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

West Way redevelopment update:

Mace have an update leaflet on their consultation website and copies can also be found in the Library and on local noticeboards. The leaflet outlines their phasing strategy including the temporary relocation of the Co-op, Tesco, Lloyds chemist, Seacourt Hall and the Baptist Church in the New Year, and the subsequent phasing for the main redevelopment. You can download a copy of the leaflet here.


Temporary layout from early 2018


West Way redevelopment final scheme












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

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 November is Botley & North Hinksey Over 60s Lunch Club:

Nov 17 Lunch Club 1 web

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):

  • Thurs 23 Nov 8pm in Seacourt Hall – North Hinksey Parish Council meeting

See our Events Calendar for more details of local events

Latest News:

  • Campaigners delighted with promise not to compromise cyclist’s safety – Oxford Mail Fri 6 Oct
  • Developers submit new plans for West Way after delays - Oxford Mail Fri 1 Sept
  • Four rescued after being trapped by fire in Seacourt Road, Botley -  Oxford Mail Sat 23 Sept
  • Botley residents left feeling ‘abandoned’ after BP garage closure -  Oxford Mail Tue 12 Sept

More on our News Page


Nov 17 Lunch Club 1 web

Organisation of the Month

The Organisation of the Month for November is Botley & North Hinksey Over 60s Lunch Club and this is what they have to say about themselves:             Our local lunch club for the over 60s meets on alternate Thursdays in the Seacourt Hall.  A two-course meal is served by volunteers at 12.30 promptly and diners …

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