Old Marston Parish Council
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|Clerk: Tim Cann – 01865-203139, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chr: Duncan Hatfield 07706998224, email@example.com|
|Vice-Chair: Pat Hall 01865-241 696, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|MP: Annelise Dodds, 01865-595790, email@example.com|
|County Cllr: Mark Lygo, 07826527047, Mark.Lygo@Oxfordshire.gov.uk|
|City Cllr: Mary Clarkson, 01865751493, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|City Cllr: Mick Haines, 01865421600, email@example.com|
|Next Meeting: 19:00 7th September venue to confirmed|
|Latest Agenda: 6th July 2020 – link to document|
|Approved Minutes: June 2020 – link to document|
|Draft Minutes (Awaiting Approval) – July 2020 – link to document|
|Archive Minutes: link to page of previous minutes|
|Archive Agendas: link to page of previous agendas|
|Accounts: Links to all account items|
|Church Hall: link to site|
|Mortimer Hall: link to site|
|Old Marston Bell Ringers: link to site|
|Old Marston Charities Trust: link to information|
|Oxford Preservation Trust: link to site|
|Oxsrad: link to site|
|St Nicholas Parish Church: link to site|
|St Nicholas Primary School: link to site|
|Swan School: link to site|
News & Events
The government has published the whitepaper on the proposed changes to the planning system. There will be a period of consultation that ends on 29th October 2020. To find out more and to have your say just follow this link.
Box Tree Moth Invasion
A local resident has informed us that they have an infestation of the Box Tree Moth caterpillars, which is an invasive and very destructive species. The RHS considers to be one of the worst garden pests in the UK. For more information: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=760
Notice of Accounts
Notice of Appointment of Date for the Exercise of Public Rights – download the notice here
Bus Gates: Marston Ferry Road and Oxford
Bus gates are being introduced into various parts of Oxford and one has been proposed for Marston Ferry Road. These are bypassing the usual planning procedures. Concerns have been raised that this could cause a number of already struggling businesses to close and be detrimental to the economic recovery of Oxford. There is a chance to have your say during this limited consultation period. To find out more and to have your say – follow this link to the consultation – deadline is 9th August!
St Nicholas Parish Church will be holding their annual Holiday Club online this year due to Covid-19. It will run from 17th to 23rd August. You can find out more details by following this link.
Construction is due to Start on 10th August 2020 and expected to take up to one year to complete. The developers have produced a leaflet for the surrounding community. You can download a copy of the leaflet here.
Marston Ferry Road will be closed from 20:00 12th August until 06:00 13th August. This is to allow for carriage re-surfacing works.
The university have produced a letter outlining their responce to Covid-19 and how they will be managing it in the coming term. They have asked us to publish it and make it available. You can download the letter here.
After several weeks of contacting the County Highways and Oxford Direct Services, the underpass is now clear of water. ODS cleared the gulleys of any debris. The county electrician went to service the pumps and found that one had stopped working and that there was an issue with the control panel. The panel has been fixed and one of the pumps is now working. The other pump will either be repaired or replaced.
Brook Behind Arlington Drive
We received reports of contamination of the water in the brook. We contacted Galliford Try the developers at the Swan School. They informed the Environment Agency who are responsible for the brook. The Agency have identified a pipe coming from the site that was resposible and have ordered that it be blocked to prevent further contamination. Ref: 01829346
Oxford Local Plan 2036
The local plan has been approved by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and passed by the City Council. The are three sites in the Old Marston Area that have been designated for possible development. For more details please follow this link.
Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Guidelines
To find the latest government guidelines – just visit their website
Guidelines from Oxfordshire County Council: The number of corona virus cases has been increasing in East Oxford. The County Council have issued some guidelines: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/council/coronavirus-covid-19/controlling-local-coronavirus-outbreaks
Keep Your Home Secure
The police have published some advice on keeping your home secure during the hot weather. Download this document for more information.
We have received these guidelines from the local police:
Have you bought anything online recently?…
Almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown.
Online shopping fraud during lockdown
Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received over 16,000 reports relating to online shopping and auction fraud during the lockdown, with losses totalling over £16m. Members of the public have reported buying mobile phones (19%), vehicles (22%), electronics (10%) such as games consoles, AirPods and MacBooks , and footwear (4%) on sites such as eBay (18%), Facebook (18%), Gumtree (10%) and Depop (6%), only to have the items never arrive.
Top tips for shopping online securely:
Choosing where to shop:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or seller you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. For example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was.
Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use
your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.
Some of the emails or texts you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you’re unsure don’t use the link, go separately to the website. And remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as other payment providers may not provide the same protection.
What to do if you’ve fallen victim to online shopping fraud
We all make mistakes and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing.
If you think you’ve visited, or made a purchase on, a bogus website, you should first, take a note of the website’s address, then close down your internet browser. You should then report the details to Action Fraud and contact your bank to seek advice.
Whether you’ve been a victim of fraud will depend on how much information you’ve provided to the website, so keep an eye on your bank transactions, if you can. Contact your bank immediately about anything that you don’t recognise, even small amounts.
For more information about how to stay safe online, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime
Calendar of Meetings
|● 19:00 7th September 2020 venue tbc|
|● 19:00 5th October 2020 venue tbc|
|● 19:00 2nd November 2020 venue tbc|
|● 19:00 7th December 2020 venue tbc|
|● 19:00 4th January 2021 venue tbc|
|● 19:00 1st February 2021 venue tbc|
|● 19:00 1st March 2021 venue tbc|
|● 19:00 5th April 2021 venue tbc|
Recreational Grounds, Pavilion
& Cemetery Committee
|18:00 21st September 2020 in Roy Garner Pavilion|
|18:00 15th February 2021 in Roy Garner Pavilion|
|To be confirmed|
|Ad hoc – for urgent planning reviews|
Any official notices, land transactions, financial matters, planning notifications, correspondence for the Parish Council and requests to see documents under the Freedom of Information Act, including archived documents, or if you would like to speak at our meeting, or would like to advertise on site then contact the Parish Clerk Tim Cann. You can contact him on 01865203139 09:00-13:00 Monday to Wednesday: at other times leave a message. Correspondence to be sent to Clerk Old Marston Parish Council, 8 Nicholas Avenue, Old Marston, Oxford, OX3 0RN or send an email. Any information contained in this site is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but neither Old Marston Parish Council or the webmaster can be held liable for any inaccuracies contained it this site. The Parish Council is not responsible for external websites. Please let us know if you notice any errors or links not working, or any other issues.