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Row of Houses

March 17, 2023

Councils challenge Oxford City’s plan for high housing numbers

South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse district councils have both responded firmly to Oxford City Council’s consultation that appears to be attempting to exceed the city’s remit and force more development across Oxfordshire’s rural countryside. 

An image of people cycling on a housing estate

March 17, 2023

Work to create healthier eco-friendly communities highlighted in report

Work to improve people’s lives by creating healthier communities has been highlighted in a council’s performance report.

March 16, 2023

Riverside revamp ready for the summer season

Work is under way to give the washroom area at Riverside campsite in Wallingford a £150,000 refurbishment ahead of opening for the summer season. The Riverside campsite, managed by Better UK on behalf of South Oxfordshire District Council, will open to visitors from Monday 1 May and will close to visitors at the end of […]

March 10, 2023

Statement after Defra rejects Wallingford application to be designated as bathing water

We’re extremely disappointed at the government’s decision to not award Bathing Water Status for the River Thames at Wallingford at this stage. We received a letter from Defra yesterday (9/3/2023) which stated that our application “will not be taken forward for bathing water designation on this occasion”. Thames 21 worked on a successful campaign to […]

wildflower meadows

March 8, 2023

Councils launch new nature recovery project

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have launched a new nature recovery project called Let It Bee which aims to increase biodiversity on council land by allowing wildflowers and plants to grow on specific sites. This pilot project follows last year’s successful No Mow May trial on seven sites across the districts […]

March 7, 2023

Man fined for fly-tip which blocked a road

A man from Oxford has been ordered to pay more than £1,800 after admitting responsibility for fly-tipped waste which blocked a road in Chalgrove. William Loveridge, 50, of Donnington Bridge Road, Oxford, pleaded guilty at Oxford Magistrates Court on Friday 24 February, to three duty of care offences relating to the disposal of landscaping and […]

An image of people cycling on a housing estate

March 3, 2023

Improvements to be made to cycle and walking routes in Didcot

People living in Didcot and surrounding areas can have their say on the future of cycle routes and walkways in a new consultation launched this week. The consultation will identify improvements that can be made to cycling and walking as part of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) in Didcot. The LCWIP is […]

The front of Henley Leisure Centre

March 1, 2023

Hot new facilities in Henley 

The sauna and steam room facilities at Henley Leisure Centre are getting a £55,000 refurbishment this month with more energy efficient replacements.  Cabinet Members from South Oxfordshire District Council approved the use of funding raised through developer contributions in the area referred to as CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) to bring in new facilities which will […]

February 28, 2023

Award nomination for councils’ planning websites

A dynamic new digital approach to planning has been recognised with an award nomination. South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have been shortlisted for the Digital Impact category in the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards for their work creating a digital-first approach to planning policy documents. The councils wanted to move away […]

Ukraine flag fluttering on a flagpole

February 23, 2023

Leader’s Statement – Anniversary of Ukraine invasion 

Cllr David Rouane, leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, has issued a statement on the war in Ukraine:  “This Friday 24 February marks one year since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia. We continue to condemn these illegal and unacceptable attacks and stand by the people of Ukraine and everyone affected by this terrible conflict.  “Tomorrow, we’ll be […]