Planned road closure: A40 Milton Common

In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close a section of ‘A40 London Road (between the A418 junction and the entrance to Lower Chilworth Farm)’ to facilitate ‘carriageway patching & kerbing and drainage’ works.
A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 01/04/2019. The estimated duration of the works is 7 days.
(The maximum duration of a TTRO on a road is 18 months and on a footpath is 6 months, or until completion of the works, whichever is the earlier.)
Notice of intention to make the Order will be published in the local press.
Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.
A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and the alternative routes for traffic is attached.
Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting ‘Bob Burgess’ , Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

SODC waste collection: snow update

The snow last Friday (1 February) caused unsafe driving conditions for our waste trucks so we decided to cancel our waste collections on that day for the safety of other road users, pedestrians and our waste crews.

We will begin catching up today (4 February). Unfortunately this will have a knock-on effect on waste collections for the rest of the week.
We are asking residents to leave their bins out on their scheduled collection day, but if the bins are not emptied on that day then please could they leave them out for three days from their scheduled collection day.

Oxfordshire Plan 2050

Oxfordshire organisations provide exciting visions for county’s future
“A vibrant and ecologically sustainable community where everyone can get a house and a suitable job.”

This was among the exciting visions for the future of the county outlined by representatives of a variety of organisations at an event for the Oxfordshire Plan 2050.

The event was hosted by Councillor James Mills, leader of West Oxfordshire District Council and Chair of the Plan Member Sub-Group, and Giles Hughes, Head of Planning at West Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire Plan Project Sponsor.

More than 70 delegates from groups spanning the environment, technology, business, planning and government bodies – as well as Oxfordshire Growth Board Scrutiny Committee members – took part in the session on December 18 that examined what the county’s future should and could look like.

Among the questions posed were “what is it that makes Oxfordshire great today?”, “what are Oxfordshire’s largest challenges today?”, “what are Oxfordshire’s greatest opportunities and threats for the future?” and “what do you want Oxfordshire to look like in 2050?”.

Hundreds of responses were received across the interactive session, tackling issues such as addressing the housing shortage amid a growing population, maintaining access to green spaces, mitigating climate change and improving transport connectivity.

They have now all been collated and will be used to help shape the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 – a joint statutory spatial plan for the county.

The plan is part of the £215m Housing & Growth Deal secured by the Oxfordshire Growth Board with the Government.

It will look to examine the aspirations for the county for the next 30 years and set out how they can be achieved in a sustainable way that results in a better quality of life for all.

This will include new affordable housing, transport infrastructure and connectivity, as well as social infrastructure – with an emphasis on health and wellbeing in communities.

People can find out more about the Plan via its new website that has just gone live: www.oxfordshireplan.org

The site contains the latest news, frequently asked questions, details on public accountability and governance, and how people can get involved in shaping the plan including registering for consultations.

There are currently two documents that members of the public can comment on as part of the plan-making process.

The consultation on the draft Statement of Community Involvement, which sets out how the plan-making team will engage with the community, closes on Friday (January 11).

And a six-week consultation has opened today (January 7) for the draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report, which identifies the scope and level of detail to be included in the plan’s Sustainability Appraisal.