Westminster Way temporary road closure

Westminster Way temporary road closure

26th to 29th Sept, 7pm to 6am

In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the road and impose a ‘No Waiting’ restriction on Westminster Way to facilitate resurfacing of the carriageway and the subsequent reinstatement of all road markings and lines.

The temporary closure and will operate from 26 September 2022 up to and including 29 September 2022. TWorks will be via full road closures; 19:00-06:00hrs over 3 consecutive night-time shifts, starting Monday 26th September.

Resurfacing works stop short of the West Way shopping precinct and Premier Inn Car park.  Vehicular access will be maintained to the underground car park and hotel throughout. Pedestrian access will be unaffected throughout the entire site

The “No Waiting” restriction means that wherever there are in place yellow “No Waiting” cones, you will not be able to park vehicles on the highway.

Copies of the patching drawings showing the areas that will be carried out, as well as a copy of the agreed diversion route are found below.

The phasing of the works is as below:

Monday 26th September – Resurface btw A34 and Yarnells Hill including entire junction area with Harcourt Hill Road. Will be a lane closure on the A34 Northbound as well as full closure of Westminster Way.  Vehicular access to Harcourt Hill will be restricted.  Buses will use diversion route.

Tuesday 27th September – Resurface btw Yarnells Hill and B4044 Botley Road via a full closure. No TM on A34 though.  Access to the Harcourt Hill campus will be reopened although access/egress will only be directly out onto the A34 dual carriageway. Westminster Way will remain fully closed as a through-route. In essence, they will move further up to allow them to re-open the junction out onto the A34. Buses will therefore run to the campus but use the A34 to access Botley.

Wednesday 28th September – Works are simply lining and gully emptying. Still be via a full closure and access can be permitted in/out as required from the A34 junction throughout again.  Westminster Way will not be a through route, so traffic should join at the A34 and go up to the Botley interchange as per the previous night.  

Drawings showing works and alternative routes:


  • via Westminster Way, B4044, A420, A34, Westminster Way 
  • or Westminster Way, B4044, Hurst Rise Road, Springfield Road, Hutchcomb Road, Lime Road, Yarnells Hill, WestminsterWay.

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

Footpaths closure  17 Oct – 4 Nov

Footpaths closure 17 Oct – 4 Nov

Temporary Footpaths closure North Hinksey due to footbridge works.

Parts of footpath Numbers 311/1/10 and 320/16/10 at North Hinksey will be closed because of refurbishment of the Fishes Footbridge which is anticipated to be completed on 4 November 2022. The alternative route will be signed via Willow Walk and the Fishes pub. Drawings showing the extent of the closure and the alternative routes for traffic can be found below.

  • Drawing showing works and alternative route.

Exemptions are included for emergency services, for Works and for pedestrian access to premises which are only accessible from the closed sections of footpath. Appropriate signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force. 

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Gene Jegorovs of Oxfordshire County Council (Communities – Asset Renewals – Bridges) on 07798 724 866.

Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

It has been announced by Buckingham Palace that Queen Elizabeth II has died. The Parish Council and the people of Botley and North Hinksey are deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of the Queen. Books of Condolence will be opened in the following locations and for those who wish to pay their respects.

  • Ground floor foyer below the Library in 5 Church Way, across from West Way shopping centre: Open Mon-Fri 8:30 to 5, Saturday morning 9am to 1pm
  • St. Peter & St Paul Church, West Way
  • St. Lawrence Church, North Hinksey Village

In addition, parishioners may want to access the Buckingham Palace e-book of condolence (https://www.royal.uk/royal-family).  A designated area will been marked out on the grass area at the front of St. Peter & St. Paul Church, West Way for those who wish to pay their respects by laying flowers.

The image of the Queen is supplied by the Oxford Mail and shows the Queen on a visit to Oxford Castle in 2006

A420 temporary closure 13 to 25 Sept

A420 temporary closure 13 to 25 Sept

7pm to 6am closure 13th to 25th September with diversion in place.

Oxfordshire County Council will be undertaking carriageway maintenance work on the A420 (eastbound) at North Hinksey between Tilbury Lane bridge and Seacourt Lane. The works are programmed to start on Tuesday 13th September 2022 and are expected to last for up to 9 shifts, subject to any bad weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances arising during construction. 

The works will include replacing damaged ironwork, resurfacing of the existing carriageway and the replacement of road markings. To enable these activities to be carried out safely the work will be done in the following phases: 

  • Phase 1: Tuesday 13th September to Monday 19th September, 19:00 to 06:00hrs – eastbound road closure to enable preparation work to be carried out, including replacing damaged ironwork. A signed diversion route will be put in place during this period. 
  • Phase 2: Tuesday 20th September to Friday 23rd September, 19:00 to 06:00hrs – eastbound road closure to enable the resurfacing work to be carried out and replacement of road markings. A signed diversion route will be put in place during this period. The A420 will be reopened to traffic when safe to do so outside of these periods. 

 Several methods of communication are being used to keep you informed of these works: 

  • Signs are being placed on site to forewarn road users in advance of the works. 
  • A maintenance information website, which will be updated should any changes occur
  • Click to view a drawing showing the extent of the closure and the alternative routes for traffic.

If you think the works will cause you problems with access or deliveries or if you require further information, then please contact the appropriate person below:

Proposed name changes to your council: have your say

Proposed name changes to your council: have your say

Consultation closes 29th July: proposed changes to the naming of North Hinksey Parish Council. A Community Governance Review is carried out every four years. In this review we have requested two changes to the naming of our Council:

  • to include ‘Botley’ within the name of the parish i.e. ‘Botley and North Hinksey Parish Council’
  • and change to the name from a “Parish Council” to a “Community Council”.

This is now open for public consultation and you can submit comments online up to Friday 29th July. Visit the Community Governance website here to comment.

What happens next?
The Community Governance and Electoral Issues Committee will consider the responses and agree whether or not to implement the proposed changes. We aim to implement any changes agreed so that they apply in time for the May 2023 elections. We will post the results of the consultation on their website in Autumn 2022.

If you have any questions on the Community Governance Review, please contact the elections team on cgr@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422528. If you have any questions on the survey or require it in an alternative format (for example large print, Braille, audio, email, Easy Read and alternative languages) please email haveyoursay@southandvale.gov.uk or call 01235 422425.

Mosaic sessions in June & July

Mosaic sessions in June & July

There are 5 mosaic workshops at the Seacourt Hall on Thursdays 10am -12pm  from 23rd June to July 21st. 

These are free public sessions with artist Clare Goodall and will form part of her mosaic panels commission for public art in West Way Square. Participants will be able to learn cutting and layout techniques to make mosaics that are required for the designs set out in the plans. Full guidance will be given. All abilities welcome. Attendance is limited to 12 participants in each workshop.If you are interested please contact Lorna Berrett  lberrett.nhpc@gmail.com

Read Clare’s full proposal for mosaic panels in West Way Square.

Jubilee celebrations and beacon lighting

Jubilee celebrations and beacon lighting

Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee: Beacon party Thursday; West Way festival Saturday

The celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee run from the 2nd to the 5th of June. Both Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd are bank holidays. In Botley we have two big celebrations planned as well as some street parties.

Thursday 2nd June – Lighting the Beacon. Party from 7pm

At 9.45pm beacons will be lit in a chain across Britain. Ours is on top of the hill above the Louie Memorial Field – with views to the Cotswolds, the Chilterns and the Ridgeway.  We will join with people from Cumnor to light the beacon, but first, from 7pm, there will be a celebration at the Memorial Field (on Arnolds Way).   There will be a bar (by Tap Social) and a barbeque (by the 15th Oxford Scouts) or you can bring your own food for a picnic. There will be a ‘down the decades’ family-friendly disco. From 9.15 we will collect our candle lanterns and follow the piper to the top of the hill. Then back to the Pavilion for hot chocolate.

Saturday 4th June: West Way Jubilee Festival

On the Saturday of the Jubilee weekend we will have the first open-air party in the new West Way shopping centre with music, games, competitions and entertainment for everyone.

There will be a stage on Church Way and more events in the Seacourt Hall, including a local history exhibition and Jubilee cake competition as well as tea and cakes to buy with proceeds going to the Pavilion fund. Local bands the ‘Botley Crue’ and ‘Barricane’ will be among the performers on the outside stage and we will have singers and martial arts demonstrations from local groups. The Seacourt Bridge will be running an open-air bar.

Local organisations will have stalls and games, there will be a shop window competition for children and  we expect to have a Fire Engine and some classic motorbikes on display.  There will be as much bunting as we can string up around the centre and we are encouraging the residents to take part too with a balcony decorating competition.

Please come along to this community celebration. After 2 years of restrictions this is a great opportunity to kick off the summer with a national and local celebration with your friends, family and neighbours.

Keep an eye out for posters and our Facebook page for details of how to enter the baking and other competitions: https://www.facebook.com/BotleyJubilee2022

Vacancy: relief caretaker, holiday and sick cover

Vacancy: relief caretaker, holiday and sick cover

The Parish Council is looking for one or more part-time relief Caretakers to cover holidays and sick leave for the Caretaker of the Louie Memorial Pavilion and playing fields. The Caretaker’s average working hours are 5 hours a week. The hourly gross salary is £10.37.

This will be a zero hours contract. The caretaker has 4 weeks holiday a year which requires cover plus cover for any sick leave as required. It may suit someone self-employed in a similar role with flexibility in their schedule.

  Depending on the time of year, the duties of the post may include: –

  • Pavilion building checks 3 times a week, safety checks and  maintaining the main hall, kitchen, changing rooms and showers.
  • Weekly play equipment safety checks on the Upper and Lower Louie Memorial Field Play areas.  (Training will be given)
  • Weekly maintenance checks on the defibrillator cabinet
  • Cleaning the MUGA and Children’s Shelter area to remove litter etc. and the maintenance of the 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.

Download the full Job Description.

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

New Louie Memorial Pavilion consultation

New Louie Memorial Pavilion consultation

Local survey ahead of revised planning application: Whether or not you were able to make the in-person consultation at the pop-up cafe on Sunday 15th May. You can view the latest version of the plans from NHPC’s architects, give your feedback and tell us your vision for the redeveloped site.

New plans:

Deadline for completing the feedback form is Sunday 22nd May.

Your feedback will be taken into consideration in our revised planning application. Once the application is submitted to the Vale District Council there will be a period of official consultation. We would encourage you to provide your feedback in that consultation where your comments will be considered by the Vale’s planning team who make the decision on the application. We will post the link on this website when available.