WODC Physical Activity & Leisure Survey 2021

West Oxon District Council is currently in the process of developing an Indoor Sports Built Facility Strategy.  One of the stages in this process is gaining an understanding of the community and place.  They are currently undertaking a district-wide residents’ survey, which aims to identify barriers to accessing opportunities, determine who is accessing services and also establish potential leisure facility improvements.  The survey is available from the following link:




Woodstock Street Fair 2021

Woodstock Street Fair will be held on Monday 4th October & Tuesday 5th October 2021.  Traffic restrictions will be in place in the town from 10am on Sunday 3rd October so that the fair can be set up.

Woodstock Neighbourhood Plan – CONSULTATION

Our Woodstock, Our Neighbourhood Plan

Woodstock Council has been preparing a Neighbourhood Plan to help protect green spaces in the local area.

The Town Council has identified thirteen possible local green spaces for designation within Woodstock.  These have been informed by and are in response to comments made during earlier consultation events.  Their designation will provide additional protection to that green space, restricting development from taking place on that space.  The designation is similar to Green Belt policy.

We are now seeking your views on the draft Neighbourhood Plan; all of which will be reviewed when preparing the final version.

You can submit your comments via the feedback form, which is available from the Consultation page of this website, or by hand.  Before submitting your views, please do take time to familiarise yourself with the draft Plan, also available from the Consultation page.

To submit your comments on-line, click on the following link to the form:


Please submit your feedback before 31st August 2021.

We look forward to hearing what you think.


Removal of Woodstock’s Community Recycling Centre

The Town Council has been notified that a decision has been taken to permanently remove the remaining community recycling facilities in West Oxfordshire.

This means that residents will need to recycle items using WODC’s kerbside service, see https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/what-to-put-in-your-bin/recycling-blue-lidded-bin-and-black-box/

All of the items that could be recycled at the community recycling centres can now be recycled using the kerbside service.

Residents can also take items to Oxfordshire County Council’s household waste recycling centres, details of these is on https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/household-waste/household-waste-recycling-centres/find-recycling-centre

If residents have a large item which they are unable to take to an OCC household waste recycling centre, they can book a bulky waste collection on the WODC website – https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/getting-rid-of-large-items/

Woodstock’s community recycling centre will start to be removed week commencing 28 June.  Signage will be placed at the site informing residents of the closure and information will be published on the WODC website (www.westoxon.gov.uk) and on social media.  WODC will monitor the site after the bins are removed and deal with any issues that arise.


Old Woodstock Line (OWL) Trees

The Council is currently undertaking tree works along the OWL that have been flagged as High or Medium Risk in a commissioned tree survey.  Every measure has been taken to only fell or treat the trees highlighted in those categories, but unfortunately if they pose a health and safety risk the Council is legally bound to take action.

Woodstock Pool to reopen in July for the Summer Holidays

Woodstock Pool is due to reopen on 22nd July for six weeks over the school holidays.  Prices will be frozen at 2019 levels to encourage more residents and visitors to use the facility and take the plunge as part of the wider ambitions to help improve health and well-being across communities.  Once reopened the pool will remain operating until 1st September.  Opening hours will be 7am -7pm on Weekdays and 9am-5pm at weekends.  Early bird and group discounts will be available long with special promotions such as ‘Kids for £1’ in some sessions.

All bookings will be managed through the online ticketing platform which will enable tickets to be pre-sold to avoid congestion at the reception counter.  Customers who cannot book online will be able to make advance bookings, secured with a payment, at reception.

The facility will fully comply with Covid-19 national and local guidelines at the time of opening.

Share your Life, Change a Life

Could you give someone the opportunity to live the fullest life they can live? Help them grow in confidence? Encourage them to become more independent and do things they never though they would be able to do?

The Shared Lives scheme matches people who need additional support to be independent, with carers and their families. The opportunity to share a family’s life, as part of their household, gives them a valuable alternative to staying in residential care or being looked after by a team of support workers.

Becoming a Shared Lives Carer for Oxfordshire County Council will make a big difference to someone’s life.  If you love people, and are looking for something that is rewarding, paid and home-based – share your life, change a life – oxfordshire.gov.uk/sharedlivescarers

Woodstock Community Development Project

Blenheim Estate, Woodstock Town Council and Community First Oxfordshire (CFO) are delighted to launch the Woodstock Community Development Project, starting in April 2021 and initially running for 3 years.  The project will provide an on the ground community development worker, who will work with existing community groups and residents and support those moving into new housing development.  Click on the link below for more information.

Woodstock Community Development Project April 2021


Death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Woodstock Town Council wishes to express its most sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family on the sad death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.  Prince Philip was widely respected, loved and admired.  He has been an irreplaceable support to Her Majesty throughout her reign and, until recent years, very active and approachable through his public service in the UK and across the World.  He will be missed by many, perhaps particularly those who have benefitted from the varied projects he initiated for young people.

It is national advice that there should be no formal books of condolence available for the public to sign, but that those wishing to express their condolences do so on-line at https://www.royal.uk/condolence

Those who might in normal times have wished to make floral tributes are being asked instead to make donations to charities of their choice.

Cllr Mathew Parkinson, Town Mayor