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Parish Council

Welcome to the Sandford on Thames Parish Council pages.

Here you will find details about the Parish Council,Parish Councillors and their responsibilities, meetings and minutes. It is intended to publish documents as part of the Council’s commitment to open government. Documents are published as PDF files which can be opened by Adobe Reader

Our Parish Council    
Parishes are the smallest areas of civil administration in England and provide the statutory tier of local government closest to the people. Sandford on Thames is a statutory local authority set up under the Local Government Act 1972. Elections are held every four years and the last one for Sandford was held in May 2019.The parish council is an essential part of the structure of local democracy. Its role is to act on behalf of the village to:    
●        give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish;     
●        undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents;    
●        work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish;    
●        alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken;    
●        and help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.     
Sandford on Thames Parish Council has a wide range of powers which  relate to local matters, such as looking after community buildings, open spaces/play areas, bus shelters, and verges and public grassed areas. The council also has the power to raise money through taxation called a precept. The precept is the parish council's share of the council tax. The parish council is served by the Clerk who is the Proper Officer and in Sandford, the Responsible Financial Officer. The Clerk is paid a small part time salary to administer the business of the council and there are seven elected members (members receive no payment - although expenses could be claimed).     
We meet the first Monday of each month at 6.30pm unless it is a bank holiday, and residents are welcome to attend; although they do not have the right to speak or vote on matters. In practice any resident who attends will be invited to speak to ensure matters that concern them are aired. Minutes of all parish council meetings are posted on this website as well as the village notice board and extracts appear in ‘The Link’ magazine which is delivered to each household 4 times a year. 

Useful contacts:

Parish councillors/clerk: sandfordparish@gmail.com

District Council rep: Sam Casey-Rerhaye: Sam.Casey-Rerhaye@southoxon.gov.uk

Oxfordshire County Council rep: Lorraine Lindsay-Gale: Lorraine.Lindsay-Gale@Oxfordshire.gov.uk

John Howell, MP: HOWELLJM@parliament.uk Website: www.johnhowell.org.uk Post: P O Box 84, Watlington OX49 5XD