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Emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan – Consultation on Proposed Main Modifications - Starting Monday 21st September

Emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan – Consultation on Proposed Main Modifications - Starting Monday 21st September

Emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan – Consultation on Proposed Main Modifications

As you may be aware, the emerging South Oxfordshire Local Plan is currently at the Examination stage. Following recent examination hearings, the Planning Inspector has now asked South Oxfordshire District Council to prepare a 'Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications' to the plan. The schedule reflects the modifications, or changes, that the Inspector considers necessary to make the plan sound before it can move to the adoption stage. These are the only changes that can be made to the plan now. You can find out more by visiting our Local Plan webpage www.southoxon.gov.uk/newlocalplan. Information about the consultation will be available on our website from Monday 21st September. More »

To give people a chance to have their say on the Modifications, South Oxfordshire District Council is carrying out a six-week consultation which runs from Monday 21 September 2020 until midnight on 2 November 2020.

We are writing to you to seek your help in raising awareness about this consultation. We would be grateful if you could please print and display the attached poster during the consultation period (21 September to 02 November) on any noticeboards that you use to communicate with your local community. We would also be grateful if you could please forward/distribute this poster via any database of residents and/or local organisations you hold.

Thank you in advance for your help in engaging local communities. If you have any questions, please contact Dorottya Faludi on 07717271925 or email planning.policy@southoxon.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Duffield

Head of Planning » Less

Posted: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:58 by Guy Langton

How safe is your electric blanket?

How safe is your electric blanket?

Each October the District Councils work the Fire Service and Trading Standards to offer free electrical safety checks for older and vulnerable people who use electric blankets to keep warm during the colder months.

This year due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place, electric blankets will be collected from people's homes to be tested instead of people bringing their blankets to a venue to be tested. More »

Blankets will be tested and returned the same day during the weeks commencing 5th and 19th October.

Safety testing is free but people do need to request a test by calling 01865 895 999 or emailing communityengagement@oxfordshire.gov.uk. » Less

Posted: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:18 by Chelsey Lordan

Leisure facilities in Southern Oxfordshire ready for the next phase of reopening

Leisure facilities in Southern Oxfordshire ready for the next phase of reopening

On 25 July when leisure centres could reopen most of the centres across the two districts were able to do so under the government's covid-19 guidance. However, with restrictions on social distancing and keeping the health and safety of staff and customers paramount not all the facilities at the centres were able to open from the start.

The first phase of reopening has gone well with many residents' returning to the leisure centres in South Oxfordshire and the Vale, keen to get back to the gym, fitness classes and the pool. The Wave in Didcot was the first pool in the country to be able to reopen with a mixture of lane and family fun swims. More »

As part of phase two some of the leisure facilities that will be available are:

  • Henley Leisure Centre, Wantage Leisure Centre and Faringdon Leisure Centre main swimming pools to reopen
  • Swimming lessons restarting – with a reduced programme from before the lockdown
  • School use of leisure venues
  • Group exercise sessions in smaller studios not just taking place in the main sports halls

As with phase one the centres have been individually assessed and facilities will only be able to open based on that centres ability to operate safely. Residents and customers are advised to visit the Better websites before attending to find out what is going to be available to them. It is still a requirement to book via the app before attending and anyone using the pool must arrive "swim ready".

Cllr Maggie Filipova-Rivers Cabinet member for community services at South Oxfordshire District Council said: "When I went to Henley Leisure Centre in July I was impressed with how hard the team at Better had been able to prepare everything to make sure staff and customers would be safe while getting back to the activities they enjoy. Staying active contributes to the general wellbeing of our residents but we ask that users follow instructions of GLL staff to ensure that risk of transmission is minimised"

Cllr Helen Pighills Cabinet member for Healthy Communities at Vale of White Horse District Council said: "Keeping healthy is important at any time, but we know through Public Health England that to fight Covid-19 successfully we all need to be thinking about what we can do to stay active and keep fit. As a council this is something that we really want to focus on over the coming years and keeping our leisure centres open and making other forms of activity available to our residents is a big part of that" » Less

Posted: Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:00 by Chelsey Lordan