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July 16, 2020

Plans underway for the re-opening of leisure centres in Southern Oxfordshire

Released on July 15, 2020 Last week the government announced details for when leisure centres and swimming pools could re-open. South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are working with Better, who run the council leisure facilities, to agree to a re-opening plan for the leisure service that complies with the government guidance […]

July 6, 2020

Play areas to begin re-opening in the Vale from Monday 6 July – but please stay safe and wash your hands!

Released on July 3, 2020 Play areas in the Vale of White Horse managed by the district council will begin to re-open from Monday 6 July.  Vale of White Horse District Council will carry out a phased re-opening – this means play areas will only re-open once safety checks have been carried out and officers […]

July 6, 2020

Support available for those struggling to pay their council tax

Released on July 1, 2020 People in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse who have outstanding payments on their council tax bill and are struggling to pay are being urged to contact their district council to find out what support may be available. An extra £150 of discount is now available to certain […]

July 6, 2020

Joint leaders’ statement to mark the end of Pride month

Released on June 30, 2020 Statement from the Cllrs Sue Cooper and Emily Smith, leaders of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils: “To mark the end of Pride month, we would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our councils’ support for the LGBTQ+ community. Our organisations provide equality of services and […]

July 6, 2020

Letter from Cllr David Grant, Chair of the Vale of White Horse Climate Emergency Advisory Committee, to Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council

Released on June 26, 2020 Cllr David Grant, Chair of the Climate Emergency Advisory Committee at Vale of White Horse District Council, has written on behalf of the committee to Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council Dear Cllr Hudspeth, I am writing as chair of the Council’s Climate Emergency Advisory Committee (CEAC) following […]

July 6, 2020

Committee recommendations to help put tackling the Climate Emergency at the forefront of future council plans

Released on June 26, 2020 The Vale of White Horse’s Climate Emergency Advisory Committee is to discuss a number of proposals which may form part of the district council’s long-term plans. Later this year, Vale of White Horse District Council will publish a new Corporate Plan which will direct its work until 2024. The council’s […]

June 25, 2020

South and Vale welcome Didcot infrastructure news

Released on June 19, 2020 News that £218m of funding to boost infrastructure in the Didcot Garden Town has finally been agreed has been welcomed by South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils. The government awarded the Housing Infrastructure Funding to support the significant growth in housing in the Didcot Garden Town […]

June 18, 2020

Residents reminded to recycle responsibly

Thousands of residents in southern Oxfordshire have found their recycling bins unemptied each week because they have put the wrong things in them. Putting non-recyclable items in recycling can contaminate a whole truckload, which is then rejected at the recycling facility. This turns neighbours’ recycling into rubbish and ultimately wastes energy and raw materials by […]

June 8, 2020

An open letter from the Leaders of South and Vale district councils

Released on June 5, 2020 An open letter from Cllr Sue Cooper, Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, and Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council. As we come to the end of Volunteering Week, we wanted to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude, on behalf of South Oxfordshire and […]

June 8, 2020

Air pollution reduced by more than half in our districts as walking and cycling increases

Released on June 5, 2020 Today (5 June) is World Environment Day and South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have announced that following lockdown there has been a marked reduction in air pollution in our districts – down by nearly 60 per cent in one location. The lack of traffic and the […]