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Parish Council

Radley Parish Council has a long history dating back to 1894. It now functions under the Local Government Act 1972 and is a tier below the Vale of White Horse District Council and Oxfordshire County Council.

The Parish Council is your local voice. Please contact any of your Councillors or the Clerk about any issue relating to our village.


Radley Parish Council meets on the fourth Thursday of every month on these dates in the Church Room. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings and may speak during the first 10 minutes if invited to do so by the chairman. Here is a summary of our last meeting and the minutes of recent meetings. The Annual Parish Meeting, open to all electors in the parish, is held between 1 March and 1 June. The Council elects its Chairman for the coming year at its Annual Meeting, held in May each year.


The number of Councillors depends on the size of the Parish. Radley has eleven Councillors, who are unpaid volunteers and members of the local community.


The Council has two members of staff: the Clerk and a Village Cleaner who collects litter in the centre of the village. 

Committees and Working Groups

In addition to its main meetings, the Council delegates some of its business to the following Committees and Working Groups:

Planning Applications

The Council makes recommendations on all planning applications in Radley, although final decisions are made by the Vale of White Horse District Council. Different councillors take responsibility for planning in each area of the village. Some councillors act as representatives for different organisations in the village.


To finance its activities the Parish Council receives funding, known as a precept, from the District Council (paid for by part of the council tax). This money pays amongst other things for the Clerk, the playing field, sports pavilion, play area, maintenance of the village green and Centenary Garden, collection of litter around the village, the garden competition and donations to local groups. Details of the way the money is spent can be seen in the Parish Council accounts.  Other income comes from rental charges and grants for specific projects.

Land controlled by Radley Parish Council:

Map and list of land owned by or leased to the Parish Council

Garden Competition

This annual event organised by the Parish Council takes place on a Saturday in June or July.

Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)


Site of tree

Type of tree

Date TPO given


South of Peach Croft Farm

Poplars (20)

25 March 1974


Bigwood Caravan Park

Whole of the Caravan Park

5 June 1997


The spinney and trees at the junction of the Kennington/Radley Road and Sandford Lane

Various species of trees – Woodland TPO

27 August 1998


Land to west of 4 Norfolk Close

Horse chestnut

16 November 2001


11 Badgers Copse

Scots pines (2)



Land at Thrupp Lane

Various species of trees – Woodland TPO

12 November 2014

The Parish Council also asked the Vale of the White Horse District Council to consider the cherry trees by the allotments in Church Road for TPOs, but the Council indicated that it did not think they were suitable candidates for a TPO – they are quite nice but not outstanding and are not under threat of being felled.

By-Laws in the Parish

Pleasure Grounds, public walks, open spaces and village greens

Prohibits various games and vehicular use of the playing field. Click here for details

Dogs in the Grounds Prohibits dogs from the playing field. Click here for details

Freedom of Information

In December 2008 the Parish Council agreed the information available under the model publication scheme. This was reviewed in 2012.

Freedom of Information Scheme – updated April 2018

Privacy Notice

Radley Parish Council Privacy Notice

Radley Parish Council Privacy Policy April 2018

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Councillors & Clerk

Please address all messages about Parish Council business to the Clerk unless you have a specific reason for contacting a particular Councillor.        Ed Blagrove Committee memberships:  Road Safety Working Group (Chairman) Playing Field sub-committee (Chairman), Annual tree planting/maintenance of footpaths working group Garry Cook Committee memberships: Finance and Administration committee, Playing …

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Parish Council assets

Properties owned by or leased to Radley Parish Council: Spinneys Close allotments – the Parish Council owns the freehold of the allotment site, which has space for 8 allotments. All are presently let. Upper Churchyard, Church Road – the PCC of St James the Great Church, Radley administers the burial ground and is responsible for …

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Dates of Meetings

Most meetings are held in the Church Room. The first ten minutes of Ordinary Meetings (see below for dates) are available for the public to express a view or ask a question on relevant matters on the agenda. The public are welcome to stay and observe the rest of the meeting. Members of …

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Minutes & Agendas

Use the links below to access the Minutes and Agendas of Parish Council meetings. 2022-2023 2021-2022 2020-2021   2019-2020   2018-2019   2017-2018   2016-2017   2015-2016   2014-2015 2013-2014 April 2014 Minutes of Ordinary meeting March 2014 Minutes of Ordinary Meeting

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Radley Parish Council was formed under the Local Government Act 1894 and first met in December 1894. The old records of the Parish Council are kept in the Oxfordshire Archives at St Luke’s Church, Cowley, Oxford. Councillors when the Parish Council was formed Frances Frederick BelleridgeJames GibbensThomas HendyJames Lees NortonWilliam PocockJethro SilvesterE J Simpkinson Chairmen …

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Planning Applications Planning applications will be considered by a planning committee, which will meet (if necessary) at 7pm on the evening of the Ordinary Parish Council meeting (normally the 4th Thursday of the month). Agenda for the next planning committee meeting.   PLANNING COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE: PURPOSE: To determine planning applications on behalf of …

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Committees & Working Groups

Finance and Administration Committee Planning committee Planning Policy and Neighbourhood Plan Working Group Radley Liaison Group (RWE npower) Garden Competition Advisory Working Group View page »

Councillor attendance records

Each Councillor is expected to attend each meeting of the full Parish Council and meetings of Committees where they are a member of that Committee. A councillor may have left or joined the council during the year.  The tables below show the number of meetings that the councillor attended and the total number of meetings …

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Delegated Decision Reporting

Delegated Decision Reporting Under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014, the Parish Council is obliged to report whenever decisions are made by the clerk or any other person outside of Parish Council meetings. Any such decisions will be reported on this page. No relevant decisions …

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Click on the links below for summaries of the audited accounts published at the Annual Parish Meeting at the end of the following year.

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Expenditure over £500

To provide financial transparency the Parish Council publishes details of any individual payment of £500 or more. Amount includes VAT if paid.  Full details of all expenditure can be found each month in Parish Council minutes in the list of all cheques approved.   2022/23 Payment Supplier Item Amount Category 28 April 2022 288 Treework Environmental …

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Annual Returns

 All local councils in England with an annual turnover of £65 million or less must complete an annual return in accordance with proper practices summarising their activities at the end of each financial year. In this annual return the term ‘Local Council’ includes a Parish Meeting, a Parish Council and a Town Council. The annual …

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Freedom of Information

As required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Parish Council will make available on this website items set out in its publication scheme: Radley Parish Council Privacy Notice Radley Parish Council Privacy Policy April 2018 Freedom of Information Scheme Code of Conduct Minutes of council meetings Standing …

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Beyond Radley

Local government Oxfordshire County Council   Vale of the White Horse District Council   Abingdon Town Council   Oxfordshire Highways     Other villages Kennington   Marcham Parish Council and Marcham & District News   Sunningwell   Sandford-on-Thames   …

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