We are pleased to be able to reopen the Reading Room after a very difficult time. While it has been closed, we have carried out extensive repairs to the building following a major water leak, the effects of the subsidence to the south wall have been repaired and we have installed a replacement boiler. There have also been substantial improvements to the kitchen, new storage cabinets built in the main hall and repairs completed to the toilet facilities and to the fire escape. The Council wishes to acknowledge and thank Richard May for his hard work and carpentry skills in achieving a lot of this repair and renovation work.
As part of reopening, the Trustees have renewed the risk assessments and carried out a review of our insurance policy. To comply with the requirements of our insurance and the terms of our risk assessment, all users must now please book their use using a booking form available online or from email@example.com. This will enable us to demonstrate that we have provided users with appropriate information for their safe and proper use of the Room and that they have agreed to those conditions.
Insurance is not automatically in place for regular users of the Room, so please discuss this with us before arranging such events.
We have also reviewed and updated the hiring fees. In the interests of simplicity, fairness and transparency, all events will now be charged by the hour with a refundable cleaning deposit required for some events.
The charges will apply to all users to enable the Reading Room to cover some of its costs, however, it is not our intention for the Reading Room to be fully funded through the hire fees and it will continue to receive financial support from the Council.
Our intention in setting the fees was to try to make the Reading Room as accessible to all village users as possible and the prices have been maintained very close to the those set in 2005. Events run for community fundraising or community benefit, can apply to the Council to fund the hire of the room for such purposes, for example the weekly Drop-in.
Higher hourly charges will be applied for non-parishioner use.
The charges are shown on the Reading Room page.
We understand that it has been inconvenient not having the Reading Room available and hope that it can now be used as much as possible.
Great Coxwell Parish Council
26th October 2021
The garden waste service will return to its normal fortnightly collections from next week.
The normal garden waste collection schedule in Vale will resume on 25 October and so from that day onwards, customers can put their brown garden waste bins out on their normal collection day in their recycling week every fortnight.
As mentioned last month, to make up for the disruption to the service we are extending customers' current subscription to the service by three months.
The councils are emailing and writing to their garden waste customers this week letting them know the good news.
Vale garden waste customers will also benefit from the scheduled Extra Garden Waste Week next month (week commencing 8 November) when customers are entitled to put out one extra bin's worth of garden waste that week.
There is more information at: whitehorsedc.gov.uk/gardenwaste
White Horse Community Lottery
The White Horse Community Lottery had its first draw on Saturday 18 September, with many supporters winning a variety of prizes including £25 to 3 extra tickets. In the first draw, one good cause had multiple winners. In addition to this, players of the first five tickets drawn have won £100 to donate to a good cause of their choice.
Since the launch, many good causes have joined the White Horse Community Lottery and can now benefit from vital unrestricted funds and players can support the causes they care about the most. It’s predicted that over the next year, the lottery will raise just over £30,000 for good causes in the district.
Please spread the word to good causes in your area and encourage local voluntary groups and charities to register.
For more information please visit whitehorsedc.gov.uk/communitylottery.
Organisations that want to register for the lottery please visit whitehorselottery.co.uk/good-causes/apply
VACANCY FOR A PARISH COUNCILLOR
The Parish Council needs a new member to help it to maintain and improve the services available in Great Coxwell.
This is an opportunity for you to make a contribution to the village by having a say on local issues, to represent the views of parishioners and to become involved for the benefit of our community.
If you would like to be considered or would like further information, please contact the Clerk or Chair Jacqui Russell.
To be eligible to become a parish councillor you must be:
You must also meet ONE of the following four criteria:
Disqualifications from standing
There are certain people who are disqualified from being elected to a parish or community council in England and Wales.
You cannot be a candidate if at the time of your nomination and on the day of the election, any of the following are true:
Vale of White Horse District Council has launched the new White Horse Community lottery and is encouraging voluntary and community groups across the Vale to join.
Even better news, it is free to join and being part of the lottery will mean your group can generate unrestricted funds in a fun way that enables players to support the causes they care about the most in their community.
Next steps, if you are either..
Many of us have concerns about traffic problems in the village. The Parish Council has received correspondence expressing specific concerns and we have discussed these at our regular council meetings, with our District and County councillors and with the Oxfordshire County Council Highways Department.
We are now at the stage where OCC has agreed to visit the village to discuss these problems and to offer advice on possible solutions. What we need now is to have as many views and suggestions from you as possible.
From the problems that we are aware of, we have chosen the following to concentrate on in the hope that we stand a better chance of success by starting with a short list. The ones chosen are:
· Reducing the speed of traffic and tackling speeding with the possibility for a 20mph zone through the village. There are also other measures that we will seek advice on such as electronic speed monitoring and traffic calming infrastructure.
· The problems from inconsiderate parking causing obstruction to passing traffic, driveways and pavements, particularly on the stretch of road in front of Cherry Orchard and beyond to the T-junction. These can result in delays, especially when lorries cannot pass by parked cars; slowing the passage of emergency vehicles; and the danger from, or to, vehicles coming around the bend into Cherry Orchard from vehicles pulling out around parked cars.
· Concerns regarding people using the village as a short cut (‘rat-running’) have been raised for some time. Previous proposals to solve this by shutting the Holloway or making it one way have not been sufficiently supported in the past to take them forward. This and other possible solutions can be looked at again.
· The S-bend just before Cherry Orchard and the curve before the entrance to the old golf course can be hazards from oncoming vehicles cutting into the opposite lane. Many of us will have experienced this, it is particularly dangerous when vehicles are going too fast around the bends.
Approval and implementation of any measures are in the power of OCC but would be at our cost. At this stage we are just seeking advice, nothing would be introduced without a proper consultation with the village.
The next meeting of the Council is on 18 October at 6:30pm in the Reading Room. We encourage anyone with strong views on this to come to the meeting and raise them in person* or to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that your points are included in the discussion. Additionally, any of us would be pleased to discuss traffic problems with you informally.
Great Coxwell Parish Council.
*Unfortunately, there will be a limit on attendance given Covid-related restrictions for the Reading Room.
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