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 have submitted a new planning application to allow this.  The held a public exhibition of these plans in SS Peter & Paul church on Tue 13 June, 2-8pm
    • West Way: Supermarkets to move in to temporary homes but Iceland will close – Oxford Mail Mon 27 Nov
    • Campaigners delighted with promise not to compromise cyclist’s safety – Oxford Mail Fri 6 Oct
    • Developers submit new plans for West Way after delays - Oxford Mail Fri 1 Sept
    • Vale of White Horse District Council discussions over West Way cyclists postponed - Oxford Mail Tue 22 Aug
    • Cyclist’s safety fears over West Way trucks in Botley - Oxford Mail Sat 19 Aug
    • Frustration mounts as £100m shopping centre development hit with fresh delays – Oxford Mail Mon 14 Aug

Other Local News:

  • New Marks & Spencer store approved for Oxford -  Oxford Mail Mon 11 Dec
  • Criminally good brewery need your help to raise £30,000 -  Oxford Mail Fri 1 Dec
  • Former head of English at Botley school recognised for services during WWII -  Oxford Mail Fri 24 Nov
  • Ofsted: Teachers show ‘wholehearted commitment’ to improving Botley School -  Oxford Mail Sat 23 Sept
  • Four rescued after being trapped by fire in Seacourt Road, Botley -  Oxford Mail Wed 15 Nov
  • Botley residents left feeling ‘abandoned’ after BP garage closure -  Oxford Mail Tue 12 Sept
  • BP petrol station in Botley set to close -  Oxford Mail Fri 11 Aug
  • Residents can quiz cops on local issues -  Oxford Mail Wed 2 Aug
  • Spike in thefts in Botley -  Oxford Mail Wed 2 Aug
  • Botley welcomes its first public life-saving defibrillator -  Oxford Mail Fri 14 July
  • Cyclist injured after crash in West Way, Botley -  Oxford Mail Thurs 13 July
  • Layla Moran: I will fight for the future of our children’s centres -  Oxford Mail Wed 12 July
  • Students’ designs inspire fundraiser to transform school canteen -  Oxford Mail Wed 28 June
  • First person: Oxford academic Riki Therivel reflects on the success of a community fridge three months after its inception -  Oxford Mail Thu 15 June
  • Unusual fitness craze combining beer with yoga comes to Oxford -  Oxford Mail Tue 6 June
  • ‘Jubilant’ young woman spotted tearing down Conservative posters before jumping in getaway car -  Oxford Mail Tue 6 June
  • Concerned parents demand answer from parliamentary candidates as air pollution jeopardises children’s health -  Oxford Mail Tue 6 June
  • Residents outraged after Tory posters vandalised -  Oxford Mail Mon 5 June
  • Teenager steals hustings limelight as he challenges candidate on gay marriage vote -  Oxford Mail Sat 3 June


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 …

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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 …

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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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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 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 Sept 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017             Extra photographs from recent editions …

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