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Have your say on draft proposals that could change your parish
Community

Have your say on draft proposals that could change your parish

Residents across South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse have another chance to comment on changes which could affect how their local area is run.
Pandemic and cost of living crises hit Oxford City Council’s financial outlook
Community

Pandemic and cost of living crises hit Oxford City Council’s financial outlook

The City Council needs to have delivered increasing levels of savings and additional income generation totalling £5.5 million annually from the financial year 2026/27.
Councils offer more help for people struggling to pay food and energy bills
Community

Councils offer more help for people struggling to pay food and energy bills

The scheme is part of the Government’s Household Support Fund (HSF), which was extended by the chancellor in the recent budget, and there is no requirement that residents be employed or unemployed.
Parking ban on major Didcot road to help keep cycle lanes free
Transport

Parking ban on major Didcot road to help keep cycle lanes free

The council has approved proposals for double yellow lines running the length of Wantage Road in Didcot in a bid to stop people from parking in the cycle lanes.
County highways chief disputes police advice on speed limits
Transport

County highways chief disputes police advice on speed reduction measures

This comes as Thames Valley Police questioned the effectiveness of the council’s plans to lower speed limits without other measures such as engineering or continual enforcement.
Oxford City Council to deliver over 2,000 affordable homes in five years
Housing

Oxford City Council to deliver over 2,000 affordable homes in five years

Last year, the Council delivered 241 new affordable homes, with nearly two-thirds let at genuinely affordable social rent, which is around 40% of the equivalent private rent in Oxford.
West Oxfordshire District Councillors agree plan to purchase land at Langel Common
Community

West Oxfordshire District Councillors agree plan to purchase land at Langel Common

Langel Common is a meadowland situated between Cogges and Witney, containing many historical interests for residents and visitors alike.
Government pledges £100,000 of support for two local garden villages
Community

Government pledges £100,000 of support for two local garden villages

Berinsfield Garden Village and Dalton Barracks Garden Village will each be receiving £50,000 towards the costs of work to help develop the new communities.
“Paused” Woodstock Road improvements to be revisited in July
Infrastructure

“Paused” Woodstock Road improvements to be revisited in July

The proposals for improved provision for pedestrians, cyclists and buses on Woodstock Road is to be revisited in July, having been put on ice earlier this year.
County Council spends more than £8m on agency staff in three-month period
Community

County Council spends more than £8m on agency staff in three-month period

A third of the spend relates to “the need for qualified social care staff”, with holders of interim posts and engineering and surveying workers making up a further fifth each.