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)

  1. To provide an improved range of leisure and recreational facilities within the Parish.
  2. To support, manage and improve spaces, buildings and services that are the Parish Council’s responsibilities.
  3. 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.
  4. To actively support the production and full implementation of an effective Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish.
  5. 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.

Latest updates September 2017:

Objective 3: 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.

NHPC will continue to be involved in Community Liaison Group meetings and in direct meetings with Mace to gain clear and detailed information on the project management plans for implementing the Botley Centre redevelopment scheme, to influence important aspects of the plans before they are finalised, and ensure that the revised plans meet community requirements during the works.

Council has also been fully involved in the recent public consultations relating to planning applications for change of use. Concerns raised by the County Council have caused delays, however it is expected that the latest version will be considered by the Vale in October, and if this is approved then Mace would be able to begin initial works.

 

Objective 4: To actively support the production and full implementation of an effective Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish.

NHPC continues to provide support through a combination of the involvement of Council representatives in both the Steering Group and Working Groups, and appropriate involvement in the overall process (e.g. obtaining a second £5k tranche of funding from the Vale).

A public feedback meeting on the draft Neighbourhood Plan will take place in Seacourt Hall from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 15th October and all parishioners are encouraged to attend.

 

Objective 5: 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.

A new charity named Botley Bridges was set up in late 2016, and funding of £5k from both NHPC and Cumnor Parish Council, combined with County Council start-up funds enabled it to begin providing key services in April 2017. Council representatives also provided support and advice as members of the charity’s Steering Group throughout the setting up process, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.