Memorial Field – Many thanks to all those who turned out at the Memorial Field on 29 October to help clear the scrub. Rachel from Oxford Preservation Trust was thrilled with the turnout; 32 people helped and hopefully had an enjoyable morning. The next session will be on Saturday 25 February – you will be reminded of this near the date. In the meantime, Oxford Preservation Trust will be doing other work in the field, including clearing some of the brambles along the residential boundaries. .
Dog Mess – I have been asked by a local resident to yet again remind dog owners of their responsibilities as dog mess would still seem to be an issue around the village – The Council takes dog fouling very seriously as dog mess is not only unpleasant but it spreads diseases, which can cause illness and even blindness.
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.
There are plenty of litter bins in the village, all of which can be used for dog mess – please use them.
Grants – At its November meeting, the Council granted £500 to the Oxfordshire South and Vale Citizens Advice as a contribution toward its annual running costs.
The Council also gave a £850 donation to The Royal British Legion’s 2016 Poppy Appeal.
Changes to your recycling services
Vale of White Horse District Council’s contractor Biffa will only empty green wheelie bins if the recycling in them is loose or in clear sacks.
Despite a recent campaign to raise awareness of the issue, food waste, dirty nappies, and other items Biffa can’t recycle are still contaminating whole truckloads of recycling. When these are put into recycling bins in black or coloured sacks they’re not spotted until it’s too late.
If there’s a sack in a recycling bin and the waste crews can’t see what’s in it, they won’t empty it.
The best option is to put your recycling in loose. If you would prefer to use clear sacks, you can buy them from most major supermarkets and hardware stores.
If you have any questions, please contact Biffa on 03000 610 610 or at . For more details and to take a look at the District Council’s video to see what happens when contamination gets into the recycling please go to the Vale of White Horse District Council’s website www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk
On behalf of the Parish Council may I wish everyone a healthy and happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.