Latest News from the Parish Council

October Update: Fibre-to-the-Premises Broadband Project

It has been very quiet regarding the project to upgrade our internet connection. Simply put, over 3,000 projects were submitted to the scheme in such a short period of time that the Government's review process was unable to cope. In addition, the new version of the pledging scheme resulted in many of the infrastructure companies (like Openreach, Gigaclear etc) to query it - causing further delays.

We now have reason to believe pledging can start end October / early November.

As a reminder, we needed ~140+ pledges to fully fund the project under the old voucher scheme and we expect to know the exact number needed when we start pledging. We will update you as soon as we have further information.

Please contact the clerk (clerk@westononthegreen-pc.gov.uk) if you would like a refresher on the project via zoom.

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Drone and Filming Activity in Village - 16th October 2021

Residents of the village may have been concerned to see people and vehicles in and around the centre of the village on Saturday 16th October, apparently filming for a Channel 4 sponsored programme ‘Hunted’. The number of vehicles and their positions caused serious disruption to traffic flow and inconvenience to people using the Village Hall and the drone that was used around the Church could have been a threat to safety as well as privacy.

No prior notice had been received ahead of this event.

On being contacted, Channel 4 offered an apology and a donation was made to Macmillan Nurses from a member of their team.

The Parish Council would like to make it clear that this kind of inconsiderate behaviour will not be tolerated as we take the privacy of both residents and visitors to the village seriously. While donations to charity are always welcome, we do not accept that poor behaviour can be mitigated by payment.

The Parish Council will be writing formally to Channel 4 to make our views clear.

If anyone in the village has concerns that their privacy is at risk of infringement, please contact any one of us or the clerk (clerk@westononthegreen-pc.gov.uk) to let us know.

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Closure of Recycling Centres for Essential Maintenance & Deep Cleaning

During November, household waste recycling centres will be closing for two days to carry out a deep clean and essential maintenance to keep the sites safe, looking clean and fresh and helping to improve the customer experience when using these much-valued facilities. This includes jet washing the sites and structures, repainting lines and safety areas as well as other general works.

Residents are asked to plan ahead for these closures, ideally holding on to their waste until the site reopens or if that is not possible visiting one of the neighbouring sites.

Site

Dates of closure

Alkerton (Banbury)

2 and 3 November

Ardley (Bicester)

4 and 5 November

Dix Pit (Stanton Harcourt)

23 and 24 November

Drayton (Abingdon)

9 and 10 November

Oakley Wood (Wallingford)

16 and 17 November

Redbridge (Oxford)

18 and 19 November

Stanford (Faringdon)

11 and 12 November

The closures have been scheduled on quieter midweek days to minimise disruption and sites will reopen at 8am the following day. Oxfordshire County Council apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank residents for their understanding. Full details can be found on OCC website including details of the nearest alternative site during closures. For those residents with van or trailer permits, please note these can be used at any of our centres.

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Cherwell October Half Term Holiday Clubs: 25-29th October 2021

Cherwell District Council’s holiday hubs put creativity on a level playing field with sports, offering arts and crafts alongside everything from tag rugby to hockey, basketball, and swimming.

The sessions will be running in Banbury and Bicester from 25 October to 29 October and are for children from five to 15 years old.

Taking place at North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury and Cooper School in Bicester, the hubs cost the equivalent of just £2.50 per hour.

All the staff leading the sessions have passed Disclosure and Barring Service checks. The children aged are split into two age groups, five to seven year olds and over-eights.

Full day sessions, from 8.45am - 5pm, cost £19.80 while the shorter session, 8.45am - 3pm, costs £15.60.

Please visit Cherwell District Council Hubs page to book: https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/hubs

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Oxfordshire Move Together Programme

Move Together is a new county-wide programme supporting hundreds of Oxfordshire residents with long term health conditions, and those with mental health issues, who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 and the long periods of lockdown and isolation we have all endured.

The programme is coordinated by Active Oxfordshire and district councils accross the county will provide bespoke support for people with long term health conditions who have been isolating, to become more physically active and improve both physical and mental health.

A wide range of support will be offered including activity packs to get people moving more at home, telephone support and motivation, condition specific exercise sessions, digital apps and more. Support provided will be tailored to the individual's need and provided locally by physical activity specialists. The aim is to help people increase their activity levels in a way that works for them.

How does it work?

  1. Individuals can ask their GP or Health Care Professional to refer them to the Move Together programme.
  2. Individuals, or referring organisations, can complete an enquiry form online by visiting Move Together website or Get Oxfordshire Active website for more information.
  3. Call your local district coordinator on 01295 221575

What happens next?

  1. A local Move Together coordinator will be in touch for a chat & next steps.
  2. The individual and the coordinator decide together what sort of activities would be good to start with.
  3. Together they can agree the sort of ongoing support that is wanted or needed.

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Cherwell Local Plan Review - Community Involvement Paper 2: Developing our options consultation paper

Consultation is now being undertaken to inform a review of the adopted Cherwell Local Plan 2011-2031 which is now five years old. The Local Plan Review is a chance to develop new policies for matters including: the climate emergency; creating a built environment that promotes healthy lifestyles; achieving net increases in biodiversity; supporting town centres; and rural housing.
The Options Consultation Paper proposes a place and people-based vision for the district with a focus on developing a sustainable local economy, meeting the climate change challenge and healthy place shaping. The paper includes a place-based discussion of Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington, Upper Heyford and the rural areas.

The Options Consultation Paper is being published and comments are invited. The Options Paper and related documents, including an interim Sustainability Appraisal Report and representation form, are available to view online at www.cherwell.gov.uk/planningpolicyconsultation

Inspect the Documents
Online at: www.cherwell.gov.uk/planningpolicyconsultation
If anyone has difficulty accessing the documents online, they can contact the Planning Policy Team for assistance on 01295 227985 or email planning.policy@cherwell-dc.gov.uk

During opening hours at:
- Cherwell District Council Offices, Bodicote House, White Post Road, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4AA
- Banbury Library, Marlborough Road, Banbury, OX16 5DB
- Woodgreen Library, Woodgreen Leisure Centre, Woodgreen Avenue, Banbury, OX16 0AT
- Bicester Library, Franklins House, Wesley Lane, Bicester, OX26 6JU
- Kidlington Library, Ron Groves House, 23 Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 2BP
- Adderbury Library, Church House, High Street, Adderbury, OX17 3LS
- Deddington Library, The Old Court House, Horse Fair, Deddington, OX15 0SH
- Hook Norton Library, High Street, Hook Norton, OX15 5NH

Submitting Comments
Comments on the Options Consultation Paper and the interim Sustainability Appraisal Report can be made online via: https://letstalk.cherwell.gov.uk/

or can be sent:
By email to: PlanningPolicyConsultation@cherwell-dc.gov.uk
Or by post to: Planning Policy Team, Planning Policy, Conservation and Design, Cherwell District Council, Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4AA.

Comments should be received no later than 11.59pm on Wednesday 10 November 2021. Any comments received will be made publicly available. Personal details will be protected although it may be necessary to disclose these to a Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State, at a later date.

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Consultations: Oxfordshire Plan 2050 & Oxford-Cambridge Arc

There are two major public consultations currently running in Oxfordshire for you to have your say:

The 10-week consultation on the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 runs until 8 October. This is a long-term spatial plan that sits over the top of all five Local Plans across the county and sets the framework for future planning decisions about housing and infrastructure needs in the county up to 2050.

The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 will in turn need to align with the spatial framework for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc - the area which spans Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge. A government-run consultation on the spatial framework seeks to set out the vision for the Arc area and help shape an agreed approach to coordinating infrastructure and new developments across the Arc region. The consultation runs for 12 weeks until mid-October.

You are encouraged to take part in the consultations in order to have your say about what you want for the county over the longer term and to ensure that Oxfordshire has a strong voice in the development of the Arc.

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Advanced Notice Scheduled Works - B430

Roadworks by Oxfordshire County Council are reportedly scheduled on B430 by the new Southfield housing development in order to install new apparatus.

It will reportedly involve traffic control using 2 way signals.

Anticipated dates: Monday 27 September 2021 until Friday 1 October 2021

Useful website to view planned roadworks: www.one.network

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Proposals for Symmetry Park, Oxford North (Site for Siemens) Public Exhibition - Tuesday 14th September 2021

A planning application is being prepared for a proposal comprising a new high quality research & development and production facility of Siemens Healthineers. This will be used to develop superconducting magnets for medical devices used in MRI systems, on land to the north of the A41 and east of the M40 near Junction 9 which would be known as Symmetry Park, Oxford North.

A public exhibition has been arranged and you are invited by Framptons to view these emerging proposals on:

Tuesday 14th September 2021 (3pm-8pm) at Chesterton Community Centre, 2 Geminus Road, Chesterton, OX26 1BJ

Please note face coverings are required to be worn. The venue capacity is limited to 30 people at any one time and queues will be managed accordingly. Members of Framptons planning team will be available at the exhibition to show proposals and answer questions.

All information displayed will also be available online from 14th September 2021 at www.framptons-planning.com

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Oxfordshire County Council - Have Your Say on Highways and Transport Issues

People who live and work in Oxfordshire are urged to have their say on highways and tranport issues aroudn the county, including congestion, safety, cycling and the condition of roads and footpaths. The county council has launched a number of roads and transport online surveys and are keen to hear views as soon as possible.

People will have the chance to comment until February 2022.

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Boundary Commission 2023 Review of Parliamentary Constituencies - Consultation until 2 August 2021.

Last week, the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) published its initial proposals for new Parliamentary constituency boundaries.

Locally, proposals include new separate constituencies centred on Banbury and Bicester https://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/2023-review/south-east/

BCE has produced a Guide to the 2023 Review and members of the public can respond to the consultation which closes on 2 August.

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Cherwell Link Newsletter Gone Digital

Cherwell Link, residents’ newsletter, has just gone digital. It will be going out to people across the district every month, containing all the latest news, events and information from Cherwell District Council - please sign up here.

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NHS - New video and how to guides for patients attending appointments online

Additional guidance and resources have been created for NHS patients to support online consultations. These accessible guides and resources are available to anyone considering using video technology as part of an NHS consultation. They are designed to be relevant to any technology or clinical setting.

The new resources include:

  • Video consulting with your NHS – a quick guide for patients

https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/NHS_VC_Patient-quick-guide_A4.pdf

  • Video consulting with your NHS – Frequently asked questions for patients

https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/NHS_VC_FAQs_PATIENTS_A4.pdf


To find out more about these guides or to watch a video about online consultations see here:
https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news/how-to-digital-consultations/

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Weston on the Green Final 'Made' Neighbourhood Plan - May 2021

At a Council meeting on 19 May 2021 Cherwell District Council resolved that the Weston on the Green Neighbourhood Plan be 'made'. The Neighbourhood Plan will be used to help decide planning applications in the Weston on the Green Neighbourhood Plan area. The final ‘made’ Weston on the Green Neighbourhood Plan is below.

Weston-on-the-Green Neighbourhood Plan Made Version 19 May 2021

Weston on the Green Regulation 19 Decision Statement May 2021

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Future Housing Needs Survey: 11th May 2021 - 13th June 2021

Weston-on-the-Green Parish Council is working with Cherwell District Council and Community First Oxfordshire (a local charity) to carry out a parish-wide housing needs survey.

The aim of this survey is to ask local households, and employees of local businesses in the parish, if they have a housing need and if they would support a small development of homes in Weston on the Green to meet those needs.

It is important to understand what the unmet housing need will be following the developments at Gallosbrook Way and Land North of Southfields Farm. Gathering this information now will help to inform any future housing proposals in the parish including property size, property type, tenure and affordability.

We encourage all households to participate by completing the online survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/N9LZTXD

The deadline for completion is 13th June 2021.

If you are unable to complete the online survey, you can obtain a paper copy of the survey questionnaire and an addressed envelope with pre-paid return postage, from the Village Pantry & Post Office in Weston on the Green. Please ensure that you mail all completed paper survey questionnaires by the CLOSING DATE OF 13 JUNE 2021.

If you have any queries about the survey, please contact Tom McCulloch at Community First Oxfordshire by email:tom.mcculloch@communityfirstoxon.orgor by phone: 01865 883 488.

Many thanks for your support with this survey, all completed surveys will prove invaluable to investigating Weston on the Green's future housing need.

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Age UK Oxfordshire's Community Information Network Activities

The Community Information Network team deliver a range of age-friendly creative activities online using Zoom (with a guide provided to help access Zoom) or you can dial in by phone.

Activities include Knit and Natter: a chance to chat over your knitting (or crochet), Crafty Foxes: arts and crafts themed session with materials provided, Magic of Words: an opportunity to read a book each month and meet together to discuss it and Music and Memories: a space to come together and share, enjoy and listen to old favourite songs.

All activities are free of charge, for more information and to book a place, phone 01235 849434 or email: network@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

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Great Wolf Resort Appeal Decision - 11th May 2021

The decision has been made to allow Great Wolf Resorts to build a resort in Chesterton. This isn't the result we had hoped for but everyone involved is immensely grateful for the support shown by Weston on the Green.

If you would like to understand why the inspector came to that conclusion please read the Inspector's Report.

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Winter Support Grant - Extended to 21 June 2021

The Winter Support Grant scheme is available for households that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The support is available through Citizens Advice North Oxfordshire, in the form of advice, supermarket and fuel vouchers or through the direct payment of energy or water bills.

Any household struggling to afford food or pay fuel bills, may be eligible to receive help. If you know of someone who is struggling please advise or assist them to get in touch:

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Covid Vaccination Programme - Oxfordshire

The vaccination programme is being rolled out progressively across Oxfordshire. The NHS is asking people to be patient and not to contact their GP. Here is their advice:

  • Please do not contact your GP or another NHS service to seek a vaccine - the NHS will contact you.
  • When the NHS does contact you, please attend your booked appointments.
  • Please continue to follow all the public health guidance to control the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

You can find out more about the vaccine and the vaccination programme in this set of FAQs, published by the Oxfordshire CCG. You can also find further information on the www.nhs.uk website.

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NHS Covid-19 App - Available to download now

The NHS COVID-19 App is part of the large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme and will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus – helping to keep us all safer. The NHS COVID-19 App alerts people at risk of coronavirus, asking them to isolate before they potentially pass the virus on to others as well as providing local area alerts and QR venue check-in. The app will help the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, and so local authorities can respond quickly to stop it spreading further and save lives. The app does this while protecting a user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.

Further information can be found on NHS website

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How to Apply to go on Cherwell Housing Register - August 2020

The housing register is the waiting list managed by Cherwell District Council to allocate available social housing in Cherwell district. Social housing is designed to be affordable accommodation for households who do not have the resources to buy their own homes or rent privately, or who have specialist housing needs, for example a disability or high support need.

Social housing in Cherwell is owned mainly by Registered Providers, (who used to be called Housing Associations), they work in partnership with Cherwell to let the majority of their homes through the one waiting list.

There is an agreed Allocations Scheme (PDF)to make sure that the same rules are used to assess all applications and having one waiting list makes sure that everyone gets an equal chance to apply for the houses that are available.

Only people with a connection to Cherwell qualify to be on the housing register. If you have not lived in Cherwell 6 out of the last 12 months or 3 out of the last 5 years, you need to provide details of how you meet the criteria.

Further information can be found on the Cherwell District Council website: https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/info/78/finding-a-home-in-cherwell/225/apply-to-join-the-housing-register

All housing register applications need to be made online through the HomeChoice website: http://www.cherwell-homechoice.org.uk/

You will need your National Insurance number to complete the registration form. There is a checklist to help you understand what supporting documents you need to provide for the application to be assessed.

If you are unable to access the internet, there are self-service computers sited at all the district offices listed below, to enable you to complete your form on-line. An appointment can then be made if necessary, to upload your supporting documents.

If you require additional support to submit your application please contact 01295 227004.

  • Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4AA
  • Exeter Hall, Kidlington, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB
  • Franklin House, Bicester, Wesley Lane, OX26 6JU
  • The Town Centre Office, 43 Castle Quay, Banbury, OX16 5UW

All applications must be fully completed and submitted with all of the required supporting documents.

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Track and Trace Scam Information

This is a new scam that tries to convince people that they have been in contact with someone who has been tested positive, pretending to be NHS Track and Trace. They then either ask for money to send them a test, or try to get hold of their personal details.

Real contact tracers will:

  • Call you from 0300 013 5000
  • Send you text messages from ‘NHS’
  • Ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website

Real contact tracers will never:

  • Ask you to dial a premium rate number (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • Ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • Ask for any details about your bank account
  • Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts

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Message from Oxfordshire County Council Requesting No Bonfires During Coronavirus Pandemic

Please do not light garden fires during the current coronavirus pandemic. The Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed for the time being and we need you to hold material for now.

As well as the danger of the fire spreading uncontrollably, there are people in the community living with serious respiratory problems, which could be made much worse if the sufferer is exposed to smoke from bonfires.

Instead please compost your garden waste where possible, and stack or bag up rubbish for disposal when the current emergency is over.

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Parish Council Noticeboards

If you would like to place a poster in either the new planter noticeboards or on the traditional noticeboard on Church Road please contact the clerk on: clerk@westononthegreen-pc.gov.uk

The planter noticeboards will be used to advertise village meetings and events or general village messages eg. Neighbourhood Watch, litter pick. All members of the village are very welcome to use them, please check with the clerk prior to posting anything up - they fit a waterproof A1 poster, which you would be required to provide.

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Weston-on-the-Green seeks new Parish Councillors

The Parish Council is looking for two new councillors. This is a great opportunity to get involved and help us make the right decisions for the Parish and have some fun at the same time. It is not all hard work and minutes, even though that makes up the core of the responsibilities. We also embrace a glass of wine at the Annual meeting, regularly provide coffee and biscuits at the PC meetings (thanks to Diane's generosity) and have a few laughs doing some of the more practical jobs.

We are all committed to ensuring Weston has a bright future and to fend off threats where they arise.

If you are interested to stand, please come and talk to one of us - we are also keen to get some of the younger or newer residents involved. The Council should have broad representation from the village.

You can email the Clerk (clerk@westononthegreen-pc.gov.uk), the Chair (dianebohm@gmail.com) or the Vice-Chair (Sdaenke@gmail.com) or come along and talk to us at the next Parish Council in the village hall.