Date of Next PC Meeting: Thursday 21st July 2022 at 7:00pm

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.

Latest News (scroll down):

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

Second public consultation on Land North of Bayswater Brook (Bayswater).

Bayswater lies to the west of Barton and to the north of Barton Park, close to the A40 north-east of Oxford city centre. The focus is on the updated masterplan, community uses and ways to promote greener travel with a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the A40. Events where you can meet the project team, ask questions and share your views about our proposals will be held at:

  • Saturday 2 July 3.00pm-6.00pm – Barton Park Primary School, Barton Fields Rd, OX3 9WN
  • Wednesday 6 July 4.30pm-7.30pm – Barton Neighbourhood Centre, Underhill Circus, OX3 9LS
  • Thursday 14 July 6.00pm-8.00pm – an online webinar that you’ll be able to register for via our website from 29 June

Details on the website from 29 June at www.bayswateroxford.co.uk


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN under Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that a casual vacancy exists in the office of councillor for Risinghurst and Sandhills Parish Council

A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if, within 14 working days from the date of this notice, 10 electors from the parish give notice, in writing, to the Returning Officer, Oxford City Council, Electoral Services Office, Town Hall, Oxford, OX1 1BX of a request for an election to fill the vacancy. 

If no such notice is given by Tuesday 12th July 2022 the Parish Council may fill the post by co-option.  

DATED: Wednesday 22nd June 2022  Signed: Bev Field – Clerk to the Parish Council

Community Fete and Picnic:

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

Bayswater Oxford” Proposed Development Public Meeting Wednesday 6th June 6.00-7.30pm at Risinghurst Community Centre, Kiln Lane OX3 8EY. All are welcome.

The “Land North of Bayswater Brook Project Team”, have advised the Parish Council that this is not a presentation because they “plan to sit around a table with copies of our masterplan and transport plans “. The agenda is:

1. Introductions

2. Project update –brief overview of project principles and the work carried out to date

3. Masterplan changes – discussion of changes made to the masterplan since public consultation and views from the parish

4. Overview of transport modelling and proposals – consideration of local issues and mitigation options

5. Next steps and future engagement

Barbara Wharton

Alex, Ande and Simon Wharton have let us know of the arrangements for the funeral of Barbara Wharton (Peter’s wife), who died on Thursday, 19th May, after a long illness. They have extended the following invitation:

“A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held on Thursday 9th June at Oxford Crematorium from 3pm to 4pm, followed by a wake at her local community pub, The Ampleforth Arms, in Risinghurst from about 4.30. You are very welcome to join us.”

Platinum Jubilee/Community Fete and Picnic – Risinghurst Playing Field – Sunday 12th June: 1:30-5:30pm

Programme of Events

Children’s Fancy Dress Competition

Vacancy for a part-time Grounds Person

The role: Maintenance and upkeep of the Risinghurst playing fields using equipment provided by the Parish Council. The Grounds-person will work as part of a team with support from the Parish Clerk, and volunteers comprising of Parish Councillors and residents.

The person: Should have an interest in maintaining their local community facility to a good standard. A flexible approach will be taken to the job description and conditions for the right candidate.

The Location: Risinghurst Playing Fields off Grovelands Rd, Risinghurst OX3 8HZ

Hours: will vary seasonally from 4-12 per week and the Parish Council is an Oxford Living Wage employer.

Want to know more?

For an informal chat please contact the Parish Clerk by 30th June on: 07717 134606 or

e-mail [email protected]

(office hours: Monday to Wednesday 9.00-4.00pm and Thursday 9.00-1.00pm)

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 to Survey

Grass Mowing for Verges     
Despite reminders, the grass verge cutting has been delayed again this year.
However, the Parish Council has been told today that the ODS grass management team are due in Risinghurst & Sandhills this week, with a reminder that if people wish to opt-out they can put signs out which will be respected.
No grass cuttings are removed, so residents are encouraged to sweep their pathway to ensure the drains don’t get blocked with grass.

Oxclean – Spring 2022

A big thank you to everyone who helped to litter pick on Saturday

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.

Grass Verges 2022

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.

Vacancy for Parish Councillor – Click here for notice of vacancy

There are 10 vacancies on Risinghurst and Sandhills Parish Council. Could you get involved? To talk about the process for co-option contact the Parish Clerk.

Click for more information: Further details.


A small volunteer group help with clearing, planting and other practical tasks on the Risinghurst playing field and woodland each Thursday morning from 09.30am. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Parish Clerk on [email protected] tel 07717134606

Defibrillator Unit for Sandhills

Risinghurst and Sandhills Parish Council are pleased to provide a new defibrillator unit to be based outside Bush House, 2 Merewood Ave, Sandhills. It will be installed in January 2022.

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.

Risinghurst and Sandhills Parish Council Grant Award Scheme

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 on 07717134606 or [email protected] or  

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

Risinghurst Playing Field drainage works

The contractor has completed the works and water is already flowing along the restored ditch in the spinney. Overnight the pond area filled up and the water is flowing where it should. Please be patient with the mess, it will be sorted out. Watch to see what difference the drainage makes over the winter.


Drainage work on Risinghurst Playing Field started 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


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.

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.

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