Sgt Hickman and our PCSOs visited Town Clerk, Sally Thurston, this afternoon to deliver a supply of purse bells. These are a great way to help keep your purses and wallets safe. They are available FREE for all from the Faringdon Information Centre, The Pump House, Market Place, Faringdon. We would be grateful if you could let any elderly friends and family know.
Vale of White Horse district council have made it even easier for residents to check which bin their waste items go in by using the councils’ new recycling wheels. Pick yours up from the Information Centre at Faringdon Town Council.
The councils have produced the wheels to help increase recycling rates by promoting the kerbside recycling collections and making sure residents are putting the right things in the right bins.
The wheels are the latest of the councils’ recycling promotions – they also have a smartphone app called Binzone, which tells users which bin is due for collection that week and includes a waste item search function to find out which bin to throw their rubbish into.
The new wheels are recyclable and are available in libraries across the districts. They will also be offered to community groups to give to residents and to schools as an educational tool.
Cllr Caroline Newton, cabinet member for Housing and Environment with South Oxfordshire District Council said: “Around 80 per cent of household waste can be recycled and while the councils have very good recycling rates, there is always room for improvement. These are designed as an easy-to-use reminder for people to keep at home when they are sorting out their waste.”
Cllr Elaine Ware, cabinet member for Housing and Environment with Vale of White Horse District Council said: “By helping residents recognise which items go in which bins, the councils aim to increase recycling rates and at the same time reduce the amount of recycling which is contaminated if the wrong thing is accidentally dropped in.”
How do they work?
- The outer wheel has the item to be recycled eg.plastic bottles
- Spin the inner wheel until the arrow points to the item
- The cut-out window on the inner wheel will reveal a colour
This colour corresponds to a key which tells you where to dispose of the item eg. plastic bottles go into the green wheelie bin
The Binzone app is available by searching for “Binzone” in the Apple Appstore on iPhones and on the Google Play store on Android smartphones.
As mild December gives way to a colder, frostier new year, Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale is encouraging people to analyse their home energy spending and take steps to cut down on fuel wastage. The charity has these tips:
- Check your bills carefully and make sure you’re on the cheapest tariff. Most energy suppliers offer fixed price tariffs, where the price of a unit of energy will remain the same for the length of the deal. Think about switching to a new supplier (for an energy prices comparison tool, go to https://energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk). Citizens Advice has helped many people to switch successfully to a new energy supplier, so contact us to discuss your options.
- Make your home energy-efficient. Insulate lofts and walls, double-glaze your windows and use thick curtains to keep heat in. Get your boiler serviced annually. Grants are available to help with insulation: call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234, Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm.
- Your central heating thermostat and your timer (or programmer) are your good friends and allies when it comes to saving money. Shave down the timings so that the boiler is only working when you need it. A thermostat temperature of 20 degrees is adequate for most homes.
- Try an online Home Energy Check at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/resources/tools-calculators
- For those who qualify, various grants and discounts are available to help with bills: the Warm Home Discount https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme and the Winter Fuel Payment https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment
- Sign on to the Priority Services Register if you’re of pensionable age, disabled or chronically sick. The scheme gets you extra energy services free of charge. Visit https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk for further information.
For more help and support, contact Citizens Advice in person or on Adviceline (03 444 111444). For locations of offices and opening hours see www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/oxfordshire-south-vale
The snow last Friday (1 February) caused unsafe driving conditions for our waste trucks so we decided to cancel our waste collections on that day for the safety of other road users, pedestrians and our waste crews.
We will begin catching up today (4 February). Unfortunately this will have a knock-on effect on waste collections for the rest of the week.
We are asking residents to leave their bins out on their scheduled collection day, but if the bins are not emptied on that day then please could they leave them out for three days from their scheduled collection day.
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
Most of us have very little experience of driving in extreme conditions, such as snow, so we need to take some time to consider how it affects our driving. That’s why, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service is advising drivers to take extra care this winter.
Andy Ford, Road Safety Manager, Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Plan ahead, monitor the weather forecasts and weather warning in your area. Take into account potentially longer travel times and be prepared for delays and disruption.
“Ensure your car has enough oil and water, check your windscreen wipers and washer bottle, clear all your windows so you can see and make sure that your battery is in good condition. And it’s also very important to check your tyres are in good condition and have more than the minimum tread depth. Remember to drive to the conditions; stopping distances can be more than ten times longer on snow and ice.”
A single journey may go through a range of very different weather, road and traffic conditions, so drivers need to be prepared for each one. This means adapting the way we drive. Drivers need to be prepared for the possibility that they may get stuck in the snow.
Do you have a shovel in the boot? Have you got a blanket or extra coat with you in the vehicle? Got a drink with you, preferably a hot one? Don’t forget to make sure your phone is charged up before you leave, in case you get stranded and need to contact loved ones or the emergency services.
Before you go out ask yourself, do you absolutely have to make the journey and is driving the only option?
If you have to travel, keep the following items in your car in case you get stuck.
- ice scraper
- jump leads
- decent footwear
- first aid kit
- hazard warning triangle
- high visibility jacket
These are our top tips to stay safe if you face ‘snowmaggedon’:
- Check the weather before setting off. Remember road surfaces are a couple of degrees colder than air temperature and untreated roads could still be icy even if your car isn’t
- Completely clear all your windows and mirrors of ice and make sure all of your windows are demisted and not just a small area
- Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front. It can take twice as long to stop on wet roads and ten times longer to stop in icy ones
- Check your tyres – ACT – Air pressure, Condition and Tread depth at least once a month. In rain, ice and heavy snow, the more grip you have the better
- Ensure your lights are clean and working
- Ensure your front and rear wipers are in good condition and the washer bottle is full with water and screen wash
- Check that your battery is fully charged
- If the weather is really bad you may want to keep an extra blanket, water, shovel and wellington boots in your car
- Don’t forget your kit: ice scraper, de-icer, hazard warning triangle, torch, high visibility jacket and blanket
Have a safe journey