About Wheatley Parish Council

What does the council do?
Wheatley Parish Council is the most local tier of local government working in the heart of Wheatley for the benefit of the community.
It has some statutory duties and powers to enable it to carry out its work, and a Strategic Plan, which shares information on its key aims and objectives.

Parish Councillors and who are they?
Wheatley Parish Council has fifteen seats. Councillors are elected to represent and serve the village.

Details of all your Councillors are available here.

What does the council do?
Wheatley Parish Council employs four part time employees (Clerk, Assistant Clerk and  two Grounds Maintenance Operatives).

The parish council provides/maintains:

  • three recreation grounds and play areas
  • memorial garden and war memorial
  • allotments (Littleworth)
  • some footpaths and open spaces
  • some bus stops, seats and benches
  • a grant scheme for local organisations
  • numerous trees
  • numerous dog bins
  • support to residents, organisations and charities within, or supporting the wider community

The council have a range of powers, which relate to local matters. We are also notified by district and county council on:

  • planning and licensing applications in the parish
  • intention to provide burial ground in the parish
  • proposals to carry out sewage works
  • intention to make bylaws in relation to music, dancing, hackney carriages, street naming.

We have worked with the Wheatley Neighbourhood Plan Committee to develop and have a ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plan.

Many councillors have been appointed to represent the parish council within village organisations.


The council’s main income stream comes from the precept, a percentage of resident’s council tax.
We also receive income from advertising in the Wheatley News and we actively seek external funding to support projects within the village.

Our finances are reviewed regualrly by our Finance committee and annually, by the whole council as part of our Annual Governance and Accountability Review. These can be viewed from our Accounts & Annual Return Page.

When does the council meet?

The Parish Council meets every month on the first Monday (except when a Bank Holiday, then it is the second Monday), and there is no meeting in August. Dates for all the meetings are available here.

Want to know more?
Do browse through our website, or contact/pop into the parish office, 89a High St, Wheatley.

About Wheatley Village

Wheatley is a large village of about 4,100 people six miles south east of Oxford, near Shotover.

Boundary map

Wheatley grew substantially in the 20th century, and is fortunate to have retained its shops in the village centre.

It also offers:

  • shops and a post office
  • a health centre and dentist
  • a number of pre-school groups
  • a nursery, primary and special needs school
  • open spaces including, play areas, recreation areas, allotments
  • community buildings
  • three churches
  • many clubs and organisations

The comprehensive school (on an exceptionally scenic site) and part of Brookes University Campus are both in neighbouring Holton.

There is an excellent bus service to Aylesbury, Oxford and Thame.  The 280 bus service connects with both Haddenham and Oxford stations.

Wheatley Lock-up

Information booklet

This information booklet provides information about local societies, clubs and organisations. (Predominantly the organisations are not commercial, unless they provide a service directly to the village.) For local commercial organisations, please see the advertisements in the Wheatley Newsletter.