Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 20-3-22
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Welcome to Oxford Neighbourhood Watch and Community Weekly Newsletter 20-3-22 collated by Maggie Lewis - Voluntary Area Neighbourhood Watch Representative and Administrator covering Oxford .
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Oxford Neighbourhood Watch
1) Survey help needed from all readers
2) Personal Experiences
Police and Crime Commissioner
1) Spending Plans
Thames Valley Police
1) Witness Appeal
2) Missing Man
1) Warrant issued
Neighbourhood Policing Teams
1) East Oxford
1) Door Bells
2) Domestic Abuse
a) Seeking support
3) Home security
4) Virus products
1) Enough campaign
1) Reporting scams
Oxfordshire County Council
1) Surveys about young people
2) Escooter Trial
3) Safer bicycle parking
Oxford City Council
1) Council Tax
3) GO Active Families
4) Oxford City Council Reports (useful contacts)
5) Oxford Local Plan 2036
1) Oxford Jobs Fair
2) Royal Mail Stamps
3) Sexual Assaults
4) Older Abuse
5) New Highway Code Book and Road Safety Tips
6) No MOT, No Insurance
7) Food Alerts
8) Road Closures
9) Support for Ukrainian Refugees
10) Reminder - clocks forward
OXFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH 1) HELP NEEDED FROM ALL CYCLISTS - OPEN TO ALL NW AND NON-NW READERS
After several months we have now got to the stage of the bike theft survey that needs your help If you have a cycle or owned one in the last 5 years and live and/or work in Oxford your replies will be valued. Every reply helps us understand the problem to try and help with the reduction of crime. YOU can make a difference by giving us this information so PLEASE HELP to get as much information as possible.
I would like to thank Oxford University facilitators and researchers for help with this project - this is just one stage of the project so updates to follow. I would like to single out my colleague and the Stanley Road NW Coordinator in East Oxford without whom this project would have had even more bumps along the way and she has been my right-hand person.
Some exciting news….our online bike survey is now live!! It can be accessed through the following link https://oxford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/oxford-bike-theft-prevention-survey
This is a research survey that will be used to produce crime prevention literature for reducing bike theft in Oxford. A draft copy will be available to see on a celebratory event on Thursday, June 9th.
Please help us by filling in the survey and sharing widely - we need as many responses as possible.
2) Personal Experiences
A Coordinator in East Oxford has been alerted by a neighbour to an incident in which a woman accosted her and claimed to have had her purse stolen and needed money to get a taxi home. While we all like to think people are genuine, think twice about handing of your money in this kind of situation as this is a classic type of scamming.
POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER
1) Police and Crime Commissioners' Spending Plans
Thames Valley PCC, Matthew Barber, has set out his spending plans which will see more cash to keep our streets safer and bring more criminals to justice. The plans approved setting the policing element of the council tax at £241.28 for a Band D property, keeping the increase below inflation at just 83p a month.
The budget and medium term plan will enable:
*Development of a specialist Rape & Sexual Offences team
*A team to fast track cases, reducing delays and releasing officers back to the frontline
*Improvements in forensics to speed up investigations and bring more criminals to justice
*Continued recruitment of more officers, beyond the Home Office funded recruitment programme
*Continuation of the Rural Crime Task Force and the introduction of a Drugs Task Force
Improving essential technological infrastructure and systems to better support service delivery.
THAMES VALLEY POLICE
1) Witness Appeal
We're appealing for witnesses and dash-cam footage following a road traffic collision on the A40 near Witney overnight in which a man aged in his 20s has tragically died.
It happened at some time after midnight on the eastbound carriageway between Witney and Cogges.
If you saw anything or have any information, please call 101 quoting reference 43220118000
Our thoughts are with the man's family and friends at this extremely distressing time.
More detail here https://orlo.uk/lIp65
2) Missing Man (attachment)
Help us trace a missing man from Burford!!
Robert Careless, 68, from Burford was last seen leaving the John Radcliffe Hospital at around 12.30am on Tuesday (15/3).
Robert is of medium height and build, he wears glasses and a hearing aid and has thinning hair. He was last seen wearing a dark coloured coat and grey clothing.
He could be in the Christchurch Meadow or Thames footpath areas or in the surrounding areas of the hospital.
We would ask anyone who has seen him or knows where he might be to please come forward.
If you have information please call 101 quoting reference 43220113956.
1) Littlemore (attachment)
Arrest made following warrant
A 54-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and possession of criminal property following the execution of a warrant in Littlemore this morning (17/3).
He remains in custody.
The warrant was carried out in Giles Road under Section 8 of Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
A large number of bicycles, believed to be stolen, have been recovered from the property. Officers are currently in the process of identifying ownership of these bicycles.
Anyone with information that could assist with our investigation is urged to contact Thames Valley Police online or by calling 101.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Full release https://orlo.uk/D0laK
NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING TEAMS
1) East Oxford (14th March)
PCSO's from the East Oxford Neighbourhood Team took part in a joint patrol with Conduent on the Cowley Road, where we issued tickets to those parking on double yellow lines and causing obstructions.
b) Ask for ANI
Victims of domestic abuse are able to use a codeword scheme to help them signal for help from the safety of a pharmacy. Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) has been developed by the Home Office to allow domestic abuse sufferers to signal they need emergency help to a chemist.
You can find out which pharmacies are participating by using our interactive map or by viewing a list of Ask for ANI pharmacy locations on our website: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/c/campaigns/2021/ask-for-ani
StreetSafe is a pilot service for anyone to anonymously tell us about public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, e.g. street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, e.g. being followed or verbally abused. https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/notices/street-safe/street-safe/
3) Home Security
There are a number of simple steps that cost nothing you can take to minimise the risk to your home:
Lock your doors while working in the garden.
Close your windows that in areas that are accessible to a thief, such as from a flat roof or from standing on garden furniture.
Close ground floor windows and doors whenever leaving your home,
Keep an eye on neighbours’ homes. If you have a trusted neighbour consider asking them to open and close curtains, pick up parcels, post etc.. when you go away on holiday, and offer to do the same for them.
CRIME INFORMATION (attachment)
1) Enough campaign
No-one should live in fear of abuse. Enough is enough. We can all do our bit to keep women and girls safe.
Touching someone without consent is abuse.
We can show support and help report sexual assault when we see it. Find out how to get support or report safely at https://enough.campaign.gov.uk/
OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
1) Surveys about Young People
The County Council are currently gathering views on the Health Visiting and School/College Nursing Services, and how they can best support the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.
2) The VOI E-Scooter Trial
The Oxford Voi e-scooter trial has been extended to 31 March to allow Oxfordshire County Council to gather more evidence on how e-scooters are being used.
You can download the Voi app free from Apple App Store or Google Play. It costs £1 to unlock a Voi scooter, and then 20p per minute to ride. Voi also offers several subscriptions that allow users to take an unlimited number of rides at a fixed rate as well as special rates for students and those on low incomes. Details of these are available through the app and on Voi’s website: https://www.voiscooters.com/voi-4-discounts
Oxford has parking racks and zones across the city and speed restrictions to help e-scooter riders keep themselves and others safe. More information is available through Voi’s app and the website: https://www.voiscooters.com/ride-safe/
Privately-owned e-scooters or other powered transporters are not legal to use on public roads or pavements
3) Safe Bicycle Parking in Oxford
Westgate Oxford Cycle Hub offers parking: it is open to members from 7am to 11pm. Membership is free.
Being a member of the Cycle Hub entitles you to:
• Extra security and access control • Cycle parking (secured by your own lock)
• Fob access backed up by emergency Control Room contact.
NB: Though there is 24-hour CCTV in operation the Cycle Hub, it is unmanned. The Hub is for bicycle storage only, no other items are to be left at any time. All property is left at the owners risk.
Visit the Guest Experience Pod on the Upper Ground floor, next to Goldsmiths: give them your name and email address, and they give you a Cycle Hub card (it takes one day for your access card to be activated).
OXFORD CITY COUNCIL
1) Notice of council tax bands for 2022/23
Oxford City Council has set the amounts of the Council Tax for each category of dwellings in its area for the financial year beginning April 1, 2022.
The total tax includes the amounts being collected for a) the Oxfordshire County Council which for a Band D property is £1,651.61 and b) for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley which for a Band D property is £241.28.
The charge for the Oxfordshire County Council is made up of £1,456.29 general expenditure and £195.32 Adult Social Care Precept.
The total amounts payable for properties in each of the Valuation Bands can be viewed at https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20008/council_tax
Council taxpayers in bands A-D in Oxford are set to receive a £150 council tax rebate to help with rising energy bills.
Already paying your Council Tax by direct debit? You won't need to do anything to receive the rebate, the money will automatically be paid into that account.
Not paying by direct debit? It will take longer to receive the rebate if you are not already paying by direct debit as we will need to contact the liable person and invite them to make a claim.
You can sign up to pay your council tax by direct debit here: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20008/council_tax/580/pay_your_council_tax
We will start making the payments as soon as possible after 1st April (the date when the scheme comes into effect).
More info: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/news/article/2129/help_with_rising_energy_bills
2) Elections are coming
On Thursday 5 May, you will be able to have your say on who represents you within Oxford City Council.
Oxford will have elections for half of the City Council as well as for Old Marston and Blackbird Leys parish councils.
The polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on the 5th. We will ensure that they are Covid-safe.
Register to vote
To vote in these important elections you must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote is fast approaching – midnight on 14 April.
If you have not registered at your current address then we encourage you to do so before registration closes.
It takes just five minutes to apply online on the Register To Vote page. https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20046/elections_and_voting/190/register_to_vote
Postal and proxy votes
There is a range of ways that you can vote – in person, by post or by appointing someone you trust to vote in your place, known as a proxy vote.
The deadline to apply for a postal or proxy vote is 5pm on 19 April, but please don’t leave it until the last minute – get your application in as soon as you can.
If you had planned to attend a polling station in person on 5 May to cast your vote, and you, or someone in your household, has tested positive for Covid-19 or has symptoms, please do not come to the polling station. Instead, contact the Elections Office at Oxford City Council as early as possible on the day. They may be able to make emergency arrangements for you to vote by proxy.
For information on elections in your area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, you can visit the Electoral Commission website.
Why it's important
Oxford City Councillors represent your interests in your local area. They contribute to the development of policies in areas such as transport, housing, parks, leisure, waste, recycling, and planning.
The elections are an opportunity for you to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life in Oxford.
3) GO Active Families
GO Active Families aims to provide families with all the information you need to be more active in Oxford. Building movement and activity into our day is good for us in so many ways; it helps us improve our physical health, our mental wellbeing and being active with friends or family also provides us with a chance to connect. Whilst everyone is different we hope there is something to interest, inform, inspire and motivate you and your family to move more together. https://www.oxford.gov.uk/goactivefamilies
4) Oxford City Council Reports
To report needles, sharps, offensive graffiti, or graffiti on public buildings, council properties and in parks, cemeteries and bus shelters: report online at https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20095/ do_it_online or telephone Oxford Direct Services on 01865 249811
To report Dog Fouling, Noise, Fly Tipping etc: Contact the Community Response Team, Oxford City Council:
email email@example.com, or phone 01865 252969.
To report a lost, or a stray dog: contact the Dog Warden service at the City Council: on 01865 249811 or https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20059/dogs/166/report_a_lost_dog
Out of Hours Noise Complaints: 01865 249811.
To report Anti-Social Behaviour, contact the police on 101 (999 if it’s an emergency) or the Anti-Social Behaviour Investigation Team, Ox City Council: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01865 252969.
To report Illegal parking email email@example.com, or go to https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/roads-and-transport/parking/illegal-parking
If a road or pavement is obstructed, call the police on 101.
If you don’t know who to call to report things that need fixing, cleaning or clearing, like potholes, noisy manhole covers, or lighting, go to FixMyStreet: https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/
1) Oxford Jobs Fair
Oxford Jobs Fair on Wednesday 23rd March 2022 at Oxford Town Hall, 10am to 1pm.
The aim of the event is to get jobseekers back into work.
The Jobs Fair is free to attend for those looking to gain employment and suitable for any ages.
No registration is required.
2) Royal Mail
Phase-out of 'old' 1st & 2nd class stamps NB: From 4 April, 1st class stamps will cost 95p (up 10p): 2nd class stamps will cost 68p (up 2p).
Existing 1st & 2nd class stamps are being replaced with a barcoded stamp. Stamps without a bar code will remain usable until 31 Jan 2023. If you’ve got stocks of them, please use them up or swap them for the new ones through Royal Mail’s
Swap scheme: opens on March 31 2022 & closes a year later. Find swap application forms at Ledgers Close Delivery Office, & on the Royal Mail website. Further details will be announced shortly.
Note : you don’t need to swap out non-barcoded Christmas stamps — they are still adding a barcode to Christmas stamps, but non-barcoded Christmas stamps will remain valid so can continue to be used after 31 JANUARY 2023 and therefore there is no requirement to swap them.
4) Older abuse (attachment)
Operating 24/7 free phone 0808 808 8141
1 in 5 UK residents (22 percent) have personal experience of abuse as an older person or know someone who has been abused - with almost 2.7 million victims thought to be affected across the country
5) New Highway Code Book and Road Safety Tips
Are you as safe as knowledgeable as you think?
This is a webinar that I attended (recorded for You Tube) that helps to understand the changes and road safety tips Highway Code changes and Road Safety Tips 2022
You can pre-order a copy of the 2022 Highway Code book at https://www.safedrivingforlife.info/shop/official-dvsa-highway-code/
It will be in the shops from April 16th 2022.
Changes have been made that give pedestrians and cyclists greater priority over motorised vehicles.
It remains the responsibility of all road users to have regard for their own and others’ safety, but those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose. The greatest responsibility will lie with motorists.
6) No MOT, no insurance
For cars over three years old, the MOT is a mandatory part of British motoring life. During the lockdowns, the Government gave many drivers an extension on getting an up-to-date MOT, but these extensions are no longer acceptable. You cannot drive your car if it hasn’t got a valid MOT certificate, with one notable exception: you are allowed to drive it to a pre-booked MOT test.
Did you know that if you don’t have a valid MOT, you aren’t legally allowed to park on a road either? If you have an accident and don’t have an MOT or tax, your insurer is unlikely to cover you, and you will be liable to cover the costs of any other drivers. If your insurance is also invalid, you will fall foul of UK Law and find yourself with a fine, penalty points and possibly worse. Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are everywhere, both in police cars, on the road and in car parks, and are used by various law enforcement agencies, including the police and the DVLA. So it would be easy for a police car, passing yours to identify that your car is without an MOT.
There’s a maximum fine of £1,000 if you’ve been driving a car with no MOT, but in most cases this will be dealt with via a fixed penalty notice and a £100 fine. The penalty for no MOT increases to £2,500, plus penalty points, if you are driving a vehicle you know to be dangerous.
8) Road Closures
Inrix, the traffic data company, said: "A34 Southbound closed, delays expected due to the weekend works until the early hours of Monday morning between A44 (Peartree Roundabout) and A423 Southern By-Pass Road (Hinksey Hill Interchange). Travel time is around 15 minutes."
The road has been closed since around 10pm on Friday and is expected to reopen by 4pm onSunday. Surrounding roads are also reported to be busy.
9) Support for Ukraine
Anybody wishing to help Ukrainian refugees with accommodation should check out https://www.homesforukraine.org.uk/ where you can register your interest and the type of facilities you have available.
10) Don't forget the clocks go forward on Sunday, 27th March
Message sent by
Maggie Lewis (Neighbourhood Watch Network, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley, Oxford )