The Civil Parish of Standlake - came into being following the passing of the Local Government Act 1894. The first entries in the ‘Parish Councillor’s Declaration’ book are dated 14 December 1894 and shows 7 councillors making their declarations; the number of councillors remains the same today. The parish is in the West Oxfordshire District which is headquartered in the market town of Witney; elections are held every 4 years.
Meetings - are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.00pm in the Youth Club, unless otherwise agreed by councillors at a previous meeting. Unless there is urgent business to discuss there is usually no meeting in August. The notification of meetings is placed on the website and the council notice board at the Post Office.
Minutes- minutes are taken at all public meetings and are displayed on the notice board adjacent to the Post Office & Stores. The current year and previous 4 year's minutes are available in the panel on the right and are in HTML form to be read in a browser.
Please note the minutes placed here are in draft form only - the legal copies are held by the clerk following the adoption of the minutes by the council and signed by the chairman; these can be inspected at a time pre arranged with the clerk, as can minutes of earlier meetings.
Assets -the council does not own any land or buildings: however it is the title holder of the Recreation Ground at Rack End which is Public land and cannot be sold; it is purely for the use of the community. Please note that the Village Hall, at the same location, is not administered by the council but owned and run by an independent charitable trust. Therefore, the council’s assets are comprised almost entirely of the equipment at both the Recreation Ground and the Play Park at Windrush Way (which is land leased from Cottsway Housing Association). In addition there is some street furniture and some office equipment, all of which is listed in the council’s Asset Register held by the clerk.
Finance & Accounts - the council’s income is derived primarily through a Precept to West Oxfordshire District Council who fund this from a central government grant and the Parish Charge paid by each household through the Council Tax. The only other income received by Standlake Parish Council is from a ground rent paid by the Lower Windrush Tennis Club, for their courts on the recreation ground, and bank interest on the deposit account.The council sets a budget for the forthcoming Financial Year (commencing 6 April) in November of the previous year and this forms the basis of the Precept.
The council’s accounts are subject to the Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2011) and the Audit Commission Act 1998. Basic accountability is effected by the councillor’s scrutiny of a monthly rolling statement at each meeting when considering accounts due for payment. Internal audit is carried out by an independent person (a former councillor and local businessman) and the external audit by a firm of auditors appointed by central government.
The Annual Statement required by the regulations compares each year with the previous year’s income and expenditure; the latest audited statement and accounts plus the previous 3 years are in the panel at the right; other years can be inspected by contacting the clerk.
Chris Naylor - Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org 01865 303063