Become a Local Councillor: Make a difference
Watlington Parish Council provides, maintains or contributes to the following services: Allotments, leisure facilities, car parks, Youth Club, Children's Centre, recreation grounds and open spaces, public conveniences, street cleaning in the centre of the town, looks at traffic calming measures and more!
The Council also works with our principal authorities Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) and South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) to ensure the effective delivery of services to the local community. It is your local Councillors, helped by the Clerk, who identify local needs and ensure delivery.
Vacancies - April 2020
There are currently vacancies for two councillors following resignations. If you would like to make a difference and be involved in shaping the future of the local community, why not talk to us to find out what it involves?
At this time when the community has come together to show mutual support for each other and for our local businesses, the Parish Council has been working hard in the background to provide the facilities to strengthen this mutual support. Would you like to join us as we start to prepare for the recovery that will certainly come as COVID-19 releases us from isolation.
If you would like to chat about joining Watlington Parish Council or need any help feel free to contact Kristina Tynan, Parish Clerk, or any Councillor.
Business as usual
Well not quite as usual but the Parish Office is staffed and open during the normal hours of 9:30am to 1pm. You will be able to talk to our clerks through the enquiries window but we ask that you respect their need for protection from COVID-19. Your phone calls will still be answered but you might find you are diverted to another number to accommodate the needs of our clerks.
You will notice that there will be less effort going into keeping our town clean and tidy, and we ask that if you find streetside bins are full you either look for an empty bin, or better, that you take your litter home with you. Similarly you might find the dog waste bins have not been emptied. Please do not try to balance yet another bag on the top, take it home with you and put it in your general waste bin (brown).
The childrens play areas in the paddock and at the rec have been closed and we ask that you respect this to limitation. You are welcome to visit the Rec, Paddock or Sports Fields or to give your children the opportunity to run around for a while, but again we ask that you respect social distancing and keep you and yours at a save 2 metres from others. Throwing a ball between friends may seem to be a good way to allow interaction but remember that the ball could be carrying infection between them.
Some committee meetings are taking place as virtual meetings to allow essential decisions to be made. These meetings will be advertised in advance and if you wish to sit in on them you will be told how you can do this. You will not be able to participate in the meeting unless you notify the clerk well in advance of the meeting, and even then it will be up to the Clerk and the Chairman of the meeting to decide whether you will be able. Minutes of meetings will be published as usual after they have been approved by Full Council, although to provide an efficient way of operating we have set up a small Executive Committee to take decisions on behalf of Full Council as needed. This Executive Committee consists of four councillors and the Clerk.