Headington Headlines #216

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 25 – 31 May.

Police, the local and national media were out in force at the Marston end of the Marston Ferry Road cycle track on Monday as the search for the man suspected of murdering three members of his family in Didcot focused on the area. A body later identified as the wanted man was found in land alongside the track.

Oxfordshire County Council has told parents and residents campaigning for traffic calming measures near Headington Quarry School that there’s no money to do anything there.

The Headington Festival happened over the weekend. The weather on Sunday wasn’t kind but plenty of people came along to enjoy the action in Bury Knowle Park.

One of the bids to buy the Stansfeld Outdoor Centre is from a group called Oxford Cohousing. @TheOxfordMail explains “Cohousing is a set of purpose-built houses where residents work together as a co-operative to share childcare, cooking and gardening, and socialise as a collective”. You can read more about the organisation on its website.

The process of making Headington’s Neighbourhood Plan reached a significant milestone this week with the publication of the formal Draft Plan.

The Annual Meeting of @OldMarstonPC was attended by just 12 members of the public.

in other Old #Marston Parish Council news, only 12 parishioners attended the annual parish meeting this year #Oxford pic.twitter.com/mwtkObSowG

— Colin (@theabingdontaxi) May 26, 2015

A small herd of cows taking a stroll along the Marston Ferry Road cycle track on Wednesday prompted this exchange on twitter:

.@oxfordtimes The cattle are all over the *cycle track*, and it's the *drivers* you're warning?

— Rob Haynes (@RobOnABike) May 27, 2015

The Oxford Designer Blinds shop on London Road has closed after being open less than six months.

The refurbishment of Forester’s and Plowman tower blocks (see HH137) has been delayed until next year at the earliest, and will probably cost more that originally planned.

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

Gonna miss working at churchy 😞 might just work my way through all the headington hospitals 😂

— Sophia (@SophiaFrost) May 28, 2015

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

  • Stansfeld Centre now up for sale
  • 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.