Blue Plaque for Brigadier Toosey unveiled
Sign the Bank Site Petition before Aug 16th.
In 2007, following the closure of their branch, HSBC granted a 999 year lease to Samlaw Holdings Ltd which was owned by Mike Hercules who built Rocklis Manor in Claughton Firs.
Planning permission was granted for a scheme to erect a three storey building comprising four retail units, eight offices and a single residential unit.
What has happened in the last ten years?
Planning permission has been extended twice and, despite some small-scale excavations, there is no progress on the development of the site.
The appearance of the site with its poor quality and unsightly hoardings is of major concern to residents, businesses and The Oxton Society. The bank site is a major eyesore in the heart of a thriving conservation village.
We believe that a petition is the next logical step. We urge the developer/owner to:
- Get on with building as per the approved scheme; or
- Sell the site to a willing developer; and
- In the short term provide car parking on the front hard standing area and replace the hoardings with aesthetically sympathetic fencing and planting.
From Monday 17 July copies of the petition will be in:
The Drawing Room
Greens of Oxton
The Shrewsbury Arms
Click here for a complete copy of the petition and background information.
The petition will close on August 16th.
Annual General Meeting 2017 – Wednesday, Sept 13th, 6.30pm at Oxton Cricket Club, Townfield Lane.
The AGM this year will be on Wednesday, September 13 at the Oxton Cricket Club. Full details and an invitation are with the August Newsletter. Click here for a copy of the Agenda and the Annual Report. The accounts for 2016/17 can be viewed here.
Start with a glass of wine and canapes, then the formal business of the AGM followed by presentations of the Society’s Awards. Then we have a Panel Discussion of hot topics in Oxton and “A Conversation about Conservation” by Prof David Evans of Civic Voice and Chester Civic Trust. (see photo) The programme will finish at 9.00pm when the bar will open for further enjoyment.
Oxton Society Design Award
Nominations are now invited for Oxton Society Design Award 2017. The Design Award is presented annually to a project which can be:
- A new build
- An addition to an existing structure
- A renovation, upgrade or repair of an existing structure
The project will be one which:
- Makes a significant contribution to the conservation area by achieving a high standard of design in keeping with the character of the conservation area and sets an example for others to aspire to.
- Demonstrates how appropriate materials can be used to respect the appearance and retain the character of the conservation area.
- Has been completed in the 12 months prior to the AGM
- Can illustrate the changes to the building including before and after images
Click here to see examples of previous winners .
Nominations can be made by members of the Society at any time during the year. You should send nominations to the Society by email or post ideally with a few photos showing “before” and “after” if appropriate.You should send nominations to the Society by email or post (see “Contact Us”).
The closing date for nominations for the 2017 award is August 31st.
- Nominations will be invited from all members
- The awards will be presented at the AGM 13th September at Oxton Cricket Club
- One or more (or no) awards may be made each year
- Awards can be made to commercial, public or residential projects
- The decision of the Executive Committee (taking into account advice from specialists) will be final.
Following a review of the Dog Dirt Project earlier this year we have decided to discontinue the supply of dog dirt bags from the dispensers around the Conservation Area. We believe that most dog walkers are now carrying their own bags and it is unlikely that the remaining offenders will be greatly influenced by the availability of free bags. In addition many of the dispensers are now reaching the end of their useful life and would be expensive to replace at about £100 each. The bags were costing about £500 pa and a few anti-social dog walkers seemed to be stockpiling them so that the dispensers stood empty for large periods and were not providing emergency supplies. We will maintain a few dispensers in the village centre while we run down our stocks of dog bags. We will also continue to mark offending deposits with soluble pink spray on an occasional basis.
Secret Gardens 2017 proved to be an extremely successful day – much due to our volunteers from the charities we worked with this year and Oxton Society members and the contribution of sponsors and Oxton businesses.
As the sun shone the numbers of visitors increased significantly:
Programme sales were £20,100, up from £17,750 in 2016 (+13%)
Overall income was £28,800, up from £25,400 in 2016 (+13%)
Profit from the event (after expenses) was £20,700, up from £18,300 in 2016 (+13%)
Distribution to charities- £4,000 each
This year our three charities were Helplink, The Shaftsbury Youth Club and The Wirral Fund for Children with Special needs.
Secret Gardens is one of the Liverpool Echo’s 11 reasons to live on the Wirral – click here for details.
Click here for latest information on our Facebook Page
We are grateful to the Hoylake Moviemakers (Brian and Keith) for once again producing this excellent film of this year’s event. This year they focused on our programme of entertainment and visitors enjoying themselves rather than the gardens themselves.
This film is from the YouTube “Wirral Channel” which also has a number of videos of local interest.
Oxton History Walks – programme for 2017
Images of Old Oxton
A series of Images of Old Oxton, as well as some historical documents, which have been collected by the Oxton Society History Group, are now available on our website. The images are part of a much larger collection of pictures and postcards, articles and maps that are contained in the Oxton Archive, currently based in the bookshop at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum. We intend to expand the on-line resource over time, using further material from this collection.
The History Group is always keen to receive any new material that would illustrate the history of Oxton Village. If you have any photos or documents that you would like to share with the Society please contact the History Group. If you have any comments on the collection, or memories relating to the places shown, we would also be delighted to hear from you. The History Group can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Oxton in Bloom’ – Best in North-West 2016
The Royal Horticultural Society and North West in Bloom have awarded Oxton the top regional award in this year’s competition. At the heart of the ‘Oxton in Bloom’ submission was the Society’s display of hanging baskets. The judges were impressed by the combination of floral quality and scale, the commitment of the Society and volunteers and the active support of village businesses. The judges rated the display as Outstanding – the highest category – and awarded us the cup for Best Neighbourhood in the North West! Thanks to all who have made this fantastic achievement possible – not forgetting our brilliant basket supplier, Dovecote Nurseries of Burton.