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Apprenticeship Workshop

Vale4Business is running a free apprenticeship workshop for businesses to find out more about how they work.  It is being held at Abingdon college on Friday 27 March, between 9-11am.


Here is the info:


Want to know more about Apprenticeships? Are you thinking about taking an Apprentice on, but not sure how the scheme works? Come along to Apprenticeships//Aware and find out how your business could benefit.


Speakers will include Abingdon and Witney College, and SMEs and larger businesses that have taken on an Apprentice. There will also be a Q&A session and an opportunity to network.


Exhibitors include Vale of White Horse District Council, and Oxfordshire Apprenticeships.


Sign up here –


Become a Town Councillor

Town Council Elections May 2015

Your Town needs you – If you care about Faringdon and would like to be involved in council and community issues then please stand for council and become part of making a difference!

As part of Faringdon Town Council you will be the voice of the Towns people by representing their views. As well as ensuring the Towns wishes are voiced at other levels of government the council provides many local services which include several venues and open spaces as well as the Community and Tourist Information Centre, Cinema, Christmas Lights and Faze Youth Centre. These services are operated by 5 different committees: Venues, Recreation and Open Spaces, Youth Services, Planning and Highways, Finance and Working Parties.  The Town Council also acts as a statutory consultee for all planning applications in Faringdon and provides grants to local organisations. Our Town Clerk,  Sally Thurston, is happy to meet with prospective candidates and talk through what being a councillor involves. Please contact her on 01367 240281 or for an appointment.


Here’s how to stand for council:

  1. Complete the appropriate nomination forms.
  2. Get your form signed by signed by a ‘proposer’ and ‘seconder’
  3. Return your forms to the Vale of the White Horse District Council BY HAND between 30th March and 9th
  4. If there are more than 14 candidates then elections will take place on the 7th May 2015.
  5. If there are 14 or less candidates they will be elected unopposed


Useful documents:

1. Nomination pack and forms


3.Job description

4. Good-Councillors-Guide

5.Meeting dates 15.16

6.Code of Conduct

7.Parish Boundry

8. Faringdon Town Council Services

For further advice please visit:



Elections 2015 – Key dates

Elections 2015 – Key dates

The following are the dates you need to know if you wish to vote in the May 2015 elections:

  • Deadline to register to vote – Monday 20 April
  • Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes – Tuesday 21 April
  • Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy – Tuesday 28 April
  • Polling day – Thursday 7 May (7am to 10pm)

For further information:


Notice of Local Public Inquiry – Humpty Hill

Notice of Local Public Inquiry

Section 15 (1) of the Commons Act 2006

The Oxfordshire County Council

Re: Humpty Hill, Highworth Rd, adjacent to Orchard Hill in the Parish of Great Faringdon

Please see below an information notice and plan publicising  a local public inquiry to take place regarding this application.

Humpty Hill Inquiry




If you know someone who is not getting the messages, please let us know or tell them to email us:


As so many of our services are up and running it is now easier to give details of those where people will experience delays or disruptions, than list those that were not hugely affected.  However, with all services things will possibly take a little longer than usual given we are operating from temporary offices with fewer staff than normal, so we are still asking people to hold off getting in touch unless it is an emergency or they have a pressing issue.

We are constantly updating the website with this information so please look there for a list of the services disrupted.  The main service area affected is planning.

Planning Situation

All of planning’s IT services are now up and running, including viewing and commenting on planning applications.  We are extending the deadline for commenting on planning applications by eight days, which was the length of time our planning system was down.

We are currently predicting a two week delay with making decisions on planning applications that were already registered.  It is going to take some time for our planning officers to get back up to speed, so again our current message to residents is that it would be a great help if they held off getting in touch unless it is urgent.  We are also asking folk to refrain from submitting a new application unless it is urgent.

Salvage Operation

We have a restoration company currently salvaging what they can from the list of documents that we have identified as critical.  They should have this finished by the 25 January.  From Monday, crews will go in to see what items they can salvage.

Next Steps

This week we hope we will be able to give you more news on our temporary home.  We have been looking at sites in Abingdon and Milton Park.

Roger Cox

District Councillor

Update from Vale White Horse District Council

Here’s a very brief update on the situation.


Whist we have a number of services up and running as usual (see our temporary website for a full list) we’re still in the process of restoring our IT systems which means disruptions for those that rely heavily on these, like planning.


IT are working really hard to re-establish our networks and phone lines but in the meantime we’re directing people to our temporary website for the latest service information and advice and asking people to only call in an absolute emergency over the next until further notice.

Temporary Website address:


Right now we are planning what services we will be able to provide next week with the resources currently at our disposal.  This is clearly dependant on what IT we have in place and we’ll confirm this when we can.


Once we have our priority front-line services up and running next week, we’ll turn our attentions to establishing a medium or long term base for the councils.


Upcoming committee meetings, which are going ahead:


  • There is a Vale Audit and Governance Committee meeting taking place on Thursday 22 January at the Beacon from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.