Carterton is the second largest town in West Oxfordshire and is situated two miles south of the A40 to the south-west of Witney. The town lies on the edge of the Thames Valley and is close to the Cotswold area of outstanding natural beauty.
Carterton's population has more than trebled in size during the last 30 years, to a present total of about 16,000.
Much of this high development rate has been due to the presence of the adjoining RAF Brize Norton Air Base. Carterton is proud of its close and friendly relationship with the Royal Air Force, which is the largest employer in the area.
Other local employment is found on the Carterton South Industrial Estate where there is a wide range of companies of all sizes, on the West Oxfordshire Business Park, and on Ventura Business Park which covers some 23 acres to the east of the town.
The Leisure Centre on Broadshires Way has a 25m swimming pool, a children's pool and a fitness suite. The Centre was provided by West Oxfordshire District Council who also provided playing pitches and a sports pavilion on Monahan Way to the north-east of the town. Phase 2 of the Leisure Centre is now underway.
It is hoped that the current planned growth of the town will be matched by improvements to the town centre and local facilities. The Town Council is doing all it can to attract new shops and businesses to the town and also to provide much needed sport and leisure facilities. In recent years Aldi and Morrisons have come to the town centre, giving shoppers increased choice. In 2015 the Co-op Superstore was taken over by Asda, with an Asda petrol station erected on the site of the former Co-op petrol station.