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
    • Traders feel impact as West Way works continue – Oxford Mail Wed 12 Feb
    • 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

Other Local News:

  • 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 …

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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 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018 July 2018 Sept 2018 Oct 2018 Nov 2018             Extra photographs from recent editions Here are …