Headington Headlines #40

Headington’s Christmas lights have been funded entirely by local businesses and voluntary organistations. The Council turned down an application for support, but local Councillors have chipped in from their discretionary ward budget.

In an event organised by Churches Together in Headington on Friday children and a donkey walked from St Andrew’s Primary School through Headington to All Saints Church knocking on inn doors. The donkey was later spotted being led down the main road.

Pickets were out at @Oxford_Brookes on Wednesday morning as part of the public sector workers’ strike over pensions, and protestors later joined the parade through the city centre.

Road works and diversion signs obstructing cycle paths and causing cyclists to ‘swerve’ into the road or onto pavements got surprisingly wide coverage and attention. Well, I was surprised anyway.

A taxi driver was robbed in Osler Road early on Monday morning, having been threatened by a group of men who got into the taxi at the Shell garage on the London Road. @TVP_Oxford appealed for witnesses and on Friday announced that six men had been arrested and bailed.

Bad feeling between Lord Mayor Elise Benjamin (@EliseDB)and John Kelly (ex Oxfordshire CC emergency planner) broke out again over the Mayor’s attendances at the repatration tributes near the entrance to the JR Hospital. Mr Kelly’s complaint has been rejected.

There was a complaint about deliveries in the middle of the night to the Keraleeyam Stores (London Road).

A planning application 11/02584/FUL to convert two retail units at 293 London Road (near Northfield Road) to hot-food takeaways was refused.

News broke that another pub is to close – The Crown & Thistle in Old Road.

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

  • Thornhill Park and Ride….again
  • Northway Pharmacy
  • Headington Car Park
  • Renaming places
  • Keraleeyam Stores
  • Crown and Thistle
  • Church Bells in Ferry Rd, Marston
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.