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An Ordinance Survey map of the area of Harwell parish on the left and the new Western Valley Parish on the right including a section of Great Western Park in Didcot, and up to the railway line running alongside the A4130 between Didcot and Milton Heights.

December 14, 2022

New Vale parish to be called Western Valley

A new parish aimed at improving local representation in the Harwell area will be known as Western Valley. Earlier this year, people across Harwell had the chance to comment on the name and governance arrangements for a new parish to the east of the A34 within Harwell, up to the boundary with South Oxfordshire.  97 […]

December 9, 2022

Action on the cost-of-living: Hundreds of low-income households to benefit from paying less council tax

1,400 households in the Vale of White Horse will benefit from a more generous council tax support (CTS) scheme following action to help those most at risk during the cost-of-living crisis.  At their meeting on Wednesday 7 December, district councillors at the Vale voted to remove restrictions requiring households on CTS to make a contribution […]

December 8, 2022

Cllr Bethia Thomas elected as new Leader at Vale of White Horse District Council

Cllr Bethia Thomas is the new Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council. She was chosen by councillors during a vote at the Council meeting last night (7 December). Her election as Leader comes after Cllr Emily Smith chose to stand down having led the council since the local elections in 2019. Cllr Thomas, […]

Abingdon toilets in Abbey Meadow

November 4, 2022

Toilet vandals leave serious damage and another costly repair bill

More public money will have to be spent on repairing public toilets in Abingdon following the latest attack by vandals. Last week significant damage was caused to the toilets at Abbey Meadow by the River Thames.  Vandals ripped all the metal toilet roll holders off the walls and set fire to them and to the […]

October 20, 2022

Delays to correspondence

Due to action affecting the Royal Mail services, it may take longer than usual for letters to arrive.

a photo of Wantage Manor Road Park

October 17, 2022

Funding available for community climate projects – apply now!

Communities in the Vale have another chance to apply for funding to help grass roots projects aimed at tackling climate change. Local groups and town and parish councils can apply for a share of £50,000 from the latest round of Vale of White Horse District Council’s Climate Action Fund, with up to £5,000 on offer […]

October 17, 2022

Report highlights council’s work towards tackling the climate emergency

Vale of White Horse District Council’s work towards tackling climate change has been highlighted in a new quarterly report. As part of its commitment to openness and transparency, the Vale publishes a performance report showing the progress of its Climate Action Plan.  The Plan sets out the steps it will take to become a carbon […]

image of White Horse District Council logo

October 13, 2022

Leader’s statement – 12 October 2022

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, delivered her Leader’s statement to Council at the meeting on 12 October 2022. Cost of Living Crisis  At the forefront of my mind at the moment is the worsening Cost of Living Crisis and how we as a council can best support local people […]

September 6, 2022

Homes urged to respond to voter registration reminder

Households across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are being urged to respond as soon as possible if they receive a reminder to update their voter registration details. Over the summer, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils sent a ‘Canvass Communication Form’ to all homes asking the occupants to check […]

sign to Oxford Magistrates Court

August 31, 2022

Taxi driver worked illegally following licence refusal

A man has been convicted and ordered to pay more than £1,000 after unlawfully continuing to work as a taxi driver despite having been refused a new licence following a series of speeding offences. On Friday 26 August 2022, Christopher Meads, 62, of Reynolds Way, East Challow, pleaded guilty at Oxford Magistrates’ Court to knowingly […]