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Cllr Dr.Paul Barrow - Report for Parishes - July 2021

on Tue, 27/07/2021 - 6:14pm

Biffa waste collection

Biffa is experiencing continued issues with staffing which has led to serious disruptions in the waste collections service in our districts. The disruptions are mainly down to a shortage of HGV drivers and the increasing numbers of staff who have been advised to self-isolate.  As you are probably aware these are national issues, not just affecting us locally.
The limited numbers of staff still able to work are doing their best to get to as many homes as they can, and have been working weekends to try and catch up.

Biffa’s advice to residents is as follows:

If any of your waste was not collected last week, or if your bins are missed in the next couple of weeks, firstly leave the bins out for 3 days after your usual bin day and if still not collected  please bring your bins back in and put it out next time it is due to be collected.

While we normally do not collect extra black bin rubbish, if we are unable to collect yours as a result of this disruption, you can leave up to three black sacks’ worth out the next time it is due. Please remember you can always put out additional recycling and food waste on your next scheduled collection.

Please let me know ([email protected]) if you are experiencing any particular difficulties with waste collection.

Vale lottery

Some residents will already know that the Vale now runs a lottery to benefit local charities and community groups. For further information see This site can be used to register voluntary groups who would like to benefit from the fund. Ticket purchasers can also nominate a charity/voluntary groups who they would like to benefit from the fund.

Civil parking

Under an arrangement between Oxfordshire County Council and the Vale civil parking enforcement will be introduced on November 1st this year. The police will no longer be in charge of this activity.

Gambling Policy

The council is legally obliged to review its gambling policy every 3 years. Changes have been made to this which can be seen at About gambling licences - Vale of White Horse District Council ( This address can be used to complete the survey. Deadline for completion Aug 10th.

Abingdon Abbey Meadows outdoor pool is now open. Opening times can be seen at

Cllr Dr Paul Barrow
[email protected]
District Councillor for Ridgeway Ward