Kirtlington Parish Council – About Us

Kirtlington Parish Council (KPC) Introduction

As Chairman of the Kirtlington Parish Council, a warm welcome to our Village Website.  It is very exciting for us to have such an eye opening inventory of the varied interests that make up Kirtlington Village and its community and we trust you will enjoy browsing around. It is a not-for-profit Community Knowledge Centre, run and populated by our parishioners.

Similarly, the Village Councillors are locals who are not only interested in having some things remaining the same but, at the same time, who try not to allow things that the Village does do not want being foisted upon us by others.  Our other aims are to maintain the Village’s assets, encourage volunteers to upkeep the infrastructure, keep a check on planning matters, encourage Youth and Adult activities both indoors and outdoors, promote the Local Shop/Post Office, the Oxford Arms Pub, The Dashwood Hotel and Restaurant, the Village Hall and the Church, all of which we are very proud and extremely fortunate to still have thriving.

There are, of course, the mundane jobs that the Council has to keep running and which are unnecessary to state in this address but, for anybody interested, our monthly meetings are open to the Public to attend.

David Pratt

KPC Annual Commitments

The Parish Council meets normally on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.00 p.m. in the Hazel Room at the Village Hall (there are no meetings in August).

The Parish Council “year” begins at the May meeting, when the Chair and Vice Chair are elected and members undertake the other roles and responsibilities. In April or May each year the Parish Council convenes an Annual Parish Meeting in the Village Hall, which is a public meeting at which village groups and societies present their annual reports, and at which the Parish Council presents its end of year financial statement.

Parish Council meetings are open to all. Meetings are publicised the previous week on the parish notice boards; please check the start time.

Members of the public have no right to speak at Local Authority meetings without permission and there is no legal obligation to offer time for public participation.  However, the National Association of Local Councils recommends that public participation is invited at an early stage of a meeting, and recommends this is after approval of the Minutes of the previous meeting.

Therefore, if any member of the public is present, KPC’s Chairman may exercise his discretion to give an invitation to speak after the approval of the Minutes.  For practical reasons (meetings have much ground to cover), the time may be limited and there will be no later opportunity to speak again.

With regard to planning matters it should be noted that Parish Councils are not the determining authorities and comments should be addressed to the Local Planning Authority, i.e. Cherwell District Council (see below).

The current Parish Council, with their special interests, is:

David Pratt – Chairman, member of the Finance Sub-committee (sports field)
Helen Macbeth – Vice Chair (footpaths, public transport, Mid-Cherwell Neighbourhood Plan)
Kate Buckingham-Fry – co-opted 11th July 2017
Stuart Jenkins – co-opted 12th July 2016 (member, Planning Sub-committee)
David Richardson – co-opted 19th January 2016 (member, Planning Sub-committee)
Richard Sadler – member Finance Sub-committee
Sam Tylor – co-opted January 2013

Legal structure and income:

Like all local government bodies the Parish Council is a statutory body which is elected every four years. Kirtlington Parish Council has seven members and the number of councillors relates to the number of electors in a parish. Parish Councillors are unpaid whereas the Parish Clerk receives a salary. Parish Council income is called the Precept and is levied by Cherwell District Council directly from parishioners. The size of the Precept is roughly proportionate to the size of the parish.

Planning applications and decisions:

Planning applications are the matter which is generally of most concern to parishioners. The Parish Council has a right to be consulted on all applications, but is only able to submit comments: it has no executive powers in this regard. The body which is responsible for most local planning matters is Cherwell District Council. Some planning matters (e.g. schools) are decided by Oxfordshire County Council.

Contact Kirtlington Parish Council (KPC):

Mrs Ruth Powles (Parish Clerk)
West House, South Green, Kirtlington, OX5 3HJ
(tel) 01869 350995

If you would like to email KPC please use this contact form form

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