Councillor Roger Cox Faringdon ward Vale of the White Horse January 2019

3 January 2019

To: Chairman and councillors Faringdon Town Council


  1. Council at its meeting on 12 December 2018 agreed:
  2. Council Tax Base 2019-20. The Parish Council Tax Base for Faringdon as: number of dwellings: 3,487.0; Parish Tax Base 2018-19 2,735; PTB 2019-20 2,799.6. To calculate the council tax amounts payable per property band for the council, its council tax requirement i.e. the amount of council tax to be raise, is divided by the Band D equivalent i.e. tax base.  This will be finalised during January and February, culminating in the council tax being set on 13 February 2019.
  3. Council Tax Empty House Premium. In accordance with the Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 the Loong Term Property Premium was 50%.  Council agreed to increases to 100% for property empty over 2 years; 200% for properties empty for 5 years and 300% for properties empty for 10 years.
  4. Joint Gambling Policy. There were no significant changes to the policy. However, at Annex 4 it referred to recent government review of gaming machines and social responsibilities measure and the decision that maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals will be reduced from £100 to £2. There was also a continuation of the ‘no casino’ clause.
  5. Rough Sleepers. The council continued working with other Oxfordshire councils with a joint funding programme to help people who find themselves being in the streets. Using national guidance developed by Homeless Link, the Vale estimated that rough sleeping in its area had fallen, decreasing for ten to nine.  It has increased its support and accommodation to continue to minimise the numbers of rough sleepers across the district.
  6. Waste Recycling. The recently produced recycling performance figures place the Vale in fourth place nationally
  7. Thames Water Reservoir. The council responded to TW consultation on its draft Water Reservoir Management Plan 2019, by stating that it would like to see a public inquiry to ensure correct processes have been followed in TW decision to progress the reservoir and that all the implications for such a large structure have been considered.

Roger Cox

Councillor Roger cox

Faringdon ward