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Recycling collection to be fortnightly from 2017

From October next year (2017) West Oxfordshire residents will be able to put the majority of recycling items that are currently placed in black boxes, all together into a wheelie bin.

Glass, however, will still need to be placed in a black box as it has to be collected separately. A new kerbside collection for small electrical items will be introduced when the new service starts.

In line with most other councils, recycling collections will become fortnightly and will alternate with the general household rubbish collection. Food waste will continue to be collected weekly.

The above were included in the recommendations for future changes to the waste service, to start when the current contract ends in October 2017. They were agreed at West Oxfordshire District Council's Cabinet's meeting on 22 June 2016 and will go forward to full Council for a decision the following week, on 29 June.

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member responsible for the Environment said, "In a recent survey, most people (70%) told us they would prefer a wheelie bin for recycling and do not want to sort all their recycling materials. As our residents are amongst the best in the country for recycling, we are keen to introduce any changes that make it easier for them.

"Using wheeled bins for recycling collections will also reduce street litter as materials such as paper and plastics often spill out and catch the wind easily.

"Although recycling collections will become fortnightly using a wheelie bin with a box for glass gives much greater capacity. Households unable to accommodate a wheelie bin, should be assured that we are exploring other container options for them."

Recommendations include retaining garden waste collections as an optional service for residents, but from April 2017 introducing a small annual charge of £30 for each garden waste wheeled bin.

For several years West Oxfordshire's garden waste collections have been free. However, following cost cuts made by Oxfordshire County Council, the District Council is no longer receiving recycling credits for garden waste and so a small charge to cover costs is being made. This brings West Oxfordshire in line with other neighbouring authorities as most charge for this service.

Cllr Langridge said, "Garden waste collections are popular and residents told us in the survey that it is something they value. Because of this we are very keen to offer it as an optional service with a small annual charge for those who wish to take it up. More information will be available later in the year."

There will be no changes to general household waste collections as these will be still be collected fortnightly and collections will alternate with recycling.

(From a WODC press release; emphasis ours.)

Fri 24 Jun, 14:41 · Link

A Pair of Wilderness 2016 Tickets for sale by silent auction NOW!!!

A pair of weekend tickets for this year's Wilderness Festival (4th to 7th August 2016) have been kindly donated by the festival organisers to be auctioned to raise money for Street Fair. As the festival takes place BEFORE Street Fair (17th September), a special silent auction of this one item is being held and your offers are now invited!
If you would like to bid, please send an email to with a subject of "Wildernesss 2016 Auction" and include the following details:
- Names of those wishing to attend
- Address (for the mailing of tickets)
- Telephone contact (landline, mobile or both)
- Email address
- Your bid
- Your preferred campsite (Family, Quiet, General or None)

Alternatively, deliver your bid including the above details by post or by hand to:
Peter Kenrick, Wilderness 2016 Auction, 18 Little Lees, Charlbury, Oxon, OX7 3HB

All bids to be received by Wednesday 6th July and the successful bidder will be announced on Monday 11th July. Payment must be received from the successful bidder before tickets can be issued.
Please see the Wilderness Festival website for details of the festival, tickets, camping areas, restrictions and other terms and conditions.

Peter Kenrick · Thu 23 Jun, 15:32 · Link

It's definitely happening...

Work commences today on the construction of Charlbury's new Community Centre. A local Charlbury contracting team is being used to "facilitate the site" which over the next 12 weeks will involve removing the existing spoil, levelling the site and building a retaining "gabon" wall near the children's play area. Demolition of the existing buildings is scheduled to take place in early July. It is anticipated that the site will be then handed over to the main contractor in early September. Regular updates will appear here to advise the community of the progress of the project.

The centre is programmed to open in September 2017.

Paul D Jenkins · Tue 21 Jun, 08:32 · 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.

Mon 20 Jun, 08:00 · Link

New group: Charlbury Netwalking

Are you a homeworker looking for a lunchtime excuse to:

- get away from your desk
- get some exercise
- meet new people locally
- discover new walking routes
- chat informally about homeworking?

This new walking group has primarily been set up with homeworkers in mind, but all are welcome, including well-behaved dogs. It's a very informal group and is basically a regular time and meeting place to allow people to join together. The intention is that members will take it in turns to lead a walk of between an hour and an hour and a half (achievable over a lunch break).
Walks will take place at midday every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Walks in July will be on 6th and 20th.
Start and finish point is the old fountain on the Playing Close opposite the Co-op.
There is no need to sign up, just turn up on the day.
The inaugural netwalk on 15th June attracted 14 people.

Helen Holwill · Sun 19 Jun, 21:45 · Link

Ricos Pizza Shack

Rico's have informed me that they are unable to be at the Spendlove site next Monday the 20th June.

Jim Holah · Sat 18 Jun, 20:00 · Link

Cub Scout Centenary Event at Cornbury

To celebrate the centenary of the Cub Scouts a camp is being held at Cornbury this weekend (Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June) and we are told there will be in excess of 1300 Cubs taking part.

With this event going on there are a few things to be aware of. Firstly, there will be some fireworks at the camp on Friday evening so farmers and owners of horses and pets may wish to take some precautions. There will also be some amplified music on Saturday night but this will finish by 10pm at the latest.

There may also be some traffic disruption on Friday evening between 5 and 7pm and on Sunday afternoon between 2 and 5pm. A one-way system will be in operation with vehicles entering via the Finstock entrance and exiting via North Lodge. There should be signage in place and marshalls directing traffic.

We all hope the event goes well and the Cubs and their leaders have a great weekend.

Peter Kenrick · Fri 17 Jun, 15:17 · Link

Friday Fish & Chip Van

As a result of a road accident Bob & Sarah Withey are unable to offer the Fish & Chip Van service this Friday.

The staff & friends are hoping to be back on Friday 24th June.

In the meantime I know that their regular customers will join me in sending them best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Jim Holah on behalf of the Thomas Gifford Trust

Jim Holah · Wed 15 Jun, 10:49 · Link

Charlbury resident Nick Way awarded OBE

Nick Way, of Market Street, has been awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to the conservation of the UK's architectural heritage.

Until November, Nick was director general of the Historic Houses Association, which represents over 1,600 privately and charitably owned historic houses, castles and gardens. He told the Oxford Mail that his proudest achievement with the HHA had been helping families who happened to live in historic homes which require costly upkeep to develop new sources of income, such as weddings, to enable them to keep living there, often while opening parts of their house to the public.

Congratulations Nick!

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 14 Jun, 11:32 · Link

Market Street closure - 20 June for 3 weeks

OCC have sent us a notice about the road closure. Market Street will be closed for three weeks from 20 June for sewer repair works.

There are exemptions including "for access to premises which are only accessible from the closed section of road."

Susan Way · Mon 13 Jun, 19:59 · Link

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