Chippy Hospital Campaign

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Feb 132017
Members of Chipping Norton Labour Party were campaigning on Saturday 11 February in defence of NHS services at Chipping Norton Community Hospital and the Horton General Hospital, Banbury.  Hundreds of residents signed the petition, which is to go to Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
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Left to right are:- Colin Keyzor; Cllr Geoff Saul; Sharon Akers; Aaaron Miles and Sian O’Neill

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Councillor Geoff Saul is pictured collecting signatures on the petition



     For further information please contact:- Cllr Geoff Saul, 01608 648022,
or Steve Akers, 07903 870695 or 01608 645692

Update from Cllr Andrew Coles

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Dec 082014
Week beginning Sun 30th Nov

• Spent a morning travelling as a passenger on the first day of the newly restored Witney Town Service bus routes. Chatted to passengers and listened to their thoughts and hopes for the new service.
• Did a few hours voluntary work for the RSPB in Witney. The RSPB is Britain’s (and Europe’s) largest wildlife conservation charity.
• Helped out at the Witney Christmas Light switch-on by stewarding and manning a road closure barrier with the Round Table & Rotary Club.
• Called in at Witney Branch Labour Party fundraising coffee morning.
• Kept up to date with phone calls and emails received during the week.

Update from Cllr Laura Price

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Dec 042014

Last week was a mixed one for me and unfortunately included a family funeral in Doncaster, so apologies for missing out on my usual update. The week ended on a positive note, with a drop-in surgery alongside District Cllr Andrew Coles and District candidate Kate Walsh – we had a steady stream of visitors and a range of issues to take forward.

This week I only have one meeting in County Hall so it will be good to catch up on emails and chase outstanding issues.

I’m currently preparing a briefing paper on pay and conditions for domiciliary care staff working for agencies commissioned by OCC – this is a difficult area to unpick as OCC pay the agency an hourly rate but don’t have to disclose how that translates to staff pay. I’d be happy to circulate this to interested members.

I’ll also be preparing a speech for full council next week in response to a motion from Conservative Cllr Richard Langridge . Obviously it’s good that the local Conservatives have come around to our way of thinking on Shores Green, but I won’t be missing the opportunity to point out that Richard Langridge and the Conservative Group put forward a wrecking amendment to the motion from Labour Group earlier this summer on the same issue.

On Wednesday I’ll be meeting with County Labour Group to prepare for Full Council where changes to Cllr remuneration will be on the agenda. I will update members on the outcome of Group discussions but my personal opinion is that at a time of pay freezes and staff cuts any increase to Cllr allowances is totally unacceptable. If OCC really wants to make council more diverse it needs to look at wider action than simply increasing allowances.

On Saturday I will be helping with a stall to promote the Oxfordshire Credit Union in West Oxfordshire (more volunteers welcome!) and then popping into the CLP coffee morning where it will be nice to see some of you and catch up.

Update from Cllr Andrew Coles

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Dec 012014
Week beginning Sun 23rd Nov

• Spoke with Chair of the Riverside Gardens Resident’s Association over some concerns they have regarding flood alleviation work, promised to look into it with WODC and County Council.
• Spoke with Miss R in Mirfield Road who was ecstatic that some long term outstanding maintenance work has finally been completed on her home.
• Attended an emergency meeting of West Witney Sports and Social Club.
• Delivered Duncan’s leaflet to households in Fettiplace Road, Mirfield Road, Fieldmere Close and James Walker Mews – managing to twist my ankle in the process.
• Visited Mr M in Dark Lane who contacted me recently over a health issue.
• Attended a meeting of WODC’s Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee. The committee discussed issues including the council’s 2014-15 budget and the open space grass cutting. Also reviewed the performance indicators and widely debated the apparent increase in household waste not being sent for recycling.
• Jointly hosted a councillor’s drop-in advice surgery with Laura and Kate.
• Actioned issues raised at the surgery.
• Chased Sanctuary regarding the exterior lights around the Smith’s estate shops all being out.
• Kept up to date with phone calls and emails received during the week.

Duncan Enright on reddit

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Oct 062014

Chris Johnson writes:

Duncan was on “reddit” yesterday answering online questions – in part as a way of advertising the funding campaign. You can view the exchanges here:

Duncan stuck at it for four hours, fielded hundreds of questions, and received well over 2000 comments – the vast majority positive. I sat in for an hour or so – it is incredibly intensive, much more so than hustings, where you have a few minutes thinking time while other candidates are answering.

This was non stop, with questions about almost anything – often from people with special interests about which they are very knowledgeable. Candidates have to have an answer for or a view on everything – or at least a plausible reason for not having one! Duncan did incredibly well.