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District Council Update 23.10.2020

Extra-large garden waste collections
Brown bin customers can put twice as much garden waste out for collection during our extra garden waste week next month.

During these weeks, customers can put out an extra brown bins' worth of garden waste on their normal garden waste collection day in the week commencing 9 November– that's three bin bags worth of extra garden waste.

We cannot however accept rubble or trade waste bags. More info here. More »

More bin info…
And now it's time for our annual reminder that residents can put their Halloween pumpkins out for food waste recycling in the week beginning 2 November. They can be put inside or next to the food waste caddy – with the candles removed!

Of course, reusing pumpkins beats recycling them, so we're encouraging residents to only put them out if they cannot use them for cooking.

Covid-safe Halloween
The government has provided a wide range of posters, information and material to help the public celebrate Halloween and stay safe from Covid-19 – from suggestions of alternative celebrations, to handy hints and tips on how to stay safe with more traditional activities.

If anybody in your areas are concerned, please share the relevant information the government has provided, which you can download here.

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Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 10:28 by Joanne Myers

Oxfordshire close to ‘high’ COVID-19 alert level

People in Oxfordshire are being advised to be extra vigilant, particularly over half-term, as cases of coronavirus continue to spread across the county.

Evidence shows that, in the past two weeks, the virus has spread to a much wider age range across the county and is no longer confined to younger people in urban areas. Hospital admissions have begun to increase as a result.

Oxfordshire County Council's Director for Public Health Ansaf Azhar said: "Across all areas of the county, we are starting to see a significant shift in the spread of the virus from people in their teens and 20s to older and more vulnerable age groups. This is a really concerning development. We know that, once the virus starts to spread to more vulnerable groups, then hospital cases will rise and deaths will inevitably follow. More »

"We have seen what's been happening across the north of England and how the virus has quickly taken hold across huge swathes of the community. Based on the current trajectory of the virus, we could well find ourselves in a similar position in just a few weeks' time if we do not take collective action now."

"With half-term approaching, as well as events such as Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali coming up, it's very easy to get caught up in the excitement of meeting up and celebrating with friends and family. But we mustn't forget about COVID. We need to do everything we can to keep our families and communities safe and stop the spread.

"I know the temptation will be to meet up and socialise over half-term. However, the virus thrives when people are in close contact with one another. So I would strongly urge everyone to limit their social interactions and focus instead on the many COVID-secure family activities that are taking place over half-term."

Oxfordshire is currently at the 'medium' or tier 1 level in the COVID-19 alert system. This is the national three-tier system, which classifies areas as medium, high or very high based on their numbers of infection and overall risk level.

Discussions have taken place this week with central Government about whether Oxfordshire should move to the 'high' alert level, given concerns over the spread of the virus to age groups beyond people in their teens and 20s to potentially more vulnerable groups.

The decision has been taken not to move the county to a high alert level at this stage. However, the situation is being monitored extremely closely and Oxfordshire's Director of Public Health and Council Leaders are pushing for a move to happen as soon as possible.

Moving to a high alert level would mean that residents could not socialise with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council, said: "With cases in all age groups across the county now beginning to spread between households I am very worried about Covid spreading faster during half-term. Having seen the local data and discussed the situation with the Director for Public Health and council officers I am convinced that any delay in restricting households mixing w​ill put local lives at risk. While numbers are lower than some other parts of England, the exponential growth in cases that occurs means we need to act urgently."

Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: "With the advice of the Director for Public Health being supported by all local council leaders from all political parties and our two prestigious universities it would seem very illogical not to follow it." » Less

Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 10:27 by Joanne Myers

Oxford Scam Warning 22/10/2020

Oxford Scam Warning 22/10/2020

Thames Valley Police are urging people in Oxford to remain cautious after an elaborate scam has resulted in victims losing a total of £15,000.
A man, described as being of Mediterranean appearance, in a dark coloured car, has been approaching people asking for directions to Heathrow Airport.
He claims to be a fashion designer with Giorgio Armani and that he has excess stock he is unable to take back to Dubai with him due to the high cost.
He asks people to lend him money to cover the cost of his car hire on the promise that the money will be paid back.
He encourages the individuals to provide their bank account details and will then drive them to the bank where the money is withdrawn and handed over.
The contact details passed over to the individuals turn out to be false and no money is ever paid back.
This scam results in a significant financial loss and poses a risk to the victim's safety by agreeing to get in a car with a stranger.
Where personal details including bank details have been handed over, this also leaves the victim open to identity fraud.
Thames Valley Police also are urging the following:
- Never agree to lend a stranger money, no matter how elaborate and believable their story may be.
- Never agree to purchase or accept items from a stranger – These items may be stolen and you could be implicated as being involved in handling stolen goods.
- Never reveal personal details to a stranger, especially banking details.
- Never agree to get in a stranger's car, no matter how friendly and trustworthy they may seem.
Contact your bank immediately if you think you've fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.
Please always call 999 in an emergency.
For more information, visit the national Take Five to Stop Fraud (https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/) campaign. More »

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Emily Boneham
Campaigns Officer

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Emily Boneham (Police, Campaigns Officer, Thames Valley)

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Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 09:57 by Joanne Myers