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.

Carriageway Patching at Cherwell Drive

ODS Group, working on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council, are programmed to begin carriageway patching on Cherwell Drive from Ewin close bus stop to No# 98 Cherwell Drive on 23/11/2020. The work is expected to take 2 days.

Traffic Lights

There will be 2 way traffic lights to manage the flow of traffic through the works.

Parking and Bus Stop Suspension

A suspension of the parking bays and bus stops has been agreed with Oxfordshire County Council, any cars remaining during this time will be towed away at the cost of the owner. Signs will be on display to confirm.

Property Licensing Consultation

Oxford City Council is currently consulting on two licensing schemes aimed at improving conditions in the private rented sector. The council is seeking views on its intention to renew  the current ‘additional’ licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). It also wants to introduce a new ‘selective licensing’ scheme that means all private rented homes will need to be licensed – not just HMOs.

To find out more and take part, visit www.oxford.gov.uk/propertylicensing

Deadline is 3rd December 2020

Road Closure: A40 Northern Bypass (Westbound)

TRAFFIC REGULATION NOTICE: 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

 TEMPORARILY PROHIBITS THE USE OF AND WAITING ON THE HIGHWAY BY ALL MOTOR VEHICLES

LOCATION: Oxford, A40 Northern Bypass (Westbound)        

REASON:  to facilitate carriageway patching work

DURATION: Starting on  9 December 2020. The anticipated completion date is 11 December 2020. Closure wil operate for 2 nights 20:00 to 06:00(date included).

(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

The “No Waiting” restriction means that wherever there are in place yellow “No Waiting” cones, you will not be able to park vehicles on the highway.

 SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: via A4142 – A423 – A34 – A44 – A40

 Jason Russell, Director for infrastructure Delivery Communities

Date: 12 November 2020        

Parking: Police Response

The parking in Oxford Road and around the parish needs urgent attention. We reported this to the police. This was their response:
This matter has been highlighted previously by local residents in the area but there are no road markings preventing motorists from parking along the Oxford Road. The police have limited powers with regards parking offences, as these powers where handed to civil parking enforcement some years ago.
I would suggest that this would need to be addressed to Highways to consider double yellow lines in the area or residential parking permit zones in the area.
This is something the local councillors could address under their next reviews.

Hill View Farm

Draft plans are being drawn up with a view to develop the land at Hill View Farm in line with the Oxford Local Plan 2020-2036. The City Council are in discussions with the architect regarding the proposed development. We have reviewed the plans and are very concerned. There are two developments next to each other at the end of Mill Lane – the main one for 157 dwellings. The second development is next to it on land owned by Oxford City Council. We had to make further enquires requiring this proposed development and have been told that the council that they have survey this land with the potential to build about 50 houses. Access to the site will only be via Mill Lane as the County Highways have said that there can be no access to the bypass. We are hoping a public consultation will be held, but in accordance with current guidelines in relation to pandemic. In addition some local residents have told us that they have not been informed about this development by the developer or planning department. Although the plans have not yet been officially submitted, we have already passed on our concerns to the architect, especially in relation to the access to the site, and will continue to raise concerns. We will publish any information that we receive. You can view all the documents by following this link.

Land West of Mill Lane – Consultation

In addition to the 153 proposed dwellings at Hill View Farm in Mill Lane, there is also a proposed development of 79 dwellings at Almonds Farm, a piece of land owned by Oxford City Council which is also on Mill Lane and next to Hill View Farm. There is a consultation which has just opened – the deadline to have your say is 12th November 2020. Both developments have been approved in the Oxford Local Plan. Follow this link for more information and to have your say: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/land-west-of-mill-lane

Orchard Triangle

The footpath between the kissing gate and the main field of the Orchard Triangle has been over-grown for many years. We have found out that the legal footpath actually runs parallel to the fence on the same side as the cycle track. However we have been keen to clear the footpath on our side of the fence to improve access into the Orchard Triangle. A team of volunteers from Marston Community Garden and from Good Gym have cleared the footpath and planted some wild flower and shrubs. We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers.

Street Lights

The Parish Council has contracted a local firm to install solar-powered street lights in School Lane, Boults Lane Recreational Ground and Mortimer Hall Recreational Ground. We had wanted to install some  lights in Elsfield Road but were told by The County Engineer that this was not possible. However we are awaiting approval to have solar-powered studs installed into the pavement – hopefully soon.t Lights
The Parish Council has contracted a local firm to install solar-powered street lights in School Lane, Boults Lane Recreational Ground and Mortimer Hall Recreational Ground. We had wanted to install some  lights in Elsfield Road but were told by The County Engineer that this was not possible. However we are awaiting approval to have solar-powered studs installed into the pavement – hopefully soon. to install solar-powered street lights in School Lane, Boults Lane Recreational Ground and Mortimer Hall Recreational Ground. We had wanted to install some  lights in Elsfield Road but were told by The County Engineer that this was not possible. However we are awaiting approval to have solar-powered studs installed into the pavement – hopefully soon.

COVID-19 Drugs Trial

We have been contacted by the National Institute of Health Research who are looking for volunteers to take part in clinical trials for drugs to be used in the treatment of Corvid-19. We do not officially endorse this but encourage interested persons to make thier own enquiries. They have requested that we post this text: “People aged 50 and over are being sought to take part in a trial into treating COVID-19. Over 50s with specific underlying health conditions and all over 65s with suspected COVID-19 can apply to take part in the University of Oxford study at participating GP practices or www.principletrial.org. Participants are randomly allocated to receive usual care or usual care and an existing medication. It is hoped the trial can help people get better quickly and stop them needing to go to hospital. The study is funded by UK Research and Innovation and the National Institute for Health Research. Contact the study team at principle@phc.ox.ac.uk / 0800 138 0880.”

Cyber Security

Thames Valley Police have started a campaign to encourage better cyber security. To find out more just follow this link: https://rlsd.co/p/QF1kKQ

Street Tag

The County Council are promoting Street Tag as a way of encouraging personal fitness. Find our more here: https://streettag.co.uk/

Thames Bathing Water Status

We received this petition which may be of interest: Give the Thames through Oxford designated bathing water status – the City Council are supporting this petition –  https://www.change.org/p/environment-agency-give-the-thames-through-oxford-designated-bathing-water-status?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_24503448_en-GB%3A7&recruiter=1146738535&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition

Emerging Local Plan Consultation

Emerging Local Plan Consultation: South Oxfordshire but will relate to the proposed development at lower Elsfield – https://www.southoxon.gov.uk/south-oxfordshire-district-council/planning-and-development/local-plan-and-planning-policies/forthcoming-planning-policies/our-forthcoming-local-plan/

Arlington Drive Closure

Thames Water will be closing Arlington Drive on the section between Salford Road and Cavendish Drive. This is for maintenance work.

Starting on 1st December 2020 (at 08:00hrs), the anticipated completion date is 2nd December 2020 (at 17:00hrs).

More information here and download a map here.

Pavement Parking Consultation

The Government are planning to introduce legislation to restrict parking on pavements. You can have your say by going to the consultation on the Government’s website. The deadline is 22nd November 2020

Oxford Local Plan 2036

The local plan has been approved by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and passed by the City Council. The are three sites in the Old Marston Area that have been designated for possible development. For more details please follow this link.

Covid-19 Latest News and Guidelines

To find the latest government guidelines – just visit their website

Guidelines from Oxfordshire County Council: The number of corona virus cases has been increasing in East Oxford. The County Council have issued some guidelines: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/council/coronavirus-covid-19/controlling-local-coronavirus-outbreaks