Guide to Council services
A two-tier form of local government operates in Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire County Council provides services including education, highways and social care across the county. West Oxfordshire and four other district councils provide services at a more local level to different areas.
West Oxfordshire District Council shares a number of posts and back office functions with Cotswold District Council, Forest of Dean District Council and Cheltenham Borough Council in a bid to boost efficiency and make savings. For more information see our Shared Working webpage.
The following are some of the services we provide:
- Bins and recycling - household, commercial, bulky waste, green waste, hazardous and clinical collections. There are weekly kerbside collections for food waste. Refuse and recycling collections are on alternate weeks. More than 60% of waste is currently recycled.
- Development and planning - this includes dealing with around 3,000 building control and planning applications each year, as well as long-term planning of the development of the District.
- Housing - we work with Registered Social Landlords (Housing Associations) to provide more affordable housing, as well as advising and assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- Housing and Council Tax benefits - administered to those eligible for help towards costs of their rent and Council Tax.
- Leisure facilities - includes leisure centres in Carterton, Chipping Norton, Witney and Eynsham (Bartholomew Sports Centre), an open-air pool in Woodstock and two artificial turf pitches.
- Community safety - we work with the police and other organisations on initiatives aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime.
- Car parks - there are 16 free Council-operated car parks across the District.
- Public toilets - in eight of our towns and villages.
- Street cleaning - about £750,000 is spent each year cleaning streets and paths which includes emptying street bins and picking up litter. Ubico, our grounds maintenance contractor, looks after Council-owned land and works for other organisations.
- Environmental health - this includes food hygiene, health and safety and other protection issues such as monitoring pollution and air quality, private sector housing regulation, noise and public nuisance.
- Tourism and visitor information centres - latest figures show that tourism contributes an estimated £288.3 million to West Oxfordshire's economy annually.
- Economic development - the Council works to encourage economic growth and diversification throughout the District and supports local businesses.
We are also responsible for licensing, provide services such as pest control and run grants schemes to support local communities and promote energy efficiency. We work closely with partner organisations on a wide range of issues that affect residents and businesses.