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Welcome to Enstone Parish. If you live in Neat Enstone, Church Enstone, Cleveley, Lidstone, Gagingwell, Chalford, Radford, Fulwell or Broadstonehill this site is for you.

There are 3 levels of local government in Oxfordshire - County Council, District Council and Parish Council. The Enstone Parish Council is a democratically elected body of councillors. A local rate is levied and collected by the district council as part of the council tax. The Parish Council plays an important role in the local community and is a vital link to district and county councils and other agencies on local issues.


Latest Edition of the Enstone Ensign Now Available

To view the on-line version of the Ensign please click on the image to the left


News from your MP - Robert Courts

There is now a new Tab at the top of the page called 'MP News', where you can see what Robert Courts, your Member of Parliament, is doing for you. You can also sign up for his Newsletter or view it by clicking on the image below:

Robert Courts Newsletter










Enstone Annual Show - 26 Aug 2017

Enstone Show Poster Enstone Craft Show Poster Enstone Dog Show Poster

Click to download pdfs for Craft Show Entry Form and Dog Show Classes

Work is underway to make the 2017 show another success. The show committee has already had commitments to attend from your favourite attractions and everyone is hoping the weather will behave itself on the 26th!

Click on the Enstone Show button in main menu bar above for further updates.


Enstone Community SpeedWatch

Enstone SpeedWatch

Speeding is one of the factors that most affects the quality of life in communities. It contributes to the severity of road traffic collisions and increases the impact on the lives of people in the community.

As part of the Community SpeedWatch traffic monitoring scheme, coordinated by Thames Valley Police, Enstone Parish Council have obtained a hand held Speed Indication Device for volunteers to carry out regular speed checks in known hot spots within Enstone Parish .

How it works:



Telephone Scam

Microsoft Tech-Support Scammers using WannaCry attack to lure victims

This is a message sent via Thames Valley Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had been affected by WannaCry Ransomware.

The victim granted the fraudsters remote access to their PC after being convinced there wasn’t sufficient anti-virus protection. The fraudsters then installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is actually free and took £320 as payment.

It is important to remember that Microsoft’s error and warning messages on your PC will never include a phone number.

Additionally Microsoft will never proactively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication they have with you must be initiated by you.

How to protect yourself

Get your computer checked for any additional programmes or software that may have been installed. Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.

Action Fraud can be contacted on 0300 123 2040

www.actionfraud.police.uk

Telephone Scam Warning from Thames Valley Police

From a phone number of 01264 976 183, an Indian/Asian sounding male claiming to be from Witney Police station with reference to ID Fraud asking for our caller to log on to their computer.

There have been many complaints to other agencies about an Asian male saying he is from BT, Talk Talk or the National Crime Agency.

This is a Scam and we would ask residents to HANG UP and report to Action Fraud or your phone provider.

Action Fraud can be contacted on 0300 123 2040

www.actionfraud.police.uk


Notice of Election

UK Parliamentary Election

Election of a Member of Parliament for the Witney constituency

Click on left hand image to download pdf - Key points are:

  1. The last time for a candidate to be nominated will be 4 pm on Thursday 11 May. Nomination packs will be available for prospective candidates early week commencing 24 April 2017.
  2. The deadline for people to apply to be registered to vote is Monday 22 May. As always, the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to do so is via www.gov.uk/registertovote; but people who do not have internet access may contact us via 01993 861410 and give their details over the phone – they will need to have their national insurance number to hand.
  3. People who are already registered do not need to re-apply. We had around 4000 duplicate applications in the run up to last year’s Referendum and would like to avoid that if possible. Obviously, if someone received a poll card for the May elections then they can be confident of being registered unless their situation has changed, e.g. they have moved house. If they are unsure they may email: elections@westoxon.gov.uk to ask, ensuring that they give their name and address; or call 01993 861410.
  4. Poll cards will be posted on around 8 or 9 May; and our recommendation is that if someone has not received a poll card by 13 May and is unsure whether they are registered, they check with us then, as there will still be a week during which they may make any necessary application.
  5. Postal voting applications need to be received by 5 pm on Tuesday 23 May; and applications to appoint a proxy by 5 pm on Wednesday 31 May. Forms are available from www.westoxon.gov.uk/register and once completed may be sent as a scanned email attachment to: elections@westoxon.gov.uk as an alternative to posting or delivering them.
  6. Postal votes will be sent on around 22/23 May, except that those for people who have applied after 28 April will go a day or two later.
  7. The count will take place immediately after the close of the poll; and the result will be announced between 3 and 5 am on Friday 9 June.
  8. As always, information is available from www.westoxon.gov.uk/elections and then following the links to “future elections”.

Venues Required For Local Camping Group

A local camping group based around Oxfordshire who belong to the Camping & Caravanning Club are looking for new camping venues.

The following is all that is required:

  1. A water tap.
  2. Toilet disposal point i.e. manhole cover area.
  3. Reasonably level field with good accessibility.

Because the numbers at weekends fluctuate between an average of 8-20 units (Caravan, campervan or tent), payment for meets is collected on arrival so it would be difficult to give an exact figure to the amount of contribution given to the land owner.

If any local land owners within the Enstone Parish area is considering diversifying their land use for a weekend camp then please email: Anne Daldorph.


Police and Crime Plan 2017 - 2021

This new Plan consists of five broad strategic priorities which are:

1.  Vulnerability – Managing demand on services through working together with a particular focus on mental health, elder abuse, hidden abuse, and the criminal justice experience for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

2.  Prevention and Early Intervention – Improving safeguarding in both the physical space and virtual space including tackling cyber crime, road safety, peer on peer abuse, hate crime and female genital mutilation (FGM).

3.  Reducing Re-offending – Targeting and managing harm and risk with a focus on substance misuse, violence involving weapons and offender management including perpetrators of domestic abuse.

4.  Serious Organised Crime and Terrorism – Improving the local response including increased public awareness, promoting a ‘dare to share’ culture, and preventing violent extremism and the exploitation of vulnerable people.

5.  Police Ethics and Reform – Increasing the pace of change with a focus on improved support for victims, accelerated uptake of new technology, and improving the perceptions of police among young people.

The priorities and aims in the Plan will be addressed in greater detail through the delivery plans of Thames Valley Police, the Office of the PCC and other partner service delivery plans, particularly Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs).

The plan was developed using a broad range of information including the evaluation of research documents, analysis of crime trends, horizon scanning to identify future trends and consultation with partners including the police and local authorities.

It was also informed by the views of the nearly 5000 residents of Thames Valley, including over 1000 young people, who took part in the PCCs policing and crime survey in 2016.

The full plan can be found on the PCC website by clicking here.


Warning issued over council tax ‘scam’

West Oxfordshire residents are being warned to guard against bogus callers telling them their council tax bands maybe too high.

Several residents have been in touch with the District Council saying callers from the ‘Claims Review Bureau’ have contacted them offering to work on their behalf to obtain a reduction in exchange for a fee of about £80.

But staff have emphasised that anyone wanting to appeal against their band can do so for free by contacting the District Valuation Office.

Cllr Toby Morris, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “This is a scam and residents must ensure they do not pass on any financial or personal details to these callers.

“Appealing against a council tax band does not require a third party and is free. Anyone receiving one of these calls should end the conversation as quickly as possible.”

Residents wishing to appeal against their council tax banding can do so by contacting the District Valuation Office on 03000 501 501.

To report a suspected scam, contact Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards on 0845 051 0845.

The District Council has also reminded residents that staff would never ask for a customer's bank details via email.


Roscon Land Development

Enstone Parish Council Briefing Note

Proposed Development at land south of Oxford Road, Enstone

Rosconn Strategic Land (RSL) is a privately-owned development company proposing to develop land south of Oxford Road. They state that they strive to work closely with local communities and key stakeholders to ensure any new development can integrate seamlessly with an existing settlement, whilst providing a mix of house types to address local needs.

This has been put to public consultation and various meetings have taken place. It is now with the planners and a determination is due during Spring.

To view this proposal in full please click on the image above on the right.


WODC

Revised Local Plan approved for consultation by councillors

Councillors have approved an updated version of the draft Local Plan for public consultation following concerns raised by the Planning Inspector in January that the earlier draft was not consistent with Oxfordshire’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment and that it did not take into account the housing need identified for Oxford.

Under the revised proposals, a total of 15,950 homes are set to be built by 2031, of which 2,750 have been allocated as the District’s contribution to Oxford’s unmet housing need.

Key sites include 2,200 homes at the proposed Garden Village to the north of Eynsham along with an urban extension to the west of Eynsham which will add a further 1,000 new homes.

Other major sites will include increasing the number of homes in North Witney from 1,000 to 1,400; new allocations in Woodstock adding 670 properties; increasing the development area at Tank Farm, Chipping Norton from 600 to 1,400 homes and building a further 570 homes at three sites in Carterton in addition to over 1,000 homes which are already committed in and around the town.

Cllr James Mills, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We have to balance the demands of a growing population with the need to maintain West Oxfordshire as a beautiful place in which to live and work.

“We want to create better homes, more jobs and improved facilities while protecting the District from unwanted development. This is why it is important to have a robust Local Plan in place.”

The proposed Plan addresses concerns raised by the Local Plan Inspector that led to the original version being suspended in January until further work including revisions to the housing figures could be undertaken.

Having been approved by full Council, the Plan will now be the subject of a six-week consultation before being re-submitted to the Inspector. It is expected that the Examination will reconvene in spring 2017.


Beware fraudsters claiming to be from the HMRC

Residents in West Oxfordshire are being warned of a phone scam that is currently taking place across the country.

Fraudsters pretending to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are calling unsuspecting residents and telling them they are under investigation and are due in court.

The automated phone message then asks you to press 1 to speak to a case officer. Please do not follow this instruction.

Instead, hang up immediately - this is a scam and if you continue with the phone call it could direct you to a premium-rate number which may accumulate very expensive charges on your phone bill without your knowledge.

The reminder follows calls to be extra vigilant about any emails from GOV.UK which claim the recipient is eligible to receive a tax refund. The email claims this can be recovered by completing and submitting a tax return form - the form asks for the recipient's bank details.

We advise all residents to be wary of any unsolicited calls and emails from unknown companies. If you cannot verify the identity of the caller, do not give out any personal details, especially bank details.

To report a suspected scam contact Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre:


WODC

New waste and recycling calendars now online

West Oxfordshire’s new waste and recycling collection dates are now published for the next 12 months and can be viewed and downloaded online at www.westoxon.gov.uk.

As well as accessing online bin collection calendars, residents can register for handy weekly email alerts about waste collection dates, including a reminder the day before about which bins to put out and helpful information about changes to collection days over the Christmas period and bank holidays.

Over 8,000 householders are registered for email alerts and receive weekly email reminders of their next collection.

Paper copies of the waste calendars are available for those that do not have web access. These can be picked up from:

As well as bin collection information, residents can use the alerts service to receive information about planning applications registered near to their homes.


WODC

Council supports power cuts '105' helpline

West Oxfordshire District Council is supporting the launch of 105, a new national three-digit helpline telephone number that will make it quicker and easier for people to report a power cut.

Many people don’t know who to contact during a power cut and wrongly call the electricity supplier shown on their bill.

By calling the helpline, householders will be put through to the company that repairs local power networks and restores power.

Cllr Robert Courts, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said, “Having a free, easy-to-remember number is a great boon during a power cut and so we are keen to let West Oxfordshire householders know about the new 105 helpline.”

The 105 number is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales and can be accessed from most landlines and mobile phones.

The number is jointly funded by electricity network operators - the companies that manage the cables, wires and substations that bring electricity into homes and businesses. Network operators can also be contacted directly by phone or via their website, and most network operators can be contacted through social media too.

The public can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put them, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, the emergency services should also be contacted.

Click here www.powercut105.com to find out more about the new 105 telephone number and electricity network operators.


WODC

Comet - A New Bookable Transport Service

For anyone without access to suitable public transport

Oxfordshire County Council have introduced a transport service that makes use of vehicles that take school children to school and adults to day care centres. It is open to individuals and organisations / groups.

How to get started. Call 01865 323201 to register (£3) and you will receive a membership card. Once registered you can book from 9am - 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9am - 4pm on Friday. The service runs 10.15am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday (not Bank Holidays).

For further information click here www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/comet
Chris Jones

Community Policing

Thames Valley Police

I am Chris Jones the PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) for your area and here to assist your parish and community with your policing needs in anyway I can. I am based out of Woodstock Police Station however my area beat is Great Rollright, The Bartons, Sandford St. Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone.

My job is to assist in tackling rural crime and deal with crime related incidents and anti-social behaviour, general nuisance issues and many other concerns. This in turn contributes to Thames Valley Police’s aims of raising visibility and reassuring the public.

Please, if you have any police issues you think I might be able to help you with then stop me and have a chat or contact me on:


NOTICE – Right to Record Meetings of the Council


Please note that the public and the media have a right to record meetings of the council.

Should you wish to record a meeting it would be helpful if you could notify the Clerk or the Chairman so that they can ensure you have the necessary facilities and so that other members of the public can be notified that the meeting is being recorded.

Please note that the Chairman has the right to ask that recording be stopped if the Chairman reasonably believes that the meeting is being disrupted because of the recording, if the recording is preventing the public participating or is inhibiting community involvement or if the meeting moves into confidential session.

If you object to being recorded please notify the Chairman or Clerk. We will endeavour to ensure that your objections are respected. However we are not able to guarantee this. This is a public meeting and there is a statutory right for anyone to record it.

Anyone at the meeting may use Twitter, Facebook or similar social media provided that the Chairman does not consider their actions are disrupting the proceedings of the meeting.


Community Connect

community connect

Helping older people improve their quality of life.
A free friendly service for people in Oxfordshire. 
We can help you find out about local services and support, such as:

You can talk to us by phone, email or invite us to visit you.

JUST ASK! on 01608 648099

communityconnect@wocab.org.uk
www.communityconnectoxon.org

We work in strict confidence. 
Managed by West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau.