Category Archives: Posts by Parish Council

The Future of Local Government in North Oxfordshire

 

 

Those who take an interest in such matters will be aware that Oxfordshire County Council have submitted a proposal to the Secretary of State for Communities, seeking the abolition of all district councils in Oxfordshire, along with the county council, and their replacement with a single, unitary council which would be responsible for delivering all local government services.  Currently, the county deliver most of the more expensive services such as social services including adult care, highways and education, whilst the districts deliver more local services such as planning, housing, waste collection, street cleaning and recreation.

The county council claim that this could enable savings of up to £20m per annum to be made, mostly through efficiencies from the reduction in administrative and democratic functions.  There is no doubt that the county council are in considerable financial difficulties, with increasing demand for adult care, and decreasing grant coming from government.  On the other hand, Cherwell District Council have just announced for the 8th year running that they are not increasing their share of the council tax, having cut their costs significantly through efficiencies such as shared working with South Northants, and have not had to cut any of their services.

Cherwell are seeking support in their bid to persuade the Secretary of State not to agree to Oxfordshire’s proposal, and have launched a petition, which they have asked the parish council to share with you.  Further details are available via this link.

Thanks

David Marriott, Horley Parish Clerk

Come and help the Annual Village Litter Pick this Saturday…

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Help keep our village litter free by joining the annual spring clean!

The annual village litter pick will take place on the morning of Saturday 11 March.  With a good turnout the exercise should take no more than one hour to complete.

Would volunteers please gather in front of the Red Lion at 10.00am on the 11th.  Protective gloves, picking equipment and sacks will be provided by Cherwell District Council.

Let’s keep Horley looking beautiful!

 

Annual Village Litter Pick is on Saturday March 11th…

litter-pick-2017
Help keep our village litter free by joining the annual spring clean!

The annual village litter pick will take place on the morning of Saturday 11 March.  With a good turnout the exercise should take no more than one hour to complete.

Would volunteers please gather in front of the Red Lion at 10.00am on the 11th.  Protective gloves, picking equipment and sacks will be provided by Cherwell District Council.

Let’s keep Horley looking beautiful!

 

Next Parish Council Meeting – Thursday Feb 16th

The next Parish Council Meeting will take place at 7.30 on Thursday February 16th in the Old School Room. The meeting is open to the public, and if anyone wishes to address the Council on any of the items on the agenda, please notify David Marriott on  0787 2930030 or horleyparishclerk@btinternet.com before the meeting. Whilst there is no absolute right to do this, the Chairman has the authority to permit it if he chooses to do so.

The Agenda Items include:

  • Apologies
  • Declaration of Interests
  • Minutes of the meeting held on November 17th November 2016
  • Matters arising
  • Cricket Club
  • Finance – 2016/17 budget monitoring report
  • Land adjoining the Old Council Houses, Wroxton Lane
  • Planning Report
  • First World War Memorials Programme
  • Public Footpaths
  • Reports from external organisations
  • Date of next meeting – Thursday 13th April 2017
  • Any other urgent business 

For full details of items and reports see 17-02-16-agenda

Next Parish Council Meeting – Thursday November 17th

The next Parish Council Meeting will take place at 7.30 on Thursday November 17th in the Old School Room. The meeting is open to the public, and if anyone wishes to address the Council on any of the items on the agenda, please notify David Marriott on  0787 2930030 or horleyparishclerk@btinternet.com before the meeting. Whilst there is no absolute right to do this, the Chairman has the authority to permit it if he chooses to do so.

The Agenda Items include:

  • Apologies
  • Declaration of Interests
  • Minutes of the meeting held on November 15th August 2016
  • Matters arising
  • Verge Maintenance
  • Finance – 2016/17 budget monitoring report/Draft budget for 2017/18
  • Land adjoining the Old Council Houses, Wroxton Lane
  • Requests for charitable donations
  • Planning Report
  • Water leaks in Wroxton Lane
  • Proposed removal of the telephone box
  • Reports from external organisations
  • High Sheriffs Awards for 2016/17
  • Date of next meeting – Thursday 16th February
  • Any other urgent business

For full details of items and reports see 16-11-17-agenda