Headington Headlines #13

Here is my weekly round-up of news for the week 16 – 22 May.

It’s not surprising that the West Barton development contiues to make the news. Under the headline “Oxford ring road junction plan ‘recipe for disaster'” The Oxford Times website on Tuesday quoted “some motorists” opposing the idea of reduced speed limits and a traffic light controlled crossing on the Ring Road north of the Headington roundabout. “Some motorists” were in fact the Secretary of the City of Oxford Licensed Taxi Association and a driving instructor.

Oxford City Council released the results of its consultation exercise on future building development in the City. The document is 414 pages long. The preferred option for Headington car park is to build over, retaining (some) parking beneath. The H&M e-democracy forum has more.

The OXSRAD sports centre closure was averted after an outstanding debt was settled.

A firefighter was injured when the service was called out to a suspected arson fire at West Hill Farm, The Ridings, Shotover, at about 5.45pm on Sunday. The house was boarded up which meant access was difficult. Four fire engines and the water carrier from Wheatley attended the scene.

The campaigners who wanted to preserve the pedestrian subway in Headington made the news this week, one year on from its closure. Despite there having been no accidents at the light-controlled, 20mph-restricted, surface-level crossing with a traffic island halfway across protected by bollards they still regret the loss of the smelly, poorly-lit and potentially dangerous subway.

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

  • Londis corner shop in receivership
  • Unemptied bins: complain!
  • Headley Way public conveniences
  • Bricklayers Arms, Marston
  • Development in All Saints Road and around 73 Lime Walk
  • A long shot..
  • Headington Car Park site
  • minibus for sale

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.