly agreed to sponsor the Hurdeswell Christmas tree again this year. It will be installed at the start of December.

After low attendance last year, Parish Council have decided not to hold the Christmas Carols event this year. Councillors will reconsider demand for the event next year.


21st October 2017

Blenheim Palace attending the next Parish Council meeting

The directors of Blenheim Palace will attend the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 14th November at 7:15pm in the Pavilion to share the new strategy goals of Blenheim and to seek feedback from those attending. As part of their commitment within the strategy they want to share with the community all that they are doing and to seek engagement and support.


Your Council Needs You... Become a Parish Councillor

Would you like to engage with your fellow residents and work to sustain and improve the quality of village life in Church Hanborough and Long Hanborough?

Government is more than ever looking to local communities and our local councils to respond to very local needs and priorities. Both central and local government needs to be more effective in its communication with people and delivery of quality services. For these reasons it is important to play your part and have a say. This is no time to sit on the fence or offer views from the side lines. Local councils need active, interested and committed people to get involved and make a difference to the local community.

As a Parish Councillor people regard you as responsible for things that happen locally. You will make a difference by influencing decisions that affect our village community. Being a Councillor is of course a commitment but highly satisfying.

So if you are thinking of becoming a Councillor I would firstly encourage you to contact your Parish Clerk to find out how you might get involved. We currently have two vacancies to fill.

 

Oxfordshire County Council’s DIY 1,2,3 for free scheme’s changing

The current scheme which has been running at their Household Waste Recycling Centres for 15 years allowed residents to deposit up to three DIY waste items for free before being charged a small fee of £1 for each additional item.

From the 1st October 2017 this changes to a small fixed fee per item of £1.50 for most non-household or DIY items.

Residents can still deposit household waste for free at their local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

More information about the changes can be found online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/chargeablewaste

 

Telephone fraud reported

There has been a number of automated calls to residents recently claiming to come from HM Revenue and Customs and saying that the recipient is being investigated for fraud, and to speak to an agent, press 1 on the keypad.

It is very important that not only do recipients not call back, but also that they do not even speak to the caller but hang up immediately. Similarly, for scam emails, do not click on any links, contact the sender, or open any attachments.

If you’ve been a victim of fraud report it immediately to http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or telephone 0300 123 2040.

 

Playground update

At the time of writing the new facility is installed and has passed its initial safety inspection. We still have to complete the turfing which is the last part of the project and the fencing will stay up for a couple more weeks while the grass takes hold. We are keen to open it as soon as we can but do need to let the grass settle.

Once opened and we see how it is used, Council intends to install picnic tables, benches and new bins where they are most convenient for visitors. New access paths are also planned.

We have also applied non slip paint to the steps from the carpark and have ordered non slip plates to be installed later in the year. The Pit BMX area is also due to undergo some maintenance works to smooth out some of the ruts.

Regarding the current facility, the last annual safety inspection confirmed that the facility is largely at the end of its serviceable life. Councillors have therefore placed an order for all of the equipment to be removed as soon as the new facility opens. We are aware that some residents expressed an interest in taking some of the equipment for home use but council is unable to formally offer this.

 

Christmas Tree

Parish Council would like to thank Sportif Suzuki who have kindly agreed to sponsor the Hurdeswell Christmas tree again this year. It will be installed at the start of December.

After low attendance last year, Parish Council have decided not to hold the Christmas Carols event this year. Councillors will reconsider demand for the event next year.

 

23rd September 2017

Councillor vacancies

Have you ever wondered why we got the new multi use sports ground, why the lights were repaired, why the car park at the parade of shops no longer has a empty mud filled area in front of it, why we got the Pavilion extended, why we have a new playground built, why the grass gets cut............

If you are interested in helping to shape the future of our community please contact the clerk or any councillor for further information on current councillor vacancies.

Playground update

At the time of writing the new facility is due to be completed towards the end of September. There will be some ongoing activities after this date, councillors are considering replacing the steps into the pit, routing of access paths and installation of new picnic tables. We are also hoping to arrange an opening ceremony. 

HAPI continue to advise on last minute design issues and once again councillors recorded thanks to the amazing work done by HAPI to get the facility funded.

Regarding the current facility, the last annual safety inspection confirmed that the facility is largely at the end of its serviceable life. Councillors have therefore placed an order for all of the equipment to be removed as soon as the new facility opens. We are aware that some residents expressed an interest in taking some of the equipment for home use but council is unable to formally offer this.

Christmas Carol event

After low attendance last year, Parish Council have decided not to hold the event this year. Councillors will reconsider demand for the event next year.

Have you had your new recycling bin?

West Oxfordshire District Council is asking householders to contact them if they have not received a new blue-lidded wheelie bin for recycling. This can be done online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/bins2017 or by calling 01993 861025.

No longer want your garden waste bin?

West Oxfordshire residents who are yet to inform the District Council that they no longer want their garden waste bin, should get in touch now to arrange removal. The Council is currently collecting unwanted garden waste bins across the District.

For more information, or to request the removal of your bin, visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/garden or call 01993 861025, giving your address, contact details and the number of bins you would like collected.

A guide to priority services by utility companies in an emergency.

Disruption to power and other utilities such as gas and water cannot be predicted. In an emergency some vulnerable people in the village will be at risk. This advice note is presented as a quick guide for these vulnerable people in such a situation. This information may also be helpful for their carers or neighbours.

NB You are encouraged to register for “priority service” if you fall into the following groups: You receive a state pension, are disabled or have a child less than 5 years. Also eligible are those on home dialysis, on any forms of automated ventilation or have a stair lift / adjustable bed etc.

The contact details are as follows:

Water (Thames Water)

Phone: 0800 009 3652 or text 0800 316 6899

Online: www.thameswater.co.uk/Help-and-Advice/Customer-Commitment/Priority-services

 

Electricity (SSE)

Phone: 0800 294 3259

Online: www.ssepd.co.uk/PriorityServices/

 

Gas Scotia Gas Network (SGN)

Phone: 0800 975 1818 for more information on Priority Services Registration

Online: www.sgn.co.uk/Responsibility/Vulnerable-Customers/

Or call the number on your gas bill and ask the supplier how to join their Priority Service

 

Emergency planning officers at county and district councils encourage people to self-register with power companies at:

www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/internet/en/power-cuts/priority-services-during-a-power-cut/

 

22nd August 2017

A guide to priority services by utility companies in an emergency.

Disruption to power and other utilities such as gas and water cannot be predicted. In an emergency some vulnerable people in the village will be at risk. This advice note is presented as a quick guide for these vulnerabl