Date of Next Meeting:
The next Parish Council Meeting is due to take place via Zoom on Thursday 17 September at 7:00pm, see Agenda for details.
Controlled Parking Zones – see News Archive page for previous posts.
A new consultation for a CPZ on Sandhills commences on 20 August; all residents will receive a form to feedback their views on the latest proposals.
NOTE! All Parish Council Play Parks are now OPEN. Care still needs to be taken in the interest of public safety and to help in reducing the spread of Covid-19.
Park users are asked to bring their own sanitiser, respect social distancing, stay at home if they feel unwell and wash their hands before and after using the park.
Roundway Pharmacy – Tel: 01865 766994
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-6:00pm, Sat 9:00am-1:00pm
Free Deliveries: Mon, Wed, Fri
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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!
Local Up To Date News – see Headington News.
The Examination in Public of SODC’s Local Plan was completed on Friday 7 August at which the Inspector gave some initial conclusions: the main one being that he gave the go ahead for building in the Green Belt around Oxford. For the residents of Sandhills, the main issue will be the proposed extension of the “link” road between Marsh Lane and Bayswater Road, being extended behind Bayswater Brook and across the corner of Bayswater Farm Field to the A40 just beyond the “ransom” strip. The Inspector’s detailed findings will be published in due course; in the meantime, the local parishes and interested groups are discussing what further action can be taken with respect to STRAT13.
The South Oxfordshire District Council Local Plan 2034 is now with the Government appointed Inspector (Jonathan Bore) who will undertake the Examination in Public during July. Those residents who made submissions to the LP last year in March have the opportunity to submit a Hearing Statement to make further comments on the LP. Statements have to be sent to the Inspector by 5pm on Friday 26 June. For the residents of Sandhills this is important as the developer of the field north of the estate has submitted a proposal for housing on this site to be treated separately from STRAT13 – Land North of Bayswater Brook.
Further details and information on the latest documents submitted by SODC to the Inspector can be found on the SODC website.
For more detailed and up to date information, visit this Headington News page
The Oxford City Local Plan 2036 was approved at a Council Meeting on the 8th June. For Risinghurst and Sandhills the development of the old Nielsen’s Site is of particular interest: as the refurbishment of the office building to 134 1- and 2- bedroom flats nears completion, Phase 2 will be the development of the land between the rear of the building and the Playing Field. We await to see what is proposed, but the LP specifies an additional 400 dwellings.
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.
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