Free parking at Oxford’s park and rides during Christmas period

Shoppers and people planning to support hospitality businesses in the run-up to Christmas are being encouraged to do so safely and avoid the busiest times.

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council are providing free parking at Oxford’s five park and ride sites from Saturday 5 December until Sunday 27 December, to support businesses and help reduce congestion. The councils are also asking people who plan to use the service to travel outside peak times if possible.

Councillor Liam Walker, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Delivery and Operations, said: “I’m really pleased we’ve been able to work closely with Oxford City Council to reintroduce free parking at our park and ride sites. Having this in place proved really popular in August to support the Eat Out To Help Out scheme and it makes sense for us to do the same now to support jobs and local businesses across Oxford during a busy period ahead of Christmas.

“We are keen to play our part in helping to reduce congestion in the city centre during peak times and we have recently been working closely with the Westgate Centre to help achieve this and we will be putting measures in place, which will now be complemented with free parking at the park and ride sites.

“Ultimately, we want everyone to be able to travel around safely, enjoy their visiting experience, and reduce the congestion on our roads and this is a great way to help achieve this. We urge all those planning to visit Oxford over the next few weeks to take advantage of this festive gift from both councils.”

Oxfordshire will be in the high alert level (tier 2) from Wednesday 2 December, when lockdown ends. The government has updated its safe travel advice, including for those walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport. You can read the latest advice online.

 

Oxford Bus Company, which operates services from the five park and ride sites – Pear Tree, Redbridge, Seacourt, Thornhill and Oxford Parkwa­y – is supporting the initiative by running a ‘£4.80 per car maximum charge’ promotion. This will mean that any more than two adults in the same car will get their bus journey for free. Children will go for free too.

 

By making parking free all week at all five sites, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council also aim to reduce peak-time congestion on routes into the city and around city centre car parks.

 

Councillor Tom Hayes, Oxford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Green Transport and Zero Carbon Oxford, said: “With Oxford now entering tier 2 restrictions, we are encouraging people who plan to shop here or support our hospitality businesses to think carefully about the best times to do so. Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council, working together, have made parking at our five park and ride sites free from 5 to 27 December inclusive to help people to do that.

 

“We know people are determined to get behind our local businesses at this incredibly difficult time, and this initiative is a way they can get into the city centre easily, safely, and sustainably by bus or by walking or cycling. Free park and ride parking will also help to unblock Oxford’s congested roads at what are proving to be the busiest times.”

 

Park and ride sites are also a good stopping off place to cycle or walk into Oxford. Visitors can get on a bus and head into the city centre, or visit Summertown, Jericho, Headington, Cowley Road, or other nearby shops and hospitality venues.

 

Renault F1 – Fatal Four – Road Safety Week Initiative

THE-FATAL-FOUR  (Click for full pdf)

Renault F1 are taking part in the National BRAKE Road Safety Week (16 to 22 November 2020). During this week we are raising awareness of Road Safety and THE FATAL FOUR.

According to the World Health Organisation, injuries from road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years.

What is The Fatal Four? The Fatal Four are the four biggest dangers whilst driving.

  1. Inappropriate Speed. Even the difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The speed limit is not a target, you should drive at a speed that suits the conditions and the type of road. 
  2. Using a mobile phone. It can take just a moment’s distraction by a call or text to cause a crash. You can get 6 points added to your licence and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years. The law still applies to you if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.  You can even be prosecuted for using a hands-free device if you’re not in proper control of your car.
  1. Not wearing a seatbelt. You’re twice as likely to die in a crash, if you don’t wear a seatbelt. You can be fined up to £500. It’s so easy to avoid this danger – don’t forget to put on your seatbelt before you take off. Wearing your seatbelt correctly can help save lives.
  1. Drink/drug driving. When you drink, it takes longer for your brain to receive messages from your eye, and processing information becomes more difficult. This can impact your driving. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so you should avoid drinking and drugs entirely if you know you have to drive.

Renault F1 are working with the local Parish Councils, Thames Valley Police Road Safety Unit, the Fire Service and our sponsors to educate and promote safer drivers here at Enstone.  Thames Valley police have been delivering a Fatal Four training session onsite for staff. A minority of staff have already attended this, and we aim to have all Renault F1 staff attend the training by the end of 2021.

What all Renault F1 staff need to do?  

1)  You need to follow the highway code at all times. 

2)  Don’t allow yourself to be a victim of the Fatal Four.

3)  Respect the local villages around Renault F1.

4)  Remember you are representing Renault F1 when driving to and from work in work kit.

Lockdown-2 – Oxfordshire Must Play its Part

Oxfordshire must play its part to control the virus and save lives

Help will be available to those who needs it this winter as the Oxfordshire community comes together to do its bit to control the virus and save lives. 

That’s the message from local leaders who are urging residents and businesses to carefully follow the new lockdown guidelines from the government this week. 

It’s clear that the second lockdown will be tough on residents and businesses across the county, which is why it’s so important to make sure it is effective. Oxfordshire’s council leaders, the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner and the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership have come together to say that the everyone must play their part to help control the spread of the virus once again to save lives.

That means staying at home and not gathering with people you do not live with. The full guidance is on the government’s website. 

Even under normal circumstances, winter puts a significant strain on the resources of Oxfordshire’s NHS and other health services, and the escalating cases of COVID-19 across the whole country are already adding an even bigger burden, putting more lives at risk. Staying home and following the guidelines is the only way to help save lives.

This brings additional challenges, and over the course of the first lockdown, communities across the county came together in an incredible show of support to make sure everyone in their neighbourhoods got the help and support they needed.

The six Oxfordshire authorities will once again be working together and closely with their local communities to ensure anybody in need of help getting their basic supplies is connected with people who are able to help them. 

Information on the support available for residents can be found on the councils’ websites:

In addition to the support provided to businesses by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership www.oxfordshirelep.com/coronavirus, the councils also provide a vital support service to give advice and guidance to businesses worried about the impact the second lockdown will have. 

Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “It is well documented that we have been concerned about the rise in the number of cases in Oxfordshire. I welcome any move that will help to stem the spread of the virus and protect our communities. I urge people to stick to the rules and hopefully in time we will see a positive impact on the number of cases both locally and nationally.” 

Councillor Michele Mead, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We have a fantastic sense of community in West Oxfordshire and I know we will all pull together once more to help each other over the next few weeks.

“It promises to be a difficult time, but it is important we stick by the government guidelines and try to stay as safe as possible. We will get through it hopefully in time to enjoy a proper family Christmas.”

Councillor Emily Smith, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “We’ve shown before that we can work together to help each other through a difficult time, and that is going to be needed more than ever as we go into winter. We’re here to do everything we can for our most vulnerable residents and our businesses.

“Please follow the guidelines, keep yourself safe, keep your families safe and help us get this virus under control.”

Councillor Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We already have an incredible support network in place to provide the support people need in the coming weeks. Please do everything you can to follow the guidelines and help save lives. If you’re a resident in need, or a business worried about what’s to come, get in touch and we’ll do what we can to help.”

Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “Whilst nobody wants a countrywide lockdown, we hope that it can stop the spread and protect the NHS both locally and nationally. In Oxford we will continue to do what we can to support the many businesses that will be impacted, many of which were just getting back on their feet. Working with the city’s fantastic volunteer networks, we will also provide additional support for vulnerable households where that is needed. Over this next month it’s really important that we all obey the rules, to protect ourselves, our families, our friends and our colleagues and I’d like to thank everyone for doing their best to keep us all safe.”

Councillor Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “Stopping the spread of coronavirus has to be everyone’s top priority at this point in time. It is essential that everyone follows these new restrictions from 5 November so that come December the rate of transmission has dropped.

“As local leaders we are acutely aware of the sacrifices our residents and businesses will be making in the coming weeks. I assure them that Cherwell District Council will continue to prioritise its essential services and support its communities through this challenging period.”

The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber, said: “The announcement of a further national lockdown by the Prime Minister will come as a huge blow to us all. We all have an unenviable task of managing the economic, social and health consequences for us all against the apparently exponential spread of the virus. Many people will be uncomfortable with these further restrictions, that come after so many extraordinary months that have changed our lives. Thames Valley Police will continue to enforce these unprecedented restrictions in the same common-sense fashion that they have demonstrated in recent months. The approach will be to engage with the public, explain the new rules, encourage people to protect each other by following these new laws and to enforce only as a last resort. This is not the “new normal”, but exceptional measures that must be taken to allow us to return to normality.”

Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of OxLEP, said: “Following the Government’s decision to return the whole of England into lockdown – as has been the case in recent weeks and months – we will continue to work with Oxfordshire’s health officials, our local authority counterparts, the county’s MPs and our business community to ensure the additional support that our businesses will undoubtedly require during this period is in place and made readily available. 

“We ask that businesses follow the new guidelines and adhere to any actions required, including those industries permitted to remain active during this lockdown period. 

“We also encourage businesses to be as proactive as possible and seek any support that is needed, whether via existing government schemes or indeed the support and advice we are able to offer as the county’s Local Enterprise Partnership. We would also ask that businesses seek to understand – and be aware of – any future support announced by Government. 

“Coronavirus has created an unprecedented situation and will cause concern and disruption to businesses of all sizes for the foreseeable future. We will continue to work hard to ensure that our business community can be supported – and remain resilient – during this challenging period.”

Get a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Enstone NHS Test & Trace

Residents are being reminded to make sure that they get tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms or have been advised to do so.

This reminder comes from Oxfordshire County Council as England enters a second lockdown starting on Thursday 5 November.

Until then people are reminded that existing high alert level restrictions in Oxford and medium level restrictions in the rest of Oxfordshire still apply.

Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health, added: “As cases are continuing to escalate across the county, we are actively urging people to make sure that they get a test if they have symptoms or if they have been advised to do so. There is capacity and it’s a crucial part of limiting the spread of the virus.”

Testing protects residents and provides the opportunity to create a full picture of how the virus is spreading within communities.

Residents can book a test seven days a week by calling 119 or registering online. Alternatively, home tests are available – but these must be used within seven days of having symptoms.

On top of existing local and regional testing centres, new testing sites will be opening in Oxford (Oxpens) on 6 November and Banbury (Woodgreen Leisure Centre) on 17 November. Work is also ongoing to bring two further sites to West Oxfordshire, and South Oxfordshire.People are also reminded of the following:

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days and get a test. Do not wait for a test or test result before self-isolating.
  • The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. If you have at least one of these symptoms, you should book a test by calling 119 or registering online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
  • If another member of your household has symptoms, you must self-isolate. Further guidance on self-isolation is available on the government’s website.
  • If you have been abroad and are in quarantine, you should get a test if you develop symptoms.
  • If you are self-isolating or in quarantine, then a negative test result does not mean you can end isolation early. The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that you will not go on to develop the virus –you could still be at risk of spreading the virus to other people.

Oxfordshire close to ‘high’ COVID-19 alert level

Oxfordshire close to ‘high’ COVID-19 alert level

People in Oxfordshire are being advised to be extra vigilant, particularly over half-term, as cases of coronavirus continue to spread across the county.

Evidence shows that, in the past two weeks, the virus has spread to a much wider age range across the county and is no longer confined to younger people in urban areas. Hospital admissions have begun to increase as a result.

Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health Ansaf Azhar said: “Across all areas of the county, we are starting to see a significant shift in the spread of the virus from people in their teens and 20s to older and more vulnerable age groups. This is a really concerning development. We know that, once the virus starts to spread to more vulnerable groups, then hospital cases will rise and deaths will inevitably follow. 

“We have seen what’s been happening across the north of England and how the virus has quickly taken hold across huge swathes of the community. Based on the current trajectory of the virus, we could well find ourselves in a similar position in just a few weeks’ time if we do not take collective action now.”

“With half-term approaching, as well as events such as Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali coming up, it’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement of meeting up and celebrating with friends and family. But we mustn’t forget about COVID. We need to do everything we can to keep our families and communities safe and stop the spread. 

“I know the temptation will be to meet up and socialise over half-term. However, the virus thrives when people are in close contact with one another. So I would strongly urge everyone to limit their social interactions and focus instead on the many COVID-secure family activities that are taking place over half-term.”

Oxfordshire is currently at the ‘medium’ or tier 1 level in the COVID-19 alert system. This is the national three-tier system, which classifies areas as medium, high or very high based on their numbers of infection and overall risk level.

Discussions have taken place this week with central Government about whether Oxfordshire should move to the ‘high’ alert level, given concerns over the spread of the virus to age groups beyond people in their teens and 20s to potentially more vulnerable groups. 

The decision has been taken not to move the county to a high alert level at this stage. However, the situation is being monitored extremely closely and Oxfordshire’s Director of Public Health and Council Leaders are pushing for a move to happen as soon as possible. 

Moving to a high alert level would mean that residents could not socialise with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.

Leader of Oxfordshire County Council Ian Hudspeth said: “In light of the escalating situation across the county, we are pushing hard for Oxfordshire to be moved to a high alert level. This would be a preventative measure to stem the spread of the virus and protect the county’s most vulnerable residents. 

“We are aware that some businesses, particularly the hospitality sector, would be affected if we moved to a high alert level, and we welcome the announcement from Government today that additional support will be available. 

“However, we must do everything we can to keep residents across the county safe. We know that the majority of transmissions occur when different households mix, so increasing our alert level to high, which prevents households from mixing socially in indoor settings, is one of the best ways we can help our residents at this critical time.”

Sewage Works – Bicester Road

A break in the pressurised foul water sewer on Bicester Road, at the entrance to Heythrop Park, was identified a number of weeks ago and repair works began.

The road had to be closed for safety reasons and a signed diversion route implemented.

It was hoped to complete this repair quite quickly but it has proven to be more complex. The delivery of an essential component on Wednesday 21 October will speed up the process and it is forecast that the works should be finished by the end of October or sooner.

To manage the flows during this time, tanker vehicles have had to be used 24 hours a day to prevent any flooding to properties, restricted facilities, pollution to the environment and to carry out the work safely. The vehicles use warning beacons due to health and safety and can be noisy whilst they are pumping the waste water into their vehicles.

Thames Water are committed to finishing the works as soon as possible and would like to thank the villagers for their patience during these operations, which can be amplified during the night.

 

 

Sunday Market 18 Oct

Enstone Sunday Market
Another Sunday Market for you to enjoy is on Sunday 18 October at the Art Yard Cafe from 10am to 1.30pm.
Come along and see what is on offer from:

  • Two Jolly Cooks
  • Team Tea
  • Chillis 2U
  • More & Lyon
  • Tess’ Brilliant Bakes
  • Smorgas Tarta
  • Organic Veg

…. and much more!

Coronavirus Latest

Local information about services affected during the Coronavirus

Updates about critical frontline services such as fire and rescue, waste collections, highways and children’s social care: Click here to learn more:

For information and updates about other services, click here to learn more:


 

HELP FOR VILLAGERS DURING CORONAVIRUS THREAT

It is essential, in times like this, that we ensure all in our community are supported. This note gives details of help and support that is available in the Enstone parish community.

ENSTONE COVID-19 COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP (Facebook)

Click here to join the Enstone COVID-19 Community Support Group, where those that wish to, can offer help to neighbours and those that need it can ask. If you are able to help either join the group and look out for requests for help or pick up a #viralkindness postcard from inside Adam’s Stores (also available to print on the FB group) to put through your neighbour’s doors.

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ADAMS OF ENSTONE

The shop remains open.

Click here to go to Adams of Enstone Facebook Page for the latest information.

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ENSTONE PARISH COUNCIL

The council is still working, helping the community and meeting by video conferencing. The following members of Enstone Parish Council are available and happy to help:

  • Nikki Knott – 07711 545 594                  Carole Glendinning – 07977 506 209
  • David Robottom – 07768 511 108          Philip Shaw – 07771 594 927
  • Anthony Ward – 07540 960 592             Andrew Lee – 07867 783 459

 

  • Rev Mark Abery, Holy Trinity Church, Ascott, 01608 676 572

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WEST OXFORDSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL – WODC

For the latest information and advice on services from West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) go to www.westoxon.gov.uk/coronavirus.


 

CHARLBURY MEDICAL CENTRE INFORMATION

CLICK HERE FOR LATEST INFORMATION


 

CHIPPING NORTON MEDICAL CENTRE INFORMATION

CLICK HERE FOR LATEST INFORMATION


 

UPDATE ON HOSPITAL VISITING

 

Oxford University Hospitals.

CLICK HERE FOR LATEST INFORMATION


 

Citizens Advice – West Oxfordshire

Lines are busy, so start by visiting www.citizensadvice.org.uk. If an answer cannot be found, call the Adviceline on 0300 330 9049.

Citizens Advice West Oxfordshire is keen for people to know that the charity is still here for everyone. Citizens Advice is not able to provide face-to-face advice but is bolstering the Adviceline telephone service to help anyone who is in need of advice.

Citizens Advice website is constantly updated with the latest advice on what the coronavirus could mean for people on topics such as:

  • Sick pay
  • Rights to work from home
  • Flights, accommodation and event cancellation
  • People’s rights if schools are closed
  • Scams
  • Losing work because of coronavirus

 

Age UK Oxfordshire

Telephone support service for older people and carers

A new telephone support service has been launched by Age UK Oxfordshire and Action for Carers Oxfordshire. The aim is to offer advice and assistance to older people and carers. The service will provide a friendly weekly telephone call and an opportunity to help, or if appropriate direct people to other sources of help.

Call: 01865 411 288. Leave your name and phone number. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.


 

Community First Oxfordshire (CFO)

The CFO office itself is now closed and staff are working from home. They all have access to email and if you are unsure as to the correct email address, please forward to: info@communityfirstoxon.org and they will direct your email to the most appropriate person (or ask someone to give you a call).

Direct phone calls are currently more limited: please phone: 07935 888 638. if you need to speak to someone. visit the website at www.communityfirstoxon.org.


 

Government Business Support

For the Government Business Support Hotline call: 0300 456 3565

For the Universal Credit Hotline call: 0800 328 5644

The breakdown of all the financial support currently available for individuals and business can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19


 

OTHER USEFUL NUMBERS

  • Police – Emergency: 999, Non-Emergency: 101
  • Volunteer Link-Up: 01993 776277
  • Crime Stoppers: 0800 555 111
  • UK Visas & Immigration: 0300 123 2253
  • Shelter: 0808 800 4444
  • Debt Advice (Stepchange): 0800 138 1111
  • Law Society (Find a solicitor service): 020 7320 5650
  • If you require legal advice, please call the CLA to establish if you are entitled to Legal Aid: 0345 345 4345
  • HMRC: 0800 015 9559
  • School Closures: 0800 046 8687

Ash Trees to be Felled at Enstone Firs West on the Ditchley Estate

Ash Trees to be Felled at Enstone Firs West on the Ditchley Estate

Ash Dieback Disease has been confirmed as affecting nearby woodland in the plantation known as Enstone Firs West by the Forestry Commission last summer, and as such forestry operation now need to take place to clear fell and re-plant this area.

Infection causes ash trees to become weaker, brittle, structurally unpredictable and more likely to shed limbs, making felling even more dangerous. The expectation is that the vast majority of ash trees in an ash dominated woodland, such as this, will be dead within 10-15 years of infection. The implication for health and safety, and the owner’s associated duty of care, are thus very serious for all users of the woodland, both private and public. But most especially where roads run alongside the wood and public have rights of ways within the wood.

Following consultation with the Forestry Commission and local authorities, a felling licence has been issued permitting the felling and subsequent replanting. It is intended that a significant portion of maturing Beech along the southern edge of the woodland will be retained. Replanting is planned to be in a similar style as adopted in the 1950’s, with a predominantly native broadleaved planting together with a coniferous nurse.

Felling works are expected to commence this summer. The Estate has allowed the local community to use a permissive footpath through the woodland, however in the interests of public safety, the use of this must cease during these felling and replanting works, which is likely to be for several months. Forestry operations will be signed and adherence to the warning notices during the period of work will be required. It is very important that members of the public keep clear of the woodland during this period. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Tim Shardlow at Nicholsons, 07909 530482, tim@nicholsonsgb.com.