Headington Headlines #319

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

I’ve updated my list of election hustings of interest to Oxford East voters. Please let me know of  any others, or if you hear of any candidates confirming they’ll be there who aren’t already listed.

After The Slade, the next phase of Access to Headington will be Headley Way and Cherwell Drive. There’s a public exhibition of the planned works on Monday 5 June at Northway Community Centre, Dora Carr Close, between 2.00 and 6.00pm.

A young woman pedestrian suffered ‘life threatening’ injuries in a traffic accident on the A40 near Headington Roundabout on Friday morning. The air ambulance attended but the casualty was taken by road to the JR hospital. The A40 eastbound was closed for about an hour.

Zippo’s Circus, which was due to make its regular visit to South Park at the end of June, has cancelled. It seems there’s another circus booked in the University Parks immediately beforehand.

Kids of all ages in Marston have a brand new zip wire to play on. It’s in Croft Road Recreation Ground, and has been a pet project of Independent Councillor Mick Haines.

An HMO in Holley Crescent, also available for short-term let on AirBnB, has been labelled a ‘death trap’. The owner is already in trouble with the City’s Environmental Health Department.

The man arrested for the murder in February (see HH 305) of Domingos Ramalho in Windmill Road pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court.

The change-of-use application for the ex-Connell’s Estate Agents to become a hot food takeaway (see HH 311) has been approved.

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

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

  • Frontier Estates Multiple Site London Road / Barton Road
  • Travellers

Headington Headlines #253

Your weekly round-up of local news for 8 – 14 February.

There’s a brief energy project round-up here. All my posts about the project are under the ‘Energy Project’ tab in the main menu, and there’s a page of links and contact details here.

Copse Lane, Marston will be closed east of Eden Drive from today (Monday) to Friday for construction of a pedestrian crossing.

Waitrose has submitted a planning application (ref: 15/03655/FUL) to put out tables & chairs on its Old High Street frontage.

A Barton man was sentenced to 6 years in jail for an assault with a bottle in March last year.

The group that runs the Tyndale School off Barracks Lane is interested in opening a new free primary school in Headington. I wrote a background piece about it.

@Oxonbike is going to add 16 electric bikes to its fleet this Spring. They say “Funding has been provided by the Dept of Transport and Oxford University to trial the interest and use of rental e-bikes within the scheme.” (And is ‘fleet’ the right term for a corporate set of bikes?)

Finders Keepers removed their advertising hoarding from the corner of Latimer Road after planning enforcement action.

A man from Headington was killed in an accident on the M40 near Banbury on the night of Sunday 7 February.

An enforcement notice has been served on the owner of 14 Sandfield Road requiring the fence to be lowered and the site cleared of excess materials.

Windmill Primary School @WindmillOxfordwas given an “outstanding” rating by Ofsted after an inspection last June.

A ‘small fire‘ at Oxford Brookes’ Abercrombie Building on Thursday evening became a ‘blaze‘ by the time the news reached @TheOxfordMail.

The two people arrested in connection with the Lloyd’s Bank robbery (see HH 250) appeared in Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with robbery.

Also on Friday a person riding a bike was taken to hospital in a “serious but not life-threatening condition” after someone hit them with a car.

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

  • Disruption
  • Tower block refurbishment
  • Empty ground-floor premises in Headington centre

Headington Headlines #244

The weekly round-up of local news for 6 – 12 December.

Welcome to my new-look blog! I hope it’s easier to find what you’re looking for. You can comment on the most recent posts – see the About page if you can’t see how to do that.

The first meeting for the general public to hear about the Hospital Energy Project happened on Wednesday. My report is here. There’s more discussion on the e-democracy forum under the thread ‘Disruption‘.

I’ve also posted the latest schedule of road closures. It doesn’t include the work on London Road and Old Road.

Oxford City Council has approved a £2m flood alleviation scheme for Marston and Northway.

The Latimer Road planning application for student accommodation, which was rejected by the East Area Planning Committee last week, is being referred to the Council’s Planning Review Committee. Although I haven’t yet seen official confirmation I understand it will go to the meeting on 27 January 2016, at 6:00pm in the Town Hall.

There was a collision between a car and an ambulance on the Headington roundabout on Wednesday morning.

Private residents in Northway & Wood Farm tower blocks will have to pay £40,000–£60,000 each towards refurbishments.

A devastating report into Southern Health NHS Trust, who ran the centre in Slade Park where Connor Sparrowhawk died while having a bath, says the Trust “failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1,000 people since 2011”. The ‘Southern Health’ tag on the right links to earlier mentions in the development of this sad story.

Here’s one of the weirdest Headington mentions I’ve ever come across. Look at the web page but PLEASE DON’T CLICK on any link there – I can’t believe it’s safe!

Mick Haines, campaigning independent local councillor for Marston, seen here without his trademark leather jacket, has joined the fight to stop the demolition of the Jack Russell pub and the site being used for new flats.

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

  • Disruption
  • Free water, energy and money-saving offer
  • Housing
  • Tower block refurbishment