Date of Next PC Meeting: Thursday 15th September 2022 at 7:00pm

Note: No August meeting

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.

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 at

Fortnightly Bingo from 6th September

Bingo sessions at Risinghurst Community Centre are to resume on Tuesday 6th September at 7:00pm. Details

All Welcome!

Parish Councillor Vacancies

There are 10 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


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.

[email protected]         Phone 07717 134606

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  


Spring Newsletter

A newsletter was hand delivered by Councillors to every household at the beginning of May. This edition includes the Annual Report from the Chairman, Opportunities for Volunteering with various groups within the community.  You can view an electronic copy here: Newsletter Apr 22

LATEST NEWS - Road Closures

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Temporary Road Closure at Oxford, Bracegirdle Road, Wood Farm

A request has been received from Oxford Direct Services for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Bracegirdle Road whilst essential Thames Water connection works are carried out.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 29 August 2022 up to and including 16 September 2022. This is a 24 hour road closure.

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Temporary Road Closure at Kilns, Shotover Kilns  & Old Road on 15th August

A request has been received from Sunbelt Rentals UK  for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Shotover Kilns & Old Road whilst safe working zone for cabling works are carried out.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate from the 15 August 2022 up to and including the 16 August 2022. This will operate between 22:00 and 06:00. Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.

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

Drop-in advice events in July: Oxford City Council is running a series of events to help residents find support with the cost of living crisis. The events will give residents an opportunity to speak face to face with council staff and community groups who can help with problems including benefits, housing, debt and food support.

6 July 2022, 4pm to 7pm – Barton Neighbourhood Centre, Underhill Circus, Oxford OX3 9LS

12 July 2022, 1pm to 4pm – Rose Hill Community Centre, Carole’s Way, Oxford OX4 4HF

14 July 2022, 10am to 1pm – Blackbird Leys Community Centre, Blackbird Leys, Oxford OX4 6HW

The events are drop-in sessions, so no appointment needed, and they are open to all residents across the city. People attending will be able to speak to staff from community larders, local advice centres and the council’s housing, council tax, welfare, energy advice teams and more.
More details here

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

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


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

Peter Jacques Memorial Cricket Game

To see the report and photos of the memorial game please click the link:  Link to report

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.

Second public consultation on Land North of Bayswater Brook (Bayswater Park) – Closes 29 July 2022

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

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:



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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