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August 9, 2022

Help with energy bills – new support for those on low income in South Oxfordshire

Households on low income in South Oxfordshire will soon receive a one-off payment to help with the rising cost of energy bills. Those living in properties which are in council tax bands E to H and who are in receipt of council tax support will receive a single one-off payment of up to £178. Households […]

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August 8, 2022

Everyone’s different so tell us how council services can be easier to access

We come in all shapes and sizes, we look and sound different, and we all see things differently. South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse District Councils value and embrace these differences – as these are the things that make each of us unique. It doesn’t matter who they are, everyone will eventually need […]

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August 5, 2022

Man fined £13,000 for failing to remove illegal development

A man who failed to comply with the requirements of two enforcement notices for an illegal development by the banks of the River Thames at Long Wittenham has been fined £13,000.  Simon Courtney-Worthy, 63 of Oscar’s Gardens, Ward’s Field, Long Wittenham, was also ordered to pay more than £5,000 in costs towards South Oxfordshire District […]

August 4, 2022

Leaders statement – Report to Council, 14 July 2022

Arc Before going on holiday I attended a meeting of the Arc Plenary, a group of council leaders, LEPs, and Universities, to discuss the future of the Arc. I was able to circulate to councillors the conclusions of that meeting. As I said in that email, we joined the Arc group for very good reasons […]

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August 4, 2022

Call for Thames Water to act on sewage concerns

Serious concerns about sewage and the potential impact on people and wildlife in South Oxfordshire have prompted district councillors to call on Thames Water to come clean about treatment capacity and pollution across the district. In 2021, Thames Water dumped raw sewage into the River Thames and its tributaries 5,028 times and discharges are happening […]

August 3, 2022

Joint statement from the leaders of South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse District Council, Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council, and West Oxfordshire District Council

“The five Local Planning authorities in Oxfordshire have been working together on a joint plan for Oxfordshire to 2050. It is with regret that we were unable to reach agreement on the approach to planning for future housing needs within the framework of the Oxfordshire Plan.  “Local Plans for the City and Districts will now […]

July 26, 2022

Residents urged to check their voter registration details

Residents across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are being urged to check the details on a letter they will receive from their district council from the end of July. South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will be sending a ‘Canvass Communication Form’ to all homes which requires the occupants […]

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July 25, 2022

Council declares Cost of Living Emergency amid spiralling energy bills and central Government tax rises

South Oxfordshire District Council has declared a Cost of Living Emergency and has called on the Government for urgent support following a council motion. The council fears vital services it provides such as homelessness prevention and community support will come under greater pressure as the authority tries to support residents during these difficult times. The […]

July 22, 2022

South Oxfordshire District Council sets out its plans to help with sustainable food production and the reduction of food waste

Councillors have agreed steps to help sustainable food production and the reduction of food waste which include supporting local farming businesses, encouraging developers to include community gardens and allotments in their plans and supporting food charities in the district.

July 20, 2022

How good is your council? Districts release annual performance reviews

The district councils in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse receive seven per cent of your council tax, so it’s important you know how they’re doing and that you’re getting value for money. Both councils are committed to transparency and to being accountable for their actions, and as part of that commitment they’ve […]