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March 25, 2021

£70,000 raised for local causes by the SO Charitable Lottery as it celebrates its third anniversary.

Over £70,000 has been raised for local causes – and £14,875 in prize money has been won by local residents – in South Oxfordshire District Council’s SO Charitable Lottery, which celebrates its third anniversary on 27 March. The finances of charities and voluntary groups across the country have been hit hard over the past year, […]

March 25, 2021

Councillor grant scheme awards £105,000 to local causes in South Oxfordshire.

Local biodiversity and wildlife projects are among a huge range of good causes that have benefitted from over £100,000 in grant funding from their South Oxfordshire district councillor. The South Oxfordshire District Council Community Grant Scheme launched last November and has awarded a total of £105,000 to 91 local community groups, charities and town/parish councils, […]

March 24, 2021

Green Homes Grant will improve conditions for 150 Oxfordshire households

At least 150 homes across Oxfordshire will be made more energy efficient thanks to a successful bid for £1.5 million of government funding. Oxfordshire County Council was awarded the Green Homes Grant by the government. The council will be working together with expected delivery partner the National Energy Foundation (NEF) to help less well-off households […]

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March 24, 2021

South and Vale Building Control Service Awarded Quality Mark

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils’ building control service has been awarded the quality mark ISO 9001 for their provision of public sector building control and public protection services. Building control is a service that checks that structures and buildings are constructed or modified to meet Building Regulations standards to make sure […]

March 23, 2021

We reflect on a challenging year

Today marks a year since England went into its first lockdown. Along with the rest of the country, the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire district councils have been reflecting on what has been a challenging year.  Just over a year ago the councils acted early by asking the majority of its staff to […]

March 19, 2021

Leader’s statement on the cancellation of the Expressway project

Following the government’s announcement that proposals for an Expressway between Oxford and Cambridge have been scrapped, the Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council has welcomed the news and offered a note of caution about the government’s next steps. The district council formally withdrew support for the Expressway at its meeting in July 2019 following a motion put […]

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March 12, 2021

Have you got your census letter?

Census day is almost here – stand up and be counted Households across Oxfordshire are being asked to take part in Census 2021, a national survey that takes place once every ten years. Census day is on March 21, and households have started receiving letters with online codes explaining how they can complete their forms. […]

March 4, 2021

South and Vale are among top recyclers in the country….again

Residents in southern Oxfordshire are among the top recyclers in the country yet again! Yesterday the government published the figures showing how much waste is recycled across the country. South Oxfordshire District had the second highest recycling rate in England with 64 per cent of its waste being recycled. Vale of White Horse district came […]

March 3, 2021

Nearly £2m provided to help the recovery of the county’s high streets

South Oxfordshire District Council has teamed up with social enterprise Makespace and other councils to help bring empty shops back into use with a £1.9m fund. The project, called ‘Meanwhile in Oxfordshire…’, will go towards helping high streets across the county to bounce back from the effects of Covid-19 to bring new independent shops, cultural […]

March 2, 2021

Reaching out to people in priority groups who have yet to have their COVID vaccine

People in the priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccine who have yet to respond to their invitation for a first dose are to be the focus of a new scheme set up by Oxfordshire councils, the NHS and GPs. The service is launching this week to help support those people if they want to have […]