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Local Notices - Feb 24

Local Notices and Updates


One of your Councillors, Marcia Clydesdale, has been interviewed by HS2 concerning the effect that HS2 has had on the health of the village, both mental and physical.  There may be further interviews in future.  If you would like to have your health story told to the survey please get in touch with Marcia, contact details are as follows:

Marcia Clydesdale – 3 James Court, Banbury Road, Finmere, MK18 4BH - Tel:  01280 848437 – Email:


AGE UK Winter Hub

Age UK have brought together some useful information and resources in the form of an online Winter Hub - please share this resource with both older people and those supporting them this winter.



From now on photo id will be required in order to cast your vote at the polling station, not simply your polling card.  For those who do not have acceptable id (passport, driving licence etc) there is a scheme to apply for a voting id.  Please see the poster below for more information.



Please see below a poster from the SAIS Team, they provide a service for all school age children, including the home schooled.



The latest event, where members of the community were invited to commit their memories to film, was very successful.  We will bring you news of any more events in the future - please see below: 



Please find below some documents to help with finding out more about your eligibility for help in these difficult times.  You can find a pension calculator here - 



OCC are looking for people who have the time to walk around their village regularly and report any problems with the highway (potholes, kerb damage etc) to the online Fix-My-Street service.  Please see the poster and information sheet below.






For details of the scheme please see the document below.


A Guide to Broadband Costs

Choose is an organisation looking at the cost of social broadband, given the serious effects of being unable to access online activities.  They have compiled a full guide to the social broadband tariffs available in the UK, which is kept regularly updated.  


Thames Water Priority Services

To support their customers TW provide a free priority services register, to find out more go to  TW recommend that in the event of an emergency they try to deliver bottled water to the most vulnerable but that anyone at-risk and/or self-isolating who needs water supplying to them reaches out to friends, family members or neighbours to help.  Those with a pre-existing health condition or mobility issue, or with nobody to help them, should join the register at the link above.


Finmere Landfill Site

There are revised contact details for reporting of concerns over odour issues from the Landfill site.  Please contact: 

Incident Hotline - 0800 807060

or if there are health concerns:

Dr Anand Fernandes, Thames Valley Health Protection Unit, John Eccles House, Robert Robinson Avenue, Oxford Science Park, Oxford, OX4 4GP – Tel: 0845 279 9879.

To view updates on this issue from Victoria Prentis MP please visit 


Comet Bus Service Replacement


This service will replace the Comet Community Bus Service, which has been suspended for some time due to covid.

  • There will be two routes as per the Comet service so:
  • Souldern, Fritwell, Fewcott, Ardley, Bucknell, Chesterton, Bicester
  • ​Cottisford, Mixbury, Finmere (The Red Lion pub, so technically Little Tingewick), Newton Purcell, Hethe, Hardwick, Stoke Lyne, Bicester
  • Both services will operate on a Friday to accommodate market day in Bicester (a Monday service can also be added if there is demand for it)
  • Unlike Comet, which was a “turn up and go”, it’s an “on demand” service, so users book, which means it is more like a shared taxi service, which has a number of advantages over the Comet model.
  • The service is operated by Ability, a not-for-profit community interest company.
  • It is free of charge to holders of a concessionary bus pass.
  • Unlike Comet, there is no cost to the parish council
  • You can see their website here
  • The service will start on a 4-week trial basis on July 16th 



Proposed Local Road Closures

News of any proposed local road closures will be posted here.


The road will be closed for a bridge inspection overnight from 8pm on Thursday Feb 29th.  For details please see document below.


A section of the A421 will be fully closed from 6am Saturday 24th February to 10pm Sunday 25th February.  For details please see document below.

Fulwell Rd

The road will be closed between Finmere and Fulwell on Monday Feb 26th and possibly 27th.  For details please see document below.