Author: Liz Cruse

Government consultation

The government is seeking people's views on draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework and views on the draft National Model Design Code. Please submit your comments directly using the above link by 27 March.

Posted: Mon, 08 Feb 2021 14:28 by Liz Cruse

Tags: News

Businesses based in the Didcot Garden Town area invited to join new sounding board

Businesses based in the Didcot Garden Town area invited to join new sounding board

A new opportunity has been created for the business community to get involved with Didcot Garden Town projects. Local businesses from all sectors and sizes are being encouraged to attend the first Didcot Garden Town Business Sounding Board on 8 February, 4.30pm-6pm.

The public online meeting will be chaired by Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and hosted by the... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 08 Feb 2021 14:27 by Liz Cruse

Tags: Didcot Garden Town

Flooding and Snow

Flooding and Snow


River levels in Oxfordshire remain very high after recent rainfall with multiple flood warnings and flood alerts in place. Meanwhile, the very cold temperatures now evident in Oxfordshire remain in the forecasts for February.

Residents have been urged to take 'immediate action' to protect their property and family from rapidly-rising floods in Oxfordshire.

The Environment Agency has now issued 9 serious... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 08 Feb 2021 14:09 by Liz Cruse

Tags: Flooding

Temporary Road Closure, West Hendred , A417

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure and "No Waiting" restriction at West Hendred, A417 Junction with The Greenway to Junction with White Road

In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the road and impose a 'No Waiting' restriction as detailed above to facilitate carriageway patching... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2021 11:56 by Liz Cruse

Tags: Road Closure

Local and free online arts events

Hey Diddle Diddle Online

Run by the Oxford Playhouse, this is a sing-a-long and play session for pre-school children and their adults via Zoom every Monday morning at 11am.
To book - and to see the many other online events that the Playhouse are running - go to:
https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/whats-on/

eBook Short Story Writing Competition
Oxfordshire Libraries are holding a competition for anyone, from... Read More »


Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2021 09:39 by Liz Cruse

Tags: Arts

COVID-19 and the vaccine seminar for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

The NHS Race and Health Observatory is hosting a vaccine seminar for Black, Asian and minority ethnic people on Thursday 11th February from 5-7pm. For full details of speakers and how to join see below.

Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2021 09:38 by Liz Cruse

Tags: Coronavirus

People asked to think 111 first this winter

People asked to think 111 first this winter

As hospitals across the county remain under pressure, Oxfordshire residents are encouraged to contact NHS 111 first via 111 online or telephone if they are thinking of attending an Emergency Department.

NHS 111 is a national system that people can contact if they need clinical advice. People who need clinical advice but aren't in a life-threatening emergency are encouraged to contact NHS 111 first before... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2021 09:36 by Liz Cruse

Tags: NHS

Free online training on how to help people stop smoking or deal with an alcohol issue

Free online training on how to help people stop smoking or deal with an alcohol issue

Oxfordshire County Council is running a series of free webinars to equip people to provide support to others who are looking to quit cigarettes or tackle a drinking problem.

The four-hour alcohol support sessions take place on:

  • 11th February, 9:30am -1:30pm
  • 4th March, 12:30pm -4:30pm
  • 11th March, 9:30am -1:30pm
  • 23rd March, 9:30am -1:30pm

The training is particularly suited to GPs, practice nurses, HCAs, midwives,... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 04 Feb 2021 09:34 by Liz Cruse

Tags: Smoking

Home library service delivers over 8,000 books during the pandemic

Home library service delivers over 8,000 books during the pandemic

Call for further volunteers

Residents across Oxfordshire have continued to benefit from the county's home library service during the pandemic with 8,364 library books being delivered from April to December 2020.

Oxfordshire County Council's home library service is offered free to users in partnership with Age UK to almost 800 residents of all ages. These residents are unable to visit libraries themselves... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 03 Feb 2021 10:56 by Liz Cruse

Tags: Library

Improving picture across Oxfordshire but COVID still at dangerous levels

Improving picture across Oxfordshire but COVID still at dangerous levels

Residents are being reminded not to let their guard down as the levels of COVID-19 remain dangerously high in the county, despite a slightly improving picture. While there has been a decline in rates throughout Oxfordshire, they are still much higher than they were in December and hospitals remain under tremendous pressure.


For the week ending 22 January, there were 294.7 cases per 100,000 people in... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 01 Feb 2021 11:03 by Liz Cruse

Tags: Coronavirus