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Vale of White Horse District Council media release - Vale of WhiteHorse District Council elects its new leader and chair

Vale of White Horse District Council elects its new leader and chair

Cllr Emily Smith is the new Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council.

Cllr Smith has represented the Botley ward on the council for four years and was previously the opposition group leader. She was elected as the Leader of the Council at the Vale Annual Council meeting on Wednesday 15 May.

The new Chair of Vale of White Horse District Council is Cllr Margaret Crick, who was voted in at the same meeting. Her Deputy Chair is CllrJerry Avery. More »

Cllr Emily Smith, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: "I'm honoured to have been elected as leader of the council.

"The Vale of White Horse is a wonderful place to live, work and visit but we have some significant challenges ahead. The government spending review, due in the autumn, will impact on every single one of our service areas, and will require significant work to understand and mitigate for any reductions.

"I will be asking cabinet members, to explore new ways to tackle the big issues effecting Vale residents; making sure development is more environmentally and socially sustainable, actively pursuing ways to deliver truly affordable housing and helping our market towns to be healthy and thriving community centres.

"While the challenges are significant, I am confident that the work we're planning over the coming months will put us all in a good position to meet those challenges."

Cllr Smith has appointed Cllr Debby Hallett as Deputy Leader – Cllr Hallett also represents the Botley ward and has done so since she was first elected to the council in 2011; she spent many years as the Chair of the Scrutiny Committee and also spent time serving as leader of the opposition group.

Cllr Smith has appointed her new cabinet:

  • Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Corporate Services – Cllr Debby Hallett
  • Cabinet Member for Finance – Cllr Andy Crawford
  • Cabinet Member for Community Services – Cllr Helen Pighills
  • Cabinet Member for Legal and Democratic – Cllr Neil Fawcett
  • Cabinet Member for Development and Regeneration – Cllr Bethia Thomas
  • Cabinet Member for Planning – Cllr Catherine Webber
  • Cabinet Member for Partnership and Insight – Cllr Judy Roberts
  • Cabinet Member for Housing, Affordable Housing and Community Safety and Licensing – Cllr Ruth Molyneaux
  • Cabinet Member for Environmental and Technical Services – Cllr Jenny Hannaby

The following councillors were named as chairmen of the council's committees.

Planning committee

  • Chair: Cllr Bob Johnston
  • Vice-chair: Cllr Val Shaw

Scrutiny committee

  • Chairman: Cllr Nathan Boyd

Joint Scrutiny Committee

  • Co-Chairman: Cllr Nathan Boyd

Joint Audit and Governance Committee

  • Chairman: Cllr Simon Howell

Community Governance and Electoral Issues Committee

  • Chair: Cllr David Grant
  • Vice-chair: Cllr Sarah Medley

Joint Staff Committee

  • Chair: Cllr Debby Hallett
  • Vice-chair: Cllr Emily Smith

General Licensing Committee, and Licensing Acts Committee

  • Chair: Cllr Alison Jenner
  • Vice-chair: Cllr Ron Batstone

Appeals Panel

  • Chair: Cllr Alison Jenner
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Posted: Thu, 16 May 2019 13:03 by Joanne Myers

Vale News - May 2019

Vale News - May 2019

Local Elections 2019

We held a local election on Thursday 2 May for residents in our district to vote on who'd they'd like to represent them in their parish and district councils. Visit our website to see who your district councillors are for your own and other areas.

OVO Energy Women's Tour

On 12 June, around 100 elite women cyclists will be making their way through our region. Starting at 10.30am from Henley, the race will enter our district just after midday in Harwell and leave via Faringdon on their way to the finish line at Blenheim Palace. There will be rolling road closures at these approximate times prior to the race cyclists coming through:

  • 12.17pm at Harwell
  • 12.23pm at the Hendreds
  • 12.32pm at Wantage
  • 12.57pm at Faringdon
For the full route and more details please see the OVO Energy Women's Tour website. More »

Thousands of cycling fans are expected to visit our area to watch the race, generating lots of unique opportunities for local businesses to get involved and also to become a race sponsor. Tell you local restaurants, bars, hotels, B&Bs and shops along the route, our website has lots of information on how independent business can increase visiting customers.

Take a look at the Vale4Business website for more ideas and sponsorship packages available.

Extra garden waste

If you've signed up for our brown bin collections, you can put out extra garden waste on the week commencing 13 May. During this week, you can leave extra garden waste in bin liners or non-trade waste sacks next to your full brown bin on your usual collection day.

Our garden waste is taken to a recycling plant in the county, where it's used to make compost that goes to local farmers, allotment holders and an annual compost giveaway. You can find out more details on our brown bins in our FAQ page here.

Bank Holiday bin collections

It's another Bank Holiday - so as well as an extra day off, this means that we will be emptying your bins on a different day following the Spring Bank Holiday on Monday 27 May.

For details about the changes to waste and collections over the May Bank Holiday please see our Bank Holiday collections page.

Rogue traders and fly-tipping

One of our residents, recently reported that a man was impersonating a council officer and offered to take their scrap metal and rubbish away.

Our officers or waste crews would never knock on doors to offer this service - even if you've booked and paid for a bulky waste collection with us.

Homeowners renovating their property need to make sure they dispose of any waste legally and, if they choose to employ someone to remove waste, they must use a registered waste carrier.

If a homeowner employs someone who isn't registered and the rubbish is then dumped illegally, it is the homeowner that could be issued a fixed penalty notice or prosecuted for the dumped waste despite not fly-tipping it themselves.

You can find out about how we arrange bulky waste collections and how to stay legal when paying someone else to take rubbish away on our website.

Vale of White Horse District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
OX14 4SB

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Posted: Wed, 15 May 2019 11:46 by Joanne Myers

News from South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils- Earn money at the European elections

Earn money at the European elections

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils urgently need people to work at the European parliamentary elections on Thursday 23 May and at the elections count on Sunday 26 May.

The roles available are as follows:

Thursday 23 May

  • Poll clerks - £145
  • Presiding Officers – £200 total (previous polling station experience required)

Sunday 26 May More »

  • Count assistants - £14 per hour

For full job descriptions and to apply please visit or


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Posted: Wed, 15 May 2019 11:42 by Joanne Myers