Headington Headlines #113

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 20 – 26 May.

A man was arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was discovered in a house in The Link, Risinghurst. Confusingly (well, it confused me) there’s also a road called The Link in Marston.

Headington area councillors Susan Brown (Lab, Churchill) and @redmikerowley (Lab, Barton & Sandhills) have joined @Oxfordcity‘s Executive Board. Van Coulter (Lab, Barton & Sandhills) has stood down from the Board.

Cllr @delia_sinclair (Lab, Quarry & Risinghurst) took office as Oxford City’s Lord Mayor. She holds the office for 1 year.

The Reverend James Cocke was ordained 60 years ago and is the Church of England’s longest-serving vicar. He has been at All Saints Church since 1957. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams paid tribute to Mr Cocke in a service at the church in his honour.

BBC Oxford’s Big Tour covered the story of Highfield residents being trained to use radar speed guns to discourage speeding in the 20mph zone. On Friday Roz Smith and Patrick Coulter were interviewed about the London Road potholes and there was live coverage from the Farmers’ Market.

Locals are concerned that The Fairview Inn in Glebelands (between the Churchill and The Slade) may close after news broke that it is being sold to an undisclosed buyer after being advertised as “having alternative use potential”. There’s a Save the Fairview website.

The Café Noir joined twitter @cafenoiroxford

An accident at the Headington roundabout in which two vehicles ended up ON the roundabout caused bad delays on Thursday morning.

The by now predictable and tedious story of Martin Young and 29 Old High Street continued with a report in the Oxford Mail. Elsewhere, Councillors have called in a planning application to replace a bungalow at 9 Osler Road with three houses. The application will be considered by the East Area Planning Committee.

Laptops, mobile phones and a camera were stolen from a house in New High Street in a break-in on Thursday.

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

  • Radio Oxford: Big Tour of Headington this week
  • Plumbing business application for private hire office in Marston Road
  • Headley Way public conveniences
  • Bury Knowle Park big swing on a pole thing
  • NDCN charity Concert
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.