Headington Headlines #365

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

The candidates standing for election in the City on 3 May have been announced. My post covering the OX3 wards is here and you can download the full list for the city here.

There’s also an election for Old Marston Parish Councillors the same day. Thirteen candidates are standing for twelve places, which for whoever comes last is rather reminiscent of being the last to be picked for the class rounders team. The official list of candidates is here.

The three 1-hour parking bays in Lime Walk outside the Britannia are going to be suspended from 17 April to 15 June in connection with Access to Headington work.

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

  • Bury knowle park, stealth closure/reduction of facilities
  • Family search help – Lavin at The Fox

City Elections 2018 – OX3 Candidates

Here are the candidates standing in the six OX3 wards in the City elections. Polling day is Thursday 3 May. Current councillors standing for re-election are marked with an asterisk *.

We can expect few if any surprises. The main unknown is how much of a swing to the LibDems there will be as a pro-remain vote, but of the five seats held by Labour only Quarry & Risinghurst seems possibly vulnerable. Here in 2016 Chewe Munkonge’s margin over LibDem Roz Smith was only 140 votes (6.1 percentage points). City Council Leader Susan Brown’s seat for Labour in Churchill looks secure; Labour’s Mark Lygo got almost  68% of the votes in 2016, and Susan Brown’s own share in 2014 was over 52%.

BARTON & SANDHILLS

Chaka Artwell
Ind
Jemma Hayward
LibDem
Symon Hill
Green
@SymonHill
Tim Patmore
Con
@Tim_Patmore
Martin Rush
Lab

Mike Rowley (Lab) is the other Councillor in this Ward
Mark Ladbrooke (Lab), elected May 2017, is not standing for re-election

CHURCHILL

* Susan Brown
Lab
@SusanBr86682854
Peter Coggins
LibDem
William Vowell
Green
Jake Whittingham
Con

Mark Lygo (Lab) is the other Councillor in this Ward

HEADINGTON

* Mohammed Altaf-Khan
LibDem
@maltafkhan
Ray Hitchins
Green
Isa Mohammed
Con
Simon Ottino
Lab
@SimonOttinotwit

Ruth Wilkinson (LibDem) is the other Councillor in this Ward

HEADINGTON HILL & NORTHWAY

Guy Garden
LibDem
Georgina Gibbs
Con
@Georgin54979582
Joe McManners
Lab
@joemcmanners
Kate Robinson
Green
@katejo99

Nigel Chapman (Lab) is the other Councillor in this Ward
Anwar Farida (Lab) is not standing for re-election

MARSTON

Mark Bhagwandin
Con
@markb_gt
Maria Bourbon
LibDem
* Mary Clarkson
Lab
@maryoxford
Alistair Morris
Green

Mick Haines (Ind) is the other Councillor in this Ward

QUARRY & RISINGHURST

Alex Mackenzie Smith
Con
* Dee Sinclair
Lab
@delia_sinclair
Roz Smith
LibDem
@RosalindRogers
Liz Taylor
Green

Chewe Munkonge (Lab) is the other Councillor in this Ward

Headington Headlines #364

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

The Churchill Hospital is to be one of the new ‘one-stop shop’ centres for rapid cancer diagnosis.

There’s a planning application (ref. 18/00837/FUL) to build two new homes in the back garden of the house on the corner of Sandfield and Woodlands Roads. Access would be by a new entrance on Woodlands. Whether you think this would be a regrettable loss of green garden space or a welcome densification which will provide more much-needed housing is up to you. But I couldn’t help noticing the contrast between the idealised sylvan image in the architects’ computer-generated street elevation and the reality of Woodlands Road. Comments on the planning application close on 1 May.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information about a break-in at @TheAmpRevival in Risinghurst on Tuesday night when £1300 was stolen. Oxford Mail report here.

A Barton man has been given an eighteen month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to charges of sexual incitement. The man thought he was online with a 13-year old girl and was eventually confronted by ‘vigilantes’ outside his home.

The East Area Planning Committee gave Ruskin College planning permission for their student accommodation developments (see HH 337). They also gave permission for building four retirement homes on the playing field behind Bracegirdle Road (HH 358).

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

    • Oxford needs a decent science and technology museum