Headington Headlines #106

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 1 – 7 April.

In a joke about a joke the @OxfordTimes featured the Headington shark on April Fools’ day. They managed to take a swipe or two at a few local celebrities as well.

New municipal financial year, new parking charges. It’s now £1.30 for a minimum 2hr stay in the car park behind Waitrose (up by 10p).

The @HeadingtonPlan Steering Group met for the first time on Wednesday.

The planning application (ref. 13/00631/FUL) to build “30 residential units (8 x 4 bed houses, 17 x 3 bed houses, 2 x 2 bed flats and 3 x1 bed flats) together with access road, 51 car parking spaces, 60 cycle parking spaces, public open space and landscaping” on the Barton Road cricket ground is open for public comment.

There’s also a planning application (ref 13/00769/FUL) to replace the public toilets at the bottom of Headley Way with two 1-bedroom semis.

There’s talk about residents in Lime Walk/Highfield getting radar speed guns in a police-backed scheme to reduce speeding in residential areas.

The @ButchersArmsOxf now has free wifi and the Headington Festival @HFandSD2013 joined twitter.

Nominations closed for the County Council elections and the two City Council by-elections on 2 May. All the local candidates and links to the others are below.

I posted a short description and pictures of Headington’s newest street, Blackburn Close.

My favorite Headington-related tweet this week:

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

  • Barton Road Cricket Ground
  • Bus Users’ Forum | Thu 4th Apr | Town Hall | 18:30
  • Local elections, May 2013
  • Headley Way public conveniences
I try to cover news from the OX3 postcode in Headington and out as far as Barton, Sandhills and Risinghurst (see map). To feed into next week’s summary you can comment on this article, or tweet either with the hashtag #ox3 or @mentioning @TonyOX3.