Gigaclear Community Hub!
Just to let you know, we are re-applying for our Community Hub at Brize Norton Pavilion to be powered by Gigaclear once again. We will let you know in the coming weeks how we get on!
For further info, go to www.gigaclear.com
The Brize Norton Village Bash 2023!
Celebrate by dressing up as a Pharaoh or making an Egyptian Scarecrow!
Among others will be the Brize School Association Stalls, Bouncy Castle, Live Music, Bar, Cafe, BBQ, Ice-creams, Displays, Games, Stalls and Grand Raffle
All welcome – fun for everyone!
Keep an eye out for updates on www.facebook.com/BrizeNortonVillageBash
With thanks to our sponsors:
for sale on Brize
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Operator of Brize Meadow
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Constructing Brize Norton
We’re looking for more foster carers in Oxfordshire to provide a safe and secure home to a child when they are unable to live with their parents. It may be for a short period of time, or they may stay with a foster family long term.
The dedicated website explains the steps www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/children-education-and-families/fostering
Our foster carers receive:
If you feel you could be a foster carer, please register your details here to find out more
Free service supports thousands of residents in Oxfordshire with their home energy.
Residents in Oxfordshire can benefit from the advice and support of Better Housing Better Health , a service that helps those worrying about their home energy to create warmer, healthier and happier homes. Last year, through the service’s free helpline and their free home visit service (BHBH+) – their team of trained advisors helped over 2500 residents with the aim this year to help even more.
The service can help:
- Residents who are finding it hard to understand energy bills, pay for fuel or read meters
- Access funding to replace old and broken heating systems
- Access funding for insulation measures
- Reduce damp, condensation and mould by better ways of managing a home
- Understand and programme heating controls
- Making onward referrals to additional support services, such as Benefits advice and debt support
- For some residents they may be eligible for additional heating support depending on their situation
To speak to the friendly team, call 0800 107 0044 or visit www.bhbh.org.uk and complete the online referral form or find our e-mail address.
|For the first time, residents in West Oxfordshire District will need to show photographic ID to vote in person at this year’s local elections which are being held on 4 May.
|Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking they have an accepted form of ID.
Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK, EEA or Commonwealth drivers’ licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo and the name on the ID should be the same name as appears on the Electoral Register.
Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online at https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate or by completing a paper form which is available from the Council.
More information is available on the West Oxfordshire District Council website, including details of how to apply for the free ID. Anyone not able to visit the Council website, or apply for a Voter Authority Certificate online, is being encouraged to contact the Council as soon as possible and no later than the 5pm deadline on Wednesday 25 April.
Giles Hughes, Returning Officer for West Oxfordshire District Council, said:
“Anyone voting at a polling station in England this May will need to show photo Identification to staff before they can be given their ballot paper(s). It’s important that everyone understands what types of ID they can use, and how to apply for free ID if they need it.
“With elections taking place in various areas in West Oxfordshire on 4 May 2023, it is important that those who want to vote make sure they are registered to vote and have an accepted form of ID. It may seem early but checking now means you will be ready to vote in May.
“Residents who do not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID either online or by completing a paper application form which is available at our Woodgreen office or by calling us at 01993 861410. If you need any help with applying for the free ID, or want to request an application form, contact our electoral services team on 01993 861410.”
Anyone who wants to have their say in the elections this May must also be registered to vote. If you aren’t already registered it only takes five minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Voters wishing to apply to their council for free ID should first make sure they are registered to vote.
The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station, is a new requirement, introduced by the UK Government’s Elections Act which was passed last year and comes into effect for the first time this May.
The changes do not affect postal votes but do affect proxy voters who will be required to show their own valid ID when voting on behalf of someone else.
Gigaclear Community Hub!
We are pleased to confirm that Gigaclear has renewed our free Community Hub agreement for another year at Brize Norton Pavilion. For further info, go to www.gigaclear.com
Cost of living support
As the temperatures begin to drop, more people will inevitably struggle to afford to heat their homes and buy enough food.
If you would like to know more:- click to view the leaflet. This leaflet includes helpful advice for you or someone you know, on how to get support as well as checking the financial options that are available to you.
School Entry – Important information
Help with rising living costs
The best place to go to get help if you’re concerned about how to pay for everyday cost is your local library, in this case Witney or Carterton. The team there will be able to point you in the right direction of how to get practical support and advice on money matters, housing, living costs and mental health. They also have details of organisations you can get in touch with, websites you can go to as well as people you can talk to for further help.
All of the above information is also available at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/living and also includes links to a free benefits calculator, citizens advice, support from the NHS, how to find your local library and details of your local councils.
On Monday, 17 October, a new web-based resource about ‘community infrastructure’ went live on West Oxfordshire District Council’s new digital engagement platform – Commonplace. Using the link https://communityinfrastructure.commonplace.is/ you can:
- Find out what we mean by ‘community infrastructure’ such as new schools, open spaces, libraries etc.
- See examples of West Oxfordshire projects which have already been delivered or are planned in the future.
- Put forward your views about what improvements are most needed in your local area.
- Find out how and when developers are asked to contribute when bringing forward new developments.
As part of this, a 4-week consultation is taking place on the Council’s ‘Developer Contributions’ Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) from 17 October – 14 November 2022 with a simple online questionnaire making it quick and easy for you to respond.
If you want to help shape the future of Brize Norton please put forward your views and take part.
What’s on in West Oxfordshire?
Are you passionate about our local waterways?
is 9 days of events (Sept 24th – Oct 2nd) helping and encouraging people and organisations to act to help tackle the climate crisis, and to protect and improve our environment. It is part of the national ‘Great Big Green Week’.
Feedback for the survey will now close on 13 October 2022.
OCC are also hosting another virtual event on 4 October at 5.30pm to explain the proposals in more detail. You can watch the event using this link:
Full details of the proposals and survey are available on our consultation webpage here:
Central Oxfordshire Locality Team
Oxfordshire County Council
Consultation – West Oxfordshire District Council: YOUR VOICE MATTERS
To participate, please click this link: https://yourvoicecounts.commonplace.is/?utm_campaign=project_news&utm_source=cp-email&utm_medium=email
Smiths of Bletchingdon – Public Consultation
Members of the public are encouraged to read and complete this consultation document.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY! Full details of both events are in the current issue (174) of Brize Norton Parish Councils Newsletter
We would also like to thank the following, for their generous support of our Village Bash event!
Gentian Community Grants for the Parish of Brize Norton
Gentian Developments (www.gentiandevelopment.com) is the property developer of the new retail centre on Monahan Way forming part of the Brize Meadow development. The retail centre consists of a new Mid Counties Co-op convenience store and a bakery/coffee shop drive thru.
Gentian Developments actively supports the local community in the vicinity of its new developments and is working with Brize Norton Parish Council to offer grants for the benefit of Brize Norton residents. Local charities, community groups, sports teams, schools and educational establishments are invited to apply and grants will be awarded to a maximum of £2,000.
Applications should be made directly to Gentian Developments, the application process closes at 5pm on Friday 30 September 2022.
Good luck with your application!
|Message from Trading Standards
Residents are being warned to be cautious of cold callers impersonating Local Authority / Council officers in the Oxfordshire area.
All council officers should have an ID badge available and be more than happy to show it when asked.
If concerned, you can contact the council to verify the name of the council officer.
Residents should also be aware of cold callers picking up scrap metal from properties. All scrap metal collectors must have a scrap metal licence for the local district they are collecting in. Scrap metal collectors must also have a Waste Carrier’s Licence (issued by the Environment Agency). Both of these licences can easily be produced when requested, so if there’s any queries, do not engage with the collector.
Oxfordshire County Council
Graham Hill House, Electric Avenue, Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford OX2 0BY
Tel: 01865 895999
Library books to your door!
If you or someone you know are finding it difficult to get to the library, the Home Library Service can help!
Run by Oxfordshire County Council, the Home Library Service is completely free and delivers books and other library materials to hundreds of people across the county.
Friendly volunteers choose items you like and visit every three weeks to deliver and collect them.
The service is open to people who struggle to physically visit a library. It’s also available on a short-term basis after illness or hospitalisation, and to people with caring responsibilities.
Registering is easy, simply call your local library or the Home Library Service on 01865 810259 or email email@example.com
March 2022 – Statement from Brize Norton Parish Council
Regarding recent concerns surrounding the closure of Station Road, Brize Norton, please see the two statements below.
Brize Norton Parish Council Bullying and Harassment Statement
‘We treat everyone with courtesy and respect and ask for the same in return. We ask that you treat your councillors and council staff courteously without violence, abuse or harassment.
Councillors and council staff have the right to carry out their civic duties and work without fear of being attacked or abused. Any behaviour whether that be verbal, physical or in writing, which causes either councillors or council staff to feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or threatened, is totally unacceptable.
The zero tolerance policy includes abuse, aggression or threats made in person, over the telephone or in written communication, including on social media. The council considers threatening behaviour to be:
Attempted or actual aggressive, or physical actions made towards any councillor or member of staff.
The use of aggressive, or abusive language, (including raising of the voice, swearing, shouting or in writing) which threatens or intimidates councillors or council staff.’