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.

 ENSTONE PARISH COUNCIL SURVEY

Enstone Parish Survey

What are your concerns/issues – Help us to help you ….

The Parish Council had to postpone the Open Evening in March due to the Coronavirus Pandemic but we still need your views.

Over the past year, many residents have contacted the Parish Council with various issues including speeding traffic. As a result of this, £15,000.00 has currently been allocated towards improvements in the parish. We would like this information by 30th November so please click above to provide us with your views. 

West Oxfordshire Community Support Update

Covid-19 update:
Help and Support for West Oxfordshire residents

Everyday life still feels very different at the moment for some people and as the Autumn rolls in and the clocks change help and support is still needed. The Coronavirus is still with us and keeping fit and active in whatever way we can has been shown to help patients fight the disease. The NHS is encouraging people to seek help in the way you always would if worried about symptoms. They are open for business and can help.

Click Here to see full Newsletter

Click here to visit the WODC Covid 19 Web Page

WODC Community Support Helpline 01993 861 077

Sewage Works – Bicester Road Update

Sewage Works – Bicester Road Update

The pipe has been repaired and the waste water tankers are no longer required. The outstanding infill and make good operations will be complete by Saturday evening.

Again a huge thank you to the villagers of Enstone for their forbearance throughout this work.

Sewage Works – Bicester Road Update

Sewage Works – Bicester Road Update

Just to let you know the part that was required did arrive and work has been progressing well with a finishing date of the end of October. We will keep you updated when an actual date can be given.

Again we regret the upheaval this has caused and thank the villagers for their forbearance.

Enstone Food & Christmas Market

The Enstone Food & Christmas Market will take place outside at the Artyard Cafe on Sunday 15th November between 10am and 1.30pm.

Enstone Christmas Market

Come along and view wares from:

  • Tess’ Brilliant Bakes
  • North Aston Organics
  • Team Tea
  • Curiousities Bacon
  • Swedish sandwich cake
  • Neals Yard Organics
  • Ray of Soap
  • LNWPart
  • Bethany Lily Knit
  • Moore & Lyon
  • Chillis 2U
  • Flamingo cards
  • Mira Preserves

…. and so much more

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