Pot holes

Over the last 2 or 3 years Yarnton Parish Council has been trying to get the County Council to completely resurface The Garth and Cassington Road in the village. We have recently enlisted Layla Moran's help to see if she can get any further forward than us. Please see below the latest email that she has received from Oxfordshire County Council, which unfortunately looks like we will have to wait a lot longer. I know it's not at all positive but thought I would share the email so you can read the response yourself. The only advice that I can give on behalf of the Parish Council is to continue to post on Fixmystreet any issues that you see ! Lynne Robinson

Dear Mrs. Moran,

I refer to your recent email to Owen Jenkins relating to an enquiry from Yarnton Parish Council regarding the condition of The Garth and Cassington Road Yarnton, which has been forwarded to me as Group Manager for this part of the service.
As I am sure you are aware, many of Oxfordshire’s roads have suffered over the winter months and I am sure the roads mentioned in Yarnton are no exception to this. We are still seeing a significant number of existing pot holes worsening or new ones appearing, with over 6000 currently scheduled for repair. We continue also to see a significant number of defect reports being received from the public. We are however repairing some 4500/5000 per month so hopefully the numbers should begin to reduce.
The Council has to take a prudent view in the way it maintains its highway, and to this end the County Council has an Highway Asset Management Plan that seeks to balance the costly repair of roads that are already in the poorest condition with cheaper resurfacing schemes on roads that are about to fall into disrepair to prevent more costly repairs at a later date. This however still leaves many roads where pot holes are occurring to which the Council needs to react. We are however looking to invest more funding into the worst of these roads using a variety of treatments; the two mentioned are being put forward for inclusion, subject to the funding being available.
In the meantime, the local Highway Inspector has been asked to revisit The Garth and Cassington Road to ensure there are no defects of a hazardous nature. Whilst unfortunately I am not able to provide you with assurance that the condition of roads will significantly improve in the near future, I hope that the above has reassured you that the Council are actively taking steps to try and address this issue.



The custom of residents volunteering their services for the benefit of others in Yarnton has long been maintained, and envied by surrounding villages. Our village has a number of organisations that rely solely on voluntary participation for their organisation and management to ensure continuity for the future. Many existing volunteers are themselves elderly and finding it difficult to maintain their involvement. Unfortunately a number of these organisations are experiencing difficulty in attracting volunteers, to the point where their future is in grave doubt. Below is a list of Yarnton organisations with contact details that are looking to recruit new volunteers:

Surgery/Hospital transport - Mick Teeling - 01865  376801

Fortnightly Shopping Bus - Fred Jones - 01865  373871

Yarnton Lunch Club - David Poulton - 01865  374158

Yarnton Seniors Club - Jose Green  - 01865  375644

Yarnton Village News Delivery - Frances Peck - 01865 374708

Yarnton Women's Institute - Ruth Astall - 01865 372637

Yarnton Gardening Club - Ruth Astall - 01865 372637

Yarnton Care Committee - Bernie Connors - 01865 372944

All of these organisations exist for the benefit of Yarnton residents and contribute enormously to the well-being of our more elderly in particular. Some voluntary involvement can be for as little as perhaps one hour per month but is vital to the bigger picture. Time is precious to us all but spending just a small amount of time for our community cannot be better spent.

Please consider how you could possibly help to maintain these vital services.

Any time that you could contribute would be greatly appreciated by your community.

Further information can be obtained from the contact details above.


Yarnton Parish Council



Dog mess and other litter

Could you once again remind people not to let their dogs dump in Frogwelldown Lane in front of our property or leave poo bags for us to pick up and dispose of, which is not very nice to have to do!!
We accept after many many years that we have to pick up cans, cigarette packets, chip wrappers, crisp bags every week and other unsavoury items thrown in the Lane. but dog poo bags really are not nice.
I do wish people in the village would be more considerate of their unwanted rubbish!!! Would they like it if I disposed of my dog poo bags in the front of their homes??  I guess not!


Our Bus Bartons - new timetable

Our Bus Bartons provides a weekly service on a Tuesday from Middle Barton via Yarnton to Kidlington – see timetable below.  No service on public holidays.  For further information, tel. 01869 699699, or



Changes to DIY charging at Household Waste Recycling Centres

Oxfordshire County Council’s DIY 1.2.3 for free scheme at Household Waste Recycling Centres will be changing on Sunday 1st October, find out more at