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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 […]

Image of Abbey Meadow pool on a sunny day.

May 10, 2022

Abbey Meadow outdoor pool’s future secured for many more summers of fun

Families will be able to enjoy summer holidays at Abbey Meadow outdoor pool and splash pad in Abingdon for years to come, despite spiralling energy costs that have closed pools all around the country. The school holidays are by far the pool’s busiest time, and so Vale of White Horse District Council pulled out the […]

May 9, 2022

£500 fine for Council Tax fraudster

A Grove resident has been fined £500 after fraudulently claiming a reduction on her Council Tax. Zoe Lees, 27, from Horsa Close, Grove, pleaded guilty at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 21 April to illegally claiming more than £3,500 in Council Tax Reduction. Magistrates heard how Ms Lees had failed to inform Vale of White […]

foundations of the pavilion laid at Kingston Bagpuize

May 9, 2022

Nearly £600,000 allocated towards a new pavilion in Kingston Bagpuize

A purpose-built sports pavilion is being built for villagers and local sports groups in Kingston Bagpuize. Vale of White Horse District Council approved £596,757 for Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Parish Council using funds made up of developer contributions, which have been collected by the district council as part of an agreement to build new homes […]

May 5, 2022

Councils pay out more than £8 million to help with energy bills

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have paid out more than £8 million in energy bill rebates. All households living in properties which are in council tax bands A-D are entitled to a £150 payment.  The government is providing this money, also known as the ‘council tax rebate’, to help people with […]

May 3, 2022

Man ordered to pay more than £2,700 after a fly tip in Shrivenham

A man from Shrivenham was ordered to pay more than £2,700 when a large amount of household waste was fly tipped by a roadside.

image of wildflowers in a field

April 25, 2022

Councils to let wildflowers bloom during No Mow May

Wildflowers could bloom in more public areas next month after South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils pledged their support for No Mow May. The two councils already designate wildflower meadows which they only cut two to three times a year but this year they will trial leaving several additional areas of […]

Map of Didcot and Appleford with Hill Farm highlighted in purple

April 21, 2022

Have your say on a new technology park development in Didcot Garden Town

Residents and businesses can give their views on how greener commercial buildings can be built at a Didcot technology park. Hill Farm, in Appleford and near to Didcot, is the site of a proposed Local Development Order (LDO), something that local planning authorities use to set out the overall design of a site. It also […]

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 […]

April 20, 2022

Didcot Garden Town projects to benefit residents discussed

A wide range of improvement projects and facilities in the Didcot Garden Town area will be prioritised to ensure climate change and pandemic recovery are tackled first. The Didcot Garden Town Advisory Board discussed the actions set out in 2017’s Delivery Plan to identify the projects they thought were the most important to bring more […]