West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire is a local government district in north west Oxfordshire, England including the towns of Woodstock, Burford, Chipping Norton, Charlbury, and Witney (where the council is based).

The area is mainly rural downland and forest, the main activities being farming and associated trades.

The district was created on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of the municipal borough of Chipping Norton, Witney urban district, and Chipping Norton and Witney Rural Districts.

West Oxfordshire lies within the River Thames catchment area, with the Thames itself and its tributaries including the River Evenlode and River Windrush running through the area. Parts of the district suffered severe flooding during the 2007 floods in the UK.

Elections to West Oxfordshire District Council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election. Since the first election to the council in 1973 the only political party to have had a majority on the council is the Conservative party, although there have been periods where no party has had a majority and independents had a majority from 1973 to 1976 and from 1990 to 1992. Since the 2000 election the Conservatives have controlled most of the seats on the council.

Our District Councillors are:

Charlbury, Finstock and Fawler: Andy Graham

Andy Graham

Andy is a teacher by profession, and pioneered drama in the school curriculum before becoming a youth worker and drama director. He was a councillor for 16 years in Hertfordshire and town mayor, before moving to West Oxfordshire. He lives in Churchill.

Andy has, in the last 3 years, saved the local pub, The Bull from being turned into a residential dwelling, helped to save the local post office, set up and run Charlbury Youth Theatre, as well as running campaigns on Homelessness and set up a support group for the LGBTIQ community.

Contact Andy: Phone 01608 659462. E mail: andygraham@witney-libdems.org.uk

 Charlbury, Finstock and Fawler: Liz Leffman

Liz has lived in Charlbury since 2001, and runs a business from her home in Park Street with her husband, Mike. She was a founder member of Sustainable Charlbury, and is a trustee of the West Oxfordshire Citizens' Advice Bureau. Liz led the campaign to keep Dean Pit open, and is campaigning for the opening of a new facility to replace it now that it has closed.

Contact Liz: Phone 01608 810153. E mail: liz.leffman@westoxon.gov.uk

 Woodstock and Bladon: Julian Cooper

Julian Cooper

Julian has lived in Woodstock since 1964, and been a councillor since 1984. He was inspired to join the Liberal Party in 1974 when listening to the Right Hon Jo Grimmond at the Bury Barn in Burford. He is an Assurance Salesman and also works for Kellogg College, Oxford. He is currently serving as Mayor of Woodstock.

Contact Julian: Phone 01993 811519. E mail: julian.cooper@westoxon.gov.uk

 Woodstock and Bladon: Elizabeth Poskitt

Elizabeth Poskitt

Elizabeth is a retired academic paediatrician who has lived in Woodstock for twelve years. Elizabeth is Vice Chair of the Friends of The Oxfordshire Museum, on the Committee of the Woodstock Society, and a member of the Sustainable Woodstock and Woodstock Fairtrade groups.

Contact Elizabeth: Phone:01993 811590 E mail: elizabeth.poskitt@westoxon.gov.uk