Headington Headlines #185

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 13 – 19 October.

The roadworks on the London Road, Headington roundabout and the A40 started last Monday causing even more delays to traffic on the Ring Road and the approaches to Oxford, and triggering the inevitable outcry of complaints. This time the delays were so long and the complaints so loud that the County Council decided to defer the reconstruction of The Plain – due to start today – until after Christmas.

Delays on the Eastern by-pass were exacerbated on Friday morning when a car and a cyclist collided at the junction with Kiln Lane, causing the road to be closed for a time.

The Maggie’s Centre @Maggiesoxford at the Churchill was formally opened on Monday.

A developer wants to build student accommodation and some private housing on the corner of Latimer Road and London Road, on the west side of Latimer opposite Dorset House. There is an exhibition about it in the foyer of the old entrance to Brookes on Gipsy Lane on Tuesday. More information here.

Local solicitors Edward Pilling & Co., whose offices are on the London Road, has been acquired by the law firm Withy King, who have offices in Oxford, Abingdon & Thame. All Pilling’s staff will transfer to Withy King.

A new book club is starting in Headington. The Headington Pageturners are holding their inaugural meeting in @TheWhiteHartH on 12 November. The first book for discussion is Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

Also at The White Hart a wine club starts on Wednesday this week. For £20 you get to taste 8 wines – Spanish this week – nibble some cheese and biscuits, and take a bottle home. Phone them for details and booking 01865 761737 or tweet @TheWhiteHartH.

A blue plaque to author Elizabeth Bowen was unveiled in The Croft, Headington on Sunday.

An article about @CocoNoirOxford celebrates five years of trading, but fails to notice that Café Noir has closed. Also ‘Belgium’ chocolate?

What colour should Quarry Village Hall be painted? @RosalindRogers would like your suggestions.

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

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

  • Parking at the JR
  • Quarry Gate pub
  • Parking on pavement
  • London Road “Improvement” Scheme
  • FYI: London Oct 23 Event – Social media and local political representation: a game changer or all hype?
  • Transport and the social divide
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.