Headington Headlines #354

Your weekly round-up of local news for 22 – 28 January.

The County Council has published a road closure notice in connection with the postponed Access to Headington work on Headley Way. It gives a start date of 12 February. According to @RuthWilk the work will go ahead if the Oxfordshire Growth Board agrees (and finds the money) on 1 Feb.

Churchill Ward Councillor Susan Brown @SusanBr86682854 has been elected as the new leader of Oxford City Council. She will take up her post as Bob Price retires next month. Linda Smith @LabLinda75, Blackbird Leys, is Deputy Leader elect.

Oxford Brookes published their plans for a development of 350 homes on their Wheatley Campus site. The site is in South Oxfordshire DC. They have applied for outline planning permission (ref P17/S4254/O); follow the link to see the documents and comments.

Illustrative layout
Illustrative layout
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It turned out that the tortoise found at Cheney School last week was none other than Tallulah, reported missing from a house on Old Road six months ago. Her incredible 322 metre journey made the national press.

A temporary building was installed in front of the A&E Department at the JR on Sunday. It will accommodate a GP surgery aiming to filter out arrivals who do not need full hospital treatment.

Bill Heine collected his Certificate of Merit on friday.

The latest set of nominations for the City’s Heritage Asset Register has been published and is open for public consultation. OX3 is well represented in this batch – details here.

I wrote a piece about a marketing shot that has gone round locally from Pharmacy2U which tries to persuade you to order your repeat prescriptions through them. I invite you to read the article before deciding whether or not to use them.

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

  • How do we get County to fix this ongoing flooding?
  • Reply re Barton park
  • Beech House
  • Concerns re parking prices in Headington

Heritage Asset Register nominations

The City’s Heritage Asset Register (HAR) covers those parts of the environment that we value for their historic, archaeological, artistic and architectural interest. Many locally valued assets are not listed buildings, conservation areas or scheduled ancient monuments. By keeping an HAR the Council can manage them through their planning policies.

The next tranche of nominations for the Oxford HAR has been published and will be open for public consultation from next week. Here are the places in OX3 that are being considered:

  • 8th Oxford (Headington) Scout Hut, (formerly All Saints Mission Chapel)
  • All Saints Church, Lime Walk
  • Church of St Francis of Assisi, Hollow Way
  • Cuckoo Lane
  • Hillsboro, No. 14 Holyoake Road (Former home of C S Lewis and Mrs Moore)
  • No. 18 Windsor Street and 6 Perrin Street (former New Headington Infant School)
  • No. 85 (All Saints Vicarage), Old Road, South side
  • South Park
  • The Somerset Public House, Marston Road
  • Warneford Meadow

You can find the complete list of nominations including links to the nomination forms, and a link to the Register as it currently stands on the Council website.

The Council says:

The online consultation will be available for comment from 29th January until 26th February via our website. Alternatively, if you wish to submit comments on a nomination in writing, please send it to Planning Policy, Oxford City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, 109 St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS by 1st March so that these can be presented to the Planning Committees. Hard copies of the nomination forms are available at the Customer Service Centre at the Oxford City Council Offices, St. Aldates.

Pharmacy2U repeat prescription service

A flyer was delivered by post to my house the other day inviting the recipient to sign up to a repeat prescription service called Pharmacy2U. I’m always suspicious about services which appear to be part of the NHS, so I thought I’d do a bit of digging.

I’m not a doctor and I don’t have any special knowledge or expertise in healthcare, so I’m not going to advise you whether or not to use this service. But if you’re considering it you might like to think about these things before making your decision.

  1. Although the flyer mentions the local surgeries (including the now closed Richards Medical Centre) Pharmacy2U is nothing to do with them. My own surgery tells me some of their patients use it; it is a matter of choice, and the surgery does not advise either way.
  2. Pharmacy2U is a so-called ‘Internet Pharmacy’ and is based in Leeds. You can authorise them to manage your repeat prescriptions. Your surgery can send your prescriptions to them electronically using the NHS Electronic Prescription Service, and Pharmacy2U will send your medication to you by post.
  3. If you sign up to this service any previous prescription arrangements you had will stop, so you won’t be able to get your prescription filled at a local pharmacy.
  4. Pharmacy2U was fined £130,000 in 2015 for selling patients’ names and addresses. These details were bought by an Australian lottery company and a health supplements firm.
  5. In a report published in June 2017 Tte Care Quality Commission found Pharmacy2U provided “caring, and responsive services but not safe, effective or well led services”. See also this article on the CQC report. Pharmacy2U say they are “implementing the improvements suggested by the CQC”.
  6. The Daily Express has been critical of Pharmacy2U’s marketing, saying it is confusing patients.
  7. If you like to order your repeat prescriptions online you can do so by registering for the Electronic Prescription Service at your local surgery and arrange to collect your medication from your local pharmacy.

As I said, any decision is up to you. You may feel it would be very convenient to have your medication delivered by post. But if you also think that having local pharmacies is a good thing you might like to support them by using them. Many, including the Rowlands Pharmacy at the Manor in Osler Road, and Boots, offer a delivery service to your door if you find it difficult to get to the pharmacy. Both these companies operate an internet service with postal delivery too, so there’s a wider choice out there than just Pharmacy2U.