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New Starbucks coffee shop – planning application for signage


There is a planning application for signage for a new Starbucks coffee shop in place of M&Co in the Market Place.

Thankyou to the person who emailed me this news.

We are well served for coffee shops in Abingdon! Abingdon Market Place – alone – has: Costa, R&R, Java, and Throwing Buns.

The shop looks like the day when M&Co left, but outside at the back, there is work underway digging up the path.

Brown (garden waste) bin collection suspended

Brown Bins suspended
‘A press release earlier this week said ‘South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have taken the difficult decision to activate their business continuity plan and suspend their garden waste collections.’

‘The councils’ bin crews will be prioritising the collection of food waste, recycling and general waste collections following government guidelines in a bid to reduce the disruption to waste collections.’

Not everybody has got the message. These shots along the Oxford Road in Abingdon were this Saturday morning and the collection should have been Thursday.
Brown Bins suspended
There was a delay to the collection of recycled and garden waste two weeks ago.

‘The disruption is due to the ongoing issues of a shortage of HGV drivers who are needed to drive the councils’ waste collection vehicles. This is a national issue, not just affecting the districts.’

It could be down to the need to self-isolate.

The council will review the situation towards the end of August before providing an update.

Home Baking for Mothers Day

Mothers Day
Yesterday in West St Helen Street the Abingdon Country Market were selling home made cakes and jams and pickles.
Mothers Day
In East St Helen Street, the Little tea room had the smell of freshly baked cakes, with a pile of cake boxes for people who had ordered cakes.
Mothers Day
Today was the second lockdown Mother’s Day. Takeaways and home cooking were the options for the Mother’s Day meal. Some people could not visit mothers yet.

Abingdon Floods – Geese, Swans and Allotments

Abingdon floods
The gardens of the stilt houses in Mill Paddock have been attracting a lot of attention with the floods.

Nearby, at St Helen’s Mill, there have been people from the Environment Agency pumping out water from behind the flood protection wall.
Abingdon floods
The water level is almost up to the level of the wall of the Margaret Brown Gardens.
Abingdon floods
The River Thames may have only gone up a small amount since yesterday but to do that it has to cover a huge area of flood plain on the other bank.
Abingdon floods
Hales Meadow, the home of the Abingdon Vale Cricket Club, has known floods like this during many winters and occasional summers.
Abingdon floods
There was no way to walk down the road to the Marina Park. The Marina car park is hidden behind these swans, and the road to the car park would go over the top of a wellington boot.
Abingdon floods
On the other side of the A34, Rosemary says ‘our plot at Wildmoor Allotments isn’t looking too great!’