Headington Headlines #402

Your weekly round-up of local news for 14 – 20 January.

South Oxfordshire District Council’s latest draft of their local plan identifies Green Belt land at Wick Farm and between Barton and Elsfield as possible sites for building new homes. They have announced a series of drop-in consultation exhibitions, including one at the OXSRAD sports centre in Marsh Lane, Marston on 11 February.

Local environmentalist and Friend of Lye Valley Judy Webb @judyweb32049878 was quoted by Oxford West & Abingdon MP @LaylaMoran in an adjournment debate in the House of Commons. The debate was about the Expressway.

Police are appealing for information about a burglary in Gathorne Road on Friday 11 January.

After confusion over their booking for the day after Boxing Day, a family threatened pub and upmarket foodie resort The Black Boy that they would post bad reviews in local papers.

It came as no surprise that both Oxford’s MPs voted against the government’s EU Withdrawal Bill on Tuesday.

The latest on the Headington Door Knocker story – he’s been jailed for theft as well as breaking the terms of his earlier suspended sentence. He stole two bags from Brookes’ sports centre and meat from Waitrose.

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

Headington Headlines #401

Your weekly round-up of local news for 7 – 13 January.

Congratulations to the Masons Arms @TheMasonsArmsHQ, winners of the Oxford CAMRA city pub of the year award for 2019.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the slightly notorious ‘Headington Door Knocker’ after he breached a community order by failing to turn up in court. The order was part of the suspended sentence he was given a few weeks ago.

What used to be the Oxford Food Centre on the London Road near Northfield Road and the Headington roundabout is to become a massage parlour. Planning nerds will rejoice in it being classified as ‘sui generis ‘.

It looks like the Royal British Legion Social Club on Edgecombe Road in Barton, which has been disused for the past four years, will be demolished.

Headington LibDems set up a Brexitometer in the shopping centre on Saturday. No surprises given the strong vote here for Remain, but no enthusiasm for a general election to resolve the issue either.

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

  • Planning application for 26 flats in Elsfield Way

Headington Headlines #400

Any hopes of HH400 being a bumper edition were dashed by a quiet Christmas break. Here are the few things that triggered my radar from 24 December – 6 January.

An incident that started with police trying to stop a car in Oxford High Street on Christmas Eve ended when the car crashed into a stationary taxi outside Andrews Estate Agents in Headington. A teenager was later arrested. The light-controlled crossing outside Sainsbury’s was damaged on the way, and the public phone box outside Andrews was demolished. It was finally removed on Thursday last week. @HeadingtonNews was on the spot with a camera to cover the story.

The annual mummers’ play in Headington Quarry on Boxing Day was well-attended as usual.

Headington resident and Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens @ClarkeMicah wrote about a bad experience while cycling on the London Road bus lane. His experience may have been extreme but won’t surprise regular cyclists.

Several Headington roads were mentioned in a report in the Oxford Mail about rat-running, but I’m not sure what the alternatives would be. Does Lime Walk count as a rat-run for people getting from the London Road to the Churchill or Old Road Campus? To my mind getting drivers to observe the 20mph speed limits would be a big step forward for safety and the local street environment.

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

  • Massive student development proposed by Brooke [sic] in Headington Conservation Area