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 February 2018:

Objective 1: To provide an improved range of leisure and recreational facilities within the Parish. - IN PROGRESS

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.

 

Objective 2: To support, manage and improve spaces, buildings and services that are the Parish Council’s responsibilities - IN PROGRESS

In connection with progress on Objective 1, the master planning for Louie Memorial Fields will have as a key focus the provision of new or improved Pavilion and Scout Hut facilities.

In late 2017 NHPC signed the lease agreement for a new Seacourt Hall as part of the West Way development, as well as the lease and plans for the temporary hall facilities that will be provided during the building works.

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. - IN PROGRESS

After a number of delays the sale of the West Way Shopping Centre to the Botley Development Company / Mace completed on 26th January 2018 and work is expected to begin on the site soon with the temporary relocation of the Co-op, Tesco, Lloyds chemist, the Seacourt Hall and Baptist Church planned for around June. After that the demolition work and build of the first phase of the new development can begin.

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 ensure that the revised plans meet community requirements during the works.


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

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).

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. - ACHIEVED

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. Read more in their April 2017 update.