Headington Headlines #112

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 13 – 19 May.

Chris Scanlan, city councillor for Barton & Sandhills ward from 2006 to 2010, has died. His funeral took place on Friday. An obituary is here.

The Oxfam shop re-opened on Wednesday after its major refurbishment.

Greene King have sold The Black Boy in Old Headington @TheBlackBoyFood to Everards.

Oxford City Council wants to improve facilities at city parks including Bury Knowle.

The ‘eyesore’ Marywood House in Wood Farm owned by Oxfordshire County Council looks likely to be sold for development. Marywood House was formerly used as a Social Services hostel but it has been vacant and derelict for a number of years. Oxford City’s Sites and Housing Plan (policy SP33) says “Planning permission will be granted for residential development at Marywood House. Planning permission will not be granted for any other uses.”

Starting today, BBC Radio Oxford is featuring Headington on its Big Tour. Timing is variable but there will be an item every morning on the @PhilGayle breakfast show. On Friday there will be live broadcasting from the Farmers’ Market.

My favorite Headington-related tweet this week:

And if you don’t know what a Bakfiets is ….

Don’t forget the next Neighbourhood Forum meeting is on Tuesday evening. Details on the Headington Plan website.

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

  • Sad news: Death of Chris Scanlan
  • Bedroom Tax Demonstration – Saturday 16th 1pm – Bonn Square Oxford
  • Oxford’s Lord Mayor Joins in Oxford Polish School 10th Anniversary
  • A Neighbourhood Plan for Headington
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.