Headington Headlines #97

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 28 January – 3 February.

An unpleasant aggravated burglary involving an attack with petrol took place on Monday morning at the Corner House pub on the corner of Hollow Way and Horspath Driftway. @TVP_Oxford appeals for information.

There was a multi-vehicle collision on the eastbound A40 between Marston and Headington on Thursday morning.

New shelters were installed over the ticket machines in Headington car park.

Oxford Scribes’ calligraphy exhibition opened in Bury Knowle Library. It’s on until 11 February.

Holy Trinity Church (Headington Quarry) issued a press release announcing a decision not to proceed with the proposed extension and agreeing in principle to interior changes subject to further design work.

Tesco put up some fencing on the old Friar pub site on Marston Road and started a local row because it encroached on public land. Cllr Roy Darke took up the case and the offending fencing will be moved back (see this message and earlier posts).

@Ruskin_college has applied to extend the validity of its planning permission for new student accommodation blocks. Permission was granted three years ago but shortage of funds means no work has started. The extension appeal will be heard at the East Area Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday.

Headington Went Strictly on Saturday in a fund-raiser for @CLIC_Sargent.

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

  • power fluctuations
  • Long-stay charging to begin at Park and Ride
  • Empty shops in Headington
  • 2 new shops in Marston?
  • The Friar, Marston Road
  • Can anyone suggest a good window cleaner?
  • Pullen’s Lane due to be closed today
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.