Beckley and Stowood, Oxfordshire

Parish Councils are local authorities as defined in the Local Government Act 1972, section 270. They are corporate bodies, and membership is by election for four years. The number of Councillors is determined by the size of the electoral roll of the parish. Councillors are unpaid volunteers and members of the local community. The Council has the power to co-opt members of the public on to the Council, in which case they may serve until the next Council elections.

Parish Councils are also able to appoint a Clerk who is an employed member of the Council. Clerks may not take decisions binding on the Council, except where specific matters have been delegated to them either by statute or by the Council.

Beckley and Stowood Parish Council is a tier below the unitary authority of South Oxfordshire District Council. As a Parish Council it is responsible for such local matters as advising on planning applications, transport issues, street lighting, leisure areas,  other local...Read the full article

South Oxfordshire District Council has opened its public consultation on the Local Plan until 18th February at 5 p.m.

This plan has added 4 new Strategic Development Sites in the Green Belt around Oxford, including Wick Farm and Lower Elsfield in our Parish. As well as taking this land out of the Green Belt and building 1,100 houses on it a bypass road is to be built across this site from the junction of the Elsfield Road with the ring road to the A40 between Sandhills and Forest Hill.

Please respond to the consultation – there are 5 documents (listed below) with more information and how to respond together with a link to the SODC Plan. Please open this article (by clicking on the article's title SODC Local Plan) then either ...Read the full article

Parish Councillors in South Oxfordshire are required to register their interests in accordance with their code of conduct, effective from 1 July 2012.

Our parish councillors’ registers of interest, can be viewed here Read the full article

May 7th resulted in the re-election of Cllrs Cox, Rust, Scott & Soanes. Cllr Marsh did not stand for a second term, and the Parish Council would like to thank Clare very much for all her hard work over the last 5 years. If any parishioner is interested in taking up the Councillor position vacated by Clare please let the Clerk know by close of play on Wednesday 13th May, one applicant has already indicated a wish to take on the role. Co-option onto the Parish Council will be agreed at the Parish Council meeting on Thursday 14th May.Read the full article