An update from Parish and District Councillor Peter Emery - plus local residents’ views.
“The free banks at Back Lane car park are for excess waste that will not fit in your recycling boxes. Please do not leave any waste on the floor at these sites. If you leave recycling or other waste lying around the banks this is classified as fly-tipping. Fly-tipping of commercial or household waste is illegal and offenders will be prosecuted. After all, Dix Pit is only a couple of miles away.
If you spot fly tipped items
“Please call the WODC town centre shop in Witney, as this needs to be logged properly so that collection can be arranged: 01993 861000. I can only pursue the matter with WODC officers if the item has been correctly logged.
“New signs are on the way which should make it clearer what can and cannot be left here. Meanwhile, a public consultation is underway about these ‘bring’ sites and it is safe to say that they are under threat.
“I will do all I can to ensure Back Lane stays open and fully serviced but would appreciate your support.”
Local resident Gwyn James says “I live just a few doors from the car park and find the situation getting worse, especially in recent months. The area is heavily used on weekdays by people of all ages visiting Eynsham Medical Centre ... and I am concerned that someone / children / dogs and even wildlife may get injured, especially from the broken glass. There is also risk of damage to users’ vehicles (tyre punctures for example).
A Complete Eyesore
“I grew up just round the corner and remember Eynsham car park as a child. Back in the late 70s and 80s this was a safe and clean place but now - especially around the recycling bins - it looks disgraceful. Eynsham is a beautiful place and this car park is an important part of the village.”
Alan Collett adds, “It is a relief to see this is on the agenda for the parish and district councils and I will certainly comment on the consultation. I will also report issues to the Witney shop, as I appreciate little can be done if there is insufficient information, and encourage other residents who have passed comment to do the same.”