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
    • New Oxford shopping precinct West Way opening soon –  Oxford Mail 16 Jan
    • West Way opening: small shops pray for footfall boost –  Oxford Mail 19 Jan
    • PICTURES: Botley’s West Way centre from opening to demolition –  Oxford Mail 19 Jan
  • 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.
    • Revamp of Louie Memorial Fields in Botley set for final approval – Oxford Mail 27 July
    • Controversial new pavilion plan on Louie Memorial Fields site in Botley is approved – Oxford Mail 2 Aug
  • 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 councils ‘object’ to land grab for flood channel – Oxford Mail Fri14 Jun
  • Oxford-Cambridge Expressway – A proposed new road from Oxford to Cambridge via Milton Keynes.  https://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/news/18163397.new-oxford-shopping-precinct-west-way-opening-soon/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.

Other Local News:


  • Botley Medical Centre rated ‘requires improvement’ in CQC inspection – Oxford Mail Thur13 Jun
  • 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


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 …