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Welcome to Enstone Parish. If you live in Neat Enstone, Church Enstone, Cleveley, Lidstone, Gagingwell, Chalford, Radford, Fulwell or Broadstonehill this site is for you.

There are 3 levels of local government in Oxfordshire - County Council, District Council and Parish Council. The Enstone Parish Council is a democratically elected body of councillors. A local rate is levied and collected by the district council as part of the council tax. The Parish Council plays an important role in the local community and is a vital link to district and county councils and other agencies on local issues.


Latest Edition of the Enstone Ensign Now Available

To view the on-line version of the Ensign please click on the image to the left


Preparing for Winter - Free Assistance during sustained Power Cuts

SSE

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSE) are offering a free service of a little extra help or assistance should Enstone parish suffer a power outage in the forthcoming winter months. SSE have already registered in excess of 700 people in the last 12 months within Oxfordshire but are aware there are many more vulnerable people that are not registered.

Please see the leaflet by clicking the image or contact SSE on the numbers below: It is a free service, and any information provided is strictly confidential.

Contact the SSE team:

The Wychwood Project - AGM - 7th December 2016

Come along to the AGM - 7.30pm at Witney Corn Exchange and listen to Guest Speaker, Stuart (the wildman) Mabbutt with seasonal refreshments.


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Revised Local Plan approved for consultation by councillors

Councillors have approved an updated version of the draft Local Plan for public consultation following concerns raised by the Planning Inspector in January that the earlier draft was not consistent with Oxfordshire’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment and that it did not take into account the housing need identified for Oxford.

Under the revised proposals, a total of 15,950 homes are set to be built by 2031, of which 2,750 have been allocated as the District’s contribution to Oxford’s unmet housing need.

Key sites include 2,200 homes at the proposed Garden Village to the north of Eynsham along with an urban extension to the west of Eynsham which will add a further 1,000 new homes.

Other major sites will include increasing the number of homes in North Witney from 1,000 to 1,400; new allocations in Woodstock adding 670 properties; increasing the development area at Tank Farm, Chipping Norton from 600 to 1,400 homes and building a further 570 homes at three sites in Carterton in addition to over 1,000 homes which are already committed in and around the town.

Cllr James Mills, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We have to balance the demands of a growing population with the need to maintain West Oxfordshire as a beautiful place in which to live and work.

“We want to create better homes, more jobs and improved facilities while protecting the District from unwanted development. This is why it is important to have a robust Local Plan in place.”

The proposed Plan addresses concerns raised by the Local Plan Inspector that led to the original version being suspended in January until further work including revisions to the housing figures could be undertaken.

Having been approved by full Council, the Plan will now be the subject of a six-week consultation before being re-submitted to the Inspector. It is expected that the Examination will reconvene in spring 2017.


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Draft Local Plan event prompts big response

Residents and businesses in Witney flocked to the first public exhibition of the West Oxfordshire draft Local Plan.

Within the first hour of opening at the town’s Corn Exchange, scores of people had gathered to find out more about the proposals which concern the development of the district over the next 15 years.

Information boards and maps highlighted the key areas of the draft Local Plan under which a total of 15,950 homes are set to be built by 2031, while officers were on hand to answer questions.

West Oxfordshire District Council Leader James Mills said: “This is an opportunity for the public to have their say on the future development of the district and is incredibly important.

Local plan exhibition “Their suggestions feeds back directly to the Council and we will examine them to see if there are any areas that need addressing.”

The draft Local Plan outlines key sites such as the 2,200 homes at the proposed Garden Village to the north of Eynsham along with an urban extension to the west of Eynsham which will add a further 1,000 new homes.

Other major sites will include increasing the number of homes in North Witney from 1,000 to 1,400; new allocations in Woodstock adding 670 properties; increasing the development area at Tank Farm, Chipping Norton from 600 to 1,400 homes and building a further 570 homes at three sites in Carterton in addition to over 1,000 homes which are already committed in and around the town.

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Further public exhibitions are being held from 2.30 - 8pm at:

Once the consultation ends the proposed changes will be re-submitted to the Inspector together with all comments received and supporting background information. It is expected further examination hearings will then take place in spring 2017.

The deadline for comments is 5pm on Friday 23 December 2016.

Anyone wishing to take part in the consultation can obtain a form online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/localplan2031 or by calling the Planning Policy Team on 01993 861667.


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Beware fraudsters claiming to be from the HMRC

Residents in West Oxfordshire are being warned of a phone scam that is currently taking place across the country.

Fraudsters pretending to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are calling unsuspecting residents and telling them they are under investigation and are due in court.

The automated phone message then asks you to press 1 to speak to a case officer. Please do not follow this instruction.

Instead, hang up immediately - this is a scam and if you continue with the phone call it could direct you to a premium-rate number which may accumulate very expensive charges on your phone bill without your knowledge.

The reminder follows calls to be extra vigilant about any emails from GOV.UK which claim the recipient is eligible to receive a tax refund. The email claims this can be recovered by completing and submitting a tax return form - the form asks for the recipient's bank details.

We advise all residents to be wary of any unsolicited calls and emails from unknown companies. If you cannot verify the identity of the caller, do not give out any personal details, especially bank details.

To report a suspected scam contact Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre:


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New waste and recycling calendars now online

West Oxfordshire’s new waste and recycling collection dates are now published for the next 12 months and can be viewed and downloaded online at www.westoxon.gov.uk.

As well as accessing online bin collection calendars, residents can register for handy weekly email alerts about waste collection dates, including a reminder the day before about which bins to put out and helpful information about changes to collection days over the Christmas period and bank holidays.

Over 8,000 householders are registered for email alerts and receive weekly email reminders of their next collection.

Paper copies of the waste calendars are available for those that do not have web access. These can be picked up from:

As well as bin collection information, residents can use the alerts service to receive information about planning applications registered near to their homes.


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Council supports power cuts '105' helpline

West Oxfordshire District Council is supporting the launch of 105, a new national three-digit helpline telephone number that will make it quicker and easier for people to report a power cut.

Many people don’t know who to contact during a power cut and wrongly call the electricity supplier shown on their bill.

By calling the helpline, householders will be put through to the company that repairs local power networks and restores power.

Cllr Robert Courts, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said, “Having a free, easy-to-remember number is a great boon during a power cut and so we are keen to let West Oxfordshire householders know about the new 105 helpline.”

The 105 number is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales and can be accessed from most landlines and mobile phones.

The number is jointly funded by electricity network operators - the companies that manage the cables, wires and substations that bring electricity into homes and businesses. Network operators can also be contacted directly by phone or via their website, and most network operators can be contacted through social media too.

The public can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put them, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, the emergency services should also be contacted.

Click here www.powercut105.com to find out more about the new 105 telephone number and electricity network operators.


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Comet - A New Bookable Transport Service

For anyone without access to suitable public transport

Oxfordshire County Council have introduced a transport service that makes use of vehicles that take school children to school and adults to day care centres. It is open to individuals and organisations / groups.

How to get started. Call 01865 323201 to register (£3) and you will receive a membership card. Once registered you can book from 9am - 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9am - 4pm on Friday. The service runs 10.15am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday (not Bank Holidays).

For further information click here www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/comet
Chris Jones

Community Policing

Thames Valley Police

I am Chris Jones the PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) for your area and here to assist your parish and community with your policing needs in anyway I can. I am based out of Woodstock Police Station however my area beat is Great Rollright, The Bartons, Sandford St. Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone.

My job is to assist in tackling rural crime and deal with crime related incidents and anti-social behaviour, general nuisance issues and many other concerns. This in turn contributes to Thames Valley Police’s aims of raising visibility and reassuring the public.

Please, if you have any police issues you think I might be able to help you with then stop me and have a chat or contact me on:


NOTICE – Right to Record Meetings of the Council


Please note that the public and the media have a right to record meetings of the council.

Should you wish to record a meeting it would be helpful if you could notify the Clerk or the Chairman so that they can ensure you have the necessary facilities and so that other members of the public can be notified that the meeting is being recorded.

Please note that the Chairman has the right to ask that recording be stopped if the Chairman reasonably believes that the meeting is being disrupted because of the recording, if the recording is preventing the public participating or is inhibiting community involvement or if the meeting moves into confidential session.

If you object to being recorded please notify the Chairman or Clerk. We will endeavour to ensure that your objections are respected. However we are not able to guarantee this. This is a public meeting and there is a statutory right for anyone to record it.

Anyone at the meeting may use Twitter, Facebook or similar social media provided that the Chairman does not consider their actions are disrupting the proceedings of the meeting.


Community Connect

community connect

Helping older people improve their quality of life.
A free friendly service for people in Oxfordshire. 
We can help you find out about local services and support, such as:

You can talk to us by phone, email or invite us to visit you.

JUST ASK! on 01608 648099

communityconnect@wocab.org.uk
www.communityconnectoxon.org

We work in strict confidence. 
Managed by West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau.