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Free business school coming to Faringdon

From Monday 4 February, a FREE five-day business course will be coming to Faringdon to help people kick start a new business and to support independent businesses grow and succeed.

The intensive course is being sponsored by Vale of White Horse District Council and run by PopUp Business School. The school will be opening at 10am at the Pump House in the town centre and will include lots of practical sessions, advice, one-to-one coaching and builds a support network from everyone attending. More »

Last year 53 people attended the course in Didcot and by the end of the week 15 new businesses where set up and ready to trade and another 39 were almost ready to get going. During the Didcot sessions, entrepreneurs set up a wide range of companies including wedding photographer, a vegan fast food retailer, a life coach service and an entertainment hire company.

Workshops in Faringdon will run 10am-3pm each day from Monday through to Friday and provide advice on how businesses can be set up for free and use social media and websites to find new customers.

Cllr Mike Murray, Cabinet Member for Development and Regeneration at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: "This course is a part of our ongoing commitment to support local business and the economy. The different sessions have something for everyone – from an individual with a business idea to a growing sole trader ready to take the next big step."

Alan Donegan, Co-Founder of the PopUp Business School said "We are very excited about coming back to Oxfordshire, and it's always amazing going to a new town to teach people how to make money doing something they love. "

The course is available FREE of charge to anyone wanting to attend and is supported by Vale of White Horse District Council, Faringdon Chamber of Commerce, Faringdon Town Council, Vale4Business and Sovereign Housing.

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Posted: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:35 by Joanne Myers

Vale Chairman's Charity Concert

The Vale Chairman, Councillor Monica Lovatt, is hosting a fund raising concert that will take place in the Amey Theatre in Abingdon on Saturday 2 March at 7.30pm.

The Waterloo Band and Bugles of the Rifles will be playing some well loved tunes under the direction of Major Lawrence Sale, formerly of the of the Scots Guards.

Tickets cost just £12 each or £10 for concessions and are available from the Amey Theatre box office. on or by calling them on 01235 849063.

Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 10:29 by Joanne Myers

South Oxfordshire Local ­­­Plan 2034 - have your say 7 January - 18 February 2019

South Oxfordshire District Council has been working on a new Local Plan to shape the future of our district. Following extensive consultation and gathering of evidence, we have now prepared an updated Local Plan which we are ready to publish prior to this being submitted for independent examination.

You may be aware that in May 2018, councillors asked officers to reassess all main sites available for housing in the district. Since then, officers have been reassessing the main sites that were allocated in the last draft of the Local Plan, along with sites promoted to us and the sites that were previously considered but weren't taken forward. The outcome of this assessment has fed into this updated Local Plan. More »

Before we submit the plan for examination, we are carrying out a six-week publicity period. This is formally referred to as the "Regulation 19 publicity period". After the publicity period, we will submit the plan, evidence and responses received directly to the Secretary of State, who will appoint a Planning Inspector to carry out an independent examination.

You can download a briefing note that explains the key changes to the Local Plan here.

At this stage, we have to ask you to respond to very specific questions. Partly based on the answers given, the inspector will make a decision on whether our Local Plan is "sound", "legally compliant" and if it complies with the "duty to cooperate". These terms are explained further in our guidance note and YouTube video. The planning inspector will give more weight to comments that relate to these points, but you are free to comment on any aspect of the plan and evidence.

Viewing the documents

You can view the Local Plan and supporting evidence on our website. Hard copies of the key documents only are available during usual opening hours at:

  • our council office at 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Abingdon, OX14 4SB - from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 4.30pm Fridays
  • all public libraries in South Oxfordshire during their usual opening hours
  • Abbey House Abingdon, Abbey Sports Centre Berinsfield, Barton Leisure Centre, Chalgrove Post Office, Clifton Hampden Post Office, Cornerstone Didcot, via Culham Parish Council (contact Councillor Gibbs on 01235 523679 or email, Didcot Wave Leisure Centre, Leys Pools and Leisure Centre (Blackbird Leys), the Holiday Inn Grenoble Road, Oxford City Council St Aldate's and the Talking Shop Café Sandford on Thames, all during their usual opening hours.

Drop-in events

We are hosting a series of drop-in events across the district to help explain the process and how to submit your comments. The drop-in events are not site specific and will all provide the same information, so you can attend any of the following:

Didcot, Cornerstone Arts Centre | Thursday 17 January, 3pm–7pm

Henley Town Hall | Saturday 19 January, 10am-2pm

Wheatley, The Merry Bells Village Hall | Monday 21 January, 3pm-7pm

Culham Parochial School | Wednesday 23 January, 4pm-8pm

Sandford-on-Thames Village Hall | Thursday 24 January, 3pm-7pm

Berinsfield Church Hall | Tuesday 29 January, 3pm-7pm

Wallingford, Ridgeway Community Church | Saturday 2 February, 10am-2pm

Thame Town Hall | Tuesday 5 February, 10am-2pm

Chalgrove Village Hall | Thursday 7 February, 4pm-8pm

Horspath Community Hub | Saturday 9 February, 10am-2pm

Oxsrad Sports and Leisure Centre, Marston | Monday 11 February, 4pm-8pm

Commenting on the plan

You need to provide comments using the prescribed form before 5pm on 18 February 2019. Please be advised that we cannot accept late responses, nor grant any extensions. Responses can be made in one of the following ways:

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Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:04 by Joanne Myers