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Vale offers new terms for Corn Exchange

Faringdon Town Council has overturned its earlier decision to vacate the Corn Exchange. It has agreed to negotiate a new lease with landlords the Vale after the District Council offered new terms. These include the setting of a peppercorn rent, instead of introducing an annual rent.

Ways to solve parking crisis drawn up

Faringdon Folly: Over 50 people took part in a meeting to discuss a raft of proposals that have been drawn up by Faringdon Town Council's working party on parking. One new suggestion is a compromise between free parking, as many have requested in the town centre car parks, and paid parking.

Sewage plant "will go ahead"

Thames Water will be able to go ahead with plans to create a new sludge treatment works near Faringdon as it is "permitted development" under current planning rules. This is because there will be no new building, nor any major environmental impact, says Thames Water.

Swan Lane gets go ahead

After a long battle, developers McCarthy & Stone are to be granted planning permission for a sheltered housing development in Swan Lane, Faringdon.

Lib Dems give go ahead to new store

At tonight’s Vale’s Development Control meeting (Monday) the Liberal Democrat Chairman used his casting vote to grant planning permission for a new Co-Op store in Abingdon’s West Saint Helen Street.

Fighting for locals earns charge of misconduct

At the Faringdon Town Council meeting held last Wednesday (14th July) Councillors Matthew Barber and Roger Cox were accused of misconduct by fellow Town Councillors and reported to the Standards Board for England.

Hope for the Corn Exchange

Concern had been sparked in May when Faringdon Town Council decided to vacate the Corn Exchange, rather than negotiate a new lease with the Vale.

The public should know

The saga of Faringdon’s Pump House has gone on for many years now, and shows no signs of improving. The Town Council is determined to push through the redevelopment of the Pump House despite its questionable financial basis.

Council tax up 5.5%

Liberal Democrats on Vale of White Horse District Council pushed through their new budget with a comfortable majority - despite a vigorous attack from Conservatives on the inflation-busting rise in council tax.

Letter to the Faringdon Folly

Sir, We write in response to your previous correspondent, Dr Williamson, who invited us to account for our decision in rejecting the planning application for the proposed wind farm at Watchfield.