Swimming at Chinnor Quarry


Message sent by Helen Thorne (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

Chinnor Quarry site has been an attraction to the public for many years for swimming in the disused lake.

This site is owned by Taylor Wimpey and is private land, therefore anyone found on the Quarry site is trespassing.

Due to the recent warm weather, Thames Valley Police are getting a large increase in calls to the site, to assist the site security in removing members of the public who are swimming and putting themselves in danger.

The Quarry site is surrounded by sheer cliff faces with unstable groundwork.  This leaves the public extremely vulnerable when walking around the site. The lake itself holds deep water with hazardous/unknown objects inside, harmful to those who are choosing to swim there, and there is limited lifesaving equipment available.

Thame Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to remind members of the public of the dangers of accessing the site and would appreciate your cooperation in not attempting to visit the Quarry.

Thank you

Thames Valley Police

Please do not feed the Red Kites


The Chilterns Conservation Board urges the public not to feed red kites. They should be left to feed naturally in the wider countryside, thus enabling them to find a naturally sustainable level.

Red kites can survive well in the Chilterns without artificial feeding, so it is not necessary to supplement their diet. It is feared that providing too much additional food can prevent the population from spreading naturally and cause the birds to cluster in large numbers where food is offered.

Statement about recent waste collections


We understand from many resident comments and recent facebook posts that residents have experienced waste collection delays over the past few weeks.

Biffa have today confirmed that the recent delays in collections are actually down to vehicle breakdowns.
Biffa have ordered a new fleet of vehicles and are awaiting delivery of these, so as soon as these are delivered our Parish should see a distinct improvement in service.

Please be assured that the collection days have not changed and any delay in bin collections is due to the vehicle issues - please continue to put your bin out on a Monday night or early Tuesday morning and leave it out until emptied.

Any questions please call 03000 610610 or email

Thank you


Councillor Vacancy


Following the resignation of one of our councillors, applications are sought from qualified persons who are interested in being considered for co-option to fill the vacancy.

To qualify for co-option as a Parish Councillor Applicants must:-

•be a Commonwealth citizen, or citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or a citizen of another Member State of the European Community

•be aged 18 years or over.

•be an elector of the parish, or

•during the whole of the last 12 months have occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the parish, or

•live within 4.8 kilometres (three miles) of the parish boundary

Please send a brief synopsis about yourself, reason for wishing to be a councillor, previous community/council work, other skills that you can bring to the council, career, interests, etc to reach the Clerk,

Mrs Liz Folley, Council Office, Community Pavilion, Station Road, Chinnor, Oxfordshire  OX39 4PU by 1st July 2017

Please telephone 01844 353267 if you have any queries.

Changes to T1 bus - from 23rd July 2017


The formerly subsidised T1 service will be revised to focus on the sections of the route that are most heavily used.

This will mean that the experimental extension from Watlington to Chinnor (introduced last year) will be removed, as will most off-peak journeys from Chalgrove to Watlington.

Peak journeys will continue in order to serve commuters between Watlington and Oxford.

More journeys will now operate to Oxford city centre providing improved links for Garsington and Chalgrove.

Thames Travel

CONSULTATION – Mill Lane & B4445 Thame Road (Chinnor) - Proposed Prohibition of Motor Vehicles & Zebra Crossing


The proposed Traffic Regulation Order and improvements have been advertised and are also available on the Councils consultation pages at the address below:

The proposals are to;

a) introduce a 10 metre section of road that prevents the use of motor vehicles at the eastern end of Mill Lane

b) install a zebra crossing on the B4445 Thame Road just north-west of its junction with the B4009 Lower Road.

These proposals have been put forward in response to the development of adjacent land for residential purposes.


Any objections or other representations on the proposal should be submitted by Friday 23rd June 2017

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