Who Does What

There are a number of services and activities that take place in our town that are not the responsibility of the Town Council. We hope the following will be helpful in directing you to the right place.

Oxfordshire County Council

Vale of White Horse District Council

Wantage Town Council

  • Education and Schools
  • Fire Service
  • Highways, including potholes, tourism signs, gritting
  • Libraries, recreation, arts and museums
  • Public rights of way
  • Social Services and Youth Service
  • Strategic planning and some planning applications (mainly mineral extraction and waste disposal sites) Trading Standards
  • Transport
  • Waste Recycling Centres
  • Car Parks owned by the District Council
  • The Beacon
  • Community Advice and Support
  • Council Tax and Government Benefits, e.g. Travel Tokens
  • Electoral Services
  • Environmental Services, e.g. noise, pest control
  • Help and support for businesses
  • Housing Services
  • Information about local services
  • Planning Services
  • Recycling, food waste and residual waste collections
  • Restaurant and takeaway inspections
  • Sports, and Leisure
  • Street cleaning and dealing with fly tipping
  • Tourist Information
  • Allotments
  • Annual Events, e.g. Alfred’s Day, Mayor’s Carol Concert and Ball, and ad hoc events
  • Chain Hill Cemetery
  • Bus Shelters and Street Furniture
  • Floral and Christmas displays
  • Notice boards
  • Planning Application Recommendations
  • Management of Fairs
  • Grants to local organisations
  • Markets (including Farmers’ markets and continental markets)
  • Publications, including Town Guide

For more information see below:


To see our Town Guide, please click on the link:Town Guide


The Town Council is responsible for grounds maintenance of the cemetery such as grass cutting and hedge clipping. Generally the funeral directors will contact the Town Council to arrange a plot for burial or ashes when someone has died.


There are five allotment sites in Wantage, they are: Grove Road, Lark Hill, Letcombe Field, Naldertown, and Stockham Park.


The Town Council is responsible for The Market Place and Victoria Cross Forecourt (in front of Victoria Cross Gallery). There is a Town Market in Wantage Market Place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Also on the last Saturday of each month from 9am, there is a Farmers’ Market selling locally produced food on the eastern side of the Square. For more information call 01235 763459. The Town Council is responsible for the letting of pitches at the markets and for making sure that the area is left clean and tidy. For details of terms and charges for a market pitch  CLICK HERE


The Town Council has nine notice boards installed around the town. These aim to promote local events and activities that enhance the vitality of the town and give support to local amenities. If you wish to display notices that meet these aims, please deliver posters to the reception at The Beacon. To accommodate the large number of posters being received, we have had to restrict posters to A5 portrait size.  The Town Council reserves the right to determine what posters will be displayed and the time and duration of posting. The notice boards cannot accommodate all the posters currently being received. All current posters can be viewed on this website under tab ‘Notice Board’


There are other councils and authorities that are responsible for provision of services in our area. These frequently seek to consult with members of the public regarding changes to services. To keep up to date with issues affecting our community the following websites should be regularly visited.

Vale of White Horse District Council
Oxfordshire County Council
Thames Valley Police
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group


The Dickensian Evening is organised by the Wantage Chamber of Commerce and is held in Wantage Market Place during December. It is an opportunity for late night Christmas Shopping, dressing up in Victorian Costumes, and eating mince pies!