Buckland 1 Parapet Replacement – March 2019 Oxfordshire County Council will be replacing the damaged parapets on Buckland 1 bridge starting 25th March 2019. The bridge carries Buckland Road over the Wadley Stream. The existing parapets require replacement following damage sustained during a road traffic accident. Works are anticipated to take 5 days. Unfortunately, the carriageway is too narrow at this location to retain through access for vehicles during the works. Therefore, a road closure will be in place on a short section of Buckland Road between Buckland and The Trout Public House during working hours, between 09:30 and 15:30. No vehicles will be permitted to pass through this closure between these hours. A signed vehicle diversion route will be in place for the duration of the works. The road will be fully reopened outside of these times. Access for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained through the works. Advanced signage will be in place at major junctions either side of the works to discourage through traffic but allow access to business and residential properties. Advanced warning signs will be placed at the closure extents approximately 1 week prior to the works to warn motorists. To take advantage of reduced through traffic, we will also be completing resurfacing works immediately north of Tadpole Bridge. Traffic Management will be in place at these works to allow access to The Trout Inn and residential properties immediately south of Tadpole bridge. Oxfordshire County Council apologises for any inconvenience this necessary work may cause. If you require any further information about the works please do not hesitate to contact the project engineer, Ben Dodds, by phone: 07823 354825, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Highway Inquiries on 0845 310 11 11. Yours faithfully, p.p. (Ben Dodds) Charlie Benner County Bridge Engineer
Working with event organisers, we have produced this calendar of the major events along The Ridgeway National Trail this year. These walking, running, horse riding and off-road cycling events are a great way to motivate people to keep fit and explore the countryside, and raise money for charity too in some cases. Whilst there may be smaller events taking place and we cannot guarantee we know about every event, this calendar is a great starting point for local people to find out what events are taking place. It is always best to check our website for updates throughout the year too – go to https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/calendar
Local people are welcome to take part in many of these events and can contact the event organisers for more details – see the weblinks provided in the calendar. Whilst the calendar shows there is lots going on, there will always be stretches of The Ridgeway that are not busy with events – event websites give details of event routes so it is possible to see locations that will be busy or quiet whilst an event is underway.
I would also like to take this opportunity to tell you that donations from events held over the past two years raised enough money to fund surface repairs to The Ridgeway near Uffington hillfort. What was once an eroded, slippery chalk slope is now much safer and easier to use. A number of the event organisers donate £1 per participant each year to the National Trail Team to fund repair and improvement work – see event calendar for details of which events plan to donate this year.
If you have any questions or feedback about events on The Ridgeway, please get in touch. The National Trail Team and event organisers want events on the Trail to run smoothly and bring benefits to the local economy. We do not want to upset local people, so please tell us if things can be done better. Thank you for your help.
National Trails Administration and Information Officer
National Trails Office
Oxford OX1 1NE
Tuesday 12 March
New playground for Aston & Cote wins National Lottery funding
Aston & Cote Community Trust is celebrating after being awarded £9,999 of National Lottery funding – a major contribution to our project to replace the playground for young children at Aston & Cote Village Hall, near Witney.
With the help of National Lottery players everywhere, the Community Trust has raised over £56,000 and has now placed the order for the playground, which should be installed in time for summer 2019. This has been a major success for the local community with funds pledged by 20 different organisations – from councils, local businesses and charities, to the National Lottery itself.
The new playground will replace facilities that are about 30 years old and becoming increasingly dilapidated.
The new playground will have swings, a roundabout, seesaw, interactive play panels and a dinosaur-themed climbing frame with slide. The equipment will also cater for wheelchair-bound children and sensory areas will help those with autism and learning difficulties.
Carolyn Simmonds, Chairwoman of Aston & Cote Community Trust, is thrilled to have been awarded the funding: “Thanks to everyone who plays the National Lottery, we will finally have decent facilities in the village for our younger children, including those with disabilities.”
Paul Farrow, the lead fundraiser for the project added: “We know that playgrounds are one of the best ways of increasing children’s levels of physical activity and we are sure that the new playground will also help with their social development and emotional wellbeing. The kids can’t wait to try out the new play equipment that they requested.”
Thank you to National Lottery players everywhere for helping us bring our play area back to life.
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TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICE
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT, 1984
Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, that the Oxfordshire County Council
TEMPORARILY PROHIBITS THE USE OF THE HIGHWAY BY ALL MOTOR VEHICLES
LOCATION: Buckland Marsh, Buckland Road
REASON: To facilitate replacement of parapets
and install hazard makers
DURATION: Starting on 11 March 2019
The anticipated completion date is 15 March 2019
(Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days)
ACCESS: Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works
SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: via A420-A415 Abingdon Road--B4449-Cote Road-B4449 Aston Road-Buckland Road and vice versa
News and information from Aston, Cote, Chimney & Shifford Parish Council.