The Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils is part of a national network and has been representing Town & Parish Councils, and Parish Meetings for over sixty years. We provide advice and information for them, and training for councillors and clerks. We represent local council interests through partnerships with other local and regional agencies in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
OALC is a membership organisation that represents the interests of affiliated parish and town councils, and parish meetings. More than 90% of councils in the county are members. OALC is affiliated to the National Association of Local Councils for specialist advice.
There are 249 Town and Parish Councils and 68 Parish Meetings in Oxfordshire. These range in size from less than 100 to over 30,000 electors. The larger town and parish councils include Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Blackbird Leys, Carterton, Didcot, Faringdon, Grove, Henley, Kidlington, Thame, Wallingford, Wantage and Witney.
During August 2015 OALC will be moving into our new office, pictured right. Our postal address is Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils, Town Hall, Market Place, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 0EG. Our office is at the back of the Town Hall facing St Mary le More.
tel: Jan Gosset, Assistant County Officer 0751 936 7709 or Christine Lalley, County Officer 0774 694 3076
An elected Executive and Policy Committee of local councillors and others with an interest in local councils leads OALC. Our President is Cllr Malcolm Leeding MBE, a list of the Executive Committee members (2015-2019) can be downloaded here and the latest Annual Report is here. The Executive and Policy Committee meets quarterly in a location central to the county.
What are Local Councils?
Parish and Town Councils, often known simply as "local councils", exist in many English parishes. They vary from councils based on a small village, to ones serving large urban areas with tens of thousands of residents. They are recognised nationally as the level of local government closest to people.
Local councils enjoy many legal powers to take action in their community, on subjects ranging from providing recreational spaces and community halls, through protection of common land, to a general power to act for the benefit of the local community. The General Power of Competence now gives, to eligible councils, far wider powers to act on behalf of their community in innovative and imaginative ways.
What are Parish Meetings?
The Parish Meeting of a parish without a council consists of the local government electors for the parish. It must assemble annually between 1 March and 1 June and on at least one other occasion during the year. Parish meetings have a number of functions, powers and rights of notification or consultation.