Exercise of Public Rights 19-20

Smaller local authorities are required to provide electors with the opportunity to inspect the accounts and other documents for a period of 30 working days which normally must include the first 10 working days of July.
The period for inspection of Great Milton Parish Council’s accounts will commence on Monday 15 June 2020 and ends on Friday 24 July 2020. Further information is available via the document below:
Notice of Public Rights Great Milton PC 19-20

Great Milton Parish Council: Virtual Meeting, Mon 15 June, 7.30pm

All are welcome to attend Great Milton Parish Council’s virtual meeting on Monday 15th June at 7.30pm.  If you wish to participate, you will need to enter the following joining code into your browser and follow any instructions:

Direct link:

If you already have Zoom software…
Meeting ID: 898 0265 7528
Password: 484934

Given reported issues with security on Zoom meetings, please also advise the Chairman that you would like to attend by calling 01844 278068 in advance of the meeting. A link to the agenda will appear below once it is finalised:
Agenda for Parish Council meeting, Mon 15 June


Great Milton website: have your say…

The Parish Council is planning revisions to the Great Milton village website to comply with changes to legislation.
As part of that process the content and navigation of the site will be reviewed.
We have created a completely anonymised survey to gather your views and opinions on the website and would be very grateful if you could take a couple of minutes to complete it.
Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/86VQWRY
The website can be accessed at www.great-milton.co.uk

Many thanks,

Cllr Steve Harrod
On behalf of Great Milton Parish Council


Volunteers make all the difference in South and Vale

At the start of national volunteers’ week, the leaders of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have offered their heartfelt and sincerest thanks to the thousands of volunteers that are helping in their communities.

Within days of lockdown starting, charities and voluntary groups in our districts were helping those in need. As it became clear more support was required hundreds of residents set up informal help groups in their local communities to make sure their most vulnerable and isolated neighbours were able to get help.

They used the powers of social media to recruit other volunteers and to get the message out to those who needed it. They also used more traditional methods to reach people, such as telephone calls, door-knocking and posting home-made leaflets through their neighbours’ doors.

There’s no doubt these local heroes have saved lives in their communities – they have been the backbone of the country’s response to the crisis.

To help coordinate the community response, the district councils set up a community hub, which has helped bring the hundreds of independent groups and individuals into a huge linked network of volunteers responding to requests for help.

Working together with the district councils and others, local volunteer groups have made an enormous difference to people who are having to self-isolate. They’re carrying out tasks that in normal circumstances would normally seem simple such as doing the food shopping or picking up people’s prescriptions.

More than 30 members of staff at the council have been redeployed to work on a community support helpline to support the coordinated effort across the county. So far, the helpline has referred 910 people onto community groups for ongoing support. The district councils have also created a food hub, which has supplied meals for 783 adults and children.

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council said, “I’m extremely proud of the hundreds of local volunteers that have been helping their neighbours and some of our most vulnerable residents. I hope the work that we have been able to do as a council creates a long-lasting legacy of active community groups that support vulnerable and isolated residents far beyond this pandemic to support ever more cohesive and connected communities”

Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council said, “We are so grateful to our local community groups, volunteers and own staff that have stepped up and helped to provide all the extra support. Without them, vulnerable people would have undoubtedly suffered so much more during the pandemic.”

SODC Community Support: change to opening hours

We previously communicated the identified reduction in referrals received directly to our Community Support helpline. This really emphasises the hard work we’ve all collectively accomplished so far to help those most in need throughout our communities. We want to thank you for your continued support.
We’ve recently reviewed our operations with current data trends across the districts. In completion of this, we’ve decided to change our opening hours to reflect those of the shielded helpline operated by central government.

New opening times!
Monday to Saturday – 9am to 6pm
Sunday – Closed

We will continue to review this as we transition into the recovery phase and will follow any future changes government make to their operating hours.
We continue to improve the way we work to ensure that no one is falling through the gaps, so please keeping talking to us and let us know how we can best support your efforts to stay connected with those in need.
If there’s anything we can help with directly, or if you have any questions, please email communitysupport@southandvale.gov.uk
Take care and stay safe!
Best Wishes,
South & Vale Community Support Team

Update from SODC

Bank holiday bins
Monday 25 May is the Spring Bank Holiday which means – as usual – there is a change to the waste and recycling collections next week. For details please see our bank holiday collections pages.
*Collections on a Saturday begin at 6am so please put your bins out the night before.

Free webinar for businesses in South and Vale
We’ve partnered with Graham Ballantyne, Director of the UK Business Mentoring Group, to deliver a free webinar on Thursday to help local businesses with their recovery plans. A recording of the session will also be available to view online afterwards.
The webinar will include lots of tips and pointers, along with useful templates, and complementary mentoring sessions.
You can find out more information on the South and Vale Business Support website.

Free online business school
Anybody with a new business, or who is hoping to set one up, can take part in a free Pop-Up business school which will take place online between 15 and 19 June. To find out more and to register visit the Pop-up Business School website.

Recycling centres update
All recycling centres across Oxfordshire are now open again. However, the advice is still to check before travelling to a site as they’re operating at a reduced capacity with new site rules in place and some changes to opening times. You can find out more details on the county councils website.

Parish Council ‘virtual meeting’ Mon 18 May, 7.30pm

If you wish to attend Great Milton Parish Council’s virtual meeting on Monday 18th May, please enter the following joining code into your browser and follow any instructions:


Given reported issues with security on Zoom meetings, please also advise the Chairman that you would like to attend by calling 01844 278068 in advance of the meeting.  A link to the agenda appears below:




Recycling centres to reopen

Oxfordshire’s seven Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) have been shut to waste delivered by the public since 24 March 2020, following Government’s direction that everyone should stay home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Since then we have been working with the city and district councils to ensure excellent kerbside collection services have continued, and preparing for full service reopening of the recycling centres. The sites will reopen on Monday 18th May at 8:00am.

All seven sites will be open seven days a week as long as they are not overwhelmed and can operate safely, and will accept all waste materials. Sites will open at 8am and close at 4pm to allow for additional cleaning.

The number of vehicles allowed onto the site will be reduced by approximately 50% to allow for social distancing. This means that queues are highly likely, especially at peak times such as weekends. Traffic marshals will be in place to manage queues, but queuing is not allowed on the public highway.

Residents are therefore being urged only to visit the site if their trip is essential and they cannot safely store their waste at home

Other policy changes in place include:
 – Contactless card payments for DIY waste only
 – Site staff are there for guidance and will not be able to help unload waste from vehicles
 – Only one resident will be allowed out of the vehicle, unless assistance is needed with heavy items, and then 2 people will be permitted
 – For the time being hire vans and trailers will not be allowed access, even if they have a permit.
 – Sites will shut at 4pm promptly and anyone queuing will be asked to return another day. This will allow the site staff the time needed to clear and clean the site thoroughly. Traffic marshals will monitor the queue and warn those who may not reach site by closing time.

In line with Public Health England guidance, residents who are vulnerable, or who are showing symptoms which may indicate coronavirus, should not visit household recycling centres

A full list of FAQs will be available on our website shortly: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/wastereopenquestions

Government guidance says that trips to an HWRC should only be made if ‘essential’ – that is if the waste cannot be stored safely without harm to health. The Government guidance states: “It would be reasonable for residents to undertake a journey to a HWRC if the waste or recycling could not be stored safely at home or disposed of through other legitimate routes such as a dedicated collection. By this we mean that the waste/recycling could not be stored on their property without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to the resident or other members of their household or harm to public health and amenity.”