Burford Emergency Action Plan for Coronavirus (please click on the title to see the full article)



BTC has activated the Burford Emergency Action Plan (“BEAP”) which will be implemented by the Burford Emergency Action Team (“BEAT”).

Each Councillor (“Ward Manager”) will be responsible for a number of streets. Each Ward Manager will appoint a resident in each street (“Street Manager”) who will be responsible for compiling a register of “at risk” residents in his/her street. “At risk” residents means:-

                                Over 70s

                                Disabled and long term sick

                                Anybody else genuinely housebound

                               Pregnant Women

Each Street Manager will be provided with a list of volunteers who are willing to shop or organise shopping, walk pets, collect prescriptions, visit regularly or organise visits, do anything else within reason the affected resident cannot do for him or her self.

If you are prepared to be such a volunteer, please let Maggie Andrews know on 01993 823647 or at


It is trite to say so, but true, that together we can get through this.

John White – Mayor

WODC Face to Face Access points closed

WODC Face-to-face access points closed until further notice

West Oxfordshire District Council has taken the decision to close three of its face-to-face customer access points in response to the developing situation with Coronavirus.

The Town Centre Shop, in Witney; Visitor Information Centre, in Burford and main reception in Elmfield, Witney will all remain closed until further notice from today (Wednesday 18 March).

Cllr Toby Morris, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “We have not taken this decision lightly as we know that a number of residents access our services face-to-face. However, with Government advice suggesting that we all do what we can to protect ourselves and others and with a duty to safeguard the staff who work in these buildings, it was felt to be the most sensible approach.”

Many of the tasks people do in person can be done online at our new and refreshed website: www.westoxon.gov.uk and all council services are still accessible by telephone – for all enquiries please contact us on 01993 861000. Payments can be made using our 24-hr payments line on 01993 861045.