"To every complex problem there is a simple solution, startling in its simplicity, piercing in its clarity, and hopelessly and completely wrong" - Gore Vidal.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Headington Headlines #228

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 17 - 23 August.

A report in @TheOxfordMail says - unsurprisingly - that the two Oxford bus companies support the Access to Headington scheme.

"Badgers set to get their own home" @BartonPark_. Do you see what @TheOxfordMail did there? Read story.

A small start-up company based in Headington, SwitchIT UK, has launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise funds for a classroom and equipment. They are on twitter as @SwitchITuk.

The Ampleforth Arms in Risinghurst, currently closed but hoping to re-open has established itself as an Asset of Community Value. It has a twitter account @TheAmpRevival.

The plans to refurbish and extend Quarry Village Hall have been approved. All that's needed now is the money - £70,000 is the estimated cost. Perhaps they need a Justgiving page!

The threatened strike by hospital porters at the JR may be averted if union members agree to the new proposals emerging from "productive" discussions on Friday. However it has also been reported that the GMB Union has joined Unison and announced it will ballot for industrial action.

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

Only one active topic on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

  • Mobility scooters
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.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Bus companies support Access to Headington

A report in @TheOxfordMail says - unsurprisingly - that the two Oxford bus companies support the Access to Headington scheme. Here is the article.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Headington Headlines #227

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 10 - 16 August.

The Adelaide Morris Men performed at three Quarry pubs on Thursday evening.

Friends of Stansfeld (the Outdoor Centre off Quarry Road) has a website friendsofstansfeld.org/.

There's a planning application (ref: 15/02323/FUL) to add a third storey to Kennett House (the Iceland block) to provide 4 two-bed flats.

There's also an application (ref: 15/02282/OUT) to demolish the old Jack Russell pub in Salford Road, Marston to make way for housing and parking spaces, though there are no details yet of what the developers have in mind.

A petition opposing the County's Access to Headington proposals organised by Independent Councillor Mick Haines (Marston) has attracted over 600 signatures, according to @TheOxfordMail.

The man charged with raping a woman after following her into her home in Normandy Crescent in September last year (see HH182) was found guilty of this and several other offences at Oxford Crown Court.

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

  • Mobility Scooters
  • Jack Russell Pub
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, 10 August 2015

Headington Headlines #226

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 3 - 9 August.

St Andrew's Church tower is having some restoration work done. It will cost about £100,000 all of which has been raised locally.

The new arrangement for the Farmers' Market being weekly on Saturdays has got off to a good start, according to the Market Manager quoted in @OxfordTimes.

Consultation on the Access to Headington transport plan closed last Friday. I've posted a list of links to several responses, including Headington Action, Friends of Old Headington, Oxford Civic Society and local Councillors. Three themes recur in most if not all the comments:

  • Poor public consultation;
  • Not enough information to make rational decisions;
  • Concerns about environmental impact (trees and green verges) and parking arrangements.

Starting today (Monday) for three weeks, Queen Street is closed to buses. So if you normally get your 8 or 9 from Castle Street you'll need to go to a temporary stop in St Aldate's instead.

The planning application (Ref: 15/01924/FUL) for the extension to the Manor Surgery has been on the City Council's website for a few weeks. So far there's only been one letter of objection which is about extending car parking spaces. However, the application doesn't cover this aspect, saying "The car park improvements will be submitted under a separate application".

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

  • £12.m transport improvements for Headington: exhibitions and consultation
  • Mobility scooters
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.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Access to Headington - list of responses

Consultation on Oxfordshire County Council's "Access to Headington" closed on Friday 7 August. Below is a list of responses I know about or have found in the public domain. I'll be happy to add any more.

Headington Action and Headington Transport Group
Bus Users Oxford
Oxford Civic Society
My own response
Headington LibDem Councillors (page with links to 3 documents)
Friends of Old Headington
Committee for New Marston (South) Residents’ Association *
Councillor Mary Clarkson (City Councillor for Marston) *
Richard Mann (@ParadiseOxford)

* With acknowledgements to Jack Straw's Lane Association website for these links.