Latest News from the Parish Council
Last updated 5th August 2020
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Virtual Parish Council Meeting - Wednesday 5th August 2020, 7.30pm
The next virtual Parish Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th August 2020 via Zoom Call.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting via Zoom, should you wish to do so please contact the Clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will provide the meeting login details.
Weston on the Green Neighbourhood Plan Update - GREAT NEWS!
This is the news we have been waiting for!! The Neighbourhood Plan has passed the Examination with some modifications which we have agreed to without excessive compromise. Importantly Cherwell District Council's Executive Committee has agreed to accept the document as part of the planning policies considered for planning purposes and approvals. Elections and referenda are all postponed until after May 2021 so we do have a bit of a wait until each villager will have the opportunity to accept or decline this document. However, Central Government has stated that all Neighbourhood Plans which reach this stage must be given 'serious consideration' when planning applications are being considered.
It has been a long road for the Neighbourhood Plan team and the Parish Council. Great thanks is due the core team and advisors. We've also had a great deal of support from Cherwell. For those of you new to our process, our Neighbourhood Plan has had two different examiners because the Parish Council and Cherwell District Council did not support the first examination in two major modifications. We then had to choose a new examiner and go through the process again. He requested new written responses to insightful questions and then requested a virtual hearing where he really drilled down into the core issues of the Plan. Ultimately his report was supportive of the Plan with one exception which we anticipated and so discussed with WF2, the group which specifically was brought together to protect the schoolfield. Thanks to their excellent research and professional knowledge, we gathered together the basis of the argument which saw one of our policies protected.
So, while A levels and GCSEs were cancelled and many were reading interesting books and having fun Zoom meetings, a few of us were grilled under examination and prepared as for a dreaded examination. Thank goodness it is over for now!
The statement by Cherwell District Council and the Neighbourhood Plan 2018-2031 (with tracked changes) can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan website: https://wotgneighbourhoodplan.co.uk
Once the final copy of the Plan is completed we will print a few hard copies and also post it for your personal use when preparing a planning application for modifications to an existing home or plan for new builds in the parish.
Please don't hesitate to contact the Parish Council or me personally with any questions you may have.
Weston on the Green Playground Re-opening - 4th July 2020
The playground was re-opened on 4th July 2020. Please follow Government guidelines as detailed below and on the entrances to the playground; a full risk assessment was undertaken prior to re-opening.
Please follow existing Government Covid-19 Guidance - if you feel unwell please go home.
- You are advised to clean playground equipment before and after use.
- Please wash hands or use hand sanitiser before and after using the play area.
- Please stay at least 2 metres from another person who is not part of your household. If this is not possible 1 metre apart plus risk mitigations.
- Please cough or sneeze into a tissue or arm. Avoid touching your face, putting your hands in your mouth and putting your mouth on the equipment.
- Please dispose of litter in the bins provided or please take your litter home with you.
- Advise maximum 10 children in playground at one time and if busy please limit to 1 adult/child.
- Consumption of food or drink in the playground area is not advised.
The Council would like to highlight the need for patience and consideration of all children and adults using the playground during this time. Please report any concerns to the clerk on: email@example.com or 01869 350282
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
Neighbourhood Plan Examination Update - Video Conference Call - 19th May 2020
Following a request from the Examiner a video conference call was held at 10.00am Tuesday 19th May 2020.
The participants invited by the Examiner were representatives from the District Council, Parish Council and Ben Cook, planning consultant from Pegasus (representing Lagan Homes).
The purpose of the conference call was to enable the Examiner to explore further the responses received to his Initial Comments.
The proceedings of the hearing are available here:
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.
For all the latest information and advice please visit the following websites:
Government website - Public Health England:
Cherwell District Council: https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/homepage/133/coronavirus-covid-19
Oxfordshire County Council:https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-from-the-government/
Playground Closure Notice - 24th March 2020
Following the latest Government instructions the Parish Council is under instruction to sadly close the playground; please note safety checks will not be carried out during this time.
The toys at the spinney have also been removed and will be fully cleaned before being replaced when advised to do so.
Please note the Parish Council's insurance is invalid if people play on the closed playground.
As soon as we receive further guidelines we will review the situation.
Many thanks for your understanding and co-operation during these difficult times.
Please see the attached photos to prove the playground has been officially closed by the Parish Council.
Request for Help
If you are aware of anyone who may need some help or if you require support please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk (Jane Mullane) on: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text her on 01869 350282 / 07775 994198
If you prefer to fill in a form please see the link here: Request for Help Form
Volunteer to Help
If you are able to offer any form of help please either fill in the form: Volunteer Form
or email the Clerk on: email@example.com or phone/text her on 01869 350282 / 07775 994198
Transport Advisory Group - Public Transport Survey 2020
The Transport Advisory Group is trying to work out who needs public transport in the village and what they need it for. To help us with this we would ask that you and everyone aged 15+ in your house answers a few quick questions.
To make this easy we have three ways to do this:
- Online Form: use a phone, tablet or PC https://forms.gle/e3gqWQFtDj3X8JM38 (also on the WOTG facebook page)
- Telephone: call Graham Barnett on 01869 350707 and he will help you fill in the form
- On Paper: copies are available at the Weston Pantry village shop
Telling us you don’t have a need is just as important as telling us you have one. If you know someone who is in need of transport please help them by helping us - even if your need is non-existent!
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to request a link to the online form, a phone call or a paper copy delivered to your door. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Many thanks for your support.
Great Wolf Resorts Application - 19/02550/F - Objection Letters still being accepted by Cherwell District Council
Letters of objection can still be submitted to Cherwell District Council up until the planning committee sits, which is estimated to be around mid-end March 2020.
If you were disappointed to have missed the deadline and wish to submit a letter please do not hesitate to still go ahead and send one off.
As the planning department have had an influx of letters over the last month it will take them some time to add letters to the planning portal so please don't worry if they do not appear immediately. If you also send them to the clerk (email@example.com) she will ensure that they are not missed off the portal.
Many thanks to all those residents who have submitted letters, it really makes a difference to a successful fight of this application.
The application by Great Wolf Resorts to redevelop 9 holes of the Bicester Golf Club in Chesterton has been submitted and can be viewed on the Cherwell District Council Planning Portal by searching for reference number 19/02550/F at https://planningregister.cherwell.gov.uk/
Many thanks to the villagers who attended the village meeting on 2nd December where the Parish Council highlighted the key concerns to Weston on the Green by the development which included unsustainability, landscape impact, traffic impact, lack of economic benefits for Cherwell and the local area, design, loss of sports facility, lack of consultation, ecological impact and air/noise pollution/water table.
The Parish Council are hoping for a high number of objection letters from the village to lend weight to our concerns. If you are able to help it would be very much appreciated and if there are several adults in the home perhaps each one could sign and upload a letter. If you want to also copy the clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org) in for the record she will also ensure that it is uploaded against the application.
If you wish to send a letter of objection to the application please click on: Great Wolf Resorts Objection Letter - Prompt Sheet which will provide information on the key areas of objection and how to submit a comment directly onto the Cherwell Planning Portal.
Examples of some objection letters can also be viewed by clicking here.
If you would like any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of the Parish Council, Diane Bohm on email@example.com or 01869 352006.
Thankyou for your support.
Weston on the Green Neighbourhood Plan Update - November 2019
Cherwell District Council and the Parish Council have rejected some of the modifications that the Examiner made for Weston on the Green's Neighbourhood Plan. These are primarily around the policy regarding the School Field. This area of land is precious to the village and so it is important that the Plan is a sound document which will stand the "test" of a planning application.
The new proposed modifications as recommended by Cherwell District Council must have a period of consultation, a re-examination, back to Cherwell DC and its Executive and then to referendum. Although this could seem frustrating in the short term, it is for the best in the long term and so we are asking for your understanding and patience with this delay.
Please find the formal statement from Cherwell District Council and the proposed modifications on the following website:
The consultation period commences 15th November 2019 and the deadline for receiving representations is 5pm Friday 10th January 2020.
Burglary in the Village - 4th November 2019
Unfortunately there has been a burglary on a house in Weston on the Green on 4th November 2019. The Police have been informed and they reported it appears the burglars were interested in Audi cars and jewellery.
There was also a burglary in Banbury on 30th October 2019, in the middle of the day, where a large amount of jewellery was stolen. At about this time a male was knocking on doors of surrounding neighbours offering to clean drive ways and handing out leaflets. Whilst this may be unrelated the Police are keen to talk to door to door tradespeople who were in the area at that time.
There is a poster from Oxfordshire Trading Standards and Thames Valley Police which you can place in your window to help prevent cold callers.
Please be vigilant and if you wish to report a crime or have any concerns that do not require an emergency response please contact the Police's non emergency number on 101.
If you don't want to speak directly to the Police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555 111.
If it is an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress or when someone suspected of a crime is nearby, please call 999 for immediate assistance.
For more advice on how to keep your home safe please visit the Thames Valley Police website: www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary
Further information can also be found Thames Valley Police's 'Home Security Guide'.
Village Works Day - Saturday 9th November 2019
There will be a works day in the village on Saturday 9th November. Please meet at the North Lane duck pond at 10am.
We shall start with the North Lane duck pond clearance and depending on the number of volunteers and the weather we can see what other jobs can be achieved such as village gates maintenance, hedge maintenance, old phone box area weeding.
No experience or skill needed just a willing mind and body!
Please email the clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to help with anything but are unable to do that date or if there is anything you would like to permanently look after.
Many thanks for your support.
Great Wolf Resorts Potential Development in Chesterton
Background:There are redevelopment proposals by Great Wolf Resorts (USA) for a Family Waterpark and Hotel Resort on nine-holes of the golf course of Bicester Hotel, Golf & Spa in Chesterton.
Chesterton Parish Council understand that Great Wolf Resorts will potentially lodge a formal application with Cherwell District Council during October 2019.
Weston on the Green Parish Council are currently working together with Chesterton Parish Council as part of the Joint Parish Initiative. Further information and advice will be provided to the village once an application has been submitted.
Car Stickers are now available to purchase in the shop for £2.50 each. Proceeds will go directly to Chesterton Parish Council's Fighting Fund to cover the costs of more visible merchandising eg. banners, posters.
For further information please visit the following sites:
Facebook: Stop the Wolf UK (public group)
To view the boards from the first Great Wolf Resorts exhibition please click here.
Kidlington and District Community Forum
The Kidlington & District Community Forum work with the police to raise issues of concern, develop local community projects, give advice and raise awareness through sharing information.
If you are interested in joining the forum please email the group at: KidlingtonNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.ukor go to:
The next meeting will be held on 19th February 2020, 19.15 at Thames Valley Police HQ South on Oxford Road, Kidlington.
Traffic Calming Advisory Group (TCAG) - Church Lane/Road Traffic Calming Measures Survey August 2019
A survey was distributed to all residents in Weston on the Green to guage their opinion on a selection of traffic calming measures on Church Lane/Road. Once the opinion of residents has been compiled and discussed with the TCAG, Parish Council and Oxfordshire County Council an application for proposed traffic calming measures can be submitted to Oxfordshire County Council in autumn 2019.
Please find a link to a document containing traffic calming options for consideration by residents to support the survey: Church Lane/Road Traffic Calming: Document Detailing Potential Options For Consideration
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 (email@example.com), the Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Vice-Chair (Sdaenke@gmail.com) or come along and talk to us at the next Parish Council meeting on 4th September, 7.30pm in the village hall.
Oxfordshire Plan 2050
The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 is one of the commitments made by the six Oxfordshire authorities as part of the £215m Housing & Growth Deal, which will help deliver greatly needed new homes, including affordable and social housing, and infrastructure to the county.
The Plan will ask residents about what is important to them for the future. It will then examine the different levels of aspiration in order to achieve some, lots or all of these things, and the housing and infrastructure needed for each scenario.
By having all six authorities involved, the Plan will be able to collectively consider the needs of the county and align its strategies so that future housing and infrastructure is more joined up.
The Plan will not allocate sites for housing or employment. Instead, it will identify key areas for sustainable growth with associated housing / employment numbers. Districts will then use this to produce future Local Plans which will provide a detailed view of how housing and infrastructure will be delivered.
For more details please visit: www.oxfordshireplan.org
Keeping roads and paths clear in cold weather
As the eagle eyed residents of the village will have now noticed, there is a new salt bin at the end of Westlands Avenue. This brings our total of salt bins in the village to three.
They have been placed at key locations where there is a volume of traffic that intersects at a busy junction, often with poor visibility.
The bins are there for residents to use to make the roads and pathways near their homes clear of snow and ice. Please use them!
If you feel your salt bin needs refilling, please contact the Clerk at email@example.com