Collections boxes for crisp packet recycling

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have installed a number of collection boxes in council buildings as part of a new national campaign to recycle Crisp packets.

People can drop off empty crisp packets at collection boxes all over the country and they will be taken away to be recycled. Now there are more places available in southern Oxfordshire after boxes were installed in the reception areas of the councils’ office building at Milton Park, at Cornerstone arts centre in Didcot, and at The Beacon in Wantage.

Here’s what can be recycled:

  • Yes please – all crisp packets (empty and not folded up)
  • No thanks – popcorn bags, crisp tubes, pretzel bags, meat snack bags.

Crisp packets often contain what the industry calls metallised plastic film – a product that contains both plastic and metal.

This material is not widely recycled and so they are not part of council kerbside recycling collection services.

Crisp manufacturers Walkers recently set up a national recycling collection scheme, where organisations and individuals can arrange to have collection boxes for all brands of crisp packets. They are sent off in bulk to a recycling company and transformed into new plastic items, such as garden furniture.

Cllr Elaine Ware, cabinet member for housing and environment at the Vale of White Horse District Council said: “It is our aim to recycle as much material as possible and to reduce the amount of waste going into the grey bins, which is why the councils are getting involved.”

Cllr Caroline Newton, cabinet member for housing and environment at South Oxfordshire District Council added: “The councils are continually looking at ways to increase our recycling through education and promotions such as this and we hope everyone will support it as much as they can.”

For more information and other collection points see the recycling scheme website.

Proposed modifications to Vale Local Plan published for consultation

Vale of White Horse District Council has published the proposed modifications to part 2 of its Local Plan following recommendations from the inspector examining the plan.

The Vale’s Schedule of Proposed Draft Main Modifications document reflects the modifications the inspector considers necessary to make the plan sound. This is a normal part of the Local Plan process.

The council is now carrying out a six-week consultation on the draft schedule of modifications, which has been published, along with instructions on how to comment, on the council’s website at

The documents are also available for public inspection at the council offices at Milton Park, at Abbey House in Abingdon, and at Oxford City Council’s offices on St Aldates in Oxford. They are also available at public libraries across the district during usual opening hours. 

Cllr Roger Cox, Leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “We have welcomed the inspector’s recommendations which should ensure our plan is sound. We look forward now to hearing the views of our residents and local organisations. This is an important step to the full adoption of our Local Plan, which will help us plan for future growth in a way that both maintains and enhances the qualities of the Vale.”

The consultation runs from 18 February 2019 until 5pm on 1 April 2019. 

Great British Spring Clean 22 March- 23 April 2019

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council are backing a nationwide campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities over March and April 2019.

The Great British Spring Clean aims to help bring people together to clear up the litter that blights their local streets and parks.

Litter remains a huge problem across the country, causing harm to the environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year.

To take part in the campaign and for information on how to set up your clean-up event visit

We will be encouraging and supporting groups who want to help by offering equipment to borrow free of charge. If you require litter pickers, sacks, gloves and high visibility jackets please contact the waste team on or call 01235 422146. Please book in your equipment requests as soon as possible as there is limited availability and equipment will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Resignation of Councillor Goldsmith

Resignation of Councillor Goldsmith (07/01/2019) 

Councillor Goldsmith has resigned from the Town Council with immediate effect 

Having become a Councillor in 2003, Councillor Goldsmith felt it was time to handover to a younger person.

Everyone at Wantage Town Council would like to thank Councillor Goldsmith for his dedicated service to the Council and community, and wish him all the best in the future.

Free parking days in the run up to Christmas

Motorists in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse can enjoy free parking in district council car parks on certain days in the run up to Christmas.

The annual free parking tradition is provided by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents.   The free parking days allocated to each area are agreed with the individual town councils depending on which day would best suit local traders. 

Free Christmas parking days also mean people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the pubs, cafés and restaurants found across southern Oxfordshire’s towns during the festive period.

Drivers will be able to park without paying for a ticket in South and Vale car parks on the following days up to 24 December:

South Oxfordshire

  • Didcot – Mondays from 3 December
  • Goring – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Henley – Tuesdays from 4 December
  • Thame – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Wallingford -Thursdays from 6 December

Vale of White Horse

  • Abingdon – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Faringdon – Saturdays from 1 December
  • Wantage – Fridays from 30 November

On the above days there’s no need to display a ticket.

Cllr Caroline Newton, Cabinet Member for Technical Services at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Free parking days give people that extra incentive to spend more time in their local shopping area and it also helps to encourage visitors.” 

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Technical Services at Vale of White Horse District Council said: “We already offer two hours free parking each day but in the run up to Christmas people often need more time. 

A417 Challow Road (East Challow) Proposed 30mph speed limit

Oxfordshire County Council proposes to extend the 30mph speed limit on the A417 Challow Road, East Challow. The proposals are being put forward following construction of a residential development adjacent to the A417 Challow Road.  

  • to introduce a 30mph speed limit (in place of the 40mph speed limit) on the A417 Challow Road, east of Letcombe Hill creating a continuous 30mph speed limit towards Wantage.

Objections to the proposals and other representations, specifying the grounds on which they are made, may be sent in by completing the online questionnaire, via email or in writing (quoting ref: JaC/12.6.196) to the address below by 14 December 2018. The Council will consider objections and representations received in response and they may be disseminated widely for these purposes and made available to the public.

Any unresolved objections will be reported to the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 20 December 2018. The papers for the meeting will be available on the County Council’s website about a week before the meeting.

Please read the information provided on the consultation. Your views and opinions matter. Please take the time to respond.