District councils

This page describes the work of the five district councils in Oxfordshire.

District councillors also represent geographical areas called a ward and these areas are smaller than the county council divisions. You can view ward boundaries on a map using the Oxfordshire Administrative Areas Map.

Which district do you you live in?

West Oxfordshire District Council Vale of White Horse District Council South Oxfordshire District Council Oxford City Council Cherwell District Council Cherwell District Council

District council elections

District councils can have their elections in one of three ways:

  • By thirds - one third of the council's seats being elected three years in every four
  • By halves - one half of the council's seat being elected every two years
  • Whole council elections - all seats contested once every four years

District council services

The main services provided by the five Oxfordshire district councils include:

  • environmental health
  • housing
  • leisure and recreation
  • planning applications
  • waste collection

District council leadership


Chief Executive, Yvonne Rees
Tel: 0300 003 0100

Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive, Angela McRury

Oxford City

Chief Executive, Caroline Green 

Senior PA to Leader & CE, Emma Mace
Tel: 01865 252354

South and Vale

Chief Executive, Mark Stone
Tel: 01491 823103
Fax: 01491 823104

Personal Assistant, Sharon Lee
01235 422099

West Oxon

Chief Executive, Giles Hughes 

Personal Assistant, Mandy Smith
Tel: 01993 861613