Your weekly round-up of local news for 23 – 29 April.
And so it (almost) finally begins! The much-delayed Access to Headington work on Headley Way and Cherwell Drive will start on 14 May. The work is forecast to run until March 2019. Here’s what the Oxford Mail had to say about it. Some people are upset that several trees have been felled in preparation for the work. The County Council has said they will replace all the trees that will have to go, but of course any new planting will take some years to grow to youthful maturity.
It’s now 18 months since a controvesial planning application was submitted to build housing in Wychwood Lane, Risinghurst, adjacent to the C S Lewis Nature Reserve. Nothing seems to have happened since; the papers for the last East Area Planning Committee show it as “still awaiting additional information”.
I’m not going to rant about the disgraceful lack of transparency of the Oxfordshire Growth Board, but it apparently met in closed session on Thursday to discuss the delayed Access to Headington work under a disguised agenda item. @RuthWilkreports “individual projects are not likely to be announced till the 7th February. So the planned and published Staunton Road closure may still go ahead”.
The rather decrepit old bridge over the Cherwell at the Parks end of the path through Mesopotamia has been replaced with a smart new one.
The temporary surgical theatre outside the JR Women’s Centre has been removed. It was originally put there to provide more capacity after the downgrading of maternity services at Banbury Horton. Hopefully something more permanent has been provided in the main building.
The driver of a Land Rover Discovery tried to ram-raid the Aldi on Horspath Driftway on Saturday night. Apparently the cash machine was the target. Police are appealing for information.
Your weekly round-up of local news for 22 – 28 January.
The County Council has published a road closure notice in connection with the postponed Access to Headington work on Headley Way. It gives a start date of 12 February. According to @RuthWilk the work will go ahead if the Oxfordshire Growth Board agrees (and finds the money) on 1 Feb.
If County Council gets go ahead from the growth board on 1st Feb then the advertised road closure lower Staunton Rd may happen on Feb 12th.
Churchill Ward Councillor Susan Brown @SusanBr86682854 has been elected as the new leader of Oxford City Council. She will take up her post as Bob Price retires next month. Linda Smith @LabLinda75, Blackbird Leys, is Deputy Leader elect.
Oxford Brookes published their plans for a development of 350 homes on their Wheatley Campus site. The site is in South Oxfordshire DC. They have applied for outline planning permission (ref P17/S4254/O); follow the link to see the documents and comments.
It turned out that the tortoise found at Cheney School last week was none other than Tallulah, reported missing from a house on Old Road six months ago. Her incredible 322 metre journey made the national press.
A temporary building was installed in front of the A&E Department at the JR on Sunday. It will accommodate a GP surgery aiming to filter out arrivals who do not need full hospital treatment.
Bill Heine collected his Certificate of Merit on friday.
This happened this afternoon! The legend that is ‘Shark house man’ Bill Heine says victory is sweet after the council he battled for 6 years give him a special award. But at least one anti-shark former councillor just won’t let it lie… https://t.co/mBPz5y7Gq3
The latest set of nominations for the City’s Heritage Asset Register has been published and is open for public consultation. OX3 is well represented in this batch – details here.
I wrote a piece about a marketing shot that has gone round locally from Pharmacy2U which tries to persuade you to order your repeat prescriptions through them. I invite you to read the article before deciding whether or not to use them.