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Those who attended the Parish Meeting on Friday heard the Chairman tell us about the proposed installation of sensors to measure vehicle speeds on some roads in and around the town.
It can now be revealed that the investigation will also include trials of equipment, still under development, to measure much more than speed: tyre pressures, engine revs, condition of tappets and valves, are all possibilities. Measurement of vehicle weight could, for instance, allow drivers of heavy vehicles making for Burford to be warned that their vehicle is above the permitted weight for the bridge over the river.
The trial is in the hands of the Pirla Olof, the Scandinavian concern who, some may remember, a few years ago conducted trials of a new Sat Nav/TV system for traffic and road information. Their spokesman, commenting on the latest trial said "We are very excited about this new equipment as there are almost no limits to its potential: measurement of a driver's heart rate and blood pressure, for instance, could give new insight into the prevention of road rage".

Tony Graeme · Tue 31 Mar 2015, 22:56 · Link

Bank holiday bus services

Pulham's are not running buses on the X9 Chippy - Charlbury - Witney service on Good Friday or Easter Monday.

Stagecoach will however run an hourly service to Oxford on Good Friday.

Neither company runs buses from Charlbury on Sundays and there will be no buses on Easter Monday.

Full national travel information can be found at or by downloading and using the brilliant Traveline app on your tablet or phone.

Jon Carpenter · Tue 31 Mar 2015, 08:51 · 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.

  • Old Fire Station Browns Lane Charlbury
    Conversion of existing office to residential dwelling.
    WODC reference: 15/00927/PN56 - Wed 18 Mar 2015 - Under consideration
  • 1 Chartwell Drive Charlbury
    Two storey extension and alterations to entrance porch of main dwelling. Erection of single storey extension to create self contained annexe.
    WODC reference: 15/00724/FUL - Fri 20 Mar 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 30 Mar 2015, 07:05 · Link

Little Lees development consultation

Plans for the proposed housing development on Little Lees, comprising both affordable and market-rate housing, will be on display in the Anne Downer Room of the Corner House on 8th April from 2pm to 5pm. Visitors can talk to the developers, Builders Ede, and discuss the proposals.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 24 Mar 2015, 10:41 · Link

30 new parking spaces planned for station

First Great Western has been awarded an extension to their franchise to last until 2019.

As part of the deal, Charlbury station will get 30 new car parking spaces, while Hanborough will get 44.

New 'Intercity Express' trains will be introduced to replace HSTs across the Great Western area, and these will provide an hourly service in each direction (to London and to Worcester) from 2017/2018. Journey times to London will be reduced by a little over five minutes. The exact timetable details are not finalised, but an early diagram appears to suggest some peak trains will call at Didcot only between Oxford and Paddington.

Finally, First Great Western is likely to be rebranded as 'GWR' in an allusion to the original Great Western Railway.

Separate improvements already announced include a revised timetable starting this May, which should make the 07.12 departure more reliable; free wifi on all trains on the Cotswold Line, including Turbos; more cycle parking at Charlbury station; and 100 new car parking spaces at Kingham. There is also likely to be a new late-night service from London to Charlbury and Moreton, but this has not yet been officially confirmed.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 23 Mar 2015, 16:02 · 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.

  • Unit 4 Spendlove Centre Enstone Road Charlbury
    Proposed community centre comprising of sports hall, library, cafe, relocation of sports and social club and associated landscaping. Existing sports and social club to be demolished.
    WODC reference: 15/00914/FUL - Tue 17 Mar 2015 - Under consideration
  • Land North Of Little Lees Charlbury Oxfordshire
    Erection of twenty two dwellings and associated works.
    WODC reference: 15/00567/FUL - Tue 17 Mar 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 23 Mar 2015, 07:05 · Link

Charlbury station extended opening hours

There is currently an experiment afoot to keep the ticket office open until 19.00 to see if ticket sales merit making this permanent. Unfortunately, it is not possible to change the opening hours notice by the front door! But the ticket office really is open beyond the current hours, so go and buy your tickets there when you are travelling after 12.20.

Liz Reason · Sat 21 Mar 2015, 14:02 · Link

Charlbury Community Centre : planning submission

The Trustees of the Thomas Gifford Trust are pleased to announce that the Planning Application for the proposed centre was submitted on Monday 16th March. Our thanks to all those who assisted us in getting to this stage with feedback and ideas for the building.
The plans are available as usual in the WODC website.

Jim Holah · Wed 18 Mar 2015, 14:03 · Link

Rushy Bank Planning Application

Planning Application for Housing Estate and Dementia Care Home in AONB north of the river is currently in with WODC

Philippa Phelan · Wed 18 Mar 2015, 10:34 · Link

Planning Application for 22 houses at Little Lees

Planning Application for 22 homes (11 affordable housing) at Little Lees has been registered with WODC

Philippa Phelan · Wed 18 Mar 2015, 10:30 · 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 16 Mar 2015, 07:05 · Link

More bike parking for Charlbury station

First Great Western is spending £125,000 to improve bike parking along the Cotswold Line, including Charlbury.

The Department for Transport says:

"The project will significantly improve the capacity for cycle parking at the main stations between Hanborough and Evesham (including Charlbury, Honeybourne and Kingham). This project will provide additional high quality cycle parking to improve access to the line and focus on expanding capacity at stations where existing facilities are well used or improving facilities where poor cycle parking, location or security provision currently limit use."

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 13 Mar 2015, 13:09 · Link

Ebony Still Missing?

Our cat ebony went missing on 6th January this year from Nine Acres Close.He is a very steamlined, medium sized black cat of 7.5 years old. It has been reported to us that a black cat has been seen around the Slade area and has been visiting people and another or the same that has been appearing down market street with a white cat. Also one in Finstock. if you know of anyone who is feeding or has taken in a stray black cat either e mail me with a possible photo on or Tel: 01608 810728 or 07792403924. We are still hopefull, so look forward to receiving any information, he is chipped so vet can identify him.

Christopher Geary · Wed 11 Mar 2015, 14:00 · Link

Springtime Churchyard Day

Help to keep our churchyard beautiful.
St Mary's churchyard is a beautiful part of our town, valued by visitors and residents alike. To help keep it that way, there will be a "Springtime Churchyard Day" on Saturday 28th March from 9.00 until noon. Volunteers will be welcome, to help trim path edges, remove ivy growth from walls and trees, weed gulleys, and so on. Please bring your own tools and come along for however long you can spare. Refreshments will be provided. It should be fun. Do join us!
Contact: Dine Glasgow (810161) or Duncan Forbes (819121), Churchwardens or email

daniela jenkins · Wed 11 Mar 2015, 11:06 · 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.

  • Woody Lane House Woody Lane Charlbury
    Two storey rear extension and rebuild of an earlier extension
    WODC reference: 15/00757/HHD - Tue 24 Feb 2015 - Under consideration
  • Land South Of Forest Road Charlbury Oxfordshire
    Proposed residential development comprising 29 dwellings, including 8 affordable units, 5 self-build and 16 market houses, and 12 bed unit (C2) assisted living accommodation for residents suffering from young on set dementia.
    WODC reference: 15/00564/FUL - Thu 05 Mar 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 9 Mar 2015, 07:05 · Link

Sally Welch is Charlbury's new vicar

We are delighted to announce that our next Vicar and Area Dean will be the Revd Dr Sally Welch.

Sally lived in Charlbury more than 15 years ago. Following ordination, she had 10 years of experience of rural and small-town ministry, and she has been serving in the parish of St Margaret's and St Giles, Oxford since 2009. In Oxford, she has particular responsibility for outreach to families and young people.

Sally is at present also the Oxford Diocesan Spirituality Advisor, with a particular interest in the contribution of pilgrimage to church life.

Sally will be licensed to the parish by the Bishop of Dorchester on Tuesday 14th July, in St Mary's Church. We look forward very much to her joining us, and to welcoming her and her family back to Charlbury.

Dine Glasgow
Duncan Forbes

Sun 8 Mar 2015, 12:35 · 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.

  • 8 Sturt Road Charlbury
    Removal of existing conservatory. Erection of two storey rear extension.
    WODC reference: 15/00628/HHD - Mon 09 Feb 2015 - Under consideration
  • 1, The Green, Charlbury.
    Appeal on tree preservation order
    WODC reference: W2002/1101 - Thu 27 Jun 2002 - Under consideration

Mon 2 Mar 2015, 07:05 · Link

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