We are always happy to discuss any areas, so feel free to get in contact with the Parish Council through the Parish Clerk:
The responsibilities of the council are varied and include (but are not limited to):
Precept: The council income comes mainly from the District Council, with the current precept being £20,000 pa as of 2023/2024.
Planning applications: These can be viewed via the South Oxfordshire District Council website, either via the interactive map or by the planning application register.
Declaration of interests: In accordance with the Parish Council's code of conduct, effective from 1 July 2012, all councillors are required to register their interests.
Freedom of information: information available from Sydenham Parish Council under the model publication scheme can be seen in the Publication Scheme.
Safeguarding and Child Protection: Everyone has a duty to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults. The Parish Council has a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
Standing Orders: These are the written rules of a local Council and used to confirm a Council’s internal organisational, administrative and procurement procedures and procedural matters for meetings. They are not the same as the policies of a Council but they may refer to them. Sydenham Parish Council's Standing Orders are reviewed annually.
Code of Conduct: This is adopted pursuant to the council’s duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members and co-opted members. Code of Conduct.
Financial Regulations: These regulations govern the conduct of financial management by the council and are one of the council’s three governing policy documents providing procedural guidance for members and officers. The Parish Council's Financial Regulations are reviewed annually.
South Oxfordshire District Council: visit website or call 01235 422422 (New telephone number from August 2017). Their activities include:
Thames Valley Police: visit website or call the non-emergency contact line 0845 8 505 505
Oxfordshire Council: visit website or call 01865 792422. Their activities include:
Sydenham Parish Council usually meets on the first Thursday of each month (except August) in the Old School Room, Brookstones at 7.30pm.
These meetings are open to the public and everyone is very welcome.
We operate an open policy regarding the finances of the Parish Council, so here are our latest accounts.
The current parish councillors are:
The chair and vice chair are elected each May at the Annual Meeting. Sydenham Fayre is a sub-committee.