Local News & Issues

To make it easier to find the news that you are interested in, we have divided the items into three categories.  Since sections are quite long, each section can be shown or hidden by clicking on its title.

Local Issues:

Each of these major issues affecting our community today has its own dedicated page. Click on the section headings to find out more on these pages. Relevant articles in the local press are highlighted in the separate items under each section.

  • West Way retail site redevelopment – this issues page includes additional articles in a News Summary section, only the latest news articles are shown below. See also the separate website for West Way Community Concern.   Mace have taken over as lead contractors in the redevelopment and they have a website devoted to the consultation process.  The Vale approved the revised SPD in January 2016.   Mace’s plans were given planning permission on 15 Jun 2016.  Mace has changed their proposed phasing of the development and were granted planning permission for the temporary relocation of Co-op, Tescos and Lloyd.  Since then they have submitted a new planning application.  There is also a consultation on the proposed direct crossing of West Way here, which is under the control of the County Council.
    • IT WAS ME: Botley vandal speaks out over graffiti campaign against council - Oxford Mail Thur 15 Feb
    • West Way shopping centre finally sold for £12.4m – Oxford Mail Fri 26 Jan
    • New West Way will have ‘angular aesthetic’ plans reveal - Oxford Mail Wed 18 Jan
    • West Way shops graffitied again as frustration mounts over delays - Oxford Mail Mon 16 Jan

Other Local News:

  • Doubt over new Botley store as Marks & Spencer scraps opening of some food shops -  Oxford Mail Wed 31 Jan
  • New pedestrian crossing proposed near Botley School -  Oxford Mail Tue 23 Jan
  • Minister to visit Botley over fears hundreds of homes could be bulldozed for expressway -  Oxford Mail Sat 20 Jan
  • Residents in North Hinksey warn Oxford councillors that lives are at risk from thoughtless parkers -  Oxford Mail Thurs 18 Jan
  • Diggers on site to begin Botley petrol station demolition to make way for Marks & Spencer -  Oxford Mail Wed 17 Jan
  • ‘There’s no pollution in Botley… victims must’ve got sick elsewhere’ says councillor -  Oxford Mail Sat 23 Dec
  • New Marks & Spencer store approved for Oxford -  Oxford Mail Mon 11 Dec
  • Criminally good brewery need your help to raise £30,000 -  Oxford Mail Fri 1 Dec
  • Former head of English at Botley school recognised for services during WWII -  Oxford Mail Fri 24 Nov
  • Ofsted: Teachers show ‘wholehearted commitment’ to improving Botley School -  Oxford Mail Sat 23 Sept
  • Four rescued after being trapped by fire in Seacourt Road, Botley -  Oxford Mail Wed 15 Nov


Initiatives & Charities

Campaigns, consultations and petitions Who’s campaigning for what in our area? Campaign for Botley Skate Park. A number of local youngsters (and their parents) want a skate park to be built on Louie Memorial Upper Field and 866 people have signed their petition. Find out more on our special Issues feature. This campaign also has …

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Local Government

This page contains information and links about all levels of Government and our elected representatives in this area. There are three levels of local councils in this area starting with Parish Councils at the most local level, then the District Council and finally the County Council. The Vale of White Horse District Council has useful …

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Local Issue – West Way retail site redevelopment

Summary of issue: Plans are afoot to redevelop the West Way Shopping Centre site surrounding Elms Parade shops. Initially this was solely the east end of the site as descibed in early information provided on the VOWH District Council website however the area impacted on expanded considerably under the failed 2014 Doric scheme, then shrunk back slightly under the …

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The Sprout Online

You can read some past copies on line (note that most of the adverts have been removed so the contents’ page numbers are incorrect): Feb 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 Sept 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017             Extra photographs from recent editions …

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