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Decision details

Transfer of Playing Areas to Witney Town Council

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Councillor Joy Aitman, Executive Member for Stronger, Healthy Communities, introduced and gave an overview of the report, which outlined proposals to transfer the responsibility of Playing Areas from West Oxfordshire District Council to Witney Town Council.


Councillor Andrew Coles stated that he supported the report and asked for a progress update regarding Unterhatchen park located in Witney. The park had historically been subject to anti-social behaviour, graffiti and was deemed to have needed significant work, all of which had negative effect on neighbouring properties and residents. The Executive Member, in conjunction with Bill Oddy, Assistant Director for Commercial Development, confirmed that the transfer of responsibility for the park was imminent, and the desired repair works were noted, particularly to lighting within the park.


Councillor Aitman proposed that the Executive agree to the recommendations as listed on the report. This was seconded by Councillor Dan Levy, was put to a vote and was unanimously agreed by the Executive.


Executive Resolved to:

  1. Agree to the proposals outlined in the paper to transfer the Playing Areas from WODC to Witney Town Council;
  2. Delegate authority to the Section 151 Officer, in consultation with the Executive Member for Finance and the Executive Member for Stronger, Healthy Communities to agree the final Heads of Terms for each transfer.

Report author: Assets Manager - Jasmine McWilliams

Publication date: 30/06/2023

Date of decision: 21/06/2023

Decided at meeting: 21/06/2023 - Executive

Effective from: 01/07/2023

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