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People urged to support local traders in the Vale and South Oxfordshire as councils confirm free parking days in the run up to Christmas
People in the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire can park for free on specific days this December and are being urged to use this opportunity to support their local shops and cafes in the run up to Christmas.
Each year Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils provide free parking days during December to help encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents.
With many shops affected by the Covid-19 restrictions, this year it is particularly important that people support local traders where they can, while maintaining social distancing and face covering requirements. More »
Councillor Andrew Crawford, Cabinet Member Finance and Corporate Assets at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: "Local traders are a vital part of our community, providing high quality, important goods, services and jobs for residents and visitors, as well as providing a friendly face to talk to for many people.
"The Coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on across our local economy and so I really hope that people will take advantage of the free parking days and free periods offered each day to support our local businesses in the run up to Christmas."
Cllr David Rouane, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: "We provide free parking as a way of encouraging people to shop locally for their Christmas presents. This year it seems particularly important for people to do that in order to help independent traders who have been badly hit by the recent restrictions.
"Many of those who have been affected will be your friends and neighbours, as well as individuals who are familiar and friendly faces when visiting our town centres. As a community we really have a shared responsibility to look after each other and help to ensure that their businesses survive through this current period and then thrive once again after the pandemic is over."
Motorists can park in district council car parks without paying for or displaying a ticket on the following days in December:
- Abingdon – Saturdays (5, 12, 19 December)
- Faringdon – Saturdays (5, 12, 19 December)
- Wantage – Saturdays (5, 12, 19 December)
- Didcot – Mondays (7, 14, 21 December)
- Goring – Saturdays (5, 12, 19 December)
- Henley – Tuesdays (8, 15, 22 December)
- Thame – Saturdays (5, 12, 19 December)
- Wallingford -Thursdays (10, 17, 24 December)
Users will not have to display a ticket on the free days.
Motorists can also continue to park for free each day outside of the charging period and during the standard free periods offered by both councils, but must they display a ticket during this time.
The above arrangements are subject to any change in national or local Covid-19 restrictions. » Less
Posted: Wed, 02 Dec 2020 14:38 by Chelsey Lordan
As the cold weather closes in with biting frosts and long, depressing hours of darkness, the
combined effects of the pandemic and financial problems threaten to drive us into a pit of total despondency. But if lack of money is your problem, take heart because there could be a way to take control of the situation: you might be entitled to receive benefits and Citizens Advice can help you all the way. More »
If you are unemployed, have a low income, an illness or disability, or are caring for somebody, you could get Universal Credit. This also applies to the self-employed. The amount you might get depends on your individual circumstances. Always do a benefits check before starting an application. Don't forget that if you need help with paying Council Tax you need to apply to the District Council.
Even if you are not a UK citizen you might be able to get some benefits, and if you already receive benefits, you could get more because of Covid-19.
All the information is on the Citizens Advice website. Also have a look at the government website where benefits rules are signposted on the home page. There are some reliable online benefit calculators like benefits-calculator.turn2us.org.uk
In order to apply for benefits you will need to assemble all the relevant information: details of your bank or building society accounts; your income, e.g. payslips and savings; and proof of identity.
Citizens Advice has a dedicated "Help to claim" team to get you started on claiming benefits. Phone us on 0800 144 8444 (Mon-Fri 0800 to 1800) or use webchat (same hours). Appointments in person are not available at present. » Less
Posted: Wed, 02 Dec 2020 14:33 by Chelsey Lordan
The meeting will be held via Zoom on 8th December 2020 at 730pm and is to discuss the legal position of the Council regarding the Willowbrook Leisure Centre.
There will also be an opportunity for residents to have their say on the use of the building.
Should any member of the public wish to join the electronic meeting, please contact the Town Clerk by email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invitation. You will be provided with instructions on how to join the meeting. You will need to sign up to a Zoom account, which is free. You should use your browser to find zoom.us, then simply follow the instructions to sign up. Should you wish to comment rather than attend, please email the Town Clerk prior to the meeting. More »
Posted: Tue, 01 Dec 2020 10:51 by Chelsey Lordan