His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

North Hinksey Parish Council joins the nation in mourning the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

During the current Covid restrictions the Parish Council arrangements will unfortunately be restricted.

If you would like to submit an entry to the North Hinksey Parish Council Book of Condolences please email it to clerk@northhinksey-pc.gov.uk.  The book will be available on our website.

Please refer to the Vale of White Horse District Council’s website for current information regarding the availability of additional on-line Books of Condolence.  Information is currently available at this link https://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/vale-of-white-horse-district-council/his-royal-highness-prince-phillip-the-duke-of-edinburgh/

Councillor David Kay, Chairman of North Hinksey Parish Council

A420 overnight road closures

A420 overnight road closures

17th April to 21st April: overnight road closure 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs and no waiting.

To facilitate carriageway patching works and in the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the A420 and impose a ‘No Waiting’ restriction overnight from 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs from 17th April to 21st April inclusive northbound and southbound.

Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works. The “No Waiting” restriction means that wherever there are in place yellow “No Waiting” cones, you will not be able to park vehicles on the highway.

The suggested alternative routes for traffic are via A420 – A338 – A415 – A34 – A420 and vice-versa.

See the drawing for the extent of the closure and restriction and also the alternative route for traffic. 

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

Road closure: North Hinksey Lane

Road closure: North Hinksey Lane

12th to 14th April: Temporary Road Closure and “No Waiting” restriction at North Hinksey Lane

In the interests of public safety and to facilitate drainage maintenance works there will be a temporary closure and no waiting at North Hinksey Lane between 09:00 and 17:00 from Monday 12 April to Wednesday 14 April inclusive.

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. 

See the drawings for the extent of the closure and restriction and also the alternative route for traffic:

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Gordon Kelman, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11. Quote TTRO (T8440)

Join our Mural Working Group

Join our Mural Working Group

Mural working party for A34 bridge: we are looking for members of the public to join councillors working with local artists on planning a mural for the main entrance to Botley: the pedestrian, cycle and traffic underpass under the A34 on Botley Road. This is your chance to get involved in transforming a tired and drab area into a vibrant gateway to Botley and the west of Oxford, helping to improve the perception of our community and cheer up commuters, locals and visitors for many years to come. 

This is one part of a public art project for the West Way Square shopping and residential area made possible by Section 106 money earmarked for public art in and around the new development. The Parish Council will soon be announcing the artists and community engagement project for this public art and the mural project is likely to be the first part of the project. We need enthusiastic people to help us work with an artist, the public, and Highways England, and to help fundraise for more money to extend and maintain the project for years to come.

To get involved or find out more contact Councillor Laura Jones.

Join the Skatepark Working Group

Join the Skatepark Working Group

We need you on the skatepark working group! The Parish Council has agreed to set up a working group to help deliver on our key objective of “Engaging young people in the design and provision of a skate park.” We need skaters of all ages and anyone interested in delivering this facility. The working group members will be invited to join the Recreation & Amenities Committee meeting online at 7pm on Thursday 29th April where the remit of the Working Group and its Council members will be agreed.

To find out more and volunteer to join the working group contact Councillor Caroline Potter.

Contacts during Clerk annual leave

Contacts during Clerk annual leave

The Parish Clerk is on annual leave from Monday 29th March to Monday 5th April inclusive. If you have an urgent matter during this time please contact Chairman Councillor David Kay by email or telephone 01865  240272. Non-urgent matters will be responded to by the Clerk on her return.

Remember you can report many issues including graffiti, fly tipping, street lighting and broken paving slabs direct to the County Council via fixmystreet.com.

Referendum on Neighbourhood Plan: 6th May

Referendum on Neighbourhood Plan: 6th May

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum 6th May 2021: We have worked with the Vale over the past year on producing a final referendum version of the Neighbourhood Plan including all of the changes required by the Internal Examiner.The public referendum was on hold due to the pandemic but will now take place on 6th May. 

Voters can vote at the polling station, by post or by proxy. For information about registering to vote (deadline 19 April) and voting options please see whitehorsedc.gov.uk/elections.

Vale of White Horse District Council has published the specified referendum documents on its website. These are: 

  •  North Hinksey Neighbourhood Development Plan 
  •  Summary of the representations submitted to the Independent Examiner
  • Statement that the draft plan meets the basic conditions (decision statement) 
  •  Independent Examiner’s Report (appendix 2 of decision statement) 
  •  Information Statement and Information for Voters 

These documents can be inspected on the Vale District Council’s website. Go to www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/north-hinksey-np

If you need help accessing the referendum documents, please call the District Council’s neighbourhood planning team on 01235 422600 or email planning.policy@whitehorsedc.gov.uk. Please help spread the word about the elections to those shielding or without access to the internet. You can download a poster here.

UPDATE: Support Grants now extended to April 16th

UPDATE: Support Grants now extended to April 16th

Open to 16th April: the Vale’s grant scheme to help residents affected by the pandemic to buy food and keep their homes warm this winter has been extended to April 16th.   Citizens AdviceSouth and Vale and Wantage Independent Advice Centre will now distribute this funding out on behalf of the District Council.

The advice centres can support people with supermarket vouchers for food and fuel vouchers to top up prepayment meters or with paying a heating bill. This will be alongside their usual package of advice and support around budget management, debt and benefit advice and any other assistance the resident may need signposting towards.  

If you have received a food voucher from a previous scheme, or indeed support via free meals or any other route, you can still apply for a Winter Support Grant.  

Anyone in need of support should contact their local advice centre. Those in immediate and urgent need should, as always, contact the Community Hub on 01235 422600.  You can also contact your nearest Botley Responder street rep for help and support.

UPDATED: March roadworks and closures

UPDATED: March roadworks and closures

UPDATE 13th March: UPDATE: more roadworks this weekend… there are also closures to the A34 northbound carriageway for the section to the south of the Botley A420/A34 roundabout, which might be in place until 6am on Monday. This is in addition to the A420 roadworks we reported before and the closure at the bottom of Westminster Way.

From 8th March two separate sets of road closures come into effect. See the separate entries on the Westminster Way roadworks (6 months) and the temporary overnight closures on the A420.

New date for Green Spaces Workshop

New date for Green Spaces Workshop

Monday 22nd March 7pm – 8.30pm: Public online meetingLooking after our green spaces and wildlife

Join us to discuss ideas for how we can create a better natural environment.

Speakers:

  • Roselle Chapman, Wild Oxfordshire
  • Catriona Bass, Nature recovery Network, Eynsham.
  • Updates on local projects and ideas.

The meeting will discuss:

  • How can we work together to look after our existing green spaces?
  • Possible new projects including community food growing
  • Can we create new or better spaces for wildlife within the parish?

We will also talk about setting up a community-run nature group. If you’d like to see an even greener Botley, please come along, hear about what is happening and share your ideas.

Roselle Chapman, from the Wild Oxfordshire local charity (https://www.wildoxfordshire.org.uk/), works with community groups across the county.

Catriona Bass is from the successful Eynsham ‘Nature Recovery Network’ who are doing great work (https://www.nature-recovery-network.org/ ) and are already collaborating with our neighbours on Cumnor Parish Council.