News and Events

Below is a list of local news and events in a text only format to make it more accessible for keyboard only users. If you have any trouble accessing any information then please let us know. If you would like to view any archived news and information then follow this link to the Archive News Page.

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.

Climate Emergency Meeting

The parish council will be hosting an open meeting on 24th January 2022 to look at what we can do locally in response to the climate emergency. Due to covid, numbers are limited.  Find out more by downloading the poster here. You will need to book in order to attend. Click here to make the booking. We will be having a follow up meeting later on.

Cold Weather Alert Service

The Met Office has as cold weather alert service that runs throughout the winter. You can find out more here:

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:

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.

Almonds Farm – Land West of Mill Lane

The plans for the proposed development at the site of Almond’s Farm, which is the Land West of Mill Lane, have now been submitted. 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.

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:

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.

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.

Almonds Farm

Plans have now been submitted: ref 21/01217/FUL  – Erection of 80 residential dwellings (use class C3) formed of 13 one-bedroom apartments and 28 two-, 35 three- and 4 four-bedroom houses with associated public open space, access and landscaping. Deadline date for consultation is 11th June. Almonds Farm, Mill Lane, is owned by Oxford City Council. The development have been approved in the Oxford Local Plan.

Hill View Farm

Plan has now been approved by the City Council Planning Committee. 20/03034/FUL – link to planning application and documents

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.

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


Bench in Cemetery Paddock

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