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.  The latest Newsletter from Mace is here
    • 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
    • Safety fears raised over West Way development – Oxford Mail Tue 29 May
    • 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

Other Local News:

  • 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
  • ‘Botley bag lady’ of Oxford found dead at 73 – Oxford Mail & Oxford Mail Thur 12 July
  • New skate park plans for Botley get rolling – Oxford Mail Thur 5 July
  • Community fridge scheme makes National Lottery Awards finals – Oxford Mail Thur 28 Jun
  • Council to discuss Botley skatepark plans – Oxford Mail Thur 28 Jun
  • Botley GP Dr John Chadwick, says farewell after 37 years – Oxford Mail Wed 27 Jun
  • New Branches youth cafe to open in Botley after grant – Oxford Mail Sat 9 Jun


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 …