Beers on the Boundary

The Music and Beer Festival is taking place on 14th-16th July 2017 at Boundary Park. Please support this new local event. Times are as follows:

3pm – 1130pm Friday
Noon – 1130pm Saturday
Noon – 6pm Sunday

Greenwood Way closure for District Centre Block Paving

The GWP consortium will be block paving the District Centre Square over the school summer holidays (starting Monday 17th July).

These works will involve the closing of a small section of the spine road (Greenwood Way) for a period of time.

This will unfortunately create a degree of disruption but they have put diversions in place to mitigate this. Clear signage will be in place to make all road users aware of the diversion route.

The following letter gives further details on this temporary closure.

July 2017 – Residents’ Meeting

Dear Residents, 

The next meeting will therefore be held on Wednesday 5th July 2017 at 7.30pm, Pavilion, Boundary Park. 
The agenda can be found here.
We hope you can join us and take advantage of the ‘Happy Plaice’ fish and chip van just outside and bar inside!
Kind regards,
GWPRA Secretary

Planning Application: Playing Fields (Area W) Southern Neighbourhood GWP – P17/S1450/RM


This application covers the area surrounding but not including the Southern Neighbourhood Community Centre. It consists of a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), Playing Pitch and two wet areas.

The following are initial comments:

  1. The wet area is directly behind the pitch goals, has consideration been given to suitable fencing to prevent balls and children entering the wet areas.
  2. Will there be lighting for the MUGA?
  3. The single timber picnic bench is noted central east of the plan. It would be more advantageous to have a cluster of 3-5 of these in this area for picnics.
  4. Consideration for an additional Combined Dog and litter waste bin should be located towards the north of the area.

Updated* Planning Application for Nursery Site District Neighbourhood Centre GWP – P17/V0762/RM


Following the updated information from the applicant, it seems that a mini bus can be turned around in the car park but it is still a single entry car park with 3 staff spaces and 8 drop off only. This has to be very inadequate and will likely cause inconvenience for residents in the area. It is noted that the applicant is not providing an additional travel plan, stating a reliance on the original one for GWP, which has proved to be flawed particularly with regard to parking.

The Great Western Park Residents’ Association supports the planning application for the provision of a Nursery, with the following comments still all applying:

The application made by agent on behalf of Bright Horizons Family Solutions Ltd, a large national childcare provider already with some local nurseries in operation in the local area.

  1. There is currently a very high demand for pre-school childcare on GWP. This is definitely a feature of a new estate with more affordable housing for the area.
  2. The occupants of the flats overlooking the play area should be subject to vetting (DBS), to ensure no unsuitable persons are housed there.
  3. The 17 Parking spaces maybe limited, given the number of nursery and pre school children proposed to be present. (33 Babies, 32 Toddlers & 32 Pre-School plus staff) Are there plans for a dedicated drop off zone? Would there be bans on parents using the carpark as is common? Would it be possible to make a shared parking scheme with the community centre and nursery, since their peak times are likely to be opposing? Oxfordshire Highways are also concerned about the Travel Plan, particularly the impact on Cherry Tree Road.
  4. There are no traffic calmed pedestrian crossings shown close to the Nursery, to enable safe passage across the spine road for the most vulnerable road users.