Latest updates and information from the Vale
Covid-19 – Latest news for Oxfordshire
You may have seen the announcement earlier today that Oxford will be moving to the High Covid Level/ tier 2 on Saturday.
The central government decision follows intensive discussions between central government, local councils, MPs and others in recent days.
Rates per 100,000 in Oxford rose to 137.1 for the week ending 23 October. For Oxfordshire as a whole, the rate was 117.5 for the same period.
The rest of the county remains at tier 1 or ‘medium’ level – although figures here too continue to rise. Cases per 100,000 are 151.5 in Cherwell, 92.2 in South Oxfordshire, 91.2 in Vale of White Horse and 109.4 in West Oxfordshire.
It is important that we all continue to follow government guidelines.
It is all of our responsibilities to do what we can to control the spread of the virus and across Oxfordshire the cases are now affecting all age groups.
Covid-19 support for individuals and families
In recent days there has been a lot of focus on councils and how they are assisting with supporting those financially impacted by Covid-19 particularly over the half term school holidays.
From the start of the pandemic, we have had a team working to support the most vulnerable in our communities.
The Community Hub continues to carry out this work and is the main point of contact for individuals and families in need not just for half term but as we continue to deal with the impact of the pandemic across our districts.
Our message to residents is to contact the Community Hub if as result of Covid-19, they need help with access to food. We have a dedicated team who can put them in touch with a network of volunteer groups and organisations who can offer help with food and essential supplies.
The Community Hub team is available from:
• 8.30am-5pm Monday to Thursday
• 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays
Call our Community Hub on 01235 422600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is information on food support over half term in your area on the Covid-19 support section of our website for the public to access.
Parking Policy Consultation
People in the Vale of White Horse are being encouraged to give their views on some proposed changes to parking arrangements in the district council’s off street car parks.
We launched a Parking Policy consultation today which is open until Thursday 19 November.
MEL Research is carrying out analysis of residents’ waste from six streets in both districts. This started on Tuesday 27 October and runs to Thursday 5 November. Different trucks will be choosing bins at random and will analyse the contents on our behalf to inform how we communicate with residents about our waste services in future. We will be informing residents about the changes using social media.
Hallowe’en and Garden waste
The waste team has asked us to remind you not to forget to put your Hallowe’en pumpkins out for food waste recycling in the week of 2 – 6 November. They can be put inside or next to your food waste caddy but please remove all candles before they are placed out with the food waste.
Extra Garden Waste Weeks are coming up
Brown bin customers can put twice as much garden waste out for collection during our Extra Garden Waste Weeks next month.
From 2- 6 November in South Oxfordshire
From 9 – 13 November in Vale
Residents signed up to the garden waste service can put the equivalent of two brown bins’ worth of garden waste. In addition to their bin they can put three black bin bags’ worth of waste. Please no rubble or trade waste bags.