What’s new in the Botley & North Hinksey area?

Neighbourhood Plan drop in public event on Sunday 15 October from 10am to 4pm in Seacourt Hall.
North Hinksey Parish Neighbourhood Plan will help to shape the future for planning and development in this area

open mic poster

up to 2031. The draft Neighbourhood Plan is nearing completion, so now is the ideal time to make sure your input is taken into consideration before the fi

nal Plan is drawn up. Information on display will include all of the draft policies and community actions plus support documents such as the Character Assessment and an important Hydrogeological Groundwater Report covering this area. Drop in at any time

to talk to the Neighbourhood Plan team, find out more and, have your say. See the event leaflet and the Neighbourhood Plan website for more details.

Tuesday 17th October: Open Mic Pop-up Performance at Harcourt Hill Campus 1pm to 7pm

Pop-up Performance. Open to performers of all ages. Individuals and groups welcome. Take part or watch and give feedback on the potential of the Oxford Brookes Harcourt Hill campus to provide performance facilities for the community To register for the open mic contact j.anderson@brookes.ac.uk

Botley Community Fridge

A fridge into which anyone can put food, and from which anyone can take food

Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, 81 West Way, Botley OX2 9JY

The fridge is open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sundays 11am-5pm.  Priority for people in need Saturday and Monday 9-10am.

Help to reduce food waste and support your neighbours by putting food in the fridge and taking food from it.

If you would like to volunteer to help stock and clean the fridge, please contact Riki Therivel at riki@phonecoop.coop or 01865 243488.  Find out more at https://foodforcharities.wordpress.com/botley/

Botley Bridges is up and running

Botley Bridges Family Support Service – a charitable company- is now up and running. Charity status was awarded in March and sessions and services have now started. The trustees and the steering group for Botley Bridges have worked really hard to get to this point- a lot of forms have been filled in! Both North Hinksey Parish Council and Cumnor Parish Council have supported the venture with financial support and advice and the trustees are extremely grateful for this help. Read more in their April 2017 update.

Tap Social – craft brewery

Tap Social Movement is a craft brewery based in Curtis Industrial Estate and open as a bar Friday and Saturday evenings. The premises houses the brewery, bottle shop and tap room and provides training and employment opportunities to people serving prison sentences. Find out more on their website www.tapsocialmovement.com.

Organisation of the month

The Organisation of the Month for September is Oxford Food Bank:


Mace’s proposals for West Way and the planning application

Mace gained approval for their planning application last year (documents still available on the Vale’s website). Work on the site is now expected to start in late 2017 but the phasing is expected to change completely to significantly reduce the total time taken for the redevelopment works. The two blocks of offices near to Westminster Way / West Way will now remain open during phase 1, with all of the shops that continue to trade (Co-op etc.) transfererred there along with Seacourt Hall and the Baptist Church while work starts on the rest of the site. A change of use planning application for the temporary locations needs to be approved by the Vale District Council before works can proceed but the initial version was blocked by the County Council. Mace have now submitted a revised version to take their concerns into account.

Free Wifi in West Way shopping centre

Wifi provided by the Vale of White Horse District Council is now up and running in the West Way Shopping Centre. It can also be accessed in Seacourt Hall, which is very useful if you are booking or attending a meeting or event.

Allotments Available

There are some vacant allotments available,  If you are a budding gardener, have a look at our Allotments page to find out more or contact Ag MacKeith.

Coming up soon (important dates for your diary):

  • Sun 15 October from 10am to 4pm in Seacourt Hall – Neighbourhood Plan public feedback event – drop in for a chat and a cuppa and help to shape the future for planning and development in this area. See the event leaflet and the Neighbourhood Plan website for more details.
  • Tuesday 17th October: Open Mic at Harcourt Hill Campus 1pm to 7pm. To register contact j.anderson@brookes.ac.uk

See our Events Calendar for more details of local events

Latest News:

  • Developers submit new plans for West Way after delays - Oxford Mail Fri 1 Sept
  • Vale of White Horse District Council discussions over West Way cyclists postponed - Oxford Mail Tue 22 Aug
  • Cyclist’s safety fears over West Way trucks in Botley - Oxford Mail Sat 19 Aug
  • Frustration mounts as £100m shopping centre development hit with fresh delays – Oxford Mail Mon 14 Aug
  • BP petrol station in Botley set to close -  Oxford Mail Fri 11 Aug
  • Residents can quiz cops on local issues -  Oxford Mail Wed 2 Aug
  • Spike in thefts in Botley -  Oxford Mail Wed 2 Aug
  • Botley welcomes its first public life-saving defibrillator -  Oxford Mail Fri 14 July

More on our News Page



Organisation of the Month

The Organisation of the Month for September is The Oxford Food Bank and this is what they have to say about themselves: The Oxford Food Bank has been distributing food to local charities for over eight years now, and for the past four years this charity has been based in Botley, The idea behind this …

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