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News about Sundays in August at The Star, Sparsholt

on Tue, 23/07/2019 - 12:33pm
  • Sunday 4th August - Indian Supper, £17.50pp for 2 courses
  • Sunday 25th August - Churrasco ( Brazilian style Dining - smoked meats ). Available alongside our traditional Sunday Lunch - 12.00 until 20.00pm. Individually priced. 
  • Sunday 25th August - Our wonderful Quiz night returns 

For further info. on The Star, click <here>.

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A34 - planned safety improvements

on Tue, 23/07/2019 - 8:05am

Highways England has announced that the A34 will see a number of safety improvements, following several high-profile fatal crashes.

There have been 15 deaths on the A34 since 2016.

Highways England will be closing risky lay-bys, improving the signage and providing more lighting.

Wantage MP Ed Vaizey saide that he was "Delighted to hear that 2 Highways England A34 schemes (have been) merged to create 1 A34 Oxford Enhancements scheme delivering approx 11 safety improvements along the A34 between the M4 & M40. HE also working with @OxfordshireCC to evaluate potential for road enhancement at Botley junction".

The A34 Action Group said it was pleased to see some improvements, but said the plans were not sufficient: "People are disappointed to see that while Highways England have responded to public concerns for safety, the proposed plans are not sufficient to match the risks known by local residents." The group said all slip roads that "are below standard" should be upgraded at the same time.

Vale of White Horse DC to oppose the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

on Fri, 19/07/2019 - 7:33pm

Vale of White Horse District Council has resolved to oppose the building of the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.

At a full council meeting last night (17 July) the council requested the leader make known its opposition to the road building at relevant partnership meetings. Councillors also requested the leader write to the district’s two MPs and the Minister of Transport making a number of requests.

These include:

  • That the proposal be abandoned and to invest the estimated £3bn to £7bn earmarked for the project in the East-West rail link and to allow local government to enhance cycling infrastructure and public transport.
  • That all new transport schemes proposed by Department for Transport be subject to full public consultation and environmental assessments be published from the beginning.
  • That the government prioritise rail and sustainable active travel when developing policy and awarding grant funding for infrastructure.

 Cllr Emily Smith, leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “The expressway would have a major impact on residents in the Vale, who haven’t had a chance to express their views in a meaningful way. It is also at odds with everybody’s target of reducing carbon emissions. The council has agreed that the government should scrap this project in favour of more sustainable transport projects, and I will be writing to the Minister for Transport to make this clear.”

From an article on the VoWHDC website. See the original <here>.

Vale of White Horse DC Leader’s report – 17 July 2019

on Fri, 19/07/2019 - 7:31pm

Leader’s report to the Vale Council Meeting, Wednesday 17 July 2019

It has been an incredibly busy but interesting couple of months. I thank all members and officers for their support while I have been settling into the role of leader and establishing new ways of working and learning more about the financial and other challenges our council is facing. 

The new cabinet met on 12 July. The meeting had a focus of community engagement and empowerment. We welcomed the two excellent neighbourhood plans for Ashbury and for Uffington and Baulking before a lengthy discussion about the governance arrangements for the Didcot Garden Town project.   

There has been huge frustration amongst Didcot residents and surrounding parish councils about their involvement in the project so far and cabinet felt the governance arrangements need more work to ensure that young people, vulnerable groups, local businesses and parish councils within the whole garden town boundary (known as the area of influence) were fully included. We referred the governance arrangements and project priorities back for more work and asked that it go through joint scrutiny before coming back to cabinet. 

I have represented the Vale at numerous meetings with other Oxfordshire Council Leaders, the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Leaders and the Growth Board – at which we discussed our approach to the Growth Board Review. 

Unsurprisingly, Local Plans have featured on many meeting agendas. I am in daily contact with Cllr Sue Cooper about the South Oxfordshire and Vale Local Plans and we have both had visits from County members and officers about how they might act if South’s Plan is withdrawn or delayed. 

There is clearly a shared aim to try and protect each council’s five-year Housing Land Supply and avoid speculative development, but much discussion about how we achieve that while at the same time respecting the wishes of our residents so clearly expressed at the ballot box on 2 May. It is reassuring that Cllr Cooper and her cabinet are very aware of the risk to Vale’s land supply if the County or the government decide not to sign the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) contract and is working pro-actively on ways to protect the HIF contract, which will benefit residents in South and Vale.      

As new member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board (OxLEP), I have had sight of the Oxfordshire Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) due to be signed off by government and published imminently.  I am very concerned the LIS has not been discussed by the Vale council, cabinet or scrutiny committee, yet it will inform the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 and other work we are involved in around the Oxford to Cambridge Arc region. Therefore, I did not vote to approve the LIS (nor did the board member from South Oxfordshire) but it was approved by majority vote. 

Some good news about transparency is that from September, the OxLEP Board meetings will be taking place in public. So, any member here will be able to attend the meetings to find out more about what OxLEP does and how its activities interact with ours. 

And finally, I would like to report a small change to the Leaders scheme of delegation. The Five Councils Partnership Corporate Services Joint Committee now allows for two members from the Vale. Therefore, Cllr Debby Hallett remains a member and I have appointed Cllr Judy Roberts as the second member. I am a substitute for this committee. 

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council

From an article on the VoWHDC website. See the original <here>.

Vale writing to government minister about Local Plan

on Fri, 19/07/2019 - 7:29pm

The Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council will be writing to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government to raise concerns about the process required to adopt Part 2 of the district’s Local Plan.

The district council will point out that the numbers of houses the rural Oxfordshire districts are required to provide depends heavily on how many houses the city of Oxford can and can’t accommodate. In its Local Plan Part 2, the Vale is allocating land for housing that Oxford indicates it cannot find the space for, and so councillors at the Vale believe the city’s Local Plan should be examined first to properly establish how many houses the Vale really has to allocate.

This is particularly important as the inspectors examining the Oxford City’s plan have directed questions to the city about the level of housing being used in the county – the inspectors examining the city’s plan identified that the assessment of housing need in Oxfordshire that the city council is using is based on figures which are now a few years old.

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “The Local Plan Part 2 would remove land from the Green Belt, and allocate thousands of houses in the Vale that Oxford cannot find space for. It would be wrong to do this if it turns out Oxford ultimately doesn’t need to find space for as many houses.”

“We believe Oxford’s need for housing should be properly established before we’re asked to adopt a plan that goes to these lengths. We’re also keen to make sure Oxford has done all it can to accommodate its own need – the duty-to-cooperate works in both directions.”

From an article on the VoWHDC website. See the original <here>.

Vehicle Crime At Beauty Spots

on Tue, 16/07/2019 - 9:36pm

This time of year often sees more people making the most of the South and Vale’s beauty spots. Unfortunately, we also see an increase in thefts from vehicles.

We will be increasing patrols in these areas and putting out signage to remind people not to leave anything in their vehicles when they are out walking.

Please think about what you need to take with you when leaving your house. Leave it at home if you don’t need it. When you get to the beauty spot location take everything with you on your walk if possible. Even a jacket left in the back of a car can tempt thieves to see if there is anything in the pocket.

Wipe away any suction marks from sat-navs and double check that your vehicle is locked.

Enjoy the nice weather and remember to take a few simple steps to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of this crime.

From a TVP email, received 16/7/19.

Neighbourhood Police Update - July 2019

on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 7:50pm

Here is the latest update from the Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing Team (Sparsholt & Westcot are covered by the Faringdon Team, rather than Wantage).

Vehicle Crime

Witness appeal - A number of vehicles were broken into in the Southmoor area overnight on the 5th- 6th June 2019.  If you have any information or CCTV please call 101. Items such as money and laptops were stolen.

The offender/s may have used a device to scan the key signal to open the vehicle. If you have electronic keys please store them in a tin or signal blocking pouch. This will stop the signal being relayed and help prevent thieves from stealing your car, or items from it.

Local residents are advised to take crime prevention measures to help protect themselves from becoming a victim:

  • Do not keep anything in your vehicle.
  • Hide your car keys away from windows and doors and out of sight.
  • Park your car in a well-lit area — either on your driveway, or on the roads under a street lamp.
  • Lock all windows and doors of your car and make sure to activate your car alarm if you have one.
  • Consider fitting a letterbox defender or restrictor. This prevents burglars from poking tools through the letterbox to open latches from the inside, or reaching nearby car and house keys. A lockable letterbox on the outside of the property is also an option.
  • Ensure your doors and windows are locked, if you have a chain on the inside of your door, use it.

If you see anything suspicious or find evidence of an attempt to break into your vehicle call 101, the 24-hour Thames Valley Police non-emergency number or report online (www.thamesvalley.police.uk/report-a-crime). If a crime is in progress, call 999.

Following these events we have increased our patrols and added signage in the local area reminding residents not to leave items in vehicles.

Keep burglars out this summer

Whether you are staying at home, or going away on holiday, here’s a reminder of our top tips to protect your home against burglary this summer:

At Home

  • Fit window opening restrictors to all ground floor and other easily accessible windows. This will allow ventilation while restricting access.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors, even if just out in the garden.
  • Remove window and door keys from the locks, store out of reach and away from your letterbox.
  • Keep valuables out of sight, along with any visible signs including charging cables.
  • Hide the keys to your vehicle, and if you have a keyless entry, store the fob in a RFID pouch to block the signal. 

Going Away

  • Lock all windows and doors.
  • Check side gates, sheds and garages are locked and tools and ladders are not accessible to break into your home.
  • Store all keys out of sight and away from your letterbox, doors and windows.
  • Use a RFID pouch to store fobs for keyless entry vehicles.
  • Make your home look occupied by using a timer switch to turn on lights at night.
  • Ask a trusted friend to look after your home while you are away.
  • Invite a neighbour to park their vehicle on your drive while you are away.

Don’t post details about your holiday on social media until you return home.

For more tips to protect your home, download your free Home Security Guide from the Thames Valley Police website here: Security Guide

Please also sign up to Thames Valley Alerts (www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk) to receive messages from the Police about crimes in your area, security advice, meetings etc.

By working together we can build community resilience to deter burglars from targeting homes within the area!

Tool marking

PCSO James Pelling and PCSO Maralyn Pack had a successful tool marking event which took place at Screwfix in Faringdon on the 29th June. Security advice was given and we will be looking at doing more in the future so please keep an eye out on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/tvpsouthandvale)

Security marking your tools makes them less desirable to thieves and also increases the chances of them being returned to you if stolen.

Thames Valley Alert

Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk (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.

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Chill Out In The Heat Knowing Your Home Is Secure

on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 6:44pm

Here’s our top tips to protect your home against burglary in this warm weather: 

  • Fit window opening restrictors to all ground floor and other easily accessible windows. This will allow ventilation while restricting access.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors, even if just out in the garden.
  • Remove window and door keys from the locks, store out of reach and away from your letterbox.
  • Keep valuables out of sight, along with any visible signs including charging cables.
  • Hide the keys to your vehicle, and if you have a keyless entry, store the fob in a RFID pouch to block the signal. 

For more tips to protect your home, download your free Home Security Guide from the Thames Valley Police website here: Security Guide (click).

From a TVP email, received 10/7/19.

Wildwood Kitchen - listings including recent, children's and classic films

on Wed, 10/07/2019 - 11:05am

Updated 10/7/19

Current listings for the cinema room at Wildwood Kitchen in Wantage.

A movie and a three course meal from their set menu costs £19.95 per person or £9.95 for children (for children's films), which includes a kids menu, popcorn and a drink. 

The cinema room is also available for private hire. It seats approximately 35 people in comfort and is available for parties & functions, with costs from £150. For further details contact Wildwood Kitchen:-

Current films:-

July

  • MARY POPPINS RETURNS (MATINEE) - WED 10 JUL
  • GREASE - THU 11 JUL
  • A DOG’S WAY HOME - SAT 13 JUL
  • GREASE - SAT 13 JUL
  • LA LA LAND - TUE 16 JUL
  • FINDING NEMO - WED 17 JUL
  • LA LA LAND - THU 18 JUL
  • SING - SAT 20 JUL
  • LA LA LAND - SAT 20 JUL
  • THE FAVOURITE - TUE 23 JUL
  • UP - WED 24 JUL
  • THE FAVOURITE - THU 25 JUL
  • BIG HERO 6 - SAT 27 JUL
  • THE FAVOURITE - SAT 27 JUL
  • A STAR IS BORN - TUE 30 JUL
  • PADDINGTON - WED 31 JUL

August

  • A STAR IS BORN - THU 01 AUG
  • BENJI - SAT 03 AUG
  • A STAR IS BORN - SAT 03 AUG
  • DIRTY DANCING - TUE 06 AUG
  • THE JUNGLE BOOK (2016) - WED 07 AUG
  • DIRTY DANCING - THU 08 AUG
  • EARLY MAN - SAT 10 AUG
  • DIRTY DANCING - SAT 10 AUG
  • THE GREATEST SHOWMAN - TUE 13 AUG
  • THE GOONIES - WED 14 AUG
  • THE GREATEST SHOWMAN - THU 15 AUG
  • KUNG-FU PANDA 3 - SAT 17 AUG
  • THE GREATEST SHOWMAN - SAT 17 AUG
  • MARY POPPINS RETURNS - TUE 20 AUG
  • PATRICK - WED 21 AUG
  • MARY POPPINS RETURNS - THU 22 AUG
  • HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3 - SAT 24 AUG
  • MARY POPPINS RETURNS - SAT 24 AUG
  • BOOK CLUB - MON 26 AUG
  • AMAZING GRACE - TUE 27 AUG
  • COCO - WED 28 AUG
  • AMAZING GRACE - THU 29 AUG
  • BOLT - SAT 31 AUG
  • AMAZING GRACE - SAT 31 AUG

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