PCSO Claire Chavagnon gave a report at the last Parish Council meeting regarding the criminal incidents that Kennington has experienced recently. Although this is still a low crime rate area, Claire asked for anyone who is worried to contact her. Claire is working to encourage more Neighbourhood Watch areas within the village. A minimum of 6 residents need to be interested before a watch can be set up. Please contact Claire if you and your neighbours would be interested. Claire has also arranged some drop-in sessions during October.
The Council are investigating the placing of the fourth defibrillator for the village, money for which was presented to the Council at July’s meeting by Mr Leo Boles. By next month, the Council should be in a position to inform you of where this unit will be installed together with dates for defibrillator training events. If you are interested in attending a defibrillator training session please contact the Clerk either by telephone or email as the more residents that are interested the more can be arranged to accommodate this training.
At September’s meeting the Council awarded £350 to South and Vale Carers. South and Vale Carers is a local charity that helps unpaid carers across the area with the emotional and practical support they need to manage the stresses and responsibilities of being a carer.
Please note that gullies are cleared by Oxfordshire County Highways Department every three years as part of its maintenance programme. Where a gully is blocked and not draining properly please report the defect via Highways Enquiries on 0845 3101111 or FixMyStreet from Oxfordshire County Council’s website. Where a gully cannot be cleared, the issue is passed to the Drainage team for them to programme further works.
Extra garden waste collections – If you are a brown bin customer you can leave double the amount out for collection on Thursday 22 October (date of normal green and brown bin day for the village). Just one bin’s worth of extra garden waste is an open box or bag next to your brown bin.
From 5 October you will be able to put more items out for recycling. 5 October is the date that Vale of White Horse District Council and Biffa will start collecting small electrical items and clothes or textiles from the kerbside. Small electrical items like toasters, kettles, irons, hairdryers, small electronic toys and radios need to be placed in a carrier bag and put next to your Grey waste bin from 5 October.
If you have an electric blanket, you should check that it is still safe to use before the winter arrives. Free electric blanket safety checks provided by Oxfordshire County Council are available on the following days this October
- Monday 5 and 19 Oxford
- Tuesday 6 Wallingford
- Thursday 8 Abingdon
- Wednesday 21 Thame
- Thursday 22 Wantage
Finally, please contact Colin Marshall on 01235 547641 (mobile 07824 598507) immediately if you discover any fly tipping in the village.