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 .
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PLEASE LET US KNOW SO WE CAN PUT IT ON THE MILCOMBE WEBSITE
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Please look on ‘The Dove’ page for the PDF file of the Milcombe Newsletter.
The link to Milcombe Parish Council Facebook page
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PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
MILCOMBE VILLAGE SUMMER FETE
SATURDAY AUGUST 26th 2017
Get this date in your diaries and please share with as many people as possible.
We want the community to get involved so that this can be a success and we can continue to run events similar to this making it an enjoyable experience for all. I know there are many families that are not yet added to this group so please add your name if possible.
We will also advertise through the village website and various others sources (as some people are not on the internet), which are already in place.
If you can and would like to help, just pop me a message and I will put your name down.
Thank you!! Caroline Willoughby
Bloxham and Milcombe Parish Councils
A ‘ Keep the Horton General ’ Guide to Responding to the Oxfordshire
Transformation Plan may be ordered by firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Oxfordshire’s health and care services – The Big Consultation – Phase 1
Dear All, LAST CHANCE to have your say on the Oxfordshire health and care services – Big Consultation, Phase 1, which closes on SUNDAY 9 AUGUST. We would like to your views on proposals too:
• Changing the way we use our hospital beds and increasing care closer to home in Oxfordshire
• Planned care at the Horton General Hospital (planned care is a term for healthcare which has been planned in advance and which is not urgent or an emergency such as diagnostic tests, outpatient appointments and surgery).
• Acute stroke services in Oxfordshire
• Critical care (Critical care helps people with life-threatening or very serious injuries and illnesses) at the Horton General Hospital
• Maternity services including obstetrics, Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) and the effect on emergency gynaecology surgery
• Consideration of the Midwife Led Units in north Oxfordshire will be in Phase 2 but we would like some views from you to inform option development.
The full consultation document (including a glossary) is available here https://consult. oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/consult. ti/Bighealthandcare/ consultationHome or visit the CCG website www. oxonhealthcaretransformation. nhs.uk
We would like your feedback. You can give this by completing this questionnaire, or emailing us at email@example.com
Responding to Part One of the consultation on the Horton’s future
Oxfordshire County Council and three district councils have reflected public opinion by rejecting the Oxfordshire Transformation Plan (OTP) consultation because the split format on the Horton’s future has introduced fatal flaws.
What is being consulted on in Phase One is impossible to consider without further information of what is in Phase Two. This means we are being asked to comment on matters that are not clearly defined, using information that is non-existent. Therefore we are recommending two things:
• At this stage it’s wiser to ignore the questionnaire on the Oxfordshire Transformation website. Not only does the split format make the questions meaningless, but also the questionnaire itself is dishonestly worded and our responses could be interpreted as supportive of a downgrade.
• Instead of answering these skewed questions, we recommend you to write directly to the CCG, setting out your views in a way that can’t be misrepresented.
Below is a template for a response letter you can use as a short guide or to copy as your own email or letter as you prefer.
The KTHG Guide consists of longer ‘chapters’ on the major consultation elements to show where the deficiencies are in the plan and give you evidence you may wish to add to your own response.
These chapters come under the headings Maternity, Split Consultation, Consultation/Engagement, General Points (A&E, GP/Primary Care, Ambulance Service etc). If you need any further help or would like to make any useful suggestions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposed letter in response to the Oxfordshire Transformation Plan
In response to Phase One of your consultation on the proposed Oxfordshire Transformation Plan (OTP), I would like you to take the following points as my response in rejecting the proposals:
• Splitting the consultation has rendered it invalid. Intelligent response to Phase One proposals is impossible without information to make a judgment, while Phase Two will depend on the successful rubber-stamping of all proposals in Phase One. The most glaring example of this is the consideration of Midwife-Only and Consultant-Led Units in separate consultations.
Another major case is GP provision and Primary Care which is the intended support framework to take place of inpatient beds that have already been closed, and indeed the whole downgrading of the Horton. The proposal is to confirm these bed closures before the un-evidenced, un-proven new system is in place. OCCG January minutes suggest provision of this care may not prove possible. This is unacceptable. The level of danger to patients and responsibility on innocent health professionals is unreasonable and entirely impermissible.
The OTP itself makes repeated references to staff being difficult, or impossible to recruit, e.g. that 800 domiciliary staff posts are vacant, without any ideas on how these might be filled.
There is nothing to confirm that 30,000-50,000-patient ‘GP federation’ surgeries mentioned could be safely run and managed.
The OTP plan is full of irrational, unreasoned statement. The ‘ambulatory’ model proposed for the Horton is consulted on in Phase One, with the all-important practical details in Phase Two. The proposed Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit model will also not be fleshed out with vital facts until Phase Two.
Statistics to justify losing Level 3 CCU (ventilation) are distorted in favour of the JR while the Horton medical service needs Level 3 support not only for very sick local patients but to enable A&E (Phase Two consultation) to continue, fully enabled. Almost all the proposals for service losses and downgrades in Phase One will have huge repercussions for Primary Care and Social Care services – again to be considered in Phase Two.
The increasingly cash-strapped Oxfordshire County Council – responsible for Social Care – has rejected the proposals’ format because it cannot plan without information to judge what is possible in terms of ever-diminishing infrastructure, staffing and finance; possibly available in Phase Two. In addition, hospital staff, essential to moving hospital care to the community, have largely rejected entreaties to transfer to that visiting workforce.
• I oppose absolutely the changes in Maternity and SCBU. Not only will permanent removal of these will eventually render other 24-hour services such as Paediatrics, Anaesthetics and A&E unviable but they will also create truly dangerous conditions for mothers giving birth in Banbury or travelling to Oxford, Warwick or Northampton.
As the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) stated in its 2008 recommendation for retention of Horton acute services, Oxford is too distant for expectant mothers to travel for obstetric delivery. The proposed midwife-only service (MLU) in Banbury for 200 – 500 births is an horrendous prospect since we know 40% of babies born during the ‘temporary’ Horton MLU have had to be transferred during delivery or because of post-delivery complications. There has also been one tragedy with a baby left with life-limiting damage. This, as the IRP stated, is not a better service for the catchment of the Horton.
Early reports evident in OCCG minutes show the take-up of use of the MLU are below expectations and unacceptable damage (perineal tears) to mothers are occurring. The minutes also declare the stand-alone midwife unit to be ‘an outlier, due to distance’ – your own admission that this is not a suitable arrangement for a very large population.
I reject the argument that Banbury’s obstetric unit is unsustainable because of the loss of training accreditation. There is nothing in the plan to persuade us the JR can accommodate the extra deliveries. JR staffing has been supplemented by the Horton’s obstetricians but recruitment in Oxford is notoriously difficult because of its high cost of living and OCCG January minutes show there are unacceptable gaps. Professionals do however want to move to Banbury – providing it is without a downgrade hanging over the Horton – as the 50 applications for middle grade doctor posts indicate. A JR unit delivering up to 8,500 births, predicted in the plan, is the height of folly. For real improvement, the quota could and should be split to allow the Horton’s training accreditation to be restored to allow full, safe, easily-filled obstetric staffing for Banburyshire’s community – whose increase by a fifth in the coming decade will add crucial numbers to the quota rules.
• The loss of 46 medical and trauma beds is catastrophic. Cutting beds does not reduce disease or trauma. Oxfordshire is desperately short of beds. Closing beds will not prevent health crises. The CCG knows, without doubt, that it is the lack of Social Care funding at local authority level that has caused Delayed Transfers of Care (bed-blocking), not a failure of hospitals. This is like demolishing a home because the cooker needs more fuel. The district hospital must not be disabled before the alternative has been fully established and proven.
• Consultation and engagement: Before this secret plan was published, engagement was lamentable, inadequate and in some places against Department of Health guidelines. The OCCG appears to have based this wholesale change from hospital to untested, un-staffable community care on the Post It notes of 360 already-aware members of the public from a county of nearly 700,000 individuals. There was apparently a survey of 900 members of the trust itself, of whom only 200 replied. This cannot be said to be representative.
The majority of Horton staff are dismayed at the attack on this successful, popular District General Hospital. If they had been truly consulted, there should be some direct evidence of it in the plan. Instead it appears Oxford medics have succumbed to fashionable centralization and the political pressure of the cost-cutting Sustainability and Transformation project.
The plan admits it has pushed the case for permanent loss of obstetrics using the words ‘to be described in terms of benefit to patients and clinicians’ – knowing well it will not be of benefit to patients, however much it might be desirable in managerial and financial terms.
Public consultation has been utterly inadequate. The style of public meeting has been skewed entirely towards indoctrinating the public towards the intended outcome. Meetings and the response sheet have included one-sided propaganda exercise to effect centralisation, limiting numbers of attendees to minimal representation and using meeting time with slanted, ‘persuasive’ videos. Vital information has been manipulated to diminish the work and accomplishment of the Horton in favour of the large numbers treated at the JR.
The Transformation website is designed to make it almost impossible to find honest information; anyone wanting genuine information must navigate dislocated links, many hundreds of pages of unintelligible text and many appendices that are not published. Instead the visitor is immediately faced with a full page link to the response form, contorted to make it almost impossible to make a determined challenge to the plans, especially to those who are inexperience in these ‘public consultation’ processes. GP surgeries were not furnished with plan copies as promised. There has been no admission anywhere of the majority of GPs’ outright, unequivocal opposition to downgrading the Horton.
Language used in the consultation paper/pre-consultation business case/appendices has been reviewed by NHS England and doctored to ensure it psychologically appeals to readers, leaving the reality of the changes unspoken.
5. There is no evidence of adequate, essential prior consultation between the CCG and the ambulance services of how this plan can work in practical terms. Swapping a fully operational district general hospital for a day centre with acute cases and emergencies transferred to Oxford cannot work without sufficient blue-light ambulance cover that clearly has not been shown as possible.
Mr. Justice Mann in the High Court ruled that for public service consultation to be legal it required “adequate and sufficient information to enable intelligent considered response”. It also ruled those consulted should see something of what they contributed in eventual decisions. The drift of CCG behaviour is to avoid opinion other than its own plans and desired outcome, which flow smoothly on paper but reflect recent British Medical Association claims of being unworkable. High Court decisions not only reflect proper process. They evaluate rationality and reasonableness. Elements of the plan are in breach of proper process and an unreasonable proposition to put out to consultation.
I would ask the CCG to consider all these points carefully and reject these proposals which will inevitably lead to a diminution in the quality and quantity of all NHS care in Oxfordshire.
PROTECT THE SERVICES AT THE HORTON GENERAL HOSPITAL
As part of our fight to protect services at the Horton General Hospital, I have launched the campaign, #Banbury2JR.
The campaign will encourage people in and around Banbury to fill out a form (attached) about journey times to the JR in Oxford, and post their travel times on social media using the hashtag #Banbury2JR. My office will then collate the information and pass it onto the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
With a consultation on health care expected to begin this month, information on journey times will be vital to establish the true effect of any changes to the Horton.
It is hoped that the form will be published in the Banbury Guardian, but I would be most grateful if you could also share this campaign with local people.
Best wishes Victoria.
Victoria Prentis MP Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire
Heyford Park House, Upper Heyford, Bicester, OX25 5HD | 01869 233 685
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA | 020 7219 8756
www.facebook.com/ victoriaprentis | Twitter: @VictoriaPrentis
VACANCY FOR TWO PARISH COUNCILLOR
There are currently two vacancies for Councillors on Milcombe Parish Council.
The Parish Council has seven seats and there currently are five Councillors who make up the 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.
If you wish to become a Councillor, you do not need any previous experience, you just need enthusiasm to make a difference in the community, be able work as part of a team and be willing to give up seven evenings per year to attend the Parish Council meetings.
In-between Parish Council meetings, the Clerk to the Parish Council keeps Councillors up to date with information on matters affecting the village and occasionally Councillors are asked to complete tasks to assist the Clerk with the efficient running of the Council.
Councillors can commit as much time or as little time as they are able and anyone living in the village, over the age of 18 years old is very welcome to apply.
If you would like to attend a Parish Council meeting before committing to the role, the next meeting is being held on Tuesday 9 May 2017 at 8pm at the Village Hall, Milcombe. The Parish Council would welcome any residents who wished to attend the meeting to get a feel for how the Parish Council works before making an application.
To find out more about joining Milcombe Parish Council, please call the Clerk to the Parish Council, Theresa Goss, on 01295 710965 or email HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” 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 HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, the Milcombe Annual Parish Meeting is being held on Tuesday 7th June 2017 at 8pm at the Village Hall and all residents are invited welcome.
Please come along and meet your Parish Councillors!
MILCOMBE PARISH MEETINGS
8.00pm Village Hall
Future meetings, all starting at 8.00pm at the Village Hall, Milcombe were as follows:
* 4 July 2017, * 5 September 2017, * 7 November 2017.
Cherwell District Council
Residents have the opportunity to let Cherwell District Council know what they think of its services by completing the annual satisfaction survey this spring.
From early May, residents and businesses will have six weeks to complete a short questionnaire allowing them to give feedback on the council’s services, whether it provides value for money and the quality of its day-to-day operations.
The information provided will be used to help the council prioritise its budgets and service provision for future years and make improvements in areas where people have reported concerns.
Cllr Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “We want to hear from the people we are working to serve how they feel about the services we offer. This is their chance to tell us what works well, what could be improved and what they think of Cherwell overall. “At Cherwell we work hard all year round to deliver what we think are the most important services for the best value for money but we don’t profess to always getting it right and if there are improvements that can be made, we want to hear about them. Equally, we want to know what people are happy with so we can ensure those teams get the feedback they deserve and we can learn from their best practice.”
This year, the survey has been shortened to encourage more people to take part. The survey will be available to complete online and hard copies will be available in Cherwell’s offices, Link Points and in local libraries.
A number of hard copies will also be distributed to selected addresses across the district with a pre-paid envelope for people to return their completed survey.
Cllr Wood said: “This is the chance for people to really feedback their views; if people don’t tell us what they think then we may not be aware to address any issues. We would encourage as many people as possible to have their say to ensure the service they receive is the best we can possibly provide.”
As last year, the survey will once again be conducted by an external market research organisation, Marketing Means, to ensure all information returned remains entirely confidential.
The survey will be available to complete online from the beginning of May.
You can access it by logging on to Cherwell District Council’s website or clicking on www.marketingmeans.co.uk/ cherwell2017.
Alternatively those who would prefer a hard copy can request one by calling 01295 227001.
Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS)
The Parish Council would be placing an order for the installation of a 600mm VAS with solar panels and data collection, at the bottom of North Hill. The PC had received confirmation from the County Council that it had £3000 towards the VAS and the Parish Council agreed to meet the additional cost of £1129
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, Conservation works to walls and roof of Dovecote – The Clerk has contacted Cherwell District Council but has not yet received a reply with regard to a start date for the proposed works to the Dovecote wall.
(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 Distribution
The new, free, three digit 105 telephone number to call in a power cut has now gone live!
Many thanks to many of you for indicating your support of the 105 service. We hope that this service, which is a free, easy to remember number to call in a power cut, will be of great use to the public.
Many thanks Michael Clarke
Corporate Communications Officer
Corporate Communications Team (Midlands)
Western Power Distribution
Herald Way, Pegasus Business Park, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, DE74 2TU
Butterfly Meadow Children’s Centre
County Councillor Kieron Mallon thanked the Parish Council for its donation of £500 to be made in 2017/2018, to support the running costs of the Centre. Councillor Mallon reported that the Centre’s application for funding from the County Council had been successful at the first round.
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.
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