From the morning of Wednesday 26th July for several days the bridleway running from Lime Road behind the Upper Louie Memorial Playing Field will be closed whilst repair works are being carried out by a County Council contractor. It is hoped that the works will be completed by the weekend but they could possibly continue into the next week. Access to the Playing Fields via other entrances will not be affected, however, please be aware that some materials will be transported around the outer edge of the Upper Playing Field to the bridleway so please take care if you are walking there during the times that vehicles are present especially if you are walking a dog. The contractors will be utilising banksmen, signage and barriers to ensure public safety throughout the works.
Skatepark plans are open for consultation until 13th May.
The plans to build a skatepark in the Upper Louie Memorial Field have been submitted and are open to consultation until 13th May. You can find all the plans and put in your comments online on the Vale’s planning website on this link.
Some images to show the visualisations and location, use the link above to see all plans, visuals, landscaping and sustainability documents :
If you intend to vote in the local elections on Thursday 4 May remember you are now required to show photo ID when voting at a polling station. A range of photo ID will be accepted, including passports, driving licences, disabled parking blue badges and cards with a PASS Mark. Expired ID is acceptable, as long as the photograph is still a true likeness of you. To view the full list of accepted ID, visit The Electoral Commission website.
On May 4th you can vote for your two District Councillors and for 14 parish councillors. With this election the name of the electoral parish area is changing to Botley & North Hinksey Parish Council. To see the list of all 26 candidates standing for election to the Parish Council view the list of nominated candidates here.
A request has been received from Cappagh for a temporary road closure to apply to a length of Arthray Road, whilst essential sewer covers replacement on 8 defective manholes works are carried out.
A temporary Notice is being made by Oxfordshire County Council to implement the temporary restriction and will operate from 04 May 2023 up to and including 05 May 2023. This will operate between 09:30 and 15:30
A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic is attached.
Louie Memorial Lower Field – Saturday March 25th 2pm A semi-circle of six wild cherry trees is being planted in the Lower Field as a memorial to all the lives lost and permanently affected by the Covid pandemic. They will offer shelter for seats with a view out across north Oxford. The trees will be planted by the Hinksey Nature Trail volunteers in the morning. They will be below the left hand side of the car park.
Rev. Clare Sykes will lead a short service of dedication at 2pm. All are invited to join us to remember those we have lost and to reflect on how our lives were changed.
North Hinksey Parish Council thank the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment for their support.
The mosaics are now up! Thank you to everyone who came to the Big Reveal and art workshop on 18th March. A HUGE thank you to Clare Goodall, mosaic artist who created the works with the input of many local people including Botley School, North Hinksey Primary School, Botley Seniors Lunch Club, pop-up cafe, the community larder, the Howse family, Bob and Linda for the nature walk and all the local people who helped put the mosaic panels together in Clare’s workshops.
On Saturday 18th we also had a workshop with artist Nor Greenhalgh to draw inspiration for her mural that will go up later this Spring/Summer.
This is part 1 of our Public Art for West Way Square. Look out for news of Alex Wenhams’ huge stone carvings and Nor’s mural coming soon.
Welcome and Introduction by the Chairman (5 minutes)
Approval of the Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting on 17th March 2022 (5 minutes)
Questions submitted by the public (20 minutes)
Presentation on proposed Botley Skatepark by CANVAS (https://canvasspaces.co.uk/) and Q&A (10 minutes)
Community Police update and Q&A (10 minutes)
Update on proposed solar farm by Solar2 and Q&A (10 minutes)
The future of Botley Medical Centre – update and discussion (10 minutes)
Sustainable Botley – first results of home energy assessments (10 minutes)
The King’s Coronation Celebrations – call for volunteers (5 minutes)
Update on Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme proposal (5 minutes)
West Way Phase 2 development update (5 minutes)
Update on local traffic issues – 20mph zone and Botley road closure (5 minutes)
Public art update (5 minutes)
Pavilion project update (5 minutes)
Annual Parish Meetings are a chance for parishioners to discuss matters of local importance. Although arranged by the Parish Council and chaired by the Chairman of NHPC, it is not a Parish Council meeting and operates under a different set of procedures. All are welcome to attend.