Here are the results of the by-election in Headington Ward following the resignation of LibDem Councillor Ruth Wilkinson.
Anyone anticipating a surprise will be disappointed. Although turnout was a little lower than in May (a provisional 36% compared with 42.4%) the parties’ shares of the vote were almost identical, although the Conservative’s Georgina Gibbs did manage to take a 2% share off the Green’s non-campaigning paper candidate Ray Hitchins. A strong case of déja vu!
A little later than usual and with a strong educational slant, here is your weekly round-up of local news for 9 – 15 July .
The head teacher for the Swan School has been appointed despite the school not yet having planning permission. She is Kay Wood, currently vice principal of teaching and learning at The City Academy in Hackney. The planning application for the school won’t now be considered by the City Council before September at the earliest.
The Marston underpass mural by pupils and friends of St Nicholas Primary was finished this week. These pictures were taken during the final few days.
The Triangle Nursery, Oxford University’s nursery on the Old Road Campus, was awarded a 5-star rating (the highest) in a recent food hygiene inspection.
Your weekly round-up of local news for 2 – 8 July .
Andrew Gilligan’s report on cycling in Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes has been published. Gilligan is Cycling Commissioner for London; the report was commissioned by the National Infrastructure Commission. It catalogues the failings of cycling provision in Oxford – there is nothing that Oxford’s cycling campaigners have not been saying for years. It proposes spending about £150m on improvements, many of them in the Eastern Arc including Headington. The full report “Running out of Road” is here: I suggest reading the Introduction and Chapters 2 and 3 to get the picture of what he suggests for Oxford.
The locally unpopular Swan school has been a topic of debate on the e-democracy forum. It’s worth reading the most recent posts (scroll down).
St Nicholas School and friends have started work painting new murals on the walls of the Marston underpass. They hope to finish this week.