West Way Community Concern

About us

Page updated 21st Nov 2016

What we are doing now

In our recent survey we asked about the future role for WWCC. The majority of respondents favoured WWCC’s role now to be “ongoing dialogue with Mace” (61.5%) or “monitor the planning process until the development is built” (63.8%).

With over 60% opting for ongoing dialogue and monitoring progress, the committee felt that this gave WWCC a clear mandate to do those two things and to move forward on that basis. Our next steps include re-establishing contact with Mace to enquire about their plans for consultation and community involvement from now on.

89 people (41.8%) responded that they would like to pursue legal action. While WWCC does not have a mandate from the survey to pursue legal action we took advice on the case for legal action, costs and possible outcomes, and made this advice and background information available to those who wished to pursue this course.

West Way Community Concern is a volunteer organization of local Botley residents and business people. We formed in March 2013 following developer Doric’s first exhibition where the new, much larger, scale of the proposed development was revealed to the community for the first time. This was very different to the proposal consulted on by the Vale in 2012. A small group of local residents met to discuss these concerns. We began to engage with local people via our website, and an initial open meeting in April. Over 700 completed our survey which revealed a majority supported improvements but not wholesale demolition and wanted to keep Elms Parade and housing for the elderly. Around 300 attended each of our 3 subsequent public meetings, about 600 linked hands around Elms Parade in November and over 2200 signed a petition asking the Vale to return to the original scale of development.

From our HQ at 5 Elms Parade (provided by the Howse family who have turned away new tenants to allow us the space) we offered support and updates and provide the only place to view the full size proposal plans as submitted by the developers. We have experts in planning, heritage, environment and related areas who advise on complex planning matters.

What WWCC stands for:

  • We support the improvement of West Way in line with community concerns: to retain Elms Parade, to protect Field House, and to invest in community facilities including the library.
  • We strongly oppose redevelopment that involves the loss of existing local businesses.
  • We seek to ensure that local views are meaningfully represented in the consultation, planning and development process.
  • We will engage with local politicians, experts, academics, businesses, shoppers and residents for support and to help us represent concerns to the Vale of the White Horse District Council and the developers.
  • Our objective is to ensure that the West Way area is improved to serve the growing population in the immediate geographic area, to support local businesses, and to provide an appropriate and sustainable development for future generations.
  • We will now concentrate on the two actions: on-going dialogue with Mace and monitor the planning process until the development is built. We would like to engage with our members in carrying out these two activities, and very much need your involvement in them.

Our Officers are:

Co-chairs: Lorna Berrett, Caroline Potter, Mary Gill
Treasurer: John Clements
Secretary: Stephen Parkinson

Our committee members are: Chris Church, Grant Nightingale, Anthony Barnett (co-opted member)

Our constitution is here. Our Standard Operating Procedures are here.

Past AGMs

Papers from our AGMs are available here.

History

At a public meeting on 10th October WWCC adopted a constitution and elected our Committee as follows:

Co-chairs: Chris Church, Lorna Berrett, Caroline Potter
Treasurer: John Clements
Secretary: Mary Gill
Traders rep: Jan Bartlett
Planning group rep: Kathy Davies
Publicity group rep: Jo Whelan
Fundraising rep: Jan McHarry

Meet some of the members of the group on the Who We Are page

As well as the a committee WWCC has a core operational group, and a wide circle of volunteers and supporters. We have a mailing list and regular e-newsletter, you can sign up by emailing us at westwayconcern@gmail.com and asking to be added to the mailing list. We have drawn up a statement of our ongoing aims as  detailed below.

Our aims:

We support the improvement of West Way in line with community concerns: to retain Elms Parade, to protect Field House, and to invest in community facilities including the library. We strongly oppose redevelopment that involves the loss of existing local businesses. We seek to ensure that local views are meaningfully represented in the consultation, planning and development process. We will engage with local politicians, experts, academics, businesses, shoppers and residents for support and to help us represent concerns to the Vale of the White Horse District Council and the developers. Our objective is to ensure that the West Way area is improved to serve the growing population in the immediate geographic area, to support local businesses, and to provide an appropriate and sustainable development for future generations.

We believe that this reflects the results of our survey and of the public meeting.

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If you’re interested to see how the local press covered the building of West Way back in1967 we have got hold of an article from that time. Thanks to Ag MacKeith for bringing this to our attention and the Oxford Mail (Newsquest) for permission to post it.