Headington Headlines #5

Here is my weekly round-up of news for the week 21 – 27 March.

Everyone who’s been involved in the campaign to save Headington and other libraries will have been delighted by the spectacular U-turn by Oxfordshire County Council and its leader Keith Mitchell. The Oxford Times report is a good summary.

A £5m contract was signed for the 2nd phase of the redevelopment work at Ruskin College. Leadbitters are the contractors.

The planned expansion of Thornhill park & ride was finally approved by Oxforshire CC, but they still need to find the £3m it will cost.

A serial burglar who broke into homes in Marston Road and Headley Way, among others, was given a 29 month sentence at Oxford Crown Court.

The trial of a doctor accused of sexual assault and other offences has started at Oxford Crown Court. The alleged offences took place in 2008/9 at several surgeries including Bury Knowle.

The Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust faces paying out several million pounds compensation after a High Court ruling in favour of a claim for “failure of care” back in 1984 which left a man brain-damaged from birth. I wonder if the Trust pays or whether they have insurance?

I blogged about the Farmers’ Market which was held on Friday. @CompassBrewery and @Georgie_Cakes were there and on twitter.

A labrador called “Aurora” was reported missing in Headington.

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

  • Investigation of trial closure of residential roads in Highfield
  • 1,000 new houses for Barton?
  • Headington Library under threat of closure

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.