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):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open to 25th October – consultation on Oxfordshire County Council’s proposal to introduce new and make changes to the existing parking restrictions in Lime Road, North Hinksey Lane and the North Hinksey Lane service road. The proposals are being put forward to help deter commuter parking, reduce dangerous and inconsiderate parking within the area, and ensure that vehicles can move safely, whilst improving the safety of all road users and pedestrians. Find out more online here: https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/NorthHinkseyLaneParking/consultationHome
Public Consultation on plans to tackle congestion: Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council announced their Connecting Oxford proposal today (18 September) outlining plans to tackle congestion on all major routes into Oxford and improve public transport connections into and across some parts of the city. The consultation is open until 20th October.
Seacourt Hall will be moving soon and you can join us at this exciting time as a public representative. With the move to the new community building planned in the coming months this is a time of change and opportunity for our community hall. This is also the time of year when we seek nominations for public representatives to serve as trustees on the committee.
Seacourt Hall is a registered charity managed by a committee of trustees (Seacourt Hall Management Committee), made up of representatives of the North Hinksey Parish Council (NHPC), hall users, public representatives and, as required, co-opted members. At the AGM on 25 th September (7pm at Seacourt Hall) 2 members of the public will be elected as Charity Trustees (public representatives) by NHPC residents present at the AGM.
Any NHPC resident aged over 18 may put their own name forward to be a Charity Trustee and a seconder is not needed. Any NHPC resident aged over 18 or over and attending the AGM may vote for up to 2 of the candidates who put their names forward. If 2 or less nominations are received no vote will take place and those nominated will be elected.
Nomination should be sent to the Secretary before 5pm on the 11th September. This can be by post in the letter-box at Seacourt Hall (next to Co-Op) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If anyone would like more information in advance, including the responsibilities of being a trustee, they can call Michael Cockman on 07766 317691.