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News & Notices: 

Public Consultation Event: Saturday 28th April: a vision for Louie Memorial Fields 

Saturday 28th April, 10.30am - 4pm at Louie Memorial Pavilion, Arnold’s Way

Nortoft planning consultants (www.nortoft.co.uk) have been appointed to carry out the first phase of master planning work on the Louie Memorial Fields and Pavilion. Following their presentation at the Annual Parish Meeting on 22nd March we can now announce a live consultation event on 28th April from 10:30am to 4pm at Louie Memorial Pavilion. Since January Nortoft have explored feasibility (space, cost, environmental considerations, evidence of need) for a variety of new or improved facilities, including a replacement building for the Pavilion and Scout Hut. Their March 22nd presentation and more details can be found on the Louie Memorial page. This is the first phase of consultation. The aim is to consider a variety of options and to identify which ideas should be taken forward as community priorities.Ideas for consideration:

  • Replacement building for Pavilion and Scout Hut
  • New adventure play / exercise area in lower field
  • Additional car parking space
  • Relocation of football pitch in upper field
  • Provision of skate park in upper field
  • Anything else you might suggest!
Please come along to view, discuss and have your say. 

Upcoming road restrictions:

Botley A420 slip road - 40mph Speed Limit - 30th April - 25th May

Oxfordshire County Council have informed us of a temporary traffic order being introduced because of the construction of a new access road to Seacourt Retail Park which is anticipated to take until 25 May 2018 to complete. The effect of the Order is to temporarily reduce the national speed limit to 40mph for 200 metres on the northbound A34 slip road from West Way adjacent to the retail park. Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force.

A34 South Hinksey: Lay-by Maintenance and restrictions from 30th April

A number of traffic restrictions are coming into force on the A34 in coming weeks ahead of and during work to convert the layby off the A34 southbound carriageway near South Hinksey village into a hard-standing area for authorised vehicles. This is to allow Highways England vehicles a safe place to stop whilst maintaining the communications cabinet located adjacent to the A34.

  • Monday 30 April: the A34 southbound carriageway will be closed from the Botley Interchange to the Hinksey Hill Interchange overnight, between 9pm and 6am, on Monday 30 April to allow for clearance of fly tipping.
  • Monday 11 June to mid-July: whilst the main construction work is taking place, narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit will be in place (adjacent to the layby) 24 hours a day for the full duration of the scheme.
  • Monday 11 June to mid-July: overnight closure of the A34 southbound carriageway from the A44 Peartree Interchange to the A423 Hinksey Hill Interchange (between 9pm and 6am). Anticipated to be Monday to Friday nights only, however weekend night closures may occur.

During the closures, there will be a clearly signed diversion route in place via the Oxford Ring Road. Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles only.

The remaining section of layby will be permanently closed after work has been completed in mid-July. Alternative laybys are located on the A34 southbound carriageway on the approach to the A420 Botley Interchange and south of the A423 Hinksey Hill Interchange near Kennington.

For questions please contact Highways England: 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk

  

Oxford to Cambridge Expressway - update

You may have seen or read coverage of the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway. Highways England are due to decide in July on one of 3 “corridors" where the road could g, all would impact Oxford roads system and one of the options would include widening the A34 through Botley. The Parish Council has written a letter to the Secretary of State to ask for wider public consultation and to Highways England stating why the potential impact on the parish if they were to consider widening the A34 here to 3 lanes. We will be debating whether to join the Expressway Action Group of Parish Councils which campaigning against the Expressway as a whole in our meeting on 26th April. Please come along or send us your thoughts ahead of the meeting.

West Way redevelopment update:

April 2018 update - Mace's 2nd construction newsletter can be found on their consultation website. There is a Community Liaison Group Meeting on Tuesday 17th April, look out for updates after that.  For any problems, contact Dan Bleach of SP Broadway on 020 3405 3460. For urgent and site-specific concerns, you can contact SDC’s Liaison Officer Peter Sandercock on 01234 264 332.

Smart meters 

Did you know the Government is rolling out smart meters into all homes and businesses before 2020? IFor more information on the options available follow these links: 

 

 

Current consultations in the area:

Proposed route for flood alleviation scheme

UPDATE: Latest newsletter from Flood Alleviation Scheme March 2018 

We understand that the Environment Agency, at the request of the Oxford Preservation Trust, will soon be marking out the line of the proposed new 2-stage flood alleviation channel in Hinksey Meadow and the extent of the footbridge on Willow Walk. They will also be marking the trees that will need to be felled.  These markers will stay in place over the next few months and allow everyone to gain an understanding the extent of the proposed scheme in this area. Look out for these markings when you next use Willow Walk or visit Hinksey Meadow. 

For more details of the proposed Flood Alleviation scheme go to the Environment Agency pageYou can also view a visual fly-through video of the proposed route.

District Councillors' newsletter

You can read the latest District Councillors' newsletter here

District Council Grants:

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

 

NHPC Key Objectives 

Updates on progress on these objectives as at February 2018 can be found on the Key Objectives page 

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.



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