Other local authorities
Member of Parliament Tetsworth lies within the Henley Parliamentary Constituency and its local MP is Dr John Howell. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) OCC is responsible for the following services:
- Education and schools
- Fire Services
- Highways and rights of way
- Libraries and recreation
- Social and youth services
- Public transport
- Trading standards
- Recycling centres
Continuing pressure on OCC finances have led it to propose delegation of certain highways responsibilities such as grass cutting to Parishes under its Oxfordshire Together scheme. Tetsworth has so far declined to take on such responsibilities.
South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) SODC is responsible for the following services:
- Council Tax and benefits
- Electoral services
- Housing services
- Sport and leisure
- Waste collection
- Street cleaning
- Planning Authority
SODC’s Local Plan 2032 will set out its strategy for housing growth across the District in the 15 years after its expected publication at the end of 2017. Tetsworth, classified as a Smaller Village, could be allocated a growth target of 5% over our current number of domestic dwellings.
Calling all Entrepreneurs
The perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs to get some free business advice is coming up in Chinnor at the newly opened White’s Windmill Café.
Oxfordshire Business Enterprises (OBE) are holding an informal networking session on Saturday 27 October aimed at people considering starting their own business or expanding their existing business - there’s no need to book, anyone can just come along from 10am to midday.
South Oxfordshire District Council provides support and advice to local businesses to help them grow and help make links to free advisory groups such as OBE.
Everyone is welcome to the café to chat with OBE Advisors, who will be on hand to explain how its free service helps and advises small business owners.
Owners of the café, Lisa and Dee, have opened their doors for event to tell people how the OBE enabled them to fulfil their own ambition to become a successful community-based business.
Cllr Paul Harrison, cabinet member for Development and Regeneration at South Oxfordshire District Council, said, “We support businesses of all sizes and help business owners to network and provide each other free expert advice. We urge those with a new business idea to go along and find out more.”
Cllr Lynn Lloyd, local district councillor for Chinnor, said, “I’m really pleased that OBE are coming to Chinnor to hold a business networking event. The café only opened earlier this year and is a fitting example of how a local business can put the community at the heart of what they do.”
Martin Herbert from OBE said: “Everyone I’ve met since becoming an advisor has had a unique proposition – I’m constantly amazed by the diversity of ideas. One thing they all have in common is the desire to see their ideas come to fruition and I am delighted to have helped some fulfil their ambitions. I am especially proud to have helped Lisa and Dee, who have been so well organised, focused and determined, and they are such lovely people too.”
Please see whiteswindmillcafe.co.uk for location details. For anyone not able to attend, please visit the OBE web site oxonbe.co.uk for further advice.
Extra garden waste collections available this month
Residents across southern Oxfordshire who are signed up for brown bin collections can put out twice as much garden waste during the extra garden waste weeks this month.
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils are giving those who are part of the paid-for service the opportunity to put out the equivalent of one extra bin’s worth of garden waste (around three large 80 litre bin bags) in the following weeks:
- week commencing 15 October – Vale of White Horse customers
- week commencing 22 October – South Oxfordshire customers
Residents should leave their extra garden waste out in bin liners or sacks beside their brown bins on their usual collection day during these weeks. Trade waste bags will not be accepted., however you can re-use old compost bags.
The garden waste is taken to a recycling plant in Oxfordshire where it is used to make compost, which goes to local farmers, allotment holders and an annual compost giveaway. However, there are increasing reports that the waste is being contaminated with non-compostable items such as plant pots, plastic bags and bottles.
Cllr Elaine Ware, cabinet member for housing and environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “This extra garden waste service offers a great opportunity for residents to clear their gardens and make them ready for winter. We want to take this opportunity to remind people that they should only put compostable garden waste in the brown bin.”
Cllr Caroline Newton, cabinet member for housing and environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, added: “I would encourage all our garden waste customers to make use of this extra-large collection – it’s the right time of year to give your garden a really good clear out. Please bear in mind that just because something is used in the garden, that doesn’t make it garden waste.”
What CAN be put into the brown bin
- Flowers and plants
- Hedge clippings
- Branches (not more than 10cm thick)
- Prunings and twigs
- Windfall fruit
- Hay / Straw / Sawdust (soiled animal bedding from non-meat eating animals only eg rabbits)
- Vegetable waste from the garden only eg potato tops (not kitchen waste)
See the councils’ websites for more information via www.morerecycling.co.uk.