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Monday, 23 February 2015

Headington Headlines #202

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 16 - 22 February.

In a letter published on Streetlife, Tesco confirm they will not be building a store on the site of the old Friar pub in Marston. They say they will be "working with the local planning authority and key stakeholders to find alternative uses" for the site.

There's a suggestion emerging from the Neighbourhood Plan process @HeadingtonPlan that Headington might benefit from having a Parish Council. For a full account of the workings of Parish Councils see this guest blog about Old Marston PC by @theabingdontaxi from June last year.

There's a consistent story of problems with internet connections and speeds in the New Headington area. The e-democracy forum has a thread running, and people are suspicious that the problems might be linked to the London Road roadworks.

Parts of Marston suffered a power cut on Wednesday, apparently caused by a kite (on a string, not a red bird) shorting out the power lines.

The City Council has imposed a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) at Foresters Tower in Wood Farm. The Order prohibits "persons under 21 from entering or remaining in the tower unless they have a legitimate reason for visiting a resident". It is a criminal offence to breach the order and it can be enforced by the police and delegated council officers.

The Minutes of the Neighbourhood Plan Forum on 10 february are now on the @HeadingtonPlan website.

Barton is "too clean for OxClean", apparently. A walk-about by OxClean organisers, local councillors and community workers found so little litter they decided it won't be worth sending in the OxClean volunteers over the Spring Clean weekend (6 - 8 March). Instead the Barton Community group will combine a clean-up with other activities later in the month.

Live music came to @ButchersArmsOxf for the first time when local band @EyeConUK played a gig on Saturday night.

In other pub news the Britannia Inn's twitter account is now @Britannia_Inn. Their old one, @thebritoxford, is being phased out.

Active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Headington Post Office
  • Pub on Barton Park?
  • Why is Headington so Dead on a Saturday night?
  • Internet Connection in Headington
  • Marston tesco?
  • pet sitting swap
I cover news from the OX3 postcode in Headington and out as far as Barton, Sandhills and Risinghurst (see map). To feed into next week's summary you can comment on this article, or tweet either with the hashtag #ox3 or @mentioning @TonyOX3.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Headington Headlines #201

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 9 - 15 February.

An article in the Oxford Times threw a little more light on the rumours about the future of the Headington Post Office, but its future is still unclear.

Three women accused of robbing another woman in Headington in December 2013 were found not guilty at Oxford Crown Court this week.

The East Area Planning Committee met on Wednesday and approved 'reserved matters' for the @BartonPark_ development, including street designs, parking, drainage, landscaping, footpaths, cycle paths and parks. They also agreed minor changes to the A40 junction leading to the estate.

Jonathan Martin Mills of Risinghurst died in a fire in a public toilet in Faringdon on Monday.

Our new branch of the Skipton Building Society was oficially opened on Wednesday by Oxford's Lord Mayor Mohammed Abbasi.


Picture: @FennPaulfenn

The Wine Club at @TheWhiteHartH restarted on Wednesday evening after the year-end break. Eight wines to taste, and take a bottle home.

A woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries yesterday (Sunday) morning after being assaulted at a house in Warren Crescent (off Girdlestone Road). A 38-year-old man has been arrested.

The Headington Neighbourhood Plan Forum met on Tuesday. The minutes have not yet been published.

Active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Housing Policy
  • Community Networking & Integration evening
  • Headington Post Office
  • Car Parking in New Headington
  • Headington Hill Park Friends
  • Pub on Barton Park?
I cover news from the OX3 postcode in Headington and out as far as Barton, Sandhills and Risinghurst (see map). To feed into next week's summary you can comment on this article, or tweet either with the hashtag #ox3 or @mentioning @TonyOX3.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Headington Headlines #200

Another milestone reached - the 200th edition of Headington Headlines! There's nothing particularly exciting to mark the occasion, but here anyway is my 200th weekly round-up of local news. It covers the week 2 - 8 February.

The persistent rumour that the Post Office might move into the Co-op was given some weight when local Councillor @RuthWilk confirmed that the Co-op "had expressed strong interest" in the idea.

As I reported in HH197, work on the Dora Carr Close development in Northway is starting. Architecture students at @Oxford_Brookes are designing and making a hoarding for the site "where people can share their view about the new development". I think they mean 'view' as in 'opinion': it will be interesting to see how this plays out, and whether the local graffiti artists will allow others to join in. You can follow the students on twitter at @NewNorthway.

As mentioned last week, Johnsons Cleaners closed on Thursday. They have moved to Summertown.

Construction has started at the JR of a new 'Welcome Centre' which will include an M&S Simply Food shop and an M&S café. However, the site works mean that all the disabled parking spaces right next to the main hospital entrance have been lost. Although the disabled spaces in the nearby car park are rarely all taken, it does mean that disabled access will now be more difficult for some.

The Quarry Hollow street sign by the Chequers was hit by a car and broken on Saturday. Councillor @RosalindRogers is looking concerned and is on the case. She has the car's registration, so if it was you I'd come clean now!

Active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Funding for eDemocracy.org
  • Pub on Barton Park?
  • Review of Housing Policy
  • Loss of trees in Headington Quarry
  • Does anyone know
I cover news from the OX3 postcode in Headington and out as far as Barton, Sandhills and Risinghurst (see map). To feed into next week's summary you can comment on this article, or tweet either with the hashtag #ox3 or @mentioning @TonyOX3.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Oxford Housing Policy

An open question to Oxford's candidates in the general Election.

A post by Charles Young (link here) in the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum draws attention to apparent anomalies in the City's policies on housing and employment. Given the undeniable problems of congestion that blight life in Headington, I would like to ask you this:

If you were elected as an Oxford MP, what if any changes in the City Council's policies on these issues would you try to use your influence to bring about?

Thank you in anticipation of your reply


Tony OX3

Monday, 2 February 2015

Headington Headlines #199

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 26 January - 1 February.

Traffic woes on the westbound approach to the Headington roundabout were exacerbated on Monday when a manhole collapsed and a lane had to be closed.

The Headington Tesco is not one of the 43 stores the company announced it will be closing (list at bottom of linked page).

Derelict property owner Martin Young, owner of 29 Old High Street, also owns a property on the Cowley Road which the City Council is considering for compulsory purchase because of its dilapidated condition. The house has been empty for over twenty years.

Last year the County Council decided to expand Windmill Primary School @WindmillOxford. Building work to cope with the expansion has still not started and the frustration felt by the Head and others involved with the school broke into the public arena this week.

A large pine tree in Bury Knowle Park was badly damaged by the winds overnight on Wednesday/Thursday. Picture c/o @GeoffMPowell.

Two people were arrested at an address in Bassett Road, Barton on Wednesday. They are suspected of handling stolen goods and possession of class A drugs.

On Tuesday Frontier Estates exhibited their revised proposals for student accommodation on the corner of Latimer Road and London Road.

Active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Bookshop?
  • Oxfordshire Transport Strategy
  • Marston Tesco?
I cover news from the OX3 postcode in Headington and out as far as Barton, Sandhills and Risinghurst (see map). To feed into next week's summary you can comment on this article, or tweet either with the hashtag #ox3 or @mentioning @TonyOX3.