Fly tipper convicted

Following a successful prosecution by South Oxfordshire District Council, an Oxford man was given a three month curfew for dumping waste illegally (fly tipping) after a large amount of building rubbish was found on land near Wittenham Clumps earlier this year.
Michael Joseph Andrews, 35, of The Slade, Headington, pleaded guilty to fly tipping and not having a Waste Carriers Licence at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on 6 November.
On 13 February, a member of the public saw a vehicle belonging to Mr Andrews’ former employer being used to dump building waste at an entrance to a field in Little Wittenham close to Wittenham Clumps.
The district council investigated and Mr Andrews admitted to being paid by an unknown builder to remove waste and to dump it, without the permission of his employer at the time. The council put together a prosecution case against him and he appeared at court on 6 November.
At court he was given a community sentence of a three month curfew (7pm to 7am) for the fly tipping offence and was fined £100 for not having a waste carrier licence. He was ordered to make a contribution to the council’s costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £85.
Cllr Caroline Newton, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “Dumping waste in this way is illegal. It is unsightly, it can cause a health risk and someone else has to pick up the cost of clearing up the mess. I hope this sends a message that the council will investigate these offences and bring offenders to justice.”

Free parking in South Oxfordshire and the Vale

Motorists in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse can enjoy free parking in district council car parks on certain days in the run up to Christmas.

The annual free parking tradition is provided by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents. The free parking days allocated to each area are agreed with the individual town councils depending on which day would best suit local traders.

Free Christmas parking days also mean people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the pubs, cafés and restaurants found across southern Oxfordshire’s towns during the festive period.

Drivers will be able to park without paying for a ticket in South and Vale car parks on the following days up to 24 December:

South Oxfordshire
Didcot – Mondays from 3 December
Goring – Saturdays from 1 December
Henley – Tuesdays from 4 December
Thame – Saturdays from 1 December
Wallingford -Thursdays from 6 December
Vale of White Horse
Abingdon – Saturdays from 1 December
Faringdon – Saturdays from 1 December
Wantage – Fridays from 30 November
On the above days there’s no need to display a ticket.

Cllr Caroline Newton, Cabinet Member for Technical Services at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Free parking days give people that extra incentive to spend more time in their local shopping area and it also helps to encourage visitors.”

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Technical Services at Vale of White Horse District Council said: “We already offer two hours free parking each day but in the run up to Christmas people often need more time.

“Parking is also free on a Sunday in the town centre car parks, including the lower levels of the Charter car park in Abingdon.”

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A month’s free swimming for diabetes sufferers

Residents of southern Oxfordshire who have diabetes can sign up for a month’s FREE swimming thanks to a special offer from South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils.
This month’s offer is to coincide with World Diabetes Day on 14 November.
Would-be swimmers will need to register for the offer by emailing or by calling 01235 422219 by 30 November.
Once they have received confirmation, they can visit the participating leisure centres throughout November to swim as many times as they like. The month-long swim deal will start from the date of the first swim.
The scheme is part of the district councils’ GO Active Get Heathy county-wide programme to support people with diabetes into physical activity.
Physical activity is an important part of a treatment plan, especially for people with type 2 diabetes. Not only does exercise affect the heart health and lower blood glucose levels, but it can also improve sleep quality.
The programme has support from Active Oxfordshire and is funded by the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning group.
The participating centres are:
Abbey Sports Centre, Berinsfield
Didcot Wave
Faringdon Leisure Centre
Henley Leisure Centre
Thame Leisure Centre
Wantage Leisure Centre
White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, Abingdon

Commemorative Tree Planting: Sunday 11 November

A rowan tree has been donated to Great Milton Parish Council by the Woodland Trust and Oxfordshire County Council to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The tree will be planted on the green about halfway between the Old Garage and the Village Stores in a ceremony starting at 10.15 on Sunday 11 November. Steve Harrod and Bill Fox (Chairman/Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council) will lead the ceremony, with Les Preston the guest of honour. Please come along if you’re able to.