Entry to Primary or Infant School – September 2016

If your child was born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 you need to apply for a place school place.

The closing date for admissions is 15th January 2016. You must apply by this date. You can apply online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/admissions or you can send in a paper form. Forms are available from the County Council website and local schools.

Letters offering places will be posted second class on 18th April 2016. Those who applied online will receive an email and will be able to view the result of their application online.

A reference booklet called ‘Starting School’ is published on the County Council website and printed copies are available in all primary and infant schools and libraries.

Planning Applications Under Consideration

Planning in action

The Parish Council is currently considering the following applications:

There are currently no applications under consideration

Full Details of planning applications are available on The Vale of White Horse District Council website. Here’s the link to their home page http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/

Once the council has made it’s response, it will be available to view on the ‘Responses to Planning Applications’ page.

Compost Giveaway – Note change of location

This October the compost giveaway weekend is back!

Come along with your own box, bag or container to fill up with local compost!

The events will take place for all South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse residents on

  • Saturday 3 October between 9am – 11am at White Horse Leisure centre overflow car park, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, OX14 3PJ


  • Sunday 4 October between 9am– 11am at the old South Oxfordshire District Council car park, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, OX10 8ED

There will be Master Composters on hand to answer your gardening and composting questions, Love Food Hate Waste advisors to help you reduce your food waste and save money, and the waste and recycling team will also be there to answer any recycling queries or questions.

Grab yourself some recycling goodies, compost bins (£10 cash!) and replacement kitchen caddies, buckets and liners (all while stocks last).

I have attached a poster if you could advertise on your parish website/Facebook and in your parish; if you need any hard copies please let me know and I will send some out.


I look forward to seeing you on the day – and remember to bring a shovel!


Have you confirmed your details?

From Tuesday 14 July Vale of White Horse District Council will be sending a form to every household across the district asking them confirm the details for all eligible voters at their property.

People must respond to this request for information, even if they are already registered to vote.

The easiest way to confirm whether the details on the form are correct is to do so online at www.registerbyinternet.com/southandvale using the security code found on this form.

Everyone who confirms their details immediately will avoid receiving reminder letters and potential visits later in the year.

Any household who hasn’t received a form by the end of July should get in touch with the Electoral Services Team on 01235 540351 to ask for a replacement.

Thames Valley Police Open Day

The Thames Valley Police Open Day is being held at the Force’s training centre in Sulhamstead on Saturday 8 August between 10am and 4pm.

The theme is 100 years of Women in Policing, and will include talks from a female senior officer from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit and from two retired female police officers about their experiences of serving with TVP.

This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, with more exhibits to see and activities to take part in as well as displays from departments including the Dog Section, the Mounted Section, and Berkshire Search and Rescue dogs. There will also be a chance to visit the retired police dogs.

Visitors will be able to look around the high speed vehicles used by the Hampshire and TVP Joint Roads Policing Unit, tour the police helicopter with the pilots who fly it from the National Police Air Service, and hear a talk from the Firearms Team about the dangers of replica weapons. Throughout the day there will also be talks on wildlife crime and on a historical case, otherwise known as a ‘cold case’. There will also be an opportunity to take part in Crime Scene Investigation activities with the Forensic Investigation team.

There are over 40 police departments and external agencies taking part in the day, including the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, various search and rescue charities, the Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, and Recruitment.

The Force Museum will feature vintage and modern police motorbikes. There is also the shop, with all profits going to the museum, and a raffle with excellent prizes, such as a Vodafone Prime 6 tablet, Whirlpool microwave, £100 Hotelopia voucher, Bobby Police Bear, Sytner Affinity track day and much more.

This year, Thames Valley Police will be supporting two charities: Care of Police Survivors (COPS) and Domestic Abuse Stops Here (DASH), who will both have stands at the event.

Doors open for the event at 9.45am (last entry is at 3.30pm). Parking at the site is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

No dogs are allowed on-site except for guide dogs. Entry is free for adults and children. Food will be available to purchase all day – cash only.

For more information, visit http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/openday or follow us on Twitter @ThamesVP #TVPOpenDay







Temporary Road Closure at Broadway, Didcot

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure, “No Waiting” Restriction – at Didcot, Broadway

In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close a short section of Broadway from its junction with High Street to its junction with St. Peters Road to facilitate carriageway maintenance works.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and “No Waiting” restriction and will operate from 20 July 2015  The estimated duration of the works is 11 nights from 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs.

The “No Waiting” restriction means that vehicles will need to be removed from the highway where there are in place yellow “No Waiting” cones.

To aid traffic flow the one-way restrictions for St Andrews Road, Vicarage Road and Mereland Road specified in the Oxfordshire County Council (Didcot) (One-Way Traffic and Prohibition and Restriction of Waiting) Order 1980 (as amended) will be temporarily suspended.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works. Please note that access routes will depend on exactly where the works vehicles are at any time and may need to be negotiated with the gang on site as necessary.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Andrew Madigan, OCC Highways & Transport on 0845 310 11 11.

A34/M4 Junction 13 (Chieveley) – Weekend Closures/Restrictions

A34/M4 Junction 13 (Chieveley) – Weekend Closures/Restrictions

As part of the ongoing works to refurbish the bridges at Chieveley and Welford, the bridge beams need to be demolished and replaced. Due to the specialist working methods and equipment required, including large cranes which will need to sit across all three lanes of the motorway, sections of the roundabout need to be closed over full weekend periods.

To keep to number of closures and overall disruption to a minimum, work will take place on both bridges simultaneously on these weekends. The scheduled weekends are as follows*:

Friday 8th to Monday 11th May

Friday 29th May to Monday 1st June

Friday 5th to Monday 8th June

Friday 12th to Monday 15th June

Friday 19th to Monday 22nd June

Friday 10th to Monday 13th July Friday 17th to Monday 20th July

Friday 31st July to Monday 3rd August Friday 7th to Monday 10 August

Movement at the junction will be restricted as follows:

 Full weekend (9pm Friday through to 5.30am Monday)

– the gyratory sections directly below the M4 bridges and the A34 north and southbound approaches to the junction will be closed

– Traffic will only be able to travel from the M4 westbound to the A34 southbound and from the M4 eastbound to the A34 northbound

– Traffic will not be able to travel M4 westbound to A34 northbound, M4 eastbound to A34 southbound, A34 northbound to M4 east and westbound, and A34 southbound to M4 east and westbound

 Weekend nights (9pm to 5.30am)

– the M4 east and westbound carriageways, between the slip roads, will only be closed overnight. The M4 will remain open during day-time hours (5.30am to 9pm).

Significant delays are expected during these weekend closure periods, and it is advised that you plan ahead of your journey to allow for extra time or avoid this route where possible.

The gyratory beneath the bridges must be closed due to the high risk of debris falling onto the carriageway below and the need to saw-cut/break-out sections of the deck in advance of lifting operations. There is also a risk of the beams rotating in high winds whilst being lowered by the crane.


Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place, primarily using the A4 between junctions 12 and 14. During overnight closures of the M4 east and westbound carriageways (between the slip roads) traffic will be diverted off and back on via the slip roads.

Access to the Moto Chieveley Service Area will be available during the closures using signed diversions.

The diversion routes have been approved by the local highway authority and Thames Valley Police and have been selected due to the suitability for all types/sizes of vehicles.

NOTE: There is a weight limit of 7.5t on the local road between Chieveley and Beedon which is unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles. All HGVs must follow the main diversion route.

Should you require any further information, please contact Highways England customer control centre on 0300 123 5000 or email them at info@highwaysengland.co.uk. Alternatively for up-to-date scheme information, traffic management arrangements and road closure dates, please visit the dedicated scheme webpage at www.highways.gov.uk/m4chieveley where you can subscribe to receive automated email alerts.

*Please be aware that these works have been carefully programmed but are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.


Temporary Emgergency Footpath Closure EXTENDED

 Temporary EMERGENCY Footpath Closure – Between Mill Lane West Hendred and Mill Lane East Hendred


An EXTENSION to this ORDER has been granted with the consent of the Secretary of State for Transport.

 Details of existing Order:

In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the footpaths (West Hendred FP 6) and East Hendred (East Hendred FP15) over East Hendred Brook bridges.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from Monday 24th November 2014

 This order will remain in force until 12 April 2016 or until the works have been completed whichever is the sooner. Should the closure be required for a longer period the consent of the Secretary of State for Transport will be requested.

This order is because of deterioration of East Hendred Brook bridges situated on the route of footpath numbers 199/15/10 and 403/6/20 between Mill Lane, West Hendred and Mill Lane, East Hendred. The bridge replacement and remedial works to the approaches and bank supports will not commence until a possible date later in 2015.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Mark Sumner (OCC Countryside team) on 01865 810218 or 07960 453 603.

Ordnance Survey Grid reference SU45348896


Via Mill Lane, WEST HENDRED then northeast, east and south on bridleway (West Hendred BOAT 11), east on footpath (East Hendred FP 14), north and northeast on bridleway (East Hendred BOAT 11), Fordy Lane, Cat Street EAST HENDRED and vice versa.






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