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Additional Information: As part of the work during this closure involves drain connection, there will be a need to isolate the existing main foul sewer run in Main Road. This will require pumping from one manhole to another to take the water out of the run and ensure a safe environment for the deep drainage operatives.
The water pumps will need to be running 24hrs day until the connection and new foul sewer run has been installed. The contractor has arranged for super-silent pumps, and they will be acoustically protected to reduce further noise outputs. This is just to highlight there will be additional noise levels throughout the works but every effort is being made to minimise this. Thank you
Please note: The works have been deliberately planned to be carried out during the Easter holidays to minimize disruption and should be completed within 2 weeks.
The village hall will be accessible at all times, as the section of road which will be closed is shown on the map – between the village hall and Manor Farm Lane.
Notice of Temporary Traffic Order
East Hagbourne, Main Road
Prohibition of Through Traffic
Date of Order: 20 March 2023
Coming into force: 3 April 2023
This Order is being introduced because of installation of new deep drainage for the adjacent construction development works (and BT Openreach telecom work) which is anticipated to take 2 weeks to complete.

The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding in the section of Main Road (between East Hagbourne Village Hall and St Andrews church).

Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.

Exemptions are included for emergency services and for the works and for access to premises which are only accessible from the closed section of road.

Traffic wishing to travel anti clockwise: Main Road – New Rd / Jubilee way B4016 – Broadway (West) – Park Rd – Main Road.

Traffic wishing to travel clockwise: Main Road – Park Rd – Broadway (East) – New Rd / Jubilee Way B4016 – Main Road.

This Order will remain in force for a maximum period of 18 months or until the works have been completed whichever is the sooner.

Traffic Regulations Team (Ref:T11475/MR) for the Director for Infrastructure Delivery, County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND. 03453101111.

S-14(1) NOTICE of ORDER (distribution)- T11475 (1).pdf

Neighbourhood Development Plan – 2023 Update Consultation

East Hagbourne Parish Council and its Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have prepared an update to our Neighbourhood Plan.

This update bring two new appendices which strengthen and clarify the application of the policies. Both of these contain elements allowing our Plan to more clearly respond to environmental issues.

In particular, the update includes a “Strategy for People and Nature”. It maps what we know about wildlife at a local level across the whole of East Hagbourne parish and together with two new policies gives recommendations for how our wildlife assets can be safeguarded and enhanced.

The update also includes a new Design Guide based both on national criteria and on an understanding of our local village character. It supports, in particular, Policy VC3, which calls on development to retain our smaller village character and promote good design.

There is also an extension to the Local Green Space in the Bakers Lane area and two small green areas have been added as Assets of Local Distinctiveness.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, a public consultation is taking place.

The consultation starts on 19th March and the closing date for representations is midnight on 3rd May 2023.

The Plan and supporting documents can be viewed here. There is also a printed copy in St Andrew’s Church, available ca. 9am-4pm except when services are taking place.

We welcome all comments which can be sent to or by mail to Laura Lloyd, East Hagbourne Parish Clerk, 12A The Croft, East Hagbourne, Didcot OX11 9LS.

20mph Limit Survey Results

20mph Limit Survey Results From discussions in the village, it was clear that the survey for a 20mph limit in New Road and Blewbury Road did catch the attention of Hagbourne residents. The Parish Council is delighted to record that 159 completed survey forms were submitted, and this return of more than 30% is regarded as very high for this type of survey.

The results of the survey are summarised in the bar charts, however the bottom line is that although the majority supported a move to a 20mph limit, there is a sizeable minority objecting, more so for New Road than Blewbury Road. PARISH COUNCIL 20MPH SURVEY RESULTS

There was a strong vote against most measures for traffic calming although the residents in Blewbury Road supported road narrowing at their entrance to the village by a small majority. 93 respondents also made use of the comments box, sometimes continuing on the back of the page or using extra sheets. Mostly the comments backed up the reasons for the response with feelings being strongly expressed both in favour of and against the proposal. Several of you used the opportunity to expand the discussion, the most common comment was that money would be better spent on fixing roads in particular filling potholes with 14 of you raising such a demand.

Other items raised in discussions included support for a 20mph limit from the shop to the Lower Cross on New Road (eight requests) and for Bishops Orchard independently of the New Road decision, and a speed limit on the Coscote Road. Although several supported street parking as a form of traffic calming, six suggested that street parking should be reduced.

The Parish Council will send the results to the county council team and we will keep you updated on this, noting that even if something does happen it won’t be before April 2024.





What is a Parish Council and why become a Parish Councillor?

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What is a Parish Council?

A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish and has an overall responsibility for the well-being of its local community.

It is the level of government closest to the community, with the district authority next above it in the hierarchy. As the authority closest to the people, parish councils are invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas. For this reason, they are a vital part of any community.

Parish Council work falls into three main categories:

  • representing the local community
  • delivering services to meet local needs
  • striving to improve quality of life in the parish

Why become a Parish Councillor?

If you live in a community where something ‘big’ has happened, you’ll know that when people in the community need support and guidance, it is sometimes the parish council that is turned to.

By becoming a parish councillor, you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support: a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.

Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.

What decisions do Parish Councils make?

Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community.  Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, helping local groups, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.

It’s true to say that on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions.  But they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the district or county councils, health authorities, police etc).

In this respect parish councils are extremely powerful.  The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.

How much time does it take up?

Our council meets once a month for the council meeting, to which members of the public are also invited.  Meetings usually last two hours, depending on the agenda. In addition to this, much of the work is done through emails including discussing planning applications and progressing local projects. Occasionally, an additional meeting may be convened when a decision is needed on a particular urgent issue.

How long does a parish councillor serve for?

Once elected, parish councillors sit on the council for a period of four years until the next election, unless they resign beforehand.

Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?

To serve as a Parish Councillor you have to be:

  • a British subject, a citizen of the Commonwealth or an eligible citizen of the European Union
  • over 18 years of age.
  • registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked, or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election.

You cannot stand for election if you

  • Work for the council you want to become a councillor for (but you can work for other local authorities, including the principal authorities that represent the same area).
  • Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.
  • Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the five years before election day.
  • Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court.
  • Are subject to any relevant notification requirements, or a relevant order, in respect of a sexual offence.

What powers do parish councils have?

They have a wide range of powers which essentially related to local matters, such as looking after community buildings, open space, allotments, play areas, street lighting, bus shelters, car parks and much more.  The council also has the power to raise money through taxation, the precept.  The precept is the parish council’s share of the council tax.  The precept demand goes to the billing authority, the district council, which collects the tax for the parish council.

Don’t take our word for it!

The best way to find out what it’s like to be a parish councillor is to talk to someone who’s doing it now.

Come along to a parish council meeting or speak to one of our councillors and find out what they think of the job.

HAMS Presents – Babe, The Sheep Pig

Coming soon to a village hall near you – the annual offering from HAMS (the Hagbourne Amateurs) is sure to be a feast of farmyard fun. It’s the story of the little pig that could, and has something for all the family.

Owing to needing more space on the stage there are less tickets this year, so please don’t leave it too late to get yours.

As the poster says, tickets are available in the Hagbourne Community Shop or by phoning the box office, or you can buy online (small booking fee applied) and to make that even easier, you can get there by scanning the QR code below.

See you in March!


Lent Lunches at St Andrew’s

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Lent Lunches at St Andrew’s

There will be Soup Lunches served at St Andrew’s church on Saturdays between 12:30 – 2:00 during Lent from the 25th February – 1st April (inclusive).

The lunch will consist of homemade soup, fresh bread and cheese, fruit and/or cake plus a cup of tea or coffee. If there is anyone who would like to run one or more of the Lent Lunches there will be a sign-up sheet in church or you can contact me, Shirley Goss, on 01235 815605 or e-mail You are welcome to run a lunch in aid of a charity of your choice but we would ask for a small donation to the church. I can provide an information sheet

re: running the lunch. These were very popular pre-covid so we hope you will support us.

Please note: The last of the Lent Lunches, Saturday 1st April, will be in aid of Sobell House, more information on this next month. PS. If we do not get people to sign up to run a lunch then it will not happen but I will keep you informed. Shirley GossLent Lunches

Waste Disposal & Recycling

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About thirty people were entertained by an excellent talk
by the South and Vale Waste and Recycling officer, Jessica Beare, in
Hagbourne Village Hall on Friday 4 November.

Jess gave a high paced and well illustrated presentation on waste disposal and the management of this in our district and county. She reported that SODC have a 64.1% recycling rate (the percentage of weight of recycled over overall household waste) and that this is the second highest in England. Her talk was followed by a lively question and answer session. Questions ranged from technical issues on anaerobic digestion used to process our food waste, to showing Jess articles and asking in which bin they should be placed.

There were several take home messages from this meeting.
It is crucially important to avoid contamination of green bin waste
so all input should be clean and dry with no traces of food and certainly no nappies. Contamination can often be detected during kerbside waste collection and could earn you an “OOPS” tag indicating the reason for not emptying your bin. Such contamination can spoil a large quantity of potential recycling when mixed with other waste. Rather than fret too much about plastics, the simple rule is just to put any plastic pots, tubs, trays, and bottles in the green bin, preferably crushed (to save space) and with any
tops on (to avoid contamination by broken glass, for example). Hard plastic that is not squashable should be put in the black bin. Soft plastic such as crisp packets should be put in bins available at all supermarkets. Textiles should not be put in the green bin but can be placed in clear bags beside the green bin for collection. Batteries should definitely not go in any bin because of fire risk, but again can be placed in a separate clear bag on top of the green bin.
Another important message is that no black bin waste goes to landfill; it is incinerated at the ERF at Ardley without release of noxious gases, and even the ash and residual metals can be recycled. Thus, when in doubt use the black bin. In fact, the only landfill waste is from collections through bulk waste bookings, that is furniture and utilities. Garden waste is included in the recycling count so having full brown bins will help Jess and her colleagues to get top spot in recycling next year!

A few members of the audience had visited the food waste disposal plant in Benson and the ERF (Energy Recovery Facility) at Ardley and have found these visits fascinating and informative. Both have extensive visitor programmes and you can organize a visit for a group of people through the websites: for food waste and for the ERF at Ardley.

PRESENTATION:Jess-talk-to-East Hagbourne PC edit