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Faringdon Litter pick 2020

Join the British Spring Clean 2020.

Be part of Faringdon Community Litter pick on Saturday 28th of March.

We are looking for volunteers willing to help on the day.

To discover more about the programme please see the link below:

Faringdon Community litter pick- plan

If you wish to be part of the Community Litter Pick 2020, write to Marzia@faringdontowncouncil.gov.uk

Reporting weather related incidents

On behalf of Emergency Planning

As you will have seen on the news we are due some wet and windy weather again this weekend. 

The latest reports indicate that wind speeds will be slightly lower than last week but rainfall is likely to be heavier so there is an increased chance of flooding.  Oxfordshire County Council is working closely with all our partners to monitor the situation and prepare for the weekend.  As a reminder there are some numbers that you can call to report weather related issues if you become aware of them.

  • To report fallen tree’s or other debris which pose a risk to your safety or the safety of others, please call 999
  • To report fallen tree’s or other debris which doesn’t pose such a high risk but still needs to be dealt with, please call 101
  • If you lose power or can see that a power line has come down please report it by calling 105
  • If you are concerned about flooding, you should visit the Oxfordshire Flood Toolkit online – https://www.oxfordshirefloodtoolkit.com – and I will summarise the key numbers to call below:
  • If you have a flooding emergency which is a threat to someone’s life, contact Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service on 999
  • To report flooding relating to a highway such as blocked ditches, blocked drains or flooding on a road call Oxfordshire County Council Floodline on 0345 310 1111
  • To report flooding from a main river contact the Environment Agency through the Floodline (Tel: 0345 988 1188 or 0800 80 70 60) or visit their website
  • If your property is at immediate risk of surface water flooding please contact Thames Valley Police on 101

Town Councillor Surgery this Saturday

Town councillors will be available for you to raise any issues or ideas every Saturday.

Please visit them at the Old Town Hall this Saturday 15th of February between 10 am and 12 pm.

Contact Jo King for further details. jo@faringdontowncouncil.gov.uk

Guidelines to follow in extreme bad weather

Uk Power Networks shared with us few rules to follow in extreme weather conditions .

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates
  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates

“We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut.  Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register.  You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority. “

Uk Power Networks

Oxfordshire County Council – Brexit briefing

Introduction

Ahead of the UK formally leaving the European Union on Friday 31 January 2020, this is an update on planning for Brexit by the county council and their partners. Cherwell District Council has taken the lead on liaising with the districts and City councils, and in turn working closely with the county council to form a co-ordinated response across Oxfordshire. Up until Christmas there were two main areas of work:

  • dealing with preparations for a no-deal Brexit via the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum
  • looking at community, business and longer-term impacts involving leads from county, district and City councils.

Following the outcome for the General Election, Government instructed councils to stop preparations for a no deal Brexit at the end of January 2020 and, indeed, the ratification by the European Parliament on Wednesday 29 January means the withdrawal agreement will take effect and the UK will exit the EU on Friday.  Trade talks will commence soon. 

The next significant milestone is the 30 June 2020, which is the deadline for extending the transition period beyond 31 Dec 2020.  Should a deal not be agreed or an extension requested, it is still possible that the UK could leave without a deal.

The county council and its partners will now focus on the following workstreams:

  • supporting residents with applications to the EU settlement scheme
  • engagement with local business to support preparations for exiting the EU
  • supporting initiatives to maintain and improve community cohesion during and after the transition phase

Officers from the county council and representatives from the district council will meet on a monthly call and get updates from leads of each of these workstreams. The county council has a contingency fund that was allocated by government in the event of a no deal Brexit and remains in place.

Online advice to residents, communities and business

Advice on the county council website has been updated in line with changes to the Government’s information. District and City councils also carry their own advice and guidance for their communities. 

Business advice

Economic development officers across all six councils have been working with OxLEP, Oxfordshire’s enterprise partnership body, to consider how to support local businesses. Business advice has been communicated through OxLEP emails to thousands of businesses and council social media posts.

OxLEP has provided Oxfordshire business with advice, mainly by directing people to the Government’s web-based guidance.

In addition, OxLEP has organised a 1:1 business support programme across the county up until March, which is primarily to address SME Brexit concerns.

Community engagement

Councils have been advising EU nationals about the settlement scheme, including the county council’s document checking services in libraries.

Oxford City Council is launching a campaign called #WeAreOxford to engage residents and “celebrate communities” in response to uncertainty over Brexit.

Links

Oxfordshire County Council advice

EU settlement scheme

www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/brexit

OxLEP business advice

(www.oxfordshirelep.com/brexit)

Bike Swap Shop in Faringdon

“Farcycles has a mission to increase cycling in the community, so that everyone benefits.  Individuals will be fitter.  Our roads will be safer, less congested and polluted.  Everyone will be healthier and happier.”

Farcycles.weebly.com

Does your child need a bicycle? 

Do YOU need a bicycle? 

Do you have unused or unwanted bikes at home?

Does your bike need attention? 

Start this February Half Term on Saturday 15th by joining the Bike Swap Shop, run by the Farcycles group. The initiative aims at ensuring bikes are safe and roadworthy.

The swap shop will take place under the Old Town Hall and will run from 1.30 to 3.30 pm.

The bike swap shop welcomes all ages but particularly – children, teenagers and ladies.

Bring your unused bikes on the day or in advance to 17 Coxwell Road, Faringdon. Contact Lyn at : Cycle@farcycles.org.uk

For more information on cycling activities running during the week of half Term , please visit Farcycles.weebly.com

Waste enforcement officers tackle litter

Waste enforcement officers from South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils are heading out to a series of events starting next week, where they will meet the public to talk about littering. They have also put together a top ten list of excuses given to them by people caught in the act.

These range from “I couldn’t see a bin” to “There are no signs about not littering”. There’ll be no excuse about not seeing the signs as the councils have produced new banners to be put up in town centres where litter enforcement patrols are being carried out.

From 4 February officers will be out across the districts talking about the work they do tackling litter and fly-tips and how members of the public can report offences and help with investigations.

Officers’ Top Ten excuses given by people caught littering

  1. I didn’t think a cigarette butt was litter
  2. It was already littered so won’t matter if I add some more
  3. I didn’t know it was against the law
  4. I didn’t know you could be fined for dropping litter
  5. I’d have to walk all the way over to the bin
  6. I keep the road sweepers in a job
  7. You go and stop others first, then I will stop
  8. It’s bio-degradable
  9. I couldn’t see a bin
  10. There are no signs about not littering

Cllr Jenny Hannaby, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “There are no excuses for littering. It is so unnecessary. Is it so hard to find a bin when you have finished your food or drink in the street? Even if it is, then what is stopping you taking your litter back to your work or home and put it in the bin there. Littering is an offence and we fine people when they are caught.”

Cllr David Rouane, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “People who drop litter can’t care about the environment they live in or the people around them. It’s anti-social, unattractive and in the case of the most littered items – such as chewing gum, cigarette butts and plastic takeaway boxes – detrimental to wildlife too.”

Residents can meet the team tackling littering at:

  • Thame Market on 4 February 8.45am – 2.15pm
  • Wallingford Market 7 February 11am – 1pm
  • Henley Market Place 13 February 11am – 1pm
  • Didcot at Cornerstone 21 February 11am – 1pm
  • Wantage at The Beacon 28 February 11am – 1pm
  • Abingdon Market Place 6 March 11am -1pm

People caught littering are issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice and an accompanying fine (currently £80). If they refuse to pay the fine, they can be prosecuted for non-payment and if found guilty will face higher costs.

Attached picture shows Councillors David Rouane and Jenny Hannaby with South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils’ new signs

Kids Clothes Swap

Second round of the children clothes swap

FTC welcomes the new year promoting a good re-using initiative.

This Saturday 1st of February the kids clothes swap returns to the Old Town hall, in Faringdon.

The event will start at 10:00 and will finish at 13:00.

Come and visit us , bring your unwanted items and trade these for some wonderful kids clothing, meanwhile helping our planet!

If you want to know more please contact the swap shop leader at amy.carter852@yahoo.co.uk

Oxfordshire County Council School Crossing Patrol Officer Vacancy

We are looking for a School Crossing Patrol Officer at Faringdon Junior School, Faringdon.

The working hours are 7.5 per week – ¾ hour in the morning and afternoon Monday – Friday.

This role is permanent, on a term time only basis.

Current pay is £9.18 per hour.

In this role, you will help to provide a safe crossing point for children on their way to school.

Reliability is key for this role as parents need to be assured that the SCPO is present so that children can walk safely to school.

Training and uniform will be provided.

The post requires an enhanced DBS check.

For further information, please contact the School Crossing Patrol Supervisor on 07867 467794

2020 ‘Be Supported’ Questionnaire for Children and Young People

The 2020 ‘Be Supported’ Questionnaire for Children and Young People in Oxfordshire is now live.

Children and young people are encouraged to complete the online questionnaire before the 9th February deadline, but in case the online version cannot be completed, please find attached a paper PDF version, which needs to be returned earlier – by Monday 3rd February

2020 Be Supported Questionnaire for C+YP

We are particularly keen to hear from targeted groups, as although the survey is open to all children and young people in Oxfordshire, we need to make sure that we are hearing from children and young people who have experiences relating to any of the three priorities for the Oxfordshire Children and Young People’s Plan 2018 – 2021, which are: missing out on education, social and emotional wellbeing and/or mental health needs, and domestic abuse.