Dates for your Diary:
- Next Parish Council Meeting: Tuesday 2nd July at 7:00pm
Meetings are held at Risinghurst Community Centre, Kiln Lane
- Oxford to Cambridge Expressway: The No Expressway Alliance are holding a General Meeting, on 10th July, from 7-9pm at the Kingsmere Community Centre, Whiteland Way, BICESTER, Oxfordshire, OX26 1EG. The speaker will be Professor David Rogers, on “Transport, Climate Change and the Expressway”. Everyone is welcome!
There is a BBC Oxford report on a recent meeting at Brill concerning the Expressway, go to 16:20 mins into the recording. (26 Jun-19)
- Annual Fireworks Display: Saturday 9th November
Visit our Notice Board for more dates and information on local events!
SODC Local Plan 2034 – Update!: With the change of councillors in SODC after the recent local elections, the new Lib-Dem and Green leaders of SODC are reviewing the Local Plan 2034. On Thursday 18 July there will be a full meeting of the Council to pass a resolution about changes to it. See http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/news/2019/2019-06/south-oxfordshire-councillors-consider-local-plan-options.
Sandhills residents have been emailed to request them to write to SODC local councillors prior to 18th July to encourage them to vote for Options 3 or 4. For those persons wanting to respond and not on our email list, see email and supporting documents: Notes and Inspectors’ report on OCC Local Plan 2036. The more residents who respond the better! (23 Jun-19).
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.
Planning Application Update (19 May 2019) : You will have noted that the application below did not include the Bayswater Farm Field – it has transpired that the field is not owned by Christ Church but still remains in the ownership of the Buswell Partnership. In addition, with the recent local elections, South Oxfordshire District Council has changed leadership to Sue Cooper (Lib Dems) so we need to wait to see if there will be any changes to the Local Plan 2034 which might affect building on LNBB.
Planning Application: On 3rd April Christ Church and Dorchester Residential Management submitted a planning application to build 1,100 homes on land north of Bayswater Brook (LNBB). This follows the publication of South Oxfordshire District Council’s Local Plan 2034 in which a number of different locations in Oxfordshire were identified as possible sites for new builds. The residents of Sandhills sent several hundred Representation Forms in response to the proposal for building on LNBB. A public petition has now been started to request Christ Church to withdraw this planning application – the petition can be found here.
CONSULTATION – A40 London Road (Oxford) Proposed Prohibition of Vehicles: Oxfordshire County Council are proposing to introduce a “No Right Turn” prohibition (i.e. only left turns permitted) for traffic entering the A40 London Road from the ‘Neilson’ site. This is a traffic safety measure associated with the development of the previous ‘Neilson` site for residential accommodation. The existing ‘gap’ in the central reservation between the east & westbound carriageways west of Thornhill Park & Ride, will be permanently closed for public safety. Consultation closes Friday 19th April. See here for more information. Update – 13 May: The Parish Council has sent this response to Oxfordshire County Council.
Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) – Update 26 April: The Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment (including Transport) agreed on 25 April 2019 to include Sandhills in the list of 9 areas where Highways would ‘carry out scheme development and formal consultation’. Sandhills was included because Highways need to undertake a parking survey in the winter months to more accurately know the number of cars displaced from the Park & Ride.
The timetable is currently:
- May 2019 – March 2020 – scheme design and formal consultation
- Winter 2019 – Summer 2021 – account set-up and scheme implementation.
Risinghurst will be kept under review but no further work will be carried out at this stage.
Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ): Oxfordshire County Council is currently reviewing the introduction of CPZ’s in different areas of the city. Before Christmas, informal consultations were undertaken in both Risinghurst and Sandhills resulting in both areas voting against the introduction of a CPZ. A meeting is due on 25 April to discuss the latest situation – more details can be obtained here. If you are particularly concerned about this issue, please contact Glynis Phillips (our local Oxon county councillor).
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