Work started 14th January! The installation of a zip wire, in-ground trampoline and two swings to form a new play area for older children and teenagers in the upper Louie Memorial Playing Field, behind the MUGA with start on Monday 14th January. Following consultation with local young people, we have used Section 106 funds (contributions from housing developers) to purchase equipment to form this new play area as part of the proposals to rejuvenate the playing fields and Pavilion for all users. Installation should take about two weeks. For more details see the Louie Memorial page.
Our new Parish Clerk Colin Ryde is now working from the new Parish Office in Seacourt Hall (Floor 2 above Co-op and the Baptist Church). Office hours are 9:30 to 3pm Monday to Thursday, If you have a query it is best to first email firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01865 861992 (this number diverts to a mobile phone outside office hours). If you visit the Clerk in the office please be aware that other rooms in the Hall may be in use.
Alan Stone retired from his role as Parish Clerk on 31st December after more than 16 years of service. We would like to thank Alan for all his dedication and hard work over the several Councils he has served and on behalf of Parishioners. We wish him a well-earned happy retirement. Our new Clerk Colin Ryde has been working with Alan since October and takes on full responsibility on 1st January so we also welcome Colin to NHPC. Colin Ryde can be contacted on email@example.com
Oxfordshire County Council’s Winter in Oxfordshire campaign asks for you to be the warmth in your community by helping improve the life of a vulnerable person. When cold weather comes, illness and deaths among older people and at-risk groups can rise greatly. You can help prevent this across Oxfordshire by providing support for the elderly, disabled, or anyone who feels isolated within their community. Find out more about how you can help.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Service of Remembrance. For photos, pictures, poems and the address visit the 2018 Remembrance Day page.
October 2018 update – The latest Community Liaison Group Meeting was on 29th October, check our Facebook page for detailed updates. Mace’s November newsletter is due out soon, their newsletter for October can be found here and on Mace’s consultation website. For any problems, contact Dan Bleach of SP Broadway on 020 3405 3460. For urgent and site-specific concerns, you can contact SDC’s Liaison Officer Peter Sandercock on 01234 264 332
Jesse Norman, Parliamentary MP, Department for Transport visited Botley to discuss Expressway route and met with NHPC Chairman David Kay, Layla Moran, MP and District and County Councillors. They took a walk around the area and met with local protestors. This follows Highways England’s announcement of their choice of “corridor” for the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway with one of the options being widening the A34 through Botley. Read about the visit in the Oxford Mail and TV coverage on Meridian. Previous coverage of the plans can be found in the Oxford Mail, Guardian and Observer.
The following key objectives are for the remainder of the term of the Council (to May 2019). Updates on progress can be found on the Key Objectives page
- To provide an improved range of leisure and recreational facilities within the Parish.
- To support, manage and improve spaces, buildings and services that are the Parish Council’s responsibilities.
- To work with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the redevelopment of Botley Centre proceeds with as little disruption as possible to the activities of residents and local businesses.
- To actively support the production and full implementation of an effective Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish.
- To support the setting up of a new charity enabling a range of services currently offered by Elms Road Children’s Centre to continue in the long term, following the withdrawal of County Council funding.
Slides and videos from the consultation available:
The feedback survey is now closed. The raw data results are now available on the Louie Memorial page. A full analysis from Nortoft will follow.
This is the first phase of consultation. The aim is to consider a variety of options and to identify which ideas should be taken forward as community priorities.