Dates for your Diary:
Next Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday 4th February at 7:30pm
Previous Meeting Minutes can be found here.
Meetings are held at Risinghurst Community Centre, Kiln Lane
Forthcoming Local Events:
Parish Voice – Community Newsletter – read here
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Local Up To Date News – see Headington News.
The Government is still reviewing the situation with SODC Local Plan 2034. See latest response from Government Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government here (7-Jan-20).
Here is an article, written by Paul Morris from Risinghurst, on hedgehogs and what we might do to help them survive the winter and beyond.
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.
SODC Councillors Visit to LNBB: On Saturday 27 July, Sue Cooper (Leader of SODC) and Sarah Gray (SODC Councillor for Forest Hill & Holton) visited LNBB. Walking from Barton Community Centre, along Bayswater Road north to the footpath which runs west to the Sydlings Copse-Barton footpath, with residents from Barton, Elsfield and Sandhills, they were able to see for themselves the extent of the proposed development within the Green Belt and its proximity to Barton itself and the SSSI at Sydlings Copse. The 2 councillors then visited Sandhills. It was a most useful visit to both locations and we thank them for their time.
Sue Cooper stated that SODC won’t be making any serious decisions on LP2034 until September and much will depend on the inspectors and their final decision on the numbers put forward by the City Council for Oxford’s unmet housing need; she repeated several times that this (Oxford’s unmet housing need) is the key determinant of what will or won’t be up for grabs in the Green Belt strategic allocations around the city. (30 Jul-19) See News Archive for previous reports on this topic.
Barton Underpass Art Project: A public consultation is taking place until the end of August 2019 to determine what local residents would like to see included in the mural that is planned to be painted on the underpass between Barton and Headington . Use the Questionnaire to let Katy Cockram, Neighbourhood Watch Area Coordinator for Barton, Risinghurst and Sandhills know your views.
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.
Controlled Paring Zones – see News Archive page for previous posts.
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