Old Marston Parish Council

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The annual parish meeting will take place at 19:00 Monday 30th May in Mortimer Hall. This will be an opportunity to meet your parish councillors, to raise local concerns and to find out more about the work of the parish council. You are all welcome to come along.


Next Meeting: 19:00 Monday 16th May 2022 at Mortimer Hall

Latest Agenda: link to agenda for May meeting

Newsletter: link to document

Approved Minutes: March 2022 – link to document

Archive Agendas: link to page of previous agendas

Accessibility Statement: download the statement

Accounts: links to all account items

Accessibility Statement:download the statement

Calendar of Meetings

Full Calendar of Meetings 2022-2023 – download the document of meetings here

Main Meeting: 19:00 Monday 6th June 2022 Mortimer Hall

Annual Parish Meeting: 19:00 Monday 30th May 2022 Mortimer Hall

Main Meeting: 19:00 Monday 6th June 2022 Mortimer Hall

Environment Committee: 18:00 17th June 2022 Roy Garner Pavilion

Recreational Grounds, Pavilion & Cemetery Committee: 18:00 24th June 2022 Roy Garner Pavilion

Main Meeting: 19:00 Monday 4th July 2022 Mortimer Hall

Finance Committee: 18:00 24th July 2022 Roy Garner Pavilion

Main Meeting: 19:00 Monday 5th September 2022 Mortimer Hall

Recreational Grounds, Pavilion & Cemetery Committee: 18:00 16th September 2022 Roy Garner Pavilion

Environment Committee: 18:00 30th September 2022 Roy Garner Pavilion

Main Meeting: 19:00 Monday 3rd October 2022 Mortimer Hall

Main Meeting: 19:00 Monday 7th November 2022 Mortimer Hall

Finance Committee: 18:00 24th November 2022 Roy Garner Pavilion

Main Meeting: 19:00 Monday 5th December 2022 Mortimer Hall

Staffing & Standards Committee: 18:00 16th December 2022 Roy Garner Pavilion

Main Meeting: 19:00 Monday 9th January 2023 Mortimer Hall

Main Meeting: 19:00 Monday 6th February 2023 Mortimer Hall

Finance Committee: 18:00 23rd February 2023 Roy Garner Pavilion

Main Meeting: 19:00 Monday 6th March 2023 Mortimer Hall

Main Meeting: 19:00 Monday 3rd April 2023 Mortimer Hall



Contact Us

Clerk: Tim Cann – 01865-203139, [email protected]

Chr: Duncan Hatfield 07706998224, [email protected]

Vice-Chair: Pat Hall 01865-241 696, [email protected]

MP: Annelise Dodds, 01865-595790, [email protected]

County Cllr: Mark Lygo, 07826527047, [email protected]

City Cllr: Mary Clarkson, 01865751493, [email protected]

City Cllr: Mick Haines, 01865421600, [email protected]

Other Parish Councillors: follow this link

About Us

Allotments: link to page

Cemetery: link to page

Committees: link to page

Councillors: link to page

OxClean: link to page

Pavilion: link to page

Planning Applications: link to page

Policies and Procedures: link to page

Recreational Grounds: link to page


Church Hall: link to site

Mortimer Hall: link to site

Old Marston Bell Ringers: link to site

Old Marston Charities Trust: link to information

Oxford Preservation Trust: link to site

Oxsrad: link to site

St Nicholas Parish Church: link to site

St Nicholas Primary School: link to site

Swan School: link to page

Local Council Award Scheme Foundation Award

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News, Events & Activities

Old Marston Parish Council

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

There will be a garden party at the vicarage on Saturday 4th June from 11:00 to 14:30 – it is free and open to all – download the poster here. The Red Lion will hosting an event Thurday 2nd June evening and will be lighting the beacon at 21:45. There will be an event on Saturday at the Red Lion. The Victoria Arms will also be hosting an event on the Saturday.

Election Results

You can download the results of the parish council election on 5th May 2022 by clicking on this link

Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme

A consultation has opened for the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme. The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme will create a new stream with wetland wildlife corridor to the west of Oxford to reduce flood risk in the city and surrounding areas. You can find out more on their website here: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/thames/oxfordscheme/. You can view the Environment Agency video about project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd-tHCniXvU. To have your say just follow the link on the county council website here: https://myeplanning.oxfordshire.gov.uk/Planning/Display/MW.0027/22.

Emergency Planning

The parish council have put together an emergency plan. This means that should there ever be a serious emergency within the parish or nearby then the authorities managing the situation will be able to call upon and access necessary resources to meet the needs. In addition to accessing public buildings, there will be a need for qualified first aiders, people with 4X4 vehicles, use of equipment such as hedge cutters, and people who can provide assistance if required. If you are willing to become a volunteer then please contact the clerk by email or by calling 01865-203139. Your details will then be passed to the County Council Emergency Planning Team.

Logo Competition

The Parish Council is looking to update it’s logo which will be used on it’s documents, website, social media and correspondence. We are inviting people to contribute their ideas – there will be a small prize for the winning entry. Email to [email protected] or post to 8 Nicholas Avenue, Marston, Oxford, OX3 0RN.

Grass Verges

The city council is publishing a review of the programme introduced throughout 2021 to allow a number of grass verges in the city to grow long, to promote biodiversity. The Council has taken the learnings from the trial and is committing to extend the long grass verges programme for at least a further year, with some amendments. 

The full list of road verges that will be allowed to grow wild throughout 2022 are:

  • Marston Road
  • Headington Road
  • Cherwell Drive
  • Marston Ferry Road
  • Lonsdale/Marston Ferry Track
  • Marsh Lane
  • Eastern Bypass
  • The Roundway
  • Bayswater Road
  • Elsfield Was
  • Sunderland Avenue
  • Abingdon Road
  • Awgar Stone (behind hedge)
  • Horspath Road
  • Church Cowley Road
  • Watlington Road
  • Genoble Road
  • Long Lane
  • Cardinal Close (bank 0nly)
  • Oxford Road Bypass
  • Rose Hill/Henley Avenue

The roads that were included in last year’s programme but will be mown regularly this year, following residents’ feedback are:

  • Warneford Lane
  • Old Marston Road
  • Oxford Road
  • Headley Way
  • Barracks Lane


Choir seeks Singers

St Nicholas Parish Church is looking for more singers to join it’s junior (aged 7 to 11) and youth (aged 11 to 18) choirs. If interested then please contact the Neil Barker the musical director: [email protected]

Download the poster here.

Bayswater Development - Have Your Say

There will be a public consultation on the proposed development north of Bayswater Brook from 3rd to 30th March 2022. You can have your say here: Welcome – Land North of Baywater Brook, Oxford (bayswateroxford.co.uk)

Notes from Climate Emergency Meeting

You can download the notes from the Climate Emergency Meeting held on 24th January 2022 – click on link to download the notes here.

One of the presentations at the meeting was from Cosy Homes – you can download the presentation here.

Council Receives Award

The parish council has been awarded the Foundation Award in recognition of meeting certain standards of quality by the National Association of Local Councils. We would like to thank the clerk Tim Cann for all his hard work achieving this.

Local Council Award Scheme Foundation Award

Local Council Award Scheme Foundation Award

Marsh Lane Road Works


Notice of Temporary Traffic Order

Marston – Marsh Lane area – Temporary  Parking Prohibition

Date of Order: 31 August 2021

Coming into force: 24 January 2022

This Order continues in force for continued carriageway improvement works which are anticipated to be completed 1 April 2022. This is a 24 hour parking suspension

The effect of the Order is to temporarily no parking on as follows


  • B4150 Marsh Lane between Ashlong Road and A40 Overhead Bridge/A40 On/Off Slip Road
  • Ashlong Road Junction with Marsh Lane for 50m.
  • Elms Drive Junction with Marsh Lane for 50m.
  • Dents Close Junction with Marsh Lane for 50m.


Appropriate traffic signs will be displayed to indicate when the measures are in force. Exceptions are included for emergency service vehicles and for the purpose of the works. This Order will remain in force for a maximum period of 18 months or until the works have been completed whichever is the sooner. The relevant parts of the ((“Oxfordshire County Council (Oxford, Marston North Area) (Controlled Parking Zone and Waiting Restrictions) Order 2021” (as amended).)) as amended will be temporarily suspended. Traffic Regulations Team (Ref T9498/AC) for the Director for Infrastructure Delivery, County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND. 0345 310 1111.

Local Transport and Connectivity Plan

Oxfordshire County Council are currently working to produce a new Local Transport Plan. The local transport plan is their long-term county-wide transport strategy. They are calling it the Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP), to better reflect their strategy both for digital infrastructure and for connecting the whole county.
The LTCP will be their long term vision for transport in the county and the policies required to deliver this. It will be used to decide how they manage transport and the types of schemes they (or other transport organisations) implement. Follow this link to find out more and to have your say.

Cold Weather Alert Service

The Met Office has as cold weather alert service that runs throughout the winter. You can find out more here: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice/cold-weather-alerts

Elections Bill 2021

The government has introduced a bill which will affect the rules on voting, which should become law before the May elections. You can find out more here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/999226/BILL_SUMMARY_-_GOV.UK_Accessible.pdf

The Office for Environmental Protection

The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) is a new public body. It protects and improve the environment by holding government and public authorities to account. It was legally created in November 2021, under the Environment Act 2021. It expects to be fully established early in 2022 after Parliament takes the steps needed for its’ functions and powers to be made available to it. Its’ work covers England. In the coming months, the Northern Ireland Assembly may also decide that its’ work will cover Northern Ireland.  You can find out more on their website.

Land West of Mill Lane - Planning Approved

The plans for the proposed development at the site of Almond’s Farm, which is the Land West of Mill Lane, have now been approved (Oxford Mail Article: Oxford City Council: 80 new homes approved despite village traffic worries | Oxford Mail). The proposal is for up to 80 dwellings. This is in addition to the 160 dwellings that have been approved for development at Hill View Farm next to it. The land is owned by the city council and managed by Oxford City Housing Limited (find out more information here). To view the application and to have your say just follow the link to the city council planning site and enter the application number: 21/01217/FUL.

Marston Paddock

This is a small piece of land off Butt’s Lane next to Buswell Mobile Home Park. It was designated in the Local Plan for future development of 39 dwellings. There will be a public consultation before plans are submitted later this year.

The clerk has compiled a document of responses by both the council and local residents which you can download here.

Land North of Bayswater Brook

This is a proposed development of about 750 dwellings on land owned by Christ Church College on land north of Bayswater Brook in the greenbelt. Although outside the parish, it would impact greatly on the parish. The Parish Council is currently having meetings with the PR company representing the developer as a key local stakeholder. This is part of the South Oxfordshire Local Plan 2035

Reporting a Street Fault

To find and report road or street problems – please contact the county highways department. You can easily do this on-line by following this link: https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/

Think Before You Dial

Thames Valley Police have launched a campaign to show that you can report many crimes online instead of calling, taking pressure of the emergency call centres. To find out more just follow this link: Think before you dial | Thames Valley Police

Marston Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish Council looking to bring together local people who would be interested in creating a local Neighbourhood plan for Old Marston with a view to influencing future decisions related to planning in Old Marston. The City Council has started to consult on their proposed Oxford Plan 2040 and the County Council are looking at creating the Oxfordshire 2050 plan so there is a great need to have this in place. Download this document for more information. You can find out more about neighbourhood plans here: ONPA – Oxfordshire Neighbourhood Plans Alliance

Local Plan 2040

Oxford City Council is embarking on the development a new Local Plan. The Local Plan 2040 will set out the planning strategy for meeting the needs of the city. It will set out where new homes, businesses and community facilities will be built to make Oxford a better place to live, work and visit. It will also look at how we can protect the things that make Oxford special such as open space, ecological habitat and areas of heritage. It will guide how development happens, helping to support the transition towards a zero carbon city, ensuring high quality design, being conscious of health and wellbeing, and addressing inequalities. This is an early opportunity to engage in the development of the Oxford Local Plan 2040 and your opportunity to help shape Oxford’s future. To find out more just go to their website: Oxford Local Plan 2040 | Oxford Local Plan 2040 | Oxford City Council.

Any official notices, land transactions, financial matters, planning notifications, correspondence for the Parish Council and requests to see documents under the Freedom of Information Act, including archived documents, or if you would like to speak at our meeting, be added to our email alerts list, or would like to advertise on site, then contact the Parish Clerk Tim Cann.

You can contact him on 01865203139 09:00-13:00 Monday to Wednesday: at other times leave a message. Correspondence to be sent to Clerk Old Marston Parish Council, 8 Nicholas Avenue, Old Marston, Oxford, OX3 0RN or send an email. You can download a copy of our Accessibilty Statement here. 

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Contact Us

Tim Cann


Old Marston Parish Council



Email: clerk

Tel: 01865 203 139

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Your local Parish Council, fighting for and serving the community of Old Marston in Oxford.