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Rail strike on Thursday 9/Friday 10 July

The RMT is staging a strike across the First Great Western network on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th.

The Cotswold Line service will be reduced to one train only in each of the morning and evening peaks.

A normal service will run between Oxford and London. The S3 bus runs from Charlbury to Oxford and takes around 1hr15 (note that peak buses don't call at the railway station so you'll need to walk from George Street).

Chiltern Railways services will continue to run as normal from Bicester and Banbury.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 3 Jul, 10:56 · Link


Latest planning applications to West Oxfordshire District Council

The following planning applications have recently been lodged. Click on the address to see full details at the WODC website.

  • 3 Chartwell Drive Charlbury
    Tree works to fell 1x Lime Tree and 1x Norwegian Maple Tree
    WODC reference: 15/02301/TCA - Thu 18 Jun 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 29 Jun, 07:05 · Link


Charlbury's buses under threat from County Council cuts

Oxfordshire County Council has announced that it is planning to remove all (or almost all) bus subsidies - putting the X9 (Witney/Chipping Norton) and Railbus services at risk.

The consultation presents two options:

  • remove all subsidies;
  • retain subsidies for some off-peak services only.

In either case, the likely effect on Charlbury would be that the C1 Railbus service is axed entirely, and very possibly that the X9 service is reduced - for example, by cutting it back to a Witney-Charlbury service, or a two-hourly service, it could be run with one bus instead of two. (The S3 bus to Oxford is not subsidised.)

The changes will take effect in April 2016.

The parlous state of OCC's budget is well-known. Cutting bus subsidies would save £2.5m pa (by comparison, rebuilding Frideswide Square yet again is costing £5.5m).

Charlbury Town Council believes that the "keep off-peak services" option is nonsensical. OCC's rationale is that off-peak services can be a lifeline to the elderly and disabled in rural communities, and are also cheaper to run as the vehicles are not in demand for school services. However, this is rather naive as off-peak rural services can also be a subsidy sink with very little reward (such as the former T1) - there is little point running "lifeline" services if no-one uses them; on-demand or community-run services are usually more efficient.

A better-drafted option for reduced subsidy is possible and should include:

  • a focus on non-discretionary journeys, rather than an arbitrary peak/off-peak distinction;
  • a full Environmental Impact Assessment, to measure (for example) the impact on the congested and polluted West End of Witney if former X9 travellers were switch to cars;
  • a targeted programme to help near-commercial routes move towards full commerciality, so that subsidy can be eliminated in the medium term.

All of these are strong arguments for keeping Charlbury's bus service as at present.

You can respond to the consultation on the Oxfordshire County Council website.

Richard Fairhurst
(Parish Transport Representative for Charlbury)

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 26 Jun, 22:35 · Link


Radio Oxford at the Charlbury Beer Festival

Radio Oxford's Tim Smith, who many of you will also know from his regular appearances on the Steve Wright Show on Radio 2, will be broadcasting live from Charlbury Cricket Club on the morning of Saturday 27 June, as final preparations for the Beer Festival get under way. Tim will be accompanied by the instigator of Beer Day Britain, Jane Peyton, who will also be appearing in the Culture Club tent later in the afternoon, talking about the culture and history of the world's favourite alcoholic drink. For full details, as always, go to www.charlburybeerfestival.org - and we look forward to seeing you there.

Edward Fenton · Fri 26 Jun, 13:24 · Link


CHARLBURY POST OFFICE UPDATE - 12 months reprieve

Post Office have confirmed that the Post Office will be able to stay as it is for now and will be reviewed in 12 months time because circumstances can change.

Post Office believe that providing Post Office services from an alternative retailer within the community is not an option at this point in time.

Thanks to everyone for their support (may be needed again in the future )

Elaine Newbold · Fri 26 Jun, 10:41 · Link


Tom Skelton elected to Town Council

Tom Skelton has been elected to fill the vacancy on Charlbury Town Council, following today's election. (You can read his election statement here.)

The results were: Tom Skelton 251, Gordon Clemson 180. Turnout was 18.31%.

Thu 25 Jun, 23:13 · Link


Charlbury School raffle - one week to go!

It's now only a week to go til the draw of the Charlbury School Summer Fair raffle. Our top prize is a weekend family ticket for Wilderness (perfect for those who missed out on the local tickets!). Other great prizes include a £50 Boden voucher, a spa day at Heythrop Park and a 2-course meal at The Bell. Tickets are available from the School office (during school hours), Maraedy Hair Company and Cotswold Frames. Good luck!

Alice Millea · Thu 25 Jun, 18:03 · Link


Election for town councillor TODAY

Go along and vote!

Liz Reason · Thu 25 Jun, 08:27 · Link


Wilderness access details for local ticket holders

If you are a local ticket holder for Wilderness, and are wondering where and how to exchange your ticket for a wristband, then please read on.

If you have a local discounted ticket or a ticket purchased from Charlbury Post Office, you will be able to exchange it for a wristband from 10am on Thursday 6th August at any of the three gates: Crane Hill, North Lodge and Southill.

You can request a wristband for general camping, quiet camping or family camping, or simply a 'local access' wristband if you do not wish to camp. The wristbands allow repeat entry and access via the same three gates. If you would like to drive, you can purchase a car parking pass which will be valid for the entire festival when you first enter. This pass will only be valid at the gate you initially enter.

Alison Wright · Wed 24 Jun, 10:18 · Link


Latest planning applications to West Oxfordshire District Council

The following planning applications have recently been lodged. Click on the address to see full details at the WODC website.

  • Redding Wyck House Market Street Charlbury
    Replacement of window with pair of French doors on rear elevation; internal alterations to partitions; replacement of stair flight; secondary glazing to front elevation
    WODC reference: 15/01915/LBC - Wed 27 May 2015 - Under consideration
  • Redding Wyck House Market Street Charlbury
    Replacement of window with pair of French doors on rear elevation; internal alterations to partitions; replacement of stair flight; secondary glazing to front elevation.
    WODC reference: 15/01914/HHD - Thu 28 May 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 22 Jun, 07:05 · Link


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