Headington Headlines #239

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 2 – 8 November.

Catalin Horhota, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to life imprisonment for a series of rapes, sexual assaults and burglary. The rape and sexual assaults happened in Roosevelt Drive in September last year.

The application to build student housing on the site of the old Friar pub in Marston (see HH236) was agreed in principle by the East Area Planning Committee on Wednesday. Final permission will be granted after a legal agreement on conditions has been reached.

A resident of Derwent Avenue had to call the Fire & Rescue services when his electric shower caught fire while he was using it.

There’s only one of the new houses at The Willows (the old Barton Road cricket ground) still unsold. Carpe diem!

The heat transfer scheme between the JR and the Churchill was discussed at the Ward Focus meeting two weeks ago. I wasn’t at the meeting but have gathered some information about it. There will be more in the public domain for local discussion soon, I’m told.

The Head of @WindmillOxford criticised the government’s proposals for more stringent tests for 7-yr olds.

Streets in the @BartonPark_ development will be named after people with strong connections with Barton, as well as plants and animals (“flora and fauna”), says @OxfordCity. One of the people mentioned, Vashti de Montfort Wellborne, appears in a stained glass window in St Andrew’s church, Old Headington. Read about her here on Headington News’ website.

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

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

  • Builders’ vans
  • Car sharing
  • Gearing up to support your cherished Oxford Headington and Marston forum
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.