Surgery on the Scout Hut Poll, 18th July

Surgery on the Scout Hut Poll, 18th July

Thank you to everyone who came along to our surgery during the pop-up cafe on Sunday 18th July to discuss questions around the Scout Hut following the Parish Poll. It was great meet everyone who came along and to have a positive face to face discussion. We look forward to further positive dialogue.

Vacancy: Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Vacancy: Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

UPDATED closing date 9th August: Could you be our new Clerk and RFO?

North Hinksey Parish Council (NHPC) is seeking a committed and enthusiastic professional to become its new Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO). While these can be separate roles, the current post holder has undertaken both (preferred), but we will also consider job sharing. North Hinksey is a busy Parish at the western boundary of Oxford, benefitting from the city’s history and resources but retaining its own community-minded identity. With a population of c.5000 people and an annual Precept around £100k, we are an active Parish Council with 14 members who provide leisure facilities, green spaces, annual events and local services for the community through 7 committees.

As Clerk you will provide administrative support for all NHPC activities and advise the Council on legal, personnel, planning, and regulatory matters related to Council business. You will attend all Council and Committee meetings, requiring evening work on pre-set days. As a successful applicant you will demonstrate attention to detail, proficiency in Microsoft Office (primarily Word and Excel), a friendly and professional communication style, and excellent organisational and time-management skills. CiLCA qualification and work experience within Local Government are highly desirable.

As Responsible Financial Officer you will administer all of the Council’s financial affairs. This will require experience with financial/accounting practises, a good working knowledge of Receipts and Payments bookkeeping, VAT, payroll processes, and use of commercial accounting software. The Council will support you in any required further training and continuing professional development.

The combined Clerk and RFO appointment is a full-time position of 37 hours per week. We will also consider part-time job share, particularly for applicants with previous Clerk/RFO experience. The successful candidate’s salary will be based on skills and experience and will fall within NJC pay scales 21 to 28 (£26,511 to £32,234 per year, or pro rata for job share), with potential to progress to higher scales in post.

Could you be our new Clerk and RFO, working with North Hinksey Parish Council to support our dynamic community through a range of exciting projects and services? To discuss the post further, please contact the Chairman of NHPC: cllr.caroline.potter@gmail.com

A full job description and application form can be found below. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 9th August.

Audit notice and public access

Audit notice and public access

The unaudited 2020-21 Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) is now published on the Accounts & Budgets page along with the public notice that lays out how to request access to accounting records. Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year and the process for this is outlined in the Public Notice at the top of the page.

Also published on the page is Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2019-20 audit.

New picnic benches

New picnic benches

North Hinksey Parish Council have purchased six picnic benches and installed them in the Louie Memorial  Fields. We hope these will help even more people to enjoy our outside space this summer as well as being useful for the pop-up cafes on Sundays.

Benches outside pavillion
2 benches by fence
Parish Poll results

Parish Poll results

Thank you to everyone who turned out to vote at the Parish Poll held on 9th June . The results are as follows:

  • Turnout 425
  • Electorate 4081 
  • 10.4% turnout

On the motion: Should North Hinksey Parish Council offer 4th Oxford Scouts a new lease of the Scout Hut, restoring their previous rights and ensuring that they can continue to invest in young people and thrive as a large multi-section Scout Group with over 100 members?

  • Yes: 317
  • No: 107
  • 1 disallowed  paper

On the motion: Should North Hinksey Parish Council offer 4th Oxford Scouts a new lease of the Scout Hut, restoring their previous rights?

  • Yes: 316
  • No: 108
  • 1 disallowed  paper.

This will be an agenda item at the next full parish council meeting which begins at 7:30pm on 24th June.

Official notices:

Neighbourhood Plan approved

Neighbourhood Plan approved

The North Hinksey Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2031 was approved in the Referendum held on 6th May by 1434 votes for to 191 against, an approval rate of 88%. Thank you to all who voted and the many people who worked on the Plan over the last seven years. We are pleased to see that the Cumnor Parish Neighbourhood Plan was also approved

For more details about the North Hinksey Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2031 and to download a copy see our Neighbourhood Plan page.

Survey on proposed 20mph zone in Botley

Survey on proposed 20mph zone in Botley

Have your say: Should North Hinksey Parish be a 20mph zone?

This question was proposed by Councillor Alisatair Bastin at the Annual Parish Meeting in March and he requested that the Parish Council should consider holding an online survey in order to gauge parishioners’ opinions more widely. A poll was taken with 87 in favour and 8 against so it was agreed to go ahead with the survey.

Complete the survey here.

Reasons for voting Yes include:

  • Air Quality – it takes more than twice as much energy to go from 0 to 30mph as it does to go from 0 to 20mph, so more than twice as much pollution from exhausts and brake dust. Reducing the speed limit will reduce pollution and improve air quality.
  • Road Safety – 20mph zones reduce injury accidents (including to children) by as much as two thirds. See details here.
  • 20mph is the standard for residential roads in Oxford City since 2009.

Read more about the national Twenty is Plenty campaign at https://www.20splenty.org/

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.

More information on the Public Art project here.

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.

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.