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November 4, 2020

Councils providing vital community and business support through the lockdown

We know the winter lockdown will be tough on some of our residents and businesses, but we’re here for anybody who urgently needs our help.   That’s the message from South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse district councils as the nation prepares for the next lockdown tomorrow (5 November).  The councils’ Community Hub, which […]

November 3, 2020


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 […]

November 3, 2020

Vale Council objects to Government’s proposed reforms to the planning system

Vale of the White Horse District Council has written to the Government objecting to many of its proposed reforms to the current planning system. The Government’s proposed changes were outlined in the Planning for the Future white paper which sets out reforms. The council sent a letter to Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for […]

October 30, 2020

Projects moving forward for Didcot Garden Town Advisory Board

Members of the Didcot Garden Town Advisory Board met last week to hear about the latest developments for Didcot Gateway and other key initiatives around the town.  You can watch the meeting in full via The board were updated on the district councils’ plan to build their new offices at Didcot Gateway, which will […]

October 29, 2020

Oxford officially moved to ‘high’ COVID alert level as cases continue to rise

Oxford will be moved into the government’s ‘high’ or tier 2 alert level after a further rise in cases of COVID-19 – meaning that the city’s residents will need to abide by new rules from Saturday 31 October. The central government decision follows intensive discussions between central government, local councils, MPs and others in recent […]

October 27, 2020

Councils continue to work closely together with voluntary sector to help families through half-term and beyond

Help continues to be available, should it be required, during half term in Oxfordshire for families of children in receipt of free school meals. All six Oxfordshire councils have been working together very closely with community and voluntary partners to help families across the county access food and essential supplies. Support mechanisms are in place […]

October 22, 2020

Oxfordshire close to ‘high’ COVID-19 alert level

People in Oxfordshire are being advised to be extra vigilant, particularly over half-term, as cases of coronavirus continue to spread across the county.  Evidence shows that, in the past two weeks, the virus has spread to a much wider age range across the county and is no longer confined to younger people in urban areas. […]

October 5, 2020

Oxford to Cambridge Arc: a global asset and national investment priority

Bold vision to create a global hub for innovation and green development that inspires communities worldwide. The Oxford to Cambridge Arc, which the Chancellor of the Exchequer described as a “key economic priority” for the country, has unveiled its bold vision in a prospectus that has been submitted to Government. The Arc’s ambition is to […]

October 5, 2020

Councillors to set priorities for the Vale after residents have their say

Record numbers of residents and people working in the Vale of White Horse recently responded to a survey about the district council’s forthcoming new Corporate Plan, and councillors are set to consider changes to plans based on the public feedback. In July the council asked those living and working in the Vale to comment on […]

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September 28, 2020

Coronavirus community support

Find out what support is available to you if you’re struggling with anything, and what you can do to help out in your community.