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:

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.  The latest Newsletter from Mace is here
    • Artist’s impression shows how new Premier Inn in Botley’s West Way could look – Oxford Mail Mon 29 Oct
    • Botley car park to close as West Way shopping centre work continues – Oxford Mail Sun 2 Sept
    • West Way youth centre almost ready to open its doors – Oxford Mail Wed 25 Jul
    • Botley Co-op celebrates opening of temporary home as West Way demolition continues – Oxford Mail Fri 20 Jun
    • Demolition of Botley’s West Way centre set to start despite fears – Oxford Mail Fri 8 Jun

Other Local News:

  • 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
  • Hindu festival draws hundreds to Botley – Oxford Mail Tue 18 Sept
  • Foodies flock to Botley Food Fayre – Oxford Mail Mon 17 Sept
  • Campaigners unite against chosen route for Expressway – Oxford Mail Sat 15 Sept
  • Break-in at Oxford Food Bank as thieves steal charity cash – Oxford Mail Mon 3 Sept
  • Oxford drug dealer admits having cocaine and heroin – Oxford Mail Wed 29 Aug
  • SNUBBED: M&S abandons huge new Oxford store – Oxford Mail Mon 20 Aug
  • Homebase to close Botley branch – Oxford Mail Wed 15 Aug
  • Residents slam developer over unfinished Tilbury Fields estate in Botley – Oxford Mail Mon 13 Aug
  • WATCH: Huge tree which fell across North Hinksey road is cut up – Oxford Mail Sun 22 July
  • Oxford solar schools generates record-breaking energy in June sun – Oxford Mail Thur 19 July


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 …