New date for Green Spaces Workshop

New date for Green Spaces Workshop

Monday 22nd March 7pm – 8.30pm: Public online meetingLooking after our green spaces and wildlife

Join us to discuss ideas for how we can create a better natural environment.

Speakers:

  • Roselle Chapman, Wild Oxfordshire
  • Catriona Bass, Nature recovery Network, Eynsham.
  • Updates on local projects and ideas.

The meeting will discuss:

  • How can we work together to look after our existing green spaces?
  • Possible new projects including community food growing
  • Can we create new or better spaces for wildlife within the parish?

We will also talk about setting up a community-run nature group. If you’d like to see an even greener Botley, please come along, hear about what is happening and share your ideas.

Roselle Chapman, from the Wild Oxfordshire local charity (https://www.wildoxfordshire.org.uk/), works with community groups across the county.

Catriona Bass is from the successful Eynsham ‘Nature Recovery Network’ who are doing great work (https://www.nature-recovery-network.org/ ) and are already collaborating with our neighbours on Cumnor Parish Council.

Annual Parish Meeting 18th March

Annual Parish Meeting 18th March

Join the Annual Parish Meeting online on Zoom, 7.30pm on Thursday 18th March. All parishioners are welcome to join online on video and audio. Attendees will have their microphones set to mute unless they are presenting, asking or answering a question. You can choose whether or not to have your camera on (if you have one) but we hope most of you will so we can recreate as close to a physical meeting as possible.

  • Download the Draft Agenda here.
  • Check back for the Zoom link and joining instructions coming soon.

The first half of the meeting will cover a number of topics, including updates on our Key Objectives including how to get involved in public art plans for West Way Square and the A34 underpass, local community response to Covid-19 and our Climate Emergency plans. We have also invited representative of the local Police and the Patient Participation Group to give updates and answer questions. The second half will be devoted to the plans for a new pavilion and other future improvements to the Louie Memorial Playing Fields. 

There will be open question sessions at the end of each section, please send in any questions by noon on Monday 15th March to Sharon Henley, our Parish Clerk via email as there may be little time for additional questions asked on the day. We will unmute your line if you are asking a question. Please use the Raise Your Hand function if you have an additional question not submitted beforehand and we will try to fit these in depending on time.

Please also feel free to send in suggestions for other topics of local interest that you might like us to cover in updates during the meeting, and we will try to fit them in where possible.

As we have a question submitted for a vote, we are currently finalising the logistics for voting as we need to verify voters are all on the Electoral Roll – check back for updates on how this will operate.

A420 overnight road closures

A420 overnight road closures

A420 Temporary Road Closures Northbound 8th to 10th March, Southbound 10th to 13th March.

To facilitate carriageway patching works and in the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the road and impose a ‘No Waiting’ restriction as detailed below.

  • Northbound carriageway: between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8th March up to and including 10th March 2021.
  • Southbound carriageway: between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10th March up to and including 13th March 2021.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

See the drawings for the extent of the closure and restriction and also the alternative route for traffic.  Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Mo Clark,Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11. Quote TTRO (T8470)  for Northbound, TTRO (T8466) for Southbound

Update on Scout hut and Pavilion

Update on Scout hut and Pavilion

The offer of a free lease to April 2022 has not been taken up by the Scouts so we understand they are arranging to move out of the Scout Hut.

NHPC Chairman David Kay said: 

“In response to the press release issued by the 4th Oxford Scout Group, we would like to make it clear that  the Scouts, themselves, have chosen to vacate the Scout Hut on Arnold’s Way at this time despite having the option of signing a rent-free lease that would have seen them remaining in place until at least April 2022.

We have repeatedly offered to meet with the Scouts to discuss ways forward over the past few years to no avail. Our plan remains to replace the current dilapidated buildings on the site with a new pavilion that is suitable for use by all community groups. This means that we are unable to meet the Scouts’ demand for a new 20 year lease.”

Public Meeting: Development plans for the area around the current the Pavilion and Scout Hut will be on the Agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting on 18th March which will be online and to which all parishioners are invited. Look out for the separate news item and Agenda coming soon on this website.

In response to requests, NHPC has created a webpage- Scout hut lease background where you can see a timeline and access documentation of previous decisions taken by Council in relation to a lease agreement with the 4th Oxford Scouts.

 

Botley Green Spaces Workshop: Postponed

Botley Green Spaces Workshop: Postponed

UPDATE: Due to unavoidable absences of two key people we have decided to postpone this event. We will look to run it in March – watch this space…

Please come to an online meeting on nature and green spaces around the parish.  We will report on the results of our Green Spaces survey and we also have two excellent guest speakers:

  • Roselle Chapman from the Wild Oxfordshire local charity.
  • Catriona Bass, from the successful Eynsham ‘Nature Recovery Network’ who are doing excellent work and who are collaborating with our neighbours in Cumnor Parish Council.

There will be time for new ideas and discussion. We look forward to your suggestions.

UPDATE: Green Spaces Survey – extended deadline

UPDATE: Green Spaces Survey – extended deadline

Survey extended to February 15th. Tell us how you use our green spaces.

We have a wide range of open green spaces around North Hinksey parish.  As part of North Hinksey Parish Council’s environmental work we would like to know what you think about these green spaces, and how they might be improved. 

We are running a survey that asks questions about if and how you use the green spaces in the parish.  Please let us know your ideas for improving our green spaces, to tackle problems or to simply make them more attractive or safer. If there are other green spaces you use that aren’t on our list, please tell us about those.

Fill in the Green Spaces Survey here.

This survey is open to people of all ages who live in the Botley area. Please give us your feedback by 15th February 2021 through this online survey. Alternatively you can send comments to the Parish Clerk by email (clerk@northhinksey-pc.gov.uk) or by post (North Hinksey Parish Council, 5 Church Way, Botley, Oxford, OX2 9TH).

Results of the survey will feed into an online workshop about our nature and green spaces on 20th February. More information on that event and how to join coming soon.

RESCHEDULED: Westminster Way road closure for 6 months

RESCHEDULED: Westminster Way road closure for 6 months

UPDATE; Work will now start on March 8th

As part of the Botley Road improvement scheme and in the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close a short section of Westminster Way to facilitate Botley road improvement scheme repairs/works.

This temporary closure will operate 24 hours a day from 8th March – for 6 months.

The effect of the Order is to temporarily prohibit any vehicle proceeding in that part of Westminster Way from Botley Road to Arthray Road. Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.

See map for further details.

Exemptions are included for emergency service, for Buses southbound, for the works and for access to premises which are only accessible from the closed section of road. The alternative route for traffic is via Yarnells Hill, Lime Road, Cumnor Hill or Arthray Road, Hurst Rise Road, Cumnor Hill

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

See the map and notice for the extent of the closure and restriction and also the alternative route for traffic. 

QUESTIONS:

We have raised questions with Savills who run the shopping centre and OCC. Savills were in touch with the Public Liaison and Traffic Safety Control Officer for the works who has provided the following answers:

Q – Access to West Way Square car park off Westminster Way

Regarding the access to the car park on Westminster Way, which will be in the blocked section of road. Are they intending for people to still use that to get into the car park, turning right only into it from Westminster Way, or will everything be using the Arthray Road entrance? This will need proper signposting.  

A – People will still be able to turn right / left on to Westminster Way to access the car park, as if you were coming from Cumnor Hill side or Botley Road. This means that delivery vehicles for Co-op / Premier Inn will still be able to access the loading bay as well, to leave they can drive up and turn right on to Arthray Road, or drive up and turn left to join the A34.

For people coming down Westminster Way, they will only be able to get as far as Arthray Road and will have to take that turning off.

Q – Deliveries for Coop:

Route is turning off West Way into Church Way, past Seacourt Hall, left onto Arthray Road, then left into Westminster Way to pull in on the left after the car park to Coop delivery bay. As you know, we already have ongoing problems with drivers not following instructions and going up Westminster Way and 3 point turn in entrance to Arthray Road which we’re addressing with Coop logistics’ team.

A – For delivery’s that enter the site via Church way, past Seacourt will have the option to either turn left to follow Arthray Road then at the end turn right, or turn right on to Arthray  and on to Springfield / Hurst Rise Road.

Savills have requested a meeting with the Traffic Officer to talk through the proposal, as they have highlighted the limited space  available due to cars on both sides of the road on Arthray and how this will work.

They will also seek confirmation of appropriate signage to be installed by OCC and once the plans are finalised and will also work with all the retailers and their delivery logistics’ teams as best as possible.

In addition, our County Councillor Judy Roberts is asking for the yellow lines in streets around the shops to be repainted to help with the parking issues.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Damian MacDonald, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11. Quote TTRO (T8529)

Business support – Covid-19 grants update

Business support – Covid-19 grants update

Do you run a hospitality, accommodation or leisure business that remained open during the Tier 2 restrictions in December, but with your trade severely impacted during that time? You can now apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) up to £1,800. 

You can find details about this grant and the various other funding schemes that are currently available on the Vale’s Business Support website.    

Local businesses can also sign up to the South and Vale Business Support mailing list by visiting the link above, this is the best way to find out as soon as grant funding becomes available locally.  You can also receive updates by following the Businesses Support teams Twitter and Facebook accounts.  

Winter Support Grant Scheme

Winter Support Grant Scheme

The Vale has launched a new grant scheme to help residents affected by the pandemic to buy food and keep their homes warm this winter.  The Vale has been given £73,430 and this funding must be spent by 31 March 2021. Citizens Advice South 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.

Parking enforcement

Parking enforcement

Parking enforcement update: you can now report illegally parked vehicles in the Parish directly to the County Council enforcement team via their website at https://service.oxfordshire.gov.uk/reportparkedvehicle

This is thanks to persistence by our County Councillor Judy Roberts. North Hinksey is now specifically listed along with Oxford City in the reporting page so you can report any illegal parking on yellow lines or Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) in Botley and North Hinksey.