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Cllr Dr.Paul Barrow - Report for Parishes - April 15th, 2021

on Thu, 15/04/2021 - 11:42am

Vaccinations in Oxfordshire latest

The vaccine is now being offered to priority groups 1-9 – this includes everyone aged 50 and over along with carers and all clinically vulnerable adults.

I noticed that on Friday 9th April there were no record new Covid cases in Oxfordshire! This might be a blip of course, but as it was a Friday it can’t have been the weekend effect! The trend continues to be down a little but fluctuating. As of 19th March, 275,000 people in Oxfordshire have been vaccinated – well over a third of the population. This is likely to have a greater effect on the number of cases hospitalised rather than overall infection rate.


This is a constant pain on the A417 including between Wantage and East Challow which is a 30 mph stretch. I have been in touch with OCC and (i) we will set up temporary speed reminder boards on the A417 and (ii) we will also, in the not-too-distant future, set up further SIDs (Speed Indicator Devices) on the A417 (still discussing these with OCC). Road markings are going to put in place on the B4507 to slow traffic down coming into East Challow from the west (OCC tell me we can’t have SIDs there but I’m not happy with that).

Leisure Centres

The Vale and SODC are offering financial support to GLL, that manages our leisure facilities to enable them to survive until they open fully again. The leisure industry has been hit really hard by the pandemic having spent much of the last year closed or running to a limited capacity as they followed the Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of customers and staff. There will be a phased approach to re-opening from April 12 just as they did last year. More details on this as will be published and when it becomes available. Outdoor pools and splash pads will be opened for the summer season, subject to the necessary progress being made on the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Guide for Pubs, Restaurants and Cafes

As lockdown restrictions are being eased and pubs, cafes and restaurants are preparing to re- open in addition to take-aways. Rules for pubs and restaurants from 12 April are:

    • Outdoor seating only – you cannot sit inside
    • Table service only – no ordering at the bar

Paul Barrow
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District Councillor for Ridgeway Ward