WODC Covid-19 information update

Publica Group
03 Apr 2020

Love thy neighbour

Love thy neighbour

West Oxfordshire District Council is asking residents to be neighbourly and considerate as we spend more time at home.
Due to the Coronavirus lockdown there are more people at home and with the days becoming longer residents are being urged to be extra considerate towards each other.

The council is asking residents to ensure noise is kept to a minimum, in particular dog barking and loud music.

Rubbish, recycling and garden waste collection services are still operating but if residents have an accumulation of rubbish at this time please stack or bag it for disposal when the current emergency is over and where possible please compost garden waste.

The council regularly deals with complaints of neighbour nuisance but the vast majority of cases are dealt with between neighbours.

The council is also urging residents not to light bonfires. Coronavirus can cause serious respiratory problems which could be made much worse if a sufferer is exposed to smoke.

If you are affected by nuisances such as smoke from bonfires or nuisance noise, the first action to take is to go directly to the person causing the problem and tell them that you are being disturbed. As we are all practising social distancing right now, please stay safe and remain at least two metres apart if talking with neighbours.

More information and a helpful letter template for neighbours can be found at: https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/environment/noise-pests-pollution-and-air-quality/noise-and-other-nuisances/

If the problem persists, residents can make a complaint though the council and they will be asked to keep a log for a period of three weeks.

Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “We have a wonderful community spirit here in West Oxfordshire and I would encourage residents to give some extra thought for each other at this time.

“By being considerate to our neighbours we can help make staying at home more bearable for everyone.”

Contact Information

West Oxfordshire District Council Communications Team
01993 861616
communications@westoxon.gov.uk

Covid-19 Action Plan (please click on this title to see the full article)

 

BURFORD EMERGENCY ACTION TEAM (“BEAT”)

BEAT will help “at risk” people through the coronavirus crisis for however long it lasts. “At risk” means:-

                               Over 70

                               Disabled or long term sick

                               Pregnant

                               Otherwise housebound

If you know anybody, or know of anybody, in any of these categories who needs help please notify John White at john.white@burford-tc.gov.uk or on 01993 822296.

If you are willing to help please notify Maggie Andrews at town.clerk@burford-tc.gov.uk or on 01993 823647.

“Help” includes shopping, collecting prescriptions, dog walking, phone or email visits and anything else which the affected person cannot do for himself or herself and which does not involve entering their home.

Burford Town Council

 

 

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

BURFORD TOWN COUNCIL

Coronavirus

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

town.clerk@burford-tc.gov.uk

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

John White – Mayor

Town Council Offices Closed To The Public

THE COUNCIL OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

 

A LIST OF COUNCILLORS AND CONTACTS DETAILS ARE ON THE COUNCIL NOTICE BOARD AND ALSO ON THE TOWN COUNCIL WEBSITE AT www.burford-tc.gov.uk , AND THEY CAN BE CONTACTED DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS.

 

THE TOWN CLERK CAN BE CONTACTED EITHER BY EMAIL ON

town.clerk@burford-tc.gov.uk or 01993 822434 DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS.

 

FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES REQUIRING RECYCLING BAGS OR STICKERS, PLEASE COLLECT THEM FROM WODC TOWN CENTRE SHOP IN WITNEY OR CALL 01993 861000. THEYWILL DELIVER IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO COLLECT.

 

CEMETERY ARRANGEMENTS.

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AND BECAUSE OF LIMITED BURIAL SPACE WE WILL INTER ASHES ONLY.

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.