Access grant funding to increase economic vitality in your market town or village centre

South Oxfordshire District Council has now committed nearly £45,000 to supporting capital projects in our towns and larger villages that increase footfall or improve the appearance of town and village centres.  Councils in Henley, Thame, Wallingford or in one of the larger villages (Berinsfield, Benson, Chalgrove, Chinnor, Cholsey, Crowmarsh Gifford, Goring, Nettlebed, Sonning Common, Watlington, Wheatley or Woodcote) can apply for funding to help pay for capital infrastructure improvements.  Community groups and business partnerships are also eligible to apply, with the support of the relevant town or parish council.
The council set aside £150,000 until March 2015 to help pay for town and larger village centre improvements that will improve economic vitality.  To date, the council has awarded funding to support:

Henley Town Council has purchased Christmas trees and Christmas lighting infrastructure to automate the Christmas lights switch-on and add to the ‘wow’ factor associated with the Living Advent Calendar and invested in new floral display planters to make Henley in Bloom even more spectacular. 

Thame Town Council has purchased a new Millenium planter, which doubles as a circular seat, and 21st Century Thame has purchased a new generator and sound system for the Thame equipment bank.   Thame Arts and Literary Festival have also had support with professional sound equipment and engineers this year.

In Wallingford there will be new Christmas lights this year to make the lights switch on event even more special; the town council is going to purchase equipment for Wallingford’s own equipment pool that will be available for hire at community events and there are plans to replace the new York stone paving in the Market Place.  Two-way radios are now available for hire for the town’s festivals and community events.  Wallingford Museum has purchased new software to make it easier for visitors to research their genealogical and historical connections.

Goring has invested in new Christmas lights and the Goring and Streatley arts festival were able to buy street decorations because of the grant funding.  The communities are also hoping to create a new visitor web-site.  The economic development team have also worked with Goring and Streatley to help them create a new visitor leaflet.   

Chinnor Parish Council has bought new noticeboards and seating and Cholsey Parish Council has designed and created new information boards to celebrate its Agatha Christie connections and make it easier for visitors to find out information about their famous literary connection.

There is still over £100,000 of funding available for capital projects that increase footfall, spending and economic vitality in your town or larger village centre.  Apply for funding today!  Or contact the economic development team.

For any further information, please contact: Trudy Godfrey, Economic Development Team Leader, on or 01235 540346