Date of Next PC Meeting:

The next Parish Council Meeting is due to take place via Zoom on Thursday 17th December at 7:00pm and includes a period of public participation before the formal meeting starts. The Agenda will be published in due course and will contain the Zoom details for the meeting. Previous meeting minutes  can be seen on the “meeting minutes” page. 

Coronavirus: information and guidance

The latest information and guidance can be obtained on the Oxford City Council website.

26th November 2020: Oxfordshire gets set to move to high COVID alert level

People in Oxfordshire are being urged to continue the good work that has helped reduce the county’s COVID cases during November when national lockdown is lifted and new local restrictions are introduced on 2 December.

Oxfordshire has been placed into the ‘high’ alert level (tier 2) by central government. This means that from 2 December:

People must not meet socially with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.

  • People must not meet in a group of more than six outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • Hospitality venues will be allowed to stay open until 11pm – with last orders at 10pm. However, only those that serve substantial meals can operate, and alcohol can only be served with substantial meals.
  • Non-essential shops can reopen, as can gyms and personal care businesses such as hairdressers, provided they operate in a COVID-secure way.

Further information is available at www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know.

The week up to 20 November saw a drop in infection rates across the county, with a total of 671 confirmed cases – an equivalent of 97 per 100,000 residents, and a decrease from 1,171 the previous week.



Safe shopping advice for Oxfordshire bargain hunters… Black Friday and Cyber Monday

See PRESS RELEASE for information and advice!

Local Pharmacy:
Roundway Pharmacy – Tel: 01865 766994

  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-6:00pm, Sat 9:00am-1:00pm
    Free Deliveries: Mon, Wed, Fri

Visit our Notice Board for more dates and information on local events!


SODC Update: Go to Save Our Sandhills Green Belt page.

Nielsen’s Site – Thornhill Park Development

Now that the conversion of the old Nielsen Buildings has been completed into 134 1- and 2-bedroom apartments for rent, the site behind the buildings has now been identified for development as indicated in the Oxford City Local Plan. A presentation was made at the last Parish Council meeting by a team from the owners/developers and architects. The proposal is for 426 dwellings and a 167 room hotel. The development team are planning to have an open event at which residents will be able to see the plans and make their comments. Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, a date for this event has still to be decided. 

Risinghurst Playing Field – Drainage Project

The Parish Council has just authorised a programme of works to improve the drainage of the playing field which during the winter months can be extremely wet and muddy. Look out for notices and be beware of contractors and workmen on the field. This will cause some disruption, however it will be of great benefit in the future for all who use the field: footballers, cricketers and walkers. For more information, see this Notice.

Local Up To Date News – see Headington News.

Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) – Sandhills

The CPZ for Sandhills was approved, HOWEVER deferred for implementation until Barton & Risinghurst is implemented too; currently no funds to formally consult these two areas. Councillor Glynis Phillips opposed implementation of the CPZ. Only 16% of residents responded to the formal consultation that took place, of those who voted the majority were against the CPZ. Details of the results can be found at Oxfordshire CC Decision – Item 4

Friends of Bayswater Brook (FBB):

This is a new group set up to focus and highlight the campaign to protect the Green Belt contained in the area denoted by Land North Of Bayswater Brook from any housing development. It is hoped that as many local residents as possible from Barton, Elsfield and Sandhills will join this group and help with this campaign. You can follow news of this group here on Facebook.  More information to follow soon.

Footpath to Stanton St John from Bridle Path: There is currently a campaign against the closure of the footpath from the bridle path between Sandhills and Forest Hill to Stanton St John (here). Residents of Barton, Sandhills and Forest Hill and walkers who have used this path for 20+ years will be asked to submit User Evidence Statements in the hope that we can eventually have this path designated a Public Right of Way. We will keep you informed and let you know how best we will collect these statements. Many residents and walkers have stated they have used this path for over 20 years prior to closure.

The Parish Council purchased some daffodil bulbs that were planted rather late in November but have appeared over the past week or so with the warm weather to add some colour to the verges. Thanks to all those who helped with the planting!

We have purchased some more bulbs to be planted this year around the parish – look out for requests for help!

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