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Help with home repairs

posted 22 Jan 2020, 04:06 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

There are services and funds available to help people (owners and private tenants) stay independent, safe and well in their homes and Oxfordshire County Council has developed a referral service to help residents (or carers) access the right organisations in their area to get the help they need.
Services include getting new boilers, repairs to boilers, loft or cavity wall insulation, access to a local and trustworthy repairs service and general advice on how to stay safe, well and affordably warm in your home.
For more information or to make a referral visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/homerepairs.                

District Councillor's January 2020 report

posted 21 Jan 2020, 03:19 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Please click on the link below for the latest report from District Councillor, Caroline Newton.

County Councillor's January 2020 report

posted 2 Jan 2020, 06:17 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

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

Christmas waste information

posted 27 Dec 2019, 04:28 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Please click on the link below for full details of how to dispose of your Christmas waste.

If you have signed and paid for a garden waste bin (the brown one), you can use this to dispose of your tree...full details in attached leaflet.

Are you eligible for a flu jab?

posted 11 Dec 2019, 02:50 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

..please click on the link below for more details.

Residents urged to help reduce Christmas food waste mountain

posted 10 Dec 2019, 00:19 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk


Oxfordshire residents throw away nearly 2000 tonnes of food waste over the Christmas period. That’s about 60 kilograms per household – equivalent to filling a large supermarket trolley and throwing it straight in the bin.


Waste officers at Oxfordshire County Council are highlighting the annual spike in food waste in the hope of encouraging residents to reduce the amount of uneaten food that is thrown away.


However, we do understand that however much families love leftovers, some food waste is inevitable and are asking residents to use the food waste recycling system in their district. Throwing away food waste in the general bin increases the costs of disposal by the county council; Recycling food costs around half as much as putting it in the general waste bin. The waste food we recycle in Oxfordshire is collected to generate renewable electricity and produces a fertiliser that is spread on local fields.

According to Love Food Hate Waste, 86 million chickens or turkeys are thrown away uneaten in Britain every year. Its website also has a range of top tips on how to make the most of leftovers and also some excellent leftover recipes.

And if your recycling bin is struggling to cope with all the extra cardboard, plastic and paper, put any that can’t fit into the bin in a clear plastic sack or cardboard box. Place it next to your bin on collection day.


The Oxfordshire Household Waste Recycling Centres will close at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Otherwise they will be open as normal from 8am-5pm.

Oxfordshire named top waste recycler in England

posted 3 Dec 2019, 02:51 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

Oxfordshire has been named the best performing county council waste disposal authority in England for the sixth year in a row, thanks to residents’ commitment to the environment.


Last year residents recycled or composted a larger proportion of their household waste than the previous year, while the national average for recycling fell, according to new government figures released on Friday (29 November).


Recycling officers at Oxfordshire County Council point to residents recycling more of their food waste as an important reason for the increase. Nearly 20,000 tonnes of food waste was recycled in 2018-19 – up 6% on the previous year. The four district councils and the city council in Oxford operate the kerbside collections of household recycling and waste, which Oxfordshire County Council then disposes of.


Overall 58% of household waste was recycled in Oxfordshire last year, compared to 57% the previous year. The national average was only 44.8%, according to the new figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Individually, the five District and City Authorities in Oxfordshire have also achieved excellent results above the national average.


Yvonne Rees, Chief Executive at Oxfordshire County Council, said:


"I would like to thank our residents who have done another great job of recycling so the county keeps the top spot in the country. Oxfordshire councils provide really good waste collection and recycling services, but it is only because most people use them properly that we’re able to perform so well."


But waste officers at the county council have said that there is still a lot more to be done to improve recycling rates and the county council is keen to see further improvements as part of its goal to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.


Around half of the waste put in the general waste bin – the bin for non-recyclable materials only – could actually be recycled. Further increasing the amount of waste that is recycled or composted would make a huge difference to the county’s figures and save precious resources from being wasted.


The county’s leading place is down to the commitment of our residents to reduce and dispose of waste responsibly. The County Council’s Waste Disposal Authority, together with the five district and city authorities in Oxfordshire, provide comprehensive services to maximise the amount of materials that can be collected for reuse, recycling and composting.


Oxfordshire also has a very active network of community action groups (CAGs) funded by the county council that help tackle and reduce waste, especially the Replenish network which is doing great work to tackle food waste.


Residents can use one of seven household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) across the county. This is part of the county council’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our communities and the protection of the local environment are top priorities.


Yvonne Rees of Oxfordshire County Council added:


"We’re not complacent though. This year more waste collected for recycling than ever before has been rejected due to the wrong waste being put into the wrong kerbside containers such as textiles, nappies and food being put in the mixed recycling bin.


"We know that around half the items placed in the general waste bin could have been recycled using the services provided locally, and this includes a huge amount of food waste. So please check your local council website, make sure you’re recycling everything you can and look for tips on how to reduce the amount of waste your household produces."

Police advice on how to reduce the risk of burglary

posted 28 Nov 2019, 00:46 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

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How To Reduce the Risk of Becoming A Burglary Victim This Christmas

The Christmas and New Year period is a time when Thames Valley Police, and other forces around the country, experience an increase in residential burglary.

If you are celebrating at home over Christmas or at New Year, you can help to protect your property by taking a few simple steps:
  • Don’t leave presents on view under the Christmas tree.
  • Cut up packaging for any expensive items so that it will fit inside your refuse bin, never leave boxes next to the bin where they can be seen.
  • Remember to mark your valuables using a UV pen and register them on the national property register at www.immobilise.com. 
If you are going away, you can deter burglars by making your home appear occupied: 
  • Double check that you have locked your windows and doors before leaving.
  • Light up your living room using timer switch. A TV simulator can also be used to make give the appearance of a TV screen being used.
  • Invite a neighbour to park on your drive while you are away.

You can find more information on how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by downloading your FREE Home Security Guide from the Thames Valley Police website here

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.

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