Milcombe’s Community and Parish Council website.
Welcome to Milcombe Village Website. We hope you will find all the information you are looking for. If you wish to add any information, please contact: Sarah Smith or Theresa Goss on the contact boxes above .
Please send your information to Sarah Smith : email@example.com
Please look on ‘The Dove’ page for the PDF file of the Milcombe Newsletter. Thank you
The Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival is the opportunity for a wonderful day out: expect the unexpected, be inspired, diverted and delighted – and come home with a unique artwork of your own. You’ll be able to meet artists in a wide range of amazing venues, talk about their work, watch demonstrations and maybe have a go yourself. Or simply feast your eyes on a huge range of creative activity, from painting, photography, textiles, sculpture and ceramics, to furniture, glass, mosaics, jewellery, digital art and much more.
The next Artweeks will take place from the 7th to 30th May 2016. For three weeks, you will be able to visit open studios in towns and venues across Oxfordshire for free. The first week will take place in Oxford itself as 200 art spaces across the city welcome you in. The second will focus on exhibitions along the Thames from Faringdon to Henley and the Ridgeway from Wantage to Thame, and in the third week, visit beautiful North Oxfordshire where venues can be found nestled from Burford and Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds across to the historic market towns of Bicester and Banbury.
VACANCY FOR PARISH COUNCILLOR
There is currently a vacancy for a Councillor on Milcombe Parish Council. Being a Parish Councillor in Milcombe gives you a real opportunity to make a difference to the community and it gives you a chance to help make Milcombe an even better place to live. To find out more about joining Milcombe Parish Council, call Theresa Goss on 01295 710965 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Or, to apply to be co-opted to the vacancy, just write a brief summary about you and your skills and why you would like to be a Parish Councillor and send it to Theresa at 3 Tanners Close, Middleton Cheney, OX17 2GD or email to email@example.com
The spirit of Milcombe
BECOME PART OF MILCOMBE VILLAGE LIFE
The spirit of Milcombe , like many villages, is disappearing rapidly, and with an expected growth in new housing, the old values, which for generations have maintained the independence of our village communities, will disappear unless newcomers and the younger generation are prepared to support the organisations that are designed to sustain a healthy, social structure within rural communities. To keep this village socially active we need new blood to give as little as 2/3 hours per month to help in the various activities which are part of our village.
Please contact David Charles on 01295 721158 or 07989 408553.
Fly tipping is the common term used to describe waste that has been illegally deposited causing damage to the environment, costing businesses, landowners and tax payers millions every year.
Householders are required by law to check that anyone removing waste from their property are authorised to do so. Check waste carriers are genuine and hold a waste carriers licence. To check your waste carrier is holds a legitimate waste carriers licence contact the Environment Agency on: 03708 506506 or on line at http://epr.environment-agency.gov.uk/ePRInternet/SearchRegisters.aspx. Most large skip companies will display their waste carrier licence number in the windscreen of their vehicle. If they are not registered, residents should refuse their service. If they claim to be registered but do not have any paperwork, residents can telephone the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 and request an instant Waste Carrier Validation. Record the registration number of any vehicle removing waste from your home. Pay by cheque as payments can be traced if the waste is fly tipped. If they insist on cash refuse their service and request a receipt for their service.
Reporting Fly tipping:
Where house hold waste has been dumped (fly tipped) on adopted highway: Residents should contact their local authority / Borough Council who will arrange for its removal. Where house hold waste has been dumped (fly tipped) private land: The land owner would be responsible for its removal by a licensed waste carrier.
Council’s can fine householders that hire a company to take materials away from their house that end up fly tipped To find out more about waste crime visit: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/wastecrime
High-Speed Broadband arrives in Milcombe
As part of the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme, a fibre-enabled cabinet is now live and ready to take orders in Milcombe. This means that 261 residents and businesses in the parish will be able to request an upgrade to fibre-enabled broadband from a range of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In most cases, this means that residents can select a product offering download speeds above 24Mb/s following infrastructure upgrades made via the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme. The aim of the £30.1m programme, funded by Oxfordshire County Council, Cherwell District Council, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and BT, is to provide access to fibre-enabled broadband where this is not commercially viable without public sector investment. The cabinet in the following location is now sporting a large sticker declaring, ‘Fibre broadband is here.’ This indicates that the cabinet is live and ready to take customer orders. Bloxham Cabinet 5: Located on the Main Road, opposite Southwynd, Bloxham Road, Milcombe, Banbury OX15 4RH
Please note that improved broadband services are not turned on automatically. To access fibre-enabled broadband, please contact your chosen ISP or use comparison sites to find available packages. There is a list of ISPs on the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire website: http://www.betterbroadbandoxfordshire.org.uk/broadband-providers If you contact an ISP, please state that you wish to order ‘fibre-enabled / superfast broadband,’ otherwise they may offer you a slower broadband service. Your chosen ISP should be able to offer any technical assistance to access fibre-enabled / superfast broadband. It is also important to note, that not all premises within a postcode area will be necessarily be able to order superfast speeds (above 24Mb/s). Premises will be able to access a range of speeds – some will get superfast broadband and others will be able to get anywhere between 2Mb/s and 24Mb/s, depending on distance from the cabinet.
Hands off the Oxfordshire Countryside!
CPRE Oxfordshire has launched a joint e-petition with Rural Oxfordshire Action Rally (ROAR) to ask Eric Pickles and our local MPs to end the unrestrained development in the county. It calls for a number of changes, including an end to the unfair penalties faced by local communities when a District does not have an up to date 5 Year Housing Supply. The Parish Council would encourage as many people as possible to sign the petition. If you would like to do so, please click on this link.
Milcombe Newsletter will be produced each month and will be available at the Village Hall; Church; The Horse & Groom; and at the New Road Shop.
Contributions, by email (Microsoft Word compatible). To be received by 18th of month prior to publication.
(NO REMINDERS) to MNL2015@outlook.com. All contributions are cut and pasted and not edited.
THAMES WATER SEWAGE PUMPING STATIONS
PUMP HUNT FOR SEWAGE STATION OWNERS
• Thames Water to take on the responsibility of 4,000 sewage pumping stations from property owners and managers
• Utility will take over electricity and maintenance costs under new legislation, potentially saving customers thousands of pounds
• Firm appeals for help tracking 1,800 ‘missing’ stations
Thames Water is appealing to customers to help identify privately owned sewage pumping stations. The utility, which serves 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley, will take responsibility for around 4,000 pumping in October 2016, but needs to track down 1,800 currently off its radar. New legislation means sewage pumping stations, which power wastewater away from properties and out into the public sewer pipe network, currently owned and maintained by customers will become legally owned and operated by the local water company. The pumping stations are found in all shapes and sizes, and can be in places where there are a number of properties needing to connect to the public sewer network. Customers will know they have one as they’ll be paying to maintain and power them.
Jerry White, of Thames Water, said: “This is really good news for customers. We’d urge anyone who thinks they may have one to get in touch so we can check they are eligible for the transfer of ownership. In some cases, as well as electricity savings, maintaining and replacing pumps can cost thousands of pounds so it’s an excellent deal for them. “We believe we know where approximately half of the stations we need to take over are, but really need help to find the other 1,800. Please get in touch if you think this applies to you and we can take on the responsibility forever.”
Anyone with a private pumping station can make Thames Water aware at thameswater.co.uk/pumphunt
A sewer pumping station is likely to be ‘adopted’ by Thames Water if it was in use before July 2011 (and) serve a single property, and is outside the property boundary (or) serves two or more properties
More information: www.thameswater.co.uk/pumphunt