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March 13, 2024

Taxi drivers pay price for operating illegally at Henley Regatta

Four taxi drivers have been ordered to pay a total of over £6,000 for illegally plying for hire at Henley Regatta. Tahir Mehmood Awan, 53, of Shepherds Close, Hurley, Maidenhead, pleaded guilty to unlawfully plying for hire at Henley on 30 June 2023. At a hearing at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on 23 February, the court […]

March 13, 2024

Go compost crazy for Food Waste Action Week – free compost and a ‘hot’ composter up for grabs

To mark Food Waste Action Week 2024, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are giving away free compost and running a competition to win a ‘hot’ composter worth over £130!

March 8, 2024

Enjoy fun for all the family this Easter

Fun activities and community days, family exercise, a museum of marvellous things and a cartoon circus are just some of the free and low-cost activities available for children and their families to enjoy during the Easter holidays.

Cllr Maggie Filipova-Rivers cutting the ribbon with Cllr David Rouane, council staff, Better Man, and staff from Didcot Wave.

March 7, 2024

Didcot Wave flexes new gym renovation

South Oxfordshire District Council has just upgraded the gym at Didcot Wave Leisure Centre to the tune of £130,000 with new state-of-the-art cardio and resistance equipment. It’s not just good news for those trying to get fit and healthy – it’s also great news for the climate with some new equipment being powered by human […]

March 1, 2024

Council reaffirms its commitment to supporting people seeking sanctuary

In its first full meeting of 2024, council debated significant points of interest to the district, with a motion centred around support for Ukrainian refugees and the council’s commitment to supporting people of any background displaced by war and persecution.  The Council passed the motion and resolved to continue to collaborate with Oxfordshire councils, statutory […]

March 1, 2024

Electric car club trial extended until September 2024

A year long Oxfordshire car sharing pilot scheme, launched in April 2023, is being extended by six months due to popular demand, with more vehicles to be added to the scheme shortly.

February 28, 2024

Apply now for flooding financial support

Residents whose homes were internally flooded and businesses who were affected by flooding as a result of Storm Henk in January can now formally apply for financial support in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse. They might also be eligible for support if the flooding meant they had to leave their home or […]

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February 27, 2024

Changes coming next year to garden waste service in South and Vale

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils have set out plans to change the way their garden waste service is paid for in 2025. The councils’ have agreed the introduction of a permit scheme from April 2025 which will include subscribers receiving a sticker for their bins to identify them as fully paid-up […]

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February 26, 2024

Funding boost for community infrastructure

Town and parish councils and not-for-profit community groups in South Oxfordshire can now bid for their share in £750,000 of new funding to improve or deliver new community amenities. The Community Infrastructure Levy Pilot Grant Fund will give organisations a financial boost of between £75,000 to £250,000 per project for new or expanded facilities, including […]

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February 23, 2024

Driver counts cost of letting car be used as taxi without licence during Henley Regatta

A driver who let his car be used as a taxi during the Henley Regatta despite the vehicle  being unlicensed has been ordered to pay more than £1,500 in fines and costs. Raja Ilyas Hussain, 43, of Doolittle Avenue, High Wycombe, was found guilty of permitting his vehicle to be used as a hackney carriage […]