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February 23, 2024

Marking two years since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, councils reaffirm support for Ukrainian households living in the Vale and South Oxfordshire

Cllr Helen Pighills, Cabinet Member for Community Health and Wellbeing at Vale of White Horse District Council, said:  “The UK was one of the first countries that started to support Ukraine and welcomed Ukrainians who fled the war zone. Our unwavering support, and our communities’ ongoing welcome and help for Ukrainians seeking refuge is just […]

image of White Horse District Council logo

February 22, 2024

Leader’s statement – 22 February 2024

A statement from Cllr Bethia Thomas, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council I’d like to begin with a big thank you for the very many officers and members involved in the process of setting the budget. I’m very pleased that we have once again been able to present a balanced budget to Council […]

February 22, 2024

Vital services guaranteed as 2024-25 Vale budget is approved

Residents in the Vale of White Horse will continue to receive quality, cost-effective local services after district councillors approved the 2024-2025 budget.  Despite major challenges, including below inflation funding increases, the cost-of-living crisis and ongoing economic and political uncertainty, thanks to careful financial management, the council has guaranteed vital public services, such as the district’s […]

February 22, 2024

£760K boost for good causes in the Vale

Two good causes providing information and advice for residents in the Vale have been awarded £760,000 this month. Vale of White Horse District Council has given support to Oxfordshire South and Vale Citizens Advice (£460,000) and Vale Community Impact (£300,000) through their Partnership Grant scheme. The Council recognises the pressures on organisations due to the […]

February 16, 2024

Public services remain secure in draft Vale 2024-25 budget

Public services provided by Vale of White Horse District Council remain secure thanks to careful financial management.

February 14, 2024

New planning rules mean good news for nature recovery

Biodiversity Net Gain– which came into law nationally on 12 February 2024 – is not a new concept for the councils, whose officers have been working on similar approaches to enhancing the wildlife value of new developments since becoming the first authorities in the UK to successfully secure a BNG agreement in 2013.

The Beacon Arts and Community Centre

February 13, 2024

Securing a sustainable future for The Beacon Arts Centre and Community Centre

Robust plans are being prepared this month to secure a sustainable and ‘best value’ future for The Beacon Arts and Community Centre. The arts and community centre has provided Wantage and the surrounding areas with an important and lively focus for arts and the community since 2014. The Beacon supports the wellbeing of residents by […]

February 12, 2024

Councils have a joint plan for action on air quality

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have adopted a new joint Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) to improve air quality in the districts over the next four years.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

February 1, 2024

Successful recycling districts urge residents to reduce and reuse before recycling

Residents in South Oxfordshire are officially the best recyclers in the country, with residents in the Vale a close third, according to a government league table

The current tennis court area at White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre before refurbishment

January 30, 2024

Game, Set and Match! £165,500 investment in new tennis courts for Abingdon

There’s great news for tennis fans – who will soon be able to play all year round thanks to a revamp of the courts in Abingdon. Work is due to begin on Monday 5 February to install four new 3G Artificial Turf Pitch (ATP) tennis courts at the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre. These […]