Woodstock Town Council

Incorporated by Royal Charter of Henry VI in 1453

Welcome to Woodstock Town Council's Website


For important local information go direct to the town notice board below

Information on this website is now "searchable". 
Go to our dedicated "Search" page for more details

Where possible, agendas for Council meetings are posted here approx five days before the meeting on the meetings page
The latest minutes for the Town Council are now available at the
For more general public information, including local events
go to the Other News Page

Town residents are encouraged to participate in Town Council meetings.
Please check dates and times from the "Meetings" page or any of the Council's notice boards.
If you want to speak you will have to let the Clerk know in advance.  Go to the "Meetings" page and click on "Council's Policy on the Participation of the Public at its Meetings".

Information on the towns cemeteries, play areas and nature reserves is on the "Environment" page

The Notice Board
Notice of Town Councillor Vacancy
There is currently a vacancy for a Town Councillor.  Further information is available from the Notice of Vacancy attached
                                                                                                                   November 2017
Mayor's Carols
The Mayor's Carols around the Christmas Tree on the Market Square will be held on Saturday 9th December, 5pm.  ALL WELCOME
Refreshments will be available and the children will be able to visit Father Christmas in the Mayor's Parlour.
Cherwell Local Plan Partial Review
The planning response documents prepared by Keevil Heritage Ltd on behalf of Woodstock Town Council can be viewed below:
Report on Transport Congestion & Local Plan Policy Proposals

Woodstock Housing Heritage Impact Review
WTC Executive Summaries

The consultation documents are available on-line at www.cherwell.gov.uk/planningpolicyconsultation.
A hard copy of the documents is available to view at Woodstock Town Hall or contact Cherwell District Council on 01295 227985 for details of other venues displaying hard copies.
Applications for Grants and Donations
Applications are invited from local organisations, such as clubs, societies and community groups for a grant or donation from Woodstock Town Council in 2018/19.  Grant application forms and guidance notes are available from the Town Hall.  A poster giving more information is attached
The deadline for the receipt of completed applications for grant aid is Sunday 22rd October 2017

Property Statement
The Town Council owns properties in the centre of the town, and tries to ensure they provide living accommodation/retail units to the benefit of Woodstock.

By law, we must obtain best value on the property. The world of leases is complex and the Council must rely on its professional advisers (Carter Jonas) before acting.

The Council is aware of local frustration that there is an empty unit in a key location within the Town, but there are constant negotiations between the agent and the leaseholder to try to resolve the matter. No money is owed to Woodstock Town Council. The current lease has a couple of years to run, and to get a new occupant into the shop it is incumbent on the leaseholder to assign to a third party.

Personal issues are making this less than straightforward, but the most recent advice is that it may be resolvable.
The public must understand that the Council is not holding up a new tenancy – on the contrary it is doing everything it can to encourage an assignment. They must also understand that the personal matters of Council tenants cannot be publicly discussed.

We must all be patient.
                                                                                                                                                                July 2017

Forthcoming Planning Policy Consultation
A consultation on the Partial Review of the Cherwell Local Plan (Oxford's Unmet Housing Needs) will commence on 17th July 2017 and end at 5pm on Tuesday 29th August 2017.  A letter giving dates and venues for the public exhibitions being held by Cherwell District Council during the consultation period is attached

Included in this Partial Review of CDC's Local Plan is the proposed allocation of land at the edge of Woodstock for major redevelopment.

When consultation starts, the documents and details of how to provide comments will be available on-line at www.cherwell.gov.uk/planningpolicyconsultation.  Alternatively, people will be able to contact officers on 01295 227985 for details on where they can view hard copies.
Warning issued over Council Tax 'Scam'
West Oxfordshire residents are being warned to guard against bogus callers telling them their council tax bands may be too high.  Several residents have been in touch with the District Council saying callers from the 'Claims Review Bureau' have contacted them offering to work on their behelf to obtain a reduction in exchange for a fee.  Anyone receiving one of these calls should end the conversation as quickly as possible.  Staff have emphasised that anyone wanting to appeal against their band can do so for free by contacting the District Valuation Officer on 03000 501 501.
The District Council has also reminded residents that staff would never ask for a customer's bank details via email.
To report a suspected scam, contact Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards on 0845 051 0845.
A Vision for the Future of Woodstock
The revised West Oxfordshire District Council Draft Local Plan includes new sites for housing development which, if approved, will increase the size of Woodstock dramatically.  As well as the 300 homes planned for 'Land South-East of Woodstock', the Plan proposes 250 homes on land north of Banbury Road and 120 homes on land north of Hill Rise in Old Woodstock.
A questionnaire was circulated to residents by Woodstock Town Council and the replies have been collated.  Attached are the following documents:
1.  Woodstock 2050: Towards a Vision (Statement which was attached to questionnaire)
Report on response to WTC Questionnaire/Vision Statement
3.  An Update on Housing Plans for Woodstock

District’s Parking Strategy
Following a car parking survey which took place earlier in the year, West Oxfordshire District Council has recently sought people’s views on its’ new parking strategy.  Over 2,600 people completed the council survey last spring and this data, coupled with further in-depth research, has led to the development of the strategy for West Oxfordshire.

The report offers a range of proposals including the provision of more parking spaces in key areas, improvements to existing facilities and a review of enforcement. It will provide a blueprint for the Council to help make a decision on any proposed parking changes or improvements.  The key policy of free parking at all 15 car parks across the district which the Council owns or manages remains at the heart of the strategy. Detailed solutions for individual car parks and communities are not included as this will vary for site to site.

The parking strategy is available to view at council reception points and online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/parkingstrategy


Power Cuts Helpline
West Oxfordshire District Council is supporting the launch of 105, a new national three-digit helpline telephone number that will make it quicker and easier for people to report a power cut.
  It can be accessed from most landlines and mobile phones.
By calling the helpline, householders will be put through to the company that repairs local power networks and restores power.
The public can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put them, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, the emergency services should also be contacted.  Visit www.powercut105.com
 to find out more about the new 105 telephone number and electricity network operators.


 The Oxfordshire Comet
Transport from your door to destination
The Oxfordshire Comet is the new bookable transport service from Oxfordshire County Council,
 available for people in Woodstock that do not have access to suitable public transport.

you need to be in Oxfordshire, the Comet can get you there.
 The Comet can do
one-off journeys, regular and group trips.
We can also offer regular routes for local communities, similar to a bus route.
The service is available 10.15am - 2.30pm Monday to Friday
Costs will vary
based on your journey and travel type
To book a journey
call 01865 323201
For full terms and conditions visit


Early announcement of Waste and Recycling Service Changes
From October next year (2017)
West Oxfordshire residents will be able to put the majority of recycling items that are currently placed in black boxes, all together into a wheelie bin. Glass, however, will still need to be placed in a black box as it has to be collected separately. A new kerbside collection for small electrical items will be introduced when the new service starts.  In line with most other councils, recycling collections will become fortnightly and will alternate with the general household rubbish collection. Food waste will continue to be collected weekly. 
The above were included in the recommendations for future changes to the waste service, to start when the current contract ends in October 2017.  They were agreed at West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet’s meeting on
22 June 2016 and will go forward to full Council for a decision the following week, on 29 June.

More details, which will be updated as further information becomes available, can be found on the following website:  http://www.westoxon.gov.uk/residents/bins-recycling/recycling-service-changes-2017/

High-speed Broadband Arrives in Woodstock
Read more here and download the flyer here
WODC Warn of Parking Enforcement Issues
Read more here
Check out the new Cotswold Tourism website and Woodstock's entry at
Friends of the Woodstock Watermeadows
Please see latest news on our Environment Page
Thames Valley Local Policing Team
Click here for information about Woodstock's Local Policing Team
A Survey of Rare Bee-Orchids
The field between the new Marlborough Fields estate and Budds Close is a haven for orchids.  Bob Pomfret, our volunteer warden for the Budds Close nature reserve has prepared a survey of the orchids which may be under threat from possible development proposals.  Go to the Environment page to read the report
Section 106 Infrastructure
Ever wondered what "Section 106" planning jargon is all about?
Click here to find out the projects that have been funded from the recent building of homes at Shipton Road.
Want Advice on Clearing Snow and Ice?
Click here for information from Action with Communities in Rural England