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News & Notices:
Seacourt Hall relocation
North Hinksey Parish Council, on behalf of the trustees of Seacourt Hall (Registered Charity Number 1000816), proposes to surrender the current lease on Seacourt Hall as part of the redevelopment plans at the West way Centre. This surrender of lease is intended to take place in approximately two years’ time when a new community building has been built. Following the demolition of the current Seacourt Hall, and whilst the new community hall is being built, there will be provision for a community hall at a temporary site in units 22a and 23 of the West Way shopping precinct (formerly occupied by the Brasserie B Indian Restaurant), with a move to these premises likely to take place in early 2017. Find out more and view the plans on the Seacourt Hall page of this website.
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.
Extra-large garden waste collection
if you pay to use the garden waste brown bin service you can put out twice as much garden waste for two weeks in October. Biffa crews are all geared up to collect the extra garden waste between 17 and 21 October in the Vale of White Horse. The garden waste should be left in an open box beside the brown bin – trade waste bags will not be accepted. between 17 and 21 October for garden waste customers. Full details at: http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk
Childrens Centre update
Instead of seeing Elms Road Children's Centre close when funding stops in March 2017, community members have formed a steering group in the hope of starting a new charity. Read more in the Oxford Mail article.
Find out more on our new reporting graffiti page.
Neighbourhood Plan update
Thank you to those who attended the most recent public feedback event in July. You can find out more about all parts of the Neighbourhood Plan on the Neighbourhood Plan website.
2nd Youth Forum
Thank you to those of you who came along to the Pavillion on Saturday 2nd July to talk with us about what leisure facilities you think would work in Botley. We are now working with local schools to get more feedback. Watch this space for more updates
Annual External Audit of the Council's Accounts for 2015-2016
The statutory details on the accounts, inspection period and electors rights can be viewed by clicking on the Accounts/Budgets section on the left side of this page.
Concert for the Queen's 90th Birthday:
The concert by local Community Choir Vivace to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in Words and Song held at Seacourt Hall on 17 June was a huge success. Narrators Robin Carr and Gail Knowles reminded us of the key events of the Queen’s life and the music popular in each decade. The audience joined in enthusiastically with a wide range of songs- Music hall, Jazz, dance music and songs with a message were all represented. We were pleased to sing There’ll be Blue Birds Over the White Cliffs of Dover to celebrate the fact that Vera Lyn, was made a Companion of Honour in the Birthday Honours lists. (Sir) Rod Stewart also had a slot with ‘Sailing.’ The audience particularly enjoyed our homage to the Queens’s breakfast in the Breakfast Calypso and the trip to Ascot races (Courteousy of My Fair Lady We finished off with rousing renditions of Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and The National Anthem. Voirrey Carr organised the whole event and acted as conductor and soloist. Martin Harris and Pauline Allen showed their command of Trivia by emerging as joint winners of the Royal quiz. Everyone enjoyed a chat and refreshments in the interval.Many thanks to everyone who came and took part in a very memorable community celebration.
Help the RHS to get Greening
Did you know that:
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.
- 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.
New Committee members: Check the Committees page for details of the committee chairs and members for 2016/2017 as elected at the May AGM. The Committee re-elected David Kay as Chairman and elected Caroline Potter as Vice-Chairman.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish meeting took place on 17th March. For more details including reports and the full questions and answers to Councillors click 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
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
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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.
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