How Henley-on-Thames Town Council works
In England, local government has a three tier system (please see diagram below). Henley-on-Thames Town Council is a town council that is in the parish level of local government. The Town Council works in partnership with South Oxfordshire District Council and Oxfordshire County Council. These three local government bodies look after different aspects of Henley-on-Thames and the town community infrastructure.
Henley on Thames Town Council is committed to assisting residents with local issues and the officers aim to help, advise or point anyone with a problem in the right direction. We will be able to deal immediately with any issues relating to Council land or property or any of the Council's services or functions (for a full list of the services we provide look under Council Services). This page provides further information about the different responsibilities of each Council body. If you need to contact the Town Council about anything that is our responsibility, please get in touch by clicking here or scroll down to use our interactive guide.
All councils are led by democratically elected Councillors who, working together, set the council’s vision, direction and budget. Like most Town Councils, Henley-on-Thames Town Council works with a ‘committee system’, where decisions are made across a range of committees.
Decisions from these committees are then acted upon by an employed Council Team under the leadership of the Town Clerk who is also the Responsible Financial Officer (R.F.O). The Town Clerk is under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions of the Council, and in particular to serve or issue all the notifications required by law. The Town Clerk and the Council Team are responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Council in its functions as a Local Authority are carried out. In addition, the Town Clerk is expected to advise the Council on the formation of policies to be followed in respect of the Authority’s activities. This work involves producing information required for the Council to make effective decisions and to implement constructively all decisions. The Town Clerk is accountable to the Council for the effective management of all its resources and will report to them as and when required. The Town Clerk is also involved in the Strategic Planning Process of the Council.