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November 4, 2020

Councils providing vital community and business support through the lockdown

We know the winter lockdown will be tough on some of our residents and businesses, but we’re here for anybody who urgently needs our help.   That’s the message from South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse district councils as the nation prepares for the next lockdown tomorrow (5 November).  The councils’ Community Hub, which […]

November 4, 2020

Thames Farm development – A letter

Cllr Anne-Marie Simpson wrote a letter to the Henley Standard on 4 November 2020 in relation to their article on the 30 October about the Thames Farm development in Shiplake. Dear Sir,  I am aware of your article on the Thames Farm development at Shiplake in last week’s edition (30 October).  Within the article you […]

November 3, 2020


Oxfordshire councils have called on the Government for better financial support – not only for their continued Coronavirus response, which will become more significant and expensive in light of the second lockdown announcement, but also to ensure there is enough funding for councils to provide their day-to-day services for communities in the longer term. In […]

November 3, 2020

South Oxfordshire District Council objects to Government’s proposed reforms to the planning system

South Oxfordshire District Council has written to the Government stating strong objections to several proposed reforms to the current planning system. The Government’s proposed changes were outlined in the Planning for the Future white paper which sets out reforms. The council sent a letter to Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and […]

November 2, 2020

Oxfordshire must play its part to control the virus and save lives

Help will be available to those who needs it this winter as the Oxfordshire community comes together to do its bit to control the virus and save lives. That’s the message from local leaders who are urging residents and businesses to carefully follow the new lockdown guidelines from the government this week. It’s clear that […]

November 2, 2020

Covid-19 lockdown update

We continue to work hard to support our communities and businesses as part of the response to COVID-19.  We’re currently assessing the full impact of the government’s announcement this weekend of a further national lockdown from Thursday 5 November to make sure we’re providing the right support where it’s needed most.  We are monitoring any […]

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October 30, 2020

Projects moving forward for Didcot Garden Town Advisory Board

Members of the Didcot Garden Town Advisory Board met last week to hear about the latest developments for Didcot Gateway and other key initiatives around the town.  You can watch the meeting in full via The board were updated on the district councils’ plan to build their new offices at Didcot Gateway, which will […]

October 29, 2020

Oxford officially moved to ‘high’ COVID alert level as cases continue to rise

Oxford will be moved into the government’s ‘high’ or tier 2 alert level after a further rise in cases of COVID-19 – meaning that the city’s residents will need to abide by new rules from Saturday 31 October. The central government decision follows intensive discussions between central government, local councils, MPs and others in recent […]

October 29, 2020

Have your say on proposed changes to off-street parking in South Oxfordshire

People in South Oxfordshire are encouraged to give their views on some proposed changes to parking arrangements in the district council’s off street car parks.  Over the summer the South Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet agreed to amend the district’s parking policy, including changes to charging periods to ensure all towns are treated equally, and measures […]

October 27, 2020

Councils continue to work closely together with voluntary sector to help families through half-term and beyond

Help continues to be available, should it be required, during half term in Oxfordshire for families of children in receipt of free school meals. All six Oxfordshire councils have been working together very closely with community and voluntary partners to help families across the county access food and essential supplies. Support mechanisms are in place […]