Oxford council homes fitted with solar panels in pilot

Solar panels in Oxford City Council The city council chose the properties in terms of orientation, shading, structural stability and roof type

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Five council houses in Oxford have been fitted with free solar panels as part of a project to save the city council money.

Officials hope the pilot scheme in Blackbird Leys will eventually "generate an income" for the authority.

If successful, it could be rolled out further and additional council housing stock is to be assessed.

Labour councillor John Tanner, board member for cleaner greener Oxford, said the scheme was "win-win" situation.

"Tenants benefit from free electricity during the daytime and reduced overall energy bills," he added.

"The council receives an income for producing the electricity and selling any surplus back to the grid through the government's Feed in Tariff scheme.

"The solar panels help to reduce the carbon footprint of the city by generating clean, green power."

Residents will be given timers and advised to use appliances during the daytime where possible.

The authority said the pilot properties were chosen on their suitability for solar panels in terms of orientation, shading, structural stability and roof type.

The solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, a total of 12kWp, were supplied and installed by Southern Solar.

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    Turning cold 17:58: Alexis Green Weather presenter, BBC South Today

    Blustery winds, with gales in places this evening, a few showers continuing in some northern and eastern parts, although most parts generally dry.

    Weather map

    Turning cold in places as winds ease later in the night with lows of 6C (43F). For a full 10-day forecast, visit the BBC website.

    Tonight's TV 17:50: BBC South Today

    Coming up on BBC South Today: The right to die - how an 86-year-old woman starved herself to death because she felt her quality of life was no longer good enough.

    And soldiers leave Oxfordshire to help health workers in Sierra Leone deal with the Ebola outbreak.

    Ackling resigns 17:45: Oxfordshire Guardian

    Gary Ackling said it was "impossible to carry on" as manager of Wantage Town after he followed chairman Tony Woodward in resigning from the club at the weekend.

    Ackling's last game in charge of the Freds was Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Tiverton Town in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy.

    Extra market day 17:36:

    Oxford's Gloucester Green outdoor markets, which are held every Wednesday and Thursday, will also open on Saturdays from 8 November 2014, the city council said.

    Generic market stall

    Council leader Bob Price said: "The successful growth in trade over the past few months has encouraged them to launch this extra market day."

    Motorcyclist dies 17:26: Hannah Bewley BBC News Online

    A 74-year-old motorcyclist has died from his injuries after a crash with a car in September.

    The man, who has not been named by police, sustained head and leg injuries on the B4150 Marsh Lane in a collision with a black Vauxhall Zafira.

    Caterham jobs at risk 17:16: Emma Harrison BBC News Online

    The company that builds cars for the Caterham Formula 1 team has gone into administration, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

    Caterham Sports Limited, in Leafield, Oxfordshire, manufactures racing cars for the F1 team, which is operated by 1 Malaysia Racing Team (1MRT).

    Caterham F1 team

    Administrator Finbarr O'Connell said 200 jobs were affected and up to £20m was owed to external suppliers.

    He said the Caterham F1 team wished to continue to race.

    Using your extra hour 17:05:

    Householders are being urged by Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service to make use of the extra hour when the clocks go back this weekend by checking that their homes are fire safe.

    Smoke alarm

    Firefighters want people to ensure smoke alarms are working and complete an online Home Fire Risk Check, a short questionnaire which highlights fire hazards, helps people identify them and gives information about what to do should a fire occur.

    In the news 16:57: BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 17:00: For the first time in more than a decade, Oxfordshire County Council says it's at risk of overspending its annual budget.

    It's agreed to use around £5m from reserves and contingency funds - its current forecast is an overspend of £11m.

    Ian Hudspeth, the council leader, says it's been partly due to the rising costs of taking more children into care.

    Drivers caught on phone 16:44: Hannah Bewley BBC News Online

    Almost 16,000 people have been caught using their mobile phones while driving in Hampshire and Thames Valley.

    A total of 12,280 men and 3,762 women were caught from April 2013 to March 2014.

    Driver on phone

    According to the police, drivers are four times more likely to crash and their reaction times are 50% slower while using a phone.

    Starvation woman praised 16:32: Oxford Times

    The daughter of a woman from Oxford who starved herself to death has praised her mother's determination.

    Jean Davies, 88, died on October 1, five weeks after starting a fast to end her life.

    The right-to-die campaigner had been suffering from ill health, including fainting episodes, but was not terminally ill.

    Ebola response 16:20: Gerry Holt BBC News

    About 100 soldiers from the Royal Army Medical Corps are travelling to Sierra Leone as part of the UK's efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak.


    International Development Secretary Justine Greening will join the medics to see how Britain's £125m aid package is helping to combat the deadly virus.

    Her visit to West Africa comes as the UN said a third member of its staff in Sierra Leone had died from the disease.

    Man dies after crash 16:08:

    A man who was seriously injured in a collision in Oxford last month has died of his injuries, police said.

    The crash, involving a Vauxhall Zafira and a motorbike, happened on the B4150 Marsh Lane at about 11:55 on Friday 26 September.

    The motorcyclist, a 74-year-old man, was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital but died on Sunday.

    Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses.

    In the news 15:59: BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 16:00: A Oxford woman has starved herself to death over a period of five weeks, saying it was the only way she could legally exercise her right to die.

    Jean Davies resorted to the extreme measure because she said her life was "intolerable" and the decision not to reform the law on assisted suicide left her no legal alternative.

    Tree blocks road 15:49:

    The A4130 in Nettlebed is still partially blocked in both directions between the B481 Watlington Street junction and the Huntercombe End Lane junction, because of a fallen tree.

    Heating advice 15:36: Kat Orman Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford this afternoon, we've been discussing government advice to pensioners, telling them to heat one room over winter. Do you think this is sensible advice?

    Electric fire

    Some of you got in touch on our Facebook page:

    Darren Grant said: It is sensible for everyone, not just the elderly to heat only the rooms that you are using.

    Deborah Clewley said: The government are idiots...don't they think that poor pensioners already do this? Its hardly new 'advice'..why don't they help these people instead of condemning them to misery, illness or even death?

    Kobayashi 'troubled' 15:14: Andrew Benson Chief F1 writer

    Kamui Kobayashi admitted to being "seriously troubled" about the safety of his Caterham Formula 1 car during the Russian Grand Prix weekend.

    Kamui Kobayashi

    The race took place just seven days after Marussia driver Jules Bianchi suffered severe head injuries in a crash in Japan.

    Kobayashi was so uneasy about a repair made to his car's suspension before final practice, he questioned whether to continue.

    In the news 14:55: BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 15:00: Two-hundred jobs are at risk at the Leafield site after Caterham Sports Limited went into administration owing up to £20m to external suppliers, according to administrators Smith and Williamson.

    Those workers that face losing their jobs are with One Malaysia Racing Team which puts the F1 cars on the grid but One Malaysia denies this.

    Keeping warm 14:36: Kat Orman Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford this afternoon, we asked you what you thought about the latest government advice to pensioners about keeping warm by heating only one room.

    Lots of you have got in touch on our Facebook page:

    Martin Richardson said: Those pensioners who genuinely need more money to heat and eat MUST be awarded it - and the money should come from foreign aid to such countries as India (with their space programme) and by stopping the annual heating allowance to those who don't need it. Sadly our MP's are out of touch with what is happening at the sharp end - I'd like to see them survive in one heated room for a month.

    Kev Humphries said: Try giving pensioners enough money to heat & eat!! OR.....move them to a country destined for our hard earned 'foreign aid' budget! Disgusting in 21st Century.

    Ebola vaccine 14:16:

    The first woman to be given a potential Ebola vaccine in an Oxford trial is said to be doing well, the Abingdon Herald writes.

    Mum-of-two Ruth Atkins, from Marcham, near Abingdon, was given the injection on Wednesday, September 17.

    Morris letters found 14:04:

    New letters by William Morris have been found by an Oxford University student on an internship at Kelmscott Manor, the country home of the writer and designer.

    Kelmscott Manor

    Thomas Wilson, a history undergraduate, made the discovery in the archive room at Kelmscott while on a placement under the Thames Valley Country House Partnership Project, which creates sustainable relationships between country houses and the University of Oxford.

    In the news 13:55: BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 14:00: The future of 200 jobs in Leafield is uncertain after Caterham Sports Limited went into administration - that's according to the firm appointed as administrators.

    It says external suppliers to the Formula 1 car maker are owed up to £20m.

    Finbarr O'Connell from Smith and Williamson says a deal must be reached with 1 Malaysia Racing Team to secure the employees work.

    Caterham reaction 13:39: BBC Radio Oxford

    Reacting to the news that Leafield-based Caterham Sports Company has gone into administration, Former F1 driver John Watson said: "It's very sad. We've got a team and 200-odd people employed in that team.

    John Watson holding British GP trophy in 1981

    "[There are] probably hundreds of small independent suppliers in the location and throughout the country and they'll be looking for money that's owed to them, staff will be looking for salaries, maybe pensions.

    "It's just sad."

    Lunchtime TV 13:24: BBC South Today

    Coming up on South Today this lunchtime: The right to die campaigner from Oxford who has starved herself to death.

    And, an electrical fault could be to blame for a massive blaze at Didcot B power station.

    On Air 13:04: BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the Kat Orman show on BBC Radio Oxford: Oxfordshire is bracing itself as the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo sweeps in from Bermuda.

    Kat Orman

    Former BBC weather presenter, Bill Giles, from Thame, says he expects some damage as winds gust up to 50mph.

    We'll also be asking what you think about advice to pensioners to heat one room to keep warm over the winter.

    News on the hour 12:56: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A woman's been charged with murder after a man was stabbed in Abingdon.

    More with me at 13:00.

    EDL leader back in jail 12:39: Hannah Bewley BBC News Online

    The founder and former leader of the English Defence League will not talk at the Oxford Union as he is back in jail.

    Stephen Lennon, who calls himself Tommy Robinson, was sentenced in January to 18 months in prison for mortgage fraud.

    Stephen Lennon aka Tommy Robinson

    He was released in June under licence and had been due to debate at the prestigious union on Thursday.

    A statement on Facebook from his supporters said: "Tommy Robinson has been recalled to prison for responding to a threat on Twitter."

    Voter registration 12:20: Wallingford Herald

    Managers at South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) have invested up to £25,000 in new computer software to help ensure there are not further errors with voter registration.

    At the district council elections in 2011, about 2,000 postal vote packs in the Vale of White Horse and SODC areas were not supplied to the Royal Mail.

    Windy day, cold night 12:09: Bee Tucker BBC Weather

    It will be windy with sunny spells and blustery showers for the whole of today. Gusts of 45-55mph. Highs of 14C during the day.

    Chilly tonight with lows of 2-3C.

    In the news 11:57: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 12:00: Call handling needs improving at GP surgeries in Oxfordshire so the right people get to a doctor - that's according to the Primary Care Clinical Lead for the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

    It's as Healthwatch Oxfordshire, the patient watchdog, is calling for waiting times to be cut.

    Fallen tree blocks road 11:47:

    The A4130 in Nettlebed is closed in both directions between the B481 Watlington Street junction and the Huntercombe End Lane junction, because of a fallen tree.

    The A40 in Witney lane is also closed on the entry slip road and there's a lane closed on the exit slip road in both directions at Witney Town Centre, because of gully cleaning.

    The B4027 Bletchingdon Road in Islip is still blocked at the Church Close junction, because of an earlier accident involving four vehicles and the A34 in Islip exit slip road is closed and there's slow traffic at the Islip turn off.

    For the latest traffic and travel, tune in to BBC Radio Oxford or visit the BBC travel website.

    Robber jailed 11:29: Oxford Mail

    A robber who beat a man up as a distraction while his accomplice stole £11,000 from his victim's wife has been jailed.

    Marcel Guzman Robinson, 20, of Holland Park, London, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court to a robbery in Park End Street, Oxford, on March 26 this year.

    Electrical fault? 11:16: Emma Harrison BBC News Online

    An electrical fault could be to blame for a huge fire at Didcot B power station, the fire service has said.

    Nathan Travis, deputy chief fire officer at Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue, said they were focusing their investigation on a fault in one of the station's cooling fans.

    Didcot power station

    The blaze on Sunday evening resulted in half of the station being "non-operational" indefinitely.

    Owner RWE npower said it was not known how long the closure would be in place.

    'It's all about meritocracy' 11:05: BBC Radio Oxford

    Former F1 driver John Watson spoke to Phil Gayle on BBC Radio Oxford earlier about the news that Caterham Sports Company had gone into administration.

    Marcus Ericsson of Sweden and Caterham

    He said: "It's just sad. Unfortunately in some respects, it's a reflection of a global economy and, although our economy is improving, in Formula 1, it's all about meritocracy and if you are not successful you won't generate the income from the race track which is a large part of where the income streams for teams comes from.

    "But equally, if you are not getting good results on the racetrack, your chances of attracting commercial sponsorship is reduced as well."

    If you missed that interview, you can listen again on iPlayer.

    In the news 10:57: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 11:00: The West Oxfordshire-based maker of Caterham Formula 1 cars has gone into administration.

    Caterham Sports in Leafield, builds racing cars and operates under a licence from the 1 Malaysia Racing Team.

    On Air 10:43: Malcolm Boyden Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on BBC Radio Oxford: We'll be talking to author Nadir El Hosny who has already published two books, despite being just 10 years old.

    Tune in to hear what he has to say.

    Murder charge 10:26: Sue Paz BBC News, South

    A woman has been charged with murder after a man was stabbed in an Oxfordshire town.

    Robert Dobinson, 33, from Faringdon, was found at a mooring area by the river near Bridge Street in Abingdon on Sunday.

    Police tape in Abingdon

    He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

    Natasha Elderfield, 40, of no fixed address, is due to appear at Oxford Magistrates' Court later.

    Ebola response 10:10: BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford this morning, we've been talking to troops as they head off to Sierra Leone from RAF Brize Norton to help with the fight against the Ebola outbreak. You've been telling us your view of the UK's response to the crisis.

    A handout picture from Britain's Ministry of Defence shows British military personnel of 22 Field Hospital arriving in Sierra Leone

    Jeremy Blanchard tweeted: Too slow, a world problem has been left to those who are suffering now. Not enough forward or preventative thinking.

    Ed Finch ‏tweeted: Too little, too late. But proud that Britain is doing great something to take a lead on this slow motion tragedy.

    In the news 09:58: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news after 10:00: Thames Valley Police has charged a woman with a murder in Abingdon.

    Road update 09:46:

    The A34 Western By Pass Road in Oxford is partially blocked, causing severe delays and queuing traffic southbound between Peartree Interchange and Botley Interchange, because of a broken down van, an accident involving three vehicles and recovery work. Congestion to Kidlington Junction.

    The B430 is also blocked near Weston-On-The-Green, because of an accident.

    Get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

    Community Trigger 09:35:

    A service has been launched in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse allowing victims of repeated anti-social behaviour to request a review of their case.

    If someone reports anti-social behaviour on three or more occasions in six months and are not satisfied with how their case has been dealt with, they can request a Community Trigger.

    The trigger will prompt a review by the district council, police, health providers and social housing providers, who will decide whether any further action can be taken.

    Ebola response 09:20: BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford this morning, we've been hearing from some of the troops at RAF Brize Norton who are on their way to Sierra Leone to help with the fight against Ebola.

    We asked, are you proud of the UK's response to the crisis?

    Simon Hicks replied on our Facebook page: Money should be spent in this country first....stuff foreign aid....

    Jacqueline Hathaway said: Do you know how one volunteers to help with the fight!

    Traffic building up 09:06: Emma Harrison BBC News Online

    There's lots of traffic on Banbury Road, Summertown, heading into Oxford city centre this morning.

    Banbury Road in Summertown

    It's also very windy and starting to rain as the tail end of the Hurricane Gonzalo batters the county.

    In the news 08:57: Charles Nove Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 09:00: The Didcot Power Station fire's raised the chances of a power cut this winter to one in three.

    That's the warning from energy experts, as the Didcot plant problems are the latest in a series of power station breakdowns.

    Peak between 12:00 and 16:00 08:47: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Bill Giles added: "I doubt if you will see too many tiles coming off but it will still be very windy. I think the peak today in our area will be between 12:00 and 16:00.

    "After 16:00, the winds will start to ease down then it goes into a quieter period into the weekend, warming up again and looking quite good."

    Hurricane Gonzalo 08:39: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford this morning, I've been talking to former BBC weather presenter Bill Giles, who lives in Oxfordshire, about what we can expect from Hurricane Gonzalo.

    Bill Giles

    He said: "It's come across from Bermuda and it's on the way out now - most of the rain has pushed away and now we are sitting here waiting for the winds to pick up.

    Car in a ditch 08:27: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    We're getting reports of a car that has gone into a ditch on the B430 at Weston-on-the-Green. It's causing congestion up to Middleton Stoney.

    And the B4027 Bletchingdon Road in Islip is blocked at the Church Close junction, because of an accident involving four vehicles.

    For the latest traffic and travel, visit the BBC website.

    Caterham troubles? 08:18: Robyn Cowen Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There are reports this morning that Caterham Sports Company, the Leafield-based firm that designs and builds the Caterham F1 cars, has gone into administration.

    Marcus Ericsson of Sweden and Caterham

    We'll be bringing you the latest on that story on BBC Radio Oxford.

    Experts warn of power shortages 08:06: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Experts are warning the fire at Didcot Power Station could contribute to power shortages this winter.

    Didcot Power Station

    Firefighters left the site at 20:00 yesterday after the blaze put half of the power station out of action.

    News on the hour 07:54: Charles Nove Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    In the 08:00 news bulletin: A hundred medics from the Royal Army Medical Corps are due to fly from Oxfordshire to Sierra Leone, as part of the UK's response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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    Gales 'coincide with rush hour' 07:47:

    The Met Office said the gales would "coincide with the morning rush hour in places".

    Forecasters warn that fallen leaves could impede drainage, increasing the risk of surface water on roads and causing difficult driving conditions.

    Video: The hurricane effect 07:33:
    Problems on A34 07:27: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford
    • We're getting reports of a broken down vehicle on the A34 southbound between the Peartree roundabout and the Botley interchange in Oxford
    • There's the normal heavy traffic on the A34 northbound between Abingdon north and the Hinksey Hill interchange
    • It's busy both ways on the Oxford ring road southern bypass from the Heyford Hill and Kennington roundabout - with roadworks taking place

    For the latest traffic and travel tune in to BBC Radio Oxford or visit the BBC Travel website.

    Gales forecast 07:21:

    The Met Office has issued "be aware" warnings, with gales forecast for much of the UK, while BBC Weather said heavy rain was already spreading across many areas.

    Weather map
    Winds of up to 50mph 07:18:

    Gusts of up to 50mph are forecast today, as well as sunshine and scattered showers later. Get your local forecast.

    Good morning 07:00: Roz Tappenden BBC South

    Hello, it's a blustery Tuesday morning - welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire.

    We'll have all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the county.

    Let us know what's happening where you are by getting in touch via email, Facebook or Twitter.



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