Headington Headlines #69

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 9 – 15 July —

Headington School (@HeadingtonSch) won four gold, four silver and one bronze medal at the National Schools’ Regatta making it the top rowing school in the country. Rowers from the school formed a guard of honour for the Olympic torch in South Park on Monday.

Did you miss that? The Olympic Torch relay came to South Park on Monday.

The Shell station on the London Road was targeted by protesters opposing Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. @GreenpeaceOxford reported.

There’s a new web presence in the Barton development scene. Barton Oxford LLP is a joint venture between Grosvenor Developments Ltd and Oxford City Council – in other words they are the developers for the Barton West project. They have a new website at www.bartonoxford.org.uk.

There was a two-vehicle crash at Headington roundabout on Friday.

Holy Trinity Church (Headington Quarry) held their Summer Fete on Saturday and Churches Together in Headington held a Summer Fun Day in Bury Knowle Park the same day. [Did you notice how I managed not to put Summer in ironic quotes there?]

The Oxford City Heritage Assets Register project @OxfordHeritage joined twitter.

The Kennett Road litter bin finally got moved (it was obstructing the line-of-sight for cars entering the London Road). It’s now outside Blockbusters (picture c/o @headingtonnews).

There is another application (ref 12/01605/CT3) to convert Bury Knowle stables and barn into private dwellings. As always, headington.org.uk has the background and history of the buildings.

And in other planning news Martin Young has submitted a new application for 29 Old High Street. The application (ref. 12/01765/FUL) is for “Partial demolition of existing house and demolition of existing garages and outbuildings. Erection of two storey side and rear extension. Provision of new access, car parking and turning area. Rebuilding of stone boundary wall fronting Old High Street.”

My favorite Headington-related tweet this week:

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

  • Barton Area Action Plan: see what was submitted to Secretary of State
  • bus no. 13 route change today
  • Olympic Flame celebrations
  • Parking near Churchill Hospital?
  • Collinwood Road crossing of the A40.
  • Digest
  • Oxford Star Paper
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.