Woodstock Town Council

Incorporated by Royal Charter of Henry VI in 1453

Welcome to Woodstock Town Council's Website

Home Page

Go direct to the town notice board

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 Minutes page

For important local information go to the "Notice Board"

For more general public information including local events
go to the Other News Page

Town residents are encouraged to participate in Town Council meetings.
Why not come along to the Town Hall on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30
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

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 2017/18.  Further information attached
The deadline for the receipt of completed applications for grant aid is Sunday 23rd October 2016.

 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

Views wanted on proposed changes to Council Tax support
West Oxfordshire District Council is consulting with residents about amendments to its Council Tax Reduction Scheme which, if agreed, would come into effect from April 2017.  For further details, please see the Council Tax Support Consultation letter from WODC attached.

 The scheme supports working age people on low incomes by reducing their council tax payments.  
 The proposed changes would bring the scheme in line with Universal Credit and Housing Benefit whilst ensuring it remains fair for everyone and encourages unemployed people to seek work. The maximum amount of Council Tax discount in West Oxfordshire is 91.5% and this will not change. Residents identified as vulnerable or in receipt of a state pension will not be impacted by any of the changes. Changes proposed include:
*  limiting the number of dependent children within the calculation to a maximum of two
*  reducing the period a person can be absent from Great Britain and still receive a reduction to four weeks
*  reducing backdating for new claims from six months to one month

The consultation is open to everyone and details can be found on www.westoxon.gov.uk/ctrs.
To submit a response, the Council Tax Support Consultation Response Form is attached or it would be really helpful if as many responses as possible are made online. The online response can be done by choosing “comment on council tax support changes” at http://www.westoxon.gov.uk/news/aug/council-tax-reduction-scheme/;
or you can go directly to the response site at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/37323GH

The consultation deadline is 28 October 2016. A report will be considered by councillors in January 2017.

Thames Valley Police
The Police & Crime Commissioner’s Survey on Policing & Crime

This summer, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is seeking views from the residents of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire on policing and crime.  This feedback will help inform the Police and Crime Plan which sets the priorities for Thames Valley Police for the next 5 years.

What concerns you about policing in your area?  What would you like Thames Valley Police to prioritise with regards to crime?  Have you been a victim of crime and would like to feedback your experience?
To give your views, you can complete a short online survey at
www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/survey.  It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and will be open until Friday 30th September 2016.
If you would like a copy of the survey posted to you, please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01865 846780


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/

Woodstock East Development Proposals
Following submission of a planning application by the consortium of Blenheim Esates and Pye Homes, the town council has sent a formal letter of objection to West Oxfordshire District Council.
You can read more here

High-speed Broadband Arrives in Woodstock
Read more here and download the flyer here
Can you help with cow-watching this Summer?
URGENTLY NEEDED -  People to spend a few minutes keeping an eye on the cows in the Woodstock Watermeadows
If you walk round the watermeadows regularly, (or always mean to) - could you spare a few minutes occasionally to check on the small Dexter cows the Town Council has put in to keep the grass down at the eastern end (near the car park in Glyme Close), and report any problems you see to the Clerk? (last year there was nothing to report!)
As part of our contract with the owner, we need a rota of local people to do a check daily - from now till October. It could be once a week, or a week a month, or whatever suits you.
If you can help, please contact: Emma Jay, 01993 811222/07703131000/emmabjay@gmail.com

Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday
The Mayor of Woodstock, Woodstock Town Council and the citizens of the ancient town of Woodstock, Oxfordshire, send congratulations to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of Her Ninetieth Birthday. We thank Her for the many years of dedication and loyal service to the people of this country and for the impressive role She has played over the years across the Commonwealth and the world. We wish Her Majesty a very enjoyable birthday. Long may She reign over us. 


Vision for Woodstock Consultation
The Neighbourhood Plan Working Group, led by Woodstock Town Council are developing a “Vision for the future of Woodstock” which will inform further discussions and potentially lead to the drafting of a neighbourhood plan that can be used to influence planning decisions. The first draft is below the questionnaire.
The working group would like to hear your views about what this vision should and should not contain. It would be very helpful if residents could print the questionnaire below, fill in their views and post or drop in completed questionnaires to Woodstock Town Hall, Market Place, Woodstock, OX20 1SL

'Woodstock 2050 Towards a Vision' statement produced by
the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group (see here)

Questionnaire and first draft (below) - (see here)

National Voter Registration Drive
The Government is urging everyone to register to vote.
More details
WODC Warn of Parking Enforcement Issues
Read more here
Check out the new Cotswold Tourism website and Woodstock's entry at
The Refugee Crisis
Information about how you can help here
Updated waste and recycling calendars available mid-September  
Waste and recycling calendars, for October 2015 to September 2016, will be available to download from West Oxfordshire District Council’s website from mid-September.  
Alternatively, sign up to receive FREE email updates about your property direct to your inbox including  
For more information see:

West Oxfordshire Local Plan submitted for examination
The District Council has formally submitted its draft Local Plan to Government for independent examination by the Planning Inspectorate

The Rotary Club of Woodstock & Kidlington  
are looking for people of all ages and from all walks of life to join the Rotary Club   
If you would like to give something back to your local community,  why not visit the Club website
here or find your nearest Club on the Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) website.  
Club Contacts - Mike Black (07718 385033) or Bob Taylor (01865 372157)
Friends of the Woodstock Watermeadows
Please see latest news on our Environment Page
Friends of the Watermeadows
We want to (re) start a Friends of the Watermeadows group to monitor and help in our beautiful, ancient meadows
Find out more here
The Oxfordshire Museum and the County Library
In common with many public services, the Woodstock Museum and the County Library are facing severe financial cuts. Both are looking for volunteers to help run many of the services provided. If you are interested and willing to commit to just a couple of hours a week (or maybe more), please contact The Museum tel. 01993 811 456 or, for the Library Service contact, in the first instance, the town clerk on 01993 811216
Woodstock Good Neighbour Scheme.
Click here for details
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