Voters in West Oxfordshire district will also be making their views heard as the council elects a third of its councillors on Thursday, May 3. Residents in Chipping Norton and The Bartons wards will be choosing their representatives on West Oxfordshire District Council along with 14 others.Deputy leader of the Labour Party Laetisia Carter will be aiming to hold onto her Chipping Norton seat, while a new councillor will be chosen to represent The Bartons.Alongside the district council election, parish councils across the region are holding polls with 115 seats available. Polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm.The candidates for Banburyshire wards at West Oxfordshire council are:Chipping Norton: Juliet Elizabeth Anson Byrne (Liberal Democrat), Laetisia Catherine Carter (Labour Party), Gary Elwyn Jones (Conservative Party)The Bartons: Dave Jackson (Lib Dem), Aaron James Michael Miles (Lab), Jonny Rosemont (Con) … [Read more...] about West Oxfordshire voters set for election
There is a final opportunity for people to have their say on South Oxfordshire’s Core Strategy. The inspector appointed to examine the strategy has published his conclusions on changes to the strategy and these are available to view at: http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/ The council is now producing a list of the changes along with a version of the Core Strategy showing the changes. This will be advertised from February 3 to March 16 at www.southoxon.gov.uk/corestrategy. Copies will also be available to view at South Oxfordshire District Council’s offices, libraries and one-stop shops to enable local residents and other interested parties to have their say. This follows the draft conclusions note that the inspector published on November 30 following the hearings held earlier in that month, and the additional sustainability appraisal work carried out in December by the council on his instruction to test some matters raised in his conclusions.This is expected to be the final … [Read more...] about Core strategy update from Oxfordshire County Council.
Animal cruelty complaints are on the rise in Oxfordshire, according to the RSPCA which has revealed shocking stories from across Banburyshire. The animal welfare charity investigated 1,326 complaints about animal cruelty in Oxfordshire last year - with almost four new animal welfare concerns being looked into by inspectors every day.The figure has been released as part of the charity’s annual Cruelty Statistics, which shows that, nationally, 141,760 complaints about animal welfare were investigated in 2017.The stats show that there has been a rise in Oxfordshire in the number of complaints about animal cruelty received by the charity, up from 1,299 in 2016.In Warwickshire, there were 1,279 animal cruelty complaints last year and 1,820 in Northamptonshire.Cases brought to justice by the RSPCA in the county last year included a man and a woman who were disqualified from keeping dogs for ten years after their pooch was left to starve in a squalid outhouse.The pair admitted causing … [Read more...] about Animal cruelty complaints ‘rising’ in Oxfordshire as RSPCA reveals horror stories
Fire services in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire saw an increase in the number of arson attacks on homes last year, figures from the Home Office show. In the 12 months to September, 2017, the most recent data available, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended 29 deliberately started house fires, 38 per cent more than the previous year, out of a total of 279 fires.While Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service attended 18 arson attacks, 20 per cent more than the previous year – in total, they attended 156 house fires.In contrast, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service saw a small decrease in the number of fires they attended last year.The Northants firefighters attended a total 402 house fires, a drop of six per cent on the previous year, including 40 cases of arson.Dave Green, national officer at the Fire Brigades Union, said: “Starting fires deliberately in the home is a heinous crime. Rightfully, it is a serious criminal offence punishable by law.“Arsonists do not … [Read more...] about Sharp rise in arson attacks in Oxfordshire, figures show
Gritter drivers have been praised for their hard work after keeping Oxfordshire's roads as clear as possible during one of the worst winters in recent memory. The county saw multiple bouts of snow and freezing temperatures from November to March meaning the gritting lorries were very busy, travelling nearly four times around the world from the Deddington base.Paul Wilson, the man who oversees Oxfordshire County Council's gritting operation, said: “It was certainly a winter with a far different character than most of those we’ve had this decade.“In total the council sent the gritters out on 76 occasions from November onwards. That compares to 45 in 2016/17."The council also had to put the snowploughs on to the gritters four times – something that had not been needed in Oxfordshire since 2012/13."A total of over 16,000 tonnes of rock salt were used and over 90,000 miles covered by Oxfordshire’s gritters from November to March which equates to 3.7 times … [Read more...] about Oxfordshire gritters praised after busy winter battling snow