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September 8, 2022

Paying tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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August 24, 2022

Over £91,000 allocated to protect newts and other species

New freshwater habitats and wetlands will be created in East Hanney, Garford and Grove to help provide an ideal environment for wildlife to thrive, including protected species such as Great Crested newts. Cabinet members at Vale of White Horse District Council agreed to allocate £91,232 of developer contributions; money collected as part of developers’ agreements […]

August 18, 2022

District councils to be temporarily based in Abingdon

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will soon be moving on from the office building that has been our home for the past seven years. At the end of September, to significantly reduce unnecessary costs, we will be moving to some temporary office space in the Vale’s Abbey House building in the […]

An Ordnance Survey Map of the area for the proposed Harwell East parish in relation to the existing Harwell parish. The new parish is shown as a shaded area to the north-east of Harwell village, including Valley Park and the section of Great Western Park that’s in the Vale of White Horse.

August 17, 2022

Residents’ feedback to help finalise new ‘Harwell East’ parish 

A new parish in the Harwell area could improve local representation and feedback from the local community will help to help influence the final plans. Everyone living in the Harwell area is currently represented by Harwell Parish Council however, with more homes being built and a growing population, residents could be better served if the […]

Socially diverse multicultural and multiracial people on an isolated white background. Happy old and young women and men with children, as well as people with disabilities standing together.

August 8, 2022

Everyone’s different so tell us how council services can be easier to access

We come in all shapes and sizes, we look and sound different, and we all see things differently. South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils value and embrace these differences – as these are the things that make each of us unique. It doesn’t matter who they are, everyone will eventually need […]

August 3, 2022

Joint statement from the leaders of South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council, Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council, and West Oxfordshire District Council

“The five Local Planning authorities in Oxfordshire have been working together on a joint plan for Oxfordshire to 2050. It is with regret that we were unable to reach agreement on the approach to planning for future housing needs within the framework of the Oxfordshire Plan.  “Local Plans for the City and Districts will now […]

Didcot Garden Party with two people cycling on a path and flowers in the foreground

July 18, 2022

Didcot Garden Party – Free shows, performances and sports sessions in Didcot Garden Town this summer

The Didcot Garden Party is returning throughout the summer holidays to bring exciting events and sports activities to Cornerstone Arts Centre and local parks in the town. South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are bringing lots of free activities for families and young people from 23 July up until 31 August. The […]

Image of boundary park in Didcot with houses in background

July 5, 2022

Revised focus for Didcot Garden Town 

Revised plans to help improve the lives of residents living in and around Didcot Garden Town have been approved at two Cabinet meetings. South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have approved a renewed, ambitious delivery plan for Didcot Garden Town. It will focus on providing community benefits, a special retail recovery strategy, […]

Aldermen holding their Certificate scroll with Cllr Emily Smith, Council Leader

June 27, 2022

Alderman honour awarded to three ex-councillors

Three former Vale of White Horse councillors who served the district for a combined total of 52 years have been honoured as Aldermen. Jim Halliday, Jerry Patterson and Reg Waite were awarded the title at a recent special Council meeting in recognition of the service they provided to the council and the district. Dr Jim […]

Aerial photo of Dalton Barracks site

June 23, 2022

Government pledges £100,000 of support for two local garden villages

The government has allocated £100,000 for two garden communities based in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse districts. Berinsfield Garden Village will be receiving £50,000 towards the costs of work to help develop the village with new and refurbished community facilities as part of plans to build around 1,700 new homes. The other £50,000 […]