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Cllr Ian Hudspeth-Leader Oxfordshire County Council-July report   ()


I was honoured to re-sign the Military Covenant on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council, we are very proud to have been the first local authority to launch its commitment to the covenant in 2011. There is a thriving military community in Oxfordshire of around 11,000 service personnel with many ex serviceman in the county, its important that we recognise this group of men and women. 



I was recently bitten by a dog whilst delivering leaflets. This resulted in me going to the JR who provided excellent service with back up from Woodstock surgery, I’d like to publicly thank both.

I understand the jokes and comments that have been made about me but I do think there is a more serious point that all dog owners need to be aware of. What about the postmen and women delivering to houses or the voluntary organisations delivering fund raising leaflets sometimes with the help of children? They need to be warned that there is a dog or better still make sure there is an outside delivery box for letters and leaflets. Ultimately it must be a householder’s responsibility as I would not want any person particularly a child to go through what I have done over the last few weeks.



I held an extra meeting of Woodstock Traffic Advisory Committee to discuss the issue of parking in the centre of Woodstock especially so residents could express their views. Unfortunately, WODC were unable to attend so I’m arranging another meeting to try and find a solution to the issue.



Have your say on the new Garden Village


Residents, businesses and organisations are being offered the chance to have their say on a proposed garden village set to be built to the north of the A40 near Eynsham.

 A consultation has been launched focusing on key issues such as transport, housing, jobs and the environment which will form part of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds Garden Village Area Action Plan. 


The proposals were initially discussed last summer as part of the Local Plan examination. The Planning Inspector has since informed the WODC that, subject to some further changes, the Local Plan is likely to be approved. The Garden Village Area Action Plan is the next step in the process.


The consultation will run for six weeks from 22 June until 3 August and will be taken into account as the proposals are worked up in more detail ahead of further consultation in the autumn.


As part of the process, council officers will be on hand to answer questions and provide further information at the following exhibitions:


           Long Hanborough: Friday 6 July 2-8pm Hanborough Pavilion & Village Hall, OX29 8JG

           Eynsham:                  Monday 9 July 2-8pm St. Leonard’s Church Hall,  OX29 4HF


To access the consultation material and for further information on how to respond, see www.westoxon.gov.uk/gardenvillage



As reported previously, OCC and Cherwell District Council (CDC) are considering a proposal for shared service arrangements under a joint chief executive, while retaining separate councillor bodies, budgets and decision-making processes. The exact arrangements for sharing services and joining up functions still need to be worked out in detail and then agreed separately by each council. They will be implemented incrementally. Approval to move to the next stage was given by OCC’s Cabinet on Monday 4 June. OCC’s Remuneration Committee subsequently agreed to recommend the appointment of Yvonne Rees, the current Chief Executive of CDC, as joint Chief Executive of the County Council and Cherwell District Council. The appointment process now moves on to both Full Councils of OCC (10 July) and CDC (16 July). The final decision therefore remains a decision for Members.




Delayed transfer of care (DToC) cases are now at the lowest level for many years in Oxfordshire. The latest national figures published by the Department of Health showed that the average number of people delayed has fallen from 168 in April 2017 to 117 this April. Since April 2018, the number of delays has fallen further and is currently only 78 – more than halving in just over a year. Effective and sustained joint working by OCC and the NHS across Oxfordshire has seen consistent and on-going reductions in the number of people delayed in hospital. Department of Health figures showed a 44% decrease in the number of social care delays, and a drop in the overall number of days delayed in a hospital. Only 13% of delays were attributable to social care, which is down from 15% in March 2017.




The council reached a new milestone in the ongoing planning process to decide where minerals can be extracted and waste management facilities can be located in June with Cabinet asked to approve a site consultation exercise. This will take place in July-September and it will be open to all interested organisations and individuals to respond. All parish councils, environmental and community groups, organisations and individuals who have previously asked to be informed about the plan will be notified when the consultation starts, where the consultation documents can be seen and how to respond.  The report can be viewed here: http://mycouncil.oxfordshire.gov.uk/documents/s42394/CA_JUN1918R15%20MWLP-SitesPlan_Report_final.pdf




The council’s Cabinet received final budget figures for the 2017/18 financial year at its meeting on Tuesday, June 19. OCC managed its net budget with 99.8 per cent accuracy for 2017/18, with an underspend of just £1m (0.2 per cent) on an overall service budget of £422m.  




The bad winter has taken its toll on road conditions across the county, so OCC welcomed the additional £2.7m the Government has provided for this year; additional gangs have been employed to ensure we utilise the funds during the summer months. Last month 6,236 defects were repaired showing progress is being made on the defects reported during the bad weather.

A fact sheet has been produced giving details about the condition of the county’s highways and the actions being taken to maintain them. This will be issued to all councillors and parish clerks during the month of July.




A new domestic abuse service for Oxfordshire was launched in June. The new service was set up by OCC in partnership with District Councils and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley. The service is designed to be highly inclusive to address emotional and practical support needs for any victim suffering or fleeing domestic abuse in Oxfordshire. It incorporates a single access point for victims and professionals, community-based Outreach Workers and Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) and includes specialist workers to support young people and Black Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) communities. There is also a program to support victims with complex needs. 

Victims fleeing abuse will be able to access refuge in Banbury and in one other location, located in either Didcot or Oxford. In addition, the service launches a new model of refuge, delivered from dispersed locations across Oxfordshire, benefiting those unable to access conventional refuge services including male victims, victims with live in carers and families with older male sons. To report concerns, please use the A2Dominion ODAS helpline (0800 731 0055) or oxfordshiredomestic@a2dominion.org.uk




OCC-funded NHS Health Checks are designed to spot early warnings of stroke, kidney and heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and dementia. They are available to anyone aged between the ages of 40 and 74 who has not already been diagnosed with an existing cardiovascular condition. They are free and applicants will be invited to have one once every five years. GP surgeries will automatically send out invitations, but if one is not received, residents should contact their surgery and make an appointment. The check will take around 20 to 30 minutes. For further information about free NHS Health Checks visit: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/nhshealthcheck


Cllr Ian Hudspeth

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