Date of Next PC Meeting:  Thursday 20th May at 7:00pm

The Annual Parish Council meeting is due to take place in person and  includes a period of public participation before the formal meeting starts.  Please contact the Parish Clerk if you wish to attend. All the agendas and meeting minutes  can be seen on the Parish Council “meeting minutes” page, and you can access the page by clicking this quick link.

Barton Leisure Centre Re-opening: 

Barton Leisure Centre has contacted the Parish Council to say they are open again in a limited way, and activities will increase after May 17th 

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Parish Council Election: 

Congratulations to all those residents who have stood for public office and have  been elected unopposed as Parish Councillor’s for the next 3 years. Thank you for being willing to serve the community in this way. Details are in the following notice. Notice of election

Roadworks: traffic orders have been received for:

Northern bypass 8 -20th August overnight details:         traffic regulation order        map.

Eastern bypass    25th April-5th May overnight details: traffic regulation order      map 

National Mourning: Death of HRH Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great sadness that Risinghurst and Sandhills Council has learned of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. The Chairman has sent a letter of condolence to Her Majesty The Queen.

In line with agreed protocol and to mark this solemn event, Oxford City Council will fly its flags at half-mast during the period of national mourning until the day following the funeral, and public meetings will be cancelled.

A national Book of Condolence is now available on the British Monarchy website at www.royal.uk

Meeting Cancelled: The next meeting of Risinghurst and Sandhills Parish Council due to be held on April 15th has been cancelled. It will be held on Thursday 22nd April.


Parish Council newsletter:
  Link: Parish newsletter March 21 

A newsletter is being hand delivered by Councillors to every household. This edition includes the Chairman’s report for 2020-21 about all the work the Parish Council has been doing, news of the re-opening of the Ampleforth pub and the coming Parish Council election. 

Notice of Election

Notice is given of an election for Councillors for Risinghurst and Sandhills Parish Council. 

Further details: notice of election


 Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, that the Oxfordshire County Council temporarily prohibits the use of and waiting on the highway by all motor vehicles.

LOCATION:  Oxford, A4142 Eastern Bypass junction with A4074/A4142 to junction with Horspath Driftway (Northbound only)

DURATION: Starting on 10 April 2021 The anticipated completion date is 20 April 2021. (date included). This will operate overnight between 20:00 and 06:00. The road will be closed for a maximum period of 5 days within this period.

REASON:   To facilitate carriageway patching work

ACCESS: Limited access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for frontages within the closed section of road, subject to the progress of the works

SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: via A423 – A34 – A44 – A40 – A4142

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984       


EARLY WARNING: Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure and “No Waiting” restriction at – Oxford, A40 Northern Bypass (West Bound only) –  will operate from 18/04/2021. The anticipated completion date is 26/04/2021.The works will run overnight from 20:00 to 06:00 for a maximum period of 5 nights within this period

See: NoticeRoad Closure MapDiversion Route Map

Coronavirus: information and guidance

Information and guidance can also be obtained on the Oxford City Council website.

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

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!


Legal Action against SODC and LP2035

Go to Save Sandhills Green Belt page!

 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. 

Due to the current Pandemic, the development team have instead produced a consultation web site for the new Thornhill Park Development

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 equipment on the field. This will cause some disruption, however it will be of great benefit in the future for all who use the field. 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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