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Aerial map of Abingdon town centre

June 14, 2022

Chance to help improve central Abingdon

People will soon have the chance to help shape how central Abingdon could be revitalised. Vale of White Horse District Council is working with Carter Jonas – an organisation with expertise in regeneration – to help identify parts of the market town that have seen better days and consider how they could have brighter futures. […]

A solar farm

May 12, 2022

New joint local plan about far more than housing as interactive consultation opens

Tackling the climate emergency, sustainable transport, affordable housing, high-tech jobs, and the future of our town centres are among the topics up for discussion as South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils embark on the creation of a new Joint Local Plan. The two district councils have launched an interactive consultation to […]

Damaged radar key hanging from socket on wall of public toilet

April 20, 2022

Vandals leave Abingdon public toilet users frustrated – and council picking up repair bill

Vandals have left people in Abingdon unable to spend a penny as they damaged the town’s public toilets. Vale of White Horse District Council has been left picking up the bill as anti-social behaviour has led to windows and doors at two of the town’s facilities being damaged. And even more frustratingly for all, the […]

Ukraine flag fluttering on flagpole

March 4, 2022

Council stands with people of Ukraine

Cllr Emily Smith, leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, has issued a statement on the war in Ukraine: “Like many Vale residents I am deeply concerned about the conflict and humanitarian emergency in Ukraine. I recognise that many of our community members, their family and friends are directly affected.  “I have joined local […]

February 17, 2022

Leader’s statement – 16 February 2022

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, delivered her Leader’s statement to Council at the meeting on 16 February 2022. Vale Budget Approved Since 2019 one of my top priorities has been getting this council’s finances under control. Despite a backdrop of real terms cuts in government funding, ongoing Covid related […]

Overhead drawn plan of housing development

January 18, 2022

Consultation opens on guide for high-quality sustainable new development

A consultation has been launched on a draft Joint Design Guide that will provide guidance on how new development can be designed and constructed to the highest quality and sustainability. The guide, produced by South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils, provides a series of steps and design principles that will be […]

January 12, 2022

Smaller communities could have a greater say on housing developments in South and Vale

Small communities in the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire will now have an opportunity for greater influence on how and where houses and other developments should be built in their area. After the two district councils put together a successful joint bid for government grant funding of up to £45,000, the government has […]

December 20, 2021

Council leaders thank vaccine clinic while urging people to get booster jab

Council leaders urged people to get their Covid booster jab as they praised the people delivering the vital vaccine at a clinic in Faringdon. Vale of White Horse Leader Emily Smith and Deputy Leader Bethia Thomas, who is ward councillor for Faringdon, visited the White Horse Medical Practice on Thursday 16 December to thank the staff […]

December 9, 2021

Vale of White Horse District Council – a trans inclusive council

Vale of White Horse District Council has a commitment to being a welcoming and inclusive organisation and council members have strengthened that commitment at its December Council meeting. In a forthcoming Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, the council will set out practical measures that will ensure the organisation remains welcoming and accessible to everyone, and to […]

December 7, 2021

Changes to planning rules to focus more quickly on potential harm to communities

Changes to enforcing planning rules will allow two district councils to focus on cases with the most potential to cause harm to local communities much more quickly. South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are in the top 4 per cent of local authorities for planning enforcement performance. Now a new triage system […]