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Thame Town Council objects to planning applications
At Thame Town Council’s virtual meeting on Tuesday 2 June 2020, the council recommended to object to the planning applications at The Land at The Elms (P20/S0928/FUL) and Unit 8 Goodson Industrial Mews (P20/S1355/FUL) on the grounds that they were both contrary to policies in the Thame Neighbourhood Plan. Thank you to everyone who joined and participated in the meeting. The draft minutes will be available on our website soon and in next week’s newsletter.
Thame's markets return!
The Tuesday Charter Market fully operated for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown, with 29 stallholders pleased to be back to support their Thame customers. Both the safety of customers and stallholders was paramount with a wider layout to help with social distancing and a hand sanister station on site.  As one of the largest markets in Oxfordshire, BBC South Today were at the market interviewing stall holders - if you missed it click here
 
Thame Town Council officers, car park attendant and market traders would like to give a special “thanks”  to the local residents and businesses that moved vehicles from the area as requested. The new layout will be in place over the coming weeks and your continued support will be required by not parking overnight in the Upper High Street car park from 7.00pm on Mondays until 5.00pm on Tuesdays. Support from Oxfordshire County Council should not go unnoticed as they enabled an emergency road closure to support safety requirements for the new layout. 
 
The Farmers' Market will be back on Tuesday 9 June in the Upper High Street Car Park from 8.30am  - 1.30pm.  

Welcome back to the High Street!

Since the start of lockdown, we are sure you will agree, the entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses in Thame has shone through. They have taken positive action to help themselves and help each other, defying the odds rather than rolling over in defeat. They have put community interest ahead of their own and have often been able to provide better stock availability than the big supermarkets. Many businesses are trading again, with many more set to join them from the week beginning 15 June. These businesses deserve to flourish as life returns to some sort of normal, and as a return some sort of new ‘normality’ is already beginning, Thame Town Council is doing what it can to support them. The following initiatives are just part of this work:
 

1. A Shop Local promotion 

Thame Town Council, in partnership with Thame Rewards Club, has been working to encourage people to shop locally and support the independent businesses that are so central to Thame. This has included supporting Thame Rewards Club to established their ‘Shop OX9 Directory' - a service free to local businesses that signposts residents to one central location where information about opening times and how to access services is being updated regularly in response to the fast changing situation. 
Find out more about local businesses and their new opening times at www.shopox9.com

2. SmartQ


Like most of the country there are lots of queues lining pavements in Thame at the moment. The thought of having to stand in one of these is off-putting, let alone the obstruction they cause to people accessing adjoining businesses, or even just walking past. To attempt to overcome this issue, Thame Town Council has kindly been gifted the use of an app called 'SmartQ' by local company Adactus. This App, which requires just an initial mobile number registration, allows customers to pick a convenient time to join a ‘queue’ either via the app, text or from a shop staff member at a safe distance. Once booked you receive a ticket on your phone or at the shop, with an estimated wait time and number of people ahead in the ‘queue’, so they can wait safely at home or in their car, or visit another business without a queue while they are waiting. When it’s their time to access the shop, SmartQ will send a second alert advising them to proceed to the store’s entrance.
Businesses are going to be coming on board gradually, so download it now and keep checking it regularly for the shops you are using. 
https://www.adactus.co.uk/smartq 

3. Enabling social distancing

After weeks of lockdown you might be feeling nervous about coming back into our town centre. Even with SmartQ an element of queuing will still remain, and as more businesses open social distancing will become trickier. In order to help make it easier, you will see a number of measures implemented (such as the floor sticker pictured that has been printed by local company Media Ace) that will help you to navigate the town as successfully as possible, keeping to social distancing guidelines and maintaining the safety of yourself and other people.
Parking update
Parking restrictions have been lifted in the town council's managed car parks in the High Street and Upper High Street since the lockdown was introduced, but as more shops are allowed to reopen, the car parking attendants will be returning to work on Monday 15 June. Please be aware that parking in these car parks is free but time limited to one hour in the High Street and up to three hours in the Upper High Street. Until further notice there is no parking in the Upper High Street car park or entrance road from 7.00pm on Mondays until 5.00pm on Tuesdays because of the market. If you are a Blue Badge holder, you are entitled to park in any marked bay but please do not forget to display your badge clearly on your dashboard.

Since 26 March South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) have allowed people to park for free in order to support key workers and those who need to shop for essential food or medical supplies during the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, with many restrictions now lifted, and following the government’s announcement that outdoor markets and car showrooms can re-open, and non-essential retail able to re-open from 15 June, they will re-introduce parking fees from Monday 8 June.

This will help to improve the availability of parking spaces as people start to visit local shops again and will also help to encourage them to consider using more sustainable travel methods when visiting our town centres.

SODC's car parks will operate as normal, meaning that you must display a ticket or have a valid online or text payment confirmation, including during any free hours offered in the charging period.  Normal rates will apply. They will also issue new permits or re-issue ones to those whose permit would have normally expired during lockdown.

NHS staff and care workers who display a national COVID-19 pass can continue to park for free.  To claim a pass, staff should email carparks.southandvale.uk@sabagroup.com, including proof of their employment.

Concert postponed
TTMF really recommend you hang onto your tickets for the rearranged date if you can as this was completely sold out. 
They would like to remind everyone that they have had to postpone the concert by the Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Ray McVey which was scheduled for 10 July 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are hoping it will be safe to hold this great event sometime later in 2020. If not, they will try to present the evening as early in 2021 as is safe to do so. All tickets are transferable to the new date or can be refunded.  If you would like a refund and you bought your tickets:
Online:  Please go to the WeGotTickets.com website and request a refund.  It is all set up. 
 From the Town Hall :   Unfortunately, we cannot process refunds for physical tickets at the Town Hall until movement restrictions are lifted. So either
  1. Hold on to your ticket until the Town Hall is open again and they will be able to give a refund or
  2. Email Chris@ThameTownMusicFestival.org and give your bank details and the ticket number(s) and we will transfer the refund amount by bank transfer.
However, we hope that you keep your ticket and join us for a spectacular evening of the best Big Band Swing music concert for later in 2020/21.  As soon as we can confirm a new date, we will communicate this across all our social media channels and our website.
We would like to thank Haddenham Healthcare for their continuing support of this event.
Hold a virtual Big Lunch this weekend
The Big Lunch is held on the first weekend in June every year. Whilst we can’t hold street parties or large get togethers this year, on 6-7 June let's celebrate community connections and getting to know each other better in other ways. 

There are different ways you can join in this year depending on what works where you live and is safe and inclusive for you and your community. Now more than ever, we need to make time for each other and whilst things are a very different for us all this year, community spirit is shining bright.

Your Big Lunch could be online from your kitchen table, over the phone with a cuppa, or a family picnic out in the garden where you can wave to your neighbours – the most important thing is to get people talking and celebrating connections old and new.

We all need to follow the current government guidelines about social distancing and gatherings of people, but there are still safe ways you can have a Big Lunch.

Instead of throwing open our doors and everybody getting together in person, this year everyone is being encouraged to get creative and join in either digitally, over the phone or at a safe distance on your doorstep.

Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on our day-to-day lives and because of this there are restrictions and guidelines in place so we can all stay safe. In order to keep communities safe and support the health and well-being of everyone, including the most vulnerable in our communities, we need to do The Big Lunch differently this year. We advise everyone to follow Government guidelines on social distancing and think about how to make your Big Lunch as inclusive as possible for those who may still need to isolate as well as those who may not have access to technology. 

A virtual Bucks Art Weeks

Bucks Art weeks cannot go ahead in it's normal form this year however you can enjoy their work by exploring artist's individual galleries; checking out the new Workshop listings being held by participating artists and looking out for the video facility to see them in action. There will also be daily Themes on Facebook and Instagram, with a mini-exhibition each day of the original BAW dates. 

https://www.bucksartweeks.org.uk/

Thame Lockdown Treasure Hunt - No 6

Congratulations to Sue Boiling who won treasure hunt No 5 this week and chose a voucher for No 8. Buttermarket as her prize. The clues for this week's treasure hunt are now live. You can find them at https://www.thametowncouncil.gov.uk/thame-lockdown-treasure-hunts/. You have until next Wednesday to submit your answers through the form you can find at this link. Good luck! 
 

Councillor drop-in

As all face to face meetings are currently on hold, this month's drop-in scheduled for Saturday 6 June has been cancelled. However, should you wish to contact a councillor to discuss any issues you may have please either call 01844 212833 or email info@thametowncouncil.gov.uk and we will put you in touch.

Shout out to our Blue Hearts!

The Love Thame Helpers will be sharing the experiences of the Thame response with the South Oxfordshire District Council Skype meeting  on Friday 5 June, to give the reflections of the amazing support the 168 volunteers and how the Thame community have pulled together to help each other at this time.
 

Council Meetings

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Latest Minutes: 
Council (2 June)
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