Local News

The Parish Council receives news and updates from a number of sources, including South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC), Vale of White Horse (VoWH), Oxfordshire County Council (OCC).  Please find below the latest updates.

We have a separate page for upcoming road closures.

Public Governor Elections 2020 - South Central Ambulance Service

Your local NHS Ambulance Service needs your help for our next elections in 2020!

Our next Governors election will be happening soon in 2020. It’s never too early to register your interest in putting yourself forward for election by emailing: company.secretary@scas.nhs.uk

Elections will be held in the following areas:

Public Governors:
Buckinghamshire (2 seats)
Oxfordshire (2 seats)
Berkshire (1 seat)
Hampshire (3 seats)

Governors play an important role in helping to shape and support the emergency and non-emergency services that the Trust provides in the South Central region.

Find out more about the role: https://www.scas.nhs.uk/elections/

South Oxfordshire Local Plan Examination Hearing

The examination hearing started 14 July, and will be publicly available to view live on the council’s special YouTube channel. A link to the YouTube channel is available on the council’s Local Plan examination webpage .

During the four-week long hearing, housing numbers and the location of the key sites proposed for housing will be debated along with how much of neighbouring Oxford’s unmet need South Oxfordshire should cater for. Other topics that the independent Planning Inspector, Jonathan Bore is chairing discussions on include whether or not the plan takes a sound approach towards the Green Belt, if the plan’s infrastructure policies are sound, and if the plan takes a proactive approach to mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Volunteers sought for COVID-19 trial

People aged 50 and over are being sought to take part in a trial into treating COVID-19. Over 50s with specific underlying health conditions and all over 65s with suspected COVID-19 can apply to take part in the University of Oxford study at www.principletrial.org. Participants are randomly allocated to receive usual care or usual care and an existing medication. It is hoped the trial can help people get better quickly and stop them needing to go to hospital. The study is funded by UK Research and Innovation and the National Institute for Health Research. Contact the study team at principle@phc.ox.ac.uk / 0800 138 0880.

SODC are asking for residents what is important to them with regard to the future of South Oxfordshire.  Open to public consultation, please complete the questionnaire here.

SODC Communication

Waste Recycling

Thousands of residents in southern Oxfordshire have found their recycling bins unemptied each week because they have put the wrong things in them.

To remind residents about what can (and can’t) be recycled, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have devised a new recycling quiz available here.

Contact visits by the Community Support Hub

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve made visits to check the welfare of 269 vulnerable residents across both districts we’d been unable to reach by phone or email. We were able to speak to 161 on the doorstep and left letters where possible for the rest.

Discretionary grants for businesses

By last Wednesday’s deadline we had received 137 applications for the discretionary business grants scheme, which we’re now evaluating against the eligibility criteria. We’re also following up with some of the applicants seeking further information and clarification.

All the eligibility details for this second round will be on our business support website at www.svbs.co.uk, ready for its launch.

High street funding

We’re currently assessing how to spend some funding we’ve been provided by the government to help get high streets back up and running and we’ve had some feedback from relevant town and parish councils on how they think we could use the money most effectively to benefit their high streets.

Government recognition for volunteers

Earlier this month we were celebrating all the amazing work by volunteers in our districts and there’s now an opportunity to get them formal recognition. The government is looking for nominations for honours or awards.  Visit: https://www.gov.uk/honours/nominate-someone-for-coronavirus-work

Further support for those receiving Council Tax Reduction

In April, the government announced a £500 million hardship fund to provide further support for people who receive Council Tax Reduction.  Both Cabinets have now confirmed the arrangements for how we will allocate our share of this money in South and Vale and so everyone who currently receives Council Tax Reduction will receive up to a further £150 off their 2020/21 council tax bill.  

Waste collections starting earlier

Our waste collections are starting an hour earlier this week due to the very hot weather. We are asking residents to put their bins before 6am. As normal, they can put them out the night before if that’s easiest.

Citizens Advice scams awareness campaign, 15 - 28 June.

Citizens Advice has also put together an up-to-date list of scams to look out for, particularly Covid-19 related ones.  You can find out more here.

Committee meetings

Following the success of the virtual committee meetings we’ve carried out so far, we can now confirm that future meetings will take place online as previously scheduled with just a couple of minor changes.

The schedule of meetings for June and July is set out below and the calendar is now available on our website.

Neighbourhood plans

We’ve resumed our full Neighbourhood Planning consultation service, by launching the consultation on Wallingford’s Neighbourhood Plan.
You can also see what other consultations are currently running on our website

Electric vehicle charging – building regulations

The government recently announced proposals to make it a requirement for developers to install electric vehicle charging points on new developments, which would be managed through changes to building regulations.

The government has now published a summary of the responses it received, on its website.

OCC News


Longer term plans for permanent increases in cycleways will lead to a step-change in Oxfordshire’s cycling infrastructure.

Residents of all ages can look forward to a step-change in cycling infrastructure aimed at making this green form of transport safer and more attractive for a range of journeys across Oxfordshire.


Face Coverings

People urged to wear face coverings and stay alert.

Residents are reminded to continue taking steps to keep themselves, and others safe as non-essential shops and services start reopen for the first time since March.


Per government guidance, any resident using public transport, or in an enclosed public space where social distancing isn’t possible, must wear a non-surgical face covering to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.