West Oxfordshire - too good to lose

Oxfordshire County Council wants to set up a single unitary authority ‘One Oxfordshire.’ This would spell the end for district councils, putting many services and benefits we now have at risk.

At risk:

  • Our low council tax
  • Free parking
  • Proposed A40 improvements
  • Local knowledge and a local voice
  • Leisure centres and community facilities
  • Dix Pit Waste Recycling Centre
  • Our buoyant local economy

West Oxfordshire’s track record of delivering local services has been proven time and time again. We are also aware of, and act on, the specific issues and challenges facing the District, such as housing and infrastructure.

We believe an efficient and locally accountable district council is best placed to serve the needs of local residents.

Oxfordshire County Council has repeatedly failed in key areas such as highways, transport and social care.

Have your say

We think there is too much at stake to gamble on the One Oxfordshire unitary proposal. Although the online survey has now ended (end February), we still welcome your views on these proposals.

Your views on unitary for West Oxfordshire

Read about the One Oxfordshire proposals

The risks in more detail

AT RISK: Our low council tax

Are you worried about increases in council tax?
We have the second lowest district council tax charge in England. This is likely to rise under a single Oxfordshire authority due to a need to equalise spending and tax plans across the county.

AT RISK: Free parking

Do you want free parking to continue in West Oxfordshire?
One Oxfordshire is a threat to our free parking policy here in West Oxfordshire. This benefits our residents and is a major driver behind our thriving town centres and flourishing local economy. Parking charges would pose a threat to retailers and business as a whole.

AT RISK: Proposed A40 improvements

Are you fed up of travelling on congested, poorly maintained roads such as the A40?
Our current devolution proposals would unlock government funds for major improvements, but creating a new authority would add years to any future developments.

AT RISK: Local knowledge and a local voice

Should decisions about where you live be taken locally rather than remotely?
Under One Oxfordshire, all decisions would be significantly influenced by councillors who live outside of West Oxfordshire. Without local knowledge they will not have your best interests at heart, because they will not know what they are.

AT RISK: Leisure and community facilities

Should community facilities continue to be improved?
We help fund maintenance and improvement to parks, play areas and village halls. Future improvements are planned for our leisure centres including phase 2 of Carterton. With One Oxfordshire there is no guarantee these improvements will take place. Instead, cuts are more likely in order to fund county council services.

AT RISK: Dix Pit Waste Recycling Centre

Do you want to retain a local waste recycling centre?
We now only have one Waste Recycling Centre remaining in the District. In 2015 we successfully fought against Oxfordshire County Council’s plans to close this Centre.  Further cost cutting by a One Oxfordshire authority could put the Centre at risk again.  

AT RISK: Our bouyant local economy

Do you want unemployment to remain low?
We play a key role in driving economic growth in West Oxfordshire. We have secured significant inward investment in the District, attracted new businesses and helped many businesses grow. The unemployment rate is now one of the lowest in England.

In a nutshell, a One Oxfordshire authority will mean West Oxfordshire residents will PAY MORE and GET LESS.

West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB