Headington Headlines #20

Here is my weekly round-up of news for the week 4 – 10 July.

The Quality Care Commission issued a report heavily criticising standards in the Albany Nursing Home on the London Road. “The care provided fell far short of the essential standards of quality and safety people should be able to expect from a care home”, it says. The Albany Nursing Home is owned by Trinity Care (Crown) Limited, part of the troubled Southern Cross Healthcare Group. It is registered to care for 48 older people. [Latest] Southern Cross is closing all homes but says residents’ care will continue.

The County Council announced it has secured a grant of £5m for transport schemes. Around £3.5m of the grant will be put towards the following schemes:

  • Expanding Thornhill Park and Ride through the addition of 500 spaces
  • Creating a new outward-bound bus lane on London Road in Headington towards the ‘hamburger’ roundabout
  • Establishing two new low-carbon bus services connecting Thornhill Park and Ride with the John Radcliffe and other hospital sites, and the city centre.

Oxford Brookes University’s plans to put a maintenance unit on its £132m library and teaching building have got their neighbours annoyed again.

The first North-East Area Forum was on Tuesday. @RuthWilk and I both blogged about it. The Headington car park development dominated discussion, including in the e-dem forum.

A lorry and a Renault Clio collided on the London Road near the Green Road roundabout at about 07:15 on Monday.

The missing husky story made the Oxford Mail. The original twitter appeal was still being retweeted at the end of this week.

The Northway Estate reached its 50th anniversary.

The Mediterranean Fish Bar in Cherwell Drive, Marston, closed since a fire, re-opened.

An application to build flats in William Street, New Marston has been turned down because of concerns about overdevelopment, amenity space and access.

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

  • The Cavalier pub
  • Tagging
  • Headington area to get most of Government transport grant
  • Headington Car Park site
  • Amenities lost in Headington in recent years
  • Oxford Car Parks


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.