Woodstock Town Council

Incorporated by Royal Charter of Henry VI in 1453

Welcome to Woodstock Town Council's Website

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Information on this website is now "searchable". 
Go to our dedicated "Search" page for more details

Where possible, agendas for Council meetings are posted here approx five days before the meeting on the meetings page

The latest minutes for the Town Council are now available at the Minutes page

For important local information go to the "Notice Board"


For more general public information including local events
go to the Other News Page

Town residents are encouraged to participate in Town Council meetings.
Why not come along to the Town Hall on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30
Please check dates and times from the "Meetings" page or any of the Council's notice boards.
If you want to speak you will have to let the Clerk know in advance.  Go to the "Meetings" page and click on "Council's Policy on the Participation of the Public at its Meetings".

Information on the towns cemeteries, play areas and nature reserves is on the "Environment" page

The Notice Board
Councillor Vacancy
Woodstock Town Council currently has a vacancy for a Councillor - see attached Notice of Vacancy
for further information or email the Acting Town Clerk, Mrs A Grant, ann.grant@woodstock-tc.gov.uk
 

Unitary Proposals for Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire County Council wants to set up a single unitary authority ‘One Oxfordshire.’ This would spell the end for district councils, putting many services and benefits we now have at risk.
Do you think West Oxfordshire is too good to lose?
The District Council is responding to the ‘One Oxfordshire’ proposal by alerting residents as to the impact a single unitary authority would have on our District.
All the information is on a web page –
www.westoxon.gov.uk/at-risk - and also attached.
Residents are encouraged to complete both the
Oxfordshire County Council survey
and  WODC's.
If you, have any queries, please contact your local district councillor or Cllr James Mills on james.mills@westoxon.gov.uk 

 
Warning issued over Council Tax 'Scam'
West Oxfordshire residents are being warned to guard against bogus callers telling them their council tax bands may be too high.  Several residents have been in touch with the District Council saying callers from the 'Claims Review Bureau' have contacted them offering to work on their behelf to obtain a reduction in exchange for a fee.  Anyone receiving one of these calls should end the conversation as quickly as possible.  Staff have emphasised that anyone wanting to appeal against their band can do so for free by contacting the District Valuation Officer on 03000 501 501.
The District Council has also reminded residents that staff would never ask for a customer's bank details via email.
To report a suspected scam, contact Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards on 0845 051 0845.
A Vision for the Future of Woodstock
The revised West Oxfordshire District Council Draft Local Plan includes new sites for housing development which, if approved, will increase the size of Woodstock dramatically.  As well as the 300 homes planned for 'Land South-East of Woodstock', the Plan proposes 250 homes on land north of Banbury Road and 120 homes on land north of Hill Rise in Old Woodstock.
A questionnaire was circulated to residents by Woodstock Town Council and the replies have been collated.  Attached are the following documents:
1.  Woodstock 2050: Towards a Vision (Statement which was attached to questionnaire)
2. 
Report on response to WTC Questionnaire/Vision Statement
3.  An Update on Housing Plans for Woodstock
 

District’s Parking Strategy
Following a car parking survey which took place earlier in the year, West Oxfordshire District Council has recently sought people’s views on its’ new parking strategy.  Over 2,600 people completed the council survey last spring and this data, coupled with further in-depth research, has led to the development of the strategy for West Oxfordshire.

The report offers a range of proposals including the provision of more parking spaces in key areas, improvements to existing facilities and a review of enforcement. It will provide a blueprint for the Council to help make a decision on any proposed parking changes or improvements.  The key policy of free parking at all 15 car parks across the district which the Council owns or manages remains at the heart of the strategy. Detailed solutions for individual car parks and communities are not included as this will vary for site to site.

The parking strategy is available to view at council reception points and online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/parkingstrategy

 

Power Cuts Helpline
West Oxfordshire District Council is supporting the launch of 105, a new national three-digit helpline telephone number that will make it quicker and easier for people to report a power cut.
  It can be accessed from most landlines and mobile phones.
By calling the helpline, householders will be put through to the company that repairs local power networks and restores power.
The public can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put them, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, the emergency services should also be contacted.  Visit www.powercut105.com
 to find out more about the new 105 telephone number and electricity network operators.

 

 The Oxfordshire Comet
Transport from your door to destination
The Oxfordshire Comet is the new bookable transport service from Oxfordshire County Council,
 available for people in Woodstock that do not have access to suitable public transport.

Wherever
you need to be in Oxfordshire, the Comet can get you there.
 The Comet can do
one-off journeys, regular and group trips.
We can also offer regular routes for local communities, similar to a bus route.
The service is available 10.15am - 2.30pm Monday to Friday
Costs will vary
based on your journey and travel type
To book a journey
call 01865 323201
For full terms and conditions visit
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/comet

 
Views wanted on proposed changes to Council Tax support
West Oxfordshire District Council is consulting with residents about amendments to its Council Tax Reduction Scheme which, if agreed, would come into effect from April 2017.  For further details, please see the Council Tax Support Consultation letter from WODC attached.

 The scheme supports working age people on low incomes by reducing their council tax payments.  
 The proposed changes would bring the scheme in line with Universal Credit and Housing Benefit whilst ensuring it remains fair for everyone and encourages unemployed people to seek work. The maximum amount of Council Tax discount in West Oxfordshire is 91.5% and this will not change. Residents identified as vulnerable or in receipt of a state pension will not be impacted by any of the changes. Changes proposed include:
*  limiting the number of dependent children within the calculation to a maximum of two
*  reducing the period a person can be absent from Great Britain and still receive a reduction to four weeks
*  reducing backdating for new claims from six months to one month

The consultation is open to everyone and details can be found on www.westoxon.gov.uk/ctrs.
To submit a response, the Council Tax Support Consultation Response Form is attached or it would be really helpful if as many responses as possible are made online. The online response can be done by choosing “comment on council tax support changes” at http://www.westoxon.gov.uk/news/aug/council-tax-reduction-scheme/;
or you can go directly to the response site at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/37323GH

The consultation deadline is 28 October 2016. A report will be considered by councillors in January 2017.

Early announcement of Waste and Recycling Service Changes
From October next year (2017)
West Oxfordshire residents will be able to put the majority of recycling items that are currently placed in black boxes, all together into a wheelie bin. Glass, however, will still need to be placed in a black box as it has to be collected separately. A new kerbside collection for small electrical items will be introduced when the new service starts.  In line with most other councils, recycling collections will become fortnightly and will alternate with the general household rubbish collection. Food waste will continue to be collected weekly. 
The above were included in the recommendations for future changes to the waste service, to start when the current contract ends in October 2017.  They were agreed at West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet’s meeting on
22 June 2016 and will go forward to full Council for a decision the following week, on 29 June.

More details, which will be updated as further information becomes available, can be found on the following website:  http://www.westoxon.gov.uk/residents/bins-recycling/recycling-service-changes-2017/

 
High-speed Broadband Arrives in Woodstock
Read more here and download the flyer here
 
WODC Warn of Parking Enforcement Issues
Read more here
 
Check out the new Cotswold Tourism website and Woodstock's entry at
http://www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/plan-your-visit/towns-and-villages/woodstock-p230491
 
Friends of the Woodstock Watermeadows
Please see latest news on our Environment Page
 
Thames Valley Local Policing Team
Click here for information about Woodstock's Local Policing Team
 
A Survey of Rare Bee-Orchids
The field between the new Marlborough Fields estate and Budds Close is a haven for orchids.  Bob Pomfret, our volunteer warden for the Budds Close nature reserve has prepared a survey of the orchids which may be under threat from possible development proposals.  Go to the Environment page to read the report
 
Section 106 Infrastructure
Ever wondered what "Section 106" planning jargon is all about?
Click here to find out the projects that have been funded from the recent building of homes at Shipton Road.
 
Want Advice on Clearing Snow and Ice?
Click here for information from Action with Communities in Rural England