Headington Headlines #150

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 10 – 16 February.

Developers @BartonPark_ announced a start on site involving the clearing of some trees and hedges.

The home of John Henry Brookes, after whom Oxford Brookes University is named, is on the market for £1m. It is in The Slade.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, opened The Highfield Unit, “a state-of-the-art NHS facility providing specialist inpatient services for young people aged 11 to 18 with acute mental health needs” at the Warneford Hospital on Thursday.

The next stage has been reached in the preparation of Headington’s Neighbourhood Plan @HeadingtonPlan. The application to the City Council to ‘designate’ – i.e. agree – the area covered by the plan has been put out to public consultation. Details and links on the Council’s website. The consultation closes on 28 March.

A man from Saxon Way was sentenced on Tuesday to five month’s imprisonment for a racist verbal attack on his girlfriend’s neighbour.

Warneford Lane is closed for roadworks for approximately three weeks. Bus route 4 will divert via Gipsy Lane and Headington Hill.

Although it didn’t seem to make the mainstream news, there were reports of a meteor being seen widely across England on Saturday night. @jjhutchings wins the prize for the first report from Headington.

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

  • Headington bike hire scheme
  • Roofer in Headington area
I 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.