Crowmarsh Playground and Outdoor Gym reopening

Crowmarsh Playground and Outdoor Gym will reopen on Wednesday 22 July at 10am, after the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Before use, please read and follow the guidance on signs posted. Opening has involved checking that the equipment is in good order, putting up signs to make sure everyone takes responsibility to use the equipment safely and the fitting of sanitizers to help encourage good and frequent hand cleaning.
Please note that by using the play area or outdoor gym you will be accepting that it is not risk-free with regards to the Covid-19 virus.
We are unable to monitor or clean the play areas on a frequent basis and are, therefore, asking parents and carers to take responsibility.
This means:

  • don’t use play equipment or gym if you or if anyone in your household or support bubble has coronavirus or is showing symptoms
  • those with health vulnerabilities should avoid using these confined, busy spaces at this time
  • hands should be washed/sanitised before, after and during using the
  • equipment and you may wish to wipe it down before and after use.
  • supervise children closely at all times to maintain social distancing – we recommend at least two metres
  • parents and carers must also maintain social distancing in these confined spaces
  • to help reduce numbers, only 1 family member may accompany a child
  • the play area may be in high demand, so please be patient. Don’t enter the play enclosure if so busy that social distancing will not be possible.

If you are using any green spaces or gym please adhere to the guidelines on social distancing, maintaining a distance of 2 metres (6ft), alone or with members of your household and wash/sanitise your hands before, after and during usage of the equipment.

To report any problems or issues please contact Crowmarsh Parish Council at [email protected]
To report anti-social behaviour – call 101
Last updated 22nd July 2020.

Neighbourhood Plan

Regulation 14 Consultation 26 June to 21 August 2020

The Crowmarsh Parish Neighbourhood Plan is now subject to a formal eight week consultation period. You are invited to review the documents available on this page and submit comments by email to the Parish Clerk at [email protected] . Alternatively, you can post comments through the letter box at the Crowmarsh Pavilion in the Rec. The Parish Council is particularly keen to hear comments that will strengthen the Plan but would also like to receive comments on the suitability of the Plan with regard to your own vision for the Parish over the next 15 years. 

Public question and answer sessions will be held in August in the grounds of the two village halls – dates and times to be announced.

Paper copies of the Plan are available from the Crowmarsh Village Shop and in North Stoke from Cllr Stuart Soames. Please help distribute these to households that you know that may not have access to the internet.

The Parish Council and the Plan Steering Group look forward to your responses to this invitation which must be submitted by 21 August. Please note that all responses will be catalogued and may be published in the Consultation Statement, see Privacy Statement below. The Consultation Statement will also provide details of consequent changes to the Plan and draft SEA report as the outcome of the Consultation process.

1 Baseline Report

2_Environment Heritage Evidence

3 Housing Needs Assessment

4 Landscape Survey Impact Assessment

5_Employment Use Site Assessment

6a SEA Screening Statement

6b SEA Scoping Report

6c Draft Strategic Environmental Assessment

Crowmarsh NP Consultation Boards

Presubmission Plan

Neighbourhood Plan Privacy Notice

Parking charges to be re-introduced in South and Vale car parks

Released on 1 June 2020

Parking charges will be re-introduced in district council car parks across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse from Monday 8 June.  

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have allowed people to park for free since 26 March, to support key workers and those who need to shop for essential food or medical supplies during the Coronavirus pandemic after travel restrictions were put in place. 

However with many restrictions now lifted, and following the government’s announcement that outdoor markets and car showrooms can re-open on 1 June and non-essential retail on 15 June, the councils will now re-introduce parking fees.

The move will help to improve the availability of parking spaces as people start to visit local shops again and encourage them to consider using more sustainable travel methods when visiting our town centres.

Car parks will operate as normal, meaning that motorists must display a ticket or have a valid online or text payment confirmation, including during any free hours offered in the charging period.  Normal rates will apply.  New permits will be issued or re-issued to anyone whose permit would’ve normally expired since lockdown began. 

NHS staff and care workers who display a national COVID-19 pass can continue to park for free.  To claim a pass, staff should email [email protected], including proof of their employment.

Cllr Jenny Hannaby, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “I’m sure many people will have appreciated being able to park for free during the recent weeks.  However, with restrictions being reduced and shops soon be able to open again, we must now ensure that we have sufficient spaces available for people who wish to visit our local shops.”

Cllr David Rouane, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “To support NHS staff and care workers we will continue to offer them free parking when displaying a COVID-19 pass.  This is just a small gesture of thanks for the vital work they have carried out, and continue to carry out, during the pandemic.”

For more information about district council car parks please visit or

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

Thames Water update – looking to the future

As a provider of life essential supplies, Thames Water work hard to ensure water never stops flowing but from time to time, things can go wrong. In these events, we try to deliver bottled water to people with water-dependent medical conditions (i.e. at-home dialysis) and to those with mobility issues, first of all. As key workers, we support the NHS, the councils, our carers and charities in order meet the needs of our customers in vulnerable circumstances. You can benefit from our free priority services: get in touch by emailing [email protected] (or ask a friend to email for you and we can call you back) – we would like to know that we can add that extra layer of support to help increase your feeling of wellbeing and independence at home knowing that we are here for you when you need us. If you have online access, you can find more about becoming a priority customer and register at If you have no internet access, we can register you over the phone (0800 009 3652 option 3) or send you a paper application form in the post with a free return envelope.

If you need help with paying your water bills, find out more at 

And last but not least, we developed some fun water testing games to pass the time: I hope you enjoy them.

Social distancing

1. As we begin to get out and about more, social distancing could be harder to achieve, but it is still necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The County Council is working with towns and parishes to make more space for walking and cycling to enable safe distancing. 

Please see the OCC guide to using footpaths and other rights of way safely:

2. Cycling on the pavement over Wallingford Bridge is illegal and antisocial. It makes social distancing very difficult. Please do not cycle on the pavement: use the road. If you feel unable to cycle on the road, please push your bike across the bridge and keep a safe distance at all times.