Hospital bus link should go the distance

11:00am Friday 18th July 2014

AT FIRST sight, the new bus S7 service being launched by Stagecoach is an answer to calls for a link between West Oxfordshire and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

COMMENT: Welcome sign of a bid to improve ambulance response times

10:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

SOUTH Central Ambulance Service’s proactive move to try to halt its fall in eight-minute response standards for West Oxforshire should be welcomed.

Join debate over future transport links

10:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

TRANSPORT is a hot topic for many West Oxfordshire residents, with the problems of getting around Witney itself and congestion on the A40 to Oxford both key concerns.

Long-term plan to look after town facilities needed

10:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

WE WELCOME the news that work to bring Witney’s Corn Exchange back into use later this year is still on track, despite a bid for a £1.8m Lottery grant being turned down.

Ranger quickly proves his worth

10:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014

THOSE responsible for damaging life-saving equipment next to Ducklington Lake may not realise it, but their mindless actions could have resulted in tragedy.

Theft of plants from memorial garden disgraceful

3:00pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

IT left a sour taste when we heard that thieves had stolen plants from a garden created to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

United in turning a school around

3:12pm Thursday 5th June 2014

STAFF, pupils and parents should all be proud of the work being put in to turn around Wood Green School.

Splash park team should be proud

9:00pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

THE closure of the paddling pool at The Leys last year seemed to be yet another sign of the dilapidated state of many facilities in Witney.

Sporting vision for West Witney ground deserves support

9:30am Wednesday 21st May 2014

AFTER years of uncertainty, hopes of a better future for West Witney Sports Ground are growing.

Campaigners put housing development concerns in the public eye

10:00am Wednesday 14th May 2014

WITH plans to build 270 homes in Witney’s Windrush Valley set to be considered by West Oxfordshire District Council, it is crucial that all voices are heard.

Signs of hope for Shores Green interchange deal

7:00am Wednesday 7th May 2014

THOSE familiar with the long-running wrangles over road improvements around Witney may greet the news of a possible breakthrough in the plan to create a full interchange on the A40 at Shores Green with scepticism.

No time for more delays to road schemes

10:00am Wednesday 30th April 2014

WHILE it is good to see work start on improvements at one of Witney’s key road junctions, to ease a notorious bottleneck, it is hard to disagree with Councillor Duncan Enright’s call for urgent action to speed up improvements at the Shores Green junction on the A40.

Critical decisions over housing proposals must not be rushed

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ANOTHER week and another application for a major housing development in West Oxfordshire.

Freedom of speech is fundamental

6:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

IF WITNEY town councillors approve the draft media policy they are being asked to consider, it would, in effect, gag them.

Witney stadium must not be left to rot after London Welsh setback

9:30am Wednesday 9th April 2014

FOR a few weeks, Witney sports fans were able to dream, but in the end it came to a sad conclusion.

Complaints flood in over homes plan

4:00pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

RESIDENTS of Witney’s Burford Road got an unwelcome surprise last weekend when they received leaflets through their letterbox outlining proposals for 270 houses on their doorstep.

We cannot afford another farce over road improvements

10:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

THERE are worrying signs that plans to improve the Shores Green junction on the A40 east of Witney could become another long-running farce, like the Cogges Link Road.

Time for council to listen to voters' views on secrecy

8:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

IF THE events of the past week have proved anything, it is that residents do possess power.

Jury out on Witney post office’s big move

9:30am Wednesday 12th March 2014

DESPITE significant opposition and continued long queues, Witney’s crown post office will shut its doors for the final time today.

Revival of pool delivers double benefit

10:00am Wednesday 5th March 2014

IT IS not often a primary school receives the gift of a swimming pool but that is exactly what has happened at Witney Community Primary School.

Government must come good on flood relief funds pledge

12:30pm Wednesday 19th February 2014

FOR most of us, the recent flooding will be little more than a short-term incon-venience, with disrupted or extended journeys to and from work.

Traffic matters in stadium decision

9:30am Wednesday 12th February 2014

LONDON Welsh Rugby Club’s proposed move to Witney took another step forward this week.

College’s strategy for development deserves plaudits

10:00am Wednesday 5th February 2014

IN 2009 Abingdon & Witney College was told that its plans for a comprehensive £28m redevelopment of its Witney campus had hit the buffers, along with a host of other colleges’ proposed improvements, when the Learning and Skills Council ran out of money.

Development proposals mean transport issues will not go away

8:00am Wednesday 29th January 2014

OUR stories today about London Welsh rugby club’s proposal to move into Witney’s disused Community Stadium and the application to build 700 new homes east of Carterton raise wider questions for the development of West Oxfordshire.

Top marks for amazing effort

3:35pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

THE news that Tower Hill Primary School has achieved a dramatic improvement in its pupils’ achievement is testament to the focus and hard work of all involved.

Buying extra time to help save lives

11:00am Wednesday 15th January 2014

THE news that funding is being put in place to bring life-saving defibrillators to every town and parish in West Oxfordshire is to be welcomed.

Working together to fight floods threat

8:00am Wednesday 8th January 2014

AS MANY West Oxfordshire residents and businesses know from bitter experience in recent years, floods can have a devastating effect.

Nortons’ plight shows recovery remains patchy

10:00am Thursday 2nd January 2014

IT IS disappointing to learn that another popular nightspot in the centre of Witney could close.

Long and slow road to development strategy

10:00am Tuesday 24th December 2013

THE painfully slow progress of work to draw up a comprehensive Local Plan to guide development in West Oxfordshire is highlighted by our report today on the idea of a park-and-ride site at Eynsham.

Mixed reaction to coffee move

6:00pm Thursday 19th December 2013

AS ANOTHER coffee chain sets its sights on Witney, it is clear residents have mixed feelings about the idea.

Unwanted Christmas delivery from Post Office

6:05pm Thursday 19th December 2013

TALK about an unwanted Christmas present. Just as the Witney Gazette was going to press the story came out that the Post Office was definitely going ahead with its plan to close the town’s main branch.

Shocking loss for a family and the community

9:00am Wednesday 4th December 2013

THE tragic death of Les Hole after an accident at his place of work has hit many people in West Oxfordshire hard.

Welcome show of support as school moves to improve

10:00am Wednesday 27th November 2013

NEWS that Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron is to hold talks with the headteacher of Wood Green School to help find a way out of its current problems is welcome.

School's decline must be reversed

9:30am Wednesday 20th November 2013

IT WILL come as a great shock to hundreds of families in Witney when they discover that the previously “outstanding” Wood Green School has been put into special measures.

Delivering right deal for future of halls

10:00am Wednesday 13th November 2013

IT IS perhaps unsurprising that Witney Town Council looks set to close Langdale Hall and sell the site for redevelopment.

Sports solutions still hard to find

10:00am Wednesday 6th November 2013

THE full picture of what work is needed to bring Witney’s sports grounds up to scratch was laid bare at a meeting of the town council’s leisure and recreation comittee on Monday.

Blanket museum scheme deserves support

10:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013

The proposal to turn Witney’s Blanket Hall into a museum celebrating the town’s links with the textile trade is an excellent idea.

Not long to wait for deal to deliver benefits

10:00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013

WORK on the next major stage in Witney’s expansion is getting ever closer, after councillors heard legal agreements with developers were nearing completion.

Take chance to have say on plan to move post office

2:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013

SINCE February people in Witney have been aware that the town’s main post office faced the threat of closure.

Consultation over road junction proves worthwhile

10:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013

IMPROVEMENTS to the busy junction where Ducklington Lane, Station Lane and Thorney Leys meet in Witney are finally set to get the go-ahead after residents had their say on the proposed design.

Extra ambulances a welcome move

10:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

IT IS hard to argue with South Central Ambulance Service chief executive Will Hancock that the response target time for reaching urgent cases is near-impossible to meet in rural areas.

Buses review is cause for concern

4:00pm Friday 27th September 2013

DISTRICT councillor Duncan Enright was right when he said there were a lot of people relying more heavily on public transport at the moment.

Splashing ideas for Leys full of promise

2:00pm Wednesday 4th September 2013

PLANS for a new “splash pad” at The Leys in Witney proves that people power really can make a difference.

Variety the spice of life for shopping

10:00am Wednesday 28th August 2013

A THRIVING town centre is one of the key indicators of how a community is doing.

High hopes for hospital's new emergency unit

10:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013

CARING for the elderly, especially as the winter months draw closer, should be top of anyone’s agenda.

Developers need to learn lessons from Shilton Park problems

10:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013

IT IS worrying that developer David Wilson Homes did not obtain completion certificates for newly-built homes in Carterton.

Welcome step in the right direction

10:00am Wednesday 7th August 2013

WITNEY town councillors decided on Monday night not to hold a meeting behind closed doors.

Behind-closed-doors meetings cause for concern

10:00am Wednesday 31st July 2013

ANOTHER week, another Witney Town Council meeting closed to the press and public.

Langdale Hall’s future poses difficult dilemma

7:00am Wednesday 24th July 2013

IT IS perhaps not surprising that Witney Town Council is once again thinking of selling the Langdale Hall.

Another welcome move to smarten up town centre

2:00pm Wednesday 17th July 2013

CORN Street in Witney will receive a much-needed resurfacing next year.






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