Key Objectives

In June 2016 the Parish Council approved the following key objectives for the remainder of the term of the Council (to May 2019)

  1. To provide an improved range of leisure and recreational facilities within the Parish.
  2. To support, manage and improve spaces, buildings and services that are the Parish Council’s responsibilities.
  3. To work with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the redevelopment of Botley Centre proceeds with as little disruption as possible to the activities of residents and local businesses.
  4. To actively support the production and full implementation of an effective Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish.
  5. To support the setting up of a new charity enabling a range of services currently offered by Elms Road Children’s Centre to continue in the long term, following the withdrawal of County Council funding.

Progress update: September 2018

Objective 1:  To provide an improved range of leisure and recreational facilities within the Parish. – IN PROGRESS – Nortoft planning consultants (www.nortoft.co.uk) were appointed to carry out the first phase of master planning work on the Louie Memorial Fields and Pavilion. Since January 2018 Nortoft have explored feasibility (space, cost, environmental considerations, evidence of need) for a variety of new or improved facilities, including a replacement building for the Pavilion and Scout Hut. Following their presentation at the Annual Parish Meeting on 22nd March they ran a live consultation event on Saturday 28th April at Louie Memorial Pavilion and slides and videos were made available during and after. A feedback survey was open and publicised after the event and received over 260 responses. All documents and the latest information can be found on the Louie Memorial page.

Objective 2: To support, manage and improve spaces, buildings and services that are the Parish Council’s responsibilities – IN PROGRESS – In connection with progress on Objective 1, the master planning for Louie Memorial Fields has as a key focus the provision of new and improved Pavilion and Scout Hut facilities. In late 2017 NHPC signed the lease agreement for a new Seacourt Hall as part of the West Way development, and negotiated and managed a smooth transition to temporary hall facilities in June 2018.

Objective 3: To work with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the redevelopment of Botley Centre proceeds with as little disruption as possible to the activities of residents and local businesses. – IN PROGRESS – After a number of delays the sale of the West Way Shopping Centre to the Botley Development Company/Mace completed on 26th January 2018. The temporary relocation of the Co-op, Tesco, Lloyds chemist, the Seacourt Hall and Baptist Church completed in August and work is underway on demolition and building.

NHPC continues to be involved in Community Liaison Group meetings and in direct meetings with Mace to gain clear and detailed information on the project management plans for implementing the Botley Centre redevelopment scheme to ensure that the revised plans meet community requirements during the works.

Objective 4: To actively support the production and full implementation of an effective Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish. – IN PROGRESS

NHPC continues to provide support through a combination of the involvement of Council representatives in both the Steering Group and Working Groups, and appropriate involvement in the overall process (e.g. obtaining a second £5k tranche of funding from the Vale). The Neighbourhood Plan is nearer submission stage ahead of public ballot.

Objective 5: To support the setting up of a new charity enabling a range of services currently offered by Elms Road Children’s Centre to continue in the long term, following the withdrawal of County Council funding. – ACHIEVED – A new charity named Botley Bridges was set up in late 2016, and funding of £5k from both NHPC and Cumnor Parish Council, combined with County Council start-up funds enabled it to begin providing key services in April 2017. Council representatives also provided support and advice as members of the charity’s Steering Group throughout the setting up process, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Read more in their April 2017 update.