Appleton with Eaton Parish Council

The Appleton-with-Eaton Parish Council currently comprises of seven councillors and a Parish Clerk.


The parish councillors are:

Mark Richards

Chairman of the parish council

Leisure and Recreation Committee

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group:

Leader of the Events Subgroup

Mary Carey

Leisure and Recreation Commitee

Website commitee

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group:

Survey Subgroup

John Adams

Chairman of the Leisure and Recreation Commitee

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group:

Leader of the Survey Subgroup

Liz Gilkes

Vice-chairman of the Parish Council

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group:

Evidence Subgroup

Website Committee

HR Committee

Nicki Clarke

Leisure and Recreation Committee

Stephen Day

HR Committee

Andy Salmon

Parish Clerk:

Allison Leigh                                                                                         Parish clerk job description                 

Tel: 01865 865876                                                                                Person description


Address: 26 Eaton Village, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 5PR

The County Councillor for Appleton and Eaton is: Cllr Anda Fitzgerald-O'Connor

The District Councillor for Appleton and Eaton is: Cllr Jerry Avery

The MP for Appleton and Eaton is: Layla Moran MP


The Parish Council meets on the second Monday of every month, except August, at 7:15 pm in the Appleton Village Hall committee room. Everyone is welcome to attend and, at the discretion of the chairman, time is usually allotted before the meeting for comments and statements from members of the public.


The Annual Parish Meeting is held around the beginning of May each year and is the council's opportunity to report to the parish what it has been concerned with over the year and for residents to raise anything of interest to the community. Agenda's are displayed on the noticeboard outside the village shop, on the noticeboard at Eaton and on this website in the week before the meeting. Items for the agenda need to be sent to the Parish Clerk a minimum of one full week before the parish council meeting.


The parish council raises funds by the annual Precept which forms part of the community charge bill and is collected by the Vale of White Horse District Council. The amount is set following discussion of a draft budget at the December meeting.


The parish council owns the Sportsfield and is managing trustee of the Village Hall. The council delegates day to day management of these facilities to dedicated and hard working committees. It owns the land where the war memorial stands, a small piece in Eaton Road, which is thought to be the last remant of the Great Green and a small strip at Bablockhythe.


A Rainwater and Flood Committee has been formed which is actively working with the Vale of White Horse District Council, Oxfordshire County Council and various government bodies to improve drainage within the parish.


The Council insures all village facilities. Among other things, it pays for the cutting of hedges at Appleton Landing to maintain access to the river and of Doctor's Lane. It makes a grant to St Laurence Parochial Church Council towards cutting the grass in the churchyard and the Advertiser and to organisations that the community uses like the Citizens Advice Bureau.


The council is consulted on Planning Applications submitted to the Vale of White Horse District Council. Any comments submitted to the planning authority by the Parish Council must be taken into account. It reports concerns raised by the parish council to the Vale, Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire Highways.


If there is anything you would like the council to help with come to a parish council meeting or email the parish clerk.


What is a Parish Council?
A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. It is the level of local government closest to the community, with the district authority (Vale of White Horse District Council) and the county authority (Oxfordshire County Council) above it in the hierarchy.

Why become a Parish Councillor?
By becoming a parish councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support - a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.


What decisions do Parish Councils make?
Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention and roads & highways.

Parish councils have limited powers to make decisions but they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the district or county council, health authorities, police etc.). In this respect parish councils are extremely powerful. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something and its views will be taken seriously.

How much time does it take up?
The parish council meets once a month for the council meeting to which members of the public are also invited. Meetings may last two hours, depending on what’s on the list of items to discuss.

In addition to the regular meetings Councillors are required to give time for ‘ad hoc’ meetings – for example with architects or agents to discuss planning applications that the council must give its opinions on.

How long does a Parish Councillor serve for?
Once elected, parish councillors sit on the council for a maximum of four years. If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election.
This does not mean that you have to stay for four years. If you find it’s not for you, or you can no longer meet the commitment, you can stand down.

Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?
To stand for election on a parish council, you must:

  • be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or

  • be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or

  • be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union

  • be at least 18 years old.

  • To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:

       be an elector of the parish; or in the past 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the          parish; or work in the parish (as your principal or only place of work); or live within three miles of the parish boundary.

For more information read The Good Councillors Guide