Advance notice that the February and March dates have been changed owing to unavailability of councillors.

New details as follows:

Wednesday 20th February
Wednesday 20th March

All meetings are at 8pm in the Pavilion.

Please email Sharon on leafieldparishcouncil@outlook.com if you would like to receive agendas and minutes by email.

Restore is an Oxfordshire mental health charity which supports people through their recovery and into employment. We have sites in Banbury, Didcot, Littlemore and in Oxford. We are currently recruiting volunteers for a variety of roles including administration, fundraising, coaching and supporting people in our recovery groups with activities such as cooking, gardening, craft or woodwork.

Please see below news of a community-led event:

Meet on the Green (in front of the Fox).

Free teas and cakes included.

Help us keep Leafield tidy with a litter pick-up along the main roads leading into the village.  Bring gloves and high-vis.  Everything else will be provided. No booking necessary – just turn up.

Questions? Email Michael Triff at mbtriff@yahoo.co.uk. Volunteers participate at their own risk and assume responsibility for their own health and safety.

At the village hall, with live band, bar and supper!

 

We hope you will come along for a fun evening of music, food and dancing and of course all the funds go to the school.

If you have never danced before then don’t worry, there’s a caller who will let you know the steps.

You’ll pick it up in no time and part of the fun is learning the dances. There will be a full bar.

Chris Stoneham’s band “The Hullaballoos” is playing and supper is included. in the ticket price. Please come along for a great family night out to kick start 2019! Please come along for a great family night out (under 5s free) to kick start 2019!

Tickets at: www-pta-events.co.uk/fols

West Oxfordshire District Council is encouraging residents to recycle their real Christmas trees.
 
Householders already signed up for garden waste collections can simply put them out on their next scheduled garden collection when the service re-starts from Wednesday 9 January. Trees should be cut up and placed inside their licensed garden bin.
 
If your garden waste bin is full, please leave your cut up tree next to your full bin for collection. Trees larger than 90cm / 3ft should be cut up into manageable pieces before putting out.
 
Anyone that is not a garden waste customer can take their tree along to the nearest waste and recycling centre (council tip).
 
The fortnightly garden waste collection service costs £30 per bin, per year and runs from 1 April to 31 March. For more information see //www.westoxon.gov.uk/garden

Another opportunity for you to have your say…..

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has launched a survey seeking the public view on an increase in the police element of the council tax by £2 a month*

On Thursday 13th December the Home Secretary announced the provisional police funding settlement for 2019/20. In response to the exceptional operational demands on the police, particularly in areas such as Thames Valley, the Government is increasing the funding available to PCCs by up to £813 million. However, this is provided all PCCs increase the police portion of the council tax by £2 a month or £24 a year (equivalent for a Band D property), which, collectively, will raise £509 million of the £813 million increase in funding.

Anthony Stansfeld said: “The Thames Valley Police budget has been cut by £101 million over the last eight years which has resulted in significant cuts to police officer and staff numbers. This year the Government has encouraged all PCCs to raise the policing element of the council tax precept for all households. To prevent further damaging cuts to policing and restore some important frontline policing capability I would like to make use of this Government advice and raise the council tax precept accordingly.

“Demand on police forces nationally has risen significantly in the last year as a result of an increase in non-crime business, higher crime numbers, the increasing complexity of crime, and the increasing reach of criminals both physically and via technology. Throughout this Thames Valley Police has been efficient and effective but having already faced significant cuts since 2010/11 the process of identifying new cash savings is becoming ever more challenging. However, we are committed to making policing even more efficient and have already identified over £4m of new savings in 2019/20.”

“My focus for the future continues to be on delivering strong neighbourhood policing for all of the communities across the Thames Valley whilst addressing the serious threats and hardship posed by criminals. With this in mind the extra cash generated from the proposed increase in council tax will be spent on operational policing. The draft budget for 2019/20 includes additional funding to increase local frontline policing, recruit more investigators and improve contact management with the aim to reduce call waiting times on 101 calls.”

The survey and more information, including the proposed amounts from each council tax band can be found by visiting: https://bit.ly/2QEkGkk

 Closing Date: Wednesday 9th January at 5pm

 

*this is the equivalent for a Band D property. The increase for other property Bands is set out in the table available with the survey on the above link.

 

 

West Oxfordshire District Council is asking for views as to how it should prioritise its budget spend for next year.

The Council is currently preparing its annual budget for 2019-20 and is consulting on proposals to increase council tax by an annual average of £5.

Cllr Toby Morris, our Cabinet Member for Resources, said “Local government continues to face financial pressures as a result of changes to central government funding and so it’s vital to review our spending each year.

“We’re proposing an average annual council tax increase of £5 for residents and this will help to protect frontline services and allow us to continue to offer free parking and award grants to support work done by voluntary organisations.

“Our proposed increase is minimised because of shared working with Cotswold, Cheltenham and Forest of Dean councils. Working together under the new local authority-owned company, Publica, is proving extremely beneficial.”

The survey can be completed online at – www.westoxon.gov.uk/budget

The deadline to complete the survey is 18 January 2019.

Alternatively, residents can send written comments to:

Jenny Poole – Chief Finance Officer, West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
Oxon OX28 1PB

 

Normal collection Revised collection
Mon 24 December As normal
Tues 25 December Thurs 27 December
Wed 26 December Fri 28 December
Thurs 27 December Sat 29 December
Fri 28 December Mon 31 December
Mon 31 December Wed 2 January
Tues 1 January Thurs 3 January
Wed 2 January Fri 4 January
Thurs 3 January Sat 5 January
Fri 4 January Mon 7 January
Mon 7 January Tues 8 January
Tues 8 January Wed 9 January
Wed 9 January Thurs 10 January
Thurs 10 January Fri 11 January
Fri 11 January Sat 12 January

 

Normal collections start again on Monday 14 January 2019.

 

Garden waste collections are suspended over the festive period (25 December – 8 January) so crews can concentrate on picking up extra waste and recycling over Christmas and New Year.

 Missed bin collections

If your bin is not collected as scheduled, please report it direct to our contractors via our website.

 

West Oxfordshire District Council will collect extra recyclable waste during the festive period.

Additional recycling must be in either black recycling boxes, open cardboard boxes or clear bags and put out alongside the recycling wheelie bin. However, for safety reasons, glass bottles and jars should only be placed in a black box.

Indoor food caddies can also be left out for collection alongside outdoor food waste bins.

More information about recycling, including Christmas collection times, can be found at www.westoxon.gov.uk/festive or by calling 01993 861025.

The website also details what can be taken to local Household Waste Recycling Centres and to recycling banks.

All documents are available to view on this website at http://www.leafieldvillage.co.uk/pc-key-documents/

Councillor Andy Wright has stepped down from the Council for personal reasons and we would like to thank him for his work on the Council.

We now only have four councillors out of a full Council of seven and much work to do for Leafield. We are able to co-opt new members to serve on the Council until the May 2019 elections.

If you are interested in being considered please email Sharon Henley, Clerk on leafieldparishcouncil@outlook.com or call 07756 333703 for an informal chat.

We are making good progress on bringing ultrafast broadband to properties in West Oxfordshire, which currently have little or no internet access.

At the beginning of December the Gigaclear team is starting work in the Leafield cabinet area, which also covers properties in Asthall Leigh, Field Assarts and Fordwells.

Work is scheduled to continue up until June 2019. Below is what will happen during this time and we would be grateful if you could share this information with parish councillors.

Installing the network and making good afterwards

 This will involve digging up pavements and roads as Gigaclear installs the full fibre cabling along with connection points outside the boundary of every property. All residents and businesses will be informed as soon as their connection is ready and can take full advantage of ultrafast speeds.

Everything disrupted by the installation will be reinstated to Highways Authorities and Utilities Committee standards.

Below are some useful links:

 

 

The broadband project sees West Oxfordshire District Council and the Government’s broadband agency BDUK invest £3.1m between them with rural broadband specialist Gigaclear adding a further £5m.

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Update from OCC as follows:
 
Correct dates are:
 
15th Jan 2019 – closing date for on time applications
Parents/Carers MUST apply by this date, online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/admissions or on paper (forms available from the County Council website or a local school)
 
16th April 2019 – letters offering places will be posted second class. Those who applied on-line will receive an email and will be able to review the result of their application on-line.

The current email circulation list is being refreshed and updated to ensure compliance with the GDPR Regulations.

If you would like to receive Agendas and Minutes by email please email me at leafieldparishcouncil@outlook.com.  Please could those who have previously sent a request also re-confirm their request.

Minutes and Agendas are displayed on noticeboards at the Shop and Lower End and at the Pavilion, Village Hall and on the website at http://www.leafieldvillage.co.uk/parish-council/

Thank you.

Sharon Henley

Clerk

West Oxfordshire residents wanting to recycle more can now swap to a larger recycling wheelie bin for free.

The current blue-lidded wheelie bin for recycling materials is a standard 240 litre size, but the new larger bin, at 360 litres, offers 50% more capacity.

Cllr Steve Good, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We are responding to households that regularly have extra recycling and feel that their current bin is not big enough.

“In addition to making recycling easier for them, it will help boost our recycling rates even further, which is good news as West Oxfordshire is already one of the top districts in the country for recycling.”

West Oxfordshire’s recycling is collected fortnightly in the blue-lidded bin and glass is collected separately in a black box. However, food waste is collected weekly.

Recycling materials collected in the blue-lidded wheelie bins are cardboard, paper, foil, cartons, aerosols, food tins, drink cans, plastic bottles, tubs and trays.

To order a bigger recycling bin or any additional recycling container, call 01993 861000 or email enquiries@westoxon.gov.uk

 

Our contractors, Churchills, will be carrying out repairs to the potholes in the Village Hall car park this week.   The car park will still be available for use during the works which should only last for one day.

We hope this will improve the surface of the car park before the winter weather sets in.

 

Sharon Henley

Clerk to Leafield Parish Council

Fancy playing volleyball at the Charlbury Community Centre? Then a friendly session on Wednesdays from 8pm-10pm is your chance!

 Volleyball is one of the best and most popular sports in the world, and it’s growing quickly in this country. Whether you’ve never played before and want to give it a go, or you haven’t played since you were at school or on holiday, this session gives you the opportunity to come and try!

 We offer a friendly, relaxed session with a focus on helping everyone to learn, improve and join in. This indoor version of the sport can be played by all ages and abilities, and is one of the few where men and women routinely play together. We currently have players aged 18-60+ with mixed level of fitness and often no previous experience.

 The session is led by Felicity Brooks and Steven Fairhurst Jones. We both have years of experience playing and coaching volleyball and we run the session according to everyone’s ability and ambition.

 It currently costs £5 per session, with your first session free of charge.

 Interested? Please either come along, e-mail stevenfairhurstjones@gmail.com, or call or text on 07879 063 934. Further information can be found at http://www.charlbury.info/community/97?category=16 

 

Steven Fairhurst Jones

There is a proposal to reinstall a red telephone box on The Green, where the old one used to be.  The current phone box had its phone taken away a couple of years ago.

Do you know of a place or person that sells them for a reasonable price? (It will be paid for by donations and fundraising events). It does not have to be in perfect condition because we have two volunteers in the village who are keen to refurbish it.

If you have any ideas as to what to use it for, along with comments and feedback that would be very welcome.

Please contact leafieldparishcouncil@outlook.com  Or phone Deborah on 01993 878035.