Headington Headlines #226

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 3 – 9 August.

St Andrew’s Church tower is having some restoration work done. It will cost about £100,000 all of which has been raised locally.

The new arrangement for the Farmers’ Market being weekly on Saturdays has got off to a good start, according to the Market Manager quoted in @OxfordTimes.

Consultation on the Access to Headington transport plan closed last Friday. I’ve posted a list of links to several responses, including Headington Action, Friends of Old Headington, Oxford Civic Society and local Councillors. Three themes recur in most if not all the comments:

  • Poor public consultation;
  • Not enough information to make rational decisions;
  • Concerns about environmental impact (trees and green verges) and parking arrangements.

Starting today (Monday) for three weeks, Queen Street is closed to buses. So if you normally get your 8 or 9 from Castle Street you’ll need to go to a temporary stop in St Aldate’s instead.

The planning application (Ref: 15/01924/FUL) for the extension to the Manor Surgery has been on the City Council’s website for a few weeks. So far there’s only been one letter of objection which is about extending car parking spaces. However, the application doesn’t cover this aspect, saying “The car park improvements will be submitted under a separate application“.

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

  • £12.m transport improvements for Headington: exhibitions and consultation
  • Mobility scooters
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.