Parish Council





       This page will be kept up to date with any news and events for the parish and information that is posted on the notice boards.   



Household waste recycling centres consultation
Oxfordshire County Council is implementing the Household Waste Recycling Centre strategy that was passed by cabinet in December 2015, which includes procuring a new management contract to operate the HWRC sites. OCC would like to know residents views on ways they can make savings or create income from HWRC sites.  These ideas could change what waste is accepted on site, opening hours or the level of service the council provides.
There is a consultation on these proposals running from 14th July to 11th August 2016 for all Oxfordshire householders to comment on, and is available online at

Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer vacancy.
Sydenham Parish Council are seeking a parish clerk to support their activities in the local community.  This is a part time role, predominately working from home.  Please see here for full details, including hours and salary.
Events are being held across Oxfordshire to encourage people to ‘drop in’ and have an informal conversation with NHS clinicians and staff to share their ideas on how NHS services in Oxfordshire can deliver high quality care now and in the future.
To find out about the events or to have your say, please click here. The events are drop-in sessions and do not require you to book.
SODC Local Plan 2032 - Preferred Options Consultation
SODC is carrying out more consultation on its new Local Plan. The consultation, which proposes housing numbers and distribution amongst the towns and villages, is now open, running until 19 August 2016.
Leader John Cotton says "This is one of the most important consultations we have ever run and we need engagement from everyone: parish councillors, neighbourhood plan groups, residents and businesses. We know that we have to deliver more homes and if we plan well, we can meet the targets without having developments forced on us at planning appeals by Government Inspectors.
"The document is the starting point and we need to hear what everyone thinks so that we can get the final plan right.
"We have made a conscious decision to put neighbourhood planning at the forefront in helping us create a plan that is realistic and deliverable and meets the needs of our communities. It is crucial that people take this opportunity to tell us whether we're moving in the right direction.
Please let us have your thoughts and ideas and encourage your friends and neighbours to do so as well.'
The consultation can be found on the SODC website by following the Quick link on the home page 'Have your say - council consultations' and then the 'live consultations' link. You will also be able to respond at Presentation Events, libraries and Parish and Town Council Offices.
Closure of Mobile Library Service in Oxfordshire
Regretfully, the mobile library service in Oxfordshire will cease to operate in September 2016.  The last round of visits will begin on Monday 5 September 2016 and the final day of the service will be Friday 16 September 2016.  
Oxfordshire County Council will work with service users to find alternative ways for them to continue accessing library services in the future through the network of 43 library buildings, online library services, and the Home Library Service. 
For further details of library services please see

Rubbish And Waste – Garden Waste Discounts
If residents sign up to the garden waste service in June or July, they'll get 10 per cent off their annual fee. Existing garden waste customers can order an extra bin at the discounted rate.  Full details are available on the SODC website.

Update from Oxfordshire County Council regarding the bus service review - the number 40 and 280 services will continue to run with the same level of service.
Oxford Local Enterprise Partnership is undertaking a refresh of the Strategic Economic Plan for Oxfordshire. Your views are welcomed.  Please click here for more details and to submit your comments.
Thames Valley Police are alerting residents to a courier fraud scam - please see here for details and click here for the downloadable prompt cards.

Neighbourhood Plan Meeting
There was a great turn out for the village meeting on the 28th January, with representation from throughout the village including both the Kingston Stert and Emmington areas. We were joined by Charlotte Colver, Planning Policy Officer (Neighbourhood) from South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to present what the plans involve and answer questions.  A full report from the meeting can be read in the February newsletter, which as well as being delivered throughout the parish is also available to read on the website via this link.

One of the next steps is to review some example plans.  Two such plans can be seen via the these links for the villages of Elkesley and Cuckney.

Several queries regarding the Thame Neighbourhood plan were raised at the meeting.  The Thame Town Council website is very informative and gives the option of registering for weekly E-newsletters.

Thames Valley Police is proud to announce the redesign of Horsewatch, the scheme that allows horse owners and those with equine interests to keep updated on what is happening in the local area.  Please see here for details.
The Forget Me Knot Cafe - a Monday morning  Café to  provide information, peer support and fun activities for people suffering with dementia, mental health issues, old age or isolation.   All welcome - come along with your carer, we would love to meet you.  We meet twice monthly 10.30-12.30pm at Chinnor Village Centre. Please see this link for full details.
For the May Thame Neighbourhood Policing Team newsletter please click here.
To report potholes or other road problems please follow this link or telephone the Highways department on 0845 310 11 11.
Thame and Wheatley Ramblers organise a series of walks in the area - please see here for details of the July to September programme.
Please see here for details of the Oxfordshire Dial-a-Ride scheme.
Batteries can now be recycled on your fortnightly recycling collection day. Household batteries, such as 6v batteries, 9v batteries (transistor batteries), D, C AA, AAA and button batteries (watch batteries) as well as mobile phone batteries, laptop batteries and lithium batteries with tape across the terminals should be placed into a small, clear plastic bag (such as a sandwich bag or food bag), and placed on top of your green bin on recycling week. Waste crews will take them away for recycling.
As a result of national changes to the Blue Badge scheme (for disabled parking) there are adjustments to the process for Blue Badge applicants in Oxfordshire.  For full details please click here.
The NHS in England is introducing the NHS Care Records Service to improve the safety and quality of patient care.  Please see here for further information.
For details of household waste collection dates, please click here.
Thames Valley Crimestoppers is an independent charity that provides the public with an anonymous way to give information on crime.  Please see their poster here.
South Vale Carers Centre offer services and support for unpaid carers of all ages.  For details, please see here.
Oxfordshire Carers’ Forum are a charity based in Abingdon who provide support and services to Carers all over Oxfordshire. If you would like to see more details about their service please see here.
A free phone helpline has been set up to advise residents in Oxfordshire how to cut their energy bills.  Please see here for details.