The government has announced a 12-week public consultation on the future of the Ox-Cam Arc.  For full details please go to the SODC web page.

Residents are urged to have their say on the county’s household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs). What are your views on the service that is provided now and what you might like to see in the future. Visit Let’s Talk Oxfordshire for details of the consultation.

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SODC have issued this letter regarding dog fouling.  Please remember that you can use council owned litter bins for both litter and dog waste bags, or it can be accepted in kerbside black wheelie bins so if you cannot find a bin or bins are full please take it home. 

At a meeting of Thame Town Council on 10 August 2021, Officers from Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) presented their draft plans to regularise parking arrangements in the Town Centre.  The plans, which can be viewed on the Thame Town Council website, will be subject to a full public consultation in September prior to implementation in November 2021.

Oxfordshire County Council are offering free safety checks for all residents of Oxfordshire who own an electric blanket, heat pad, over blanket etc. - please see this flyer for full details.

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dog fouling

ox-cam arc have your say

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NEWS and information :

Changes confirmed for parking in South Oxfordshire from 1 June
There are some changes to parking arrangements across our region (including Chinnor High Street) from the 1st June. In Thame SODC manage the Cattle Market car park and the Southern Road car park (behind the Co-op). You can read more about them on the
SODC website.  

The Oxfordshire Plan 2050 is a long-term plan that will set a framework for future planning decisions. Your views are sought on the policies suggested to help Oxfordshire:
- Address climate change - Improve environmental quality - Create strong and healthy communities - Plan for sustainable travel and connectivity - Create jobs and provide homes. 

A choice of free, public webinars are being held over the coming weeks to give people the opportunity to learn more about the Oxfordshire Plan 2050. 

Please see for more details. 

Household Waste Recycling Centres

The advice is still to check before travelling to a site as they’re operating at a reduced capacity with new site rules in place and some changes to opening times.  You can find out more details on the county councils website

thame parking - proposed changes

proposed traffic calming measures B4009 & B4445 (Chinnor) 

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This guide to utility services includes information on the Priority Services Register, financial support and advice, and further advice and resources.

Sydenham Newsletter

oxfordshire's waste

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HAVE your say on oxfordshire's future

OCC seeks your views on the proposal to introduce 'kerbed' build-out traffic calming features on the entry to Chinnor village on the B4495 Thame Road, B4009 Crowell Road, and the B4009 Icknield Way. The proposals are being put forward following concerns raised by the Parish Council about speeding on the main roads entering and leaving the village, with surveys confirming vehicle speeds excess of the 30 mph limit (despite the presence of existing ‘soft’ calming). More robust means of enforcing the 30mph speed limit have been deemed necessary to help reduce the danger to other motorists and vulnerable road users, therefore proposals for build-out chicanes and Vehicle Activated Signs on the B4009 Icknield Way and Crowell Road and B4445 Thame Road have been drafted.  For full details of the consultation and how to take part in the survey please visit Lets Talk Oxfordshire.

Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme

Gigabit-capable broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available, and the Government is committed to a vision of a digitally connected Britain.
Homes and businesses in rural areas of the UK may be eligible for funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband when part of a group scheme.  Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps can use vouchers worth £1,500 per home and up to £3,500 for each small to medium-sized business (SME) to support the cost of installing new fast and reliable connections

Find out more and see if your rural business or home is eligible to claim up to £7,000 when part of a group project! Visit for more details  (£7,000 is subject to funding availability).

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