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March 26, 2021

Councils to offer financial support to leisure provider

Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire district councils have agreed to offer a financial support package to GLL, the leisure contractor that manages leisure facilities across both districts, subject to formal agreements being entered into. The leisure industry has been hit really hard by the pandemic having spent much of the last year closed […]

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March 24, 2021

South and Vale Building Control Service Awarded Quality Mark

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils’ building control service has been awarded the quality mark ISO 9001 for their provision of public sector building control and public protection services. Building control is a service that checks that structures and buildings are constructed or modified to meet Building Regulations standards to make sure […]

Leisure needs

March 22, 2021

Council identifying how to spend housing cash for leisure

Local sports clubs in the Grove and Wantage area are helping Vale of White Horse District Council understand how money that’s coming in from new housing developments could be used to help provide appropriate new or improved leisure facilities for local residents. A similar engagement is taking place with clubs in the Faringdon and Great Coxwell area. […]

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March 12, 2021

Have you got your census letter?

Census day is almost here – stand up and be counted Households across Oxfordshire are being asked to take part in Census 2021, a national survey that takes place once every ten years. Census day is on March 21, and households have started receiving letters with online codes explaining how they can complete their forms. […]

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March 2, 2021

Reaching out to people in priority groups who have yet to have their COVID vaccine

People in the priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccine who have yet to respond to their invitation for a first dose are to be the focus of a new scheme set up by Oxfordshire councils, the NHS and GPs. The service is launching this week to help support those people if they want to have […]

Old Abbey House

February 17, 2021

Vale Council announces new owner for Old Abbey House

Old Abbey House in Abingdon is set to get a new lease of life as a 20-bedroom boutique hotel, after Vale of White Horse District Council agreed to sell it to Oxfordshire building company Ede Holdings Ltd. The Witney-based, family-run business has bought the property for £927,000 after putting forward a successful bid to bring […]

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January 25, 2021

Letter to Thames Water regarding Controlled Sewage Overflows

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council wrote a letter to Thames Water regarding Controlled Sewage Overflows (CSOs) into the River Thames. Thames Water has provided the following response to Cllr Emily Smith’s letter: Thames WaterCustomer RelationsPO Box 436SwindonSN38 1TU  20 January 2021 Sewer discharges into the River Thames Dear […]

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January 15, 2021

A statement from Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council

We support Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health’s message on the importance of continuing to follow the lockdown guidelines. Whilst the daily rate of new Covid-19 figures can fluctuate, figures for the whole of Oxfordshire remain high, hospitalisations and deaths are rising, and as we know this new variant is extremely infectious. We therefore we need to […]

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December 23, 2020

A statement from Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council

Today’s announcement that the Vale will be in Tier 4 from Boxing Day reinforces that this will be a Christmas break unlike any other. Along with the rest of Oxfordshire, all of us in the Vale must make sure we’re following the government’s guidelines to stay at home to stop the spread of the virus. […]

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December 22, 2020

Cabinet decision on Old Abbey House accepted by watchdog

The decision by Vale of the White Horse District Council’s Cabinet to secure the future for Old Abbey House in Abingdon has been accepted by the Council’s Scrutiny Committee. The council expects to be able to announce the full details of the decision in the new year. In the meantime, the council’s Scrutiny Committee which […]