We are fairly newly arrived at Toban, And there will be removers lorries unloading outside on Holloway on 15th September ( about 2 hours) and on/around 1st October (most of the day) hope it doesn’t inconvenience anybody!
Also, had a really intensive strimming day to get garden more under control- apologies for any undue noise.
Colin and Anne
Please see below the latest update's on the COVID response and recovery locally. I want to flag special attention to the first item. I am sure you are aware of the increase in cases in Swindon so we need to stay very vigilant.
The below statement has been issued by OCC, and while it is not meant to cause alarm, we need to highlight the importance of following the guidance to stop the spread of the virus as restrictions are relaxed. Can I ask parish councils and support groups ensure that the importance of following the handwashing information and guidance around symptoms and isolation are sent round or published on community and parish pages where possible to help us stop the spread.
There are early signs of rising COVID-19 cases in Oxfordshire. This is to be expected as we ease out of lockdown, and it is consistent with what is occurring across other parts of the country. Oxfordshire County Council Public Health Surveillance Unit has picked this up at an early stage.
There are clear systems in place through our Local Outbreak Plans to manage any local hotspots. However, prevention is by far the best way to manage the situation, and the public has a vital role to play in preventing local outbreaks. So please do encourage your constituents to continue to follow these simple steps to keep safe and stop the virus spreading:
Oxfordshire County Council will be working closely with our district, city and NHS partners to issue general and targeted communications urging people to follow government guidelines and take preventative measures. We would be very grateful if you would help reinforce these #stopthespread messages.
Further information is available at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/stopthespread. The website includes a weekly update of confirmed cases in Oxfordshire, broken down by district.
Food and drink businesses looking for a way to increase the number of customers who can use their services safely have been offered the opportunity to place tables, chairs and other furniture on the pavements outside their premises thanks to a new pavement licence. More information is on the Government’s website
Firms will need to apply for a pavement licence – which costs £100 - via the dedicated pages on our websites (South) (Vale)
Our Licensing team will be carrying out a very quick turnaround on this process - we are required to determine applications within 14 days of receiving them, this includes a 7-day consultation period.
How we are tackling the issue of littering and local clean ups
Recently, we’ve had a number of people saying they’ve noticed an increase in the amount of litter in our districts. We don’t currently have any figures to say whether or not there has been an increase, but as litter is a concern for people at the moment, we thought it would be helpful to explain what we’re doing on this subject.
During lockdown, we temporarily stopped loaning out our litter picking kit to local voluntary groups. We’re hoping to resume this service soon and are currently reviewing procedures to make sure all the equipment can be properly cleaned and meet the necessary standards each time it is issued to volunteer groups.
We’ve been calling residents on our shielded list in the past few weeks to find out what support they think they’ll need when the shielding restrictions are eased from this weekend. The good news is that on the whole, people have been telling us that they are ready and willing to begin supporting themselves.
The community hub contact details are 01235 422600 and email@example.com. Lines are open Mondays to Fridays, 9am-5pm.
If you’d like more information on the changes to guidance for shielded residents, see the Government’s website.
Every household must check their details
From 3 August we will begin sending yellow letters to every home in our districts. The 'Canvass Communication Form' requires residents to check and confirm the details of everyone over the age of 16 that lives in their property.
This is something we need to do each year by law in order to ensure the electoral register is up to date.
In previous years everyone received the same letter and had to respond accordingly, however this year the process has changed slightly as there are different letters depending on individual circumstances.
The general message to all local residents is: When you receive your letter, if you need to make a change to your registration information, please respond as soon as possible by visiting housholdresponse.com/southandvale – you will need the two-part code on the yellow letter to do this. Doing this will make sure the process runs smoothly and there will be no need for additional contact, which is particularly important at the moment.
Useful Websites - If you have found any which have been useful for yourselves, please let me know and I will include them going forward for others.
It has been some time since I have sent out an update, thankfully this has been due to things calming down.
I am pleased to attach a “Thank you” note from David Johnston MP, I would be grateful if you can pass this on to all in the support network that have been helping over the last >100 days.
With lockdown being eased across the country, we should stay vigilant. A lot of work is now being put into how to deal with any isolated outbreaks or deal with any “second wave”.
People are urged to not use play areas until they have passed safety checks and have signs to say they are safe to use again – please do not enter any play areas which are closed.
Important information about staying safe in our play areas
Once a play area is open, visitors will be urged to stay safe by following a few simple instructions which are being introduced to reduce the risk of people transmitting COVID-19.
People are asked to:
Leisure centres update
As things stand, indoor gyms and swimming pools must remain closed and we are still waiting for the government to confirm the timetable for them to reopen. In the meantime, we are continuing to work on potential reopening plans to ensure we are ready once we’ve been given the go-ahead.
Over the coming days we will be placing new signs around our public toilets to remind people to maintain social distancing and to wash their hands. Our 'Stay Safe, Give Space' message will also be stencilled at key locations in our car parks, parks and mobile home parks.
You’ll find the signage designs attached to this email should you wish to use them around your own facilities.
As ever, any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Best wishes, and stay safe
Cllr Simon Howell
More information here.
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I realise that this attachment is lengthy but, I feel that circulation is important. I know that much information is coming down to you but, may be too much is better than a little?
The attachment has been sent by Oxfordshire County Council’s CEO Yvonne Rees and has been sent to all OCC’s Councillors. It provides information from our critical health partners and has been circulated to key stakeholders. Please make time to read it.
With best wishes,
At the end of the first day of reopening, Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet Member Cllr Yvonne Constance wanted to thank all those who visited for playing their part.
The sites at Alkerton, Ardley, Dix Pit, Drayton, Oakley Wood, Redbridge and Stanford in the Vale have been extremely busy since they opened at 8.00am this morning but Cllr Constance said it was encouraging that residents had understood the importance of the social distancing measures the Council had introduced.
"We were committed to get these seven sites open and we knew today would be very busy with people bringing in their essential waste. As expected, traffic queues have built up but our residents have played their part by being considerate and adhering to the revised site layouts.
"We know things at the recycling sites will be busy for the foreseeable future, so I hope people will continue to be patient. My main plea to residents is to consider whether they can wait a few days or longer before visiting their nearest site. The more we can stagger waste coming in, the less traffic will queue and the easier it will be for everyone."
The council asks residents to remember:
Specific rules and restrictions will vary by site. Please refer to the county council website before leaving home to familiarise yourself with these and to avoid frustration and delay:
URL : http://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/council-offers-big-thank-you-to-oxfordshire-residents-as-recycling-sites-reopen/
Great Coxwell Parish Council has discussed the advice and recommendations issued by the Government, councils and relevant bodies on social distancing and access to parks and green spaces.
The play equipment on our "Doorstep Green" is not separated from the general village green area. When the initial social distancing guidance was issued, the Parish Council posted signs asking people not to use the equipment. Unfortunately, these signs were ignored and thus the Council decided to close the area in order to ensure that access to their facilities did not compromise social distancing guidelines from the Government.
Given this situation and with consideration of the extended period during which we as a Council have not been able to perform our usual weekly safety checks and litter picks of the area (due to Councillors' own need to be shielding themselves), we have decided that the whole of Great Coxwell park will remain closed during this period of social distancing.
We hope that this does not compromise your ability to exercise locally and intend to reopen the park again just as soon as it is safe and reasonable to do so.
Great Coxwell Parish Council 18/05/2020
Dear Everyone, please find attached a briefing that has been circulated to all Oxfordshire County Councillors from our CEO Yvonne Rees. It is a very detailed and lengthy document but has some exceedingly interesting and valuable information which I wish to share with you all. Do come back to me if you have any queries. This will also be circulated to all of our key stakeholders.
With best wishes,
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