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Council Services

Most services are provided by one of the three councils which serve this area:

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council (ATC)
Vale of White Horse District Council (VOWH)
Oxfordshire County Council (OCC)

Click on any item to go to the right page for fuller information about the service.

Abingdon-on-Thames in Bloom: judging takes place every July for residents who have entered the competition.  

Abingdon Fisheries: offer five miles of pleasurable fishing in the River Thames.  The season starts on 16 June and finishes on 14 March every year. Carry a rod licence, a permit from Town Council, correct tackle and put back fish alive with correct handling.

Allotments: there are three allotment sites which are managed by Allotment Associations.

Ambulance: for emergency click here

Archives: Abingdon Borough and civic documents go back as far as 1556. 

Car Parks: Car parks are managed by the District Council.

Cemeteries and Closed Churchyards: Own and maintain two cemeteries: Spring Road Cemetery and the Old Cemetery in Cemetery Road. We are also responsible for the closed churchyard at St Helen’s Church, East St Helen’s Street. Cemetery Chapels and Cemetery Lodge: the attractive gothic chapels and the gothic lodge were built in 1860. 

Christmas Lights: Our splendid display of Christmas lights are admired by many and are switched-on during the town’s Christmas Extravaganza – details of the Extravaganza can be found in the Town Calendar.   

Council Tax: The District Council are charged by the government with collecting council tax.

County Hall Museum has had a  £3m improvement project providing extra gallery space and room for activities, crafts, refreshments. The County Council run the county's museum and heritage services but our County Hall Museum is managed by Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council.

Education & Children's Centres fall within the remit of the County Council.

Environmental Services: food hygiene, air and noise pollution matters and public sanitation issues are enforced by the District Council.

Fairs: the Michaelmas Fair is known to be the longest street fair in Europe and dates back to 1348.

Fire Service: The County Council are responsible for the Fire Service. For emergency click here.

Guildhall: has an array of stunning historical rooms available for hire and weddings.

Grants:  The Town Council gives some community grants plus other grant sources are listed on this page.

Hospitals: Abingdon has a Cottage Hospital on the Marcham Road with an outpatients clinic but for emergency click here.

The Library is run by the County Council.

Licencing: taxi, alcohol and street trading licencing is managed by the District Council.

Market Place: a vibrant community area at the heart of our town centre.

Markets: there are a variety of regular markets throughout the year.

Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool  is open from May to September.

Planning:  Planning applications and issues are managed by the District Council; the Town Council is consulted on all town planning matters.

Police: for emergency click here

Police Community Support Officer: (part funded by ATC, with Thames Valley Police Force) the council partly fund, with the Thames Valley Police, a town centre Police Community Support Officer.

Publications:  Town Crier Residents' Newsletter, Official Town Guide and Town Map.

Recreation Areas, Open Spaces and Sports The Town Council maintains eight play areas, six recreation areas and two football pitches, plus numerous small open spaces, amenity areas and natural areas. However many open spaces including Abbey Meadow, are managed by VOWH.

Recycling:  Household recycling services are provided by the District Council.

Residents' Parking Scheme and On-Street Parking ATC acts as agent for Oxfordshire County Council.

Salt Bins are placed around the town for residents to use in icy and snowy conditions.

Social Services (external link to OCC) are the responsibility of the County Council.

Toilets: (external link to VOWH) Public toilets are managed by the District Council.

Transport & Highways (external link to OCC) are managed by the county with the local exception of the A34 which falls under the Highways Agency.

The Visitor and Community Information Centre offers residents and visitors information on Abingdon and the surrounding areas.

The War Memorial was erected in 1921 and is a focal point and a place where people can sit and contemplate

Youth - there is a District Council Youth Officer but the County Council are responsible for services relating to children and families including young people. SENDIASS is a support service with advice on any special needs and liaison with parent carers.


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