Leap Into Action!

Leap Into Action!

The Botley and North Hinksey ‘Big Green Day’Saturday Feb. 29th 11am – 4pm at Seacourt Hall and St. Peter and Paul Church Hall, West Way, Botley.

What can we do to make a difference?

Leap into Action! is Botley’s own community and environment day.  Last year the Parish Council declared a ‘climate emergency’.  Like other councils we are now looking at how we can most usefully work to tackle the crisis we face. We know that we need to work with our local community – this event is our first step in doing that.

Leap into Action! has a serious message, but the day will interesting and enjoyable.  There’s free activities in two halls – our new Seacourt Hall and St. Peter and Paul Church Hall.   

So come and find out how you can help to protect and improve our environment.  There’s lots going on:

  • Don’t throw away your unwanted clothing, books, dvds and music – bring them to the ‘Bring and Take’ (Starts at 11.15am – drop things off from 10.30am in the Church Hall)
  • Children are very welcome  – there’s face painting, the Orinoco Scrapstore ‘play space’, and Hill End Centre craft activities
  • Green your home and life: If you’d like to know more about what’s going on in Botley and across Oxford – and what you can do to help – there’ll be ideas and advice from local groups in the Seacourt Hall
  • You can green your home literally! – come and plant seeds and take them home for your house and garden. Bring your spare plants and seeds to swap (Runs from 2 – 3pm in the Church Hall)
  • We hope you’ll find something that you can do at home or locally for our environment: We invite you to come to ‘Planet Photobooth’ – make your ‘climate commitment’ and get your photo taken to show it
  • If you’re a cyclist bring yours along to see ‘Dr Bike’ to get it checked out and tuned up for free.
  • There’s entertainment including the Oxford Taiko group (Japanese Drumming) and our local Cry Havoc! morris dance team

If you want to talk or hear about what you can do there’s short talks on climate and the environment. Layla Moran MP will speak along and Vale D.C councillors will be with us.

There’s food and drink through the day including excellent cakes from Botley W.I. and “the best vegeburgers I ever tasted!”  from GreenBox (who regularly feed people at the Tap Social).

At 3pm we invite you to join our ‘community commitment’ meeting, where we’ll discuss what we can do to tackle climate change.

Keep in touch with what’s happening on the 29th via Facebook.

New Seacourt Hall Open Day

New Seacourt Hall Open Day

Seacourt Hall Open Day Saturday 25th January 10am-4pm. Come along and see the new community hall and its great facilities. There will be entertainment and demonstrations from regular Seacourt Hall users throughout the day including dancing, singing, and exercise, plus tours of the new Library upstairs, and lots of information stalls with local organisations. Snacks, cakes and hot drinks will be available throughout the day. Seacourt Hall is at 3 Church Way near Barclays Bank in Botley. http://www.seacourthall.org.uk/new-hall/ Drop in and see for yourself!

Road closed for crane work

Road closed for crane work

Delayed crane removal now on 8th & 9th January: no access to shops from Westminster Way.

SDC have informed us there will be no vehicle or pedestrian access to the West Way shopping area from Westminster Way on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th January to facilitate the dismantling of tower crane (Betsy) serving Block B. This was previously planned for December but delayed due to weather conditions.

Pedestrian access to the shopping areas will remain in place off West Way and via the walk through from Arthray Road. Vehicular access to the Co-Op car park will continue to be available via Elms Parade whilst these works take place. The new lay-by on Westminster Way will be used for any Tesco and Co-Op lorry deliveries. Vehicle and pedestrian access along Westminster Way will be unaffected.

SDC have apologised in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Expressway meeting & resources

Expressway meeting & resources

Information and resources from public meeting now available. Around 150 people attended the public meeting organised jointly by NHPC and Cumnor Parish Council.on 7th November to hear about the process, issues, and impact of the proposed Expressway. You can find downloadable versions of presentations from that event below and lots more information on the resources page.

We are also planning to post an audio recording of the whole meeting soon for those who missed it.

Presentations from the public information event in Seacourt Hall, Botley on 7th November 2019 (with additional content):

You can find more information and resources here:

The No Expressway Group are asking people to sign their petition to stop the Expressway. You can sign up on the NEG website.

Watch this space for details about further events and activities. We are expecting the announcement by Highways England of six possible routes in early 2020. You will have a chance to submit comments about these routes in a public consultation and we strongly encourage you to use this opportunity to speak out against the Expressway.

Consultation: Botley Road & West Way Traffic Safety & Improvement Schemes

Consultation: Botley Road & West Way Traffic Safety & Improvement Schemes

Open to 29th November: amended proposals to provide major bus, cycle and pedestrian improvements. Following an initial public consultation on proposals in May and June an amended design incorporating these amendments has now been completed and revised plans have been created. Some of these new measures require formal consultation including: traffic regulation orders, bus facilities and new / changes to pedestrian and cyclist crossings.

View and comment on the consultation website here: https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/A420TrafficSafetyImprovements/consultationHome

Public meeting: Oxford – Cambridge Expressway

Public meeting: Oxford – Cambridge Expressway

Thursday 7th November, 7:30pm Seacourt Hall: an opportunity to find out what impact the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway might have on you, our local community, and Oxfordshire as a whole. The meeting is hosted by North Hinksey Parish Council and Cumnor Parish Council. 

If the Expressway is built, together with the associated additional housing, industry and other elements proposed as part of the wider scheme, it will be the largest single infrastructure project to ever take place within Oxfordshire. It is essential that everybody has a chance to have their say by participating in the public consultation, and we want to ensure that people are fully informed in advance about the detailed issues.

The public meeting will include speakers who can provide detailed answers on how the Expressway is being justified from the Government viewpoint, and what it might mean in terms of additional housing and infrastructure throughout the wider ‘Growth Arc’ that the Expressway would pass through. They will also address the potential economic, social and environmental impacts on local communities. There will be opportunities to question the speakers and panel about all aspects of the proposed scheme.

Removal of graffiti on A34 flyover

Removal of graffiti on A34 flyover

We are pleased to announce that, following our request to Highways England, graffiti removal work on the underside of the A34 bridge is scheduled to take place starting from Monday 28 October 2019 over seven nights. They will be removing the graffiti before applying an anti-graffiti product.

We would like to thank Highways England for listening to our concerns and improving Botley Road under the bridge. It’s great when different organisations work together to benefit the community

For the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, a diversion will be set up beneath the bridge, using the paths on the opposite side to where the work is taking place, and a temporary crossing point on the east side of the bridge.

A34 road closures for bridge repairs

A34 road closures for bridge repairs

Weekend A34 northbound road closures 18-21 Oct, 1-4 Nov, 8-11 Nov: Highways England are carrying out concrete repairs, replacing the waterproofing material and joints on the bridge which carries the A34 over B4044 Botley Road, to ensure the future integrity of the structure and the safety of road users. As the concrete below the road surfacing material is breaking up leading to potholes, specialist machinery will be required to remove the damaged concrete and replace the road surfacing. 

Due to the extent of work required and to keep the overall disruption to a minimum, the works will require a series of weekend closures on the northbound A34, and one week of night-time working. 

The dates of the northbound weekend closures are currently scheduled as follows: 

  • 8pm on Friday 18 October through to 5.30am on Monday 21 October
  • 8pm on Friday 1 November through to 5.30am on Monday 4 November  
  • 8pm on Friday 8 November through to 5.30am on Monday 11 November (contingency) 

During these weekend periods the A34 northbound carriageway will be closed from the A423 Hinksey Hill junction to the A420 Botley Interchange, and lane 2 of the A34 southbound carriageway will be closed to provide a sufficient safety zone for workers. In addition, the A34 northbound carriageway will be closed between the A423 Hinksey Hill junction and the A420 Botley Interchange overnight (between 9pm and 6am) over five weekday nights to allow the bridge joints to be installed once the main repairs have taken place. The diversion for both the weekend and weeknight closures will go via the Oxford ringroad. Delays are expected during these weekend closures, so road users are advised to plan their journeys in advance. Access to North Hinksey and South Hinksey will be maintained via the A34 southbound carriageway only.