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News & Notices:
Next Full Council meeting: Thursday 28th April, 8pm, Seacourt Hall
Youth forum: Sunday 15th May, 4pm at Seacourt Hall:
young advisers needed for leisure facilities
- Are you between 10 and 18 years old?
- Do you live in North Hinksey Parish?
If you answered YES to both of these, then we need your help! North Hinksey Parish Council is exploring the possibility of providing new leisure facilities for older children and teenagers. We are considering outdoor adventure and fitness equipment, a skatepark, and a youth club for ages 13+. But we can't take any of these ideas forward without your input.
We're looking for North Hinksey youth to advise us on which facilities young people would use most and help in designing them, so that they are what young people actually want. Without this information we can't apply for money to get anything built.
If you're interested in being part of the youth forum, send us an email contact us on Facebook or drop in on May 15th.
*North Hinksey parish includes most of Botley, North Hinksey Lane and North Hinksey village, and Old Botley. If you're not sure if you live in the parish, let us know your post code and we can check.
Electrical items recycling:Recycle for Oxfordshire is holding an electrical items amnesty and a chance to win a refurbished iPad during April. FInd out more on their website.
You can recycle lots of items such as mobile phones, hair curlers and fairy lights at any household recycling centre (tip) around Oxfordshire or in any of the bright pink banks around the County.
Annual Parish Meeting: Thurs 17th March, 7:30pm
The Annual Parish meeting took place on 17th March. For more details including reports and the full questions and answers to Councillors click here.
Planning our future: A Neighbourhood Plan for Botley & North Hinksey
Thank you to everyone who came along to the public feedback event on 30th January. You can read about it in the Oxford Mail article and find out more about all parts of the Neighbourhood Plan on the Neighbourhood Plan website.
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
Best of Botley Winners!
Congratulations to all the well-deserving winners and runners up in the first 'Best of Botley’ awards! Full details can be found on the Best of Botley page. Thank you to the judges and organisers and everyone who came along for a memorable night celebrating local volunteers in our community. The picture is of the winners, those accepting awards on behalf of winners who couldn't attend and some of the shortlisted candidates.
NHPC response to County Council savings consultation
The Parish Council has responded to Oxfordshire County Council's consultation on proposed budget cuts raising serious concerns regarding the scale of the proposals, the areas being affected and the potential impact on the community. We have also written to Ian Hudspeth leader of Oxfordshire County Council and our MP Nicola Blackwood, as well as the Oxford Mail and Times. You can find our response statements and letter to the Oxford Mail and Times below. We have also included the OCC document on their 95 proposed saving options.Deadline for responses has now passed.
E-newsletter and Facebook page
Our new e-newsletter is now published. Read it online here. To sign up to the mailing list click here.
The Parish Council has launched a Facebook page to provide information and updates on Council business, activities and opportunities within the Parish. If you have a Facebook account you can "Like" the page to receive updates in your regular feed, but you don't have to be on Facebook to view the page, it is open to all. We have also published a new Social Media Policy to guide users of the page.
Logs for Labour
Would you like free firewood, or do you have a woodland that needs managing? The Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment’s “Logs for Labour” programme aims to promote sustainable use of firewood by running events where volunteers help to manage woodlands in return for logs. The events run most weekends in the winter, are about 3 hours long, and could involve coppicing hazel, thinning trees or piling up brash. All you need are sturdy gloves, shoes and a saw (only hand tools are allowed for insurance reasons)… or let the team know if your woodland needs the help of volunteers. Information about forthcoming events can be found on the website: www.oxonwoodfuel.org.uk/logs-for-labour or ‘like’ the Facebook page.
SEACOURT HALL (Click here for Information and Availability)