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East Hanney Parish Council

Serving the people of East Hanney

Clerk: Guy Langton
12 Brookside, East Hanney
Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 OJL

Tel: 01235 867403

  • Image: The Black Horse, East Hanney

    The Black Horse, East Hanney

    The Black Horse Public House, Main Street, East Hanney.

  • Image: St James the Less (former)

    St James the Less (former)

    The deconsecrated St James the Less, Main Street. East Hanney.

  • Image: Dandridge Mill

    Dandridge Mill

    A former silk mill now private dwellings in East Hanney.

  • Image: The old 'Vintage' pub

    The old 'Vintage' pub

    Thanks to Don McDouall

East Hanney Parish Council provides your local services. We strive to make East Hanney a better place to live, to work and visit. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Latest News

Your waste collections - adverse weather conditions

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:47 by Guy Langton

Dear Parishes,

Monday 11 December
Some of today's waste and recycling collections are being affected by adverse weather conditions. Please see below a message that we are sharing with residents. We will be keeping both the South and Vale websites updated, along with social media.

Your waste collections - adverse weather conditions

Our waste collection crews are out and about emptying bins where they can, although most side streets are too dangerous for their 26 tonne trucks. More »

If it is safe to do so, please put your bins out as normal. If the bins in your street aren't emptied on your normal collection day, please leave them out for three days and we will try and come back to get them. If we haven't managed to get back to you in three days, bring your bins back in and we will come and get them next time they're due. If this is the case, we will collect extra waste left out next to your bin next time around.

Even if the roads around you are clear, it might still be difficult for our waste collection crews to reach you - that might be because the roads between you and our depot are not passable for our large trucks or it might just be that the snow and ice has slowed the crew down so much that they aren't able to finish their complete rounds in one day.

We are very sorry for any disruption and inconvenience this causes you - we are doing the best we can to get out to as many of you as we can, but the safety of the general public out on the roads, and of our waste collection crews is our first priority.

The latest information will be available on our website - http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/

CommunicationsSouth Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils01235 422400www.southoxon.gov.uk | @southoxonwww.whitehorsedc.gov.uk | @whitehorsedc » Less

Letcombe Brook levels

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:30 by Guy Langton

Recently, a number of people have noticed that the Brook running through East Hanney is low. The PC has asked the Letcombe Brook Project Officer to look into this and this is a summary of her response thus far:

Question: I wonder if you could help answer a question I am being asked by a few villagers. The Brook seems to be very low and has been for a number of months. There are rumours that the EA had been artificially maintaining the level of the brook and that this has now stopped, is this true? Or could it be (as some suggest) that water is being extracted by people upstream to irrigate or use in processes unknown? People are becoming worried that at this rate of reduction in flow, the brook could run dry in the hotter months. More »


You ask a very interesting question, the problem has been complicated by the number of structures, mills, cress beds etc along the Brook . These have all created areas where flow is held up and downstream flow depends on the level at which the structure is set. This means it is quite difficult to judge 'natural' flow. However the EA has requested that structures are set to allow a minimum flow at all times.

Importantly the Letcombe Brook is a chalk stream and under natural conditions it is groundwater fed. During the summer there would have been naturally low flows as groundwater levels fall. Groundwater levels then recovered or recharged due to rainfall in the winter, and flow would recover into the spring. So there wouldn't be constant flow under the natural system.

Low groundwater has been exacerbated by abstraction for drinking water, I think in the 70's they were looking at abstraction and as part of that a pipe was put in from the Lambourn Catchment that would allow pumping of water from the Lambourn aquifer into the Letcombe Brook at Letcombe Bassett. This enabled flows to be maintained. Under low flow conditions the augmentation was turned on. It was turned on this year and I have asked the EA when it was turned off.

Thames Water are going to stop abstracting water at Childrey , I am not clear on the details as yet but plans are being made to do this in the next few years and therefore groundwater levels should start to recover to a more 'natural' level but could still mean low summer flow.

In the summer during low flows the natural in-stream vegetation in the Brook keeps pockets of higher water level and flow, even when flows are very low. If we remove the vegetation the water level becomes even lower. This is why the Project has advocated careful vegetation management although obviously we also understand the need to manage to reduce flood risk, which is why we also suggest making sure vegetation is managed downstream of East Hanney as you need the water to get away.

The Brook's flow should recover as winter rainfall recharges the aquifer. Unfortunately in recent years winter rainfall has not been enough to recharge the aquifer and significant amounts of rain are required this winter for us not to be heading towards drought conditions next year.

I have had confirmation from the EA that there aren't any private abstractions affecting the ground water, but there is still abstraction from Childrey and Manor Road, Wantage by Thames Water. This is partly offset by the augmentation, however this is also low as the groundwater in the Lambourn is low. The upper reaches of the Lambourn have stopped flowing altogether. Although this is normal at this time of year , the majority of chalk fed streams are springing much further downstream this year.

The West Berkshire Groundwater Scheme is still operational (since June or July) to provide artificial flows to the Letcombe Brook. This augmented flow is to compensate for the Thames Water abstractions at Childrey Warren & Manor Road. However due to low groundwater levels the augmentation flows are less than usual too. So it is expected that the flows in the Letcombe Brook are low this year in particular, as they are everywhere at the moment.

I am also a lot clearer on what is happening with the abstraction. Thames Water are ceasing there abstraction in a few years' time. They will be setting up a meeting soon, possibly this year to which the Project should be invited, so we will know more then.

I hope this help to explain what is going on.

Karen Davies
Letcombe Brook Project » Less

Calling all grandparents of adult grandchildren

Calling all grandparents of adult grandchildren

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:12 by Guy Langton



I hope you don't mind me contacting you - I found your email on the Oxfordshire County Council website and wondered whether you might be able to help me. I work for a television company called Shiver Productions and we are developing a new television programme for a major broadcaster. We are looking for vibrant, fun and outgoing grandparents who want to spend more time with their adult grandchildren (who must be 18 plus). More »

A lot of grandparents reportedly only see their grandchildren on average twice a year, it's not surprising the two generations often know little about each other's lives. In the programme, grandparents will spend one-on-one time with their multiple grandchildren in an attempt to get to know them better and see if they can offer any help.

Along the way they will learn about the pressures their grandchildren face, the lifestyle choices they make, their hopes for the future and what, if anything, is standing in their way of achieving them.

Our programme will allow grandparents to share their knowledge, advice and practical help while learning more about the lives, hopes and aspirations of their grandchildren.

I was hoping that you might be able to help us spread the word to the members of your council - or anyone else - to see if there are any grandparents (or grandchildren) who might be interested in getting in touch with us. I've attached a flyer that can be emailed, printed or distributed however you see fit. We are hoping to speak to people as soon as possible. Please do feel free to contact me on 0207 157 4588 for more information.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes,

Sally » Less