The newsletter is published every two weeks and will be available on pdf format on Mr Courts' website.
With local elections taking place in just a few weeks, voters in Oxfordshire are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote and are able to take part on polling day, Thursday 4 May.
The call for voters to sign up comes as the Electoral Commission launches a national voter registration campaign to encourage as many people as possible to register ahead of elections taking place this year across the country.
West Oxfordshire District Council is now also reminding voters that they need to register by the deadline of Thursday 13 April otherwise they won’t be able to take part in the Oxfordshire County Council elections.
Keith Butler, Electoral Registration Officer for West Oxfordshire, said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in elections this May, so I’d encourage everyone in Oxfordshire to take action now if they’re not already registered to vote. It’s quick and easy to register, but after the deadline of 13 April, it will be too late.
“Poll cards are currently being sent to all those already registered to vote. If you don’t receive one it could mean you’re not on the electoral roll and, are therefore, not able to vote at the May election. If you’ve not received your poll card by 1 April, please give us a call on 01993 861410 to check you’re registered.”
Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission said: “Our research shows that young people, students and recent home movers are particularly less likely to be registered to vote. So if you have moved house recently, then make sure you’re registered correctly. If you’re not registered, you won’t be able to have your say on issues that directly affect your day-to-day life in Oxfordshire.”
To register to vote, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before Thursday 13 April.
Thames Valley Police is delighted to announce that the Thames Valley Alert App has been launched and is free to download now.
The app, which is available on iPhone and Android, can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play and allows you to receive instant notifications to your phone on the latest policing alerts in your area (please note that you must enable push notifications to receive these).
The app can use GPS data to send you targeted messages according to your current geographical location and messaging preferences, sending you instant notifications to your mobile phone about specific information, warnings and advice relevant to that location.
The app offers a number of other features, including allowing you to quickly locate your closest police station, and also provides a feed of the latest Thames Valley-wide news on Twitter, so you’ll never miss those important Force-wide updates and breaking news. This facility is available on the app even if you do not have a Twitter account.
Please note that you do not have to download the app to get alerts; you can still choose to receive alerts via email, text or voicemail.
To download the app, visit the Apple store or Google Play and search ‘Thames Valley Alert’.
Thames Valley Police & Crime Commissioner launches new five year Police & Crime plan for the Thames Valley
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Anthony Stansfeld, has launched his new five year Police and Crime Plan for the Thames Valley.
The document sets out the priorities for policing and other crime reduction organisations. It consists of five strategic priorities which are:
It was also developed using a broad range of information including academic research, analysis of crime trends and consultation with partners including the police and local authorities.
Anthony Stansfeld said: “Demand on policing and community safety issues have changed over the last few years and my new plan reflects this. The Plan focuses on many new and emerging issues for policing but crimes such as household burglary and rural crime will also remain a priority.
“Tackling new demand, as well as maintaining support for the investigation of more traditional crimes, won’t be an easy task. However, as recent Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) inspections have shown, Thames Valley Police is a force we can be proud of and I have faith that they will be able to rise to this challenge and continue to safeguard the communities of Thames Valley.
“I will now be working closely with partner organisations to understand how they will address the issues identified.”
For more information and to view the full Police and Crime Plan visit the PCC website.
NHS Oxfordshire is carrying out a "Big Consultation" on proposals to change the way that certain types of health service are delivered in the county. Some of the proposed changes specifically impact on services provided by the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, but other changes affect services across the county. These changes include:
More information, including information on how you can respond to the survey can be found here.
Please take time to Have Your Say - the consultation finishes at midnight on Sunday 9 April 2017.
Temporary Closure of Great Brook Road to enable replacement of bridge at end of footpath from Ham Lane
This work which was originally scheduled to start at the end of September, has been rescheduled to start on Monday 28 November. The estimated duration of the works is 3 weeks. The diversion is through Bampton.
PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON OXFORDSHIRE TRANSFORMATION PROPOSALS SET TO BEGIN IN JANUARY
The public consultation on proposals for changes to health services in Oxfordshire is set to start end of December / beginning of January 2017.
Although originally scheduled to begin in October, Oxfordshire’s Transformation Board agreed the consultation should begin later to ensure proposals for change are tested rigorously before options are finalised for patients and the public to have their say. Public engagement will continue through until the end of December to the launch of the consultation and will help inform the final proposals.
Proposals are likely to put forward options that focus on a more ambulatory model of care in Oxfordshire as suggested in the Five Year Forward View . Whereby the best bed for someone to recover is their own and care will be provided on an outpatient basis including diagnosis, observation, consultation, treatment / intervention and rehabilitation services and support; unless treatment in hospital is the best place for a patient at the time.
The full briefing is available here: http://www.oxonhealthcaretransformation.nhs.uk/news/28-public-consultation-on-transformation-proposals-set-to-begin-in-january
A report of the engagement that we undertook over the summer is also now available here: https://consult.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/gf2.ti/-/717186/22624517.1/PDF/-/Big_Health_and_Care_Conversation_Engagement_Report_Final.pdf
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01865 334638.
Senior Communications and Engagement Manager
Outline Planning Application for Gladman site on Cote Road (behind Foxwood) - on WODC website and open for comments
Gladman Developments has submitted the outline application for the 30-home development behind Foxwood on Cote Road in Aston - planning application 16/03005/OUT.
The application can be viewed online at the West Oxfordshire District Council website here.
The Parish Council will be considering the application at its meeting on Thursday 6 October at Aston Village Hall. Anyone is welcome, as always, to attend to observe the meeting, and there will be a short time at the beginning when members of the public will be invited to speak at the meeting. The Parish Council will submit its own response to West Oxfordshire District Council (the Planning Authority whose responsibility it is to make a decision on the application) after the Parish Council meeting. The Parish Council would strongly encourage anyone who has a view on this planning application to submit their own response direct to West Oxfordshire District Council via the methods listed on their website.
News and information from Aston, Cote, Chimney & Shifford Parish Council.