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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 […]

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November 1, 2021

New Vale of White Horse District Council Deputy Leader announced

Councillor Bethia Thomas has been announced as the new Deputy Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council. Cllr Thomas, who is also the Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, will take up the additional role from Monday (November 1). The Faringdon resident – who was brought up in Australia – was elected as Faringdon Ward […]

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October 26, 2021

Views sought on future development at airfield at Dalton Barracks, Abingdon

We’re asking your views on how future development at the airfield at Dalton Barracks near Abingdon should look and feel, and how it should contribute to the area. Part of the airfield at the Ministry of Defence site at Dalton Barracks was chosen for development as part of the Vale of White Horse Local Plan. […]

October 8, 2021

More funding for new community facilities as updated rates for developers agreed

Councillors have agreed revised rates that developers will be required to pay towards community facilities and local infrastructure that are needed as a result of development growth in the Vale of White Horse District. Vale of White Horse District Council is able to secure money from developers towards the provision of local facilities and infrastructure […]

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October 7, 2021

Leader’s Statement – 6 October 2021

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, delivered her Leader’s Statement to Council at the meeting on 6 October 2021 Supporting Vulnerable People It is a particularly busy time for the council with a huge amount of work to support our communities happening in line with our corporate plan.  Since our last […]

August 27, 2021

Garden Waste Service update

3 September 2021 – please see the latest update on the garden waste service here.

August 17, 2021

Summer consultations offer chance to reaffirm commitment to tackling climate emergency

Vale councillors have agreed to use a number of key consultations this summer to reaffirm the district council’s commitment to tackling the climate emergency. The council has declared a Climate Emergency and adopted targets to be carbon neutral by 2030, with a target for the district to be carbon neutral by 2045. At a full […]