Date of Next PC Meeting: Thursday 16th December 2021 at 7.00pm

The agenda is published 5 days before the meeting, and all  the agendas and minutes can be seen in the “meeting minutes” page. There is a public participation session before the formal meeting opens. If you wish to attend the meeting, please contact the Parish Clerk and follow current covid-19 guidelines. Link to the meeting minutes page: agendas and minutes.

Drainage work on Risinghurst Playing Field starts 29th November 2021

Further details of the works can be seen here

Doorstep Crime: This week, a Parish Councillor raised concern that vulnerable people may fall victim to doorstep crime.

See advice from Oxfordshire’s Trading Standards on how to spot doorstep crime and what to do about it. Advice leaflet.

Have your say on rural isolation! Are you affected by it? Do you know someone that is?

Community First Oxfordshire (CFO) on behalf of Healthwatch Oxfordshire is undertaking a short survey to better understand the levels of rural isolation felt in rural communities. The survey is designed for everyone to have their say and is anonymous – you do not need to say who you are. To complete the online survey click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RuralIsolationOxon

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.

Your Local Pharmacy: Roundway Pharmacy – Tel: 01865 766994

Now open – flu and vaccination clinic, ring for an appointment. 

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

Free deliveries available Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.


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

Vacancy for Parish Councillor – Click here for Notice of Vacancy

There are 8 vacancies on Risinghurst and Sandhills Parish Council. Could you get involved?

What does the Parish Council do? The Parish Council includes part of Wood Farm and provides facilities at the Risinghurst playing field with a woodland, sport pavilion and Olive Jacks play area. Downside Dip play area, the ballcourt and allotments in Richards Way are all for the benefit of local residents. It runs an annual Fireworks event and hosts the annual summer fete at the playing field. The Parish Council helps residents to have a voice about local issues like planning applications and development.

Could you get involved as a community leader? you could help by representing people, finding out what the community needs, decision making and monitoring the services in the public interest. It is a voluntary role that may take up 2-3 hours per week. The main commitment is to take part in 11 monthly meetings a year.

Want to Find out More? Contact the Parish Clerk for an informal chat:

[email protected]                    Phone 07717 134606

CS Lewis Reserve (OX3 8JD) conservation working parties:

Would you like to get out in the fresh air, be with others and help nature? If so, then join other volunteers for conservation work at CS Lewis Reserve in Risinghurst.
No experience is necessary and tools can be provided and full support. Volunteers cut back bramble, lay paths, plant hedges etc. There is always something for everyone to get involved with.
The working parties take place on the last Sunday of each month between 10am and 12pm. Just turn up or for more information contact Jayne on [email protected]

27/10/21 Reduced Bus Service for Risinghurst – Read the Response from Stagecoach:

Dear Parish Councillors for Risinghurst and Sandhills Parish Council

I am writing to inform you of the withdrawal of the Stagecoach number 9 service from the 31st October 2021. I would first of all like to apologise for the late notification of this change.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on travel habits within the county since March 2020. Whilst we have welcomed back a number of customers over a number of months, we must recognise that the return of bus use in Oxford has been slower than we are seeing in many other parts of the country. We are currently looking at a 45% reduction in passenger numbers compared to pre covid and are looking at @ 50 people a day using the 12 departures from Risinghurst which is on average 4 a journey.

At a time, where our resources are being heavily challenged through drivers leaving the business for a number of reasons, we have had to make some difficult decisions to reduce services to better balance our resources against demand. Oxfordshire County Council have been made aware of our plans as any changes at the moment have to be accepted by the local authority before going ahead. Service 9 hasn’t disappeared completely; Oxford Bus Company are continuing to operate their hourly service 9 through Risinghurst and onto Headington and Oxford City Centre. We recognise that this is a step down from the current 30 minute service provided with two operators running the route.

I am sorry this is not the answer you may have hoped for and the late notice of these changes. 

Kind regards, Stagecoach West and Oxford Tube marketing director. 

Bus Changes for Risinghurst at Short Notice 
Stagecoach have posted a notice on their website, stating they are withdrawing bus route 9 to Risinghurst from 31/10/21 as follows:
“Service changes to routes 1/5, 8/9 and 10 from Sunday 31st October. We’re making some timetable changes to services 1/5, 8/9 and 10 from Sunday 31st October…
Stagecoach will no longer run buses on Service 9 to Risinghurst, however Oxford Bus Company will continue to run a service every hour. Please see their website for details.”
Stagecoach have NOT consulted about this decision and the Parish and County Councils were not informed. The Parish Council has written to Stagecoach and to Oxfordshire County Council to object and ask for an explanation.
If you wish to complain, please contact Stagecoach directly at:
Stagecoach email: [email protected]
Phone: 01865 772250


Annual Fireworks: see the poster

Annual Fireworks and bonfire at the Risinghurst playing fields. This year, we are trying quiet fireworks with music, to be considerate of children and pets.

Times: Gates open at 6.00pm. Bonfire lit at 6.45pm and fireworks at 7.15pm

Cost: £3.00 (children 5-16yrs £2.00)
Cash only at the gate, please have the correct amount ready to help us keep the queues short.

Refreshments: provided by Headington Youth Football Club – who will use contactless card payments at the pavilion.

Please be considerate of everyone around you – follow the covid-19 guidance, and if you must bring a car, park carefully.


If you have concerns abut the accessibility of public transport, please get in touch. The Parish Council recently asked residents via the Parish Council newsletter if they had any concerns around public transport, and no concerns were received. Oxfordshire County Council run a forum on this topic and the guidelines can be viewed on the link to their website at https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/roads-and-transport/public-transport/parish-transport

Oxfordshire Local Plan 2050:

Oxfordshire County Council are consulting on the next Local Plan. Information can be seen on the website at  https://oxfordshireplan.org/  Leaflet.

Parish Council Newsletter  Summer 2021:

A newsletter is being hand delivered by Councillors to every household over the next few weeks. This edition includes news from community groups and how they are cautiously re-opening after lockdown, news of an award for the Roundway Pharmacy, the November Fireworks event and how to get involved with looking at grass verge management . You can view an electronic copy here: newsletter July 21

Planning Application for  Thornhill Park Oxford: 21/01695/FUL 

Update 20/09/21:The Parish Council has been advised that a revised planning application will be submitted for this development in response to the recent public consultation, which will include major alterations. Therefore, there will be another consultation period for the revised application.  

The planning application by Shaviram for further development at Thornhill Park In Risinghurst has been validated and is open to consultation now. The developers designs and plans can be seen and commented on at www.thornhillparkoxford.co.uk/consultation/

Meet the developer: Following new advice from Public Health Oxford, a physical meeting to look at the plans and discuss them will now take place on: Thursday 2nd September between 2:00pm-8:00pm at the Risinghurst Community Centre.

This will take the form of a drop-in event whereby the plans will be on display and representatives from the developers team – Shaviram and the design team – JTP will be present to explain and answer questions about the planning application.

A leaflet to residents in Risinghurst North and Sandhills has been delivered, you can see it here Thornhill Park Leaflet to local residents. 

Further information can be obtained from Vic Angell of TFA, Shaviram’s community engagement consultants.

Comment to the Planning Authority: To register a formal comment to the planning authority at Oxford City Council please login in to www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20000/planning and search for planning application 21/01695/FUL and there is an online form to complete. The deadline for public comment is now Friday 17th September 2021.


Location: A40 Northern Bypass (Westbound only), Oxford

Dates: between 08 -20 August 2021. This will operate between 02:00 and 19:00 also

13 -14 August 2021. This will operate between 18:00 and 06:00

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 on the A40 Northern Bypass (Westbound only), Oxford, to facilitate carriageway patching works. 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 routes: via A4142, A423, A34, A44, A40 and vice versa

What is Happening with your Grass Verges?

Mowing the grass verges in residential areas will start again on Wednesday 23rd June.

 The verges are owned by Oxfordshire County Council who contract Oxford Direct Services to do the maintenance. They have a new Biodiversity Plan that is being implemented this year to leave the bypass road verges wild with a single cut in August. See the plan by clicking the link Biodiversity Plan. 
The Parish Council supports this approach on the bypass roads, and has been consulted on the approach to residential grass verges which was debated at the Parish Council monthly meeting on 17th June.
Mowing the grass verges in residential areas will start again on Wednesday 23rd June. The grass has got long, but the cuttings are not collected up, so please consider if you could rake and tidy your front verge. Volunteers will help in some areas, but your help is needed too, to keep your area tidy. 
A pilot scheme is agreed for an area in Sandhills to be left wild that will have a consultation done later in the summer. This is the green triangles at the junction of Hillside, Delbush Ave and Merewood Ave. Councillors are concerned for the environment and also have a responsibility to take into account the views of a wide range of residents, not just a few. You will hear more on this later in the summer.
Do you want the grass verge outside your house left long? The Parish Council has agreed that you can “opt out” of the monthly mowing schedule by leaving an obvious notice on the verge outside your house. The mowing team will respect your choice and are due in the Parish on Wednesday 23rd June.

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 

FL00708 SPRING 2021 Campaign Poster FREE GYM PASS A4 OXFORD_HR 2

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.

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

Response from Buckingham Palace:


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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