News from the Vale District Council


A Big Step to Tackle Climate Emergency

We have set up a new Climate Emergency Advisory Committee to make recommendations to the council’s cabinet and ensure we meet our environmental responsibilities.

The committee will be politically balanced and will meet in public.  It will also work together with partner organisations and local businesses and community groups to help reach carbon reduction targets and minimise damage to our environment.



Councillors Oppose Oxford/Cambridge Expressway

Councillors have agreed to oppose the building of the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway in favour of more sustainable transport projects.  The decision was taken at a full Council meeting on 17 July. The Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Debby Hallett has written to the Secretary of State for Transport requesting that:

  • the proposal be abandoned and funding invested in the East/West rail link, cycling infrastructure and public transport instead
  • all Department for Transport schemes be subject to full public consultation
  • Government development policy to prioritise rail and sustainable travel

You can read the letter here.




Turn it Off


Did you know that just one minute of sitting with your car engine running and the vehicle not moving produces the equivalent of 150 balloons of harmful pollutants into the air?

Please make sure you switch off when you stop for more than a minute.




Vale writes to government about local plan

We have had to allocate land to meet some of the housing needs for Oxford City, which it could not find space for. However, we are now asking for this to be revisited, because the figures from the housing needs assessment for Oxford City date back to 2014.


The Deputy Leader of the Council, has written to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, to raise concerns; because the Local Plan Part Two would remove land from the Green Belt, and allocate thousands of houses in the Vale that Oxford cannot find space for. We believe it would be wrong to do this if it turns out Oxford ultimately doesn’t need to find space for as many houses. You can read the letter here.




Bank Holiday bin collections 



Monday 26 August is a Bank Holiday.  So as well as an extra day off, this means that we will be emptying your bins a day later than usual.   

For details please see our Bank Holiday collections page. 


Have your say on Polling Stations



We are carrying out a review of the polling district and places and would like to hear about your experience of using them in the recent elections.  We'd like to know whether changes need to be made to the buildings or locations and about possible new venues. 

We would particularly like to hear from disabled residents and carers about their experience in accessing the polling stations.  


Visit our website to comment up until Friday 27 September.




Joint business support now available

We've launched a new service to support businesses in the district. The Economic Development Team has merged the South's SO Business group and the Vale's Vale4Business group to create South and Vale Business Support.   

The new name, logo, website and social media accounts have now launched to help the team to continue to provide free and impartial advice to businesses based in our districts.  

You can take a look at their new website here.



OVO Energy Women's Tour



We were so glad that the rain held off for 12 June, when the OVO Energy Women's Tour pedalled through our district.  Vale towns and villages played perfect hosts to the riders with hundreds of school children going out to line the route and plenty of organised events to make the most of the day.  Watch the video below for a flavour of the race day.



video highlights of the cycle race

Vale of White Horse District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB





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17th July 2024

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