Headington Headlines #353

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

The start of the Headley Way Access to Headington work due to start today has been delayed at least until February. The reasons given are that the County Council has “concerns over costs, utility diversions and technical issues relating to the hill section between Marsh Lane & the hospital”. I really hope to be wrong but I fear the cycle paths will be the first casualties of any cost saving.

On the same subject, see @RuthWilk‘s post on the local e-democracy forum.

The Co-op are advertising for a Store Manager in ‘New Headington’, but the postcode says it’s the one on Cherwell Drive.

Proposals in the City Council’s draft budget include car parking charges in Headington going up from £1.70 to £2.50 (min. 2 hrs). Follow the link for information on how to object. Local Councillors had a petition stall at the Headington Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

Congratulations to Oxford Brookes University Rowing Club @OBURC, winners of the Oxford Mail Sports Team of the Year award. Full list of winners here.

Bill “Father of the Shark” Heine will receive a Special Certificate of Merit from Oxford City Council on Friday this week in recognition of his charity and broadcasting work. Only three other people have been given this award: Marios Papadopoulos, the founder and music director of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra; the former Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Hugo Brunner; and Helmut Kollig, the mayor of Oxford’s German twin town, Bonn. Former Lord Mayor John Power opposed the shark being given planning permission and as quoted in the Oxford Mail still appears bitter about the whole episode.

But most people, I think, have grown to love the shark so here’s my favourite Headington-related tweet of the week.

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

  • Access to Headington – latest on Headley Way/Windmill Road phases
  • Beech House
  • How do we get County to fix this ongoing flooding?