News and Events

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Closure of Cherwell Drive

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure and “No Waiting” Restriction at Cherwell Drive, Oxford

In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close a section of Cherwell Drive to facilitate TOPO, GPR and Drainage surveys to be carried works.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and “No Waiting” restriction and will operate from 08/08/2022 The estimated duration of the works is 5 working days.

(The maximum duration of a TTRO on a road is 18 months and on a footpath is 6 months, or until completion of the works, whichever is the earlier.)

Notice of intention to make the Order will be published in the local press.

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.

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and the alternative routes for traffic is attached.

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Allan Sibley / Milestone Infrastructure, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.


Download the notice here

Download location of road works here

Download map of diversion here

Book Club for 8s to 11s

New monthly book club for 8s to 11s at Old Marston Library starting Monday 13th June 2022 at 16:15. Email: [email protected].

Old Marston Book Club 130622

Old Marston Book Club 130622

Vacancy for Families Minister

St Nicholas Parish Church have a vacancy for a Families and Children’s Minister to build links with the community and help identify local needs. You can find out more on their vacancies page:

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.

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.

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


Messy Church

St Nicholas Parish Church is hosting a fun activities Sunday morning called Messy Church on Sunday 12th June from 10:00 to 11:30 at the church hall in Elsfield Road. It is open to all ages. There will be crafts, singing, bible stories, breakfast and prayer. You can download the poster for more information.


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:

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.


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.

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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Tim Cann


Old Marston Parish Council



Email: clerk

Tel: 01865 203 139

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