Headington Headlines #25

Some of my earlier posts have gone out of sequence. Sorry for any confusion while I try to fix things.

Meanwhile, here is my round-up of local news for the week 8 – 14 August —

In one sense it’s been a quiet week for Headington news. In another sense, Headington had more twitter mentions in two days than in a normal year. Something to do with rioting, it seems. Anyway, while false rumours of trouble in Oxford swirled and raged around the internet the real-life city stayed fairly quiet.

Police were called to reports of an arson attack on Monday night at McDonald’s in London Road, Headington shortly after midnight. Three people have been arrested. Police were also called to a car fire in Barton Road, Barton after a black VW Polo was set alight.

Prompted by the actual and threatened public disorder Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP) split out a series of local twitter accounts. Oxford City police started tweeting as @TVP_Oxford and joined a number of other local tweeters in trying to calm nerves and sort out truth from rumour.

Other newcomers to twitter were The Masons Arms in Headington Quarry @TheMasonsArmsHQ and the Manor Surgery @ManorSurgery

The Headington shark’s owner @Bill_Heine celebrated its 25th anniversary on 9 August with a street party. Local dignitaries mingled with locals to honour the occasion. The story of the shark. Pictures from the party. And my own picture:

@sharksandlasers and a website “The Dorsal Fin” provided more unexpected coverage of the event.

The official opening of Bury Knowle Park play area will be in a month’s time, according to the Oxford Mail.

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

  • potential rioting and advised closing
  • Old Road campus application called in
  • Dogs and Smoking in the childrens play area.
  • Subway under Green road roundabout

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.