Headington Headlines #405

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

The process that could lead to Headington having an elected Community Council begins this week. The Council is being recommended to agree to carry out a “Community Governance Review”, which is the first step. The Terms of Reference give some idea of what this Review involves – it seems the Council will consult widely to establish people’s views on the idea. If it does go ahead the Review will start in April this year. It will cover the same area as the Headington Neighbourhood Plan. If it all goes through, elections to the new Council could be held in May next year.

Headington Conservative Club, in Windmill Road, will be able to stay open until midnight on Fridays and to open an outside area for drinkers. The City Council has granted permission despite some local residents saying it could be a significant noise nuisance.

The Boundary Commission has published its final proposals for electoral ward changes in the city. This map lets you see the current, earlier draft, and final proposals. The JR site moves from Headington Ward to Headington Hill & Northway. Headington Ward extends further east to Barton Road, and the piece of Barton & Sandhills between there and the A40 is transferred to Quarry & Risinghurst. There don’t seem to be any other material changes to the six wards I count within OX3.

Confirmation this week that The Somerset pub on Marston Road will re-open by April. It has been bought by the people who run the Rusty Bicycle and the Rickety Press. Apparently they plan to rename the pub The Up in Arms.

There is a meeting this Wednesday “Save Barton’s Green Spaces” to protest about the possibility of up to 1100 new homes being built on Wick Farm and the land between Barton/Barton Park and the Elsfield Road.

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

  • Parking enforcement
  • Next Building on Old Road Campus

Headington Headlines #404

Your weekly round-up of local news for 28 January – 3 February.

Police continued with their emforcement operation against rat-running in Elms Drive, Marston.

Plans for the latest addition to Oxford University’s Old Road Campus will be on show on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February. This is the new Institute for Developmental and Regenerative Medicine which will employ over 200 researchers. The exhibition is in Boundary Brook House on Churchill Drive, 4 – 7pm on Friday and 10 – 1 on Saturday.

Police are appealing for information about another back-door break-in, this time in Kiln Lane, Risinghurst.

It looks like Latimer Road is once again going to be the site of parking woes:

Headington seems to have an outbreak of door-to-door fish salesmen; whether it’s one group or several isn’t clear. While they may or may not be legitimate there’s always a worry about where the fish comes from, whether it’s been legally caught, and what recourse a buyer would have if it was sub-standard. Caveat emptor. Thanks to @ox_tale, @Howard_S, @JPDoy and @RobonaBike for information.

The long-running refurbishment of the Barton Community Centre drags on, with local residents reported to be unhappy about work on the site being left in an unsafe state.

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

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

Headington Headlines #403

Your weekly round-up of local news for 21 – 27 January.

As Thames Valley Police struggle with funding cuts and raise the precept by £24 next year, the Marston/Northway police office which has been under threat of closure has had a reprieve, at least for the time being. The office in Barton and one in Brookes are both safe. The Oxford Mail has a full list.

À propos of which, does anyone know if there is indeed a police office on the @oxford_brookes campus? @Headingtonnews says it used to be on the Headington Hill site, but is it still there?

In other ‘Things Not Closing’ news, Headington’s branch of Santander Bank is not one of the ones being closed under the bank’s latest cost-cutting exercise.

Police are appealing for imformation about a break-in in Fortnam Close off Headley Way sometime overnight on 22/23 January. The thieves broke the patio doors to get in and steal cash.

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