Final catch-up collection after Christmas

January 13, 2018

catch-up collection
This Saturday was the final catch-up collection for the waste and recycling service after Christmas. From next week bins and bags will be put out on the standard day, of Thursday for north Abingdon and Friday for south Abingdon.
catch-up collection
There is usually a bit of a holdup to traffic as the waste and recycle lorries make their way up West St Helen Street. There is less of a holdup along Lombard Street.
catch-up collection
In the autumn of 2017 Biffa, the current contractor for South and Vale, bought a new fleet of trucks to replace the previous fleet at a cost of £6.5m. The new purple livery shows that 80% of waste can be recycled.

In the Vale of White Horse District, where we live, the council reports that 64% of our waste was recycled in 2017.

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16 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Deedee  |  January 14, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Sorry to go completely off topic and I expect I’ll get shot for betraying a confidence but I’ve just been told by “someone in the know” via the F of Abingdon, that the cinema company from Evesham who ran the recent showing in the Unicorn have approached the Town Council with an offer to modify the Guild Hall into a full on cinema! They also said the offer is too good to turn down and will be accepted.

  • 2. Peter Del  |  January 14, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I doubt it’s as simple as that, but a cinema with disabled access and parking would be welcome.
    While re-organizing the bus route in Didcot, the disabled bays outside the cinema were replaced with a bench!!!!!!!

  • 3. Daniel  |  January 14, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    That’s interesting DD…but I must admit, I’m so confused with this story arc…is this a good thing, or a bad thing?

  • 4. Deedee  |  January 14, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Hi again, from what I’ve gleaned so far the cinema company will be picking up most of the cost so it really does seem Abingdon will get its long overdue cinema and the Guildhall will come out of its moth balls with little cost to us, the tax payer, I believe the facts will become clearer next week but it does look like a win win for Abingdon and a master stroke by the Town Council?

  • 5. glenn James  |  January 14, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Why all the secrecy and whispers? Shouldn’t the taxpayers of Abingdon be entitled to know what’s going on. “Master Stroke”?? The first post suggests the TC were approached by the cinema company, not a proactive move by the council.

  • 6. newcomer  |  January 14, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    I hope any costs to the town’s tax payers aren’t going to be masked behind a ‘need’ for ‘commercial confidentiality’.

  • 7. Julian  |  January 14, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Bang goes even the remotest chance of the Vale recognising that a town the size of Abingdon needs a proper leisure facility!
    The clubs and societies that used to use the “village hall” type facilities of the Guildhall will also lose out.
    We have /(had) an ideal opportunity to lobby the Vale into spending some of our asset-stripped monies and getting a proper 3/4 screen cinema, concert hall (which could be used for lectures/meetings etc.), indoor crazy-golf, bowling, other indoor leisure facilities….but now the Vale will say, “you have a cinema, lump it!”…albeit a small one, which will bring no more footfall into the town..
    I can’t help feeling that tbe people of Abingdon have just been shot in both feet…

  • 8. hester  |  January 14, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    I do hope people will come along tomorrow night to hear some of the facts – and have their say. Glenn is right – it is the cinema operators who have approached the TC, not the other way around and this only happened yesterday so there is no secrecy!
    Tomorrow’s meeting is for people to express their views – if they all agree with Julian that may influence the outcome: but at present the TC have no plans to do anything with the Abbey hall – neither cinema nor community facility – so lets hope we can get something out of this!

  • 9. Iain  |  January 14, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    I’ve just put a post on the petition website which includes (with their permission) a copy of the letter the cinema operators have sent to the council. I think it is a fantastic opportunity for the Town Council and I hope they respond positively.

    https://www.change.org/p/abingdon-town-council-save-our-guildhall-fed59f76-1125-4e05-95c6-5a784dd13fa5/u/22246996

    Hopefully the offer letter will clarify the rumour mill, but tomaddress the specific points raised above….

    Newcomer: they are not suggesting the Town Council spend anything
    Julian: they are proposing a temporary operatiom, and you will see from the note they are already talking to the Vale about a permanenet solution in the charter
    DeeDee: Glen and Hester are correct, the cinema company has approached the council (twice since their original bid), not the other way round

  • 10. BykerRode  |  January 15, 2018 at 12:02 am

    What the hell is the ‘OCC Places Review” that is mentioned in the cinemas letter ?

  • 11. newcomer  |  January 15, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Iain, on the basis of the information provided in the link you provided above, and subject to further clarification, I think this proposal deserves serious consideration.

  • 12. Iain  |  January 15, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Byker – i cant find any detail on the Oxfordshire County Council site, but it is some sort of county wide review being undertaken by OCC. The town council are proposing the Abbey Hall is included in the review. The following is a quote from the minutes of the TC’s guildhall committee in september 2017 and it suggests the review started early in 2017….

    Abbey Hall and 1966 side of building
    The Town Clerk reported that the Council resolution of January 2017 stated
    That the Town Clerk be instructed to advise the County and District Councils that this Council would wish to explore the potential for alternative community uses on the land occupied by the modern part of the Guildhall (the Abbey Hall) and would wish to be part of the County Council’s Place Review which is due to take place early in 2017.

  • 13. newcomer  |  January 15, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I seem to recall that when, several years ago, at a public council meeting in the Guildhall, backstreeter asked whether it would be a good idea to demolish the 1960’s carbuncle he was told, by Mike Badcock, I think, that demolishing the Guildhall would be far more expensive than doing something with it.

    Events move on …

  • 14. John Styles  |  January 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Sorry to go back on topic, but at last our long nightmare of not being quite sure when bins go out is over!

  • 15. Kelly Simpson  |  January 16, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    I always know when to put the bins out. There is a leaflet delivered listing dates for the whole year, you can check on the Vale website, and you can register to receive emails.

  • 16. Roland Knight  |  January 19, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    I was wondering if you are aware that the Barns Cafe on Northcourt Road is holding a mini Art Exhibition at the moment. All the pictures are on 6″x4″ card; some are doen by local school children, some by adults.

    Worth a picture?

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