Public consultation on proposed changes to subsidised bus services

Bus 23As part of cost savings proposed by Oxfordshire County Council following substantial cuts in central government funding, a number of subsided bus and Dial-a-Ride services are at risk.

Bicester bus services that could be affected include routes 8, 22, 23, 25, 25A, 37, 81, 81A, 118 and T94.

In addition to transport savings of £3.7 million already identified by OCC, a further minimum £2.6 million reduction is required. Proposals to achieve this include the options of withdrawing bus subsidies altogether, reducing bus subsidies and prioritising services to the elderly and disabled, and ending direct funding of the Dial-a-Ride service.

Oxfordshire County Council is holding a public consultation over the next 12 weeks to gather feedback to these proposals. For further details, visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/stconsultation.

Councils to fund additional grass verge cutting

Grass Verge (June 2015)As reported in the local press recently, Bicester Town Council and Cherwell District Council have agreed to find an extra £12,000 each to finance two additional cuts of Bicester’s grass verges, providing a total of four cuts this year (click here and here for full reports).

This follows widespread complaints after Oxfordshire County Council, which is responsible for the maintenance of grass verges on public highways, reduced cutting from fives times a year to only two in response to funding reductions.

Burglary in Langford

Thames Valley Alert (Jun'15)Message sent via Thames Valley Alert on behalf of Thames Valley Police:

A burglary took place in  Sanderling Close between 1pm-3pm on Friday 29th May.

Please alert neighbours and remain extra vigilant, If you saw anything suspicious or have any information that may help with police enquiries, please telephone Bicester Police Team on the non-emergency number 101 with information or 999 for immediate police attention. Alternatively if you have information that could help us but wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Future alert messages relevant to Langford residents will continue to be posted on the LVCA website, but if you wish to receive emails about these and other messages from Thames Valley Police you can register online at  https://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/