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The Town Council will be carrying out an Accessibility Audit on all its services and events over the coming months and we would like your opinions and views.
The Town Council are responsible, in some cases with commercial or voluntary partners, for a number of areas and Events in the Town including:
Areas include: Abingdon Museum, The Guildhall, Cemeteries, Allotments, Abingdon Market Place, A section of the Ock Valley Walk, and The following recreation and play areas: Caldecott recreation Ground, Boxhill Recreation Ground and Wood, Chilton Close Play Area, Elizabeth Avenue Play Area, Hill View Play Area, Chaunterell way Play Area, Masefield Crescent Play Area, River Close Play area, Margaret Brown Gardens.
Events include Fun and Music in the Park, Bun Throwing ceremonies, Remembrance Day and Markets.
We would find it very helpful at this stage to receive any ideas and suggestions you may have regarding accessibility for these services to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. This will help us with our way forward on this. it would be helpful if you could let us have your thoughts by 31 October 2021.
Please note that from 1st November 2021 the Abingdon Town Centre and Withington Court Residents Parking schemes will be operated by contractors on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council with Abingdon Town Council no longer involved in the schemes.
This website will be updated with more details as supplied from Oxfordshire County Council.
To contact Oxfordshire Parking direct please email; email@example.com
The Councils External Auditor has completed their review and issued the Audit Certificate for 20/21 which can be viewed here.
For further information on the Town Council Finance please see the dedicated website page here:
On 25 September 2021, a group called One Planet Abingdon is launching a new Climate Emergency Centre in the former Mousehole Café, under Abingdon Museum.
Members of the public are invited to come and see what we’re doing and take part in the activities.
Why set up a Climate Emergency Centre now? Because lots of people are worried about the impacts of global heating. The Climate Emergency Centre is a focus for individuals and groups committed to creating a society where everyone can live a happy, healthy life within their share of the planet’s resources, and preserve green spaces for people and wildlife.
The Climate Emergency Centre aims to bring the community together and promote the circular economy – to reuse, share, repair, remanufacture and recycle – creating a closed-loop system that minimises waste and pollution. For example, people will be able to take part in repair cafes, mending workshops, clothing and plant swaps, accessing product samples from local refill shops, bike repairs, pop-up sessions with other sustainability groups, and exhibitions.
Food and sustainability will be addressed by promoting local food growing, sharing food crops, holding zero food waste workshops, apple pressing and jam making.
Groups already working with One Planet Abingdon and the Climate Emergency Centre include: Community Action Group Project (CAG), Abingdon Carbon Cutters, XRAbingdon, representative young people, Stonehill, Bioabundance, Oxford Wood Recycling, and Added Ingredients.
The Climate Emergency Centre came from a result of many community groups, young people and other individuals wanting to join forces, and help each other face the challenges of global heating, loss of wildlife and subsequent social issues, now and for the future.
The Mayor of Abingdon, Cllr Cheryl Briggs says: “Abingdon Town Council is proud to support One Planet Abingdon and provide this space for free. The planet is in crisis and action to reduce carbon emissions needs to happen now. It is great to see these groups working together to inform the public what they can do to help.”
Visit One Planet Abingdon website or follow us on social media to find out more and get involved:
The temporary pause to the garden waste service is coming to an end in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse very soon, with collections getting underway for some residents in the districts as early as next week.
The service was paused to ensure rubbish, recycling and food waste collections weren’t affected during the ongoing and well documented national shortage of HGV drivers. The driver shortage is still an issue for the councils’ waste contractor, Biffa, but the council has agreed a new temporary arrangement for garden waste collections that requires fewer drivers, which means Biffa can resume the service sooner.
To make up for the disruption to the service the council will be extending customers’ current subscription to the service by three months – they will do this by delaying the collection of the customers’ next Direct Debit payments by three months.
The temporary arrangement means that fortnightly garden waste collections will change to take place every four weeks, but subscribers to the service will be able to leave twice as much garden waste out as normal. This temporary arrangement will be reviewed at the end of October to see if normal service can resume.
Customers will still get their brown bins emptied on the same day of the week as normal. If, for example, a customer’s bins are usually emptied on a Monday, their brown bin will still be emptied on a Monday under a new temporary garden waste timetable, but they will be emptied once every four weeks, instead of every two weeks.
The councils are sending out more than 50,000 letters and emails this week to their garden waste customers explaining the situation in more detail, along with a copy of the temporary timetable. The timetable can also be found on dedicated website pages for garden waste customers, along with a more detailed version of the timetable.
Garden waste will be collected in the same weeks as recycling as normal. This means garden waste collections will restart in some parts of the Vale on 27 September and in some parts of South Oxfordshire on 4 October.
The webpages providing more details are:
Any residents who do not wish to renew their current subscription, will continue to receive garden waste collections for three months after the subscription was originally due to end.
Food waste collections will continue to take place weekly, and recycling and rubbish collections will continue to take place fortnightly as normal.
Councillor Catherine Webber, Vale of White Horse District Council cabinet member for Climate Emergency and the environment said; “We are very pleased to have found a solution that means garden waste collections can start taking place again very soon.
“We appreciate and understand that this hasn’t been the service our customers have come to expect, and we do apologise sincerely for the disruption, but we’re also happy that suspending garden waste collections has prevented disruption to the other household waste collections – something with which councils elsewhere are struggling.”
Cllr David Rouane South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for housing and environment said: “We want to thank our garden waste customers once again for their patience and understanding and apologise once again for the disruption. We believe that the temporary arrangement is a good way of getting the garden waste service up and running sooner rather than later, while Biffa continues to look for ways to address its driver shortage.
“The decision to suspend garden waste collections was difficult, but I think it was right to protect the other household collections from disruption, especially food waste. I’m happy we’re able to make it up to our customers by extending their subscriptions by three months so that no one will be out of pocket.”
Communities across the Vale of White Horse are being encouraged to line the streets on Monday 4 October, to show off the area and to get inspired when the AJ Bell Women’s Tour cycling race passes through the district.
People will have the opportunity to see more than 100 elite professional riders, including Olympic time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten, as the race travels through Abingdon, Wootton, Cumnor and Farmoor. The Tour is expected to enter the district via Abingdon Bridge shortly after midday.
The event will be seen by a national television audience on ITV 4, so it’s a great chance to show the area off to the wider public. As well as lining the route to cheer the competitors, residents, schools, businesses and communities can make the most of the event in a variety of ways, such as:
- putting bunting, flags, or cycling-inspired artwork along the route
- creating cycling-themed window displays or artwork
- having a cycling-themed menu for the day
- having a cycling themed day, including competitions.
Cllr Helen Pighills, Cabinet Member for Healthy Communities at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “I’m really looking forward to the Women’s Tour and seeing elite professional riders race through our district again. It promises to be a great event, and I know it will inspire many people, young women in particular, to take up the sport.
“One of our main priorities as a council is to build healthy communities. Supporting events such as the Women’s Tour is a great way to inspire and encourage people to become more active. Our Active Communities team also provide a great range of activities to help our residents lead healthier and more active lives.
“The Women’s Tour will also be a great chance for us to show the district off to a national audience and I’m sure communities on the route will make the most of the event. I really urge our residents, community groups and businesses on the route to see what they can come up with to make the day extra special, both for their community and for the riders.”
If you are planning to watch the race, or you work on or near to the route please ensure you check the full details well in advance. There will be rolling road closures and parking restrictions in place, and we don’t want anyone to miss the action or to get caught in delays. All rolling road closures for the race will be managed by the race organisers Sweetspot and their police outriders.
If you are watching the race in Abingdon, the best place to view proceedings will be on Wootton Road, as there will be reduced space in the town centre as the Michaelmass Fair will be in place.
For more information, including the full route, estimated route times and more details about the road closures, please visit whitehorsedc.gov.uk/womenstour
More information about the AJ Bell Women’s Tour
Created by SweetSpot Group in 2014, the Women’s Tour is the UK’s first international stage race for women, bringing the world’s top riders to compete in Great Britain as a part of the UCI Women’s World Tour.
In addition to its wider aims of promoting active and healthy lifestyles to women, the event has championed equality in sport, notably offering the same prize fund pro rata as the men’s Tour of Britain.
The race, which has been won by the likes of Marianne Vos (2014), Lizzie Deignan (2016 and 2019) and Coryn Rivera (2018), attracts an annual roadside audience of 300,000, as well as over three million fans through linear and online platforms.
For more information about this event visit the Women’s Tour website.
Please see the below from South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils:
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are backing a national campaign aimed at helping and encouraging residents, communities, and businesses to act to help tackle the climate crisis, and to protect and improve our environment.
Great Big Green Week, from 18 to 26 September, will see events taking place across the country, ranging from art installations, concerts, and community stalls to climate cafes, and everything in between; to help raise awareness and support those looking to take their own climate action.
The week will be a great opportunity for communities to organise events to raise awareness and encourage people to take action ahead of COP26, the United Nations Climate Conference, starting next month.
Throughout Great Big Green Week, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will be running an awareness campaign on their social media channels to highlight advice, local support, and projects to help tackle the climate emergency. The councils are also encouraging local communities to stage their own events during the week and hope that this will lead to continuing, long-lasting and influential climate action across the districts.
There are number of events already set to take place across Oxfordshire, including an eco-business fair in Henley, a seminar on honeybees in Wallingford and a climate crisis talk in Abingdon, with the launch event happening in Broad Street in Oxford on 18 September at 1.30pm.
The eco-business fair will be jointly hosted by the district councils’ South and Vale Business Support team – for more information on this event visit – svbs.co.uk/henley-eco-business-fair/
For a full list of events taking place in Oxfordshire, and to find out how to register your own event, visit Oxfordshire’s Great Big Green Week website. You can also find more about the Great Big Green Week on the national Great Big Green Week website.
Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council with responsibility for Climate Change and Nature Recovery, said: “Across the world we are seeing the impacts of extreme weather events caused by climate change, and as a society we must do everything we can to protect both people and our environment for future generations. As a council we have declared climate and ecological emergencies and put tackling the climate emergency at the heart of our work.
“However, to meet our district-wide carbon neutral target, and to see real and effective change, as well as making individual changes to our lifestyles, we need people to come together in their communities to take action. Great Big Green Week will therefore be a fantastic opportunity to highlight what people can do, and to encourage and support climate action to happen locally.”
Cllr Catherine Webber, Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency and Environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “As a council we are absolutely committed to tackling the climate emergency and making the changes necessary to become a carbon neutral council and a carbon neutral district. However, to really be effective, climate action needs to be taken everywhere by families, businesses, communities, and nations.
“For many people the scale of the problem, and taking action personally, can be quite daunting, but there are many simple things they can do to take that initial step towards truly meaningful, influential and long-lasting climate action. For instance, they might like to consider researching the tips for reducing their personal carbon footprint, as suggested by Friends of the Earth.”
Further information on the district councils’ climate action priorities
Taking climate action is a priority for both district councils, they have both declared a climate emergency and published new Corporate Plans which put tackling the issue at the forefront of their work.
South Oxfordshire also declared an Ecological Emergency and introduced a Climate and Ecological Emergencies Advisory Committee (CEEAC) to advise Cabinet on the climate and ecological crises, while the Vale launched its own Climate Emergency Advisory Committee.
Both councils have set targets to become a carbon neutral council by 2025 for South and by 2030 for Vale, and a carbon neutral district by 2030 and 2045 respective. South Oxfordshire has also published updated Air Quality Guidance for Developers.
Both districts are currently working closely with Oxfordshire County Council on a park and charge scheme which aims to install electric vehicle chargers in the district.
The Vale of White Horse District Council will be holding an extraordinary full council meeting to discuss the issue of the garden waste service, which is currently temporarily suspended. The meeting will take place on Tuesday 21 September at 7pm at the council offices at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park.
Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting will need to register by 5pm on Monday 20 September. Details of how to do this will be available on the agenda which will be published on the Vale of White Horse District Council website on Monday 13 September here. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting remotely via Microsoft Teams.
The meeting has been called following the temporary disruption of service to garden waste customers in the district.
People across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are being urged to have their say on the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, a government led project which will have an impact on the district in the future. The Oxford-Cambridge Arc includes the area between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge and aims to make significant economic, social and environmental improvements across the region by 2050 and beyond. The government is currently developing a vision for the Spatial Framework – a long-term strategic plan for growth across the area – which will help support planning for the future with the aim of helping to create jobs, drive investment, protect and enhance the environment, and provide infrastructure to make the Arc a better place to work and live. The government has announced a 12-week public consultation on the future of the Ox-Cam Arc and people are being encouraged to help to create the Spatial Framework’s vision for the area. Once agreed, the shared vision will help to determine which new policies are developed and ultimately will shape government plans for the Oxford to Cambridge Arc region.
How to have your say: This public consultation is the first of three that will guide a new Spatial Framework over the next two
years. To find out more and to have your say visit placebuilder.io/futureofthearc. The consultation is open until 12 October 2021