Headington Headlines #279

Your weekly round-up of local news for 15 – 21 August.

The consultation period on the heatpipe planing application closed on Thursday, by which time 13 comments had been registered, 8 with objections and 5 neutral. (The neutral ones mostly ask questions rather than raising objections).

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.

A ‘Craft Burger’ restaurant is planning to open in the premises that used to be Dong Dong Noodle Bar in Windmill Road. They are advertising for staff. An industry briefing newsletter reports:

New craft beer and burger concept Craft Burger to launch in Oxford: New craft beer and burger concept Craft Burger is set to launch next month in Oxford, creating 15 jobs. The independent business will offer gourmet burgers and craft beer at its 50-cover restaurant in Headington. Craft Burger will use fresh ingredients, grinding meat and making sauces daily on-site. As well as offering craft beer on tap and in bottles, the venue will also sell shakes and other non-alcoholic drinks. Craft Burger will offer a takeaway service when it opens in mid-September, with a delivery service to be added at a later date. A company spokesman told Propel: “We are trying to create some fresh ideas in Headington and hopefully draw more people to the area. We hope to make Craft Burger a success and open other sites in the future.” www.propelinfonews.com/index.php 19/08/2016

A planning application (ref: 16/02112/FUL) has been submitted for a change of use of the Fairview Inn in Glebelands to a 5-bedroom house. The pub changed ownership in December 2013 with a statement at the time that it would continue to be run as a pub (see HH 141).

Campaign group @TheAmpRevival are in negotiations with the pub’s owners about re-opening under a short-term commercial lease.

Thank you to the reader who sent me another Headington Olympian. Silver medal winner Katie Greves was part of the women’s eight who beat Romania into third place in a photo finish behind the USA. Katie learned to row as a pupil at @HeadingtonSch and went on to coach there. She now rows for Leander in Henley.

The ‘Endeavour’ cast and crew were in Headington – the Cemetery, no less – filming for episode 3 of series 4. Thanks to @SimplyOxford for the link.

Following reports at the beginning of the month that Bar Meze had re-opened, it’s been confirmed that it’s the same people running it.

Apparently Bury Knowle Park is a PokéStop (a Pokémon Go hotspot). If you see bunches of people wandering around staring into their smartphones, that’s why. If you haven’t got a clue what this is about just move on.

All of Headington is outraged and deeply shocked by a missing apostrophe on a new sign in North Place. “It’s a scandal!”, spluttered Erik van t’Hoole of St Andrew’s Lane. “It’s bad enough that I have to live next to Larkins Lane without an apostrophe, but this adds insult to injury! Oxford is world famous for its grammar, spelling, and commas but this appalling error brings the good name of the city into disrepute.” A Council spokesperson later said, “It’s called Locks Court because we have to use two padlocks to close the gates.”

Photo: @HeadingHeritage

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

  • Barton Park junction