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Monday, 29 September 2014

Headington Headlines #182

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 22 - 28 September.

The first AGM of the @HeadingtonPlan and Forum is on Wednesday 1 October at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church, Old High Street.

A burst 24" water main (that's a big one) overnight on Monday in Normandy Crescent (south of Horspath Road) caused significant flooding and a loss of service to some people in OX3 on Tuesday morning.

The man arrested on suspicion of raping a woman in her flat on Roosevelt Drive last Saturday appeared in court on Tuesday charged with the rape and several other offences in the area. He was remanded in custody to appear in Oxford Crown Court in October.

As if 'troubled retail giant' Tesco didn't have enough to worry about, they've upset independent Marston Councillor Mick Haines (again) by blocking a pathway (again) with a hoarding at the site of the old Friar pub on Marston Road. The hoarding has now been moved back from the path - again.

As of today there is no longer a City 23 bus service. It used to run up the London Road then to the JR via Headley Way.

A motocyclist was seriously injured and taken to the JR after a collision with a car in Marsh Lane on Saturday morning.

As of Saturday the @CultivateOxford veg van will be outside Barclays bank every Saturday from 1030 to 1400, a slight reduction in hours.

It was the Barton Young Achievers' Dinner on Saturday, organised by @ThriveBarton. The Thrive team also have a good news story about falling levels of anti-social behaviour in Barton.

It's been another week without any active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum.

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, 22 September 2014

Headington Headlines #181

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 15 - 21 September.

It's been Brookes Freshers' Fair this week. A series of these stencilled messages appeared on the pavements along the London Road, ruffling a few feathers among local residents. A day or two later some attempt had been made to scrub them out. (Picture c/o @Mike_Rat.)

Labour held Quarry and Risinhurst Ward in the City by-election on Thursday. The new councillor is @Chewe Munkonge. Full results here.

A woman was followed into her flat in Roosevelt Drive and raped in the early hours of Saturday morning. A man has been arrested and is in police custody.

In what may signal the start of the much-delayed work on the London Road the bus shelter opposite Douglas Veale House, near the Green Road roundabout, has disappeared.

A traffic incident involving a car fire closed the same section of the London Road for a time on Friday morning.

The Headington stench returned on Friday evening and was still there on Sunday.

A new convenience store opened at 8.00 this morning in the colonnade at @Oxford_Brookes Headington campus.

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

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

  • Londis
  • The lack of London Road road markings are a safety risk!
  • Parking on pavement
  • City council by-election in Quarry & Risinghurst ward
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.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Quarry & Risinghurst by-election results

The results of the by-election for the City Ward of Quarry & Risinghurst held on Thursday 18 September are as follows:

QUARRY & RISINGHURST

Name Party Votes Notes
Julia Gasper English Democrats 43
Katherine Harborne Con 222
Chewe Munkonge Lab 782 Elected - Lab hold
Roz Smith LibDem 615
Liz Taylor Green 186

Turnout was 38%.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Headington Headlines #180

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 8 - 14 September.

Never mind Scotland, if you live in Quarry & Risinghurst don't forget to vote in the City by-election on Thursday (18th). The five candidates are listed here.

If you normally catch the 8 or 9 bus in Castle Street you need to know that the stop has been temporarily moved to St Aldates, near Pembroke College. It's to do with the closure of Queen Street for emergency sewer works.

Oxford City Council designated - i.e. approved - the Headington Neighbourhood Forum and in effect gave the go-ahead for them to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan. A consultation will start soon.

@OxfordBusCo is starting a new service, the City 600, on Monday 29 September. It will run from Peartree P&R via the Woodstock Road, Moreton Road, Banbury Road, Parks Road, South Parks Road, Longwall Street, The Plain, Headington Hill and Headley Way to the JR Hospital. It will run every half hour but only during the main part of the working day (roughly 9 - 5) on Mondays to Fridays.

In other bus news the BrookesBus U4 service starts today linking the JR and Blackbird Leys via Gipsy Lane and Hollow Way. But unless I'm reading the timetable wrong there are only two buses one way in the early morning and three back again in the evening.

@Headingtonnews reports that the ex-Londis is to become a Café Nero.

@OllieMars30 reported that the Little Waitrose at the Shell petrol station was closed by Trading Standards late on Saturday afternoon.

The lift giving disabled access to Headington Library was finally commissioned on Friday.

At the time of writing there had been no active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week.

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, 8 September 2014

Headington Headlines #179

Here's my weekly round-up of local news for 1 - 6 September.

Local magazine Headington Monthly is now available online.

A new local cycling account appeared on twitter - @QuarryVelo.

Headington was hit by another outbreak of #oxpong on Wednesday evening, with the bad smell persisting into Thursday.

A four-vehicle collision blocked Cherwell Drive for a while late on Tuesday afternoon. Six people were injured, none of them seriously.

Da Root in Windmill Road has changed its name to Osheey!!! (via @headingtonnews).

The Julia Durbin Day Nursery in Old Road, which offers childcare to staff at Oxford Brookes Campus and the Churchill Hospital, has been rated outstanding after an inspection in August just 10 months after an earlier audit stated it required improvement.

It was Risinghurst's community fun day on Saturday.

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

  • 1812 Fireworks
  • Northway Town Green application and Barton Park
  • London road from Hamburger roundabout to headington
  • Risinghurst community fun day - tomorrow from 11am-4pm
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.