Woodstock Town Council

Incorporated by Royal Charter of Henry VI in 1453

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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
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go to the Other News Page

Town residents are encouraged to participate in Town Council meetings.
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

Woodstock Community and Infrastructure Delivery Plan
Woodstock Town Council and Blenheim Estate have appointed Community First Oxfordshire (CFO) to consult the community about the current and future needs of the town.  CFO is a locally-based community development charity. 
A comprehensive consultation plan is being developed in order to reach the many different parts of Woodstock.  There will be open events where all will be invited to come along and share ideas, a community survey to reach a wider audience, and more focused methods to get the views of as many people as possible from all backgrounds and ages.
The first events to find out more about The Plan and to share your ideas and opinions are coming up soon. there is no need to book, just turn up:

Main launch event - Saturday 9th March - 10am-2pm @ The Community Centre
There will be a presentation about The Plan at 10am and midday, with discussion in-between

Tuesday 12th March - 7 - 9pm @ Marlborough School Enterprise Centre Library

Tuesday 15th March - 2-4pm @ The Coach House Learning Centre, Oxfordshire Museum

Tuesday 19th March - 7.30pm @ The Community Centre
This is the annual Town Meeting - there will be an agenda item about the Community Plan

Friday 22nd March, 11am-1pm, drop-in session @ Oxfordshire Museum Cafe
CFO staff will be available if you want to share your views

 
Annual Town Meeting
The Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th March at 7:30pm in the Woodstock Community Centre, New Road.  All residents are welcome to attend and if there are matters which you would like put on the agenda, please contact the Town Clerk on 01993 811216 or email: clerk@woodstock-tc.gov.uk before midday on Monday 4th March.
 

Woodstock Library to move into temporary home at The Oxfordshire Museum
Woodstock Library will complete its move to a temporary library in The Oxfordshire Museum on Friday 14th Dec.  The temporary library will be located in what was the museum’s Innovations Gallery.  A full library service in The Oxfordshire Museum will include books, public access internet, activities, printing and photocopying.
Core library opening hours will be:
             Monday closed
             Tuesday 10am-1.30pm
             Wednesday 10am-5pm
             Thursday 11am-5pm
             Friday 11am-5pm
             Saturday 10am-1.30pm
In addition to these core opening hours, the library will be accessible and self-service facilities available during the Museum opening hours:
             Tuesday to Saturday 10am–5pm
             Sundays 2pm–5pm
The book drop box in The Oxfordshire Museum and branches in Witney, Charlbury, Eynsham and Kidlington have been well used by the people of Woodstock since the library was closed on October 29.
Oxfordshire County Council remains committed to finding a permanent home for the Woodstock Library and will continue to engage with residents over the coming months. The existing Library building in Hensington Road, Woodstock, will remain cordoned off in the meantime.
     
December 2018    
     

 
Woodstock Parking Review
WODC announced at a Traffic Advisory Meeting held in Woodstock last week, that the process for undertaking the long-awaited parking review in Woodstock has started.  A document explaining some of the background and outlining the stages of the process are contained in the document which WODC circulated at the meeting, see attached
 

Local Plan given the final seal of approval
Councillors have voted in favour of formally adopting the Local Plan for West Oxfordshire.  At an extraordinary meeting of the full council, the document which establishes a blueprint for the development of the District until 2031, was given the final seal of approval, ending a process which stretches back nine years. The Local Plan sets out how the District can achieve economic growth and a housing target of 15,950 new homes, although some have already been built as the Plan covers the period from 2011 to 2031.  It identifies the most suitable sites for new housing and what accompanying infrastructure, such as road improvements, new schools and play facilities, is needed to achieve the greatest benefits for the new development and, wherever possible, a wider area.

The draft Local Plan was first submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in July 2015 but the Examination was suspended due to the Inspector’s concerns around housing targets and he requested that more work be undertaken. It was re-submitted in March 2017 with 15,950 new homes proposed compared to 10,500 previously including a contribution of 2,750 homes towards Oxford’s ‘unmet’ housing need. 
The Local Plan report has been accepted by the Inspectorate subject to the modifications set out in the Inspector’s report on www.westoxon.gov.uk/localplan2031

 

Protecting Your Privacy
Woodstock Town Council is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy, and your information will be held and handled by us according to this Policy.
All personal data held is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  For the purpose of the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), we are the data controller in respect of information we collect from our clients and enquirers.
Our
Privacy Notice sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us.  Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

Privacy Notice attached

 

Property Statement
The Town Council owns properties in the centre of the town, and tries to ensure they provide living accommodation/retail units to the benefit of Woodstock.

By law, we must obtain best value on the property. The world of leases is complex and the Council must rely on its professional advisers before acting.

The Council is aware of local frustration that there is an empty unit in a key location within the Town, but there are constant negotiations between the agent and the leaseholder to try to resolve the matter. No money is owed to Woodstock Town Council. The current lease has a couple of years to run, and to get a new occupant into the shop it is incumbent on the leaseholder to assign to a third party.

Personal issues are making this less than straightforward, but the most recent advice is that it may be resolvable.
The public must understand that the Council is not holding up a new tenancy – on the contrary it is doing everything it can to encourage an assignment. They must also understand that the personal matters of Council tenants cannot be publicly discussed.

We must all be patient.
                                                                                                                                                                July 2017

 
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
 

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.

 
Check out the new Cotswold Tourism website and Woodstock's entry at
http://www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/plan-your-visit/towns-and-villages/woodstock-p230491
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