Please note, the most up to date news feed of items South Stoke Parish Council has been asked to share with our residents, is on our Facebook page. You do not need to be a member of Facebook to see this, please just click on this link and you will be able to see all the items.
We understand some parishioners may feel Facebook is not the correct conduit to get information out to the residents. Unfortunately, most of the information is coming to us via social media (Facebook and Twitter) so is therefore very easy to reshare on the Parish Council page directly, this ensures the information is up to date, relevant and most importantly accurate.
Below are some important pieces of the latest news.
Parking Charges return across SODC and VOWH from 8th June 2020.
NHS staff and care workers who display the official HM Government COVID-19 parking pass can continue to park for free. To claim a pass, they need to contact their employer who will issue a permit to park in all council car parks.
SODC Recommence Bulky Waste Collections
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have reopened their paid-for bulky waste collection service for large household items and are also issuing a warning about fly-tipping while other outlets for domestic waste remain closed.
With household waste recycling centres still closed, along with charity shops and their donation banks, there are fewer places to dispose of unwanted items that do not fit into kerbside collections.
The councils have issued a warning to anybody tempted to fly-tip - this includes leaving rubbish next to litter bins – that they will investigate and prosecute anyone found to be responsible.
Bulky waste collections
It is a paid-for service costing £40 for up to three items - and £8 per additional item, up to a maximum of six items.
As the council offices are currently closed to the public, at this time we can only take orders online using credit or debit cards for payment.
Examples of items collected:
- furniture (such as sofas, chairs, and tables)
- washing machines
- fridges and freezers – household only (not ones made for commercial use.
The council cannot collect any type of commercial waste or DIY waste.
Register for SSEN Priority Service
SSEN have contacted the Parish Council asking us to make the residents aware of their priority service. Please register online.
Or fill in their postal form: SSEN Priority Services.
Oxfordshire residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.
Some scammers are claiming to be charity workers, offering assistance with shopping, or requesting donations.
Here are some tips from our Trading Standards team on how to check charity workers are genuine (graphic attached for social media and websites):
How to check if they are genuine:
- Check the charity’s name and registration number at gov.uk/checkcharity. Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.
- Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information – it’s ok to decide not to give on the spot. Be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of and be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them.
- Exercise the same caution as with any other internet transaction, for example, to donate online. Visit the charity’s own website and always type the website address into the browser yourself.
- Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with, to find out more about their spending. Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative if you are unable to research this or need a second opinion.
- Ignore requests to donate through a money transfer company.
Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:
Oxfordshire County Council Message
Please do not light garden fires during the current Coronavirus pandemic. The Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed for the time being and we need you to hold material for now.
As well as the danger of the fire spreading uncontrollably, there are people in the community living with serious respiratory problems, which could be made much worse if the sufferer is exposed to smoke from bonfires.
Instead, please compost your garden waste where possible, and stack or bag up rubbish for disposal when the current emergency is over.
Thames Valley Police Message
Regarding Coronavirus incidents, please remember:
📞 101 - if a group is breaking social distancing guidelines and the incident is happening now.
💻 Report online - anything else relating to COVID 19
☎️ 999 - if a life is threatened or a crime is in progress (as usual)
Visit our advice page: bit.ly/2X8vvgn