The parish consists of two wards, the Village ward and the Hinksey Hill ward, each of which is entitled to elect three councillors. There is currently one vacancy in the Village ward.
Hinksey Hill Ward
Three councillors were elected unopposed for the Hinksey Hill ward in May 2019 to serve for four years: Christine Chater, Michael Cochrane and Linda Goodhead.
One councillor was elected unopposed for the Village ward in May 2019 to serve for four years: Patricia Jones.
The Council co-opted Christine Madsen in June 2019 to fill one of the two vacancies and Catherine Powell in September 2019 to fill the other vacancy.
However, Catherine Powell resigned in December 2019 as she was moving to another county and Christine Madsen resigned in May 2020 due to pressure of work.
In September 2021 the Council co-opted Janet Lester to fill one of the two vacancies and is still looking for someone to fill the other vacancy.
At its first meeting the new Council elected Michael Cochrane as Chairman and Patricia Jones as Vice-Chair. It re-elected them to those positions at its last annual meeting in May 2021.
South Hinksey Parish Council plays an important role in the community but ultimately can only be as effective as the individuals involved. We rely on volunteer Councillors with an interest in local affairs, a willingness to be a voice for the community, and the desire to affect change for the better.
The role of Parish Councillor includes:
- Preparing for and participating in monthly Parish Council Meetings (generally the first Monday evening of each month)
- Setting and managing the annual budget, which covers, amongst other things, maintenance of the verges, wildflower meadow and woodland; managing the burial ground; employing the Clerk; as well as various one-off special projects
- Contributing to planning consultations for building works within the Parish
- Campaigning on issues of importance to Parishioners such as: traffic and speed; road and pavement maintenance; flooding; access over the railway; and
- Listening out for and acting as a voice for concerns of parishioners.
If interested in joining the Council in future, please contact the Clerk on the contact details below for more information.
Clerk – Geoffrey Ferres
c/o 20a Harley Road
Michael Cochrane (Chairman)
Patricia Jones (Vice-Chair)