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Wantage to Harwell Campus "Icknield Greenway" cycleway now open

on Thu, 28/01/2021 - 10:35am

Oxfordshire County Council is pleased to announce completion of  five cycling routes, which make up the first phase of the award winning Science Vale Cycling Network (SVCN) project. Over 10km of improved cycle and pedestrian paths are now open to the public, linking the science and research centres at Harwell Campus, Milton Park and Culham Science Centre with Abingdon, Wantage and Didcot, including Didcot Parkway railway station.

Route 1 (B-K2): Wantage to Harwell Campus "Icknield Greenway"

This route (approx.


The Friends of The Ridgeway - Autumn Newsletter, December 2020

on Thu, 28/01/2021 - 10:16am


Criminals taking advantage of Coronavirus vaccine roll-out

on Wed, 27/01/2021 - 12:34pm

Action Fraud is raising awareness of another coronavirus vaccine scam, after it received a high volume of reports relating to a phishing email on Monday 25 January.

The email, which attempts to trick people into handing over their bank details, was reported more than 1,000 times in 24 hours. It appears to come from the NHS and asks the recipient to click on a link to accept or decline an invitation to receive the coronavirus vaccine. If they click accept, they are asked to input personal information and their bank card details.

The national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime has


Additional Restrictions Grant for businesses in the Vale - now open for applications

on Tue, 26/01/2021 - 12:46pm

The Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary Grant Fund) is now open for applications.

The scheme closes for applications at midday on 31 March 2021, or when available funds are exhausted.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary Grant Fund) has been introduced to support those who are ineligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses) and other support schemes related to business rates.

The scheme provides a one-off payment of £3,000 to all eligible businesses.


  • Businesses that are legally required to close, but are not registered for

Parish Council Minutes - Monday, 23rd November 2020

on Thu, 21/01/2021 - 9:35am


Minutes of the Meeting of Sparsholt Parish Council held on

Monday 23rd November 2020 via Zoom starting at 7.00pm


Present: Councillors Barnes, Comyn, Corfield, Jacobs and Jones, DC Barrow, the Clerk and RFO and 2 parishioners.






Apologies:  None.



Declaration of Acceptance of Office, Declarations of Interest & Reminder of the Code of Conduct:  Westcot Farm application; Cllr Comyn declared a non-prejudicial interest; He lives nearby but his land is not adjoining.

Vale Winter support scheme for people struggling to afford food and stay warm

on Wed, 20/01/2021 - 12:28pm

Vale of White Horse District Council are able to help people who are struggling to afford food and stay warm this winter.  The Winter Support Grant scheme is available for households who have been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.  Support is available in the form of advice, supermarket and fuel vouchers or through the direct payment of energy or water bills.

If you are a Vale of the White Horse resident and you are struggling to afford food or pay your fuel bills, you may be eligible to receive help.


Vale businesses urged to sign up to mailing list for the latest financial support news

on Wed, 13/01/2021 - 10:48am

Businesses in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are being urged to sign up to the South and Vale Business Support mailing list to ensure they keep up to date with the latest news about the financial support available to them during the ongoing restrictions.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are currently administering a number of government-funded support grants which cover the periods during national lockdowns and localised tier restrictions, as well as further support for pubs.

Each time the government announces a new grant it can take several weeks


Temporary Road Closure Baulking, road running north from Kingston Lisle 12-14 Jan

on Wed, 13/01/2021 - 10:09am

Oxfordshire County Council has notified a temporary emergency road closure on the road running north through Kingston Lisle whilst BB rail works – emergency pumping, jetting and CTV works to relieve flooding works are carried out for public safety reasons.  
A temporary Emergency Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 12 Janaury 2021 up to and including 14 January 2021. This is a 24 hour road closure. A map of the diversion route via Uffington is <here>.
A single Temporary Emergency Notice can last for 21 consecutive days maximum.
Access will be


Comments invited: Community Infrastructure Levy & Developer Conts. consultation

on Tue, 12/01/2021 - 4:21pm

Your comments are invited on two planning consultations:

  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule
  • Draft Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

If you have an interest in how the Vale of White Horse District Council can secure funding towards the provision of local facilities and infrastructure needed to support growth in the district, these planning consultations might be of interest to you.

Vale of White Horse District Council is conducting a review of its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule.


Alert - Coronavirus Vaccination Scams

on Fri, 08/01/2021 - 6:33pm

As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud: “Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge.