”I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the wonderful park in Crowmarsh! I have 3 children, 1 is severely disabled and in a wheelchair. Until now there is hasn’t been anywhere locally that i can take them all to play together. Now, with the roundabout, sensory boards, sunken trampoline and accessible picnic benches they can all have fun together!
Great job, thank you! I hope other parks take notes from what you have achieved!”
Crowmarsh Little Pick will be on Saturday 16th March at 10am, meeting at the bus stop outside Thames Mead. Please bring old gloves if you have some. Bags and little pickers will be provided. All help is much appreciated.
Notice from Waste Strategy Officer, Oxfordshire County Council:
Raising the bar in recycling: Your chance to talk rubbish and recycling with Oxfordshire’s councils
Do you know that each household in Oxfordshire produces one tonne of waste each year? We are amongst the best in the country at recycling and composting for a few years now at about 60% but recycling rates have started to drop in Oxfordshire.
Residents are being given the chance to talk rubbish and recycling and tell Oxfordshire’s county, city and district councils how they can help them recycle more and create less waste.
This consultation will inform the review of the joint countywide waste strategy. This sets out shared priorities across Oxfordshire for waste and recycling until 2030, that will be approved by the Oxfordshire Environment Partnership over the summer. Then, each council partner will adopt changes later in the year.
We want to do better at recycling and the new joint countywide waste strategy is critical to this. We know that on average over half of the items put in the general waste bin could have been recycled by placing them in the other bins available.
Through this consultation residents are being asked what would help them to reduce their overall waste consumption and recycle more. This includes expanding the range of materials that can be recycled at the kerbside and tips and advice on left-over food, upcycling clothing or donating or buying second hand goods. The councils are also seeking views on more radical schemes that have been implemented elsewhere in the country, such as changing bin sizes and collection frequency.
Councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet Member for Environment at Oxfordshire County Council said: “We want to help residents to increase the amount they recycle and have looked around at what other councils are doing. This is a long-term strategy and we will not be making any immediate changes however we are interested in which of these the residents of Oxfordshire think may work for them as we seek to minimise the overall amount of residual waste produced in the county.”
Do you want to help us recycle and reduce waste? Take part in the online survey at www.recycleforoxfordshire.org.uk. The survey runs for six weeks until 18 February.
We want to ensure that as many residents as possible know about the changes. If your parish council uses social media we would also be grateful if you could like and share our social media posts, and post the following information and graphic attached:
Your councils want your ideas about reducing, reusing and recycling our rubbish. Help them shape the future of waste and recycling services in Oxfordshire and tell them how they can help you recycle more – complete their survey by 18 February www.recycleforoxfordshire.org.uk
Get ready for autumn with extra garden waste collections
Residents across southern Oxfordshire who are signed up for brown bin collections can put out twice as much garden waste during one week this month.
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils are giving those who are part of the paid-for service the opportunity to put out the equivalent of one extra bin’s worth of garden waste (around three large bin bags) during:
week commencing 16 October – Vale of White Horse
week commencing 23 October – South Oxfordshire
Residents should leave their extra garden waste out in bin liners or sacks beside their brown bins on their usual collection day during these weeks. Trade waste bags cannot be accepted.
Cllr Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “The garden waste service is very popular and this is a little thank you to our residents for all their efforts with recycling. We’d like to encourage everyone to make use of the larger collection.”
Cllr Charlotte Dickson, cabinet member for waste at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “With the autumn leaves falling, it’s a good time to give residents this extra service and we hope they find it helpful. It’s a perfect opportunity to get their gardens ready for winter.”
AGETUR UK INTEND TO START WORKS TO READING ROAD AT THE JUNCTION WITH ORCHARD CLOSE ON MONDAY 23RD OCTOBER AT 09:00. THE WORKS WILL LAST 5 DAYS, FINISHING FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER AT 18:00. DURING THIS TIME READING ROAD WIL BE CLOSED 24HRS/DAY.
ACCESS TO WALLINGFORD MEDICAL PRACTICE WILL BE FROM WALLINGFORD TOWN/HITHERCROFT/ST JOHNS ROAD APPROACH ONLY.
The Steering Group will be hosting a public exhibition about the Crowmarsh Parish Neighbourhood plan on Saturday 23rd September at Crowmarsh Gifford Village Hall and Saturday 30th September at North Stoke Village Hall between 10am and 4pm.
Please come and learn about the Neighbourhood Plan process and share your ideas.