Headington Headlines #343

Your weekly round-up of local news for 6 – 12 November.

Distressing news broke this week with Bill “Father of the Shark” Heine making public that he has acute myeloid leukemia. He has said his doctors have “given him 18 months” – and that was three months ago.

Bill Heine
Bill Heine

With the Neighbourhood Plan having originally been marginalised in the committee papers the East Area Planning Committee refused EF International’s planning application for Cotuit Hall. The decision may be still be called in for review – we’ll know by the end of Tuesday. Full story here.

The new Marston Medical Centre opened on Thursday. It is in Old Marston Road next to the Co-op.

Planning permission has been given for a portable building to be placed outside the JR’s A&E department. It will be staffed by GPs and used to assess and (presumably) treat arrivals who are judged not to need hospital admission. A form of triage-by-GP, it seems, designed to cut emergency waiting times.

There was Headington hospital heatpipe happiness on Friday with the official opening of the Energy Centre at the JR. They announced savings of £231k – that’s nearly a quarter of a million pounds – in the first full month’s operation.

The Kennett Road pothole may be a sinkhole.

A Marston community project “Walk on the Wild Side” is asking for your votes to get funding.

St Andrew’s School Christmas Craft Fair is on Sunday 3 December – details here.

Do you need a bike in Oxford? There are seven hire companies and a sharing scheme to choose from.

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

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

  • Please vote for Marston’s Walk on the Wildside charitable project!

Headington Headlines #342

Your weekly round-up of local news for 30 October – 5 November.

Police cordoned off part of Copse Lane in Marston last weekend after reports that a teenage girl had been assaulted.

EF International’s planning application to redevelop their site at Cotuit Hall (reported in HH312) goes to the east Area Planning Committee on Wednesday this week (8 November). The officers’ recommendation is to approve the application subject to conditions. One of the conditions is for a travel plan:

The plan shall detail how pupil access to the site is to be managed, including at start/end of terms, how vehicle movements to and from the site are to be minimised, the means for implementing the plan, method of monitoring and amending the plan on an annual basis. The results of the annual monitoring exercise shall be submitted to the local planning authority in writing and the travel plan amended accordingly in light of discussions with the local planning authority.

Last week I mentioned the missing cycle parking stands at Westgate. Here’s the story.

Since then work has started to install the missing racks.

Staying with the cycling theme, here’s our very own EF language schools in their latest sponsorship venture. This is a World Tour Team so expect to see them in all the big races.

The highest-ranked football team based in OX3, @OxCityFC, who are second bottom in the National League South, pulled off a great victory against League Two’s Colchester, 56 places above them, with a 1-0 away win in the first round of the FA Cup.

Following the official opening of the Margaret Road sports pavilion last week, here’s the Oxford Mail’s article and picture gallery about it.

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

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

  • Bright white lighting
  • Beech House

Headington Headlines #341

Your weekly round-up of local news for 23 – 29 October.

It seems like the whole week’s focus has been down the hill at Westgate, which opened on Tuesday. There’s a story about its lack of bike parking spaces but that’s for a separate article. Otherwise my Headington antenna only picked up two stories this week.

Although Heavenly Desserts is open, it will have a Grand Opening on Friday 3 November, according to the Oxford Mail.

The new pavilion at the Margaret Road sports field officially opened on Friday.

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

  • Bus stops from Oxford all different now
  • Opening of Quarry Pavilion on Friday (27 Oct 2017)

Headington Headlines #340

Your weekly round-up of local news for 16 – 22 October.

A “Gang of Four” youths stole a CCTV security camera from a house in North Place, next to Bury Knowle Park.

An overheating laptop in a drawer in a house in Quarry Hollow caused a fire on Monday when clothes in the drawer were set alight. Fire crews attended and dealt with the incident.

The Boundary Commission published its proposals for realigning Oxford’s constituencies. Oxford East would be renamed Oxford, and extended westwards to include the Botley Road, Jericho and Binsey. Oxford West and Abingdon would be renamed Abingdon and Oxford North. This interactive map shows the proposed new boundaries. You have until 11 December to comment (link on the same page as the map).

The water supply to Risinghurst, Sandhills and parts of Headington failed on Wednesday morning due to a burst main in Marston and a breakdown at a pumping station. Supply was back on around the middle of the day.

The official opening of the new pavilion in the Margaret Road sports ground is at 5pm on Friday 27 October. All local residents welcome.

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

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

  • Theft of CCTV Camera – Old Headington

Headington Headlines #339

Your weekly round-up of local news for 9 – 15 October.

A consultation on the proposal by the City and County for a city-centre zero emission zone starts today (16 October). Details here.

Oxford building firm Kingerlee has won a contract for an expansion of Sobell House Hospice (on the Churchill Hospital site).

Here are the parking controls introduced at The Manor Surgery (see HH338). Fifteen minutes free or register at Reception for the duration of your appointment. Control and enforcement is by automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and £100 fines.

Manor Surgery parking notice
Manor Surgery parking notice
Number plate camera
Number plate camera

There’s a chance to find out more about the Swan School, the free school that is going to be built in Marston. It will be run by The River Learning Trust on the Harlow Centre site in Raymund Road. There are three ‘community consultation events’ – the first is today (16 October) at New Marston Primary School from 6 – 8pm. The other dates are 1 November and 7 November, same time and place. The Oxford Mail has the story, and a search of Headington Headlines for “Swan School” will find you my earlier reports about the school.

With the County Council being over-ruled by the Government, buses will return to Queen Street from Sunday 22 October – two days before the new Westgate opens. Referring to this map, we can see that @Stagecoach_Ox buses 8 & 9 bound for Headington, Barton and Risinghurst will start from stop E2 in Norfolk Street behind the new development. They will get to the High Street via Queen Street, stop at stop T2 where the pavement has just been widened, and again at Queen’s Lane.  Inbound they will stop at Queen’s Lane and (I assume) Carfax before Speedwell Street as now, terminating in Norfolk Street stop E2. I guess @OxfordBusCo buses will do the same. I haven’t yet seen what if any changes there may be to the U1, 400 and 280/X8 services.

Local boutique distillery @TheSpiritofToad plans to launch a crowdfunding to raise investment funds. Their own website is silent on the details so we can’t tell yet what benefits subscribers might enjoy.

There have been no posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week.

Headington Headlines #338

Your weekly round-up of local news for 2 – 8 October.

It was all kicking off at the JR …

From today (Monday 9 October) patients using the Manor Surgery car park must register their car at reception when they attend for an appointment.

The Barton Park developers have submitted their plans for a controlled parking zone (CPZ) in Barton Park. The documents are on the council website under reference 15/03642/CND. There are two drawings, both of them of such poor quality that they don’t convey much information; I tried and failed to understand what they are supposed to show. But as this is all discharging a condition on the original planning application, and acceptance will be a delegated decision (read ‘tick the box’ and ‘rubber stamp’), and there doesn’t seem to be any consultation either, whatever the plans are supposed to show will no doubt be what happens. Or perhaps not, because nobody will know either way.

The Oxford half-marathon came to Marston again on Sunday, accompanied by the now usual complaints about non-consultation and no warning about road closures.

I checked to see if you can get safely into Barton Park and the marketing suite for the new homes if you want to go on foot or by bike. I’m glad to say you can!

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

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

  • Free Exercise Bike
  • Road works at Roosevelt Drive
  • Anyone know of CCTV showing road between Headington Cemetery and the Black Boy?

Headington Headlines #337

Your weekly round-up of local news for 25 September – 1 October.

The Oxford Mail carried a story about a possible energy network to provide homes and offices in the city with cheap energy. The article suggests a power plant might be built on Warneford Meadow, but as it also says the site would be 4.6 sq km it’s probably a bit early to start worrying. A circle of this area centred on Warneford Meadow would stretch from the JR Hospital to Between Towns Road in Cowley.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police & Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley Police, was at the Headington Ward focus meeting on Tuesday evening.

Ruskin College has put in a planning application (ref: 17/02387/FUL) to demolish the Bowen Building and build two blocks to accommodate 95 students. The 12 bed block described as ‘proposed’ on the east side of Stoke Place doesn’t seem to be included in this application.

Ruskin College student accommodation plans
Ruskin College student accommodation plans

Headington’s newest restaurant has opened (was Bar Meze).

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

Headington Farmers’ Market celebrated its 10th anniversary last Saturday (23 September) with more stalls than ever.

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

  • Barton Bash today – 12 – 4.30pm