Thank you to the litter pickers!

Saturday's volunteers gathered up more than a dozen bags of waste scattered in the hedgerows and along the verges of Binfield Heath. Just about everything was found there - with the usual drink cans and bottles, coffee cups and sweet wrappers as major culprits. New to us were the plastic left-overs from water works along the Emmer Green Road, half buried in the verge. Least forgivable was the plastic bag full of dog poo. Many thanks to those who braved the elements and the unpleasantness to help keep our village tidy.

Gladman refused hearing in High Court

On February 4th we received the news that the High Court had refused permission for Gladman to have a substantive hearing in relation to its claims. The Court takes the view that the appellants have no prospect of success on either of their grounds that the appeal inspector had made an error in calculating local housing need. Gladman was given seven days to apply for an oral hearing. The Secretary of State’s defence costs were awarded against Gladman. The appellants now have 7 days from 31st January to request an oral hearing to discuss why their claim was refused permission. See more at www.cagedunsden.org

24-hour closure of Shiplake Row February 28

Thames Water has requested a temporary road closure of a section of Shiplake Row for a new water connection to land between Walled Garden House and Old Acres where a new house is being built.

Have your say on the South Oxfordshire Emerging Local Plan

SODC has published an updated version of the Local Plan 2011 - 2034. You can read it online and make comments via the website - see link on the right under Coming Up. This plan will affect everyone living in the District. The emerging Local Plan and its supporting studies set out the vision for South Oxfordshire up to the year 2034. Together they identify where housing, retail and employment land should be located as well as the infrastructure required to support this growth, such as new roads, schools, health services and utilities. The proposed policies in the plan will be used as the starting point to help make decisions on planning applications in the district. To find out more you can talk to SODC planning team at a drop in event in Henley Town Hall on Saturday January 19, from 10 - 2pm.

Waste tours 2019

Ever wondered where the contents of your green food waste bin and the other bins you put out end up and what happens to them? You can find out by joining one of this year's waste tours organised by South and Vale. See the events panel, right for more details.

Village newsletter

Marina Hart would like to hear from anyone with news or information of interest to local residents, on marina.hart@virgin.net. Most of the newsletters are emailed to save printing and delivery, so do let her have your contact details if you would like to receive one. Privacy information is available from her and on this website. Marina's first newsletter has been produced and uploaded to this site. We hope you enjoy reading it and find it useful - and please do contribute to the next one if you have any news to share.

Reporting issues round the parish

Fly-tipped rubbish continues to be a problem locally and has to be collected by District Council contractors at considerable extra cost to the taxpayer. If you see fly-tipping - or the results of it - please report it online to admin.southoxford@biffa.co.uk Similarly, potholes have been a big problem this year. If you are aware of one locally please contact fixmystreet.com and tell them the area, address if possible and postcode. It's the fastest way to get results.


Do make sure your home and outbuildings are securely locked and tell your neighbours if you are going away. Report anything suspicious to Thames Valley Police on 101 or in an emergency call 999.

Keep up to date

From this page you can see diary events in the village at a glance, with a link to more information if you need it. Check which bin is going out this week and look up the bus timetable or report potholes in our roads. You can comment on planning applications direct with SODC at the click of a button, without knowing the application number. Receiving occasional news mail-outs from the Parish Council on matters that affect you is the fastest and most efficient way to find out what's going on in your parish. If you change your email address just sign up again with the new one - you don't have to delete the old one. If you no longer wish to hear news from us in this form please let us know and we will delete your email details. Visit the village Facebook page to connect with friends and neighbours and join in the chat. If you would like to contact the Parish Council direct send a mail to info@binfieldheath.org.uk or write to the parish clerk, Mandy Sermon at msermon@btinternet.com

Data protection

Regulations concerning data protection have changed. The Parish Council has prepared documents which reflect and clarify these alterations and how they affect you. Please look at the information, on the Parish Council page, which explains how the council uses and stores any information concerning you. (See also Parish Council minutes May, June and July 2018.)

Coming up

Comment on new planning applications

As SODC can no longer put up notices on site for every planning application we have decided to publish them on this website instead. You can use the link to look up the application on-line and make your own comments direct to SODC

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