Census 2021

Date of Next PC Meeting:

The next Parish Council Meeting is due to take place via Zoom on Thursday 18th March at 7:00pm and includes a period of public participation before the formal meeting starts. The agenda  contains the Zoom details for the meeting. 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.

Members of the public attending Parish Council meetings are politely requested to read the Virtual Meeting policy and protocol:  Virtual meeting policy and protocol

  Lots of  fantastic snow sculptures appeared on Risinghurst playing field this week.  

Downside Dip refurbishment 1st – 19th February 2021

The Parish Council want the play area to be a fun and safe place for children to enjoy playing. However, the play equipment at Downside Dip play area has become tired and worn. A working group of Parish Councillors removed the climbing frame and replaced the balance beams last year that were becoming unsafe. They got to work looking for replacements and the Parish Council decided to fund new equipment from Wicksteed.

The equipment will be installed between 1st -19th February 2021, and we ask for your patience as the Wicksteed team bring vehicles and equipment to the site.

With grateful thanks for support and contributions for the following equipment from Councillors Roz Smith, Glynis Phillips and Chewe Munkonge who represent the area at Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council.

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

UPDATE: 5th January 2021 National Lockdown: The government guidance can been seen by clicking the link. Government lockdown guidance 5th January 2021

Playparks owned by Risinghurst and Sandhills Parish Council continue to remain open. Park users, parents and carers are required to follow the covid-19 safety guidance when accessing the play areas for their own safety, and to protect the safety of others. The playing field can continue to be used for exercise. 

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!


ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT, 1984.  Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, that the Oxfordshire County Council 


Location: Oxford, Bracegirdle Road

Reason: To facilitate a new water main connection

 Duration: Starting on 15th March 2021. The anticipated completion date is 19th March 2021 (date included). This is a 24 hour per day closure. (Traffic Regulation Notices cover a maximum of 5 consecutive days.)         

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 routes: via Chillingworth Crescent-Nuffield Road and vice versa

 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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