West Oxfordshire

West Oxfordshire is a local government district in northwest Oxfordshire, England, including towns such as Woodstock, Burford, Chipping Norton, Charlbury, Carterton and Witney, where the council is based.

West Oxfordshire District
West Oxfordshire shown within Oxfordshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyOxfordshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQWitney
Incorporated1 April 1974
  TypeNon-metropolitan district council
  BodyWest Oxfordshire District Council
  LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
  MPsRobert Courts
  Total275.83 sq mi (714.40 km2)
Area rank54th (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
  Rank217th (of 317)
  Density400/sq mi (150/km2)
98.4% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code38UF (ONS)
E07000181 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSP3591610698

The area is mainly rural downland and forest, the main activities being farming and associated trades.

The district was created on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of the municipal borough of Chipping Norton, Witney urban district, and Chipping Norton and Witney Rural Districts.

West Oxfordshire lies within the River Thames catchment area, with the Thames itself and its tributaries including the River Evenlode and River Windrush running through the area.[1] Parts of the district suffered severe flooding during the 2007 floods in the UK.[2]


Elections to West Oxfordshire District Council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election. Since the first election to the council in 1973 the only political party to have had a majority on the council is the Conservative party, although there have been periods where no party has had a majority and independents had a majority from 1973 to 1976 and from 1990 to 1992. The Conservative party hold control of the council, with the Liberal Democrats as the main opposition. As of the 2019 local elections, the council consists of the following councillors:

Party Councillors
Conservative 28
Liberal Democrat 10
Labour 9
Independent 2


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