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New VoWHDC toilets open in Southampton Street Car Park

Vale of White Horse District Council recently completed an £80,000 renovation of the public conveniences in Southampton Street, Faringdon.  There are now two unisex cubicles which have been designed to be more robust and easier to keep clean, including one which is specially designed for use by people who are disabled.

 

Inside each cubicle a screen shows how much time you have left before the door unlocks automatically (this takes place after 15 minutes). The handle will override the door locking mechanism, so to get out you can simply turn the handle.​  The hand washers and toilet flushes are all sensor operated while both toilet pans are single molded designs which are easier to keep clean and reduces the likelihood of the facility being vandalised, as opposed to traditional ones with a movable seat and lid.   To help keep the facility secure the doors are made from solid metal. Some may initially find them a bit heavy to open, however, the door closers have been put on the lightest setting so that the doors shut firmly and safely.

 

The installation work was carried out by Kier and Healthmatic and Healthmatic are responsible for the cleaning and maintenance – any issues should be reported to them on 01249 823141 via nina@healthmatic.com. The toilets are locked overnight between 6:30pm and 8am. ​

 

If you have any feedback about the new facility please call 01235 540443 or email facilities@southandvale.gov.uk

Review of subsidised bus services in Oxfordshire

Review of subsidised bus services in Oxfordshire

 

Summary of changes from 31 May 2015

 

Vale of White Horse area services

Service 4, (Wood Farm) – Oxford – Cumnor – Wootton – Abingdon

Oxford Bus Company. The new timetable is published on www.oxfordbus.co.uk

 

Service 31, Oxford – Abingdon – Grove – Wantage

Stagecoach.  The new timetable is published on www.stagecoachbus.com

 

Service 32, Didcot – Wantage

Thames Travel.  This Sunday service will continue running until 28th June. There will be changes to this and services X1/X32 from 5th July. Please see the Thames Travel website nearer to this date. www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Service 38, Wantage & Grove local service

Thames Travel. The new timetable is published on www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Services 40, 41, 42, Abingdon town services

Thames Travel. The new timetable is published on www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Service 43, Eaton –Longworth – Gozzards Ford – Tubney – Abingdon

County Council ITU fleet. Service continues unchanged.

 

Service 44, Abingdon – Boars Hill – Sunningwell – Bayworth – Oxford

Thames Travel. The new timetable is published on www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Service 61, Faringdon Town Service

Faringdon Community Bus. Service continues unchanged.

 

Service 63, Southmoor – Hinton Waldrist – Longworth – Appleton – Oxford

Thames Travel. The new timetable is published on www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Service 65, Faringdon – Longcot – Bourton – Watchfield – Swindon

Service withdrawn.  Coverage of Longcot village, Bourton and Watchfield (Majors Road/High Street) provided by Swindon Dial-a-Ride ‘Shopperbus’ service. Please contact Swindon Dial-a-Ride on 01793 616050 for further information.

Bourton will also have a new Saturday facility to be provided by Go Ride service 90.

The new timetable is published on www.goridebus.co.uk

 

Service 66, Swindon – Shrivenham – Faringdon – Southmoor – Oxford

Stagecoach.  The new timetable is published on www.stagecoachbus.com

 

Services 67/67A/67B, Wantage – Stanford-in-the-Vale – Faringdon

Thames Travel. The new timetable is published on www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Services 83/84, Stanford-in-the-Vale area services

Stanford-in-the-Vale Community Bus. Service continues unchanged.

 

Service 90, Lambourn – Ashbury – Swindon

Service continues broadly unchanged for the time being, though new facility via Bourton is added on Saturday afternoon.

Go-Ride. The new timetable is published on www.goridebus.co.uk

 

218, Wytham – Oxford

Thames Travel. The new timetable is published on www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Service A1, Didcot – Ardington – Lockinge – West Hanney – Wantage

County Council ITU fleet. New timetable attached.

 

Services X1/X32/32, (Oxford) – Didcot – Harwell – Wantage

Thames Travel.  These services will continue running unchanged until Saturday 4th July. There will be changes from Sunday 5th July. Look out for details of an enhanced service between Didcot and Harwell Campus from 6th July. Please see the Thames Travel website nearer to this date. www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Services X2, (Oxford) – Abingdon – Didcot – Wallingford

Thames Travel.  This service will continue running unchanged until Saturday 4th July. There will be changes from Sunday 5th July. Please see the Thames Travel website nearer to this date. www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Service X47, Ardington – Wantage – Uffington – Ashbury – Swindon

Service withdrawn – the last day of operation will be Saturday 30th May.

 

South Oxfordshire area services

‘Line 40’, High Wycombe – Stokenchurch – Chinnor – Thame

Carousel Buses. The new timetable is published on www.carouselbuses.co.uk

 

Service 46, Drayton St Leonard – Appleford – Abingdon

County Council ITU fleet. Service continues on Monday only, no change to timetable.

 

Services 91/92/93, Didcot town services

Services continue without subsidy: minor timetable changes possible. Please contact Whites Coaches on 01865 340516 or see their website. www.whitescoaches.com

 

Services 94/95, Didcot – Moretons – Blewbury – Hagbournes

Thames Travel. The new timetable is published on www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Services 97, Dorchester – Berinsfield – Didcot (school journeys)

Please contact Whites Coaches on 01865 340516 or see their website. www.whitescoaches.com in regard to the future of this commercial service.

 

Service 97, Wallingford – Berinsfield – Abingdon – Didcot (shopping service)

Thames Travel. The new timetable is published on www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Service 98, Great Western Park – Didcot town centre

Walters Coaches. Service continues unchanged.

 

Service 114, Wallingford – Berinsfield – Abingdon

Thames Travel. The new timetable is published on www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Services 120, 121, 123 and 124, Thame and Watlington area local services

Vale Travel. New timetables attached

 

Services 125, 126 and 131, Wallingford and Watlington shopping services

County Council ITU fleet. New timetables attached.

 

Service 134, Goring – Stokes – Wallingford

Go-Ride. Timetable is published on www.goridebus.co.uk

 

Service 135, Goring – Moulsford – Wallingford

County Council ITU fleet. New timetable attached.

 

Service M1, Watlington – Nettlebed – Reading

County Council ITU fleet. New timetable attached.

 

Service T1, Watlington – Stadhampton – Garsington – Oxford

Thames Travel. The timetable is published on www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Service T2, Oxford – Berinsfield – Culham – Abingdon

The new commercial evening journeys between Oxford and Littlemore/Sandford will start on 29th June (when service 12C will cease – see below) but the hourly service for Culham Village will start on 1st June.

Thames Travel. The new timetable is published on www.thames-travel.co.uk

 

Oxford City area services

Service 10, City Centre – Cowley – Horspath Road – Headington – John Radcliffe Hospital

Stagecoach.  Service continues unchanged. www.stagecoachbus.com

 

Services 12/12C, City Centre – Cowley – Greater Leys (evenings via Sandford)

These services will continue running unchanged until Saturday 27th June. There will be changes from Sunday 28th June.

Stagecoach.  The new timetable is published on www.stagecoachbus.com

 

Service 14/14A, Oxford Station – City Centre – Marston Village – John Radcliffe Hospital

Stagecoach.  Service continues unchanged. www.stagecoachbus.com

 

 

 

Services 16/16A, Oxford City Centre – Florence Park – Littlemore –

Minchery Farm

Stagecoach.  Service continues unchanged. www.stagecoachbus.com

 

Witney and Chipping Norton area services

Services 213/214/215 (Witney town services)

Stagecoach.  Service continues unchanged. www.stagecoachbus.com

 

Service V1, Witney Town service – Deer Park Estate

Villager. The new timetable is published on www.villagerbus.com

 

Services V12/V19 The Wychwoods – Chipping Norton

Villager. The new timetable is published on www.villagerbus.com

 

Service X10, The Wychwoods – Burford shuttle

Pulhams Coaches.  Service renumbered 33.

The new timetable is published on www.pulhamscoaches.com

 

Banbury area services

Service 504, Hornton – Horley – Banbury

County Council ITU fleet. New timetable attached.

 

Services B1/B2, Banbury Town Centre – Easington/Cherwell Heights/Bodicote (Sundays)

All Sunday journeys on services B1 and B2 withdrawn.  No change to timetables on other days of the week.

 

Service S4, Banbury – Adderbury – Deddington – Middle Barton – Duns Tew

Steeple Aston – Tackley – Oxford

Revised S4 timetable with Middle Barton and Duns Tew to be served by new Stagecoach shuttle service S4C connecting with service S4 at Deddington.

Stagecoach.  The new timetables are published on www.stagecoachbus.com

 

 

 

Finance Meeting 20th May Rescheduled

The Finance and Audit Committee Meeting has been rescheduled and will now take place on Wednesday 3rd June 2015 @ 7.15pm in the Jubilee Room, Pump House Faringdon.

Agenda to follow

VE Day Celebration on Folly Hill

Thank you to everyone who joined our VE Day Celebration on Folly Hill on 8th May. You made it a very special occasion.

A special thank you to the following for their hard work and enabling the event to be organised in just 3 weeks:

Our very special  guest of honour veteran George Goddard

Eddie Williams and the Friends of the Folly

Jan Van Andel and The Royal British Legion

Roddy Benson and Fellow Rotarians from Faringdon District Rotary Club

The Saunders Family

Cllr David Price Town Mayor

Jon Lane

Dave Arlott and Faringdon Fire Station

Malcolm Gee – First Responder

The Rota Kids

Wantage Silver Band

Folly Singers

Mark , Jackie and The Cellar Bar

The Snooty Meehman

Everyone who helped with the Marquee

Wantage Cadets

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Thames Valley Police launched its Community Policing Awards 2015 today

Thames Valley Police launched its Community Policing Awards 2015 today.

The awards give residents the opportunity to nominate a police officer, member of staff or volunteer who has gone above and beyond to help their community.

Below is a poster and copy of the nomination form. People are more than welcome to use this, but – if it is possible – we would prefer it if they used the online version. The online nomination form can be found at: https://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/E21C7C3E-7EBD-495C-8E7E-248965C458EE/QuickRegister

More information about the Community Policing Awards 2015 can be found by visiting: www.thamesvalley.police.uk/communityawards

Nomination Form Policing Awards

Apprenticeship Workshop

Vale4Business is running a free apprenticeship workshop for businesses to find out more about how they work.  It is being held at Abingdon college on Friday 27 March, between 9-11am.

 

Here is the info:

 

Want to know more about Apprenticeships? Are you thinking about taking an Apprentice on, but not sure how the scheme works? Come along to Apprenticeships//Aware and find out how your business could benefit.

 

Speakers will include Abingdon and Witney College, and SMEs and larger businesses that have taken on an Apprentice. There will also be a Q&A session and an opportunity to network.

 

Exhibitors include Vale of White Horse District Council, and Oxfordshire Apprenticeships.

 

Sign up here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apprenticeshipaware-tickets-15875975470