Headington Headlines #21

Here is my weekly round-up of news for the week 11 – 17 July.

Professor Audrey Mullender, head of Ruskin College, went on the attack over the college’s plans to build houses on Ruskin Fields, referring to “three fields that are quite muddy and damp and under used” and accusing local residents opposed to the development of being nimbys.

Highfield residents suggested introducing community traffic calming schemes using plant tubs and flowers, among other ideas, to slow down traffic in their area. Bizarrely, Wickes picked up the ‘DIY’ element and tweeted a link which then got retweeted by a good dozen DIY enthusiasts apparently in the belief that something had actually happened (which it hasn’t).

Dancer, choreographer and Barton resident @EshaMessyjam went to a Buckingham Palace garden party. She was invited in recognition of her work with the @MessyJamOxford dance school.

An old story about the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (on Marston Road) being built on the site of a pig-farm resurfaced this week.

@TheOxfordMail carried a story, sorry, prediction, that a bronze sculpture planned to be installed on the corner of Horspath Driftway and Blackstock Close might get stolen.

The stolen husky puppy was found and returned. All together, Aaaaahhhh! Turns out his name is – wait for it – Husky.

Someone tried to grab a handbag from a woman as she walked along Dene Road at 2.30pm on Monday. A 19-year old man (or ‘teenager’ as @TheOxfordMail prefer) has been arrested.

@HeadingtonNews reported that St Andrew’s Church in Old Headington welcomed its new Vicar, Father Darren McFarland, at a special service on Friday 15 July.

My favorite Headington-related tweet this week:

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

  • Marston Road Mosque
  • Headington Car Park site
  • Amenities lost in Headington in recent years
  • We want our money back from the County Council!
  • Sikh temple in Cherwell Drive
  • Should the Dorset House planning application get planning permission?
  • Headington area to get most of Government transport grant

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.