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Ducklington Lane Consultation

July 10th, 2013


The consultation on the changes to the Ducklington Lane, Station Lane, Thorney Leys junction opened today. Links to the consultation and the documents can be found here.

Better provision is made for walking and cycling but it still falls short of providing bike access to Thorney Leys Business Park and the Station Lane Estate. These and other issues with the design can be discussed with the county council in the Methodist Church on the High Street at the following times:

  • Friday 12 July – 3pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 13 July – 10am to 5pm

Let us have your comments too.


Ducklington Lane Proposals, Methodist Church

July 10th, 2013

Have your say on Ducklington Lane transport proposals

People are being asked for their views on proposals to tackle congestion along the ‘Duckington Lane Corridor’.

The proposed improvements will be on display at the Wesley Room, The Methodist Church, High Street, in Witney on:

  • Friday 12 July – 3pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 13 July – 10am to 5pm

County Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for transport, said: “The proposals are part of a wider vision for Witney which were approved by the county council’s Cabinet in March this year. I would urge anyone with an interest in the future of transport in their area to get along to one of the exhibitions or take a look online.”

It is hoped to tackle existing and future congestion problems, and to enhance pedestrian and cycle access, by:

  • Providing safer pedestrian crossing facilities on Ducklington Lane north and Station Lane;
  • Reducing congestion and delay by increasing the number of lanes at the junction approaches and through the corridor;
  • Improving wider traffic movements, including access to and from the A40, by optimising signal timings and road markings, making more efficient use of road space

Alternatively, you can see the plans 9am – 5pm from Monday 15 July until Friday 9 August 2013 at:

  • West Oxfordshire District Council Offices, Elmfield, New Yatt Road, Witney OX28 1PB
  • Witney Town Council, The Town Hall, Market Square, Witney, Oxon,OX28 6AG

Sign the Bees Billboard, Woolgate

June 22nd, 2013

fotoCome down to the Clocktower by the Woolgate Shopping Centre car park and sign the bees billboard.

This morning 10am to 1pm.


Farmers’ Market

January 28th, 2013

Witney Farmer’s Market has relocated to the Market Square where you’ll find it on the last Friday of every month.

Sustainable Witney were kindly offered a pitch to promote sustainable living and we jumped at the chance. We promoted the events we are running this year which include swap shops, upcycling workshops, another Refashion Show and helped to give away the free farmers’ market re-useable bags. 30+ people stopped by to talk to us.

It has a good variety of stalls selling bread, vegetables, preserves, cakes, meat and beer, which ticked off most of the things on my shopping list last Friday.

We will be there again next month on Friday 22nd February so why not drop by for a chat?

Thursday at The Fleece

November 5th, 2012

Sustainable Witney: making life simple

Join us to celebrate our recent
OCVA award for Best New Group
and learn more about what we do!

8th November 2012
The Fleece, Church Green, Witney

6.30pm – 7.30pm
Annual general meeting

7.30pm – 8.30pm
Talk by Helen Osborne from
Barracks Lane Community Garden.

Come along to either or both!

Well Done Us!

October 24th, 2012

Katherine, Brigitte and Becky accepted the OCVA Best New Group Award for Sustainable Witney at last night’s ceremony in Oxford Town Hall.

We were thrilled to be shortlisted by the Oxfordshire Charity and Volunteer Awards and delighted to win our category. Our commiserations to the two other worthy groups we pipped to the post.

No resting on our laurels though as it’s all hands on deck for ReFashion on Saturday 3rd November!

Swap Shop Venue Closed

November 16th, 2011

© James Clark Travel Blog and Travel Photos

After two very successful Swap Shops recycling Witney’s secondhand goods in the Corn Exchange, Sustainable Witney are currently without a venue for our next one on 18th February. Although SW haven’t been contacted by the Public Halls manager to say that is the case, the Town Council press release gives no indication when the Corn Exchange will reopen.

It’s an excellent town centre venue for the Swap Shop and has been perfect for our public meetings too. The fact that it’s central, has all the bus services stopping just across the Market Square, has cycle parking, and is fully accessible for people with disabilities makes it our first choice.

It’s also very versatile. In addition to the two meeting rooms, the main hall with its stage and retractable, tiered seating is ideal for both entertainment and markets. Not to mention the projector room used by the popular independent cinema Screen at the Square.

It’s not clear at the moment why problems with heating and ventilation have crept up on the Town Council and caught them unawares. Hopefully this is just an aberration.

In the meantime you can show your support for a resolution to this situation by signing the petition and following the campaign to Save the Witney Corn Exchange.


November 3rd, 2011

Early birds may have caught it this morning. Those that didn’t, it’s still available on iPlayer to ‘Listen Again’ for another 6 days.

Our council have reached their recycling targets 9 years early so Radio Oxford did a piece on it this morning and spoke to Sustainable Witney. Starts at 6m25s in…


Local News

October 25th, 2011


Produced by CAG Oxfordshire and available on their website or via email subscription, this fortnightly newsletter keeps you up to date with what’s happening in Oxfordshire.

Had I not read it I would’ve missed this link to OxGrow’s Edible Cartography project. Is that something we might like to try in Witney?

It could certainly be added to the list of food orientated ideas discussed last Thursday at Cogges Farm.


Use less packaging – grab a refill at Beanbag

June 26th, 2011

Recycling is brilliant, right? Separating the recyclables from the rest of the household rubbish is usually the first baby step towards living a greener lifestyle. But it’s easy to forget that even recycling isn’t the perfect solution. It’s a massive improvement on throwing things into landfill, but it still uses energy and resources.

So what’s better than recycling? Reusing. Sadly, there’s a limit to how much you can reuse the empty containers of most household items, since most companies don’t offer a refill service for their products.

Picture of the Ecover refill point

The in-store refill point

Ecover is the exception. It has a scheme whereby its eco-friendly cleaning products can be refilled at various points around the country. And the good news for us is that there’s now a refill point in Witney.

Just take your empty containers of washing-up liquid, laundry detergent and fabric softener to Beanbag Natural Health on Wesley Walk. The staff will be very happy to do it for you, or you can do it yourself if you prefer. Ecover estimate that you can refill the same container up to 50 times before it becomes unusable.

Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a discount for buying Ecover products in this way. Refilling a 1-litre container of washing-up liquid cost me £2.25. At the time of writing, that’s exactly the same price as a new bottle would cost you in Waitrose or Tesco.

Did You Know…

March 21st, 2011

Today is the first day of Climate Week, and what a lovely day it’s been.

» Read more: Did You Know…

Better Late Than Never?

February 23rd, 2011

First thing Monday 7th February our esteemed Secretary emailed a letter to the Witney Gazette about our local group. It also made reference to Sainsburys’ talk on sustainability at “Sustainable Witney’s first Annual General Meeting taking place at 7pm on 16th February in the Congregational Church in Welch Way.”

The letter wasn’t published in the February 9th edition. Neither did it make it into the February 16th edition. Against all the odds it was published in this week’s February 23rd edition with the phrase above edited to “Sustainable Witney’s first annual general meeting taking place at 7pm on Wednesday this week in the Congregational Church in Welch Way.”

» Read more: Better Late Than Never?

LTP Newsflash

September 23rd, 2010

The Draft Local Transport Plan for Witney is available to view here…

Draft Witney Local Transport Plan

For the villages you’ll need the Rural Oxfordshire document…

Draft Rural Oxfordshire Local Transport Plan

Consultation begins Oct 4th running through to Jan 9th.



September 20th, 2010

10:10:10 A GLOBAL DAY OF DOING from 10:10 on Vimeo.

Baby and Bathwater?

July 21st, 2010

Or is there simply no place for a commission that openly questioned unfettered growth? We couldn’t really let this pass unnoticed, the Sustainable Development Commission is after all a national body with a similar purpose to our own…

A letter to your MP?

In the engineering world everyone’s familiar with the cartoon showing designer, project manager and customer sat around the table discussing the product spec. They’re all nodding away in agreement while their thought bubbles show completely different interpretations of the product.

Perhaps some “SUSTAINABLE” flashcards and a cartoonist would be enlightening…