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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.