Headington Headlines #124

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 5 – 11 August.

Labour Councillor @Laurencepbaxter (Quarry & Risinghurst) wrote to @DNimmoSmit1 (Con, Henley-on-Thames), County cabinet member for transport, urging the installation of traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing at the Collinwood Road junction on the A40.

As Oxford City consult on air quality, or rather the lack of it, Headington came in for special mention. At the same time Oxfordshire County Council are working on a strategy for accommodating even more traffic.

However, the Headington Transport Strategy has come in for criticism for its lack of community involvement. The full story is on my blog here.

@kalicer reviewed the Royal India, at the Chequers in Headington Quarry.

Morrisons got planning permission for a new shop front on the old Blockbuster store and the shopfitters have already started preparing the shop.

A police traffic enforcement operation in Northway, Marston on Thursday resulted in fines for motorists found shaving while driving, writing notes of a phone conversation, and reading directions from a book on the steering wheel. 14 drivers were fined for using hand-held mobile phones.

A police car responding to an emergency call was involved in a minor collision on the London Road on Friday. Never say my reporting isn’t balanced!

Headington businesses and local community groups have raised £2000 for floral displays.

@Oxford_Brookes is putting on an exhibition of the public art which they are required to provide to enhance their new buildings. It runs until Thursday this week.

Two men were arrested in Headington on Tuesday with ‘a large quantity of drugs’.

Friends of the Earth published a map showing areas of the country ‘being considered’ for the issue of fracking licences. Not just Headington but the whole of Oxford is covered.

In a first for Headington Headlines, at the time I put this report to bed there were no posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week.

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.