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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.
To view the on-line version of the Ensign please click on the image to the left
There is now a new Tab at the top of the page called 'MP News', where you can see what Robert Courts, your Member of Parliament, is doing for you. You can also sign up for his Newsletter.
West Oxfordshire residents are being warned to guard against bogus callers telling them their council tax bands maybe too high.
Several residents have been in touch with the District Council saying callers from the ‘Claims Review Bureau’ have contacted them offering to work on their behalf to obtain a reduction in exchange for a fee of about £80.
But staff have emphasised that anyone wanting to appeal against their band can do so for free by contacting the District Valuation Office.
Cllr Toby Morris, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “This is a scam and residents must ensure they do not pass on any financial or personal details to these callers.
“Appealing against a council tax band does not require a third party and is free. Anyone receiving one of these calls should end the conversation as quickly as possible.”
Residents wishing to appeal against their council tax banding can do so by contacting the District Valuation Office on 03000 501 501.
To report a suspected scam, contact Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards on 0845 051 0845.
The District Council has also reminded residents that staff would never ask for a customer's bank details via email.
Rosconn Strategic Land (RSL) is a privately-owned development company proposing to develop land south of Oxford Road. They state that they strive to work closely with local communities and key stakeholders to ensure any new development can integrate seamlessly with an existing settlement, whilst providing a mix of house types to address local needs.
Over the coming weeks they intend to engage with the wider local community to seek their views. This will help inform the emerging proposals and ensure they align with local aspirations and address any specific needs. Following this they expect to prepare an outline planning application for submission towards the end of January 2017. During this period, the local community will be formally consulted by the District Council, before they look to determine the application during the Spring.
To view this proposal in full please click on the image above on the right.
With so much waste produced over the festive season, West Oxfordshire District Council has put measures in place to help residents recycle as much as possible.
The Council will be collecting extra recycling, as long as it is put out for collection in open cardboard boxes that are no larger than the household black boxes.
Cardboard boxes can be used for light materials and must be placed alongside, or in wet weather on top of, the black recycling boxes. For safety reasons, glass items should only be placed inside the black boxes.
In addition to black box recycling materials, the crews will collect food waste from kitchen caddies that are left out on collection days alongside food waste bins.
Cllr Carol Reynolds, the District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We are trying to make it as easy as possible for people to recycle their waste, especially as so much is generated over Christmas – most items can be recycled from cards and wrapping paper, to turkey carcasses and other food leftovers.”
Garden waste collections do not operate between 25 December and 9 January, but when they resume crews will pick up real Christmas trees and other greenery such as holly, ivy and wreaths. Trees can be placed alongside garden waste bins, or cut up and left beside them.
To find out more, including full details of what can be recycled in West Oxfordshire, see www.westoxon.gov.uk/bins or call 01993 861000.
The website also has details of what can be taken to local Household Waste Recycling Centres and to the recycling banks in the car parks.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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:
We work in strict confidence.
Managed by West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau.