West Oxfordshire

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West Oxfordshire District
West Oxfordshire UK locator map.svg
West Oxfordshire shown within Oxfordshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Oxfordshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Witney
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
  TypeNon-metropolitan district council
  BodyWest Oxfordshire District Council
  Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
   MPs Robert Courts
Area
  Total275.83 sq mi (714.40 km2)
Area rank54th (of 317)
Population
 (mid-2018 est.)
  Total109,800
  Rank217th (of 317)
  Density400/sq mi (150/km2)
  Ethnicity
98.4% White
Time zone UTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code 38UF (ONS)
E07000181 (GSS)
OS grid reference SP3591610698
Website www.westoxon.gov.uk

West Oxfordshire is a local government district in northwest Oxfordshire, England, including towns such as Woodstock, Burford, Chipping Norton, Charlbury, Carterton 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. [1] Parts of the district suffered severe flooding during the 2007 floods in the UK. [2]

Governance

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. The Conservative party hold control of the council, with the Liberal Democrats as the main opposition. As of the 2019 local elections, the council consists of the following councillors:

PartyCouncillors
Conservative 28
Liberal Democrat 10
Labour 9
Independent 2

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The 2000 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.

2002 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2002 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2000. The Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

2003 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2003 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

2006 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2006 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

2007 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2007 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

2008 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2008 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

2011 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2011 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

2012 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2012 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

2014 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2014 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

2015 West Oxfordshire District Council election

The 2015 West Oxfordshire District Council election took place on 22 May 2015 to elect members of West Oxfordshire District Council in Oxfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

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