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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.

Faringdon Parking Survey

Faringdon Residents will have the opportunity to discuss and comment on the first draft of the Parking Survey. The documents are available below.

Please come to the Town Meeting on 26th January at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange and share your views.

At the meeting residents will also have the opportunity to hear about the Town Council precept plans for the coming year.

Agenda 26.1.15

Faringdon Parking Study Report First Draft 2014-12-08

Faringdon Parking Study Executive Summary and First Draft Recommendations 2014-12-08

Recommendation P&H Parking


Christmas Closure

Faringdon Town Council Offices and Tourist Information Centre will close

Wednesday 24th December at 12.30pm

ad re-open

Monday 5th January 9am

We wish all our residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Volunteer drivers needed!

Volunteer drivers needed!


Fancy doing something different and helping some of the most vulnerable in our local communities? Here’s your chance!


A local charity Oxfordshire Rural Community Council is looking for volunteer drivers within the County to help support a special pilot project:


Be a RED ARROW volunteer driver


You will benefit from:

  • Being part of a 6 month special pilot project called ‘Circles of Support’
  • Getting involved with people who need support in communities near you
  • Meeting new people and making valuable contributions
  • Being reimbursed for mileage undertaken (45p per mile)
  • Training (if needed)


We are looking for anyone based in Oxfordshire that likes driving in their car and is comfortable dealing with older, vulnerable people. We want you to take part in a pilot project called Circles of Support as a special team of volunteer drivers known as the

Red Arrow Driving Team.


You need to be:

  • Calm about driving in Oxfordshire
  • Have flexible time to offer (you specify when you will be free or not)
  • Happy and confident with particularly vulnerable people (training is available)
  • Happy to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check


The Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC) is working with Age UK Oxfordshire to help vulnerable, elderly people resettle in their communities following a period in hospital.  This involves mobilising support in their community to help them re-connect with family, friends and social activities, which means a need for transport. As there are existing voluntary car schemes in Oxfordshire, they will be the first point of call, but when they cannot undertake a journey request from the project then the Red Arrow Driving Team steps in.


To get this project off the ground quickly, we want to recruit a total of 24 drivers in and around 7 targeted areas: Oxford, Banbury, Bicester, Witney, Wallingford, Faringdon and Didcot with the capacity to operate in surrounding rural areas.


The Age UK project is one of only 7 nationally funded by central Government. It is an experimental project and is time limited, funded until May 2015.



If you are interested, or you would like to discuss further, please contact: or phone Emily or Sue on 01865 883488







 Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, that the Oxfordshire County Council





          LOCATION:         B4580 Fernham Road, Longcot Parish

          REASON:            to facilitate installation of a new culvert


DURATION:         Starting on Monday 12th January 2015 (5 days).

                                        The anticipated completion date is Friday 16th January       2014.

                                        (Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days.)


          ACCESS:             1) Scheduled bus services will be allowed through the works under the control of the workforce.

                                        2) Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works



Via the B4508 Shrivenham Road, Majors Road, Watchfield Roundabout, A420, A417 Stanford Road, B4580 Fernham Road and vice versa.


Mark Kemp, Deputy Director – Commercial

Environment & Economy                                 Date: 16th December 2015


Longcot Fernham Road  MAP