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Temporary Road Closure and “No Waiting” restriction at Bicester, B4030 Steeple Barton
In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the road and impose a ‘No Waiting’ restriction as detailed above to facilitate carriageway resurfacing works.
A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate on 01 April 2020. This will operate between 09:30 and 15:30 hours.
A Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and restriction and will operate on the days shown above.
Please note that Notices for urgent works can last up to 5 consecutive days only.
Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.
Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Elizabeth Smith, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11
Duns Tew Parish Council (PC) has supported Chesterton Parish Council by objecting to the application on the basis that it is not in line with planning guidance and presents a significant burden on the local services and roads which has not been addressed by Great Wolf.
The PC encourage you to form your own views and act accordingly.
This information is from Chesterton Parish Council;
The Great Wolf planning application 19/02550/F is to be decided at the planning committee meeting this Thursday 12th March at 4pm.
This does not give much time so may I ask you to do two things:
1) Please email your strong objection to ALL the councillors on the planning committee by this Wednesday 11th March (this can of course be your original objection). Although Cherwell District Council has recommended refusal we cannot afford to be complacent or assume that more distant councillors are as well informed. No doubt Great Wolf will have done their utmost to reach these councillors so we must adopt the same approach.
To make it quick and easy, here is the list of councillors’ email addresses on the Planning Committee. These can be copied and pasted into a Bcc address box to make it more personal.
James.Macnamara@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Andrew.Beere@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Phil.Chapman@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Conrad.Copeland@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Chris.Heath@cherwell-dc.gov.uk;David.Hughes@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Cassi.Perry@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; George.Reynolds@cherwell-dc.gov.uk;Les.Sibley@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Maurice.Billington@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Hugo.Brown@cherwell-dc.gov.uk;Colin.Clarke@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Ian.Corkin@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Simon.Holland@cherwell-dc.gov.uk;Cllr.Mike.KerfordByrnes@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Lynn.Pratt@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Barry.Richards@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Katherine.Tyson@cherwell-dc.gov.uk; Barry.Wood@cherwell-dc.gov.uk
2) A planning QC has advised Chesterton PC that attendance at the meeting would show the strength of opposition and could make a real difference to waverers. In anticipation of a large turn out of objecting residents and PC reps, Cherwell District Council have booked additional car parking at Banbury Cricket Club whose entrance is almost opposite the entrance to the Bodicote offices on White Post Road. There will be someone directing cars at the entrance to the Cricket Club from 3.15pm on Thursday.
We would be grateful if you could put the above information on your parish facebook pages and/or websites and spread the word to friends and neighbours.
With many thanks for making this one last effort!
Chesterton Parish Council
We received clarification that the planning application has now been validated and registered under planning application reference 20/00574/F. This is the link to the application.
The target decision date is 27/05/2020 and decision level has been set as Committee. Planning Committee sits on 21 May and 18 June around this target date.
If you have any comments, in support or objection, to this development, and would like to channel them through the Parish Council, please contact Harriet Stapleton
The Bill, if made law, would empower local communities to sell locally generated clean energy directly to local customers by establishing a statutory Right to Local Supply. This is currently impossible because of the huge setup and running costs involved in doing so.
The ultimate result of this would be:
- Local communities and businesses could buy their electricity from a local energy company
- Building more local renewable energy would be financially viable
- Communities would benefit from the revenues that new local energy supply companies would generate, such as more local skilled jobs, energy efficiency schemes and investment in local facilities
If you would like to help, sign up to the campaign, as an individual: www.powerforpeople.org.uk/sign-up
Winter is traditionally the busiest time of year for the NHS, and so patients are being reminded to only use Emergency Departments in Oxford and Banbury in an emergency.
There are a range of alternative options available for non-emergency situations to ensure you get the appropriate care you need, and save an unnecessary trip to the Emergency Department.
- Self-care is the best choice for minor illnesses and injuries – a range of common winter ailments can be treated at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet. Having a winter plan – such as keeping stocked up on medicines, keeping your home warm, and looking out for neighbours – can also be beneficial.
- Local pharmacies can give advice on several conditions, such as coughs, headaches, upset stomachs and skin conditions, as well as advise on stopping coughs and colds from getting worse.
- NHS 111 has call handlers who can help you choose the right health services for your needs, as well as a website. NHS 111 can put you in touch with a clinician, a GP, book you an appointment at your nearest minor injuries unit. You can also use NHS 111 online 111.nhs.uk
- Minor injuries units can treat deep cuts, small burns, sprains, sports injuries, and infected wounds. To find out your nearest MIU please visit the Oxford Health website
- Your local GP may offer extended opening hours into the evening or at the weekend.
Most importantly, only attend Emergency Departments when there is a genuine emergency, such as loss of consciousness, suspected heart attack or stroke, severe breathing difficulties, or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped.
An initiative from the Parish Council (PC) resulted in a visit from the Technical Officer of Oxfordshire Highways. As a result of a walk through the village where issues were discussed, the following actions will be taken
Safety on the A4260 junction
This is a known issue by OCC (and by all drivers in Duns Tew!) but it is on a long list of jobs to be looked at. In the meantime it was agreed that all the signs would be cleaned (done), new arrows painted to make traffic movement clearer (done), an early grass cut in the Spring to keep the area right down the the speed camera clear and regular cuts though the growing season. (wait and see!)
In the long run there is a suggestion that traffic lights may be a solution here but it is a long way down the OCC list. Reducing the speed on the A4260 is regarded as costly and would require political will higher up than PC and police support.
Speeding control in the village and horse riding safety
White village entrance ‘gates’ to be cleaned, new sign asking for people to drive slowly and PC to purchase horses signs for the three entrance ‘gates’. A new horse sign in the Middle Barton Road just before entering village.
Road narrowing signs at the pinch point close to Midsummer Cottage and possibly ‘SLOW” painted on the road.
In addition, the possible use of ‘Sentinel’ camera which takes vehicle registration numbers. These are then passed on to police and letters are sent. On a third ‘offence’ a police officer will visit the owner of the vehicle and have a chat!
In addition, a letter has been written to our MP, County and District Councillors outlining the dangers present at this junction due to increased traffic. The MP has acknowledged the letter and asks to be kept informed as does our County Councillor.
Help Us, Help You – Before It Gets Worse
In winter, pressures on A&E departments increase substantially, particularly admissions for winter respiratory illnesses, putting an additional, but in some cases avoidable, burden on the NHS.
We want you to take better care of your health as the colder months approach, by promoting self-care and having a winter plan (see below) so you help us to help you before your condition gets worse.
A winter plan can help keep you well and healthy this winter – this could include:
- Having a free NHS flu vaccination if you are eligible
- Getting help early before your cough or cold worsens
- Getting repeat prescriptions in plenty of time before bank holidays
- Finding out where your local minor injuries unit is located
- Seeking advice from your local pharmacist
- Keeping an eye on elderly or frail friends, neighbours and relatives
Watch a short film which explains how your high street pharmacist can help keep you well this winter:
Yoga is taking a break for Christmas. Classes start again on the 9th January