New Doorstep recycling

From 7th september we will be able to recycle small electrical items and clothes/ textiles that aren’t good enough for charity shops at the kerbside.

SODC will collect textiles with our green bins and small electricals – toasters, kettles, irons, hairdryers, radios, toys etc – with our black bins. Just put the item(s) in a carrier bag and leave it next to your bin on the requisite collection day.

Save Our Tip…….

The County Council is consulting on the potential closure of three or four of the existing seven Household Waste Recycling Centres, including the one at Oakley Wood. The proposal for our area is to close Oakley wood and “beef up” Drayton.

I think this is a very poor idea and a number of people have already been in touch with me voicing the same opinion. Surely the amount of fly tipping will increase and the rate of recycling – long a treasured policy in the county – will reduce as people have no option other than to put recyclable waste in their black bins.

If you would like to comment on the proposals, please visit where you will find the consultation document.

Fun Day Update

The Fun Day planned for Friday 14th August is still on, but the weather may curtail some of the activities.
On offer should be the story telling tent, live music, a free barbeque, bouncy castle, face painting and the games zone.
Events will run from 10am to 4pm and in the time honoured phrase, “if wet, in the village hall”!

Celsea Place – Update

I was a little concerned that SODC hadn’t determined the planning application, so I rang the case officer yesterday.

Apparently the archaeological survey uncovered a Roman villa and this will delay a decision as the developers will have to re-jig their proposals in relation to the site and re-present them.

SODC are still waiting to hear from Linden with their plans.

Parking Consultation

At last, at long long last the County Council is consulting on parking restrictions in the village.

The restrictions will cover Station Road, Papist Way, Crescent Way, Honey Lane, Pound Lane and Ferry Lane

The documents and plans detailing the changes are available on the Parish Council website and will be available in Cholsey Community Library from Tuesday 14th July, they are also in Wallingford Library. Comments should be returned to OCC by post to:

Christian Mauz
Traffic Safety & Accident Prevention,
Oxfordshire County Council, Speedwell House, OXFORD, OX1 1NE

or by e-mail to:

RE: CONSULTATION – Various Roads, Cholsey – Proposed Parking Restrictions

FYI – notice of the proposal above has been advertised in the Oxford Times today, Thursday 09th July 2015.
I am writing to seek your views on the proposal to restrict the parking of vehicles in various roads within Cholsey as per the following measures:
o   to introduce new parking prohibitions in parts of Papist Way, Reading Road and Ferry Lane (plus adjacent side roads) to ensure safe passage of vehicles entering/leaving the new housing areas,
o   to introduce new parking prohibitions in parts of Crescent Way, Buckthorn Lane and Kentwood Close; and to introduce restricted waiting in parts of Crescent Way to prevent all-day parking,
o   to introduce additional parking prohibitions at the junction of Honey Lane and Pound Lane, and to introduce time-limited parking in the layby on Honey Lane,
o   to introduce additional lengths of parking prohibitions and restricted waiting (to prevent all-day parking) in parts of Station Road near the Pavilion,
o   to remove some existing parking restrictions on parts of Papist Way near Station Road to allow some additional on-street parking.
The proposals have been developed in specific response to a variety of concerns and are also aimed at limiting the likelihood of danger to persons or other traffic using these roads whilst also facilitating the passage of traffic on the road. In light of this, please find the following documents attached:
  • Public Notice,
  • Plan of the proposed restrictions,
  • Statement of Reasons,
  • Draft Traffic Regulation Order amendment.
As detailed on the notice, any objections or other representations on the crossings should be submitted by Friday 07th August 2015.

Waitrose Green Token Scheme Supports Cholsey “Action In The Park”

The Parish Council run “Action In The Park” is one of the activities that will receive funding from the June round of “Community Matters”, perhaps better known as “Waitrose green tokens”.
Action In The Park provides a fortnight of activities for children of all ages during the summer holidays.  Last year’s event included a climbing wall, hot air balloon, the Cholsey beach and dance and drumming workshops.
So, if you are shopping in Waitrose, please use your tokens to support us.