20 mph consultation in Botley, North Hinksey & Cumnor

20 mph consultation in Botley, North Hinksey & Cumnor

CONSULTATION – deadline 3rd February: proposed 20mph Speed Limit

Oxfordshire County Council wants to make our built environments safer and more attractive places to walk and cycle. To enable this, 20mph speed restrictions are being used to help promote alternative modes of transport for local travel. Further details on how the council is considering making 20mph the new 30mph for Oxfordshire communities can be found here.

The County Council is therefore asking for your views on the proposal to introduce a 20mph speed limit throughout Cumnor (including Farmoor) & North Hinksey (including Botley), replacing the majority of the existing 30mph speed limit on the residential roads within the ‘built-up’ areas in the process. Additionally, a new 30mph speed limit will be introduced on the B4044 Eynsham Road at Farmoor, replacing a section of the existing 40mph speed limit either side of the junction with the B4017 Cumnor Road, adjacent to the residential properties. Other existing 30mph, 40mph & 50mph speed limits will remain in place, with Officers having taken the current road environment & traffic usage into account.

The proposals are being put forward following road safety concerns raised by the parish, and form part of a countywide programme of works that seeks to deliver ‘a safer place with a safer pace’ for the residents of Oxfordshire. In light of this, please find the following consultation documents attached:

The proposed Traffic Regulation Order is scheduled to be advertised in the Oxford Times newspaper today; Thursday 05th January 2023, and details are also available to view on the Councils consultation portal at the address below:


As stated on the notice, any objections or other representations on the proposal should be submitted by Friday 03rd February 2023.

Upcoming roadworks

Upcoming roadworks

Temporary Road Closure and “No Waiting” restriction at South Hinksey, Hinksey Hill

9 -10 January 2023 between 20:00 and 06:00.

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 above to facilitate carriageway patching works. A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 09 January 2023 up to and including 10n January 2023. This will operate between 20:00 and 06:00.

Please note that Notices for urgent works can last up to 5 consecutive days only.

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. Further details:

  • Drawing showing the extent of the closure and restriction and also the alternative route for traffic is attached. 

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Tim Belton – Milestone Infrastructure, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

Temporary Layby closure, North Hinksey Lane:

03 January 2023 up to and including 31 March 2023.

In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close a short section of North Hinksey Lane layby to to serve as a parking area for operatives and plant etc. for the Willow Walk Bridleway widening and Willow Walk 2 footbridge replacement repairs/works.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 03 January 2023 up to and including 31 March 2023. This is a 24 hour layby closure.

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.  Further details:

  • Drawing showing the extent of the closure and the alternative routes for traffic i
  • Full notice

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Clement De Cruz – Milestone Infrastructure, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The Parish office is closed from December 24th, reopening on January 3rd. The Parish Clerk is not available during this time. Phone messages and emails will be picked up from 3rd January.

You can report many issues including graffiti, fly tipping, street lighting and broken paving slabs direct to the County Council via fixmystreet.com. For details of the Vale District Council services over the holiday period check this page. There are also details on the Oxfordshire County Council website on the OCC holiday service.

For Christmas waste collections see our earlier post here.

If you have an urgent issue over the break that relates to Parish Council owned land, buildings or facilities you can contact any of the Parish Councillors listed on the Councillors page.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy New Year.

Christmas waste collections

Christmas waste collections

Please see the calendar attached for changes to the waste collections over the Christmas period, as follows:

Normal Collection DayRevised Collection Day
Thursday 29 DecemberSaturday 31st December
Thursday 5 JanuarySaturday 7 January
Thursday 12 JanuaryFriday 13 January

See details below. You can also download and print a copy here.

The call centre is open for queries from 9am – 3.30pm on 23 December, 9am – 5pm on 28, 29 and 30 December on 03000 610610.

In addition, garden waste collections are suspended over the holiday period to concentrate on Christmas waste collections. Collections resume in January 2023. For more information, please see the garden waste page https://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/vale-of-white-horse-district-council/recycling-rubbish-and-waste/garden-waste/ on the Vale’s website.

Cold weather warning

Cold weather warning

Cold Weather Alert Level-3, 18:00hrs Wednesday 7th December – 09:00hrs Monday 12th December.

The Met Office has released a Cold Weather Alert Level-3, in effect from 18:00hrs Wednesday 7th December – 09:00hrs Monday 12th December. This may be extended as the cold conditions currently look to continue further into next week. 

  • Conditions are expected to turn rather cold by mid-week as air from the Arctic spreads south across the country.
  • Very cold nights are expected, with widespread frosts and potentially severe frosts.
  • Daytime temperatures persisting near or just above freezing, with overnight temperatures continuing to trend downwards.
  • Wintry showers in some coastal areas may push inland at times, bringing a risk of icy patches  

Further information and guidance is available online:

Please keep an eye on the forecasts over the next week.

In light of this warning, please check any road salt bins near your home, if they need topping up (empty or half full) please contact Oxfordshire County Council.

You can also find more information in the OCC Snow Guide.

<strong>West Way Phase 2 construction begins</strong>

West Way Phase 2 construction begins

Mace’s new construction partner Gilbert Ash start works on phase 2 this week (commencing 28th November).  The early works will involve increasing the site levels using imported stone and the installation of drainage within the site hoarding. Following on from this, they will commence piling / foundation works in the new year for approx. 12 weeks. This will be followed by the commencement of the new concrete frame works. 

The Parish Council has been invited, along with other local groups and organisations, to a Community Liaison Group meeting in the coming weeks to engage with the community during the construction period. Meanwhile Gilbert Ash have produced their first community newsletter that outlines the initial construction activities and introduces members of their team. The newsletter can be read here. 

We will keep you up-to-date as we learn more and when the community liaison group begins to meet. If you have questions you would like to raise in this forum please contact the Clerk or the District Councillors Emily Smith and Debby Hallett.

Public art open day

Public art open day

Saturday 3rd December, 10am to 1pm, Seacourt Hall: view, discuss, take part.

Come along to find out more about the public art coming to West Way, talk to the artists, see the plans, and even take part in creating art for our public spaces – for Christmas and for the future.

All ages welcome, especially children and young people. Come along to:

  • Find out more about the public art coming to Botley in the next few months
  • See the mosaic panels for West Way being finished with Clare Goodall and local volunteers who have booked on to Clare’s sessions
  • View the plans and templates for the standing stones that local sculptor Alex Wenham is creating for the shopping centre
  • Try out large-scale drawing with mural artist Nor, to help design new murals for the building opposite the hall
  • Create artwork to decorate the Seacourt Hall for the Christmas period with local artist Ali Hogg

Everyone is welcome to drop in, take part, chat and meet the artists, or just come and have a look.

The event is hosted by North Hinksey Parish Council as part of the public art engagement for Botley’s West Way Square.

Vacancy: Grounds Keeper

The Parish Council is looking for a Grounds Keeper for the Louie Memorial playing fields. The Grounds Keeper’s average working hours are 6 hours a week. Necessary training will be provided including RoSPA training. The salary is equivalent to £22,780 per annum at full time hours – pro rata for 6 hours a week this is £307.84 per month.

Duties of the post include, but are not limited to:

  • Weekly Safety Checks of the play equipment on the Upper and Lower Playing Fields, using RoSPA report form
  • Weekly, monthly and annual maintenance checks on the defibrillator cabinet
  • Cleaning and litter picking, general maintenance of the Trim Trail equipment, and reporting and removing graffiti
  • Ensuring safety of paths, salting and clearing mud as necessary, to prevent slips and falls, checking for any tree damage
  • Line marking the 11-a-side football pitch
  • Taking care of groundskeeping supplies tools and inventory

Download the full Job Description here.

Please apply to the Parish Clerk or by email or post to Parish Office, 5 Church Way, Botley Oxford, OX2 9TH.

Marking Remembrance Day

Marking Remembrance Day

The annual Remembrance Service at the Commonwealth War Graves, Sunday 13th November and event on 11th November.

The annual Remembrance Service at the Commonwealth War Graves, North Hinksey Lane, will take place on Sunday 13th November from 10:45am to 11:45am. Gates will open at 10:30am.  The service will see participation by members of the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces, the Commonwealth, and representatives from other countries whose Service personnel are laid to rest in the Cemetery. Involvement from the Parish includes Scouts, Guides and pupils from Matthew Arnold School alongside local voluntary and community organizations, dignitaries and religious leaders. Following the service there will be tea and cakes served by Botley Women’s Institute in the WI Hall across the road. All members of the Parish are warmly invited to attend.

In addition to the service, at 11am on Friday 11th November, a 2 minute’s silence will be observed and a bugler will play the Last Post in the centre of Botley. This will take place in the West Way shopping centre at the Library end of the centre. All welcome.

Mosaic sessions: get involved

Mosaic sessions: get involved

Opportunity to create mosaic artworks on 3 Saturdays: 19th and 26th November, and 3rd December.

There are three elements to the Public Art planned for the shopping centre: standing stones, mural work and wall mounted mosaics. You can learn more about the overall project here.

For the mosaic element, artist Clare Goodall has designed three panels inspired by local nature, flora and fauna. Clare worked with Botley Primary School earlier in the year on ideas and for the design, she held mosaic making sessions at our Public Art Open Day in March and sessions with local participants to create the first panel in the summer. In September and October she worked with students at North Hinksey Primary School to create the second panel. Now she is looking for 8 local people to help create the third and final panel.

Clare will hold mosaic workshops on the mornings of Saturday 5th, 19th and 26th November, 10am to 12pm in Seacourt Hall. She is looking for 8 volunteers – adults and young people 12 years upwards – who can commit to all 3 dates. If you are interested contact goodall200@btinternet.com The hall will be open to all on those dates too so you can call in to observe the work and find out more about the overall project.

The mosaic panels should all be finished by December and are likely to be the first part of the artwork to be installed. Look out for more news coming soon.