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Proposed police related increase to Council Tax - Have your say

on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 4:30pm

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, is seeking your views on a proposed increase to the policing element of council tax for 2021/22.

In response to the exceptional operational demands placed on the police, particularly in response to the global pandemic, the Government is increasing funding available to PCCs by up to £703 million. This is provided all PCCs increase their council tax for a Band D household by £1.25 a month*, or £15 a year in 2021/22 which, collectively, will raise £287 million, or 40% of the £703 million increase in funding.



Oxfordshire County Council budget consultation - Have your say

on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 2:57pm

OCC want to hear what you think about their plans for spending on council services, for the coming year.

Next month, the county council's annual budget will be set - the process where OCC decide how their budget will be spent on different services.

Like all local authorities there are funding pressures, but OCC's top priorities are protecting those in need and investing in services that will have a positive long-term impact for local communities.

They provide 80 per cent of the local government services (by expenditure) in the county - everything from fire and rescue to taking care of


Vale support available for residents and businesses during the 3rd national lockdown

on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 2:43pm

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on Monday 4 January, the Vale of White Horse district council would like to reassure residents and businesses that help is available, should they need it during the latest national lockdown.

Over the last ten months our communities have come together to support each other during the course of the pandemic.  The new lockdown will place extra pressure on many residents and businesses, but the councils are here for anybody who urgently needs their help and are urging people to get in touch, and to apply for financial support, where available.  


Brown bin garden waste collections suspended

on Wed, 06/01/2021 - 1:11pm

The VoWHDC is suspending its 'brown bin' garden waste collections and is not taking on new garden waste customers until further notice.

This is to enable their contractor to focus on essential services including household collections & to allow for staff shortages due to illness.

No word on whether missed collections will be refunded or if there will be double collections to make up for it.

Christmas tree collections are also affected; instead, take your tree to Childrey playing field and have it collected from there - see more <here>.

*Update 11/1/21: see more on the Vale's website


Covid19 - New lockdown rules January '21 - You must stay at Home

on Tue, 05/01/2021 - 5:33pm

England is now in a 3rd lockdown. 

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary and may only go out for essential reasons.

Schools will provide online learning for all pupils apart from vulnerable and key worker children.

You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet

Cllr Dr.Paul Barrow - Report for Parishes - January, 2021

on Mon, 04/01/2021 - 5:57pm

A message from Paul Barrow, District Councillor for Ridgeway Ward, Vale of White Horse

Please don’t forget that if you have any issues that need taking up/addressing, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or on 07557 953862.


There are a number of issues related to health, although not specifically to Covid-19. I have kept the parish councils up-to-date with information on this so please contact the parish council or myself if you feel you need more information.

  • I sit on the county health scrutiny committee (JHOSC) and we have been concerned about the high

The Blowing Stone, Kingston Lisle - now open for take-away food and drink

on Sat, 26/12/2020 - 1:17pm

Dear customers and friends of The Blowing Stone Inn
Firstly, we would like to thank you all sincerely for your genuine support and warm welcome for the re-opening of a much loved local pub. We have been delighted by the initial response and look forward to offering you great things, as and when we are able.
We are sure you are all now aware of the new local restrictions and our area having been placed into tier 4 as of 1 am on the 26th December, meaning that sadly we have to close our doors.
The good news is that we are ready to go with take-away to include some favourites such as fish and


Covid19 - Oxfordshire in Tier 4 from Boxing Day 2020 - Stay at Home

on Wed, 23/12/2020 - 6:18pm

Oxfordshire will be in Tier 4 from Boxing Day 2020.

This means that:-

  • Residents should stay at home, unless they have a "reasonable excuse" such as work or education
  • You cannot meet other people indoors, unless you live with them or they are part of your support bubble
  • People should not leave tier four areas or travel abroad, except for limited reasons (including work and education)
  • All non-essential shops must close
  • Cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must close; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (until 11pm)
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty,

Oxfordshire Libraries loans extended until April 2021

on Wed, 23/12/2020 - 9:51am

Following the various announcements from the Government over the weekend of 19 & 20th December 2020, Oxfordshire libraries have taken the decision to extend all loans until the second week of April 2021. This is to avoid concern and confusion for customers who may wish to avoid social contact with rising infection rates.

Please note that Oxfordshire remains in Tier 2, and 33 of Oxfordshire libraries are currently open, with plans underway to reopen the remaining 11 libraries in January/February. Please note the Christmas and New Year opening arrangements.

Find out more on the Oxfordshire


David Johnston MP - Newsletter, January 2021

on Wed, 23/12/2020 - 9:48am

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

I am sorry that the period we can see our friends and families at Christmas has been reduced, although I am glad that some of us will still get to see each other at least for a day. I won’t be able to visit my family now but it is those on their own I most feel for, so I will be calling a few people that I know are on their own this year; I hope some of you will be able to do the same or, if you are on your own, that someone makes contact with you.

As ever, if I can help you with anything then do contact me via