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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.


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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.


Faringdon Launches Refill Scheme

Faringdon Town Council has become the latest town to sign up for the nationwide Refill Scheme!

Refill is a nationwide scheme providing a network of points offering the public free tap water in the UK. The network comprises high street retailers, cafes, restaurants, other businesses, museums, and local authorities. The scheme aims to prevent waste created by single-use plastic water bottles, as well as increasing the availability of quality drinking water.

Infant and Junior School Children in Faringdon will be given a refillable water bottle and 6th Formers at Faringdon Community college have insulated cups to use around the town at cafes and restaurants that display the Refill Scheme sticker. The response from the businesses in Faringdon was very positive and we hope the scheme can be expanded to outlying areas.

The water bottles and cups are also available to buy in the Information Centre, Town Council Offices, The Pump House, Market Place, Faringdon.

Karen Roberts Town Development Officer at Faringdon Town Council said, “Every time someone refills a bottle rather than throws a plastic one away, we are reducing the amount of plastic that reaches the ocean,”


Strategic Plan adopted

Faringdon Town Council resolved on Wednesday 10th October to adopt a Strategic Plan, the plan sets out the vision, mission and strategic objectives of the council.

Click here to view the Strategic Plan

The next step is for the Council committees to set short term objectives in the area they are responsible for.  If you have any ideas or comments about what you want your council to achieve please contact your councillors. Contact details can be found by clicking here.

Extra Garden Waste Collections

Residents across southern Oxfordshire who are signed up for brown bin collections can put out twice as much garden waste during the extra garden waste weeks this month.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils are giving those who are part of the paid-for service the opportunity to put out the equivalent of one extra bin’s worth of garden waste (around three large 80 litre bin bags) in the following weeks:

  • week commencing 15 October – Vale of White Horse customers
  • week commencing 22 October – South Oxfordshire customers

    Residents should leave their extra garden waste out in bin liners or sacks beside their brown bins on their usual collection day during these weeks.  Trade waste bags will not be accepted., however you can re-use old compost bags.

    The garden waste is taken to a recycling plant in Oxfordshire where it is used to make compost, which goes to local farmers, allotment holders and an annual compost giveaway.  However, there are increasing reports that the waste is being contaminated with non-compostable items such as plant pots, plastic bags and bottles.

    Cllr Elaine Ware, cabinet member for housing and environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “This extra garden waste service offers a great opportunity for residents to clear their gardens and make them ready for winter. We want to take this opportunity to remind people that they should only put compostable garden waste in the brown bin.”

    Cllr Caroline Newton, cabinet member for housing and environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, added: “I would encourage all our garden waste customers to make use of this extra-large collection – it’s the right time of year to give your garden a really good clear out. Please bear in mind that just because something is used in the garden, that doesn’t make it garden waste.”

    What CAN be put into the brown bin

  • Leaves
  • Grass
  • Weeds
  • Flowers and plants
  • Hedge clippings
  • Branches (not more than 10cm thick)
  • Prunings and twigs
  • Windfall fruit
  • Hay / Straw / Sawdust (soiled animal bedding from non-meat eating animals only eg rabbits)
  • Vegetable waste from the garden only eg potato tops (not kitchen waste)

    See the councils’ websites for more information via

** Please note that boxes and bags left on the extra garden waste days are left at the customer’s discretion and the council will not replace them if missing or damaged.



South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils

01235 422400 | @southoxon | @whitehorsedc

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