Local News & Issues

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

Local Issues:

These are the major issues affecting our local community and its surroundings.  Other news is shown afterwards (click on heading to reveal)

  • West Way retail site redevelopment – The redevelopment started mid-2018 and will continue until 2021.  The first shops are expected to open September 2020 (Coop, Tesco, Iceland, Lloyds & Chancellors).  The latest Newsletter from Mace is here
  • Louie Memorial Field Pavilion – The parish council is proposing to replace the existing Pavilion and Scout hut with a single, multi-purpose building.  A planning application was submitted in March 2019 and everyone is encouraged to comment on it.
  • Oxford Flood Alleviation Channel – The environment agency is proposing to make a wide, shallow channel from the Botley Road south to Redbridge to divert some flood water away from the east of the flood plain to the west of it.  It involves removing thousands of trees and involves huge earthworks.  There will be a public enquiry mid-2019
  • Oxford-Cambridge Expressway – A proposed new road from Oxford to Cambridge via Milton Keynes.  Two possible routes for this affect Botley – either widening the A34 through Botley or using the A420 and then the A34 past Wytham.  The No Expressway Alliance is opposed to the expressway at all and has support from the parish council and other local bodies.

Parish Council elections were held on 2 May 2019.The successful candidates were:
Pauline Allen
Alistair Bastin
Loran Berrett
Darrne Blase
Judith Boulder
Chris Church
Martin Dowie
Ann Dykes
Graham Fairclough
Laura Jones
David Kay
Ag MacKeith
Caroline Potter
Adam Rankin


Other Local News:

  • Thieves steal three bikes from house on Cumnor Hill – Oxford Mail Mon13 May
  • Attempted break-in at West Way site – two arrested – Oxford Mail Sat 11 May
  • Food hygiene: Botley lunch club still going strong after four decades – Oxford Mail Fri 19 Apr
  • B&Q will open first Oxford store at Seacourt Retail Park – Oxford Mail Tue 5 Mar
  • Fighting to get Botley a proper skate park – Oxford Mail Sat 23 Feb
  • Cigarettes and alcohol stolen in Botley shop raid – Oxford Mail Thur 7 Feb
  • Community fridge set-up class in Oxford – Oxford Mail Sun 20 Jan
  • Police launch burglary and blackmail investigation following Cumnor break in – Oxford Mail Mon 14 Jan
  • Oxford’s Tap Social invites diners to eat food in the nude – Oxford Mail Sat 12 Jan
  • Residents in the dark on Seacourt future as Homebase finally closes – Oxford Mail Sat 29 Dec
  • Ofsted rates Matthew Arnold School in Botley ‘good’ – Oxford Mail Fri 21 Dec
  • Burglars take thousands of pounds from safe at Oxford brewery – Oxford Mail Tue 13 Dec
  • Police dog unit investigates thefts from cars in Botley – Oxford Mail Tue 27 Nov
  • Neighbours object to ‘excessive’ flat plans for derelict building in Botley – Oxford Mail Tue 27 Nov
  • Botley residents share their memories of Bag Lady at service – Oxford Mail Mon 26 Nov
  • Body found in search for missing Oxford journalist Florence Waters – Oxford Mail Fri 23 Nov
  • Florence Waters missing: Police appeal as Daily Telegraph arts writer disappears – Daily Mirror Thur 22 Nov
  • Botley streets being used as ‘park and ride’ – Oxford Mail Wed 14 Nov
  • Botley Bag Lady: Court hears how eccentric figure ‘wanted to be remembered’ – Oxford Mail Fri 2 Nov
  • North Hinksey residents say green will be ‘destroyed’ by new tree – Oxford Mail Thu1 Nov
  • Oxford Food Bank gets Royal recognition for volunteer work – Oxford Mail Wed 31 Oct
  • Albanian drugs boss jailed for country-wide cocaine racket – Oxford Mail Fri 19 Oct
  • Government in ‘listening mode’ over £4bn expressway after visit to Botley following MP’s invitation – Oxford Mail Fri 19 Oct
  • Oxford Seacourt road sign installed incorrectly, says council – Oxford Mail Wed 17 Oct


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 …

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 …

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 …

troops from Dalton Barracks

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): March 2019 April 2019             Extra photographs from recent editions Here are a few additional photographs from major events in the past year that we couldn’t …