Headington Headlines #248

Your weekly round-up of local news for 4 – 10 January.

Now you see it, now you don’t! What happened on the heatpipe project last week? My handy summary is here. All my posts about the project are under the ‘Energy Project’ tab in the main menu, and there’s a page of links and contact details here.

Aldi have submitted a planning appplication (ref: 15/03709/FUL) for a new store on the Curry’s site at Horspath Driftway (where Homebase is).

According to the BBC, Hampshire Police have confirmed they have received a complaint alleging criminal behaviour by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Trust involved in the death of Connor Sparrowhawk in 2013. The Trust is accused of producing false and misleading information, an offence under the 2014 Care Act.

Sobell House hospice is going to build a new £4m specialist facility at the Churchill Hospital.

There has been a landslip from the old quarry wall in the back garden of a house in Coppock Close, thought to have been caused by the exceptionally wet weather recently. Fortunately no-one was hurt.

Charles Young, spokesperson for the Headington Car Club car-sharing scheme, presented a petition to Oxfordshire County Council before Christmas asking them to reconsider their refusal to allocate two on-street parking bays in Headington (see HH 240). Here he is in a video from @ThatsOxfordTV explaining how car-sharing works.

Also from @ThatsOxfordTV, here is Marston independent councillor Mick Haines, supported by Joanna Bartlett, urging support to stop the demolition of the Jack Russell pub to build housing.

My favourite Headington-related tweet of the week:

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

  • Barton Park development
  • City Council agrees energy pipe needs planning permission
  • Free water, energy and money-saving offer
  • Headington Post Office
  • Pothole – Marston flyover slip