Welcome to the West Oxon Liberal Democrats. We are the Liberal Democrat party for the district of West Oxfordshire. It’s a mainly rural area, including the towns of Carterton, Chipping Norton, Eynsham, Witney and Woodstock.
West Oxfordshire has a water problem. Whether it is flooding when it rains or sewage being released into our rivers, the system isn’t working.
Whether you live in towns and villages like Witney, Eynsham, Standlake or Finstock, or care about the state of our rivers, you are affected by the Tory inaction that has led to this crisis. The Tories talk about the problem but have done nothing to address it.
Sign our petition if you agree that it’s time for action not just words: https://www.oxonlibdems.uk/water_petition
Fund the Eynsham to Botley Community Path
Despite pledging to fund the Eynsham-Botley Community path, Conservative-run Oxfordshire County Council has excluded it from their multi-million pound bid for active travel.
Sign here to demand to reinstate the community path: https://www.oxonlibdems.uk/communitypath
Restore the Oxford-Eynsham-Witney-Carterton Railway
Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats are leading a plan to reconnect Oxford, Eynsham, Witney and Carterton by rail. The train would run closely alongside the A40, reducing traffic on the road significantly and radically improving journey times. Eynsham would be reachable in 9 minutes from Oxford, Witney in 16 minutes and Carterton in 22.
The government plans to spend £199 million to upgrade the Cotswold Line, including dualling of the line between Hanborough and Wolvercote. But the 10 mile stretch of line between Hanborough and Charlbury will remain single track under these proposals, which have been endorsed by Oxfordshire County Council and supported by our MP Robert Courts.
Join Councillor Liz Leffman and the local Liberal Democrats in our fight to get the whole of the Cotswold Line dualled by signing below.
Please sign the petition: www.oxonlibdems.uk/cotswoldline
Rethink Housing for Eynsham
Plans for a Garden Village and further development in West Eynsham will more than double the existing size of Eynsham and put further strains on local infrastructure which is already unable to cope. Plans for a Park and Ride will no solve the nightmare that is daily congestion on the A40
Sign our petition to demand that master planning for Eynsham and the surrounding villages should be done with the highest level of environmental measures possible and that the infrastructure needs to be radically improved to include safe and convenient bus, rail and cycling routes.
Please sign the petition: www.oxonlibdems.uk/eynshamhouses
Infrastructure for Woodstock
The LibDems are launching a petition to demand improvements to infrastructure before further major housing developments are built.
Will you sign and show your support for:
A central Woodstock surgery that will benefit local communities and Woodstock businesses
Traffic controls: 20mph limits and controls on HGVs in town and village centres
Better, well connected, public transport: buses, rail, cycle tracks, footpaths
Improved parking facilities for those who must use their cars for travel
Please visit: www.oxonlibdems.uk/infrastructure_for_woodstock
Tackling Covid Together
During these difficult times it has been amazing to see how communities have come together to help each other out across the District.
Supporting and empowering communities is a key part of Liberal Democrat philosophy, and your local Liberal Democrat councillors have played our part.
We have contacted vulnerable residents to give advice, support and to listen to their concerns. And we have helped support local resident groups.
In the background we have also been actively working with the District Council to support the homeless and those most at risk, to help ensure the continuation of vital services, such as bin collections, and to get leisure centres open as soon as itʼs safe to do so.
We have also been involved with the Councilʼs local strategy for economic recovery post- Covid, encouraging investment in the green economy to bring more job opportunities, healthier living and improved quality of life.
As always, Liberal Democrats are working hard for local residents and our towns and villages.
LibDem Policy Groups
Would you like to help shape the future of West Oxfordshire with the Liberal Democrats? We are welcoming all members to get involved in putting together our manifesto for next year and to join our policy groups. If interested in joining, please email [email protected] There are separate groups on the following:
- Environment & Climate Change
- Education & Young People
- Housing & Planning
- Health & Social Care
- Unitary Councils
- Employment, Leisure & Tourism
10% Swing for Lib Dems in General Election
Liberal Democrat gains in Local Elections 2019
We are now the official opposition on West Oxfordshire District Council with 9 seats. Andy Graham was re-elected in Charlbury & Finstock, joined by Dan Levy in Eynsham & Cassington and Nathalie Chapple in Stonesfield & Tackley.
Cllr Nathalie Chapple, Cllr Liz Leffman, Cllr Andy Graham, Charlotte Hoagland and Cllr Dan Levy.
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
Charlbury, Finstock and Fawler: 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: [email protected]
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 is a founder member and former director of Southill Solar, and helped to set up the community owned solar farm between Charlbury and Finstock. Until recently she was a trustee of the West Oxfordshire Citizens' Advice Bureau, and YoungDementia UK Homes.
Liz was elected to Oxfordshire County Council in 2017 and now represents the Charlbury and Wychwood division. She has recently succeeded in getting new school crossing lights installed at Wychwood Primary School, and has been active in making sure that our roads are properly maintained. She campaigned to save Dean Pit, and is still looking for a way to replace that facility.
Contact Liz: Phone 01608 810153. E mail: [email protected]
Eynsham and Cassington: Carl Rylett
Carl lives in the village of Eynsham and was elected councillor in May 2018. He is a member of Eynsham Parish Council and has worked for 20 years in IT, currently for the publishing company Elsevier.
Carl is particularly interested in environmental issues, is a member of the local wildlife groups and joined the Council's Single Use Plastics working group to tackle the problem of unnecessary plastics
Contact Carl: Phone 01865 883643. E mail: [email protected]
Eynsham and Cassington: Dan Levy
Dan Levy has lived in Eynsham for 15 years. He is a keen cyclist and cycle campaigner, and you can also see him running or walking round the countryside, as well as supporting the large number of pubs in the village. He works for a large international telecommunications company as a senior finance manager, which means he is a regular user of the train from Hanborough.
Dan was brought up in Cheshire, and has retained a commitment to supporting Stockport County FC. He was a director of the club after leading a fan buyout.
He was a member of the Liberal party from the mid 1980s, and thereafter joined the Liberal Democrats, inspired by a commitment to civil liberties, localism and international cooperation.
Contact Dan: Phone:07917 024212 E mail: [email protected]
Hailey, Minster Lovell and Leafield: Kieran Mullins
Contact Kieran: E mail: [email protected]
Stonesfield & Tackley: Nathalie Chapple
Nathalie has lived in the village of Tackley for 14 years and was elected councillor for Stonesfield and Tackley Ward in May 2019. She has 3 young children and runs her own business in Bletchingdon.
Contact Nathalie: E mail: [email protected]
The Bartons: David Jackson
Dave has lived in Middle Barton for over eight years. He is a retired Primary School Headteacher who became involved in village life before he was elected for the Bartons Ward in May 2018.
He is an organiser of the after-school Eco Club, and volunteers to help at school as needed. He enjoys an involvement with various organisations in the Bartons, such as the choir, drama group and the Scout Group, where he is a Beaver leader.
Apart from the usual casework, Dave is particularly interested in environmental issues like recycling and plastic waste, and is a member of the local Wildlife Trust. Combatting loneliness is another area that he is investigating.
Contact David: E mail: [email protected]
Woodstock and Bladon: 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: [email protected]
Woodstock and Bladon: 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: [email protected]