Headington Headlines #405

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

The process that could lead to Headington having an elected Community Council begins this week. The Council is being recommended to agree to carry out a “Community Governance Review”, which is the first step. The Terms of Reference give some idea of what this Review involves – it seems the Council will consult widely to establish people’s views on the idea. If it does go ahead the Review will start in April this year. It will cover the same area as the Headington Neighbourhood Plan. If it all goes through, elections to the new Council could be held in May next year.

Headington Conservative Club, in Windmill Road, will be able to stay open until midnight on Fridays and to open an outside area for drinkers. The City Council has granted permission despite some local residents saying it could be a significant noise nuisance.

The Boundary Commission has published its final proposals for electoral ward changes in the city. This map lets you see the current, earlier draft, and final proposals. The JR site moves from Headington Ward to Headington Hill & Northway. Headington Ward extends further east to Barton Road, and the piece of Barton & Sandhills between there and the A40 is transferred to Quarry & Risinghurst. There don’t seem to be any other material changes to the six wards I count within OX3.

Confirmation this week that The Somerset pub on Marston Road will re-open by April. It has been bought by the people who run the Rusty Bicycle and the Rickety Press. Apparently they plan to rename the pub The Up in Arms.

There is a meeting this Wednesday “Save Barton’s Green Spaces” to protest about the possibility of up to 1100 new homes being built on Wick Farm and the land between Barton/Barton Park and the Elsfield Road.

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

  • Parking enforcement
  • Next Building on Old Road Campus