Christmas waste collection dates

Collection dates over the Christmas period are as follows:
Monday 24 December: unchanged (grey bin/food waste)
Monday 31 December changes to Wednesday 2nd January (recycling/food waste)
Monday 7 January changes to Tuesday 8 January (grey bin/food waste)

No garden waste will be collected on the above dates.

Details of arrangements for Christmas tree recycling can be found here:

Oxfordshire County Council Fire & Rescue Service’s Community Risk Management Action Plan 2019-20.

I would like to share with you Oxfordshire County Council Fire & Rescue Service’s Community Risk Management Action Plan 2019-20.  I ask for your support in reviewing our six projects outlined in the plan and also by responding to our Consultation via the following link:

Please may I ask you to assist us by responding to our consultation, consulting us on any comments or thoughts you may have. Feedback from our communities will help us to shape our service and deliver the best outcomes to Oxfordshire.

Kind regards

Simon Furlong
Chief Fire Officer and Director of Community Safety

Fly tipper convicted

Following a successful prosecution by South Oxfordshire District Council, an Oxford man was given a three month curfew for dumping waste illegally (fly tipping) after a large amount of building rubbish was found on land near Wittenham Clumps earlier this year.
Michael Joseph Andrews, 35, of The Slade, Headington, pleaded guilty to fly tipping and not having a Waste Carriers Licence at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on 6 November.
On 13 February, a member of the public saw a vehicle belonging to Mr Andrews’ former employer being used to dump building waste at an entrance to a field in Little Wittenham close to Wittenham Clumps.
The district council investigated and Mr Andrews admitted to being paid by an unknown builder to remove waste and to dump it, without the permission of his employer at the time. The council put together a prosecution case against him and he appeared at court on 6 November.
At court he was given a community sentence of a three month curfew (7pm to 7am) for the fly tipping offence and was fined £100 for not having a waste carrier licence. He was ordered to make a contribution to the council’s costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £85.
Cllr Caroline Newton, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “Dumping waste in this way is illegal. It is unsightly, it can cause a health risk and someone else has to pick up the cost of clearing up the mess. I hope this sends a message that the council will investigate these offences and bring offenders to justice.”

Free parking in South Oxfordshire and the Vale

Motorists in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse can enjoy free parking in district council car parks on certain days in the run up to Christmas.

The annual free parking tradition is provided by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils to encourage people to shop locally for their Christmas presents. The free parking days allocated to each area are agreed with the individual town councils depending on which day would best suit local traders.

Free Christmas parking days also mean people don’t have to pay to park if they wish to catch up with friends and family in the pubs, cafés and restaurants found across southern Oxfordshire’s towns during the festive period.

Drivers will be able to park without paying for a ticket in South and Vale car parks on the following days up to 24 December:

South Oxfordshire
Didcot – Mondays from 3 December
Goring – Saturdays from 1 December
Henley – Tuesdays from 4 December
Thame – Saturdays from 1 December
Wallingford -Thursdays from 6 December
Vale of White Horse
Abingdon – Saturdays from 1 December
Faringdon – Saturdays from 1 December
Wantage – Fridays from 30 November
On the above days there’s no need to display a ticket.

Cllr Caroline Newton, Cabinet Member for Technical Services at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Free parking days give people that extra incentive to spend more time in their local shopping area and it also helps to encourage visitors.”

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Technical Services at Vale of White Horse District Council said: “We already offer two hours free parking each day but in the run up to Christmas people often need more time.

“Parking is also free on a Sunday in the town centre car parks, including the lower levels of the Charter car park in Abingdon.”

For details on parking in southern Oxfordshire visit or