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Wednesday 1st June 2016

Town Council Report June 2016


Town Council elections

Only ten candidates were nominated for the 12 seats on Charlbury Town Council, meaning that there was no election.

The candidates nominated were:

Kathy Broughton*

Janet Burroughs

Richard Fairhurst*

Peter Kenrick*

Tony Merry*

Phil Morgan

Nick Potter*

Ron Prew*

Robin Puttick

Liz Reason*

A * indicates a sitting councillor. Harriet Baldwin, Susie Finch, Willem Hackmann, Valou Pakenham-Walsh and Tom Skelton did not stand for re-election.

Our thanks to them all for many years of dedicated service.

The two empty seats will be filled by co-option. The next Town Council elections will be held in 2020, except in case of resignation or other vacancy.

Annual Parish Meeting

The APM took place on Friday 15th April in the Memorial Hall, with addresses from Town Council chairman Peter Kenrick, our district and county councillors, and representatives of Charlbury organisations. Highlights from the reports given included the ongoing success of the Corner House and Memorial Hall following the recent improvements to the latter; the popularity of the children’s play area run by the Nine Acres committee; and the great progress made by the Thomas Gifford Trust on the new community centre.

Summer events

We are pleased to welcome the succession of summer festivals back to Charlbury once again and hope the many visitors will enjoy our lovely town. If you encounter any issues that cannot be resolved by contacting the organisers, please call:

• anti-social behaviour and traffic issues: Thames Valley Police, 101

• noise: West Oxfordshire District Council, 01993 861000 (office hours) or 0845 303 9706 (other times)

Due to the closure of the railway line during the Wilderness Festival weekend, visitors will be bussed from Swindon station, minimising the impact on Charlbury’s station and roads.

Bus update

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed 20 July as the new date for the withdrawal of bus subsidies. From then, the C1 Rail bus will cease to operate. The X9 to Witney and Chipping Norton will continue but to a revised timetable, which was not available at the time the Chronicle went to press but will be publicised on the Charlbury website (

Contacting your Town Council

All our meetings are open to the public. Full council meetings will be held in the Corner House at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29th June, 27th July and 24th August, with Planning & Correspondence two days before (8pm unless there is a speaker).

The next open ‘surgeries’ will be in the Corner House from 10am–12pm on Saturday 4th June and 6th August.

You can email Roger Clarke, the Town Clerk, at or phone 01608 810608 (9am–5pm weekdays, not weekends or bank holidays).

Richard Fairhurst


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