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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Please look on ‘The Dove’ page for the PDF file of the Milcombe Newsletter. Thank you.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY.
MEET OLD AND NEW NEIGHBOURS AND KEEP THE VILLAGE HALL RUNNING
FRIDAY 21st OCTOBER 2016 AT 8.00PM.
“BUNCO” SOCIAL EVENING FOR VILLAGE HALL FUNDS.
If you enjoyed or missed the very successful Cheers, Cheese and Chat evening you will not want to miss the second social evening to raise funds for the Village Hall.
Don’t know what BUNCO is? …… don’t worry…. If you can roll three dice then the rules will be explained to you on the evening. 48 is the maximum number of tickets to be sold as the game is played on tables of 4 people.
There will be total PRIZE MONEY OF 50% OF THE ENTRANCE FEE.
Tickets will be £5 each and if we sell the 48 tickets…. PRIZES WILL BE £70, £30 AND £20.
(Otherwise pro rata)
Bring your own drinks!! There will be Cheese and biscuits during the evening.
VACANCY FOR PARISH COUNCILLOR
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE MILCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL WILL BE HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 8.00pm ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th
There are still two vacancies on the Parish Council. We desperately need two more Councillors to bring us up to our full quota of 7 members. You need to be committed to the welfare of the village. We do have Councillors from around most parts of the village but, sadly, nobody from the Newcombe Close and Oak Farm areas. It would be good to have Councillors to represent these areas as well. Please contact the Clerk, Theresa Goss, at email@example.com or have a chat with any of the present Councillors if you are interested or why not come along to our next meeting on September 6th to get an idea of what being a Parish Councillor is all about.
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
Please support Milcombe now by joining in the village community
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.
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.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL NEWS OR EVENT COMING UP !!
Please let us know and we’ll put it in the village Newsletter and on the website.
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.
(16/00935/LB) – CDC has withdrawn its planning application to renovate the Dovecote whilst in consultation with Historic England as the Dovecote is both a Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument which apparently is quite an unusual circumstance. The criteria for Scheduled Ancient Monument consent is stricter than that of LB consent. It is understood that the works to ‘repair’ the wall do not need LB consent subject to the contractors being in discussion with the Conservation officer. The Parish Council has therefore requested that repairs to the perimeter wall be carried out as soon as possible on the grounds of Health & SafetyPlanning application.
16/00935/LB issued by Cherwell District Council Conservation works to walls and roof of Dovecote. Works to include repointing sections of the external walls in lime mortar; repairs to lime render to dormer window cheeks; replace isolated missing/slipped stone roof slates; repairs to lime mortar hip ridges; refixing of timber lintel details to joist ends; repairs to timber latticework to dormer windows; replace pigeon netting to roof top lantern light. The works also include the erection of a scaffold tower internally to allow a close inspection of the roof timbers. Repairs to the perimeter wall to the open land are also included in the project; clearing vegetation, replacing missing stones. The Parish Council has not been given any indication as to when these works are likely to proceed.
Western Power is launching a special service to report power cuts. This will be launched on September 6th. In the meantime, details are available on www.energynetworks.org/info/ powercut105.html
CARERS OXFORDSHIRE NATIONAL CARERS RIGHTS DAY
‘CARING MAT TERS’ CONFERENCE to be held at the Kassam Stadium, Ox ford, on November 25th, 2016. To book please visit http:// www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/carersoxfordshire-11028787861 or call 01235 520463.
District Councillor Kieron Mallon reported that, due to cuts in funding, Oxfordshire County Council would be closing local Children’s Centres including Butterfly Meadows attached to the Primary School in Bloxham.
The Centre is currently used by Bloxham and all the surrounding villages including Milcombe. Every effort is being made to keep the Centre open with the help of the Headmaster and governing body at the Primary School and Bloxham Parish Council plus additional funding is being sought to help secure the future of the Centre.
If the Centre can be retained, then it can be hired out to other organisations for a fee to help with the running costs and a wider range of activities could be offered. OCC is currently proposing to retain Centres at Woodgreen in Banbury and west of Banbury (Grimsbury area) but there would be nothing for families this side of Banbury.
Milcombe Parish Council would like to hear from any families in the village who currently use this facility or hope to use it in the future. Please contact the Clerk or any member of the Parish Council.
Please cut back any branches or hedges growing on your property which may be overhanging or encroaching on public footpaths or even causing problems with visibility to traffic and pedestrians.
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.
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