Parish Councils have an overall responsibility for the well-being of their local community and are a vital link to district and county councils and other agencies on local issues. The Parish Council’s work falls into three main categories:
- representing the local community
- delivering services to meet local needs
- striving to improve the quality of life in the parish
Parish Councils funding comes primarily through the precept, a local rate which is collected here in Spelsbury by West Oxfordshire District Council as part of the council tax.
Spelsbury Parish Council has six elected members, the next election will occur in 2020
Rick Leyland (Chairman)
Helen Datson (Vice-Chair)
The Clerk is Anne Ogilvie
The council meets at Spelsbury Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of alternate months; agendas, minutes and financial records are posted on this website as well as on Parish noticeboards. Meetings are open to the public who are always welcome to attend.
Meetings for 2017:
Tuesday July 4th
Tuesday September 5th
Tuesday November 7th
Meetings for 2018:
Tuesday January 9th
Tuesday 6th March
The council also holds Planning meetings (subject to plans requiring discussion between regular meeting dates).
Spelsbury Parish Council has responsibilities for various local amenities, which include:
- the children’s playground at Chadlington Road, Spelsbury
- public benches
- public notice boards
- keeping grit bins filled for winter road safety
- parish funds
Two Councillors are also trustees of the Memorial Hall (Helen Datson and Rick Leyland)
The Parish Council is a statutory consultee on planning matters – it does not have decision making powers and does not offer advice on planning issues.
The Parish Council also reports to the relevant organisations any issues and problems that Councillors or residents have concerns about, such as:
- potholes, road markings or street signage issues, overgrown vegetation obstructing highways – responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) and its Highways Dept.
Residents can also report directly to OCC Highways via email email@example.com or by telephone on 0845 310 1111. Problems that are the responsibility of OCC can also be reported via http://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/
- footpath matters, such as broken stiles, obstructed footpaths. Local footpaths – responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council Countryside Dept. Details of all Spelsbury footpaths can be found on OCC Definite Statement footpaths
- road name signs, household waste and recycling collections – responsibility of West Oxfordshire District Council
- housing – to either Cottsway Housing Association who manage social housing in Spelsbury or West Oxfordshire District Council who are responsible for housing development through the Local Development Framework and its Local Plan
- with Thames Valley Police on matters such as speeding, anti-social behaviour and crime prevention
- with the local churches and the Diocese of Oxford
- with local landowners and residents over individual matters
Spelsbury Parish is within the District of West Oxfordshire (WODC)
Our District Councillor is Neil Owen
Tel: 01993 830875
Tel: 01608 810153 Mobile 07741 073088
Spelsbury Parish is within the Parliamentary constituency of Witney
Our MP is Robert Courts