The chestnut tree in the centre of the village is enjoying its reprieve! In full flower and with plenty of fresh green leaves it is clearly in good health, at least for the moment.
SODC RESTARTS BULKY WASTE COLLECTIONS
South Oxfordshire District Council has restarted the paid-for bulky waste collection service for large household items. At the same time it has issued a warning about fly-tipping while other outlets for domestic waste remain closed.
The bulky waste collection service was temporarily stopped to allow waste contractor, Biffa, to prioritise the important kerbside household collections
With household waste recycling centres still closed, along with charity shops and their donation banks, there are fewer places to dispose of unwanted items that do not fit into kerbside collections. The council has issued a warning to anybody tempted to fly-tip - this includes leaving rubbish next to litter bins – that it will investigate and prosecute anyone found to be responsible.
The bulky waste collection is a paid-for service costing £40 for up to three items - and £8 per additional item, up to a maximum of six. As the council offices are currently closed to the public, at this time orders can only be taken online using credit or debit cards for payment. Examples of items collected:
- furniture (such as sofas, chairs, and tables)
- washing machines
- fridges and freezers – household only (not commercial)
The council cannot collect any type of commercial or DIY waste.
People are asked to store other waste items where possible until they can be safely disposed of when the household waste recycling centres and donation banks reopen.
Residents who decide to pay people to dispose of their waste should check they are registered waste carriers and ask for a waste transfer note to state where the rubbish is being taken from and to. More info on waste removal, see SODC website pages (Vale and South).
SODC reminds residents that up to 80 per cent of normal household waste can be recycled using the green bin. They are also encouraged to use composters where possible for garden material.
Extra recycling waste that can’t fit in the green bin may be left in a cardboard box or a clear bag next to it. Extra food waste can be put in a bag on top of the food waste bin.
PARISH COUNCIL INFORMATION
The Scout Hut
The scout hut, damaged in an arson fire, is now being repaired. For more info or if you would like to make a donation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drug-driving in Binfield Heath
Youngsters smoking pot have been spotted round the village, often in the recreation ground at night, or in cars nearby clearly smoking weed. The police are aware but if you see anything, do report it.
Parish Council meetings
These have been suspended temporarily owing to corona virus. If you have any issues to report or need any information please contact the clerk Mandy Sermon at email@example.com. Parish council responsibilities will be handled by a delegated committee of councillors consisting of Paul Rollason (chair), Elisabeth Ransom (vice chair), Hugh Lacey and Susan Summerland.
Marina Hart would like to hear from anyone with news or information of interest to local residents, on firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Newsletters are uploaded to this site. We hope you enjoy reading them and find them useful - and please do contact her with contributions for 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the parish clerk, Mandy Sermon at email@example.com
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.)