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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 […]

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December 18, 2020

Vale council makes changes to infrastructure spending

Vale of the White Horse District Council has made changes to its strategy for infrastructure funding in a move to release further funds for larger community projects across the district. The changes to the way the council spends Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds will mean that money secured from housing developments in the district will […]

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December 10, 2020

Leader’s statement to Council 9 December 2020

New Corporate Plan Projects Underway Since adopting our new Corporate Plan, Cabinet members have been working with officers to prioritise the projects and getting stuck into delivery. As we have heard this evening, Cabinet is pushing forward with Civil Parking Enforcement for the District, the new website is live and looking great, we have insourced […]

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December 2, 2020

Vale and South councils raise £53m for community infrastructure

Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils have raised £53,030,143 for local infrastructure since April 2016 from housing developers building new homes in the districts. There are two main ways the councils raise cash for infrastructure – legal agreements with developers known as Section 106 agreements that are signed before planning permission can […]

November 26, 2020

Response to the Chancellor’s Spending Review

Responding to the Chancellor’s spending review, Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “The additional funding for local government should help towards some of the gaps associated with the pandemic – the enormous level of support we’ve provided to our communities and businesses has severely impacted our finances, as has […]

November 3, 2020

OXFORDSHIRE COUNCIL LEADERS CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO HELP EASE FUNDING PRESSURES

Oxfordshire councils have called on the Government for better financial support – not only for their continued Coronavirus response, which will become more significant and expensive in light of the second lockdown announcement, but also to ensure there is enough funding for councils to provide their day-to-day services for communities in the longer term. In […]