South Oxfordshire

South Oxfordshire is a local government district in the ceremonial county of Oxfordshire, England. Its council is based in Milton Park, Milton. The areas located south of the River Thames are within the historic county of Berkshire.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, from the municipal boroughs of Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford, Thame urban district, and Wallingford Rural District, Bullingdon Rural District and Henley Rural District. The Wallingford parts were previously part of the administrative county of Berkshire.

South Oxfordshire District
Coat of arms of South Oxfordshire District

Coat of arms
Official logo of South Oxfordshire District

South Oxfordshire shown within Oxfordshire
South Oxfordshire shown within Oxfordshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyOxfordshire
Historic countyOxfordshire
(north of River Thames)
Berkshire
(south of River Thames)
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQMilton Park
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodySouth Oxfordshire District Council
 • LeadershipSue Cooper[1] Leader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat and Green Coalition)
 • MPsJohn Howell
Ed Vaizey
Area
 • Total261.99 sq mi (678.54 km2)
Area rank56th (of 317)
Population
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total140,504
 • Rank157th (of 317)
 • Density540/sq mi (210/km2)
 • Ethnicity
95.2% White
1.7% S.Asian
1.0% Black British
1.0% Chinese or Other
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code38UD (ONS)
E07000179 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSU6571895057
Websitewww.southoxon.gov.uk

Geography

The River Thames flows for approximately 47 miles through South Oxfordshire,[2] forming the historic county boundary between Berkshire and Oxfordshire. It is also joined by the River Thame within the district. A characteristic of the rivers within the district is that they have wide floodplains with few houses on them so that fluvial flooding is a lesser problem than flash flooding.[3] Towns in the district are Didcot, Henley-on-Thames, Thame, Wallingford and Watlington.

Villages

See List of civil parishes in South Oxfordshire

The larger villages in the district include:

Population change and distribution

The 2001 Census recorded a population of just over 128,000 in the district. This was an increase of 7% since 1991. Much of the district is rural in nature, with the land in agricultural use and around 70% of the district has a green belt or AONB designation (The northeast of the district forms part of the Oxford Green Belt). 50% of the district’s population lives outside its four main towns of Didcot, Henley-on-Thames, Thame and Wallingford.

Governance

South Oxfordshire District Council is elected by the district. Prior to the May 2019 local elections the council had a strong Conservative Party majority, though following the 2019 election the council moved to No Overall Control, with the Conservatives reduced to 10 seats.[4] The council is currently administered by a Liberal Democrat and Green Party coalition.[1]

2019 Local Election Results[4][1]
Party Councillors
Liberal Democrats 13
Conservative Party 10
Green Party 6
Labour Party 3
Henley Residents' Group 3
Independent 1
2015 Local Election Results[5]
Party Councillors
Conservative Party 33
Liberal Democrats 1
Labour Party 1
Henley Residents' Group 1

2015 district council office fire

On 15 January 2015, an arson attack destroyed the district council main offices in Crowmarsh Gifford.[6] As the fire started in the early hours of the morning there were no fatalities or injuries.[7] Immediately after the fire, the council was temporarily based in Abingdon, in the neighbouring Vale of White Horse district.[8] It has now moved to a semi-permanent base in Milton Park.[9] In October 2017 the Council announced that it will be returning to Crowmarsh.[10]

Energy consumption

In May 2006, a report commissioned by British Gas[11] showed that housing in South Oxfordshire produced the 5th highest average carbon emissions in the country at 7,356 kg of carbon dioxide per dwelling.

References

  1. ^ a b c Jones, Harrison (14 May 2019). "Sue Cooper set to run South Oxfordshire District Council coalition". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  2. ^ "South Oxfordshire - River activities".
  3. ^ "South Oxfordshire District Council - Floods".
  4. ^ a b "Election results: Lib Dems win Oxfordshire Tory council". BBC News. 3 May 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  5. ^ 2015 election results by party
  6. ^ "Video: Andrew Main sectioned after admitting South Oxfordshire council fire earlier this year". Oxford Mail.
  7. ^ "South Oxfordshire District Council building on fire". BBC News. 15 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Fire-hit councils' staff back at work". 10 November 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  9. ^ http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/news.php?id=40700
  10. ^ "South Oxfordshire District Council is coming home to Crowmarsh - South Oxfordshire District Council". www.southoxon.gov.uk.
  11. ^ "Centrica plc - News and views" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 June 2008.

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Coordinates: 51°39′N 1°03′W / 51.65°N 1.05°W

1999 South Oxfordshire District Council election

The 1999 South Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of South Oxfordshire District Council, a non-metropolitan district council in Oxfordshire, England. This was part of the wider 1999 UK local elections. The whole council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.

2011 South Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2011 South Oxfordshire District Council election was held on 5 May 2011 to elect members of South Oxfordshire District Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.Elections were held for all 48 seats on the council. The Conservative Party won 33 seats. The Liberal Democrats won seven seats and Henley Residents Group won two. The Labour Party won one seat and two independent candidates each won a seat. The Conservative Party kept overall control of the council, with its majority reduced to 27.

2015 South Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2015 South Oxfordshire District Council election was held on 7 May 2015 to elect members of South Oxfordshire District Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.Elections were held for all seats on the council. After the 2011 South Oxfordshire District Council election the Boundary Commission for England had revised South Oxfordshire's district ward boundaries and reduced the number of seats from 48 to 36. the 2015 elections were the first to be held for the new revised wards.

A total of 96,644 votes were cast at polling stations and 13,527 postal votes were received. This amounted to a 66.5% turnout.The Conservative Party won 33 of the 36 new seats. The Labour Party, Liberal Democrats and Henley Residents Group each won one seat. No other party or independent candidate won any seats. The Conservative Party kept overall control of the council, with its majority increased to 30.

Crays Pond

Crays Pond is a hamlet situated in the parish of Goring Heath in South Oxfordshire. Crays Pond is about 2.4 miles (3.9 km) northeast of Goring-on-Thames and about 9.4 miles (15.1 km) northwest of Reading, Berkshire.

Crowmarsh

Crowmarsh is a fairly large, mostly rural civil parish in South Oxfordshire, England east and southeast of the town of Wallingford on the opposite bank of the Thames and may also refer to its larger district council ward which extends to Ipsden and Nuffield.

Cuddesdon and Denton

Cuddesdon and Denton is a civil parish in the county of Oxfordshire, England.

Forming part of South Oxfordshire district its main settlements are Cuddesdon and Denton.

Cuxham

Cuxham is an English village in the civil parish of Cuxham with Easington in South Oxfordshire. It is about 5.5 miles (9 km) north of Wallingford and about 6 miles (10 km) south of Thame.

Cuxham with Easington

Cuxham with Easington is a civil parish in South Oxfordshire. It includes the villages of Cuxham (Ordnance Survey grid reference SU667952) and Easington (OS Grid ref. SU661970). The 2011 Census recorded a parish population of 149, unchanged from the census ten years' prior, and area its area is 3.18km², the third smallest in the district of those shown in the 2011 census.

Easington, South Oxfordshire

Easington is a small village in the civil parish of Cuxham with Easington in South Oxfordshire. It is about 5.5 miles (9 km) north of Wallingford and about 6 miles (10 km) south of Thame.

Forest Hill with Shotover

Forest Hill with Shotover is a civil parish covering 7.56km² of South Oxfordshire approximately centred 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Oxford. Its population in 2011 was 856, almost exclusively in the villages of Forest Hill, hamlets of Shotover Cleve and Shotover Edge. It includes a country estate at Shotover Park. Forest Hill with Shotover was formed in 1881 by the merger of three smaller civil parishes: Forest Hill, Shotover and Shotover Hill Place.

Grade II* listed buildings in Oxfordshire

The county of Oxfordshire is divided into five districts. The districts of Oxfordshire are Oxford, Cherwell, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, and West Oxfordshire.

As there are 694 Grade II* listed buildings in the county they have been split into separate lists for each district.

Grade II* listed buildings in Cherwell (district)

Grade II* listed buildings in Oxford

Grade II* listed buildings in South Oxfordshire

Grade II* listed buildings in Vale of White Horse

Grade II* listed buildings in West Oxfordshire

Henley (UK Parliament constituency)

Henley is a constituency in Oxfordshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2008 by John Howell, a member of the Conservative Party.

Littleworth, South Oxfordshire

Littleworth is a hamlet in South Oxfordshire, about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) east of Oxford, England.

Northend, Buckinghamshire

Northend is a village that straddles the border of the two English counties of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The eastern half is in the civil parish of Turville in Buckinghamshire, while the western half is across the border into Oxfordshire, in the Watlington parish.

OX postcode area

The OX postcode area, also known as the Oxford postcode area, is a group of 26 postcode districts in England, which are subdivisions of 17 post towns. These postcode districts cover most of Oxfordshire, including Oxford, Banbury, Abingdon, Bicester, Witney, Didcot, Carterton, Kidlington, Thame, Wantage, Wallingford, Chipping Norton, Chinnor, Woodstock, Watlington, Bampton and Burford, plus very small parts of Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.

The original OX6 district for Bicester was recoded to OX25, OX26 and OX27 in 2000, while the OX39 district for Chinnor and the OX49 district for Watlington were formed out of the OX9 district at the same time. In 2001, the original OX8 district for Witney was recoded to OX28 and OX29.

Pishill with Stonor

Pishill with Stonor is a civil parish in the high Chilterns, South Oxfordshire. It includes the villages of Pishill (Ordnance Survey grid reference SU727899) and Stonor (OS Grid ref. SU737886), and the hamlets of Maidensgrove and Russell's Water. Pishill with Stonor was formed by the merger of the separate civil parishes of Pishill and Stonor (until 1896 a detached part of the parish of Pyrton) in 1922. In 2011 it had a human population of 304 across its 10.54km².

Roke

Roke is a hamlet in South Oxfordshire, about 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Wallingford. It has a sixteenth-century public house, the Home Sweet Home. It is now included in the neighbouring civil parish of Berrick Salome.

South Oxfordshire District Council elections

South Oxfordshire District Council, a non-metropolitan district council in Oxfordshire, England is elected every four years.

Following the boundary changes in 2003, 48 councillors were been elected from 29 wards. As a result of The South Oxfordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2014, the number of councillors/wards reduced to 36/21 from the 2015 local elections.

Tiddington-with-Albury

Tiddington with Albury is a civil parish in South Oxfordshire. It includes the village of Albury (Ordnance Survey grid reference SP655051) and the larger village of Tiddington (OS Grid ref. SP649051). It was formed by a merger of the civil parishes of Albury and Tiddington in 1932 and in 2011 had a population of 660 across an area of 4.4km².

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