West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire is a local government district in northwest Oxfordshire, England, including towns such as Woodstock, Burford, Chipping Norton, Charlbury, Carterton and Witney, where the council is based.

The area is mainly rural downland and forest, the main activities being farming and associated trades.

The district was created on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of the municipal borough of Chipping Norton, Witney urban district, and Chipping Norton and Witney Rural Districts.

West Oxfordshire lies within the River Thames catchment area, with the Thames itself and its tributaries including the River Evenlode and River Windrush running through the area.[1] Parts of the district suffered severe flooding during the 2007 floods in the UK.[2]

West Oxfordshire District
West Oxfordshire shown within Oxfordshire
West Oxfordshire shown within Oxfordshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyOxfordshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQWitney
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyWest Oxfordshire District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsRobert Courts
Area
 • Total275.83 sq mi (714.40 km2)
Area rank54th (of 317)
Population
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total109,800
 • Rank217th (of 317)
 • Density400/sq mi (150/km2)
 • Ethnicity
98.4% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code38UF (ONS)
E07000181 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSP3591610698
Websitewww.westoxon.gov.uk

Governance

Elections to West Oxfordshire District Council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election. Since the first election to the council in 1973 the only political party to have had a majority on the council is the Conservative party, although there have been periods where no party has had a majority and independents had a majority from 1973 to 1976 and from 1990 to 1992. The Conservative party hold control of the council, with the Liberal Democrats as the main opposition. As of the 2019 local elections, the council consists of the following councillors:

Party Councillors
Conservative 28
Liberal Democrat 10
Labour 9
Independent 2

References

  1. ^ West Oxfordshire District Council - Preparing for Flooding
  2. ^ Witney Flood Gallery

Coordinates: 51°47′36″N 1°28′45″W / 51.79333°N 1.47917°W

1998 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 1998 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 14

Independent 13

Liberal Democrats 12

Labour 10

1999 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 1999 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 19

Liberal Democrats 13

Independent 10

Labour 7

2000 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2000 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 26

Liberal Democrats 13

Independent 8

Labour 2

2002 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2002 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2000. The Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

2003 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2003 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 29

Liberal Democrats 12

Independent 6

Labour 2

2004 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2004 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 29

Liberal Democrats 13

Independent 6

Labour 1

2006 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2006 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 34

Liberal Democrats 9

Independent 5

Labour 1

2007 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2007 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 36

Liberal Democrats 8

Independent 4

Labour 1

2008 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2008 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 40

Liberal Democrats 6

Independent 2

Labour 1

2010 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2010 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 40

Liberal Democrats 7

Labour 1

Independent 1

2011 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2011 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 44

Liberal Democrats 4

Labour 1

2012 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2012 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 41

Labour 4

Liberal Democrats 4

2014 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2014 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 40

Labour 5

Liberal Democrats 3

Independent 1

2015 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2015 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 22 May 2015 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 40

Labour 4

Liberal Democrats 4

Independent 1

2016 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2016 West Oxfordshire District Council election was held on 5 May 2016 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

Elections were held for 17 of the 49 seats on the council. No seats changed hands. The Conservative Party held 12 seats, the Labour Party held three seats and the Liberal Democrats held two seats. The Conservatives remained in overall control of the council with a total of 41 seats. The Labour Party and Liberal Democrats remained in opposition with four seats each.

2018 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2018 West Oxfordshire District Council election was held on 3 May 2018 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

Elections were held for 17 of the 49 seats on the council. Five seats changed hands. The Conservative Party lost five seats, the Liberal Democrats gained three and the Labour Party gained two. The Conservatives remained in overall control of the council with a reduced total of 34 seats. The Liberal Democrats remained the largest opposition group with eight seats. The Labour Party remained the third largest party with six seats.

Hardwick, West Oxfordshire

Hardwick is a village in the civil parish of Hardwick-with-Yelford in West Oxfordshire. The village is on the A315 road about 2.5 miles (4 km) southeast of Witney. It lies on the River Windrush.

Hardwick was historically a hamlet or chapelry in the ancient parish of Ducklington. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. In 1932 the parish was merged with the parish of Yelford and large parts of the parishes of Ducklington and Standlake to form the civil parish of Hardwick-with-Yelford.

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West Oxfordshire District Council elections

One third of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election. Since the last boundary changes in 2002, 49 councillors have been elected from 27 wards.

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