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Have your say on how growth is managed across Oxfordshire

posted 5 Nov 2019, 06:43 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

There are just three weeks left for people in Oxfordshire to give their views on the Oxfordshire Growth Board and help to ensure that growth across the county is managed in the best possible way.

The Oxfordshire Growth Board focuses on strategic planning, economic development and sustainable growth.  It is made up of leaders from the county’s district councils, the city council and the county council, along with non-voting members from various partners in the county such as the NHS, Oxford Brookes and Oxford University, the Local Enterprise Partnership (OXLEP) and the Environment Agency.

By working together, the Board can oversee large-scale projects that benefit communities across the county, while also securing millions of pounds in Government funding to help improve people’s lives.

Individual districts are responsible for their own planning decisions and locations for development through their Local Plan.

People are now being encouraged to complete an online survey which asks for feedback on all aspects of the Growth Board, from how it is perceived, its priorities and membership, to how the board communicates and the format of its meetings.

The responses will be used as part of a review into the Board, which will also include feedback from workshops with district and county councillors as well as key stakeholders and the public.

Cllr Sue Cooper, Chair of the Oxfordshire Growth Board and Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “The Growth Board has been running for five years now, and it’s vital it reflects and responds to the priorities of our residents.

“I encourage everyone to fill out this brief survey looking at the way the Growth Board works and communicates.”

To find out more and to take part in the survey please visit oxfordshiregrowthboard.org.  The closing date for comments is 5pm on 26 November 2019.

A report with recommendations will be presented to the Board in January.

Pumpkins and extra garden waste collection

posted 24 Oct 2019, 06:32 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk   [ updated 24 Oct 2019, 06:39 ]

From South Oxfordshire District Council:

If you have any leftover Halloween pumpkins that won't fit in your food bin, you can leave them next to your food bin for collection.

And residents who have signed up for brown bin collections
can put out twice as much garden waste in the week commencing 18th November.

Crews will collect the equivalent of one extra bin’s worth of garden waste (around three large bin bags). Trade waste bags cannot be accepted.

Police notice: Halloween safety advice

posted 22 Oct 2019, 05:37 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

This is a message from the South and Vale Neighbourhood Teams
We will be carrying out high-visibility patrols over Halloween to deal with any incidents of anti –social behaviour.

Here’s some simple advice to help you have a fun and safe Halloween:
  • Young children should never go out trick or treating without being accompanied by an adult.
  • Don’t knock on the doors of strangers; only go to the houses of people you know.
  • Never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Keep to well-lit areas, wear bright colouring and carry a torch.
  • Remember road safety advice.
  • Take care not to frighten elderly or vulnerable people.
  • If a house is displaying a “no trick or treat” sign please don’t knock on the door.
  • Children don’t be offended if your local shop does not serve you with eggs or flour. We have been working with local stores to discourage their sale to young people.
If at any point you do feel nervous or unsafe:
  • Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spy-hole, look out of a window, and use your door chain if you decide to open your door.
  • Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them.
  • If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, let your co-ordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween.  If you are a co-ordinator, please identify people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.
  • Thames Valley Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year.

To report anti-social behaviour please call the 24 hour non-emergency number on 101. If it is a crime in progress, call 999 immediately.

If you do not want to be disturbed this Halloween, please visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk and type Halloween in the search which will bring up the poster to download and print.

Message Sent By
Julia Williams (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Admin, South Oxon and Vale)

Have your say on a new homelessness strategy

posted 14 Oct 2019, 09:42 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are asking people for their views on a new strategy to address homelessness and rough sleeping.

By law, local authorities are required to publish a homelessness and rough sleeping strategy every five years - the current South and Vale strategy ends in 2020 and the councils have now launched a six-week consultation on a new strategy which would last until 2025.

South and Vale have been very successful in helping people threatened with homelessness.  During 2018/19 their strong focus on prevention, early intervention and access to sustainable accommodation helped more than 1,000 households avoid homelessness.  Despite rising demand on the Housing Needs service, the number of those in temporary accommodation in South and Vale remains very low, in stark contrast to increasing numbers nationally.

When someone is at risk of being made homeless it has a highly detrimental effect on individuals, families and communities.  It causes disruption and distress in the short-term and, if not resolved, has a negative impact on wellbeing and life opportunities. 

To address this, the South and Vale draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2020-2025, supported by a detailed action plan, has three aims:

  • To prevent homelessness wherever possible,
  • To end incidents of homelessness at the earliest opportunity
  • To end the need for rough sleeping

To read the full draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2020-2025, and to let the councils know your thoughts and comments on their plans to tackle this issue, please visit https://survey.southandvale.gov.uk/s/Homelessness2019/.  The consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 25 November 2019.

If you have any questions about this consultation or require it in an alternative format, please email haveyoursay@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422425.

District Councillor's October report

posted 14 Oct 2019, 06:43 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Please click on the link below for Cllr Newton's latest report - which includes an important update on the Local Plan.

Brexit: message from Oxfordshire County Council

posted 11 Oct 2019, 06:54 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Please click on the link below for details of a message from the county council about preparation for Brexit

County Councillor's October report

posted 6 Oct 2019, 00:32 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Please click on the link below for the latest report from Councillor Steve Harrod

Full Fibre Broadband for Rural Communities

posted 26 Sep 2019, 02:13 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Please click on the links below for more details from Oxfordshire County Council:

Parish Council passes its External Audit

posted 21 Sep 2019, 02:53 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Lewknor Parish Council's accounts have been scrutinised by the official External Auditors, Moore, and have been approved.
To view the documents go to the Audit section of this website (under The Parish Council tab).

Developers' Housing Needs Survey

posted 13 Sep 2019, 11:42 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk   [ updated 14 Sep 2019, 03:13 ]

The parish council has just been told that residents in Lewknor parish are about to receive through the post a "Housing Needs Survey".
This is NOT a survey connected in any way with Lewknor's Neighbourhood Plan.
It comes from Tetlow King Planning on behalf of developers who are looking for sites to build new houses.
The letter with the survey tells residents that "it's important that you return the questionnaire".
Lewknor Parish Council would like to point out that it is entirely voluntary.

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