South and Vale media release – Your annual voter registration letter is coming

Residents in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are being urged to check the details on a letter they will receive from their district council from the end of July.
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will be sending a ‘Canvass Communication Form’ to every home requiring the residents to check the details of everyone over the age of 16 that lives in their property. This is something local authorities need to do by law each year in order to ensure the electoral register is up to date.
The letter people receive in July/August will depend on whether or not records indicate that there has been a change in the registered voters living at their property – for instance, if a registered voter has recently moved into a property, then that address will receive a yellow letter, while a home whose occupants have remained the same since the last election will receive a green letter.

What you need to do:

If your household receives a yellow letter:
Once you have checked the details, please visit to either confirm that everything is correct, or to update the information for your property. You will need the two-part code on the letter to do this.
If your household receives a green letter:
• if the details are correct – you don’t need to do anything, you can simply keep the letter for you records or shred it and put it in your recycling bin.
• if the information is not correct – please visit to update the details for your property. You will need the two-part code on the letter to do this.
In either case, the letter will explain exactly what you need to do – it is very important that you read it carefully.
If you are required to either confirm or update your details online, please do so as quickly as possible – this helps to ensure that councils don’t have to send you a reminder or try to contact you again this Autumn to confirm the information.

Mark Stone, Electoral Registration Officer for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, said: “When you receive your letter, please read it carefully and follow the instructions. Most people should not need to do anything, however if you do need to confirm or update your details please do so as soon as possible as this will help us to avoid having to issue costly reminders later on.”

Dog fouling

26 July 2021

Dear residents,
The parish council has reported to us that there is a growing dog fouling issue across our districts.
Although there are many benefits that come with owning a dog (especially during lockdown), there are also responsibilities which include cleaning up after your dog. Please be aware that it is an offence to not clean up after your dog or leave used dog waste bags anywhere other than an appropriate bin. Under the Dog Fouling of Land Act 1996, allowing your dog to foul can result in an on-the-spot fixed penalty notice of £50 and incorrect disposal of dog waste bags e.g. not putting them in the bin can result in an £80 fixed penalty notice. If fines are not paid, cases can be escalated to court resulting in fines of up to £1,000.
There are some council owned litter bins within your parish. These can be used for both litter and dog waste bags – you do not need to find a specialist dog waste bin. You can also put dog waste bags in your black general waste wheelie bin so if you cannot find a bin or bins are full, please take it home.
We know that most residents take a lot of pride in their local area and we encourage everybody to take extra steps in keeping your parish clean and tidy.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the waste team at

Best wishes,
Waste Team

Temporary Road Closure, Bampton, Buckland Road


LOCATION: Bampton , Buckland Road

REASON: To facilitate repairs to a damaged bridge parapet

DURATION: Starting on 12 September 2021
The anticipated completion date is 17 September 2021 (date included). Closure will operate brightly between 22:00 and 05:00 .
(Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days.)

ACCESS: 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

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: via B4449 > A4095 > London Street,
Farringdon > A420 and vice versa

Volunteers (non advice roles) needed at Citizens Advice

It’s not widely known that Citizens Advice needs volunteers to help manage the organisation, as well as volunteers to provide advice.

In particular, we are looking for people who can offer a day a week to help us with our Research and Campaigns work, our new website, IT support, fundraising administration, maintaining links with towns and local communities, organising events with MPs (planned for autumn), preparing case studies, interviewing people for our e-newsletters, office administration and much more.
Our main offices are in Abingdon, Didcot, Henley and Thame. Since March 2020 our volunteers and staff have been advising the public from home on our Adviceline service. Recently we partially re-opened our offices, in part to train new advisers.
What will you get out of it? You will join a friendly team, meet new people, develop your skills and make a real difference to people’s lives.
You’ll need to have good interpersonal skills, a willingness to learn and be confident with computers. Full training will be provided.
If you have eight hours a week to spare for the next two years or more and are looking for a satisfying and stimulating volunteer role in your local community, please contact us at:

Temporary Road Closure, Faringdon, Market Place

Notice of Temporary Traffic Order

Location: Faringdon, Market Place

Prohibition of Through Traffic

This Order is being introduced because of restoration work to the town hall which is anticipated to be completed on 30 August 2021.

The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding in the whole length of the Market Place.

Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.

Exemptions are included for police, fire and ambulance services and for the works and for access to premises which are only accessible from the closed section of road.

Alternative route: A4095 – via Marlborough Street- vice versa

The alternative route for traffic is to the south of Market Place.

Love Parks Week- Faringdon

Keep Britain Tidy plan to run the love parks weeks programme this year!

Our parks and open spaces have been extremely important during Covid and it would be great to be able to celebrate them!

The dates for the Love Parks weeks are Fri 23rd July until Sun 1st August.

We want to particularly promote areas like Tuckers Park, and the children play area as it is often the target of vandalism.

Help us to cut litter, end waste and improve places. Your support can change our green spaces for the better.

More info coming soon on the campaign in Faringdon!

FaringdonPlus-Launch of the solar street scheme

Solar Streets is a way of getting solar panels for your house or business at discounted prices.  You can directly help in the fight against climate change, as well as helping your local community, as a donation to the Faringdon Community Fund is given on every install – £50 for a domestic installation and £100 for a commercial one.  If you live in one of the surrounding villages then the Faringdon scheme is also open to you. 

Your solar panels will be installed by IDDEA Ltd.  Established in 2007, IDDEA have depots in Westbury in Wiltshire, and High Wycombe in Bucks, and have installed over 1,000 solar projects across the South and are committed to supporting communities to take action against climate change. 

They have installed Solar Streets projects in neighbouring areas including Wallingford, Henley, Chinnor, and Thame, as well as further afield in Frome, Wells, Swanage, and others.

Launch Presentation and Q&A session via Zoom

Join here: Tuesday 10th August at 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Register for the Presentation and Q&A session by clicking on the date above.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the meeting.

If you have any questions please contact us on