South Oxfordshire

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South Oxfordshire District
Non-metropolitan district
South Oxfordshire shown within Oxfordshire
South Oxfordshire shown within Oxfordshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Oxfordshire
Historic county Oxfordshire
(north of River Thames)
Berkshire
(south of River Thames)
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Crowmarsh Gifford
Incorporated 1 April 1974
Government
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body South Oxfordshire District Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPs John Howell
Ed Vaizey
Area
 • Total 261.99 sq mi (678.54 km2)
Area rank 55th (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 135,000
 • Rank 151st (of 326)
 • Density 520/sq mi (200/km2)
 • Ethnicity 95.2% White
1.7% S.Asian
1.0% Black British
1.0% Chinese or Other
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 38UD (ONS)
E07000179 (GSS)
OS grid reference SU6571895057
Website www.southoxon.gov.uk

South Oxfordshire is a local government district in Oxfordshire, England. Its council is based in Crowmarsh Gifford, just outside Wallingford.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, from the municipal boroughs of Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford, Thame urban district, and Wallingford Rural District, Bullingdon Rural District and Henley Rural District. The Wallingford parts were previously part of the administrative county of Berkshire.

Geography[edit]

The River Thames flows for approximately 47 miles through South Oxfordshire[1] and it is joined by the River Thame within the district. A characteristic of the rivers within the district is that they have wide floodplains with few houses on them so that fluvial flooding is a lesser problem than flash flooding.[2]

Towns[edit]

The towns in the district are Didcot, Henley-on-Thames, Thame, Wallingford and Watlington.

Villages[edit]

The larger villages in the district include:

See List of civil parishes in South Oxfordshire

Energy policy[edit]

In May 2006, a report commissioned by British Gas[3] showed that housing in South Oxfordshire produced the 5th highest average carbon emissions in the country at 7,356 kg of carbon dioxide per dwelling.

Population change and distribution[edit]

The 2001 Census recorded a population of just over 128,000 in the district. This was an increase of 7% since 1991. Much of the district is rural in nature, with the land in agricultural use and around 70% of the district has a green belt or AONB designation (The northeast of the district forms part of the Oxford Green Belt). 50% of the district’s population lives outside its four main towns of Didcot, Henley, Thame and Wallingford.

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Coordinates: 51°39′N 1°03′W / 51.65°N 1.05°W / 51.65; -1.05