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Raising the bar in recycling: Your chance to talk rubbish and recycling with Oxfordshire’s councils

Do you know that each household in Oxfordshire produces one tonne of waste each year? We are amongst the best in the country at recycling and composting for a few years now at about 60% but recycling rates have started to drop in Oxfordshire.

Residents are being given the chance to talk rubbish and recycling and tell Oxfordshire’s county, city and district councils how they can help them recycle more and create less waste.

This consultation will inform the review of the joint countywide waste strategy. This sets out shared priorities across Oxfordshire for waste and recycling until 2030, that will be approved by the Oxfordshire Environment Partnership over the summer. Then, each council partner will adopt changes later in the year.

We want to do better at recycling and the new joint countywide waste strategy is critical to this. We know that on average over half of the items put in the general waste bin could have been recycled by placing them in the other bins available.

Through this consultation residents are being asked what would help them to reduce their overall waste consumption and recycle more. This includes expanding the range of materials that can be recycled at the kerbside and tips and advice on left-over food, upcycling clothing or donating or buying second hand goods. The councils are also seeking views on more radical schemes that have been implemented elsewhere in the country, such as changing bin sizes and collection frequency.

Councillor Yvonne Constance, Cabinet Member for Environment at Oxfordshire County Council said: “We want to help residents to increase the amount they recycle and have looked around at what other councils are doing. This is a long-term strategy and we will not be making any immediate changes however we are interested in which of these the residents of Oxfordshire think may work for them as we seek to minimise the overall amount of residual waste produced in the county.”

Do you want to help us recycle and reduce waste? Take part in the online survey at The survey runs for six weeks until 18 February.

We want to ensure that as many residents as possible know about the changes.  If your parish council uses social media we would also be grateful if you could like and share our social media posts, and post the following information and graphic attached:

  • Your councils want your ideas about reducing, reusing and recycling our rubbish. Help them shape the future of waste and recycling services in Oxfordshire and tell them how they can help you recycle more – complete their survey by 18 February

Fibre Broadband Delivery Update

Fibre Broadband Delivery Update

The superfast broadband infrastructure upgrade scheduled for your location has moved from being expected to complete this December, to the first half of next year.  We understand this is likely to be very disappointing, and we wish to reassure that all effort is being made to have this work completed as soon as possible. For context, the programme has achieved it’s 95% coverage target on time, but as part of a major infrastructure project which has delivered over 73,000 premises with access to superfast broadband, there are some instances where mostly engineering related challenges have not been overcome in time for completion by December.  These instances are normally related to gaining access wayleaves, high cost structures needing re-planning, collapsed ducts requiring new track (with commensurate traffic management notice periods), or in some cases a technology change where we are not confident the proposed new technologies such as Fibre to the Remote Node, will be properly deployed.


If you would like to have further specific information in respect of your location, please see our website map or contact us and we will provide you with all the information we have, and if necessary we can arrange a call in the new year to discuss this with you.


We are sorry Christmas will not be bringing access to fibre broadband but wish you compliments of the season.


With Regards


Craig Bower| Programme Director| Programme Management Office (PMO)|Resources Directorate|

Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND

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Survey on an increase in council tax to help protect operational policing is launched

Survey on an increase in council tax to help protect operational policing is launched


The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has today launched a survey seeking public views on an increase in the police element of the council tax by £1 a month (for a band D property).


On Tuesday 19th December the Home Secretary announced a substantial £450 million increase in police funding across England and Wales. However, this funding package assumes that all PCCs will raise the police element of council tax by £1 a month (or £12 a year) for a band D property which, collectively, will raise £270 million of the £450 million increase. This settlement will allow forces to continue to provide an effective service in their critical work to fight crime and protect the public.


At present around 60% of Thames Valley Police’s £393 million annual policing budget is funded by central government, with the policing element of council tax making up the remainder. Since 2010/11 the police grant has been cut by around 38% in real terms which has resulted in Thames Valley Police (TVP) having to make £99 million of savings in order to balance the budget.  These cuts have already led to a manpower reduction of over 1,000 full time equivalent posts, including more than 450 police officers.


Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Setting the budget for 2018/19 needs to be considered in the context of an already constrained financial position as well as the additional pressures policing faces as demand in some of the most complex and challenging areas continues to increase.


“This includes rising reports and cases of hidden crimes such as domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual offences, serious violence and exploitation have all increased the pressure on police resources.


“Needless to say this is proving to be extremely challenging and without the increase of £12 per year in council tax, as recommended by the Home Secretary, we would have to make further significant reductions in police officers and staff which will affect the level and quality of policing service we are able to offer you.


“In November 2017 TVP was judged by the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to be ‘outstanding’ in the efficiency with which it keeps people safe and reduces crime. This includes an ‘outstanding’ for its understanding of demand and its use of resources to manage demand, and its planning for future demand was judged to be ‘good’. Thames Valley Police was one of only two forces nationally to have been awarded an overall rating of outstanding.


“Ideally I would not choose to consult over the busy Christmas and New Year period and particularly on such an important issue, however, the Chief Constable and I only received the provisional police grant settlement for 2018/19 from the Home Office on Tuesday 19th December.


“Unfortunately due to budget decisions needing to be finalised by the end of January I am only able to run the consultation until 11th January.


“I apologise for the timing and length of the consultation period but I hope you will take the time to complete the survey which will help the Chief Constable and I to make an informed decision on the budget for 2018/19.”


The short online survey and further background information can be found on the Thames Valley PCC website:


Closing Date: Midday Thursday 11th January 2018


Those residents who do not have access to the internet can write to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Thames Valley Police Headquarters, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxon, OX5 2NX with their answers to the below questions.


Question 1

Do you think an extra £12 per year in council tax, for a Band D property, to help protect operational policing in Thames Valley would be money well spent?


Question 2

If not, please explain why and what annual increase you believe is justified and will enable Thames Valley Police to do their job effectively?


Please note that all postal responses needs to be received by midday on Thursday 11th January 2018





  • Further background information about the financial position and pressures is attached
  • Please can you share this with residents in your area and publicise using your existing communications channels
  • Any further questions or queries should be sent to or Tel: 01865 541959


Impact on different Council Tax bands

The figures quoted are based on a Band D household. The impact on residents living in properties with a council tax banding of A to H are set out below.

Council Tax Band £
A 8.00
B 9.33
C 10.67
D 12.00
E 14.67
F 17.33
G 20.00
H 24.00


Put your real tree to good use after Christmas – recycle it!

Put your real tree to good use after Christmas – recycle it!

When the festivities are all done, residents in Southern Oxfordshire are being encouraged to make sure their real Christmas trees are put to good use by recycling them.


Garden waste customers simply need to leave their real tree next to their brown bins on their usual collection day:

  • week commencing Monday 9 January in Vale of White Horse
  • week commencing Monday 15 January in South Oxfordshire

However, residents do not have to be signed up to garden waste collections to recycle their real trees. They simply need to take it along to one of the drop-off points being set up by Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils.

Details of the drop-off locations are available on the councils’ websites and


Last year a total of 2,384 real Christmas trees were collected and recycled from the various drop off points in Southern Oxfordshire.  This is in addition to the trees that were left next to the brown garden waste bins.


Cllr Charlotte Dickson, cabinet member for waste and recycling at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Householders can obviously compost their real Christmas trees at home but we understand not everyone will want, or have a garden, to do this. We’re very pleased to give all householders the chance to recycle their trees and hope as many people as possible take advantage of this.”


Cllr Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste and recycling at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “It doesn’t matter whether you live in South Oxfordshire or Vale of White Horse – you can take your real Christmas tree to any one of the locations across Southern Oxfordshire to be recycled. Please remember to remove stands and decorations and if you’re a garden waste customer, please simply leave your tree next to your brown bin – they have a tendency to get stuck inside the bins which can cause problems for the crews.”

RAF Brize Norton Consultation for Airspace Change Proposal

RAF Brize Norton Consultation for Airspace Change Proposal


As a stakeholder of RAF Brize Norton, we write to inform you that we have today launched our Public Consultation in respect of our proposal to make changes to the airspace arrangements around RAF Brize Norton.

The airspace arrangements to protect the aircraft operating in and out of RAF Brize Norton are no longer fit for purpose.  The airspace was first designed many years ago, and since then the fleets have changed, and the regulations regarding the instrument flight procedures and containment have also altered.  RAF Brize Norton is also updating the Instrument Flight Procedures by introducing satellite based procedures.  The new airspace is required to protect the procedures, which have been designed collaboratively with London Oxford Airport.  The aim is to enhance the levels of safety for RAF Brize Norton aircraft, protecting not only the procedures, but by connecting the Airport with the UK Airways network.

We have completed a document outlining what the proposed changes are, and how you can comment on the design.  We invite you to visit our website where you can download the document.  We would appreciate comments from aviation and non-aviation stakeholders.  If you have no comment to make, then we would still love to hear from you.

The consultation period will commence on Friday 15 December 2017 and will finish on 22 March 2018.  To see the plans, and to find out how you can comment, please visit our webpage at:


Should you have any questions or comments about the proposed changes, please use the following email address that will be monitored by Osprey Consulting Services Ltd, who are managing this process for us.


Yours Sincerely,


The RAF Brize Norton Airspace Change Consultation Team

Christmas waste and recycling collections

VWHDC press release regarding Christmas waste and recycling collections


Residents in Southern Oxfordshire are being reminded that their waste and recycling collections will change over the Christmas and New Year period.


They can find out all the information they need on South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils websites and


Garden waste collections will be suspended over the Christmas period, while crews concentrate on collecting all the extra waste from Christmas. Garden waste customers will receive an extra collection in the spring to make up for this.


Householders can also find out what to do with all their Christmas waste on the website, along with details of how to recycle their real Christmas trees.


Following the recent snowfall in the districts, the councils would also like to remind residents that in the event of adverse weather, like snow or ice, it may not be possible for collection crews to make all their scheduled collections. If the districts are affected by bad weather, all the latest information about bin collections will be posted on the councils’:


Details will also be available on the websites.


Cllr Tony Harbour, cabinet member for waste and recycling at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “As we approach the busiest time of year for our waste crews, we’d like to thank all of our residents in advance for their co-operation and for their efforts in recycling. The vast majority of waste over Christmas can be recycled, so we hope everyone will do their very best to recycle everything they can, including all their food waste.”


Cllr Charlotte Dickson, cabinet member for waste and recycling at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “As a reminder to our residents, you’re able to put out extra waste for recycling over Christmas, so please check out the information on our website to see what to do with it. We’re extremely grateful to everyone for helping our council to recycle as much as we do. Hopefully we won’t get any more disruptive weather, but if we do we’d appreciate your patience. Please look online for all the latest updates if this happens.”




South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

01235 422400 | @southoxon | @whitehorsedc