Date of Next PC Meeting: Thursday 16th February 2023

There is a public participation session from 7:00pm before the formal meeting starts, for residents to ask questions or raise issues with the Parish Council. The agenda is published 5 days before the meeting, and all the agendas and minutes can be seen in the “meeting minutes” page.

Link to the meeting minutes page: agendas and minutes.

Risinghurst Bus Service - UPDATE!

22-Dec-22

The County Council has made alternative arrangements for bus services in Risinghurst following the announcement of Oxford Bus Company’s withdrawal of service 9.

From Sunday 8th January, Risinghurst will be served by Stagecoach service 14 on a broadly hourly basis seven days per week. Service 14 operates via Headington shops, the JR Hospital, Northway and Banbury Road into the city centre and also extends to/from the station, so journey times are longer than now but the service should be more reliable as it avoids the St Clements area.

The main stop in Oxford city centre for the service will now be George Street rather than Westgate/High Street, but the route around Risinghurst remains as it is now.

The £2 single fare cap which has been announced by Government will apply to this service until 31st March 2023.

25-Nov-22

With no advance warning to residents, on Friday 25th November Oxford Bus Company and Oxfordshire County Council announced that the no.9 bus linking Risinghurst and Oxford will be withdrawn from 7th January.

The Oxford Bus Company information page covered a range of bus service changes and can be seen here:
The Oxfordshire County Council announcement includes the news that they are going to launch a tender process for a replacement service for both Risinghurst and Northway. see the press release here:
Raise your concerns by contacting Oxfordshire County Council or your elected ward Councillors

Forthcoming Local Events

Go to our Notice Board to see what local events are soon to happen!

Including:

  • 09-Jan: Ampleforth Seniors Lunch Club at 12 noon
  • 10-Jan: Risinghurst Community Bingo, Community Centre. 7pm
  • 16-Jan: Risinghurst Seniors Friendship Club, Collinwood Rd Church Hall. 1.30-3.30pm
  • 17-Jan: Oxford Civic Society Event, see poster
  • 19-Jan: PC Meeting, Community Centre
  • 23-Jan: Ampleforth Seniors Lunch Club at 12 noon
  • 24-Jan: Risinghurst Community Bingo, Community Centre. 7pm
  • 30-Jan: Risinghurst Seniors Friendship Club, Collinwood Rd Church Hall. 1.30-3.30pm

Parish Councillor Vacancies

30/11/22 Notice of Vacancy

There are 11 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

Volunteering

A small volunteer group help with clearing, planting and other practical tasks on the Risinghurst playing field and woodland each Thursday morning from 09.00am. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Parish Clerk.

[email protected]         Phone 07717 134606

Council Tax Rebate

Oxford City Council will be making payments to help households with rising energy costs. The Government has announced a £150 council tax rebate (payment) for households in bands A to D.

This will happen automatically if you pay Council Tax by direct debit.

If you do not pay your council tax by direct debit you need to apply for a payment.

Click this link for details: Link

Council Grants

Small grants are available for charities and community groups in the Parish of Risinghurst and Sandhills, including parts of Wood Farm (Local Government Act 1972 s137).

Applications are welcome from groups to contribute towards projects that will directly benefit the residents of the Parish.

Applicants will be asked to provide details of the project, other sources of income and their accounts if necessary.

How to apply:   Contact the Parish Clerk

[email protected]         Phone 07717 134606

The application form is available on the website at www.risinghurstandsandhills-pc.gov.uk/parish-council/policies-forms/  

 

Transport

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

Autumn Newsletter

A newsletter was hand delivered by Councillors to every household at the beginning of November.  You can view an electronic copy here: Newsletter Nov 22

Flu & Booster Vaccinations

Flu & booster vaccinations now available at:

The Roundway Pharmacy – Tel: 01865 766944

Drop in or ring for an appointment.

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

*** Primary School Admissions ***

Primary School Admissions: If your child was born on or between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 – you need to apply for a primary school space NOW!

Application deadline 15 January 2023.

Sustainable Warmth Grant

Time is running out for residents to apply for Sustainable Warmth grants. Applications must be in by 31 December 2022.  

 Key details about the scheme are below:  

  • Eligible residents should apply before December 31 2022.
  • The grants are for private sector households (private tenants and owner occupiers) most likely to be impacted by rising fuel bills.
  • To be eligible for these free improvements residents need to live in a property with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rated D, E, F or G and be on a low income i.e. household income is under £31,000, or under £20,000 after rent or mortgage costs or on means-tested benefits – if a resident doesn’t know their EPC rating, they can find out here, or it can be determined by the programme.
  • The grant covers the cost of energy efficiency improvements such as insulation or solar panels.

There is more information on our website. The Sustainable Warmth grant funding is being administered on our behalf by City Energy. For more information and to complete the online application form please direct residents to the City Energy website or call 02921 680951.

Warm Welcome Space Local Initiative

Worried about the cost of your heating bills this winter? Turn the heating off and come to a Warm Welcome Space.

 Warm Welcome Spaces are the local community’s response to the energy crisis. Come along to any of the listed venues and you will find a warm welcome. Some are also offering hot drinks and something fun to do. 

There is no limit to how many you can go to – try them all, make new friends and keep warm this winter. See all the details in the leaflet:

Leaflet with Warm Welcome Spaces for Risinghurst, Sandhills and nearby

Warm Spaces – Oxford City Council

The Communities team is working with partners to create a network of warm spaces during the winter, providing people with a place to go in the day time to reduce the need to heat their homes. This will include community groups, libraries, and community centres offering warm spaces with access to activities, tea/coffee and general information.  The team is also developing on an interactive map of warm spaces across the city which will be shared from our Cost of Living directory page.

Climate Action

A new website offering practical advice for Oxfordshire people wanting to reduce their carbon footprint and save energy has gone live on 11 July.

Cost of Living Help

If you need advice on debt, employment or housing problems

or need help with energy costs or food costs

Visit Oxford City web site, details here

Advice on Scams and what to do

Please be on your guard against people pretending to be from the police, your bank or other organisations and asking for money.
Some practical detail from the Oxfordshire Trading Standards team is available HERE

Planning Applications

The Parish Council reviews any planning application within the parish and is able to submit comments/objections, however has no final decision making powers, this resides with Oxford City Council.

See Planning Applications

Platinum Jubilee / Community Fete 2022

This event took place on Sunday 12th June 2022. Click the link to see more photos.

Grass Verges 2022

The second cut of the year was delayed due to the hot weather. ODS grass management team will respect “No Mow” signs outside houses if people wish to opt-out of the verge mowing.
No grass cuttings are removed, so residents are encouraged to sweep their pathway to ensure the drains don’t get blocked with grass.

Following the confusion last year when grass verges were left uncut, the Parish Council has been consulted by ODS and given them feedback on the plans.

The grass verges alongside dual carriageways will be left uncut again this year, and be mown once in August with the cuttings removed. This is part of the Oxfordshire County Council biodiversity action plan.

As a pilot, 2 verges at the entrance to Sandhills will be left uncut, to give volunteers with Naturehood the opportunity to plant wildflowers and encourage biodiversity. Residents will be asked for their feedback on this later in the year.

The Parish Council has requested that a 1-meter perimeter by the cycle track/footpath should be maintained with a monthly cut. This is to help with driver visibility, cyclists, litter, dog faeces and the appearance of the area, while allowing the longer growth which encourages plant and insect life.

For residential areas, the regular monthly cut is starting soon.

Want to opt out? ODS will continue to allow residents to put out a sign indicating if they wish their grass service strip to be left uncut.

Defibrillator for Sandhills

Risinghurst and Sandhills Parish Council are pleased to provide a new defibrillator unit which is based outside Bush House, 2 Merewood Ave, Sandhills.

Watch this short video to see what is involved: Defibrillator training.

Grateful thanks to Councillors Glynis Phillips, Roz Smith, Chew Munkonge and Mike Rowley, and to Roundway Pharmacy and the Risinghurst Fete Committee for their kind grants, donations and support, and to ABELL at Bush House for hosting the unit.

Community Survey

Community survey : We want to hear from YOU!

The Risinghurst Playing fields are provided for sport, recreation, and leisure for local residents. The Parish Council aims to improve and update the facilities, some of which are more than 60 years old. We want to involve residents in shaping what will happen in the fields in the future. We need to know what you would like at the Risinghurst Playing Fields, and this will help us to apply for grants to make it happen.

Each household will receive a paper copy over the coming weeks, hand delivered by your Parish Councillors. If you prefer to complete it online, please click the link below:

Link

 Survey NOW CLOSED

Oxclean 2022

Parish Councillors Derek Taylor, Steve Fuller and David Adams were out on Saturday with family members, Sandhills Naturehood and residents, all volunteering to help collect up rubbish from around Risinghurst and Sandhills. Thank you for all your hard work keeping the area clean.

Unicol joined in the efforts sending out a team on Tuesday (see the photo!) to clear up around the CS Lewis reserve. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen at Unicol.

C S Lewis Nature Reserve

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]

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.

Reduced Bus Service to Risinghurst

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

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