Headington Headlines #392

Your weekly round-up of local news for 29 October – 4 November.

Police are appealing for information after two burglaries and an attempted third in Merewood Avenus, Sandhills, the weekend before last (27/28 October).

@ProperEllipsis reports that The Somerset in Marston is going to re-open.

The East Area Planning Committee, which meets on Wednesday this week, is being recommended to give planning permission to the expansion of the A&E facilities at the JR Hospital.

The same meeting is being recommended to refuse an application by developers Frontier (they of Beech House notoriety) for permission to build a 55-bed care home at 1 Pullens Lane. The relevant report is 36 pages long, but I’ve extracted the ‘Reasons for Refusal’ section which you can read here.

Construction of the new Ronald McDonald House at the JR will start in December. It will provide free accommodation for families whose children are undergoing treatment at Oxford Children’s Hospital. It is expected to open in summer 2020.

Brookes Restaurant @OBRestaurant was awarded a five-star rating in its latest ‘Scores on the Doors’ food hygiene inspection.

The Oxford Mail published a gallery of old black-and-white photographs of life in Headington.

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Headington Headlines #389

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

The city council is expected to award a contract next week for a total of seven bungalows to be built at two sites – Mortimer Drive in Marston and Bracegirdle Road in Wood Farm. They will be owned by the council and let at social rents. The new homes will be built off-site (I think we used to call these ‘prefabs’ a long time ago) by a specialist contractor. The Council’s report says they “will be the first delivered in Oxford under the recently signed housing deal attracting £55,000 per home, greatly reducing the cost of their provision to the Council”.

The BP petrol station at the Headley Way/Cherwell Drive junction was out of petrol for several days. Delivery trucks couldn’t get onto the site because of Access to Headington works. Ironic, some might say.

There was a distraction burglary, or attempted burglary, on Friday last week (5 October) in Mattock Close. Three men got entry after one said he was from ‘the water board’.

A memorial bench to ‘one of the best-known Irishmen in Oxford’, Billy Munnelly, has been installed in the Croft Road recreation ground in Marston.

The planning application to build two houses fronting onto Woodlands Road (see HH364) has been refused. The Notice of Refusal sets out the reasons – basically trying to squeeze too much into an unsuitable site.

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Headington Headlines #374

Your weekly round-up of local news for 25 June – 1 July .

The full list of candidates for the Headington Ward by-election on 19 July has been published. The candidates are:

  • Stef Garden (LibDem)
  • Georgina Gibbs (Con)
  • Ray Hitchins (Green)
  • Simon Ottino (Lab)

The local free magazine Headington Monthly is changing ownership. Nick Alnatt has handed over to Steven Pilcher; Steven has been working with Nick on the magazine for a while.

The Green Road closure for sewer repairs which had made access to and from Risinghurst difficult was lifted on Thursday.

The new @Oxford_PickMeUp bus-on-demand service is up and running in the Eastern Arc of Oxford. @ianpinnell tried it and gives it the thumbs up – here’s his review.

There was a burglary at Finders Keepers on London Road on Tuesday. Two people got in through an insecure back door at 4.30pm and stole two handbags. The got away in a black Peugeot 206 which was parked on Old High Street. Police are appealing for witnesses and information.

People who use the park and playground at the bottom of Sandfield Road are upset about the number of cigarette butts dropped inside the park gates which lead from the grounds of the JR. It seems the warm dry weather is encouraging more smokers to get out into the open for a cigarette break.

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