"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, 20 April 2015

Headington Headlines #210

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 13 - 19 April.

Marston residents will be surveyed about the possible introduction of permit-only parking.

Cheney School Academy Trust has been recommended to run the new primary school that will be built in @BartonPark_. As well as the eponymous secondary school, Cheney also runs Bayards Hill Primary in Barton. A final decision will follow later, but with local support it's fairly sure to happen.

The site of the old Friar pub on Marston Road has been put up for sale by Tesco after the company abandoned its plans to open a new store there.

An overflowing sewer in Barton caused raw sewage to flow down the street.

Headington Action @HeadingtonA have shared their reponse to Oxfordshire CC's long-term transport strategy "Connecting Oxfordshire", or LTP4, on the Oxford Futures website. (Oxford Futures is an initiative of Oxford Civic Society @oxcivicsoc.) Have any other Headington organisations or individuals responded? It would be interesting to see any more.

The planning application (Ref: 15/00858/FUL) to build student accommodation on the corner of Latimer Road is now on the City Council's website.

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

  • Pavement Clutter
  • Headington Quarry Village Hall
  • Access road from Barton to Northway Estate
  • Oxfordshire Business Awards 2015
  • Environmental Election Hustings April 22nd
  • Friar site for sale
  • Quarry Gate 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.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Spot the Difference

For a party which claims to be running second to Labour in Oxford East, saying it is "one of our best chances in the UK", you would think the Greens might try a bit harder with their campaign literature. Can you spot the differences in these two which have come through my door? Yes, apart from a very similar quote from two different sources and a marginal update on how popular their policies are, they've CHANGED ONE OF THE FONTS! I fear Natalie Bennett's been wasting her time on those TV debates if this is the best her organisation can do.


Monday, 13 April 2015

Headington Headlines #209

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 5 - 11 April.

The Londis store on the corner of the Marston Road and William Road was given a zero hygeine rating for, among other shortcomings, potentially selling poisonous potatoes.

The City Council invited applicants for the new housing in Lock's Court (Bury Knowle Park) but made a mistake with the rents, getting muddled between 'social' and 'affordable' housing. @headingtonnews and @RuthWilk queried it and the Council has said they will notify applicants and start again. Here are the correct figures.

Headington Churches Together organised a hustings at the Baptist Church in Old High Street on Thursday evening. Over 120 people turned up but none of the three main party candidates was there. Click the image below for the Oxford Mail report of the evening.

@QuarryVelo cyclists paid homage to cycling's Spring Classics by riding the remaining cobbled streets of Oxford in their Quarry - Roubaix ride on Sunday.

NINE candidates are standing for election in the Oxford East constituency:

CandidatePartyTwitter
Chaka ArtwellIndependent 
Ann DuncanGreenann4oxfordeast
Mad Hatter (Alasdair de Voil)Official Monster Raving LoonyVoteMadHatter
Ian MacdonaldUKIPMacDonaldUKIP
Melanie MageeConcllr_magee
James MorbinTUSC 
Alasdair MurrayLibDemalasdairjmurray
Kevin ParkinSocialist Party of GB 
Andrew SmithLabVoteAndrewSmith

The official list of candidates is here.

For the sake of completeness, her's a link to the candidates for Oxford West & Abingdon.

Work has started clearing the way for the new access road to @BartonPark_. For an indication of how some local people are still upset about the road, see the thread on the e-democracy forum.

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

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

  • Pavement Clutter
  • Headington Quarry Village Hall
  • Access road from Barton to Northway Estate
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, 6 April 2015

Headington Headlines #208

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 30 March - 4 April.

The pub sign at @ButshersArmsOx blew down in the high winds on Tuesday.

The owners of the Quarry Gate pub have got permission to demolish it (see HH 203).

The deadline for submitting suggestions for new street names for @BartonPark_ has passed, and it's now up to the City Council to decide.

The Bury Knowle Park sensory garden has been planted.


Photo: @HeadingtonNews

Night-time closures of the London Road for resurfacing have been announced. Between Monday 27 April and Friday 1 May the road will be closed between Stile Road and the Green Road roundabout. The same stretch will also be closed for two nights on 6 & 7 May.

A man was punched in the face and his phone was smashed in an assault and robbery at a bus stop in Wood Farm on Saturday.

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

  • School Places
  • Tolkein's Solar Panels
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, 30 March 2015

Headington Headlines #207

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 23 - 29 March.

Andrew Smith has changed his twitter account until after the election. He is now @VoteAndrewSmith.

Churches Together in Headington have organised a hustings on 9 April, 8 - 9.30pm in Headington Baptist Church on Old High Street. You can pre-register your questions on their facebook page, where there are more details of the event. There's a video too, encouraging everyone to turn out, get informed, and vote.

The Manor Surgery in Osler Road is one of three across the County to share in £6.4m funding to expand services. Manor's £1.2m will pay for six new consultation rooms and two practice nurse rooms. The practice has said it would like to offer space for an out-of-hours service and community-based specialist clinics.

Councillor @RuthWilk has had confirmation from the City Council that the Bury Knowle solar panels are to stay, with some modification to their position.

Blackbird Leys based dance club @MessyJamOxford organised by Barton's @EshaMessyjam won 147 trophies at in international dance festival in Lincolnshire.

A car fire in Barton Village Road closed the road for a time on Saturday. There were no reports of any injuries.

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

  • Could installing a cable car commuter system be the answer to Oxford's congestion?
  • School Places
  • Pavement clutter
  • Solar Panels in Bury Knowle Park
  • Election hustings
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.