Vacancy: Part–Time Caretaker for Louie Memorial Pavilion & Fields

Vacancy: Part–Time Caretaker for Louie Memorial Pavilion & Fields

The Parish Council is looking to appoint a new part-time caretaker, at a gross salary of £248.88p a month for an average of 24 hours a month over the year. The actual hours worked will fluctuate between summer and winter months. 

The pavilion is run by a management committee and the caretaker’s work will involve liaising and working with that management committee.    

The main duties of the post include: –

  • Line marking of the football pitch (on average two/three times a month during the football season).
  • Visiting the Pavilion three times a week to check the building and undertake any minor maintenance
    work, safety checks etc; liaising with the Parish Clerk to arrange any statutory building checks e.g. fire extinguishers, electrical certificates.
  • Weekly Play Equipment Safety Checks on the Upper and Lower Louis Memorial Field Play areas; completing the ROSPA report form and returning it to the Parish Clerk.  (Training will be given for this duty)
  • Weekly, monthly and annual maintenance checks on the defibrillator cabinet
  • Maintaining the main hall, kitchen, changing rooms and showers.
  • Cleaning the MUGA and Children’s Shelter area to remove litter etc. and the general maintenance of the Trim Trail equipment. 
  • Strim the following areas: –
  • i).  The outside of the Pavilion building for long grass when necessary.
  • ii).  Strim along the inner car park fencing at least once a year
  • iii).  If found necessary strim along the MUGA outer fencing and trim trail equipment.
  • Litter Picking as necessary in the ‘Lower’ playing field, children’s play area, the copse main paths, the
    ‘Upper’ playing field, its play equipment areas and the Children’s Shelter: reporting any safety hazards.
  • Lime Road Bus Shelter – Clean out once a week.
  • Other reasonable duties as requested by the Parish Council.

Please apply in writing  to the Parish Clerk by e mail: clerk@northhinksey-pc.gov.uk or by post to 29 Long Close Botley Oxford, OX2 9SG  by 12 noon on  Monday 10th June 2019. 

Statement on negotiations with 4th Oxford Scouts

Statement on negotiations with 4th Oxford Scouts

On 9th May NHPC agreed to issue a statement clarifying its current position regarding negotiations with the 4th Oxford Scouts for their continued use of facilities at Louie Memorial Playing Fields beyond the expiration of the current lease in 2020. This statement is in response to inaccurate information circulated within the community prior to the recent public consultation on planning application P19/V0696/FUL and the parish elections.

Read the statement here.

Parish Council election results

Parish Council election results

The results of the Parish Council election on 2nd May can be found on the Vale’s page here. The Councillors page on this website will be updated with new details after the AGM on 9th May when the new Councillors officially take up their roles.

All parishioners are welcome to attend the AGM where the new Chair and Vice Chair will be elected by Councillors and Committee members will also be agreed. The AGM is on Thursday 9th May at 8pm in Seacourt Hall. You can download the Agenda on the meetings page.

West Way construction update

West Way construction update

See SDC’s latest update slides from the 29th April Community Liaison Group meeting. Imminent changes are the reinstating of the walkway from Arthray Road through to Barclays Bank and Elms Parade which should reopen Tuesday 7th May at the latest. Some issues have delayed the new pedestrian crossing work on West Way but staff are on hand to help at school run times and issues should be solved soon.

More details on these and construction of all issues in the slides.

A34 Overnight Closures for Road Marking Renewal

A34 Overnight Closures for Road Marking Renewal

The A34 will be closed overnight between April and July at points including Botley.  Kier Highways, on behalf of Highways England, will be renewing the road markings along sections of the A34 north and southbound carriageways in Oxfordshire.  They will be closing the A34 overnight (9pm to 6am) in various places on the A34 for a few days at at time starting this week and continuing into July. The first area affected is from the M40 southbound to Peartree interchange. The Botley interchange is affected in May and July. See below for the full schedule.

Tuesday 23 April for four nights – A34 southbound carriageway from the M40 (junction 9) to the A44 Peartree Interchange with a signed diversion in place via A44, A40 and M40 for motorway permitted vehicles. A secondary diversion will be in place via the A44, Kirtlington, A4095 and Vendee Drive for vehicles which are restricted from using the motorway.

Monday 29 April for three nights – A34 northbound carriageway from the A423 Hinksey Hill junction to the A44 Peartree Interchange with a signed diversion via the Oxford ring-road

Tuesday 7 May – M40 junction 9 eastbound exit slip road and westbound entry slip road with a signed diversion in place via M40 junction 8a

Wednesday 8 May – M40 junction 9 westbound exit slip road and eastbound entry slip road with a signed diversion in place via M40 junction 10

Monday 13 May for four nights – A34 northbound carriageway from the A44 Peartree Interchange to the M40 (junction 9) with a signed diversion in place via A44, A40 and M40 for motorway permitted vehicles. A secondary diversion will be in place via the A44, Kirtlington, A4095 and Vendee Drive for vehicles which are restricted from using the motorway.

Wednesday 29 May for five nights – A34 northbound carriageway from the A4130 Milton Interchange to the A420 Botley Interchange with a signed diversion will go via A417, Wantage, A338 and A420. Road users wishing to join at Marcham or Abingdon north will be diverted via Marcham to pick up the main diversion at Frilford; Road users wishing to join at Hinksey Hill will be diverted via the Oxford ring-road to access the A34 at the Peartree Interchange

Monday 1 July for three nights – A34 southbound carriageway from the A44 Peartree Interchange to the A423 Hinksey Hill junction with a signed diversion via the Oxford ring-road

Monday 8 July for four nights – A34 southbound carriageway from the A420 Botley Interchange to the A4130 Milton Interchange with a signed diversion will go via A420, A338 to Wantage, and then the A417. Road users wishing to join at Marcham or Abingdon north will be diverted via Marcham to pick up the main diversion at Frilford; Road users wishing to join at Hinksey Hill will be diverted north to the Botley Interchange to pick up the main diversion.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles on blue light calls.

Please be aware that these works have been carefully programmed but are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances – please check the yellow signs placed in advance at the junction for confirmation of the closures dates/timings.

Highways England apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption caused during the work. For questions: 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk

Notice of Elections

Notice of Elections

Parish Council Elections are held on 2nd May. Notice of Elections has now been posted. Download the Notice here.

All 14 Parish Council seats are up for election on Thursday 2nd May. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor you can find out more about the role, process and timeline for candidates on our Elections and Staffing page. You can also contact the Parish Clerk for more information.

There are details on the Vale of the White Horse District Council website and the National Association for Local Councils also produces information for potential councillors including:

More links to the NALC and the Vale District Council election resources can be found on our Elections and Staffing page.

Construction update

Construction update

Update: work from 8th April including new West Way crossing and temporary closure of access from Arthray Road to Elms Parade. Mace and SDC have provided an update newsletter covering work planned for the Easter school holidays in 2 areas.

1) With effect from 8 April (to coincide with the start of the school Easter holidays) we will again be closing the pedestrian walkway between Arthray Road and Elms Parade for a period of up to 4 weeks. This is to allow for the installation of services and service connections to the main services already installed. As before it will not be possible to open the path overnight. The alternative pedestrian route from Arthray Road to Elms Parade will be via Westminster Way and West Way. The route will be sign posted and banksmen will be in place to direct pedestrians accordingly.

2) The section 278 works to form the permanent West Way pedestrian crossing will also commence on Monday 8th April as shown on the accompanying plan. As will be noted the current crossing will be closed and there will be a traffic light controlled vehicle contraflow system on West Way whilst the works take place. Although the plan indicates a 3 week programme the pedestrian crossing will be available for use from 23rd April to coincide with the reopening of the schools for the summer term.

There is a map in the newsletter. They have apologised for the inconvenience these works will inevitably cause and noted that once complete no further works are planned for these 2 facilities.

In addition, the Vale of White Horse District Council has released details of the addresses and numbering for all the buildings in the finished development. View the plan of the proposed numbering scheme.

Climate change emergency motion

Climate change emergency motion

NHPC have passed a motion declaring a ‘climate emergency’. We have done this to express our deep concern about the growing threat of climate change and to commit ourselves to play our part in tackling this global problem. Our powers and impacts as a Parish Council may be limited but we are joining thousands of other councils around the world (including the Vale District Council and Oxford City Council) in doing what we can at every level.

We are going to work with other groups in our parish with the aim of getting as many people as possible engaged and active. At one level this may be about simple issues such as saving energy and cutting food waste. It all matters. But it’s also about working to oppose the proposed Expressway, and about making sure that Vale and the County Council use their powers under the planning and transport systems to help create a genuinely sustainable future.  We’d like to hear from anyone who’d like to get involved – contact us via the Parish Clerk

You can read our full motion and policy here.

Look out for more information from the working group after the May elections. In the meantime, you can check out the following local websites for tips on what you can do:

Planning application for Louie Memorial Pavilion

Planning application for Louie Memorial Pavilion

Thursday 14th March at 7pm: NHPC will consider the full planning application for a multi-use Louie Memorial Pavilion to replace the current pavilion and scout hut buildings at a special meeting on Thurs 14th March. The plans will be on display at the meeting and also at the Annual Parish Meeting on 21st March. You can download all the drawings and other planning documents below and more information and background including the Ecological Survey and the Consultation Report, can be found on the Louie Memorial page.

If NHPC approves the plans they will be submitted to Vale of White Horse District Council for planning approval, at which time the District Council will run a formal public consultation on the plans.

Existing plans:

Proposed plans:

Planning documents: