Headington Headlines #352

Your weekly round-up of local news for 8 – 14 January.

@ScienceOxford, the people developing Stansfeld Park as a science centre, are starting a series of events called “Science on your Doorstep”. The first one is about the plans for Stansfeld Park and is on 25 January. Details here.

Old Marston Parish Council @OldMarstonPC has agreed to fund the building of a footpath on the south side of Elsfield Road from the cemetery to Marsh Lane.

Elsfield Road, Old Marston
Elsfield Road, Old Marston

More from Old Marston. The Parish Council has a new Chair, Duncan Hatfield, after John Batey stepped down from the role. Tony Greenfield is the new Vice-Chairman. Duncan has been an unsuccessful candidate for the Conservatives in recent local elections. Tony Greenfield has a little-used twitter account @Iamonetoo.

If Latimer Road residents thought they could enjoy a bit of peace now the building of Beech House is winding down, they’ll have to think again. Work is just starting to expand St Luke’s Hospital by adding another storey to accommodate 25 more beds.

Thames Water is closing part of Lime Walk this week, with diversions through Stapleton or Bickerton Roads and All Saints Road. Apparently it’s possible the work may only take three days.

The Ward boundaries in the city are under review by the Boundary Commission and there’s a consultation running where you can submit your own ideas. See my post for more detailed information.

The Oxford Mail published the nominations for its annual food awards, but none of the eateries in OX3 made it to the shortlist.

Regardless of that, on Saturday the @ButchersArmsOX3 celebrated the fifth anniversary of their current incarnation with a mini beer festival.

There were no new posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week.

Headington Headlines #351

Your weekly round-up of local news for 1 – 7 January.

Thieves broke into Headington Co-op at about 4.15am on Wednesday morning and stole cigarettes. The police were still there at mid-day but removed the cordon soon after. They are appealing for witnesses.

Police outside the Co-op at 12.00
Police outside the Co-op at 12.00

If you have finished with your real Christmas tree, here’s how and where you can recycle it. Please don’t just dump it!

Independent Marston Councillor Mick Haines has left it rather late to try to rally support for his objections to the Access to Headington work which starts in a couple of weeks.

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

    • Reply re Barton park
    • Barton Park Prices

Headington Headlines #350

Your weekly round-up of local news for 25- 31 December.

A quiet week with nothing particular to report but two planning applications from before Christmas deserve a mention. Best wishes to all in OX3 for a peaceful and productive 2018.

The change-of-use application (ref. 17/02969/B56) to build 134 flats on the Nielsen site was approved on 21 December. The Oxford Times gives the background to the story. I’ve written a separate article about the City’s conditions relating to access by bike and on foot.

No surprises that the Planning Review Committee meeting on 13 December gave permission for the development of Cotuit Hall in Pullens Lane (see my earlier article). This was the scheme originally rejected by East Area Planning Committee for failing to comply with several policies in the City’s Local Plan and the Headington Neighbourhood Plan. These non-compliances will now be addressed in conditions to be drawn up by City Officers under delegated powers – a weakness in the planning process which in my opinion avoids close scrutiny both of the drafting of the terms and the eventual outcome.

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

A pair of tweets this week. There’s a narrow boat on the Oxford Canal called ‘Cuckoo Lane’.

And here’s a picture of the boat:

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

  • Over-60s exercise classes starting in Old Headington