Limit The Rise In HGV Traffic Through Our Community

There is a 7.5t weight limit through Burford that is diverting HGVs through Enstone and other towns and villages across the region causing increased air pollution, increased risk of accidents, extra wear & tear on roads and extra costs for businesses and farmers.

This affects you. Your action now can help to reduce the problem. The Burford weight limit is an 18-month trial. (August 2020 to February 2022). The decision on whether to make it permanent will be taken soon.

Please write before the end of October to register your objection. The address to write to is:

  • Councillor Duncan Enright,
  • Cabinet Member for Travel and Development Strategy,
  • 85 Newland,
  • Witney,
  • Oxon, OX28 3JW.

Or email to: duncan.enright@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Every letter is important – numbers really matter

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Litter Bin & Dog Poo Bin Renewal Programme

West Oxfordshire District Council  have now started to implement the programme and are now working at pace to make the improvements and have already replaced over 100 bins which have been well received.

The council has over 1,200 litter and dog bins in the district and the programme will review the condition and location of these with the aim of:

  • Easy access for people to put their litter in a bin.
  • Make West Oxfordshire even cleaner and tidier ensuring bins are in good condition, which will be ongoing over the next couple of years.

As part of this work they are looking to make sure they have the right bins in the right locations and will liaise with local councils regarding this if they need too.  This may mean where there is a litter bin next to a dog bin that the dog bin is removed as dog waste can now be put in litter bins once it’s bagged.  Also where there are two bins close to each other they may remove one or move it to another location where there is a problem with littering and there isn’t currently a bin. In addition, dual use bins will be replacing separate litter and dog bins where it is appropriate. The new design is pictured.

The work is being carried out methodically but it’s inevitable that some decisions will have to be reviewed.  If this happens WODC are committed to finding a solution as litter and dog bins are an important community asset.

WODC Electoral Registration Canvassers Recruitment

WODC are looking to recruit ten people to undertake canvassing work in the period from mid-October to mid-November 2021.  

£12 per hour plus Mileage CASUAL: evenings/weekends Allocated Areas throughout West Oxfordshire 

The main duties are summarised by clicking here Electoral Registration Canvassers – Advert, and involve visiting/making contact with properties that have not responded to a canvass form asking them to confirm that the electoral information held by the Council is correct, or to tell us what needs to be changed. In most cases, the most effective time to be visiting properties will be evenings and weekends. 

Appointed canvassers will be allocated an area which will be, where possible, the most convenient for them geographically. It will not be possible to sub-divide any of the ten areas.

Parish Repairs & Improvements

THE PLANKS – Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed that works will begin on 31st August, for ten days, subject to weather conditions.

LIDSTONE – The Parish Council has paid for improved signage to the entrance of Lidstone from the A44.

WIG WAG SIGNS – The Parish Council has agreed to fund the upgrade of the Wig Wag signs outside Enstone School – these will be manned automatically and have a “20” flashing sign.

VILLAGE SIGNS and SPEED FLASHING SIGNS – These will be installed along the A44 during August.

20 MPH SIGNS OXFORDSHIRE – Oxfordshire County Council will be introducing 20 mph speed limits for all Town and Parish Councils during the year.

Warner Leisure Refurbishment of Heythrop Park

Enstone Parish Council met with Overbury (chosen contractor), Lichfields and Warner Leisure to discuss the traffic plan for contractors vehicles during the refurbishment. This is anticipated to start in September/October and be finished mid 2022. The Hotel will be closed during this period so there will little customer traffic.

Overbury estimate that during phase 1 there would be between 20 – 80 delivery vehicles a day. During the main phase of construction large deliveries of materials are not anticipated due to storage and material management and this will reflect on small vehicle choice. To minimise vehicle movements the following will be implemented:

  • Encourage car sharing.
  • Encourage delivery companies to be members of FORS (operators achieving best practice in safety, efficiency and environmental protection).
  • Operate on on-line booking system to minimise on site congestion. 

The area around The Drive entrance to Heythrop Park has been assessed as the main traffic route by Overbury and the Parish Council has agreed to the proposed traffic plan for deliveries:

Delivery to The Drive entrance from A44:

  • From Chipping Norton – along B4030 (Bicester Road).
  • From Oxford – along The Drive.

Delivery from The Drive entrance to A44:

  • Along The Drive to the Art Yard Cafe.

The Parish Council will be monitoring the impact on roads throughout this period and will appoint a councillor to act as liaison for the duration. Progress will be reported through the Ensign, Parish website and Facebook page.

1st Charlbury Scout Group – Volunteers

The local Scout Group close to Enstone, with spaces is Charlbury Scout Group and they are advertising for volunteers. There are already young people from Enstone who attend and room for more so if you are interested please get in touch.

Cheryl – 1stcharlburyscouts@gmail

HQ: Nine Acres Ln, Charlbury, OX7 3RD

Meeting Times:
Beavers Thursday 5.00 – 6.15
Cubs Thursday 6.30 – 8.00
Scouts Thursday 7.00 – 8.30

Preparing young people with skills for life.

Charlbury Scouts nearest to Enstone want volunteers

Enstone Pre-School – Opening Planning

The long-established village Pre School sadly closed down in December 2020, but since then the Governing Body of Enstone Primary School has been conducting a feasibility study into the possibility of re-opening the setting under Governor Powers.  This has been a complicated process but the school is excited to report that they are making very positive progress and are very hopeful of getting the facility back up and running for September 2021. 

In order to help with forward planning, school are asking interested parties to complete a “test” application form, to help establish potential numbers and make decisions about staffing levels.  If you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years of age by 1st September 2021, or who will turn 3 years of age during the academic year 2021-22, they would love to hear from you.  If you would be interested in sending your child to Enstone Pre School, please visit the school website to complete the necessary form.  It may be found here: https://enstone-primary-school.secure-primarysite.net/enstone-pre-school/

Please send completed forms by Wednesday 19th May 2021.  

We hope that with the support of our community we will soon have the Pre School back at the heart of our village! 

Mrs S Mann, Head Teacher