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Council staff to visit homes that haven’t responded to the yellow Household Enquiry Form
In the coming days staff from South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will be visiting homes whose occupants have not updated their details following requests via the yellow ‘Household Enquiry’ form.
The councils need this information to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote is able to do so in forthcoming elections.
In August the two councils sent yellow letters to all homes across the two districts requiring people to confirm who currently lives in their property. They then issued reminders in September to all those who didn’t respond to the initial request. So far more than 100,000 homes have responded.
All households that did not respond by 5 October will now receive a visit from a council officer to confirm their details.
All staff making the household visits will be carrying ID so if someone knocks on your door please feel free to ask to see their ID before answering any questions.
Residents can still avoid receiving a visit by confirming or updating their details immediately at https://www.householdresponse.com/southandvale. You will need the 2-part code on the yellow letter or reminder 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. If your details are correct you can also confirm this by phone or text – the details required for this are included on the yellow letter.
Margaret Reed, Electoral Registration Officer for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse, said: “Thank you to the thousands of residents who responded to the Household Enquiry form and confirmed their details. We’re still yet to hear from 23,000 properties so our staff will now be making visits to ensure their details are up to date too.”
I am sure that many reading this would like an update on the latest activities in Westminster, however as I contribute to this newsletter well in advance of its publication I’m afraid I cannot predict with any certainty what the situation will be when you read it: Perhaps we will be in the throes of a general election! I do however regularly update my website, facebook and Twitter pages so for more up to date news please do follow them.
Locally there have been two major successes in the past few weeks (I write at the beginning of October.) As the population of the local area increases so does demand for essential services. Key among these is the demand for excellent schools. Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) predicts that primary schools across the county will require an extra 25,000 places by 2031.
I was therefore dismayed earlier this year to hear that schools across Oxfordshire were having trouble expanding their facilities, in particular classroom space, to meet the increase in demand. Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) had asked the Department for Education (DfE) for permission to expand their classrooms and they were refused, on the basis that the sacrifice of playing field space at the schools would be too great.
I was asked to intervene by parents and staff of schools in my constituency. I visited one of the schools myself, Marcham Primary and after a successful intervention by MPs across Oxfordshire I was delighted to receive news last week that the applications for expansion across the county have been approved.
A further cause for celebration is that NHS England have confirmed that not only will PET-Scan services at the Churchill be protected and remain in the hands of Oxford University Hospitals (there were fears earlier this year that they may be lost to a private operator) new scanning services will be provided at other Hospitals serving the constituency, including the Great Western in Swindon. Following intervention by Oxfordshire MPs.
Once again these issues go to show what can be achieved if communities, local councils, MPs and Government work together to achieve the best outcomes.
Finally, the Government is rolling out a new rural broadband scheme from which you may benefit; more information can be found at https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/
Please feel free to contact me if you have any pressing issues that you would like help with. Either myself or one of my team will get back to you as soon as possible and do what we can to assist. You can contact me on any matter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, phoning 0207 219 6350 or writing to House of Commons, SW1A 0AA. Email is the quickest and most reliable way to get in touch, as I keep a very close eye on my emails and can reply very quickly. Details of my activities in Parliament can be read on my website, https://www.vaizey.com. I also send out occasional general interest emails about developments in the Wantage and Didcot Constituency. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please complete the online form at http://bit.ly/EdVaizeyMP
The next Council meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 11th September 2019 in the Village Hall.
Members of the Public are welcome and the agenda can be viewed here
Over the next two months there will road closures affecting Charney:
In August – Buckland Road to Gainfield
In September – Charney to the Goosey turn off.
Here is the latest Faringdon NH newsletter for August 2019.