Parish and town councils are the grass-roots of local Government. They are local authorities and although they have a limited number of statutory duties, they do have wide powers, should they decide to use them and they may, with agreement of the district or county council, exercise certain functions normally carried out by those councils. By becoming involved the local community you can directly affect how these powers are implemented.

The Parish Council has to operate under strict legal guidelines, which govern whether it has the powers to make decisions on issues raised. Lawful items for discussion and decision have to be listed on the Parish Council’s agendas.

The conduct of the Parish Council is regulated both by statute and by the Council’s Standing Orders. In addition, the Council has a separate set of rules governing how it spends and accounts for its money. These documents can be found below.

Standing Orders
Code of Conduct
Model Publication Scheme
Financial Regulations
Grant Award Policy

The Parish Council also has a complaint procedure which can be viewed here.

In 2016 the Parish Council proposed to the Vale of White Horse District Council that the parish should be divided into two wards, each electing three members of the Parish Council. The Parish Council proposed that the number of councillors should be increased from five to six even if the warding proposal were not approved.

The district council agreed to conduct a review of the Parish Council’s proposals and there will be public consultations as part of that review. The parish council’s submission to the first consultation can be viewed here.

There is also a review of a proposal to move land including part of the Hinksey Hill area from the parish of Kennington into the parish of Sunningwell. The parish council has proposed that this area be transferred instead into the parish of South Hinksey. The parish council’s submission to this consultation can be viewed here, together with a map showing the area in question.