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Vale of White Horse Local Plan - July 2017 Update

on Thu, 27/07/2017 - 3:18pm

The Vale are currently preparing the next stage of their 'Local Plan', the aim of which is to take into account the views of residents and organisations that responded to previous consultations.

The Vale will be publishing the 'Local Plan 2031: Part 2' in October and it will be the final chance for comments and to say if you think the plan is 'sound'.  

The plan focuses on meeting the housing needs arising from Oxford that the Vale have agreed to deliver within our district.  

The Vale regularly update their website (click) with details about the publication and they will contact everyone on their consultee database.  

To join the database please email the Vale's planning policy department:

Want a fun way to talk to your kids about staying safe online?

on Thu, 27/07/2017 - 11:15am

Ofcom has put together an informative and fun worksheet to help parents and teachers talk to children about staying safe online.

Created in collaboration with Childnet (click), the worksheet focuses on when and how children go online, and what they see when they do.

It has been created as part of Safer Internet Day 2017 (click), which explores the power and influence of images and videos in young people’s digital lives.

Download the worksheet <here>.

Further information here:-

Libraries - Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge 2017

on Tue, 25/07/2017 - 7:39pm

Read the books and catch the crook this summer at your library.

  • Runs from Saturday 15 July to Saturday 16 September 2017
  • Illustrations by Tony Ross

These furry, slippery and scaly friends are specially trained to use their skills and natural instincts to unravel the mystery – with a huge helping of fun along the way!

  • Read at least six library books of your choice over the summer holidays
  • Collect stickers as you read – some are even smelly!
  • Ask at your local library to get your free Animal Agents folder to start reading and solving the mystery now
  • Everyone who finishes will win a medal and certificate
  • Look out for fantastic new books and events at Oxfordshire libraries throughout the summer holidays and visit the brilliant interactive website for games to play and other activities

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Burglary in Childrey between 16th and 18th July

on Tue, 25/07/2017 - 8:48am

TVP are appealing for witnesses after a burglary in West Street, Childrey that occurred some time between Sunday (16/7) and Tuesday (18/7).

Offenders forced entry to the rear of the property and stole a quantity of jewellery.

If you have seen any suspicious looking vehicles or people in the area or have any information relating to this message, please contact the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 quoting reference 43170212497.

Alternatively, if you have any information but wish to remain anonymous, please call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online @ No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court. 

See also: Going away? Protect your identity, finances & Burglary Crime Prevention Advice (click)

From a Thames Valley Alert email received 25/7/17

Building work on the Grove Airfield development could get underway soon

on Mon, 24/07/2017 - 9:32pm

Building work on the Grove Airfield development could get underway soon.

Plans for up to 2,500 homes on the old airfield at Grove have been officially granted outline planning permission after Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey signed a legal agreement with Vale of White Horse District Council and Oxfordshire County Council that sets out the infrastructure the developers will provide to support the new housing.

The airfield site is over 140 hectares in size, 64 hectares of which will be built upon. The development will include new schools for children at both primary and secondary school age, a community hub, a local centre for shops and other community facilities, a community park, playing fields and an ecology park.  It will also include around 800 affordable homes.

The next stage is for the developers to submit detailed planning applications and once those are approved, building can begin.

Cllr Matthew Barber, leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “We are very pleased to have got to this stage – a lot of work and effort has gone into this from all parties. The expansion of Grove in the 60s and 70s gave thousands of families the opportunity to find a home of their own, in a good neighbourhood in the Vale. The airfield development will provide that opportunity to their children and grandchildren.”

Richard Briggs, managing director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “We are delighted to have been granted outline planning for this new development which will bring much-needed starter and family homes to Oxfordshire.”

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council said: “This agreement brings lots of key infrastructure and funding to support the housing growth. As well as land for new schools, the agreement secures over £40m towards new primary and secondary education facilities and key road infrastructure (Wantage Eastern Link Road). We look forward to the delivery of key infrastructure to support this much needed housing growth.”

From an article on the VoWHDC website; see the origtinal <here>.

Plastic bags can now be used to line food waste bins

on Mon, 24/07/2017 - 9:18pm

Plastic bags can now be used to line food waste bins and caddies.

Food waste is collected every week and taken to Agrivert’s anaerobic digestion plant near Wallingford to be recycled into gas for electricity and fertiliser for local farmland.

The processing plant is now able to accept thin plastic bags, such as carrier bags, bread bags, paper wrappings, or normal pedal bin liners. Residents can also continue to use compostable bags or newspapers to line their caddies and bins, or put food straight in without any liner.

Any bags used as liners will be removed at the processing plant and sent to an Energy Recovery Facility to be turned into energy.

All cooked and uncooked food can be put into food waste bins. Residents are advised that plastic retail packaging, or anything other than food waste, should not be put in. For example, bacon should be removed from its plastic packet and fruit taken out of punnets.

During 2016/17, 10,024 tonnes of food waste was collected and sent for recycling in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse.

For further information about food waste recycling and other household waste and recycling collections, see recycling, rubbish and waste (click) or call 03000 610610.

From an article on the VoWHDC website; see the origtinal <here>.


The dangers of driving and texting - excellent video - every driver should see this

on Tue, 18/07/2017 - 11:42am

Don't text while driving - powerful new video.

The advert was created as part of a campaign by South Africa's Western Cape government.

Neighbourhood Police Update - July 2017

on Fri, 07/07/2017 - 7:34pm

Here is the latest Faringdon neighbourhood update from PS Kevin HICKMAN, PC Robert MARIS, PC Mick GOODENOUGH, PCSO Maralyn PACK, PCSO Kerry Davis, PCSO Andy GUNN, PCSO Alex HILL and PCSO Esme BROWN.

You said - we did

  • We have received reports concerning problems with motorhomes parking in certain locations around the town. Faringdon Neighbourhood Team have performed all the necessary checks on these vehicles and they are all parked legally, so we have no grounds to move them. 
  • You said that you have concerns about speeding in various villages in the Faringdon area. We will continue to support our community speed watch program and we will be conducting checks in various locations throughout the month.

Anti-social behaviour (ASB)

So far this summer we have received very few reports of anti-social behaviour in the area. Despite this, the team at Faringdon will be preparing to increase patrols in certain locations to combat any increase caused by warmer and lighter evenings, and the arrival of the school summer holiday. We would encourage any residents with issues or concerns to please report these to us on the police non-emergency number 101. We have received further reports of issues at Tuckers Park and this continues to be a priority area for our patrols. An issue has been identified with low level ASB at Buscot Weir. We have increased our patrols in the area over the last two weeks and have received no further calls.

Crime prevention advice

A small number of thefts from motor vehicles are still occurring across the area. We would like to remind people not to leave anything in your vehicles at all and ensure you lock the vehicles. We would also like to encourage residents to use a property marking system (e.g. SmartWater) so that items are traceable should they be taken. If anyone has any questions or is worried about their property then feel free to contact the Faringdon Neighbourhood Team on 101 and we can organise a comprehensive crime prevention survey to increase security.

What the neighbourhood team have been doing

We enjoyed supporting the Freedom of the Vale parade for The Rifles who are based at Dalton Barracks which we were pleased ran smoothly and hopefully enjoyed by everyone that attended. 

We popped along to Party in the Park and although we experienced some rain it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves and happy to come up and have a chat with us. We shall be continuing to attend the Cake Café project at the Pump House when we are available to do so which is a project to support various members of the community offering a cuppa and a cake for a pound every Wednesday 9.30am – 11.30am.

Future events/meetings

  • You will be seeing most of the Faringdon Neighbourhood Team supporting Follyfest free music festival on 28th - 30th July to ensure another enjoyable, crime and disorder free event. 
  • This month also sees us supporting the Camel and Mongolian Culture event at Buscot Park which is new to us this year.
  • It is also almost time for our Community Football Match for young people aged 11-17 which will be taking place on 2nd August at Tuckers Park.


TVP South and Vale Twitter

Please remember the best place to find out what the Faringdon Neighbourhood team are up to is always on Twitter: @TVPSouthandVale (opens new window) and using the #Faringdon.

Thames Valley Alert

Receive free local crime alerts and crime prevention advice by registering at (opens new window) today. This allows anyone who signs up to choose what updates they receive and how they would like to receive it. A new option includes receiving information via text but more traditional landline and email messages are still available. You can also filter the updates you receive by specifying the priority level of the messages you receive.

Contact us

If you want any advice or would like to contact the neighbourhood team you can call us on the police non emergency number 101 (or 01865-841148 if 101 doesn't work for you) but if your call is an emergency then dial 999.   You can also contact us via email: - please note this email address cannot be used to contact Thames Valley Police to report crimes or for any urgent matters. To view information on your neighbourhood team visit the Thames Valley Police website at: Thames Valley Police Twitter account is kept up to date with what we are up to; please follow us @TVPSouthandVale. (opens new window)

To report local problems such as graffiti, fly tipping, pot holes and

broken street lights please visit

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Going away? Protect your identity, finances & Burglary Crime Prevention Advice

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Going Away

Now that summer is well and truly here, people can become complacent about home security. The most common cases of opportunist summer burglary involve offenders that: 

  • enter an insecure front door while residents are in the back garden
  • enter doors that are closed but unlocked at night while residents are asleep
  • reach through windows to take valuable items

Crime reduction advice 

  • Ensure that windows and doors are closed and locked when you are out. Don’t leave small windows open believing them to be safe.
  • If you want to leave windows open while you sleep, fit window restrictors so they cannot be fully opened, or make sure they are not large enough to allow access to a burglar.
  • When out in your garden ensure that windows and doors to the front of the house are secure. It only takes a second for someone to get into your home and take things without you noticing.
  • Do not leave valuables on display in front of windows or in reach of open windows or doors.
  • Ensure that all barbecue and garden equipment and tools are securely locked up in a shed and out of sight. Tools can be used by the potential offender to break in to your home.
  • Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible alarm to help deter burglars. Even using pea shingle or gravel on a driveway and spiky plants in garden beds can help.
  • Don’t leave any keys near entry points where they can be ‘fished’ or ‘hooked’ out through the window, letter box or cat flap.
  • Ensure any internal handle operated locks on UPVC doors are fully secured with a key.

Sheds - Easy pickings?

Offenders see sheds as easy pickings because they are unprotected and lack basic security measures. The buildings often contain property that can be sold on or implements that can be used to force entry into the owner’s home.

  • Many sheds whilst being of good construction fall short on basic security.
  • It is easy to unscrew the ironmongery, steal contents and in some cases replace the screws to make it look as if the shed has not been tampered with.
  • By using tamper proof screws or coach bolts together with a good quality pad bar or hasp and staple and close shackled padlock, the shed owner will make it harder for the would-be thief.
  • It is also a good idea to bond any window glass in, with mastic to prevent easy removal.
  • Ensure all tools and equipment are locked away when not in use.
  • High-quality locks should be used on doors. Windows can be fitted with a grille or, as a cheaper alternative, chicken wire, to slow a thief down.
  • A shed alarm can also be installed.
  • Post-coding or indelibly marking all property such as lawnmowers, bikes, and tools using ultra-violet pens, forensic marking such as Selecta DNA or Smartwater or engravers.
  • Installing security lighting as a deterrent, and plants such as thorny shrubs to act as a barrier at potential access points.
  • If building a shed, putting it where it is most visible to you and neighbours.

Going on holiday?

  • Make your home look occupied.
  • If you're out or going away, ask a trusted neighbour to open and close your curtains for you.
  • Ask a neighbour if they don't mind parking their car on your driveway and trimming your garden to make your home look occupied.
  • Cut the front and back lawns before you go away and trim any plants that burglars could hide behind.
  • Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries.
  • Before your holiday, don’t advertise that you are going away on Facebook, Twitter etc.
  • Register for the Royal Mail 'Keepsafe' service.

Bright Sparks Holiday Science Camps

on Fri, 07/07/2017 - 4:53pm

Bright Sparks Events science holiday activities are designed to entertain primary school aged children during the school holidays. The events provide a safe environment for children to get hands-on with science, with enquiry lead activities and exciting demonstrations each day. The science activities are suitable for years 1 to 6 (ages 5 to 11 years).

Join Bright Sparks Events for a day jam packed full of science tricks, messy experiments, fun games and science crafts.

Health and safety - All activities have been fully risk assessed, they have Public Liability Insurance and every instructor is DBS checked and trained on their kits.

Fun Science during the Summer Holidays - Exciting science workshops will be running daily, in various venues across Oxfordshire, where each day is dedicated to exploring the science behind all your favourite things!


  • Monday 24th July to Friday 28th July 2017 
    • West Oxford Community Primary School,
    • Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford, OX2 0BY 
  • Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August 2017
    • Charlton Primary School,
    • Charlton Village Road, Charlton, Wantage OX12 7HG 
  • Monday 7th August to Friday 11th August 2017
    • Woodstock C of E Primary School,
    • Shipton Road, Woodstock, OX20 1LL
  • Monday 14th August to Friday 18th August 2017
    • Rush Common Primary School,
    • Hendred Way, Abingdon, OX14 2AW 
  • Monday 21st August to Friday 25th August 2017
    • Didcot Civic Hall,
    • Britwell Rd, Didcot OX11 7JN 

(All days throughout summer run from 9am to 3:30pm)  

  • MONDAY - Spy Lab: Be a secret agent for the day and find out how a cryptographer can hide and decode secret messages. Use your spy skills to hide your identity, whilst uncovering your body’s own secret code. Have you got what it takes to complete our mission impossible? 
  • TUESDAY - The Colour of Light: ​What is light and where does it come from? Explore the rainbows of light using diffraction glasses, take a closer look at lasers to find out if light can bend, discover fluorescing chemicals, invisible messages and play in the dark with shadow puppets. 
  • WEDNESDAY - Watery Wonderland: Start to probe the properties of particles as we work in the weird and wonderful world of water. Discover its sticky properties, use your lab skills to create fizzy bath bombs, lava lamps and play with surface tension to create giants bubbles! 
  • THURSDAY - Up, Up and Away: Discover the dynamics of flight and find out how air resistance plays an important part. Explore how aeroplanes, helicopters and rockets fly and land safely. Make and launch a hot air balloon, design and test paper planes and turn a balloon into a helicopter! 
  • FRIDAY - Polymer Science: Let’s investigate a compound which can absorb up to 25 times its own weight, a mixture that has the properties of both a solid and a liquid and chemicals that can make instant reactions to form long chains of polymers.

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