Headington Headlines #377

Your weekly round-up of local news for 16 – 22 July .

The LibDems held Headington Ward in the by-election on Thursday. The new councillor is Stef Garden @SGarden13. Full results here.

Here’s a feel-good story in @TheOxfordMail about the new mural in the Marston underpass.

A man was racially abused and assaulted in Bury Knowle Park at about 7pm on Saturday 14 July. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Responding to this incident, a group called Oxford Stand Up to Racism with support from Oxford Labour organised a rally in Bury Knowle Park on Sunday. Oxford East MP Anneliese Dodds and local councillor Martyn Rush gave speeches.

The Further Education Commission, an arm of the Dept for Education, has issued a critical report on Ruskin College. A history of poor financial performance over the past several years coupled with shortcomings in administrative staffing and systems has led to the possibility of Ruskin having to merge with another educational institution. The FEC’s report makes several recommendations which need to be implemented urgently.

Also from Ruskin College, my favourite Headington-related tweet this week:

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

  • No to racism in Bury Knowle Park – Community walk
  • Bath buildings Headington

Headington Ward By-election Results

Here are the results of the by-election in Headington Ward following the resignation of LibDem Councillor Ruth Wilkinson.

Headington Ward by-election results
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Anyone anticipating a surprise will be disappointed. Although turnout was  a little lower than in May (36.6% compared with 42.4%) the parties’ shares of the vote were almost identical, although the Conservative’s Georgina Gibbs did manage to take a 2% share off the Green’s non-campaigning paper candidate Ray Hitchins. A strong case of déja vu!

Headington Headlines #376

A little later than usual and with a strong educational slant, here is your weekly round-up of local news for 9 – 15 July .

The head teacher for the Swan School has been appointed despite the school not yet having planning permission. She is Kay Wood, currently vice principal of teaching and learning at The City Academy in Hackney. The planning application for the school won’t now be considered by the City Council before September at the earliest.

The Marston underpass mural by pupils and friends of St Nicholas Primary was finished this week. These pictures were taken during the final few days.

Mural painting in progress
Mural painting in progress
Marston underpass mural
Marston underpass mural

The Triangle Nursery, Oxford University’s nursery on the Old Road Campus, was awarded a 5-star rating (the highest) in a recent food hygiene inspection.

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

  • Travelling to London from Headington
  • New day trip from Headington to South Sea planned
  • CoWheels
  • Headington Art Exhiition
  • Cycling Proficiency