Household enquiry forms: please respond!

Residents who haven’t responded to their yellow ‘Household Enquiry’ form are being urged to do so as soon as possible.
Last month, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils sent a yellow letter to all homes across the two districts requiring people to confirm everyone over the age of 16 who currently lives in their property.
The councils need this information to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote is able to do so in any forthcoming elections. So far more than 80,000 properties have responded.
The councils are now sending out yellow reminder letters to roughly 43,000 homes they are yet to hear from.
As soon as people get their reminder letter, or if they can find the original letter, they should visit to confirm their details are correct or, if not, provide the correct information. You will need the 2-part code on the letter to do this.
Important – by law, each household must confirm their details, even if they are correct. Anyone who fails to do so could be fined up to £1,000.
Residents who do not have access to the internet can confirm their details by completing and returning the form that comes with the letter or calling the elections team at the council. If your details are correct you can confirm this by phone or text – the details required for this are included on the yellow letter.
If a household hasn’t confirmed their details by 5 October they will receive a visit from a council officer to confirm the details.
Margaret Reed, Electoral Registration Officer for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse, said: “We had a great response to our first letter. However, there’s a significant number of homes we still haven’t heard from. If you are yet to respond please confirm or update your details as soon as possible – the easiest way to do this is by visiting By law you must do this, even if all the information is correct.”

Give driving a miss for a day and be in with a chance to win a prize

Sunday 22 September is World Car Free day and South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils are offering drivers in the districts the chance to win a prize – if they give their vehicle a rest on that day.
World Car Free Day has been running for 25 years. Cities, towns and villages take the opportunity to raise awareness of air pollution and air quality by encouraging people to leave their cars at home for the day and choose alternative forms of transport.
Since Clean Air Day on 20 June both South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have been urging drivers to turn off their engines if they are stopped for a minute or more as part of their joint anti-idling campaign called Turn It Off. Now the councils are suggesting that drivers turn off their engines for a day!
If drivers in the districts pledge not to use their cars on World Car Free Day on 22 September and then tell the councils how they got around instead – on the train? bus? cycling? walking? kayaking? – they will be entered for a draw for travel vouchers worth £50.
People simply click on and show (using words and photos) what they did on 22 September without their cars. Deadline for entries is 5pm Monday 30 September.
Cllr Jenny Hannaby, cabinet member for the environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Air pollution in our districts is something you cannot easily see but it is a problem that affects us all. Evidence shows a lot of our air pollution comes from our cars.”
Cllr David Rouane, cabinet member for the environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “World Car Free Day offers everyone the opportunity to think about using an alternative means of transport and how that will benefit us in many ways, reducing congestion and improving air quality, as well as giving an opportunity for some healthy exercise.”

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