Headington Headlines #11

Here is my weekly round-up of news for the week 2 – 8 May.

A car was completely destroyed and another severely damaged in a suspected arson attack in Holley Crescent. Firefighters found the cars well alight at about 0300 on Monday morning.

Stonham Services, the company behind the propsed bail hostel on Headley Way, are reported to have dropped their plans and walked away from the deal.

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with the fire in Plowman’s Tower early last Monday morning. He has been bailed until June 30 pending further enquiries.

The council has named Grosvenor Developments as its preferred bidder to build 1,000 new homes west of Barton. The decision is subject to approval by the council’s executive later this month. Grosvenor is a privately owned property company with its origins in the Duchy of Westminter’s Grosvenor Estates in London’s Mayfair and Belgravia. It is active in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Western Europe, China and Australia. It has not worked in Oxford before, but is well established in Cambridge and other cities.
More information on Grosvenor: In the UK | Worldwide

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

  • Planned Bail hostel at 30 Headley Way
  • Street Litter
  • I need advice on how to clean curtains
  • AV

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.