Date of Next PC Meeting: Thursday 17th February 2022 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 (Plan B). Link to the meeting minutes page: agendas and minutes.
Vacancy for Parish Councillor – Click here for Notice of Vacancy
There are 9 vacancies on Risinghurst and Sandhills Parish Council. Could you get involved? To talk about the process for co-option contact the Parish Clerk. Details here: further details.
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.
Cancelled: free Defibrillator Awareness training on Wednesday January 26th 2022. Click here for details
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:
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
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.
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