Parish News – December 2015

645307-treeThe Councillors hope you can join them on Sunday 6 December at 6pm for Carols around the tree at the War Memorial and afterwards in St Swithun’s Church for hot mince pies and mulled wine.  There will also be a non-alcoholic fruit punch.


The Parish Council considered a grant request at its November meeting from Abingdon Citizens Advice Bureau which was awarded £525. It also donated £1000 for this year’s British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.


Winter weather waste: If bad weather like snow or flooding disrupts waste collections in the run up to Christmas this winter, Biffa will try to catch up the following day.  Please leave your bins out for three days – if they’re not emptied after three days, bring them back in and put them out next time they’re due with any side waste.

As with other years there will be no garden waste collections over the Christmas and New Year period so Biffa can concentrate on all the extra waste generated over the festive season. This year that means no collections between Friday 25 December and Monday 11 January but there’ll be extra-large collections in the spring and autumn to make up for it. Detail on:

If you’ve got a real tree this Christmas and you’re a garden waste customer, Biffa will collect it from Tuesday 12 January – just leave it by your brown bin (but please not in it, as it’s tricky for the crews to get it out). If you’re not a garden waste customer, Christmas tree recycling has been arranged as in previous years, with both Forest Side and Playfield Road playing fields car parks being the areas where you can take your old Christmas trees. Please make sure they are there for collection by Friday 15 January 2016.

Still on waste matters – Vale of White Horse District Council advises that you Keep food waste out of your recycling wheelie bin.

This includes recyclable food trays with food stuck to them. Biffa are checking recycling bins – if they contain things that can’t be recycled, Biffa won’t empty them and will leave a note to explain why.

Please rinse out your food trays before you put them in the green bin – if the recycling is contaminated with food waste, the people who take the recycling off the District Council’s hands might reject it and send it to landfill.

You can check what bins things go in at or by calling 03000 610610.


On behalf of the Parish Council may I wish everyone a healthy and happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Anne Feather, Clerk to the Council

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