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.
    • West Way shops to be demolished next month – Oxford Mail Thur 24 May
    • ‘AT LAST’ – diggers on site as West Way developers spring into action – Oxford Mail Wed 23 May
    • Royal wedding-inspired graffiti takes aim at West Way – Oxford Mail Wed 23 May
    • Developer backs down over Botley’s West Way development amid public pressure – Oxford Mail Sat 28 Apr
    • West Way shopping centre art project is ‘too little too late’, say Botley community groups – Oxford Mail Thur 19 Apr
    • Graffiti artists add colour to Botley’s run-down West Way shopping centre – Oxford Mail Sun 15 Apr
    • Developers plead for Botley graffiti to stop as ‘community art’ project begins at West Way – Oxford Mail Tue 10 Apr
    • Work begins on West Way redevelopment but residents angered by tree felling – Oxford Mail Tue 27 Mar
    • 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:

  • Schools Focus: Creative learning championed at Botley Primary School – Oxford Mail Mon 21 May
  • Tools stolen in theft – Oxford Mail Thur 19 Apr
  • Tools worth thousands stolen from van on Finmore Road –  Oxford Mail Wed 21 Mar
  • Oxford activist on trial for attempting to stop deportation flight –  Oxford Mail Sat 17 Mar
  • Work begins on second phase of Seacourt shopping centre redevelopment –  Oxford Mail Thur 15 Mar
  • Community fridge celebrates its first birhtday –  Facebook Wed 14 Mar
  • Matthew Arnold School in Botley is on its way to ‘outstanding’ Ofsted –  Oxford Mail Sat 3 Mar
  • 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


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): Feb 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018             Extra photographs from recent editions Here are a few additional photographs from major events in the past …