Old Marston Underpass Mural

The Friends of St Nicholas Primary School in Marston are raising money to pay for the children of the school to repaint the mural in the underpass at the Old Marston end of Marston Ferry Road. Oxfordshire CC has agreed to pay for preparation of the wall surfaces and an anti-graffiti coating after the new mural is finished. At least one local Councillor (Mary Clarkson) has put some of her discretionary CIL money towards the project.

I support this project because I use the underpass when I’m cycling back from the Banbury Road and it’s become rather tatty and dingy. A bright new mural would add a little bit of pleasure to the journey of anyone using it!

An application to Awards for All was turned down partly because some of the school activity was planned for classroom time and they will only fund things for schools that are extra-curricular. The Friends are submitting an application to the Co-op Community Fund but they won’t know for a while if this will be successful. Meanwhile the Mural doesn’t yet have its own donations page, but you can donate here on the Friends’ BigGive page. Don’t forget to Gift Aid a donation if you qualify!

Headington Headlines #356

Your weekly round-up of local news for 5 – 11 February.

The latest proposal for Headington car park charges going to the Council’s Executive Board on 13 February is £2 for the first hour. It’s currently £1.70 for the first 2 hours.

Table of Proposed charges for 2018
Proposed charges for 2018

The same car park has restricted parking this week – the Council is resurfacing it.

The frustrating on/off saga of Access to Headington work on Headley way continues. According to Ruth Wilkinson and the County itself, work at the entrance to the JR will be carried out starting this week at off-peak times. This despite the fact that funding for the scheme as a whole has not yet been sorted out. Work on The Slade has been going slowly because of the cold weather – it affects the curing of the surfaces (in oother words it doesn’t set properly).

A car allegedly driving the wrong way round Headington roundabout crashed with a lorry on Tuesday.

The White Hart in Old Headington has been chosen as CAMRA’s city pub of the year.

More yellow line parking restrictions are coming to parts of Barton and Roundway.

Nawabi Indian restaurant in Girdlestone Road overcame the setback of a 1-star hygiene rating last year by getting 5 stars in a recent re-assessment visit.

The Six Bells in Headington Quarry is closed; it may re-open in April.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Blackburn Close (behind the Shell station) on Friday. A man was threatened and his van hijacked by two men in a black Corsa.

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

Headington Headlines #355

Your weekly round-up of local news for 29 January – 4 February.

Redrow has been selected as the builder for the next phase of @BartonPark_. The company is on twitter as @RedrowHomes.

Winvic contractors are still flouting their permitted working procedures and causing problems in Latimer Road. This is just one of several tweets about it from @LeonardoLoredan.

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. @RuthWilk reports “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.

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

    • Concerns re parking prices in Headington
    • Reply re Barton Park
    • Police crime statistics for Oxford and personal theft: a question
    • Politics on the forum
    • Beech House