Introduction to Local Government
There are three tiers of local government which affect life in Longworth. The top level (ie that nearest central government) is Oxfordshire County Council which is responsible for the overall planning within the County and has specific responsibility for the highways, education, emergency services, libraries, trading standards, local social care and museums.
Further information about the work of the County Council is available on their website.
Vale of White Horse District Council
The next level down is the Vale of White Horse District Council which is responsible for housing, planning and development control, environmental health, refuse and recycling, etc. The council tax and the business rates are set at the district and pay for the services of the Parish Council (see below) the District Council, the County Council and the Police Authority.
Further information about the work of the District Council is available on their website.
Longworth Parish Council
The lowest tier of local government is the Parish Council. As well as providing certain local services, its main role is in providing a link between the local community and the other service providers. In particular, the Parish Council is consulted and provides a view on all planning applications using the Longworth Neighbourhood Plan and other agreed considerations.
Longworth Parish Council comprises 7 councillors who all provide their services on a voluntary basis.
The Clerk is a salaried role and in Longworth is a part-time employee. The Clerk is responsible for the management and smooth running of all the Parish Council’s affairs including the budget, acting as the Responsible Financial Officer.
Meetings are generally held in the Village Hall and members of the public are welcome to attend. Notice of meetings and the agenda are posted on the Parish noticeboard and this website.