In last month’s issue it was mentioned that hopefully you would be able to take your Christmas trees to either of the Forest Side or Playfield Road playing fields car parks, where they would be collected on the normal recycling day. Unfortunately at the time of writing, this still is to be confirmed. I have looked on the Vale’s website www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/services-and-advice/recycling-rubbish-and-waste/household-collections/christmas-waste-0 where it explains that they will shortly be publishing a list of locations. All that can be suggested is to check this web page.
It also stated that ‘If you are a garden waste customer, please leave your tree out next to your brown bin (so we know you are a garden waste customer) in your normal garden waste week. Please note that there are no garden waste collections between Christmas Day and Wednesday 9 January. Please don’t put the tree in the bin, even if the bin is empty because it can be difficult to get them out again’.
At the end of November the County Councillor Arash Fatemain arranged a meeting to walk the length of the Village with the Chairman, several councillors together with the Area Stewart and other highway representatives, in an effort to draw to their attention the state of the main road. There are plans to re-surface sections of the road; Council is not, at present clear in which year this may happen and which sections are planned.
The Parish Council has asked these questions and been proactive in so much as it has sectioned the road, prioritised the sections and sending this to Oxfordshire County Council – the highest priority obviously going to the section between the War Memorial and St Swithun’s Road.
A meeting is being arranged with the Oxford Bus Company, giving Council an opportunity to express its dissatisfaction at the bus service, as it would seem to becoming unreliable, with the overhead display at bus stops not reflecting reality. I will report in next month’s edition the outcome.
Could all dog owners be reminded that – Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 a person who is in charge of a dog must clean up after it when it fouls any footpath, highway, verge or other open space to which the public have access. It is therefore a crime to allow a dog to foul in any public area without clearing it up. Those that fail to do so could face a fixed penalty notice of £50 or prosecution.
If you see a dog owner allowing their dog to foul and not picking it up, take details of anything that might help to identify them and contact the council using the following details
Vale of White Horse District Council