Headington Headlines #381

Your weekly round-up of local news for 13 – 19 August.

The City’s Executive Board agreed to introduce parking charges at Manor Place Farm, Marston (see HH380). The scheme now goes to the County for consideration and public consultation.

While the lower (western) section of Staunton Road is closed at Headley Way for Access to Headington work, SGN (Southern Gas Networks) is taking the opportunity to replace the gas mains in the road.

Oxonbike, the original bike rental scheme using docking stations, has closed blaming the emergence of the dockless bike schemes.

The mysteriously-disappearing planning application for an extension to the A&E Department at the JR Hospital has reappeared on the City Council’s website. Its reference number is 18/01851/FUL and the close of the consultation period has been put back to 15 September.

In other mysterious planning application news, the controversial Wychwood Lane development in Risinghurst lives on in a vegetative state. The ‘expiry date’ shown on the City’s website keeps being pushed back although nothing seems to be happening. The previous time I looked the date was 31 August; now it’s 15 September. The application itself was strangely omitted from the list of ‘forthcoming applications’ on the East Area Planning Committee’s agenda earlier this month. Is the new expiry date set to allow for the next EAPC meeting on 5 September, I wonder?

Another report of a sliced bike stand in Headington. Be careful where you leave your bikes!

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

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

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 #224

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 20 – 26 July.

The Post Office is definitely moving to the Co-op.

The Headington Shark’s fame has spread as far as India. It features in a list of “Unusual monuments around the world you have not heard of” in India Today (link c/o @RuthWilk).

The Marston Meatshop is going to become a greengrocer. Shame about the spelling.

Marston meat shop is becoming a greengrocer! pic.twitter.com/OKJQdOZXqt

— Stuart Bryant (@amigastu) July 22, 2015

Some new wooden posts with cryptic signs have appeared in Headington Hill Park. Apparently they are part of a scheme by @runengland to promote running and jogging.

Retirement home Douglas Veale House in Trafford Road has joined twitter @DouglasVealsHse.

Old Marston Parish Council @OldMarstonPC has published its comments on Access to Headington on its facebook page.

The @Oxonbike station at the Churchill is open and operational.

Headington Farmers’ market opened on Saturday for the first time. It will be weekly, every Saturday, from now on.

For the first time since Headington Headlines started the were no posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week:

I 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.