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March 2, 2021

Councils looking into the possibility of a joint South and Vale Local Plan

The two district councils in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are looking into the possibility of developing a joint Local Plan for the area to significantly reduce costs and help the councils meet their ambitious targets for making the two districts carbon neutral. Local Plans are used to help determine planning applications […]

March 2, 2021

Funding for £400k Faringdon Leisure Centre refurbishment helps the Vale of White Horse to become carbon neutral.

Faringdon leisure centre is to get a £400,000 refurbishment with the potential to reduce its carbon footprint by 500,000 kwh over a year – the equivalent of the annual energy use of 135 houses.  The Vale of White Horse District Council has been awarded a £361,746 grant from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. The […]

February 23, 2021

£240,000 for newt conservation

South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils have helped raise more than £240,000 for great crested newt habitats.  The funds have been raised over three years through an ongoing, innovative conservation scheme to protect the newts, which are a European protected species.   The councils have a Natural England licence allowing them […]

February 22, 2021

The Beacon in Wantage becomes location for COVID-19 symptom-free testing programme

From 23 February The Beacon in Wantage will become a Covid-19 testing site for public-facing workers and volunteers who are not displaying symptoms.  People in these roles who cannot work from home and do not have access to workplace testing will be able to book a free test at the centre via the county council’s […]

February 18, 2021

Statement on the Government’s plan for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc

This week, the government has published a new plan designed to transform the Oxford-Cambridge Arc region into one of the world’s premier growth areas and a world-leader in sustainability.  In response, Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “While the Arc Spatial Framework is a government led piece of work, […]

February 17, 2021

Two district councils join Oxfordshire Greentech to help local businesses tackle the climate emergency

As part of their commitments to help the districts become carbon neutral, Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils have struck up a brand-new partnership to help local businesses reduce their carbon footprint. As Strategic Partners, the councils will be working with Oxfordshire Greentech to help connect businesses with specialist suppliers, customers and […]

February 17, 2021

Vale Council announces new owner for Old Abbey House

Old Abbey House in Abingdon is set to get a new lease of life as a 20-bedroom boutique hotel, after Vale of White Horse District Council agreed to sell it to Oxfordshire building company Ede Holdings Ltd. The Witney-based, family-run business has bought the property for £927,000 after putting forward a successful bid to bring […]

February 16, 2021

Changes to Vale parking arrangements confirmed following public consultation

Following a public consultation, Vale of White Horse District Council’s Cabinet have approved several changes to parking arrangements to help reduce vehicle emissions.   Last November almost 200 people commented on proposed changes to the parking arrangements.  At their meeting on Friday 5 February, the council’s Cabinet considered the consultation results, and approved that the […]

February 12, 2021

Funding approved for new Shrivenham sports pavilion

A brand-new sports pavilion will be built in Shrivenham, using funds raised by the Vale of White Horse District Council from local housing developments.  The funding was approved at a full council meeting on 10 February. The money comes from S106 agreements made with developers when they were granted planning permission for new homes in […]

February 11, 2021

Community Engagement will identify how to prioritise leisure funding into Wantage, Grove and Faringdon

Community groups and sporting organisations in Wantage, Grove and Faringdon will help to identify how millions of pounds of funding raised from housing developers will be spent in their local areas. The groups are being asked for their thoughts on the need for leisure locally, which will feed into a review by the district council. […]

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