Who Does What?

Who Does What?

There are a number of services and activities that take place in our town that are not the responsibility of the Town Council. We hope the following will be helpful in directing you to the right place.

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County Councillors

Education and Schools

Fire Service

Highways, including potholes, tourism signs, gritting

Libraries, recreation, arts and museums

Public rights of way

Registration services – births, deaths and ceremonies

Social Services and Youth Service

Strategic planning and some planning applications (mainly mineral extraction and waste disposal sites)

Trading Standards


Waste Recycling Centres

District Councillors

Car Parks owned by the District Council

The Beacon

Community Advice and Support

Council Tax and Government Benefits, e.g. Travel Tokens

Electoral Services

Environmental Services, e.g. noise, pest control

Help and support for businesses

Housing Services

Information about local services


Planning Services

Play Areas

Recycling, food waste and residual waste collections

Restaurant and takeaway inspections

Sports, and Leisure

Street cleaning and dealing with fly tipping

Taxis & private hire

Tourist Information

Town Councillors


Annual Events, e.g. Armed Forces Day, Mayor’s Carol Concert and Ball, and ad hoc events

Chain Hill Cemetery

Bus Shelters and Street Furniture

Floral and Christmas displays

Notice boards

Planning Application Recommendations

Management of Fairs

Grants to local organisations

Markets (including continental markets)

Publications, including Town Guide

For more information see below:


To see our Town Guide, please click on the link:  Wantage Official Guide 2020-2021


The Town Council is responsible for grounds maintenance of the cemetery such as grass cutting and hedge clipping. Generally the funeral directors will contact the Town Council to arrange a plot for burial or ashes when someone has died.


There are five allotment sites in Wantage, they are: Grove Road, Lark Hill, Letcombe Field, Naldertown, and Stockham Park.


The Town Council is responsible for The Market Place and Victoria Cross Forecourt (in front of Victoria Cross Gallery). There is a Town Market in Wantage Market Place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  For more information call 01235 763459. The Town Council is responsible for the letting of pitches at the markets and for making sure that the area is left clean and tidy. For details of terms and charges for a market pitch  CLICK HERE


The Town Council has nine notice boards installed around the town. These aim to promote local events and activities that enhance the vitality of the town and give support to local amenities. If you wish to display notices that meet these aims, please deliver posters to the reception at The Beacon. To accommodate the large number of posters being received, we have had to restrict posters to A5 portrait size.  The Town Council reserves the right to determine what posters will be displayed and the time and duration of posting. The notice boards cannot accommodate all the posters currently being received. All current posters can be viewed on this website under tab ‘Notice Board’


There are other councils and authorities that are responsible for provision of services in our area. These frequently seek to consult with members of the public regarding changes to services. To keep up to date with issues affecting our community the following websites should be regularly visited.

Vale of White Horse District Council www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk
Oxfordshire County Council www.oxfordshire.gov.uk
Thames Valley Police www.thamesvalley.police.uk
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk
Communities www.communities.gov.uk



The Dickensian Evening is organised by an independent working group and is held in Wantage Market Place on the first Friday in December. It is an opportunity for late night Christmas Shopping, dressing up in Victorian Costumes, and eating mince pies!