Headington Headlines #23

Here is my weekly round-up of news for the week 25 – 31 July.

To my deep dismay the new combined ticketing and revised bus schedules meant the end of the 7C bus route. Both operators now use 8 for Headington/Barton and 9 for Headington/Risinghurst. The Oxford Mail (reported via This Is Oxfordshire) said the new ticketing system is “a great success” but this was based on a couple of vox pops and spokespeople for the Council and the bus companies. I haven’t seen any real information yet about how the scheme’s operating. My highly unrepresenative personal experience backed up by comment on the e-democracy forum seems to show that the timetables aren’t working yet and buses are still travelling up and down the London Road in convoys. The joint ticketing seems to be working, though, and has been well received even though the night buses and the 700 route are not part of it.

An ‘eco’ car rally set off for Pall Mall from Broad Street on Sunday morning, passing through Headington en route. Headington car park has an electric vehicle charging point.

The route of the Oxford half-marathon on 25 September will take the runners through Headington Quarry: Beaumont Road, Quarry Hollow, Quarry Road, Old Road and Morrell Avenue.

Dinner lady and cleaner Beryl Chidlington retired from New Marston Primary School this week after working there for 47 years.

Both Bury Knowle Park and Brookes’ Headington campus were given Green Flag Awards by Keep Britain Tidy. Bury Knowle Park hosted an open-air screening of “How To Train Your Dragon” on Sunday evening.

Planning consent for @UniofOxford‘s Old Road campus development was recommended for approval to the East Area Planning Committee.

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

  • Joint Bus Ticketing Starts 24 July
  • Sikh temple in Cherwell Drive
  • Londis corner shop in receivership
  • Rosemarys Restaurant
  • 700 Not In Smart Zone
  • I’d rather have a Tesco than a KFC
  • Temporary car park proposed at Harcourt Hill …
  • Can anyone recommend a good electrician?

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.