About the Town Council



Thame Town Council is the parish authority for Thame, which has a population in excess of 12,500. We are committed to representing the people of Thame and providing many key local services. 

We have a team of 16 councillors and 16 members of staff who work in partnership with local residents to preserve the town’s unique heritage and dynamic future. By working together we hope to make Thame an even better place to live, work and enjoy.

How We Work

Thame Town Council consists of 16 councillors who are elected for four years at a time in the same way as for other councils. The last elections were held in May 2023. Vacancies that arise between elections may be filled through a by-election (if requested by 10 electors) or co-option. Each year, councillors choose a chairperson from among their number who becomes the Mayor

Thame Town Council is an elected body in the first tier of local government. We play a vital role in representing the interests of the community of Thame and work to improve the quality of life and the local environment. In addition, the council plays a key role in influencing other decision-makers such as planning authorities.

Policies & Procedures

How We Are Funded

Thame Town Council has been granted powers by Parliament to raise money through taxation, also known as the precept. The precept is collected on our behalf by South Oxfordshire District Council and is included in your council tax bill. We also receive additional income from grants as well as fees from leasing our premises. The income that is raised is used to improve the quality of life for residents and provide key local services. 

Financial Management

Our Responsibilities

Thame Town Council is responsible for a number of services in the local community, however, we also have a strong working relationship with other tiers of authority who provide additional services such as recycling, highway repairs and benefits. Below is an infographic of the services provided by your local councils and who is responsible for what should you have an issue. Click on the image to go to our Useful Contacts page.