Cherwell District Council Information
(Posted: 11th February 2024)
Please download three leaflets providing information on:
- Contact information for food support services across Fritwell – New Food Leaflet Cherwell v2a Nov 23
- Information on how to get involved in growing your own food. – Growing spaces Leaflet Cherwell v2 Jan 24.
- Contacts for help including food, housing and employment support. – Support Services Leaflet Cherwell Sep 23 update
Tree Guardian Newsletter 2024
(Posted: 22nd January 2024)
A flooding update
(Posted: 7th January 2024)
All agencies including the county council, the city and district councils, the Environment Agency, the police and fire and rescue service, and many others, have been working very closely together on responding to the flooding situation and will continue to do so over the coming days. Partners are working together both locally and as part of the Thames Valley Resilience Forum using long established planning for such incidents. Staff from all agencies are out on the ground to minimise the impact of the floods and to warn and inform our communities.
The county council’s fire and rescue service, highways teams and emergency planning teams remain very active in helping communities suffering from flooding and will remain so until waters subside. On Thursday, they worked through the night during the heavy rain to help communities experiencing flooding. They were particularly active again last night in the south of Oxfordshire, notably in Abingdon and Dorchester. Social care teams are ensuring that vulnerable people are helped if needed.
Oxford’s Abingdon Road is closed but access can be gained through the High Street bus gates until the water levels are again at passable levels. The fire and rescue service has been pumping floodwater away from this area.
While both Redbridge and Seacourt Park and Rides are impacted by flooding, the Oxford Parkway, Thornhill and Pear Tree are operating and people are encouraged to use these sites. Flood defences are in place at Osney Island and Vicarage Lane in Oxford and at South Hinksey just to the west of the city. The Thames water levels have stabilised up stream and around Oxford. But they will remain high for another few days. The Environment Agency and Met Office does not forecast rain currently for the next five days. Partners across the Thames Valley will continue to work together over the weekend to assess the risk of any further flooding and provide support to communities. We are urging people to stay safe and to remember to take extreme care while walking beside swollen rivers. Flooding of low-lying roads is also possible and people must avoid driving through flood water, as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move a car. Residents are advised to check one.network for road closure updates.
People should check their flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation from the Environment Agency at gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding. You are advised to direct residents to this website and to X (formerly known as Twitter) @EnvAgencySE for timely updates. Residents can call the Environment Agency’s flooding hotline for advice and support at any time, seven days a week, on 0345 988 1188. Our news webpage also contains helpful information and signposting and is being updated regularly.
Colder weather is due in the next few days. Standing water could lead to ice hazards. The county council’s gritting crews are ready to respond if required.
Martin Reeves – Chief Executive/ Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, Oxford, OX1 1ND.
(Posted: 20th December 2023)
Did you know…..The Mid Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan (MCNP) has been in force since a referendum was held in 2019?
A neighbourhood plan is a legal planning document that is used to guide development within the plan area, but it is formulated by local residents and volunteers, NOT planning authorities.
The MCNP is bringing its policies up to date and adding some important new ones to benefit all our local residents. We will shortly be consulting with all the communities within the Plan area and asking for your views.
Watch out for this WhatsAPP scam
(Posted: 6th August 2023)
Refer original article here
Organised crime groups targeted by police, who arrest 35 and seize cannabis plants worth an estimated £4,202,400
(Posted: 6th July 2023)
Refer original article here
Slow down this summer: Thames Valley Police urges people to take care after nine fatal collisions in May 2023.
(Posted: 1st June 2023)
Refer original article here
Irresponsible dog walkers
(Posted: 9th March 2023)
Further to our message in November about dogs worrying livestock, it has been noted that there has been abuse of playing field committee members when confronting people who are walking their dogs on the playing fields, there are plenty of notices informing the public that this is forbidden.. This is strictly prohibited for safety reasons. These fields are used by children in the main, and the football pitches are in frequent use. If dog mess is found on a playing pitch, the referee is duty bound for safety reasons to cancel a match because of the health risk posed to young players. DO NOT walk your dogs on the playing fields.
In addition, we are blessed in Fritwell with having several volunteers who empty waste bins around the village. We are getting reports that dog walkers are depositing dog waste in litter bins. This is unacceptable as it is unhygienic and disrespectful to these volunteers. Dog walkers, PLEASE deposit your waste in the dog bins provided and if these are full, take your waste home and deposit in your green bin.
Book Swap Relocation
(Posted: 27th November 2022)
(Posted: 22nd November 2022)
Parish Council regulations for the Civil Lawn Cemetery can be consulted HERE. The regulations are clear – please do not mow the cemetery. Other than our contractor (who is insured) no-one else can mow. Any damage incurred to cemetery headstones or grave furniture will be the responsibility of the individual. Our regulations also request that all ornaments flower vases are limited to the headstone are. Anything beyond this area will be removed and disposed of during January 2023.
“Super User” for fixing potholes, other road and pavement damage
(Posted: 22nd November 2022)
Jon Boyce is now a trained Super User and can raise work-orders for road and pavement repairs including potholes, missing kerbstones etc. There are specific rules for what can be raised to Oxfordshire County Council for repair, and this includes: Super Users can raise the following types of works orders (Defects):
- Pothole repairs
- Kerbing repairs
- But not Drainage / Gulley clearing
These work orders can only be raised on unclassified roads with a speed of 30mph or less, footpaths and cycleways. Jon cannot raise work orders on A or B roads or any road with a speed limit above 30mph, so in essence just the roads in Fritwell Village. The specifics of the repairs that can be requested are:
- Missing, out of position kerb stones,
- A pothole of minimum size of 40mm deep covering and area of 150mm x 150mm (or in old money – 1 3/4″ Deep, by 6″ wide and 6″ long).
- Anything significantly larger is considered a Category 1 defect and will be fixed in 2 to 24 hours (depending on scheduling availability).
If any resident sees any potholes or kerbs needing investigating, please contact Jon on 07718 660577 or jon.boyce@ fritwell.org.uk
Livestock Worrying and Dogs off Lead
(Posted: 18th November 2022)
Fritwell Parish Council (FPC) recognise the large majority of dog owners are responsible and respect the law and regulations of the village. However, there have been incidents recently raised to FPC by residents that are deeply concerning.
The first was an incident of livestock worrying by a dog that was let loose from the lead by the owner onto private land. This resulted in the death of a lamb. The owner was identified, prosecuted and fined as well as issued with a compensation order. Owners should be in control of their dogs at all times and should never be allowed free access onto private or restricted land. These are offences under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 and
Secondly are incidents of dog mess on the Fritwell recreation field. Dog walking is strictly prohibited on the playing fields. This is for the safety of the children playing football and enjoying the play equipment. Anyone seen walking a dog on the playing fields will be reported.
To residents of Fritwell, if you see dog walkers acting irresponsibly, please inform the Police as there is a specific rural Task Force set up in Oxfordshire to deal with this kind of crime. Please contact https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/rwc/rural/report-rural-crime/ or mail to BicesterruralNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk and also inform the Fritwell Parish Clerk that you have done so at email@example.com
Briefing on Village Hall Plans
The Village Hall Committee are pushing forward with their plans to replace our Village Hall. Residents are invited to learn more about these plans on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at the Village Hall. Briefing will start at 7pm (to 8:30pm).