Online consultation: 17th to 31st May. The Environment Agency are working with 9 partners on a major new flood scheme for Oxford to provide a long term solution to flooding in Oxford, helping protect the city as flood risk increases with climate change. They are sharing the latest updates on the scheme and a new Citizen Space website will launches on 17 May to explain changes and developments to the scheme plans. There will be the opportunity to submit questions about the scheme. Visit the new pages from 17 May to find out more: consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/thames/oxfordscheme.
In March we had a presentation at the parish council meeting by the Hinksey and Osney Environmental Group, a coalition of local residents, landowners and academics with the common goal of preserving unique aspects of Oxford’s ancient southern flood plain and who offer an alternative flood alleviation scheme. You can read their presentation here.
We encourage parishioners to familiarise themselves with both proposals and raise questions on the Environment Agency website during the consultation period: 17th to 31st May. More information in the poster.
The Referendum on the North Hinksey Neighbourhood plan 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 also to see the Cumnor Neighbourhood Plan was also approved
Look out for a new page coming soon on the planning section of this website covering the details of the Neighbourhood Plan and what it means for the future of our Parish.
Overnight closures 1900 – 0600 West Way including junctions with Elms Road and Poplar Road, 24th – 28th May.
As part of the Botley Road corridor works we have been notified of temporary overnight road closures on West Way. See details and redirections in the maps and notice linked below.
The suggested alternative routes for trafficare via a combination B4044 – Cumnor Road – Arnold’s Way – Lime Road – Yarnells Hill – Westminster Way and vice-versa. Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works.
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/
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.
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.
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.
UPDATE 13th March: UPDATE: more roadworks this weekend… there are also closures to the A34 northbound carriageway for the section to the south of the Botley A420/A34 roundabout, which might be in place until 6am on Monday. This is in addition to the A420 roadworks we reported before and the closure at the bottom of Westminster Way.
From 8th March two separate sets of road closures come into effect. See the separate entries on the Westminster Way roadworks (6 months) and the temporary overnight closures on the A420.
Monday 22nd March 7pm – 8.30pm: Public online meeting – Looking after our green spaces and wildlife
Join us to discuss ideas for how we can create a better natural environment.
- 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.
Join the Annual Parish Meeting online on Zoom, 7.30pm on Thursday 18th March.
Reminder: please pre-register and send your address to the Clerk by email if you want to vote in the meeting.
Attendance can be booked via Eventbrite at this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/145009295707
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83123394822
- Meeting ID: 831 2339 4822
- Passcode: 288143
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. Attendees should also display their full name (not e.g. “Janes iPad”), for tips on how to do this and full instructions for how the meeting will work please download this document: APM 2021: how it will work.
- Download the Agenda here.
- Attendance can be booked via Eventbrite at this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/145009295707
- Voting on questions at the meeting is open to those on the North Hinksey electoral roll. Please pre-register to vote by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address. Otherwise you will be asked to provide your details during the meeting if you would like to vote.
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 under the A34 flyover, 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, questions received by noon on Monday 15th March will be addressed first, but there will be time for additional questions asked on the night. 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.