Headington Headlines #318

Your weekly round-up of local news for 15 – 21 May.

As the heatpipe work on Churchill Drive draws near to an end, the Access to Headington works on The Slade are causing severe delays. The Hospitals Trust is advising people to allow an hour to get to the Churchill and find a parking place.

On Tuesday Prince Charles was in OX3 opening the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on Marston Road, and Camilla paid a visit to Maggie’s at the Churchill. She probably got a parking space without waiting.

Bayard’s Hill Primary School in Barton was closed on Monday because of a power and water system failure. It was closed, then re-opened, closed again, and finally opened fully on Thursday.

We had more rain on Wednesday than in the whole of April. Warneford Lane was one of the places hit by flooding.

Still no movement on the planning application to build next to the C S Lewis Nature Reserve in Risinghurst. The story has been picked up by Private Eye, but there’s nothing in the article that we didn’t already know.

It looks like Frontier Estates are still in the business of turning Headington into a Student World Theme Park. They have apparently been trying to find people interested in selling their houses at the east end of London Road and in Barton Road. The story is on the e-democracy forum.

The Children’s Air Ambulance charity shop was broken into on Thursday/Friday night and was closed on Friday. The charity is appealing for any information.

Don’t forget Queen Street is closed to buses again, with the 8 and 9 city centre stops moved to that very inconvenient spot down St Aldates. Also the stop for outbound local buses in Headington shops has moved to outside Ladbrokes while Thames Water do some work opposite the usual stop.

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

  • More Headington heat pipes?
  • Dog attack
  • Eight special Headington gardens open on Sunday
  • Frontier Estates Multiple Site London Road / Barton Road

Headington Headlines #289

Your weekly round-up of local news for 24 – 30 October.

The planning application for the Stansfeld site is now on the Council’s website (ref: 16/02618/FUL). Comments are open until Saturday 19 November.

Headington has one less charity shop. The CLIC Sargent shop next to HSBC has closed and the premises are up for lease.

@TheAmpRevival are having an open Community Meeting this coming Friday 4 November at 6.30pm in the Risinghurst Community Centre where they are re-launching their share offer. Also don’t forget @TiagosFishChips fish ‘n’ chips van is outside The Amp weekly every Tuesday from 5 – 9pm.


The British Legion, whose members used to stand at the entrance to the JR on Headley Way to pay their respects to soldiers being repatriated after dying in Afghanistan, planted 456 daffodils at the corner on Friday. That’s one for each fatality in that campaign. The corner is informally known as the “Final Turn”.

Oxford University have agreed to set aside their plan to divert the Science Transit Shuttle buses via Lime Walk and Stapleton Road. However, they say they will keep their options open in case Warneford Road/Old Road congestion gets worse.

I posted an article giving more details of a planning application to build a mix of apartments, parking spaces and a new access road on land next to the C S Lewis nature reserve in Risinghurst which has attracted local opposition. See the application and comments on the Council’s website (ref: 16/02549/FUL). The comments are mostly, but not exclusively, against the development. There is also a petition asking the Council to reject the application. The application is open for comments until Monday 14 November.

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

  • Oxford Winter Cycle Safety
  • Lye Valley Issues
  • Building next to C S Lewis nature reserve
  • Time Oxford had congestion charging
  • Apple juicer

Headington Headlines #47

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 23 – 29 January —

It looks as though Headington is getting another charity shop. Sue Ryder has submitted planning application 12/00126/ADV for Clovers.

A man from Toot Hill Butts, along with another man, was charged with a burglary at the Oxford Union.

There was a fire at The Bricklayers Arms in Old Marston on Friday: arson is suspected. The pub is empty and has been boarded up since it closed in 2010. Planning permission has been given to build houses on the site. The story made it onto the local BBC TV news.

Headington’s @RyeStAntony School senior netball team whopped Magdalen College School 13-4 in a match last week.

This map shows the location of some of the places mentioned in this report.

My favorite Headington-related tweet this week:

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

  • Shocking acknowledgement of the extent of the housing crisis in Oxford
  • Royal Mail customer services
  • Library
  • Headington Focus meeting on cycling is NOT today!
  • Church Bells in Ferry Rd, Marston

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.