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Four stages to end England's lockdown - February 22nd, 2021

on Mon, 22/02/2021 - 6:42pm

The prime minister has set out a four stage process for easing Covid restrictions in England, with an expected gap between each stage of five weeks.

Here is the full text (pdf) of the government’s 60-page roadmap to lifting the lockdown in England (click)

Here is the Downing Street summary (click)

And here is the PM’s statement to MPs about it (click)

Four conditions must be met at each stage before proceeding to the next one:

  • The coronavirus vaccine programme continues to go to plan
  • Vaccines are sufficiently reducing the number of people dying with the virus or needing hospital

Help prioritise leisure funding in Wantage, Grove & Faringdon

on Fri, 19/02/2021 - 6:37pm

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. One of the review’s outcomes will be to propose the allocation of funding for leisure generated by new housing developments in each area.

By engaging with the community, the district council hopes to get an up-to-date picture of the sports and leisure provision


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

on Fri, 19/02/2021 - 6:32pm

This week, the government has published a new plan (click) 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, local councils have been invited to engage with the government while they produce the Framework.

“I think this is an opportunity to help the government understand the local impact of the plans and to shape the Framework into something that works


Automatic Number Plate Recognition Survey

on Fri, 19/02/2021 - 6:26pm

As part of a national survey, Thames Valley Police is looking for your feedback around the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) across our policing area.

ANPR technology is used by police forces across the UK to help detect, deter and disrupt criminality, including organised crime groups and terrorists.

Registration plate cameras are most commonly used to alert officers to stolen vehicles, vehicles that have been involved in crime or to help locate missing people. The data they collect can also be used in investigations and they are governed by strict codes of practice.



The Star Inn, Sparsholt - takeaway pizza and food menu - February 2021

on Fri, 12/02/2021 - 10:44am

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Brown bin garden waste collections resume Monday,15th February 2021

on Thu, 11/02/2021 - 7:04pm

Dear Garden Waste customers,

We have good news for you –  we are able to restart our garden waste collections from next week (beginning 15 February). Please share this news with your neighbours and your friends and family in the district.

If you still have your real Christmas tree, as a garden waste customer, we can take it on your garden waste collection day. If possible please cut it up and put it inside your bin. If you do not have space or cannot manage to do this it can be put out at the side of your brown bin.

The crews will be working hard to complete the rounds and we are


Register for the Vale's free online social media workshop on Tuesday, 16th February

on Mon, 08/02/2021 - 6:50pm

Have you been planning to develop an online presence for your business, but you're not sure on how to tackle the tricky world of social media?

Perhaps you've already got an online presence but would like support in advertising, selling your products and services or finding clients on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, businesses have had to act quickly to develop an online presence, in order to keep trading. However, the Vale's business team (SVBS) are receiving many calls for support in navigating the ever-changing, fast-paced social media platforms.



Need clinical advice but aren’t in a life-threatening emergency?

on Mon, 08/02/2021 - 6:39pm

Hospitals across the county remain under pressure and so residents are encouraged to contact NHS 111 first via 111 online (click) or by phoning 111 if they are thinking of attending an Emergency Department.

NHS 111 is a national system that people can contact if they need clinical advice, when it’s not an emergency.

People who need clinical advice but aren’t in a life-threatening emergency are encouraged to contact NHS 111 first before attending their local Emergency Department (A&E).

Remember, if you need emergency help now, always call 999.


Bringing fantastic full fibre broadband to Sparsholt and Westcot

on Fri, 05/02/2021 - 3:54pm

Dear Sparsholt & Westcot residents,

We are Maia Sissons and Justin Dunn, and we both live in Westcot, and we are writing to you today to let you know of an opportunity that we feel would be hugely beneficial to all of us in Sparsholt and Westcot.

There are 140 properties in Sparsholt and Westcot many of which do not yet have fibre broadband directly to the home (known as FTTP). Many of us already have a fibre connection through a copper line to our houses but in the next five years this is going to be inadequate for the amount of data that we will all require.


David Johnston MP - Newsletter, February 2021

on Fri, 29/01/2021 - 6:35pm

I hope you, your friends and your family continue to be safe and well.

A lot of people are finding this lockdown the worst so far and it’s not difficult to understand why. We don’t yet know when it will be lifted and the weather is considerably colder than it was during the first lockdown – and I am particularly concerned that all of our children are not back in school.

But the vaccine is being administered at a very impressive rate both nationally and within Oxfordshire and so there is light at the end of the tunnel.

There has also been other good news here and there, like Andy Baker of