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Last updated 1 May 2017

1. EVENTS IN 2017

The annual street fairs will be attending the Market Place on the following Saturdays – 6 May, 9 September, and 14 October. The Wantage Carnival will be on Sunday 11 June and Armed Forces Day on Sunday 25 June. Dickensian Evening is on Friday 1 December. All these events involve the full closure of the Market Place to traffic.

2. HEALTH SERVICES

Later in the year there will be NHS consultations proceeding concerning the future provision of local health services and what services will be provided locally. The Town Council’s Health Sub-committee has proceeded with its own survey of public opinion in order to inform it on how to respond to the consultation. This page will be regularly updated with the latest information.

3. TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS

The Town Council normally holds meetings on Mondays at 7.30 pm in the Civic Hall. Agendas for these are posted on the notice board outside the Civic Hall and other notice boards throughout the town. Meetings to be held in May are:

8th May – Annual Council/Plans Only
22nd May – Leisure and Amenities Committee

They are open to the public to attend as observers. The Council has an agenda item at the beginning of each meeting “Statements and questions from the public”. This is an opportunity for members of the public to personally raise with the Council points of issue or concern. Advance notice must be given. A guide on the rules and procedures relating to this is detailed below. The minutes for all meetings are available for inspection in the Town Council office (opening hours 9.30 am to 12.30 pm each weekday). The Town Council, under the Freedom of Information Act, has adopted a publication scheme for the provision of information to the public, and this is also available on the website.

4. WANTAGE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Work on producing a modified version of the Neighbourhood Plan is proceeding. Please visit the Neighbourhood Plan website  http://www.wantageneighbourhoodplan.org/   and Facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/wantageplan/  for more information.

5. ALLOTMENTS

Why not cultivate an Allotment? How about growing your own vegetables? There are allotment sites at Larkhill, Grove Road, Stockham Park, Naldertown and Letcombe Fields. The rents are modest. Details can be obtained from the Town Council office.

6. OXTRAILS

There are so many experiences and adventures to enjoy in Southern Oxfordshire that the only problem visitors have is knowing where to start! That’s why Oxtrails is your best guide to the crème de la crème of days out and is bursting with great ideas for places to visit, things to eat and experiences to enjoy. All themed around food, history, literature, film and the great outdoors.

You’ll find murders of the Midsomer variety, tipples of award-winning English wine and oodles of hidden history. You can follow in the steps of some of the country’s greatest authors or just enjoy some of the prettiest countryside around. With over 100 different places to visit and adventures to try Oxtrails makes it easy for every visitor to get the best out of their time in Southern Oxfordshire.

See: http://www.southernoxfordshire.com/about_oxtrails.php

7. FACEBOOK

The Town Clerk will be regularly posting news updates on matters relating to the town on Facebook under the name ‘Wantage Town Clerk’. If you want to keep in touch with what is going on, please visit this page.

8. VC FORECOURT

The cobbled area in the Market Place in front of Greggs and the Bear Hotel is available on Saturdays for local charities to place stalls for fund raising purposes. There is a small booking fee to establish rights of use. If you wish to book this, please contact the Council Office.

9.  DONATIONS TO LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS

The Town Council has set aside a budget to provide donations to community organisations, clubs, societies and local good causes that benefit the residents of Wantage. If you do require a little help and meet the criteria for an award, please complete the donation request form and send or email.

GUIDE ON THE RULES REGARDING STATEMENTS AND QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

  1. Notice of a wish to make a statement or raise a question, together with the subject matter, should be submitted to the Town Clerk by midday on the Friday prior to a meeting on the Monday. This should be in writing to the Town Council office or by email to wantageclerk@btconnect.com.
  2. All statements and questions must be of direct relevance to Wantage and relate to the business on the meeting’s agenda.
  3. Only fifteen minutes will be allocated in total to the ‘statements and questions’ agenda item. No-one is allowed to speak for more than two minutes.
  4. The Chairman of the meeting will decide in which order statements or questions will be taken.
  5. Statements and questions must be addressed to the Chairman of the meeting. Direct discussion and debate with individual councillors will not be permitted.
  6. The Chairman may refuse or stop any statement or question that is irrelevant, offensive, repetitive or objectionable.
  7. Statements and questions may be dealt with at the meeting at which raised, or referred to a future meeting or to a Committee, or referred to a responsible officer to respond.
  8. The Chairman’s decision will be final on all matters.
  9. Answers and responses will normally be dealt with in the form of a written reply following the next Council meeting after which the matter has been considered, unless suitably dealt with at the meeting at which raised or delegated to a responsible officer.

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