Latest News from the Parish Council
Swift numbers have gone down so rapidly in the last 25 years that they are now Red-listed as ‘Birds of Conservation Concern’. There are several likely causes of this decline but the loss of nest sites is most significant. Swifts come back to the same place every year and nest in small gaps under eaves and in the walls of buildings. These are easily lost when buildings are repaired.
The Council has supported and promoted the Cherwell Swifts Conservation Project (CSCP) since it began in 2008. The Project receives and uses information from Swift watchers across the district to protect existing nest sites, encourage Swift-friendly building work and enable the provision of new places for them to nest both in old and new buildings.
If you are interested in volunteering to be a be a Swift Watcher or if you see a building with nesting Swifts, or groups of Swifts screaming around over roof tops (a sure sign that they are nesting nearby), please contact the Project coordinator, Chris Mason at email@example.com
Annual Parish Meeting - 27th April 2022, 7.30pm
The Annual Parish Meeting is a meeting of all members of the parish. Its purpose is to report the highlights of the year and to give members of the parish the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns.
Topics that will be covered will include:
- Traffic through the village, speed limits
- Playing Field project & official naming event
- Technology project
- Oak Tree path progress
- Review of housing allocation
- Social Housing Register
If you have other concerns please email the clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we are able to give a fully informed answer.
Election of Weston on the Green Parish Councillors - April 2022
Notice of an Uncontested Election - the following people have been duly elected Parish Councillors for Weston on the Green Parish Council to commence office on 9th May 2022:
- Diane Bohm
- Susan Davis
- John Miller
- Neil Mullane
- Colin Rosser
- Robin Stafford Allen
An election will be held on 5th May 2022 to elect Councillors to the Parish Council (if contested) and also Councillors to Cherwell District Council (Launton & Otmoor ward).
Voting to take place in Weston on the Green Village Hall, 7am-10pm.
North Lane Footpath & Oak Tree
Please find a link to a report commissioned by the Parish Council on the footpath installed at the end of North Lane and its potential impact on the oak tree.
All Stars & Dynamos Cricket Summer Programme
Local cricket clubs across the county run an England Cricket initiative called All Stars Cricket and Dynamos Cricket.
All Stars Cricket provides a fantastic first experience for all children aged 5-8 years old where they’re guaranteed jam-packed fun, activity and skills development. The programme is designed to introduce children to the sport, teaching them new skills, helping them make new friends and have a great time doing so. Each participant that signs up will receive 8 weeks of cricket sessions, personalised All Stars t-shirt, bat, ball and backpack. More information can be found - here
Dynamos Cricket (8-11 years) is an action-packed, fun programme centred around game play with each session including a skill building activity aimed at providing an active warm-up and focusing in on a skill for that week. During the programme, children will play 60-ball countdown cricket each week, with the skill building activity changing week to week. Every child that signs up will receive a personalised New Balance t-shirt. Information can be found here.
Thames Valley Police: Bicester and Kidlington Rural Neighbourhood Police Team Report 2021-2022
Bletchingdon Road / Church Lane Roadworks - Commencing 16th March 2022
Oxfordshire County Council have informed the Parish Council that they will be undertaking works to repair the degraded verge along Bletchingdon Road, adjacent to Gallosbrook (where the barrier is currently located).
This work will involve a two way traffic light system for approximately two weeks.
Please note that whilst this work has been scheduled Oxfordshire County Council may change the timings.
Annual Village Litter Pick - 26th March 2022
Please come along and help with the annual village litter pick on Saturday 26th March 2022.
Please meet at the Village Hall at 09.30am.
All equipment and guidance will be provided.
NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY
Notice is hereby given that there are currently two vacancies among the members of the Parish Council. Any person willing to fill this vacancy should apply to the Clerk in writing via email on or before 28th February 2022.
Necessary skills to be a good councillor include good communication skills, problem solving, analytical thinking, team player, caring about the community and willing to take an active role.
The applicant's name must appear on the current register of the Voters List or the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding the date of this notice resided in or within three miles of the parish or the applicant’s only place of work during the whole of the twelve months preceding the date of this notice is in the parish. The applicant must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor.
PUBLIC elections cannot be held until May 2022 but for the interim period election to the aforesaid Council will be voted for by the present sitting number of Councillors.
A public session will be held during 2nd March 2022 Parish Council meeting where discussion between existing Councillors and potential candidates will be held.
If you wish to find out more information on becoming a councillor and whats involved please do not hesitate to contact one of the Councillors.
Jane Mullane (Parish Clerk)
Notice Date: 16th February 2022
Playing Field Maintenance & Volunteers
As a village we now own the playing field and the spinney, the Parish Council is arranging for an audit by a professional of the condition of the trees in the spring.
A contractor has trimmed the hedge along the frontage of the playing field which was laid some years ago, and we have identified that the spinney undergrowth needs clearing to make access safer and easier and some wood cleared from around the footpath, where it is overhanging.
To this end we are appealing for volunteers to let Robin Stafford Allen (01869 350464) or the clerk (email@example.com) know if they would be keen to help in February or March to work in the spinney for a day, or perhaps two.
All tools and guidance will be provided.
New Housing at Southfield Development - Cherwell District Council Housing Register
As you may be aware, a Parish Housing Needs Survey was completed last year by Community First Oxfordshire to assess the need for affordable housing for people with a local connection to the parish. The results showed a total of 11 households as being in need of affordable housing, 4 for rented accommodation and 7 for intermediate tenures such as shared ownership. This data adds to and supports the housing needs data contained in the Weston on the Green Neighbourhood Plan, ‘made’ in May 2021 and will assist with assessing future planning applications and ensuring that appropriate types and sizes of affordable housing are provided in the Parish.
Not all of the households whose needs were identified in the survey are registered with Cherwell District Council. It is also likely that there are other households whose needs were not identified by the survey and who are not registered. We would like to emphasise that, even if you completed a housing needs survey form, in order to be considered for an affordable property it is essential to be registered with Cherwell District Council for rented accommodation and/or the local Help to Buy agent for shared ownership.
The new properties being built at Southfield Farm are almost complete and handover to a Housing Association is expected within the next few weeks, provided that there are no further delays. We would encourage anyone in housing need with a local connection to the parish to register with the Council and/or Help to Buy as soon as possible. The contact details for doing this are:
For Housing register enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org 01295 227004.
For Help to Buy enquiries, email email@example.com telephone 0800 456 1188
If you have any questions regarding the above details please contact the Strategic Housing team at Housing.Strategy@Cherwell-dc.gov.uk
Vaccinations Update from Cherwell District Council & NHS - January 2022
Walk-in vaccinations at Kassam Stadium
The mass vaccination centre at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford resumed walk-in vaccinations from Monday 10 January. This means that anyone eligible – including 12-15 year olds – can get a jab without the need for an appointment. It is anticipated that this offer will be available between 9am and 7pm most days, except when Oxford United is playing at home at the weekend.
Residents are advised to check opening times on the NHS Grab A Jab website before travelling to the stadium. The website lists vaccination sites that offer walk-ins and opening times. People can also continue to book appointments at the Kassam by visiting the NHS website.
Getting vaccinated and boosted remains the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your families against getting seriously ill from Covid-19. If you're unvaccinated it is never too late to come forward for a vaccine – all vaccination sites will welcome you.
Vaccinations and testing positive for covid
If you test positive for Covid and have a vaccine appointment booked; please cancel it, as soon as possible, so that someone else can use your space. You can rebook your appointment for 28 days after you tested positive or from when your symptoms first started.
Vaccinations for 12 – 15 year olds
The NHS is now offering a second dose to young people aged 12 - 15 years 12 weeks after their first dose. Young people or their responsible adult can book using the NHS website or, if they are unable to use the online service, by calling 119. There are also walk-in options, which you can find on NHS online vaccine walk-in finder. Please visit the NHS website for further information about vaccinations.
Everyone over the age of 18 is entitled to a COVID-19 booster vaccine and you are strongly encouraged to take up your booster if you have not already done so. You can book on the NHS website or search for local walk-in options. Please do not contact your GP about an appointment for a booster.
Changes to Food and Garden Waste Services
The brown bin will be changing to a chargeable service, to be used for garden waste only, from 1 March 2022.
Registration is now open and people will be charged £36 for their first annual subscription licence if they sign up before 28 February 2022.
For anyone signing up for the garden waste service on or after 1 March, the cost of the first subscription licence will be £40.
A new weekly food waste service will also begin on 1 March 2022. New outdoor food waste caddies will be delivered to residents’ homes at no additional cost. The deliveries will be made in phases over the course of January and February 2022 and residents will be notified of the deliveries in advance by hangers fixed to their bin handles.
Christmas Tree Composting - Kerbside Collection
Cherwell District Council’s waste and recycling crews are now collecting trees from the kerbside as they empty people’s brown bins. The trees are taken to an in-vessel composting site at Ardley where they are composted at high temperatures before being redistributed to farmers as compost.
Residents leaving large trees out for composting are asked to cut them into pieces that are four feet tall or smaller. This makes it safe to load them into the recycling trucks. The pieces of Christmas tree can then be left next to the brown bin on collection day if they do not fit into the bin itself.
People should make sure that all decorations are removed from the trees before putting them out for collection. Broken fairy lights and other small electrical items will be taken away by the crews if placed in a standard size carrier bag and left on top of any bin on collection day.
Alternatively, people whose real Christmas trees are potted and still have their roots can care for them in their gardens until next year.
Have Your Say on the Future of Transport in Oxfordshire
People who live, work in, or visit Oxfordshire are being invited to have their say on a plan to deliver a zero-carbon transport network by 2040. The draft Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP), which was approved by Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet last October, aims – among its many ambitions – to cut car journeys by a quarter by 2030 and reduce them by a third by 2040. It also plans to increase the number of cycling trips from 600,000 to one million by 2031. You can have your say on the plan until 16 March by visiting Let’s Talk Oxfordshire. You can also read more on the county council’s website.
Oxfordshire County Council & Cherwell District Council Budget Proposals 2022-2023 Consultations
Oxfordshire County Council:
An overview of the council’s budget proposals, including key investments linked to priorities, is contained in the news story, published on the county council’s website. Our budget consultation booklet provides background information on the council’s finances and our approach to setting the budget this year. You are encouraged to read this before having your say.
To have your say on Oxfordshire County Council’s 2022/23 budget proposals, including our proposed council tax level for 2022/23 and the Oxfordshire Fair Deal Alliance’s priorities, please visit letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/budgetconsultation and complete the online survey. All responses must be received by Wednesday 5 January 2022.
Feedback from the budget consultation will be considered by the council’s Cabinet on 18 January 2022. Oxfordshire County Council will meet to set its budget and agree a new strategic plan on 8 February 2022.
Cherwell District Council:
Cherwell District Council’s budget consultation 2022/23 is now open and although the timeframe for the consultation is tight they highly value your feedback and would like to invite you to have your say.
The budget consultation booklet provides background information on the council’s finances and approach to setting the budget this year.
To have your say on Cherwell District Council’s 2022/23 budget proposals, including the proposed council tax level for 2022/23, please visit letstalk.cherwell.gov.uk/budgetconsultation and complete the online survey. All responses must be received by Tuesday 4 January 2022.
Feedback from the budget consultation will be considered by the council’s Executive on 7 February 2022. Cherwell District Council will meet to set its budget on 28 February 2022.
Note: As we move through the winter, the situation may change as we get to know more detail about the financial support available to the council from government.
Covid-19 Update from Oxfordshire County Council
To help reduce the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 the key message is for people to continue to take sensible precautions:
- get a PCR test if you have symptoms
- self-isolate when asked
- wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces (follow Government guidelines) including shops and public transport
- ventilate rooms
- get your vaccine and booster as soon as you can
- follow instructions about testing and self-isolating if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
People should visit the NHS website to book their vaccination.
All the details on keeping safe and stopping the spread, self-isolation and symptom-free and symptomatic testing can be found on the County Council’s website.
Household Support Fund for Struggling Households
A new, targeted programme has been set up by Cherwell District Council using money from the government’s Household Support Fund. It will help pay for vulnerable households’ food, energy, and water bills - but other costs can be covered too, including clothing and replacements or repairs for white goods or essential transport costs.
The funds are awarded based on a household’s specific situation and needs and will usually be in the form of grocery vouchers or utility bill payments.
Anyone who believes they will need this support is invited to call the local Citizens Advice Household Support Fund helpline on 0300 303 0993. They should leave their details in a voicemail and wait for a call back to be assessed.
Rural Isolation – Healthwatch Survey
Community First Oxfordshire (CFO) on behalf of Healthwatch Oxfordshire is undertaking a short survey to better understand the levels of rural isolation felt in rural communities. The survey is anonymous and is designed for individuals to have their say.
To complete the online survey click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RuralIsolationOxon
A report of the survey results, which will include recommendations based on these results, will be produced and published in March 2022.
If anyone would like help filling in the survey or would like it in another format/large print/language please contact the CFO team on firstname.lastname@example.org
New rules from DEFRA to combat Avian Influenza
To reduce the risk of the transmission of avian influenza to poultry and other captive birds from wild birds or any other source, the Secretary of State considers it necessary to declare the whole of England to be an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone.
There is now a requirement for poultry and other captive birds to be housed or otherwise kept separate from wild birds.
Further specific information can be found at the following link:
North Lane Footpath Entrance Maintenance - Please Avoid Use
Please note on 16th November 2021 work is being undertaken on the footpath entrance off North Lane for the footpath linking North Lane and Westlands Avenue across top of School Field.
We kindly ask if you could please avoid using this entrance to the footpath and use the alternative paths across the School Field instead.
Once complete please be careful as the area will only have a layer of top soil while the new grass seed grows and we need to allow time for it to bed in.
Many thanks for your support and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
This work, on behalf of the Parish Council, has been made possible by a Containing Management Outbreak Fund grant received from Cherwell District Council.
Neighbourhood Watch Crime and Community Survey 2021
Neighbourhood Watch want to hear your thoughts about crime, community, and how effective Neighbourhood Watch is via the Neighbourhood Watch Crime & Community Survey 2021.
The survey is open to the public across England and Wales, regardless of whether they live in a Neighbourhood Watch area or not.
The results will enable the Neighbourhood Watch to better understand on a national and regional level crime, fear of crime and benchmark whether membership to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or living in a Neighbourhood Watch area, has an impact on levels of crime, concern about crime, neighbourliness, and the willingness of communities to work together.
All data will be anonymised and aggregated and will be used by Neighbourhood Watch to ensure their work is effective, inclusive, and representative.
The survey closes on the 16th November 2021.
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 (email@example.com) if you would like a refresher on the project via zoom.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know.
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.
Dates of closure
2 and 3 November
4 and 5 November
Dix Pit (Stanton Harcourt)
23 and 24 November
9 and 10 November
Oakley Wood (Wallingford)
16 and 17 November
18 and 19 November
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.
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
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?
- Individuals can ask their GP or Health Care Professional to refer them to the Move Together programme.
- Individuals, or referring organisations, can complete an enquiry form online by visiting Move Together website or Get Oxfordshire Active website for more information.
- Call your local district coordinator on 01295 221575
What happens next?
- A local Move Together coordinator will be in touch for a chat & next steps.
- The individual and the coordinator decide together what sort of activities would be good to start with.
- Together they can agree the sort of ongoing support that is wanted or needed.
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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.
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.
Useful website to view planned roadworks: www.one.network
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
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.
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.
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.
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
- Video consulting with your NHS – Frequently asked questions for patients
To find out more about these guides or to watch a video about online consultations see here:
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.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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:
- Phone: 01295 221448 or E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Chair (email@example.com) or the Vice-Chair (Sdaenke@gmail.com) or come along and talk to us at the next Parish Council in the village hall.