Headington Headlines #79

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 24 – 30 September —

A meeting of the North-East Area Forum focussing on the Oxford City Cycle Plan was held on Monday 24 September.

Martin Young’s appeal on 29 Old High Street was dismissed and the city council was awarded costs.

@thrivebarton‘s fundraising Allotment Dinner was reported in the Oxford Mail. MP Andrew Smith attended in support.

Greenpeace posted a video on their facebook page of last Saturday’s protest outside the Shell petrol station on the London Road. My tweeted link didn’t work; this one does.

The public consultation on @WindmillOxford‘s plan to become three-form entry is open until 22 October. The County’s School Organisation & Planning Officer says

“The county council wish as many parents of preschool children as possible in the Headington area to be aware of this, as obviously it will affect numbers of children able to be admitted to the school in future years. All details on the site above.”

Water supplies in Risinghurst were interrupted for a few hours on Wednesday morning, apparently due to a problem with the pumps. About 100 properties were said to have been affected.

There was a burglary in Trafford Road, Headington on Wednesday. 3 laptops, jewellery and a camera were stolen.

EF language school @EFOxford joined twitter in August but I only found out about it when @headingtonnews tweeted their name. I hope this might lead to the school interacting more with the local community – something I’ve written about before (here and here) – but so far they haven’t been very active and their tweets have been limited to student-oriented matters.

Ruskin College have finally moved out of their Walton Street site and are now 100% Headington based in advance of the official opening of the new buildings which I think is on 27 October.

I wrote a short blog article (with pictures) about the appearance of the new Dorset House.

A Forum on education policy in Oxfordshire was held in New Marston Primary School on Thursday. Leader of Oxon CC @Ian Hudspeth and Melinda Tilley (of whom I have spoken before) were there.

My favorite Headington-related tweet this week:

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

  • Problems with cycling provision
  • Litter bin in Bury Knowle Park that (or which) sends emails
  • Proposed Changes To Holy Trinity Church
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.