Headington Headlines #213

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 4 – 10 May.

For the full results of the election in both Oxford constituencies, see here.

Parking problems at the JR made the local news programmes this week, with calls for extending the amount of parking being countered by arguments that increased parking spaces only means more congestion on the roads. One proposal is for a dedicated hospital park-and-ride off Marsh Lane, which incidentally happens to be green belt land.

A classic Mini Metro was stolen from Mark Road, Headington and later found burnt out. The news spread, and the teenage owner has been offerred a free replacement by a fellow enthusiast in Scotland.

There’s a presentation this evening (Monday 11 May) about the first phase of the @BartonPark_ development. It’s from 6 – 7pm in the Long Room at the Town Hall, and it’s open to the public. I blogged about some of the issues I think need to be sorted out before the development gets underway.

Oxybox in Marston went out of business.

I guess Oxybox have gone bust then. pic.twitter.com/gbms2mfBTR

— Stuart Bryant (@amigastu) May 6, 2015

The launderette in Girdlestone Road made it into a Polling Day twitter theme of unusual polling stations, triggering a wave of jokes on the lines of ‘washing dirty laundry in public’, ‘all come out in the wash’, ‘the spin room’, [add your own joke here].

Spin cycle? Laundrette polling station in Headington, Oxford © rogeraskew/Alamy http://t.co/0rTCu6mvuT pic.twitter.com/enEypiDv40

— Alamy News (@AlamyNews) May 7, 2015

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

#shotoverbb Don't miss the bluebells in Shotover RT @HeadingtonNews @TonyOX3 pic.twitter.com/P6HR8gEg1G

— Headington Heritage (@headingheritage) May 10, 2015

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

  • Are trams the big bang solution Oxford needs?
  • Barton Park development
  • Possible new Park & Ride at Marston for the John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Marston Park and Ride
  • Appreciating your offer.
  • Petitioning Oxfordshire County Council for Quarry Hollow Traffic Calming and pedestrian safety
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.