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?

Access to Barton Park

The first phase of housing in Barton Park is being marketed under the brand name Mosaics Oxford. The marketing suite and show home have been open for about a month, but there was some confusion locally over whether the development and the marketing office could be safely accessed on foot or by bicycle. This is particularly interesting because of the ‘low car, bike friendly’ intentions of the original development and the planning permission that was given.

I’m pleased to report that a visit today confirmed that pedestrians and cyclists can get into Barton Park and the marketing offices safely. The security fencing on Foxwell Drive is open for people on foot or on bikes to pass through, bringing them to the crossing lights on the A40. Anyone approaching on the A40 cycle path has free access to the same place.

There are three toucan crossings, one each across the two main carriageways of the A40, and one covering the exit lane from Barton Park onto the north (Headington roundabout bound) side of the by-pass. All are working.

I was able to cross the A40 on my bike without waiting too long for the traffic to stop. The only part of the process that felt uncomfortable was coming back to the Northway side where you find yourself waiting on a rather narrow island in the middle of the A40 with vehicles blasting down the hill at speeds well above 50mph passing you within a few feet.

While I was at it I thought I’d check out Mosaics’ claim about how close they are to all the Headington action.

On my shopping bike and without getting out of the saddle, from the Foxwell Drive junction via Old Headington and Old High Street to Headington shops traffic lights took 7½ minutes. So yes, not bad. To either end of the JR would be less.

Ground-level view of Barton Park, 08/10/2017
Ground-level view of Barton Park
Plenty of paint on the A40
Plenty of paint on the A40
Access from Foxwell Drive on foot and by bike
Access from Foxwell Drive on foot and by bike
A40 crossing - south side
A40 crossing – south side
A40 crossing, north side
A40 crossing, north side

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

Headington Headlines #336

Your weekly round-up of local news for 18 – 24 September.

Southern Health NHS Trust, who were heavily criticised over the death of Connor Sparrowhawk at Slade House in 2013, pleaded guilty to Health & Safety charges at Banbury magistrates’ court. Sentencing is due at Oxford Crown Court in October. The services and the building have since been transferred to Oxford Health NHS Trust who run the Warneford Hospital, among others.

In Osler Road on Monday a man was threatened by having a ‘sharp object’ pushed nto his back. The attacker demanded the man’s car keys and stole the victim’s Lexus. Police are apppealing for witnesses and information.

We are getting some new white paint on the roads in central Headington.

As rush-hour traffic problems in the city centre worsened with the Folly Bridge road works, @Stagecoach_Ox terminated all their inbound services at The Plain on Thursday evening and @OxfordBusCo suspended city centre services.

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

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

  • Lost Keys

Headington Headlines #335

Your weekly round-up of local news for 11 – 17 September.

@Cheney_School joined twitter.

Both Anneliese Dodds (Lab, Oxford East) and Layla Moran (LibDem, Oxford West & Abingdon) voted against the second reading of the EU Withdrawal Bill on Monday night.

The largest piece of public art in Headington, “Origin” by Julian Wilde, has been shortlisted for an award for “excellence in public sculpture”. It is installed on the Old Road Campus.

A flyer from a local artist and writer, Michael Plockley, came through my letterbox advertising his portrait service. His website pockley.blogspot.co.uk/ shows he also paints landscapes.

Despite local concerns, @Oxford_Brookes arrivals weekend at Beech House seemed to go fairly smoothly. @Unite_Student had marshals on duty to help direct the parking.

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

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

  • Frontier Estates Multiple Site London Road / Barton Road
  • Walkers in downhill cycle lane – Headington Hill

Headington Headlines #334

Your weekly round-up of local news for 4 – 10 September.

The old Post Office, which has been a shop selling stationery since the PO closed, is to become a gallery for local artists.

BBC Countryfile reported on the @TheSpiritofToad distillery in South Park. It’s here on iPlayer until the end of the month – scroll through to 53’30”. (NB You have to register now to view BBC iPlayer).

The proposal for a 20mph speed limit for the whole of Windmill Road, which has always been part of the Access to Headington scheme, was approved by the County on Thursday. Thames Valley Police had objected on the grounds that people already drive faster and they doubt if they could enforce it. As they don’t enforce most other traffic restrictions this argument isn’t very convincing.

The new Swan School to be built in Marston moved a step closer as the River Learning Trust which will run the school announced contractors Galliford Try have been appointed to lead the design and build process.

A group of travellers moved onto the Margaret Road recreation ground on Thursday, but had gone by Friday evening.

The Tour of Britain passed briefly through OX3 on Saturday on the B4027 from Stanton St John to Islip. Here’s part of the peloton going through Islip.

The Tour of Britain passes through Islip
The Tour of Britain passes through Islip

Dr Anandagopal Srinivasan of Sandfield Road has been charged with two counts of sexual assault, one of which is alleged to have happened at the JR Hospital and the other at Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge.

The Mosaics (Barton Park) marketing office was opened over the weekend. There’s a thread about it on the e-democracy forum.

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

And finally, a tenuous link to Headington and only of interest to fans of professional cycling, EF Education First is  replacing Cannondale as sponsor of the current Cannondale-Drapac cycling team. Following what seems to be a trend for cycling teams to have ever more clunky names, the new team name will be Team EF Education-Drapac.

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

  • Travellers on Margaret Road play area
  • Travellers on Margaret Road
  • Barton Park Opening
  • Builder?