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Free Parking

Motorists in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse can enjoy free parking in district council car parks on certain days in the run up to Christmas.

The annual free parking tradition is provided by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents.   The free parking days allocated to each area are agreed with the individual town councils depending on which day would best suit local traders.

Free Christmas parking days also mean people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the pubs, cafés and restaurants found across southern Oxfordshire’s towns during the festive period.

Drivers will be able to park without paying for a ticket in South and Vale car parks on the following days up to 24 December:

South Oxfordshire

  • Didcot – Mondays from 3 December
  • Goring – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Henley – Tuesdays from 4 December
  • Thame – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Wallingford -Thursdays from 6 December

Vale of White Horse

  • Abingdon – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Faringdon – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Wantage – Fridays from 30 November

On the above days there’s no need to display a ticket.

Cllr Caroline Newton, Cabinet Member for Technical Services at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Free parking days give people that extra incentive to spend more time in their local shopping area and it also helps to encourage visitors.”

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Technical Services at Vale of White Horse District Council said: “We already offer two hours free parking each day but in the run up to Christmas people often need more time.

“Parking is also free on a Sunday in the town centre car parks, including the lower levels of the Charter car park in Abingdon.”

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South and Vale Business Awards

The 2019 South and Vale Business Awards are now open for applications and nominations.

Entries close at midnight on 18 January 2018.

Awards finalists will be announced on 1 February at Abingdon’s brand new Hilton Garden Inn, before the programme culminates in a glittering ceremony at Williams F1 Conference Centre on 15 March 2019.

Need more encouragement to get involved? Check out our Why Apply page for more.

Advice For Dog Owners

We have recently seen an increase in reports of dog attacks. We would like to remind dog owners to take reasonable steps to keep your dog under control by considering the following:

·         Consider keeping your dog on a lead in public places

·         Ensure your dog is comfortable off a lead and will respond to your recall

·         Use a muzzle if you are concerned about your dog in public

·         Keep your dog on a lead when near livestock

·         See advice from the local Vet Surgery if you have any concerns

It is your responsibility to ensure that your dog is under control at all times.


Your dog must be wearing a collar with an identity tag that has the owners name and address on it – just a telephone number is not enough.


For more information on this issue and ways to report crime, please visit the Thames Valley Police website.


You can follow the South & Vale neighbourhood teams on Facebook and Twitter to find out what they are doing in your area.

Faringdon Town Council Staff Training

On Thursday 18th October our staff team all took part in loneworker training. The training was delivered by Able Training and taught the team skills such as identify challenging behaviour, recognising the risks associated with lone working, perform dynamic risk assessments and communicating effectively to de-escalate conflict in emotive situations.