Headington Headlines #138

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 18 – 24 November.

There might soon be a Friends of Headington Hill Park group. It’s been trailed on the e-democracy forum (link below) and The Oxford Mail picked up the story.

Also on the e-democracy forum there was another blow to @BartonPark_‘s claim that ‘Barton Park’ was chosen after widespread consultation when @AlexLalvani discovered that Grosvenor had registered the domain name bartonparkoxford.com back in May 2011.

The freehold of Kennett House, the block of shops and offices on the corner of Kennett Road, including HSBC Bank, Iceland, two charity shops and Brookes’ offices above, is being sold by auction on 3 December. The guide price is £2.25m – £2.5m. It doesn’t necessarily mean any changes in the immedite future though. The agents’ details are here – go to the online catalogue for 3 December and look for Lot 99. I expect the details will vanish once the auction is over.

More on the refurbishment of tower blocks in Northway and Wood Farm: they may be getting bright stripy tiles! Consultation details in last week’s HH.

Local councillors @laurencepbaxter, @redmikerowley and @delia_sinclair kept up the campaign for a light-controlled crossing on the A40 at Risinghurst. A review is due to finish by April but lack of funds may mean nothing gets done.

PCSOs mounted an anti-speeding campaign in Lime Walk (20mph zone) on Wednesday evening. Five vehicles caught speeding and one stopped for faulty lights and cannabis use.

Bury Knowle Park is to get an outdoor chess table like this thanks to @RuthWilk and @DavidRundle‘s ward budget. You’ll have to bring your own chessmen though.

C S Lewis’ former house in Holyoake Road is under offer (link via @headingtonnews). Earlier report.

Highfield Residents’ Association took over @ButchersArmsOxf on Saturday night for an evening of folk and other fun.

The church of St Anthony of Padua held its Christmas Bazaar on Sunday.

Headington’s Christmas tree is in its traditional place outside Barclays on the corner of Old High Street.

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

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

  • Headington event tomorrow 1-3pm – Silver Star Society Christmas Party, John Radcliffe Hospital
  • The Local Plan: What is it? Why do we have it? How can it change?
  • Changes to the Britannia Inn
  • Host Families required
  • St Anthony of Padua Church Christmas Bazaar this Sunday
  • Who would like to be a friend of Headington Hill Park?
  • New Headington bus routes
  • Auction of block of shops and offices in central Headington
  • Events in 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.