Oxfordshire County Council's (OCC) Trading Standards department have informed us of two recent prosecutions that have recently concluded, as a result of HGV’s inappropriately using a Watlington's weight restricted road as a through-route.
Both of the above prosecutions were achieved as a result of public reports. If you suspect a HGV of breaching a weight restriction then you can quickly and easily report it via OCC's website.
Councillor Fergus Lapage has resigned from the Council with immediate effect. Fergus has been an active member of most of the Council's committees and brought a refreshing, pragmatic approach to proceedings.
He was particularly instrumental in the refresh of the Allotments Committee. We thank Fergus for all his input and effort over the past two years.
The Henley Standard has today published a touching tribute to the late Tony Williamson, long standing Parish Councillor, who sadly passed away on the 12th February 2019.
Tony was a great advocate for Watlington. His tireless devotion to the town and its people never ceased to impress. He will be greatly missed by us all.
To read the Henley Standard tribute, please click here.
Councillor Fiona Butler and Councillor Jeremy Bell have both resigned from the Parish Council.
Fiona was co-opted onto the Council in January 2017 and took an active role representing the Parish Council in linking with Icknield Community College. She has resigned due to increasing work commitments.
Jeremy was elected to the Council in May 2015 and ably chaired the Council's Planning and Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committees. Jeremy also resigns due to increasing work commitments.
We extend out thanks to both Fiona and Jeremy for their energy and dedication to Council activities.
Strategy Committee will be held at the Parish Office on Tuesday 26th March at 8pm.
We will be considering three motions:
The agenda and details of the motions can be downloaded below.
Last week Oxford Magistrates’ Court found Mr Jim Walter Bodek guilty of breaching the weight restriction in town. On 06/06/2018, Mr Bodek took a 40T HGV through the weight restriction at Watlington. This matter was brought to the attention of Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) via public report. The driver pleaded guilty and was fined £146, plus £150 towards our costs and a victim surcharge of £30.
In 2017, 38 drivers were successfully prosecuted for weight restriction offences, with many, many more receiving warning letters. This year, by the end of February, we are likely to have completed 12 prosecutions, with significantly more under active investigation.
You can report HGVs that you are concerned may be breaching Watlington’s weight restriction by visiting OCC’s website: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/weight-restriction-enforcement
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have made it even easier for residents to check which bin their waste items go in by using the councils’ new recycling wheels.
The councils have produced the wheels to help increase recycling rates by promoting the kerbside recycling collections and making sure residents are putting the right things in the right bins.
The wheels are the latest of the councils’ recycling promotions - they also have a smartphone app called Binzone, which tells users which bin is due for collection that week and includes a waste item search function to find out which bin to throw their rubbish into.
The new wheels are recyclable and are available in libraries across the districts. They will also be offered to community groups to give to residents and to schools as an educational tool.
Cllr Caroline Newton, cabinet member for Housing and Environment with South Oxfordshire District Council said: “Around 80 per cent of household waste can be recycled and while the councils have very good recycling rates, there is always room for improvement. These are designed as an easy-to-use reminder for people to keep at home when they are sorting out their waste.”
Cllr Elaine Ware, cabinet member for Housing and Environment with Vale of White Horse District Council said: “By helping residents recognise which items go in which bins, the councils aim to increase recycling rates and at the same time reduce the amount of recycling which is contaminated if the wrong thing is accidentally dropped in.”
How do they work?
SODC have just introduced a new cooking oil recycling service for residents as part of food waste collections.
After cooking and once it has cooled, any leftover oil can be poured into a plastic bottle no bigger than one litre in size. The bottle and its contents can then be placed into the kerbside food waste caddy, along with other food waste, and put out for the weekly collection. For those who don't want to use a plastic bottle, oil can also be poured straight into the caddy along with other food waste.
One litre of cooking oil can generate enough electricity to make 240 cups of tea!
If a resident needs to report a missed bin they should contact Biffa:
Crews will only return to collect a missed bin if it was originally put out before 7am on the scheduled collection day.
There are some occasions when crews can't collect a bin – for example, if the bin was not put out in time. If a resident has put the wrong items in their recycling, or the bin was too heavy or overflowing, then the crew will place a tag on the bin to explain why it wasn’t collected and will attempt to collect it on the next scheduled collection.
If there are repeat problems at a property or a specific area, Biffa will investigate. If a collection is missed at the same property on a number of occasions, and the issue is not resolved by Biffa, residents should email firstname.lastname@example.org and SODC will investigate.
If you need to get in touch with Thames Valley Police to find out about, or assist with, ongoing cases, or to contact an officer or department directly, you can now do so online by using their new contact form. If you want to speak to someone by phone then please call 101.
To report a crime or missing person you should use this report form.