Mosaic sessions in June & July

Mosaic sessions in June & July

There are 5 mosaic workshops at the Seacourt Hall on Thursdays 10am -12pm  from 23rd June to July 21st. 

These are free public sessions with artist Clare Goodall and will form part of her mosaic panels commission for public art in West Way Square. Participants will be able to learn cutting and layout techniques to make mosaics that are required for the designs set out in the plans. Full guidance will be given. All abilities welcome. Attendance is limited to 12 participants in each workshop.If you are interested please contact Lorna Berrett  lberrett.nhpc@gmail.com

Read Clare’s full proposal for mosaic panels in West Way Square.

Oxpens Road Temporary Closure

Oxpens Road Temporary Closure

In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close Oxpens road and impose a ‘No Waiting’ restriction to facilitate surface dressing works.  A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate on 29 June 2022 (between 18:30 and 21:30).

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.  

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and restriction and also the alternative route for traffic can be found here.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Tim Belton, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

Revised official notice.

Jubilee celebrations and beacon lighting

Jubilee celebrations and beacon lighting

Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee: Beacon party Thursday; West Way festival Saturday

The celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee run from the 2nd to the 5th of June. Both Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd are bank holidays. In Botley we have two big celebrations planned as well as some street parties.

Thursday 2nd June – Lighting the Beacon. Party from 7pm

At 9.45pm beacons will be lit in a chain across Britain. Ours is on top of the hill above the Louie Memorial Field – with views to the Cotswolds, the Chilterns and the Ridgeway.  We will join with people from Cumnor to light the beacon, but first, from 7pm, there will be a celebration at the Memorial Field (on Arnolds Way).   There will be a bar (by Tap Social) and a barbeque (by the 15th Oxford Scouts) or you can bring your own food for a picnic. There will be a ‘down the decades’ family-friendly disco. From 9.15 we will collect our candle lanterns and follow the piper to the top of the hill. Then back to the Pavilion for hot chocolate.

Saturday 4th June: West Way Jubilee Festival

On the Saturday of the Jubilee weekend we will have the first open-air party in the new West Way shopping centre with music, games, competitions and entertainment for everyone.

There will be a stage on Church Way and more events in the Seacourt Hall, including a local history exhibition and Jubilee cake competition as well as tea and cakes to buy with proceeds going to the Pavilion fund. Local bands the ‘Botley Crue’ and ‘Barricane’ will be among the performers on the outside stage and we will have singers and martial arts demonstrations from local groups. The Seacourt Bridge will be running an open-air bar.

Local organisations will have stalls and games, there will be a shop window competition for children and  we expect to have a Fire Engine and some classic motorbikes on display.  There will be as much bunting as we can string up around the centre and we are encouraging the residents to take part too with a balcony decorating competition.

Please come along to this community celebration. After 2 years of restrictions this is a great opportunity to kick off the summer with a national and local celebration with your friends, family and neighbours.

Keep an eye out for posters and our Facebook page for details of how to enter the baking and other competitions: https://www.facebook.com/BotleyJubilee2022

Vacancy: relief caretaker, holiday and sick cover

Vacancy: relief caretaker, holiday and sick cover

The Parish Council is looking for one or more part-time relief Caretakers to cover holidays and sick leave for the Caretaker of the Louie Memorial Pavilion and playing fields. The Caretaker’s average working hours are 5 hours a week. The hourly gross salary is £10.37.

This will be a zero hours contract. The caretaker has 4 weeks holiday a year which requires cover plus cover for any sick leave as required. It may suit someone self-employed in a similar role with flexibility in their schedule.

  Depending on the time of year, the duties of the post may include: –

  • Pavilion building checks 3 times a week, safety checks and  maintaining the main hall, kitchen, changing rooms and showers.
  • Weekly play equipment safety checks on the Upper and Lower Louie Memorial Field Play areas.  (Training will be given)
  • Weekly maintenance checks on the defibrillator cabinet
  • Cleaning the MUGA and Children’s Shelter area to remove litter etc. and the maintenance of the Trim Trail equipment. 
  • Litter Picking as necessary in the ‘Lower’ playing field, children’s play area, the copse main paths, the
    ‘Upper’ playing field, its play equipment areas and the Children’s Shelter: reporting any safety hazards.
  • Lime Road Bus Shelter – Clean out once a week.

Download the full Job Description.

Please apply to the Parish Clerk or by post to Parish Office, 5 Church Way, Botley Oxford, OX2 9TH.

New Louie Memorial Pavilion consultation

New Louie Memorial Pavilion consultation

Local survey ahead of revised planning application: Whether or not you were able to make the in-person consultation at the pop-up cafe on Sunday 15th May. You can view the latest version of the plans from NHPC’s architects, give your feedback and tell us your vision for the redeveloped site.

New plans:

Deadline for completing the feedback form is Sunday 22nd May.

Your feedback will be taken into consideration in our revised planning application. Once the application is submitted to the Vale District Council there will be a period of official consultation. We would encourage you to provide your feedback in that consultation where your comments will be considered by the Vale’s planning team who make the decision on the application. We will post the link on this website when available.

Flood Alleviation Scheme: response

Flood Alleviation Scheme: response

NHPC Planning Committee submitted an objection to the current plans for the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme. 

SUMMARY OF RESPONSE 

1.1. North Hinksey Parish Council (NHPC) OBJECTS to the current plans for the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme, MW.0027/22. Although NHPC recognises the need for flood alleviation measures and supports many aspects of the scheme it does not agree the excavation of a large secondary channel as detailed in the proposal is necessary or desirable. 

1.2. NHPC hopes the scheme will be revised, eliminating the secondary channel and modifying remaining elements as necessary. 

1.3 NHPC recognises the interconnected nature of communities and the environment and has chosen not to limit its comments to matters within North Hinksey Parish. 

1.4 NHPC also has concerns about the independence of the planning process for this application and the economic case for the scheme.

The full response can be read here.

Temporary Road Closure: Eynsham, Oxford Road

Temporary Road Closure: Eynsham, Oxford Road

On 19th May and 1st June between 9:30am and 4pm.

A request has been received from Centurion Traffic Management for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Oxford Road whilst tree felling works are carried out. 

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate on 19 May 2022 and 01 June 2022. This will operate between 09:30 and 16:00.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic can be found here.

Official notice here.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Lydia Parrish on 0113 277 5360 or email Lydia.parrish@centuriontraffic.com

Pavilion Consultation Sunday 15th May

Pavilion Consultation Sunday 15th May

Pop-up Cafe and Pavilion Consultation: Sunday 15th May 3pm-5pm. After two years of delay we are putting lock-down life behind us and cracking on with delivery of a new Louie Memorial Pavilion. Come to the first pop-up cafe of the year this Sunday to see the latest version of the plans from NHPC’s architects, and tell us your vision for the redeveloped site over tea and cake!

There will also be an online feedback form – watch this space.

Time for a change?

Time for a change?

Have your say: proposed council name change to include Botley and change from Parish to Community Council:

As part of the Vale of the White Horse District Council’s latest community governance review, North Hinksey Parish Council have submitted a request to change our name to include Botley and to change the style of Council from Parish to Community. You can submit your thoughts on these proposed changes in an online survey here.

Why change?

  • The proposed change to include Botley in our council name is to better reflect the community that the council serves. Most residents refer to the area as Botley and often think of North Hinksey as just the village part of the community. Including Botley and North Hinksey in the council title we thought better represented the whole community.
  • We have also requested to be a Community Council instead of a Parish Council. In England, a parish council can call itself a community council, as an ‘alternative style’ under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. Other alternative styles are neighbourhood and village. Parish councils wherr there is desire to make a
    distinction from an ecclesiastical parish, may choose one of these alternative styles introduced by the 2007 Act. Our Council voted in favour of proposing Community Council.

You can make comments on the Community Governance Review during the engagement period running from Thursday 31 March to midday on Friday 29 April 2022.

Once the survey closes, the Vale will collate all responses and present them in a report, alongside other relevant data, to the Community Governance and Electoral Issues Committee. They will consider the responses and then put forward draft proposals for further consultation later this year.

Following a second consultation, the Committee will consider responses and agree whether or not to implement the proposed changes. The second consultation is expected this summer, with the Committee meeting shortly afterwards to make their decision. The aim is to implement any changes agreed so that they apply in time for the May 2023 elections. More information is available on the Vale website.

Roadworks – A423 Bypass, Hinksey Hill interchange to Kennington roundabout

Roadworks – A423 Bypass, Hinksey Hill interchange to Kennington roundabout

From 28th March: A423 Southern Bypass Road, between Hinksey Hill interchange and Kennington roundabout.

These improvement works will be undertaken during both day and night shifts, with most of the works being undertaken at night. Day shifts will be typically carried out between 07:30 and 17:30 and night shifts will be typically carried out between 22:00 and 05:00.
Expect lane closures, diversions and temporary traffic signals which may cause delays c. Please consider walking, cycling or using public transport where possible during this time.


We have been told to expect the following night-time closures and diversions:
• A423 east bound lane 1 closure from Hinksey Hill interchange to Kennington roundabout
• A423 west bound lane 1 closure from Kennington roundabout to Hinksey Hill roundabout
• Old Abingdon Road on/off slip road closure and diversion
• Kennington Road on/off slip road closure and diversion
Also some work from 07:30 to 17:30, on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31
March.


You can expect:
• Two-way temporary traffic signals on Kennington Rd
• Pedestrian diversions

There will be no closures or diversions from Thursday 14 to Monday 18 April, to prevent disruption
over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

More details and map here.