Preparations for Local Elections/Voting Deadlines

As the local elections approach on Thursday 6 May 2021, West Oxfordshire District Council is preparing to make sure all polling stations available for those who wish to vote in person are safe and Covid secure.

Voting in person will be different this year with polling stations following the Covid secure rules seen across shops and other indoor locations during the pandemic. This will include voters wearing masks, using hand sanitiser, social distancing and making sure items touched in the polling booths are cleaned.  Staff will also be taking the necessary precautions to keep safe and have received additional training to help advise and support voters.

Voters are encouraged to bring their own masks and pen or pencil on the day to reduce wastage on the day, however, for those that need them they will be available.

Some polling stations have had to change due to some usual polling locations being unsuitable during the pandemic and so voters are being urged to check their poll cards to make sure they know where their polling station is.

Residents are also being encouraged to make sure they are registered to vote, and if they want to, have applied for postal or proxy voting ahead of the rapidly approaching deadlines.

Residents can register to vote through the Government website which takes only five minutes to complete.

Residents can apply for postal voting now and have to get their application in before the deadline of 5 pm on 20 April and to be able to vote by proxy, applications must be in by 5 pm on Tuesday 27 April.

Application forms for postal and proxy voting can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission or voters can visit WODC’s website at westoxon.gov.uk/registertovote or contact 01993 861410.

For anyone interested in voting by post this year they need to make sure we have received their application for their postal vote before 5 pm on the 20 April. We are quickly approaching the deadline and I would encourage people to sign up sooner rather than later.

Woodstock Community Development Project

Blenheim Estate, Woodstock Town Council and Community First Oxfordshire (CFO) are delighted to launch the Woodstock Community Development Project, starting in April 2021 and initially running for 3 years.  The project will provide an on the ground community development worker, who will work with existing community groups and residents and support those moving into new housing development.  Click on the link below for more information.

Woodstock Community Development Project April 2021

 

Tuesday 13th April Town Council Meeting Postponed

The meeting scheduled for Tuesday 13th April has been moved to 27th April 2021.

The reason for this change is that local councils have been advised by the National Association of Local Councils that in accordance with LGAS243, the days of official mourning following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh last week cannot be counted towards the three required clear days when posting an agenda for a council meeting.

Death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Woodstock Town Council wishes to express its most sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family on the sad death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.  Prince Philip was widely respected, loved and admired.  He has been an irreplaceable support to Her Majesty throughout her reign and, until recent years, very active and approachable through his public service in the UK and across the World.  He will be missed by many, perhaps particularly those who have benefitted from the varied projects he initiated for young people.

It is national advice that there should be no formal books of condolence available for the public to sign, but that those wishing to express their condolences do so on-line at https://www.royal.uk/condolence

Those who might in normal times have wished to make floral tributes are being asked instead to make donations to charities of their choice.

Cllr Mathew Parkinson, Town Mayor

 

Notice of Election – Thursday 6 May 2021

Attached are copies of the notices of election for the Oxfordshire County, West Oxfordshire District and Town/Parish Council elections on 6 May 2021.

Notice of Election Town and Parish Councils 6 May 2021

Notice of Election Oxfordshire County Council 6 May 2021

Notice of Election West Oxfordshire District Council 6 May 2021

Further details about these elections can be found on West Oxfordshire District Council’s website: https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/about-the-council/elections-and-voting/current-and-future-elections/

Local Elections 6th May 2021

Registering to vote

Anyone who wishes to vote must be registered on the electoral register. The deadline for those who are not registered to make an application is Monday 19 April. For more information and to register see: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Postal voting 

For anyone interested in voting by post this year they just need to make sure they apply before 20 April 2021. They can request a postal vote application form by visiting https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/about-the-council/elections-and-voting/register-to-vote/

We would encourage people to sign up to do this sooner rather than later.

Proxy voting 

If a resident is unable to make it to the polling station, then they can nominate someone to be their proxy and cast their vote for them. The proxy needs to be a registered voter and able to attend the voter’s own polling station. Applications for proxy voting need to be sent to the District Council by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.

More information around the local elections for 2021 can be found at our website: https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/about-the-council/elections-and-voting/current-and-future-elections/

Woodstock Remembers WW1 Then & Now Project

In 2020 commemorations around the 100th year of the ending of the Great War took many different paths.  Marlborough School’s ‘Woodstock Remembers WW1 – Then and Now Project’ underlines the importance of what can happen when young people look back to the First World War and the impact it had for soldiers and their families facing an unprecedented time in history.  Information about this project is now available from the website https://woodstockremembers.org.uk.

 

New Fly-Tipping Reporting System

Residents will be able to report fly-tips more easily thanks to an improved service from West Oxfordshire District Council.  A new online form will allow the user to pinpoint the fly-tip on an interactive map so they don’t have to spend time trying to describe the location or looking up a postcode.  That makes it easier for the Council team to locate and with previously reported cases visible, it also means less duplication, allowing a quicker investigation and clean-up.

If a resident calls for more information about their report, the customer services team can give more detailed case information on the spot.

To report a fly-tip see: https://community.westoxon.gov.uk/s/fly-tip