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Emma East

image of someone pushing an empty shopping trolley in a supermarket

January 17, 2023

Help is at hand for people finding it hard to pay for food and energy bills

The Household Support Fund scheme has opened again for people finding it hard to cope with the rising cost of food and energy bills. South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have reopened the scheme to help households meet the costs of life’s essentials. The fund is initially open for applications to help […]

December 21, 2022

Time to plan the right future for our districts

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have agreed a revised timetable for the creation of their Joint Local Plan.  Both authorities are working to create a Joint Local Plan, which will seek to deliver the councils’ ambitions for zero-carbon, sustainable development and genuinely affordable homes in the districts up to the year […]

Father Christmas sat in a car with his thumb up out of the window

November 23, 2022

Free parking days being offered to help local businesses

Shoppers in the Vale of White Horse are being given a helping hand to buy local this Christmas. People that can’t come into their local businesses and shopping areas by walking, cycling or public transport can take advantage of free parking at the district council’s car parks on some Saturdays in the run up to […]

A row of houses

November 21, 2022

Action taken to help deliver affordable housing

A new housing delivery strategy and action plan to help bring more genuinely affordable homes to the Vale of White Horse has been approved by Cabinet Members. The new housing delivery strategy aims to meet current and future local housing needs and intends to bring more well-designed net zero carbon housing to help tackle climate […]

Abingdon town centre shops

November 7, 2022

Nearly £6.5 million awarded to help local businesses

More than 2,000 businesses have received a much-needed relief award totalling almost £6.5 million to help reduce their business rates thanks to South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils. In total, £6,471,842 was allocated to businesses, using the government’s Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF), to help organisations that were unable to receive previous […]

Graphic of Great Coxwell's MUGA plans

October 28, 2022

£40,000 helping to revive a sports area in Great Coxwell

Work has started on a £40,000 major refurbishment to improve Great Coxwell’s multi-use games area (MUGA). The Vale of White Horse District Council awarded the funds to Great Coxwell Parish Council using money collected from developers as part of their agreement to build new homes nearby.  The money is paying for the old rotten wooden […]

A photo of the Beacon main hall set up for Monkey Mayhem

October 19, 2022

Free fun for all the family this half term 

Children of all ages and their families will have plenty of activities to keep them busy this half term across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse.  South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have set up a range of free and low-cost activities for residents to take part in.  Xplorer  There […]

solar farm

October 17, 2022

Council motion pledges support for businesses struggling with rising costs

Vale of White Horse councillors agreed to help support struggling local businesses and to urge government to do more for businesses affected by the cost of living crisis. Following an approved motion, Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, will write to The Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Secretary of State […]

The courtyard outside of Cornerstone set up for the garden party

September 23, 2022

Ideas wanted following this year’s successful Didcot Garden Party

Over 1,200 people are estimated to have joined this year’s successful Didcot Garden Party to watch free performances, play cricket, football and rounders, and take part in skating sessions in Didcot and surrounding villages.   To help families facing rising costs, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils hosted a series of fun, free […]

September 8, 2022

Paying tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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