Latest News from the Parish Council

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 re keen to hear views as soon as possible.

However 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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'Move Together' Programme Helps Vulnerable Residents Move More

A new countywide programme will support hundreds of Oxfordshire residents most affected by COVID-19 to move more and protect their health and wellbeing. ‘Move Together’ is co-ordinated by Active Oxfordshire and district councils across the county and will provide personalised support for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and who have been shielding as a result of COVID-19.

A wide range of support and activity choice will be available, including home activity packs, phone calls, community activities, exercise sessions for specific conditions, digital apps and much more. The support provided will be personalised to each individual based on their specific needs, provided by physical activity specialists. For more information about Move Together visit Active Oxfordshire’s website.

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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.