Headington Headlines #172

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 14 – 20 July.

Headington Library re-opened on Monday with a new children’s area but still no disabled access lift.

Labour announced their candidate for the Quarry & Risinghurst by-election. He is Chewe Munkonge @CheweMunkonge whose last public involvement in politics seems to have been in Abingdon South in last year’s County Council elections.

The Oxford Times carried a story about some Headington traders being unhappy about the mini-Waitrose that will be opening at the Shell petrol station. On the other hand, some aren’t unhappy.

The new Tesco Express store which opens on 29 July joined twitter as @Tesco6880.

Thames Valley Police mounted an operation on Wednesday to “educate” motorists about Elms Drive in Marston being access only rather than a way of avoiding the Cherwell Drive mini-roundabouts.

@DavidHenwood2, who stood for election in Headington Ward earlier this year, was elected Labour Councillor for Cowley Ward on Thursday with 39% of the vote and a majority of 243 over the Green candidate Hazel Dawe.

Oxford Archaeology @oatweet have published their report on the Barton Road cricket ground site, soon to be The Willows. They found nothing of interest.

The John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie buildings have attracted more recognition, this time by being nominated for the Concrete Society 2014 awards.

The Thames Water works in Wharton Road – and the road closure and diversions that go with it – are going to continue for about ten more days.

Sign of the times. Isis Hair in Windmill Road has changed its name to Ice Hair.

@UpandRunninguk‘s Headington shop is organising a social run tomorrow (Tuesday) starting from the shop at 6pm.

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

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

  • Banks/building societies and the Local Plan for Headington
  • Tassimo – unwanted capsules
  • St.Clements car park no longer available
  • One-Stop shop for Headington
  • Smoking at JR Hospital (3 threads)
  • Carterton/Witney bus to JR Hospital
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.