Headington Headlines #403

Your weekly round-up of local news for 21 – 27 January.

As Thames Valley Police struggle with funding cuts and raise the precept by £24 next year, the Marston/Northway police office which has been under threat of closure has had a reprieve, at least for the time being. The office in Barton and one in Brookes are both safe. The Oxford Mail has a full list.

À propos of which, does anyone know if there is indeed a police office on the @oxford_brookes campus? @Headingtonnews says it used to be on the Headington Hill site, but is it still there?

In other ‘Things Not Closing’ news, Headington’s branch of Santander Bank is not one of the ones being closed under the bank’s latest cost-cutting exercise.

Police are appealing for imformation about a break-in in Fortnam Close off Headley Way sometime overnight on 22/23 January. The thieves broke the patio doors to get in and steal cash.

There were no new posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week.

Headington Headlines #398

Your weekly round-up of local news for 10 – 16 December.

You know Christmas is just around the corner when @TheMasonsArmsHQ announces the Boxing Day Morris Mummers Play arrangements.

Pizzas, burgers, quizzes and live music are all planned for the Somerset pub in Marston if the people behind The Rusty Bicycle and Rickety Press complete their take-over deal. We must wait and see if they keep to their theme and rename it The Ramshackle Somerset.

Police have been issuing warnings to motorists using Elms Drive, Marston as a rat-run to avoid the Headley Way roadworks. £50 fines are threatened.

Following a public exhibition last Monday the city council has opened a consultation about the redevelopment of Underhill Circus in Barton. The consultation is via an online questionnaire. You have to register, or login if you’ve registered for consultations before.

Plowman’s Tower in Northway now has security guards to counter hooliganism and anti-social behaviour that has been ‘making residents’ lives hell’. CCTV is also being installed here and at Forester’s Tower in Wood Farm.

There were no new posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week.

Headington Headlines #388

Your weekly round-up of local news for 1 – 7 October .

In an incident that will play into the hands of the anti-Barton Park campaigners in Northway, a 13 year old boy was injured three weeks ago when he was hit by a car at the new light-controlled crossing on the A40. The car driver didn’t stop and the police are belatedly asking for witnesses or information.

A new Couch to 5k programme started on Thursday at Bury Knowle Park. It’s probably not too late to join in; this well-established programme is designed to get you fit with a gentle progression up to running 5 kilometres.

I went to see A2Dominion’s pre-application exhibition of their plans to redevelop the Ivy Lane flats at the JR and to build some new accommodation on Churchill Drive. My brief report is here.

A small scheme (planning ref: 18/01964/FUL) to widen the access to Headington School from Headley Way was approved this week. The wider opening will mean vehicles can drive in from Headley Way without having to wait on the road if another vehicle is trying to get out. The drawing below, submitted as part of the planning application, seems to show that the changed layout won’t interfere with the new cycle track to be built as part of Access to Headington.

Widening access from Headley Way
Widening access from Headley Way
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The papers have been published for the Planning Review Committee meeting on Monday 15 October to review the refusal of planning permission for the Swan School. The recommendation is to overturn the earlier decision and grant permission.

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

  • Swan school planning application review