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News & Notices: 


NOTICE of ROADWORKS on Harcourt Hill:

The County Council is carrying out work on Harcourt Hill between Westminster Way and Vernon Avenue starting Tuesday 15th August and expected to last 10 days. The work will include road closure between 09:00 and 18:00 in 2 phases (15th-19th and 21st-25th August) and will impact the U1 bus service. See details in the letter to residents, works layout, and bus diversion map.

Seacourt Hall: nominations sought and new website:

Seacourt Hall is managed by a Committee of Trustees (Seacourt HallManagement Committee), made up of representatives of the North Hinksey Parish Council, Hall Users and public representatives. At the AGM on 27th September (7:30pm at Seacourt Hall) 2 members of the public will be elected by those eligible and present at the AGM. Nominations should be sent to the Secretary before 5pm on the 13th September by post in the letter-box at Seacourt Hall or email michael.cockman@gmail.com

Visit the new Seacourt Hall website to see what's on, rooms and hire costs, for booking enquiries, and to find out more about the plans for a new community centre with the redevelopment of West Way shopping centre and temporary relocation during the construction period.

District Council Grants:

The Vale of White Horse District Council will be offering two grant schemes starting next month with £175,000 available to support the local community. More details on the grants and August workshops on how to apply on the Vale's website here. 

Defibrillator now installed!

Our first defibrillator is now installed at the Louie Memorial Pavilion. Read the Oxford Mail article here.  

Final Accounts 2016/2017 - Details can be found under the Accounts/Budgets heading
    on the left hand side of this page.

 
UPDATE: Co-option of a Parish Councillor
 

We are pleased to welcome Cllr Adam Rankin who was co-opted onto the Council in May and will serve as Councillor for the remainder of the current council term. See Contacts page for Adam's contact details. 

NHPC Key Objectives 

At the June 2016 meeting the Parish Council approved the following key objectives for the remainder of the term of the Council (to May 2019)

  • To provide an improved range of leisure and recreational facilities within the Parish.
  • To support, manage and improve spaces, buildings and services that are the Parish Council’s responsibilities.
  • To work with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that the redevelopment of Botley Centre proceeds with as little disruption as possible to the activities of residents and local businesses.
  • To actively support the production and full implementation of an effective Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish.
  • To support the setting up of a new charity enabling a range of services currently offered by Elms Road Children’s Centre to continue in the long term, following the withdrawal of County Council funding.

Coming soon: more details on how we plan to achieve these objectives, progress to date and regular updates.

Childrens Centre / Botley Bridges update 

Although Elms Road Children's Centre closed when County Council funding stopped in March 2017, community members have set up a new charity called Botley Bridges with the aid of both North Hinksey Parish Council and Cumnor Parish Council. This new charity is currently operating from the same building in Elms Road and offers many of the key services fomerly provided by the Children's Centre. Read more in their April 2017 update.

Reporting graffiti

Find out more on our new reporting graffiti page.

Help the RHS to get Greening Grey Britain

Did you know that:

  • Over 5 million front gardens now have no plants growing in them (that’s one in three for the UK)
  • 4.5 million front gardens (one in four) are completely paved over.
  • if you want to pave over your front garden using non-porous materials, you are required to apply for planning permission.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on the nation to get Greening Grey Britain, following evidence of an alarming trend of Britain paving over its front gardens. The RHS believes it is vital to reverse this trend for the nation’s health, for wildlife, to mitigate against pollution and heat waves, and to protect the UK’s homes from flooding. Greening Grey Britain is a call to action asking the nation to transform hard, cold grey areas into living planted up beautiful places, to enrich lives and benefit the environment. Visit the RHS web page to find out how to make a promise. Read the report here.

Energy Efficiency Grants:

Working with other organisations, the Vale has secured funding from the Government and energy utility companies to offer grants to help residents with the cost of energy saving home improvements, including:

  • DECC Green Deal Communities Phase Two: Grants of up to £3k for homeowners and private renting tenants in receipt of benefits, tax credits or pension credits.
  • Better Housing Better Health: Project funded by the British Gas Energy Trust offering grants of up to £2.5k for homeowners with cardiovascular and respiratory health conditions.
  • British Gas boiler scheme: Free energy efficient boiler upgrades for homeowners and private renting tenants in receipt of certain benefits, tax credits and pension credits.
  • British Gas insulation scheme: Free loft and cavity wall insulation for any homeowner or private renting tenant.

See more details of all schemes: http://bit.ly/1knuOIO

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