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Request for Help

The Town Council would like to ask all users of Willow Meadows to be extra vigilant over the next few weeks. It has been reported that someone has taken to cutting down saplings.

The damage is intentional as a tool has been used to cut the trees down. To date all the damage has occurred along the footpath side, the Brownies trees have been targeted as have a few others a bit further on.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously, please call the Town Hall on 01993 842156 or email twhitford@carterton-tc.gov.uk with as much detail as you can.

Thank you 

Old Furniture Need Collecting?

If you have some old furniture that needs collecting and it is in reasonable condition, why not see if the British Heart Foundation can help?

For more information, click here

A Message from Plantlife: 

Do you know anyone with an interest in wild plants or who would like to learn more about them? As the weather warms and the days get longer we are looking for people to help us.

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is helping us to understand what is happening to different habitats across the UK and is set to run for a number of years. The Scheme has been running for two survey seasons and over 900 volunteers have signed up and been out surveying. One of the reasons the scheme has enjoyed such good success in attracting volunteers is because of the support of local parish councils. Many of these volunteers are new to plant surveying and have found the scheme accessible, are enjoying taking part and are exploring places to close to them and finding out new things. Volunteers are supported by materials which are sent to them, online resources and free training courses.

Do you know somebody who enjoys being outside? There are still opportunities to get involved with the scheme as a volunteer. In fact the more volunteers we have the more information is generated allowing us to get an even better understanding of what is happening in the landscape.

Who we are and what we need:

This scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); JNCC; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. Volunteers are recruited and supported to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.

More help please:

Across Oxfordshire there are still 18 squares available to survey.

We would be hugely grateful if you can use your communication channels to promote the scheme again using the NPMS flyer (http://www.npms.org.uk/sites/www.npms.org.uk/files/PDF/NPMS%20flyer.pdf).

The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available: http://www.npms.org.uk/square-near-me-public?dynamic-return_all_squares=true

We particularly need to promote the scheme in remote areas as well as areas contain including those with coastal and upland habitats.

To sign up please visit www.npms.org.uk or for further information please email support@npms.org.uk or phone 01722 342743.

Thank you for your support

Bus 64 to Swindon

For the latest information on the development of an alternative to the 64 Bus to Swindon, please see the letter here.

Carterton Community Food Bank 

Slimming World Carterton very kindly donated £73 to the Carterton Community Food Bank as well as plenty of 'goodies' given as Christmas presents.

The £73 went towards purchasing storage boxes as well as toiletries to be given with food parcels.

Pictured with the Mayor is Brenda Moody-Chandler, who runs the club.


News Release - Sign up now for garden waste collections

See attached press release from West Oxfordshire District Council concerning the new scheme for garden waste collections.

The Great British Spring Clean

The Mayor of Carterton has signed up to the Great British Spring Clean, for more information, click here.

It would great to see as many of you as possible attend the event and help do your litter pick for the community.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Carterton Playgrounds 

The Town Council’s Amenity Officer has been diligently working over the last five years trying to bring all seven of our playgrounds  to a high standard of safety and repair. Work is in the pipeline for Trefoil and Pampas Close playgrounds at the moment  and The Maples has recently been completed.  Unfortunately, for reasons beyond most peoples comprehension, some individuals decided to cause over £1,000 worth of damage to The Maples recently.               

I wonder if anyone has ever explained to them where the money comes from to make our town a nice place to live and also to repair their mindless acts of vandalism? Perhaps they think its magic money that grows on trees?

I doubt very much that they will read this as they will be too busy being un-intelligent somewhere else but on the off chance that either they or their friends do, I would like to tell them that it is their hard working parents, grandparents, maybe even siblings that pay for the damage they inflict on our community through the tax they pay. The more money we have to spend repairing things, the less money there is in the budget to improve things.

This matter has been reported to the Police and I would like to ask if anyone who lives near The Maples playground heard or saw anything, please contact the Council as soon as possible.

Thank you 

St Joseph's School Choir 

The Mayor joined the St Joseph's School Choir whilst they were singing on the Market Square yesterday (Thursday 15th December 2016).

Of the event, the Mayor said "It is fantastic to have the children of Carterton taking part in a community event that was clearly enjoyed by all who were there, including myself."


Carterton Skate Park 

A meeting was held on 5th December 2016 at the Town Hall between the contractor and Skate Park users.  The users varied in age from young teens to adults in their 30s.

The meeting was very constructive and minor design changes were made in accordance with the views held by the group.

The final design meets the expectations of the varied age groups and disciplines who will use the park. This was the third consultation meeting to take place.

Anticipated completion date is Spring 2017.” 

Record of Meeting held on Thursday 8th September 2016 regarding the cancellation of the Number 64 Bus to Swindon

Oxfordshire County Council withdrew all funding for the 64 bus service from Carterton to Swindon (via Filkins, Kencott, Langford and Lechlade). This has had a devastating effect on the many users of this route. Some have lost their jobs and others their only means of transport to visit family and friends. The meeting was held to try to find a solution for all our residents (and those of surrounding villages) who had been severely affected by this decision.

Robert Savage, Fleet Operations manager at OCC attended to present a possible solution. They run the Oxfordshire Comet, which is a bookable transport service providing 16-seater vehicles, which are fully wheelchair and pushchair accessible. However the only time-slot available for this route would be to leave Carterton at 10.30am then return from Swindon at 2pm. This would cost £20 per hour plus £10 per hour waiting time. It was felt this was not viable in either finance or allotted time.

The Mayor (Cllr Mrs Lynn Little) suggested an alternative arrangement would be to find a company to provide a link from Carterton to either Lechlade or Faringdon where residents could then link up with an existing Swindon service (and use bus passes where applicable).

She made contact with Swanbrook Coaches (Cheltenham based) but they had to decline as it was not cost effective for them to travel this distance. She also contacted Pulhams Coaches which provided more success as the Managing Director was willing to attend the next meeting to talk through possible solutions. 

Funding will always be the main issue in finding a solution but the Mayor is consulting with the Town Clerk on possible sources. 

The next meeting will be held on Monday 31st October at 2.30pm in the Town Hall.

RAF Falcons help Carterton celebrate a summer in bloom

New floral displays in Carterton have been given the seal of approval by the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team. The team, based at RAF Brize Norton, touched down to view three large flower beds, some of which have been planted in the form of Union Jacks as well as new columns and hanging baskets.

Mayor of Carterton Cllr Lynn Little said: “We are absolutely thrilled with how the displays turned out, especially the Union Jacks located on Monahan Way along the RAF Brize Norton repatriation route. The displays look fantastic and we have received lots of positive feedback both from residents and visitors to the town. They are a fond reminder of our close relationship with RAF Brize Norton.”

The designs were created by local authority owned environmental services company, Ubico, which was contracted by Carterton Town Council to install and manage the displays. More than 12,000 plants were used in the displays with 2,200 going into the Union Jack beds alone. Most of the plants came from Ubico’s in-house nursery.
Bob Lightfoot, Environmental Operations Manager at Ubico, said: “These are the largest displays that we have installed to date and I have been particularly pleased with how they turned out. My team put a lot of hard work into them, which has been reflected in the end result.”



Picture shows: The RAF Falcons team with L-R: Bob Lightfoot, Environmental Operations Manager at Ubico, Mayor of Carterton Lynn Little and Teresa Whitford, Administration Officer at Carterton Town Council.

New 105 Helpline Number


West Oxfordshire District Council is supporting the launch of 105, a new national three-digit helpline telephone number that will make it quicker and easier for people to report a power cut. See the full details here.

Subsidised Buses 

Carterton Town Council officers have been in discussion with a number of residents regarding the proposed cuts to rural bus services within the County.

Please see the link below to the Oxfordshire County Council website page which contains information regarding the current situation:

www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/subsidisedbuses

As soon as more information becomes available, Carterton Town Council will update the community via our website and Facebook page.

Carterton Skate Park Consultation - May 2016

35 members of the public were in attendance at the Carterton Skate Park Consultation on Wednesday 25th May, which included a presentation of various designs from a local Skate Park manufacturer.

We asked users of the Skate Park four questions on the evening and have collated their answers into a series of pie charts, which can be seen here.

A Plea from Carterton Town Council to all those who visit Black Bourton Cemetery

We now have a part time Town Warden who has proved to be a valuable asset, using the ten hours a week he is employed to tidy and clean all the little neglected areas around the town which will make a marked difference moving forward. Unfortunately every Thursday when he goes to our Cemetery in Black Bourton to put out the six waste bins for emptying, he has to spend valuable time going through the three ‘Garden Waste Only’ bins to remove the many items that should not be there. WODC refuse to empty these bins if they are contaminated with other products.

The attached photo, taken in March shows a small selection of products that were placed in these bins (including plastic, wood, metal and foam). We have placed large signs above each bin which clearly state they are for Vegetation and flowers only and listing all products in red that should not go in them. There are another three blue bins provided for General Waste.

The time the Warden spends doing this uses valuable taxpayers’ money which could be achieving more productive work.

 

If you are a regular visitor to our Cemetery, please take the time to read the notices provided and also pass this information on to others and maybe in time the message will spread and the practice will cease.

We thank you in advance for your help. 

Wanted: Eyes and Ears in West Oxfordshire

To read the CPRE Oxfordshire article, click here.

Community First Responders Wanted

South Central Ambulance Service are looking into boosting the Community First Responder (CFR) Scheme in surrounding villages where ambulance time to patient may be slightly longer due to rural location.

CFRs are volunteers who undertake a free four day training course learning the basics of first aid with particular attention being given to dealing with life threatening conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, breathing problems, bleeding and of course cardiac arrest. It is a proven fact that early CPR with defibrillation in a cardiac arrest situation massively improves the chances of a positive outcome and with every minute that passes that positive prognosis is reduced by 14%! This is a very frightening statistic and shows how vital the role of a CFR is especially when the ambulance response target for such calls is eight minutes.

Currently there are 130-150 CFRs dotted around both rural and urban areas who may cover an area of up to five miles from their home address. They work on a pager system linked to the main ambulance control room, book on when they are available anytime 24/7 and carry their own equipment including a defibrillator and oxygen. Carterton currently only has two active CFRs.

If you would like any further information or would be interested in volunteering, then please contact:

Bonnie Brookes
South Central Ambulance Service
State Registered Paramedic
bonnie.brookes@scas.nhs.uk
07799 661502 

Have you got a hedge around your garden? 

One of the most common complaints we receive at the Town Hall is about hedges or vegetation encroaching onto pavements. It makes it difficult for mothers pushing prams while holding on to a toddler and for any residents that travel around on buggies. The worst cases are when pedestrians have to step into the road to get round the obstacle. May we ask that you take five minutes today to check your boundaries and ensure there is nothing that may hinder anyone using the footpaths around your property?

Thank you

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Driving on the Market Square 

Please note that the New Market Square outside the Town Hall is a Pedestrian Only area and is not to be used by any vehicle, unless authorised by Carterton Town Council. Any vehicles seen driving over the Square will be reported to the local police. Can you please pass this message on to anyone who may not be aware. Thank you.

 

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Community Volunteers Wanted

If you are interested in looking after your environment, perhaps you would like to be the eyes and ears of the Town Council? 

Particularly in Willow Meadows and in other recreational areas, to report anything that may be amiss.

If you are interested, please contact us and we will arrange for you to visit the Town Hall to discuss further.

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