South Oxfordshire District Council update – COVID-19 guidance

We’re in regular contact with partner organisations and monitoring and following the latest government and medical advice.

We have been reviewing our resilience plans so that we can continue to deliver our front-line public services to our residents.

We’ve kept our staff up to date on the latest situation and given guidance on how to minimise the spread of the virus. Where people are able to do so without affecting front line services, we have asked staff to work from home.

We have created a dedicated section on our public website to provide the latest information on our current response to the situation, but also announce any changes to service delivery.

As a precaution we are currently postponing any events or activities that are predominantly aimed at people in high risk groups such as chair yoga.

You may be interested to hear that AGE Concern Oxfordshire has today set up a new helpline to advise anyone worried about the Corona Virus. You can find out more by visiting their website

The following websites are also very useful sources of information, which have been put together by government for the general public:

Public Health England website – updated daily –
Public Health England have guidance on the symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do on their website –
NHS 111 Coronavirus service has an online questionnaire that helps people to identify if they need to self-isolate –
NHS information on how you can self-isolate, if required –

We will keep in regular contact and will be doing what we can to work with local partners to ensure that vulnerable residents get the advice, help and support they will need over the coming weeks and months.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
01235 422400 | @southoxon | @whitehorsedc

Lavender lovers of Great Milton

Last Autumn we collected and were kindly donated, loads of
Lavender for our craft stall at the village fete. We are now hoping
to enlist your help again.

We are looking for ladies, or gentlemen if they feel inclined, to
sew a few lavender bags, of various sizes and shapes. If you are
feeling creative, then you can come up with ideas of your own –
As long as they are filled with Lavender, we are happy.

We have lots of lavender, plenty of ideas and some fabric and
ribbon, but would welcome any cotton fabric that you would like
to donate, as long as it is either plain or has a smallish pattern –
check, stripes or small flowers perhaps? – anything would be
gratefully received.

As our craft stall is a new addition to the village fete this year, we
would also welcome any other type of craft that you have made
and would like to donate, to make this a ‘go-to’ stall for everyone.
If you can help at all with your time or a gift, I would be grateful
if you could please email, phone, or drop a note through my door,
saying, in which way you may be able to help us.

Everyone -Thank you
Carole Greenhalgh.
Old Cottage
Lower End
Great Milton. Tel. 01844 278858 / mob. 07714328685 Email.

Maple Tree: Coronavirus update

At this moment in time, The Maple Tree will continue to run all sessions as usual.

We will follow all Government advice about closure and keep you updated accordingly if advice changes.

Can we respectfully ask that you do not attend our sessions if you or your child are ill (this includes bringing older children who may be off school sick).

Handwashing facilities are always available and there is sanitising gel available as you sign in.

Thank you for your cooperation

Storm Dennis: useful information from OCC Emergency Planning

As you will have seen on the news we are due some wet and windy weather again this weekend.

The latest reports indicate that wind speeds will be slightly lower than last week but rainfall is likely to be heavier so there is an increased chance of flooding. Oxfordshire County Council is working closely with all our partners to monitor the situation and prepare for the weekend. As a reminder there are some numbers that you can call to report weather related issues if you become aware of them.

To report fallen tree’s or other debris which pose a risk to your safety or the safety of others, please call 999
To report fallen tree’s or other debris which doesn’t pose such a high risk but still needs to be dealt with, please call 101
If you lose power or can see that a power line has come down please report it by calling 105
If you are concerned about flooding, you should visit the Oxfordshire Flood Toolkit online – – and I will summarise the key numbers to call below:
If you have a flooding emergency which is a threat to someone’s life, contact Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service on 999
To report flooding relating to a highway such as blocked ditches, blocked drains or flooding on a road call Oxfordshire County Council Floodline on 0345 310 1111
To report flooding from a main river contact the Environment Agency through the Floodline (Tel: 0345 988 1188 or 0800 80 70 60) or visit their website
If your property is at immediate risk of surface water flooding please contact Thames Valley Police on 101

Emergency Planning

Storm Ciara

You may have seen that Storm Ciara is on the way and we are likely to see high winds and heavy rain across the East of England and South East this weekend.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, and we have organised for additional staff in our contact centre and more engineers on the ground to be available to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather.

Both you and your constituents will be able to find regular updates on our website and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
Visit for the latest updates
Visit and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates

We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website:

As a result of #stormciara, heavy rain and high winds are due to arrive this weekend. @UKPowerNetworks has extra staff and engineers on hand. Call 105 to report a powercut and visit for the latest updates #ukpnnews

Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut?
@UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit for more information #stormciara #ukpnnews


Waste enforcement officers out and about

Waste enforcement officers from South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils are heading out to a series of events starting next week, where they will meet the public to talk about littering. They have also put together a top ten list of excuses given to them by people caught in the act.
These range from “I couldn’t see a bin” to “There are no signs about not littering”. There’ll be no excuse about not seeing the signs as the councils have produced new banners to be put up in town centres where litter enforcement patrols are being carried out.
From 4 February officers will be out across the districts talking about the work they do tackling litter and fly-tips and how members of the public can report offences and help with investigations.
Officers’ Top Ten excuses given by people caught littering
I didn’t think a cigarette butt was litter
It was already littered so won’t matter if I add some more
I didn’t know it was against the law
I didn’t know you could be fined for dropping litter
I’d have to walk all the way over to the bin
I keep the road sweepers in a job
You go and stop others first, then I will stop
It’s bio-degradable
I couldn’t see a bin
There are no signs about not littering*
*All of the people who gave these excuses were given a Fixed Penalty Notice and £80 fine
Cllr Jenny Hannaby, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “There are no excuses for littering. It is so unnecessary. Is it so hard to find a bin when you have finished your food or drink in the street? Even if it is, then what is stopping you taking your litter back to your work or home and put it in the bin there. Littering is an offence and we fine people when they are caught.”
Cllr David Rouane, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “People who drop litter can’t care about the environment they live in or the people around them. It’s anti-social, unattractive and in the case of the most littered items – such as chewing gum, cigarette butts and plastic takeaway boxes – detrimental to wildlife too.”
Residents can meet the team tackling littering at:
Thame Market on 4 February 8.45am – 2.15pm
Wallingford Market 7 February 11am – 1pm
Henley Market Place 13 February 11am – 1pm
Didcot at Cornerstone 21 February 11am – 1pm
Wantage at The Beacon 28 February 11am – 1pm
Abingdon Market Place 6 March 11am -1pm
People caught littering are issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice and an accompanying fine (currently £80). If they refuse to pay the fine, they can be prosecuted for non-payment and if found guilty will face higher costs. The following people failed to pay the fine and were prosecuted at Oxford Magistrates’ Court:
In January 2020 a woman was ordered to pay £432 after she was caught dropping a cigarette butt in Market Place, Wantage.
In January 2020 a man was prosecuted and ordered to pay £766.11 after being convicted of littering a black bin bag of rubbish on a pavement in Lower Broadway, Didcot.
In December 2019 a man was prosecuted and ordered to pay £540 in court costs and fines after officers identified him as a passenger who dropped a cigarette butt from a vehicle in Milton Park and he refused to pay the fine.
In February 2019 a man caught littering in Abingdon failed to pay the fine and was ordered to pay more than £600 by the courts.



Photo courtesy Oxford and Chiltern Bus Page

Red Rose service 275 (High Wycombe-Chinnor-Milton Common-Oxford) will be diverted through Great Milton village from Monday 24 February. A journey to Oxford will serve the stop opposite the Post Office on Monday to Friday at 10.52, first serving Thame Road and The Green, then travelling to Wheatley (Park Hill), Headington and Oxford. The return journey will leave Oxford (High Street) at 14.35, arriving back in Great Milton at around 15.00. These journeys will initially operate on Monday to Friday only. This facility has been offered by the bus operator on a commercial basis, and on the assumption that there will be sufficient use to make the diversion worthwhile: if usage is not sufficient it can be withdrawn by the operator at 56 days’ notice, so please make use of the facility!