5 Bartholomew Close
OX29 4QG Show on map
Tel: 01865 731199
Parish Councillor since 3 August 2010 and a District Councillor since May 2014. View report to Annual Parish Meeting 26/04/2016
My wife and I moved here from Worcester and found ourselves in a lovely vibrant, friendly community, we love it here. I was initially involved with the Council as a member of the Communications Committee and have recently joined the Local Government Ombudsmen Councillor Forum.
Since moving to the village I have completed my BA in Art History at Oxford Brookes, as a VERY mature student, a most enjoyable experience. My hobby is, and has been for more than 50 years, building and racing slotcars, which I race at tracks and competitions in the UK and beyond. I have recently created a 'man cave' in my Eynsham home so that I can have both a workshop and a track area - bliss.
Ever wonder what your District Councillors do when they are not asking for your vote? We try to resolve residents’ questions and problems as fast as possible, if it is not a WODC matter then we can usually point the resident in the right direction to get an answer.
We tend to belong to a number of committees. I am a member of three committees. Audit and Finance tends to be a pretty dry affair but it is important work by elected members to monitor how your council tax is spent. The Environment Committee has mostly been pre-occupied with the new contract for waste collection. This has been awarded to UBICO, partly owned by WODC and a ‘not for profit’ company so the savings are significant. I chair the Finance and Management Committee and in July we put forward to Cabinet some new assistance packages to make it easier for residents to purchase Affordable housing, Custom Housing and to finance Self-build, these are something of a hobby horse of mine. These recommendations will go to cabinet very soon. Outside of WODC I am a member of the OALC executive and I serve on a standards committee for the Local Government Ombudsman.
I also try to attend the WODC Cabinet meetings and at the July meeting added my support to the WODC application for a Garden Village north of the A40 close to Eynsham - and explained why in September's Eynsham News.