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Parish Council DRAFT Minutes - Wednesday, 13th June 2018

on Fri, 20/07/2018 - 3:00pm


These DRAFT minutes are published for information purposes only, prior to the next Parish Council meeting

Ed Vaizey MP - Parish News, July 2018

on Thu, 12/07/2018 - 8:12pm

I have received many emails from constituents across the constituency complaining about people parking in their streets illegally. Parking enforcement in our area currently lies with the police, which means they have responsibility for patrolling and issuing tickets to those parking illegally. As you can imagine this could take up a considerable amount of time for the police, and I suspect many of us would rather they spent their time dealing with serious crimes such as theft and burglary.

In many other areas of the country, responsibility for parking lies with the local council, and this should be the case in Oxfordshire. A majority of local authorities across the country manage parking enforcement successfully and it has the ability to bring in considerable extra revenue. I will be pushing the local authority to accept responsibility for parking enforcement in the future, and free up the police to deal with more serious issues.

Oxfordshire County Council have announced plans to spend on extra £120m on road repairs and maintenance over the next decade, including an extra £10m this year to tackle the winter backlog of potholes. Currently 47% of Oxfordshire’s roads are rated good, 43% fair and 10% poor, and the budget, if it is accepted will go towards vital road improvements. You can report potholes on the council’s website at

The National Farmers Union have partnered with Crimestoppers to launch a new rural crime reporting hotline. Responding to a rise in rural crime, this will be a new service for farmers, rural businesses and the public to anonymously report rural crime. If you have a crime to report you can call 0800 783 0137. In an emergency you should still call 999.

According to figures released earlier this month, 944 households in Wantage and Didcot have benefitted from the help to buy scheme. Designed to help first time buyers, the scheme offers equity loans from the government to help young people get on the housing ladder. Considering we live in one of the most expensive areas for housing in Britain, I am very pleased that people are taking advantage of this scheme.

Ed Vaizey MP

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Oxfordshire County Council - Highway Maintenance Factsheet Summer 2018

on Mon, 09/07/2018 - 5:05pm

Distraction Burglary

on Mon, 09/07/2018 - 3:16pm

Following a couple of recent reports of potential distraction burglaries in your area please follow the advice below:

Never open your door to someone you don’t know or aren’t expecting. Most callers are genuine, but it’s important to be on your guard. Always make sure a caller is who they say they are before letting them into your home. 

Distraction burglars may try to trick their way into your home by posing as officials or playing for sympathy by asking for help, such as to use your toilet or phone. These people often work in pairs or groups. The caller will try to distract you so their partner can sneak into your home to steal. 

Genuine callers will be happy to show you their identification or call back when someone else is at home with you. So always ask if you’re unsure. 

If you are a pensioner, have a disability or impairment, you may be able to set up a password with your energy provider to help protect you further.

If don’t know or aren’t expecting a caller:

  • make sure your back door is locked before answering the front door
  • use a door chain when opening the door
  • ask for identification and check it carefully before letting anyone in
  • ask them to come back when someone else is at home with you 
  • direct people asking for help to a nearby shop or other public place, don’t let them in

Always report any suspicious callers to the police on 101.

From a TVP Alert email received 9/7/18.

Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter - July 2018

on Fri, 06/07/2018 - 7:20pm

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Childrey & Sparsholt Newsletter - June 2018

on Fri, 06/07/2018 - 7:10pm

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Scam Alert - Fake Argos Texts

on Fri, 06/07/2018 - 2:42pm

Watch out for fake Argos texts offering refunds.

These fake text messages purport to be from Argos and claim that you’re owed a refund. The link in the messages lead to phishing websites designed to steal your personal information, as well as your payment details.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam.

Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

From an Action Fraud email received 6/7/18

Open Water Safety Advice

on Thu, 05/07/2018 - 7:25pm

During the summer months and in particular in hot weather, Thames Valley Police would like to remind our residents of the dangers of open water. Open water includes ponds, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, quarries, docks and beaches.

It is important people make the most of the weather and enjoy the water but do so safely and sensibly.

Spot the dangers

Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water.

The dangers of water include:

  • very cold temperatures
  • strong hidden currents
  • steep slippery banks – making it difficult to get out
  • deep water – which can change and be unpredictable
  • hidden rubbish or objects, e.g. shopping trolleys, broken glass
  • there are no lifeguards
  • it may be polluted and may make you ill

Make sure you:

  • stay out of water unless you know it's safe
  • don’t jump into the water from heights, e.g. bridges
  • have access to safety equipment 
  • never enter the water alone
  • never swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • look out for warning signs and advice in the area
  • keep dogs on leads when you are walking near water
  • avoid walking or running near water in the dark

If someone is in difficulty in the water reassure them, shout for help and call the emergency services on 999

For more information on water safety visit the Royal Life Saving Society website (click). 

From a TVP email received 5/7/18.


Neighbourhood Police Update - July 2018

on Thu, 05/07/2018 - 7:19pm


Burglary: We are continuing to tackle the increase of burglary and theft related offences in the area. Faringdon Neighbourhood team will be working alongside Operation Monitor team who are active in reducing and detecting burglaries. The neighbourhood team, in partnership with the neighbourhood action group (NAG), will be organising crime prevention days of action where we will be distributing crime reduction advice and signing the public up to our messaging system so they can receive further information. We are disrupting and engaging with any known offenders. Anyone with any information regarding burglaries and the handling of stolen property should report it to police or Crimestoppers.
Rural Crime: Rural crime continues to be a priority for the Faringdon Neighbourhood Team. Thefts from vehicles in our local beauty spots tend to increase during the spring and summer months as a result of the increased in visitors to the area and the change in weather. Evenings become lighter and people are taking advantage of this by visiting beauty spots all over the Vale. We will be conducting hi-visibility patrols of our local beauty spots and offering crime prevention advice.

Anti-social behaviour ASB: There has been an increase in disorder around the nigh time economy in the town centre. The neighbourhood team will be increasing patrols and engaging with Pubwatch which has helped in the past with community resilience around this problem.

The neighbourhood team will also be working with the neighbourhood action group (NAG) and the Town Council to divert young people causing ASB to different activities and to safeguard the most vulnerable.
Offenders brought to justice

  • Dale Gough, 26, of Gainfield, Faringdon admitted possession of a lock knife following a stop and search by Faringdon Neighbourhood Team in Watchfield on April 21. He was fined £120 and must pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £85 court costs.
  • On 1st July a 32 year old man was arrested in Faringdon for cocaine and cannabis possession and being in control of a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of drugs. He has been released under investigation.

Please continue to report information on all crimes so that we can act on this and keep vulnerable members of our community safe.

Witness appeal

Between 11pm on 21/6 and 6am on 22/6 unknown offenders burgled a property in East Hanney. Entry was gained via the rear door and a motor cross bike was stolen. If you have any information on this crime please call 101.

Summer crime prevention advice

  • Burglaries are still being reported in our area. There are simple crime prevention tips to keep your property safe;
  • Lock all front and rear doors and windows at night and when you are out.
  • Keep all valuables and keys, including car keys, out of sight and out of reach of windows and letterboxes. Double check your vehicle is locked too.
  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of your property. Move bins away from side walls and fences.
  • Keep ladders and tools stored away. Don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.

Are you going on holiday?

  • Please do not advertise that you are going away on social media – wait until you get home to upload your holiday snaps!
  • Check that your home insurance policy, as some may pay out less or not at all, if you have posted that you are away on social media.
  • Use a timer switch to make your house look occupied, even when it isn’t.
  • Ask someone you trust to keep an eye on your house while you are away.
  • Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places such as under doormats and plant pots.

‘Take it with you’

On Friday 22nd June we placed posters at our local beauty spots advising motorists to ‘Take it with you’ and ‘Display and you will pay’, high visibility patrols took place over the weekends of 23rd - 24th June and 30th June – 1st July and it will be a continued priority to deter offenders.

Neighbourhood team events/meetings

We would like to make you aware that we now have a new Facebook page – TVP South Oxon and Vale of White. Please take a look and give us a follow. We will be using this along with our Twitter @tvpsouthandvale to give you regular updates and announce activities such as our Days in Action and Have Your Say events. We encourage you to take these opportunities to come and chat to us.

TVP South and Vale Twitter

Please remember the best place to find out what the Faringdon Neighbourhood team are up to is always on Twitter: @TVPSouthandVale (opens new window) and using the #Faringdon.

Thames Valley Alert

Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at (opens new window) today. This allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it. A new option includes receiving information via text but more traditional landline and email messages are still available. You can also filter the updates you receive by specifying the priority level of the messages you receive.

Contact us

If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non emergency number 101 (or 01865-841148 if 101 doesn't work for you) but if your call is an emergency then dial 999.   You can also contact us via email: - [email protected] please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. To view information on your neighbourhood team visit the Thames Valley Police website at: Thames Valley Police Twitter account is kept up to date with what we are up to; please follow us @TVPSouthandVale. (opens new window)

To report local problems such as graffiti, fly tipping, pot holes and

broken street lights please visit

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Over £500,000 still available to support rural businesses

on Wed, 04/07/2018 - 8:00pm

People have until 18 July to apply for this year’s Oxfordshire LEADER’s remaining £500,000 to help support rural businesses.

So far, the scheme has been very successful in awarding £750,000 to 25 projects in the county to develop rural businesses, improve farm productivity, boost local tourism and provide essential community services. 

Owners of a farm in Waterperry applied and received £65,000 to build a shop on their land.  The shop has now opened and is selling meat products from the animals reared on the farm, home-made ready meals prepared in the kitchen and other locally sourced food produce.  

Oxfordshire LEADER funds covered the costs of installing the shop, a catering kitchen to prepare ready meals and desserts, a butcher counter for their meat and display counters for all other produce.  

Lois Selmes, owner of Waterperry Farm Shop said, “With the contribution from the LEADER fund, we have achieved our goal in opening our own farm shop to sell our premium quality beef and lamb as well as helping other local food producers.  We’re incredibly proud on how ethically our animals are raised and have been delighted by how much our customers value this.” 

Cllr Elizabeth Gillespie, Chairman of the Oxfordshire Local Action Group, who decide where the LEADER funds are allocated, said, “The idea to create a farm shop to market their own products, and giving space to support other local rural businesses, is something the LEADER project is always delighted to get behind and support.” 

Cllr Gillespie added, “We still have £500,000 to award and are encouraging and welcoming enquiries from rural businesses, farms and communities that would like to kick start a business idea – we’d particularly like to hear from projects benefiting forestry or involving the River Thames.” 

There is still time to apply with expressions of interest being accepted until 18 July.  To find out more, visit or contact Oxfordshire LEADER Programme Manager, Sophie Milton, by calling 01235 422245 or [email protected]

From a Vale email received 3/7/18