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Join the conversation on plan to put communities at the heart of everything

Affordable housing, climate and nature recovery, and sustainable and inclusive communities – three things being set as the top priorities at the heart of Vale of White Horse District.  Vale of White Horse District Council is setting a new council plan for the next four years and is encouraging everyone within the district to join […]

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Heart of the Vale montage of residents

April 16, 2024

Join the conversation on plan to put communities at the heart of everything

Affordable housing, climate and nature recovery, and sustainable and inclusive communities – three things being set as the top priorities at the heart of Vale of White Horse District.  Vale of White Horse District Council is setting a new council plan for the next four years and is encouraging everyone within the district to join […]

Wheelbarrow with grass cuttings inside

February 27, 2024

Changes coming next year to garden waste service in South and Vale

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have set out plans to change the way their garden waste service is paid for in 2025. The councils’ have agreed the introduction of a permit scheme from April 2025 which will include subscribers receiving a sticker for their bins to identify them as fully paid-up […]

The Beacon Arts and Community Centre

February 13, 2024

Securing a sustainable future for The Beacon Arts Centre and Community Centre

Robust plans are being prepared this month to secure a sustainable and ‘best value’ future for The Beacon Arts and Community Centre. The arts and community centre has provided Wantage and the surrounding areas with an important and lively focus for arts and the community since 2014. The Beacon supports the wellbeing of residents by […]

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November 27, 2023

Joint Scrutiny Committee – postponed

The South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council Joint Scrutiny Committee meeting this evening has been postponed. Once it has been rearranged, the new dates will be posted on our committee meeting calendar web page.

Three people Christmas shopping

November 15, 2023

Free parking days offered this December to help local shoppers and businesses

Shoppers in Vale of White Horse can take advantage of free parking in the towns this December as a helping hand towards buying local. Starting on 2 December and running until 23 December, free car parking is being provided at various sites in Abingdon, Faringdon and Wantage, by the Vale of White Horse District Council, […]

White Horse Hill

October 27, 2023

Funding boost available for rural businesses and organisations

A new grant scheme has launched for rural businesses and organisations based in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse. The fund is designed to support capital projects for small businesses and community infrastructure that help to improve productivity and strengthen the rural economy and rural communities. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their application […]

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October 16, 2023

Councils support staff with pledge for the Real Living Wage

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have pledged their ongoing commitment for paying staff at least the Real Living Wage. Both councils currently ensure all directly employed council staff receive at least the Real Living Wage and have done for several years. The Real Living Wage (currently £10.90 with an update due […]

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October 16, 2023

Leader’s statement – 11 October 2023

Cllr Bethia Thomas, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, delivered her Leader’s statement to Council at the meeting on Wednesday 11 October 2023. Tonight I am here as leader of our council to report on progress in our district since we last met; I know that in my position it is easy to […]

Children from Grove Church of England School with their artwork at the Beacon

October 12, 2023

Young artists encouraged to display their work in Wantage

The Beacon in Wantage is reaching out to local schools and youth groups to display artwork on their Art Wall, showcasing local young talent and celebrating the community in the building. Pupils at Grove Church of England School, Wantage, were the first to have their art displayed on The Beacon’s Art Wall earlier this year. […]

September 19, 2023

Leader’s statement – Botley Road closure

Cllr Bethia Thomas, Leader of the Vale, said: Like many, I’m disappointed with Network Rail’s news that they’re keeping Botley Road closed until October next year. The original plan had been for the road to reopen this October for six months over Christmas. This is very frustrating for so many, access to Oxford has become […]