Gosford and Water Eaton Parish Council

A reminder of our Parish boundary: although we nestle alongside Kidlington we are a very separate Parish and home to Thames Valley Police HQ, Gosford Hill School, Edward Feild School, Gosford Medical Centre, Oxford Parkway and Kidlington and Gosford Sports Centre.

Many businesses form part of our parish including all of the shops by Fairfax Avenue on the Oxford Road, the car wash, Miller & Carter and Sainsbury’s. If you have an issue within our Parish boundary, please contact us directly. We do not have an office but you can call us on; our new telephone number 01865 819863 or email us at clerk@gosfordandwatereaton-pc.gov.uk. We are very much here and are happy to help you.

Planning 20/01621/F: The Councillors objected to this application, deciding there was gross overdevelopment and would impact light of the neighbours.

Housing: New housing is proposed by Cherwell District Council in Gosford and Water Eaton, as it wants to build between 1410 and 2000 new homes here by 2031. This housing is to meet some of Oxford’s unmet housing need. We are currently waiting for the inspector’s report, due anytime now. Keep watching our website for updates: www.gosfordandwatereaton-pc.gov.uk

The proposals are for 230 homes to be built on the eastern rural side of Sainsbury’s, and along Water Eaton Lane. This is on the so called ‘Kidlington side’ of A34. 650 homes may be built between Oxford Parkway train station and Oxford, closing the gap between the railway station and the houses in North Oxford. 550 homes may be built on North Oxford Golf course, which would be closed.

Cycle paths: We are in discussions with Oxfordshire County Council regarding cycle paths. We have flagged a concern that the Bicester Road, which runs from the car wash down towards Miller & Carter desperately needs a safe cycle path. This is currently being discussed.

Play areas: Following the slight relaxation of Covid 19 restrictions, we have reopened the Cromwell Way and the. Bramley Park play areas. We hope the children enjoy these provisions in the Parish. Both play areas are about to have full ROSPA safety inspections ensuring safety at all times. We continue regular safety checks at both sites.

Coronavirus help: If you are concerned about a neighbour it is ok to knock on their door and ask if they are alright. Remember to keep a social distance after knocking. If you are still concerned, you can contact Cherwell District Council via telephone on 01295 227001.
Covid 19 has caused a strain on many people. Use these tips to help your mental health:
1. Keep to a routine
2. Accept what you can’t control and take control of small things
3. Develop a good sleep routine
4. Focus on what’s good now

If you are struggling, mental health support can be found here: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/social-and-health-care/health-recovery-and-wellbeing/mental-wellbeing

Join our mailing list: If you would like to join our email mailing list to receive minutes, updates and newsletters electronically please email the clerk at clerk@gosfordandwatereaton-pc.gov.uk or call on our new telephone number, given above.

Your Gosford and Water Eaton Parish Councillors:

  • Councillor Clive Stayt (Chairman)
  • Councillor Suzanne Wilson-Higgins (Vice Chair)
  • Councillor Merlin Smith
  • Councillor Leon Shepherd
  • Councillor Nigel Simpson
  • Councillor Neil Prestidge
  • Councillor Carol Matheson

VACANCY: if you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor please contact the Clerk in the first instance. Councillors each have individual email addresses of which details can be found on our website http://www.gosfordandwatereaton-pc.gov.uk/
Next full Council meetings: 4th August 2020 at 7pm and 1st September at 7pm– Virtual meetings – see website for joining information.

 Karen East, Clerk to Gosford and Water Eaton Parish Council, 29 July 2020 

For previous report see here