The Parish Council deal with all kinds of enquiries. These range from blocked drains, dog fouling, potholes and (lack of) grass cutting, to speeding and planning applications. A typical meeting will usually cover all of these issues and the Parish Council do try to keep on top of them as best they can. Many queries are ultimately passed on, usually to the County Council, but generally speaking, the Parish Council is the initial line of contact. Any concerns can be expressed to any of the 8 Councillors or the Clerk either personally, in writing or by attending a meeting. Notices of the meetings are displayed on both village notice boards at least 4 days before a meeting – they can also be downloaded from the website (ovinghamparishcouncil.org.uk). Meetings start at 7.15 with an opportunity for residents to raise any concerns.
Concerns can also be logged directly with the County Council by
ringing (01661) 520005.
Although there are usually only 9 meetings in a year, much is done
in between – the number of emails is unbelievable! Many of these
are just for information – others are trying to sell the latest in
playground equipment at a starting price of £20,000 (Councillor Phil
Holden would endorse these but budget constraints…). You will also
see many councillors walking round the village on a regular basis
checking weeds, rubbish and the like.
Meetings are also held with the County Council and other local
parish and town councils on a regular basis. The Councillors are also
involved in many committees some specifically linked to Ovingham,
such as the Reading Room Committee, or others such as the East
Finally, our next meetings are 16th October and then
Clerk to Ovingham Parish Council