Headington Headlines #412

With regret, this will be the last Headington Headlines for the time being. A rather sudden change in family circumstances means I won’t be able to spend as much time at the computer as before, and this is one of the things that will have to go. I still plan to keep @TonyOX3 going on twitter, and I may post occasional articles of interest here too. So for now, thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow @HeadingtonNews, the Headington website, and the local e-democracy forum for all things Headington and OX3.

And for the last time for now, here is your weekly round-up of local news for 1 – 7 April.

Bill Heine, the sometimes controversial, always entertaining, and much loved broadcaster, journalist and installer of the Headington shark, died on Wednesday. I am glad to have known him, albeit slightly, and send condolences to his family and many friends.

The planning application for Frontier Estates’ speculative development of student accommodation and offices off Jack Straw’s Lane and Marston Road has appeared on the Council’s website. The reference is 19/00779/FUL and it consists of 107 documents. The application is open for comments unrtil 2 May. The story of Frontier Estates’ involvement in OX3 is here.

Pavement parking is a significant problem in Headinton so many people will be interested in the Commons Select Committee on Transport’s enquiry into it. The official web page with details of how to contribute is here.

It’s been confirmed that the new Swan School will open in September, though it will be in temporary buildings at the Cherwell School in Summertown.

27 April is the confirmed opening date for the renascent Somerset pub, which we must now call the Up In Arms.

Work officially started on the extension of the A&E Department at the JR Hospital.

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

    • Exhibition of Student housing proposals at 1-7 Jack Straws Lane and Marston road Frontier ESTates

Headington Headlines #399

Your weekly round-up of local news for 17 – 23 December.

@HeadingtonNews has all the Christmas and New Year opening times for the Headington supermarkets, rubbish collection days and transport arrangements.

Another closure, but of limited interest. I see that the private road from Sandfield Road which goes into the JR by the bus stops and car park will be closed to people on foot and on bikes for 24 hours from 0600 on 1 Jan to 0600 on 2 Jan.

Police are appealing for information and witnesses after a 12 year old girl was injured in ‘a collision between a car and a pedestrian’. It happened on Marston Road at around 5.10pm on Saturday 15 December.

Local residents will be relieved to know that construction work at the JR Hospital for the extended A&E Department and Ronald McDonald House will be suspended over the Christmas holiday.

The Kennett Road dental practice is going to double in size.

A meeting to discuss the intended closure of the Marston & Northway police office was called off, leaving the situation in limbo. If nothing happens to change things it will close in May next year.

The Wood Farm/Slade controlled parking zone (CPZ) has been approved by the County Council and will come into force shortly.

For a final OX3 festive experience, listen to the children of St Andrew’s School singing ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘The Song Of The Winter Wind’.

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

  • Possible new development adjacent to Barton Park
  • Survey On An Increase In Council Tax To Help Protect Operational Policing Is Launched

Wishing all readers a Merry Christmas however you celebrate it, and the hope of 2019 being a better year than the one now ending. Headington Headlines is taking a break, so the 400th edition will be out on 7 January.

Headington Headlines #390

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

If you’re affected by the overnight road closures around Headley Way/Cherwell Drive this post gives some more information about what’s going on.

Probably no-one was surprised that the Swan School planning permission was finally granted by the Planning Review Committee on Monday. The original reasons for refusal on strictly planning grounds were weak, and the objectors’ game was effectively lost when the County Council accepted the (in my view) dubious fudge over protecting cyclists on the Marston cycle path from motor vehicles crossing the path. On the plus side, Oxford needs more school places and realistically no other site was going to be found in a reasonable timescale.

Posh Fish was closed for a few days while they waited for new equipment to be delivered and installed. They’re open again now.

The proposed Controlled Parking Zone in Wood Farm, the plan for which first emerged in August (see HH379), has been announced by the County Council. You have until 16 November to send in your comments.

My favourite Headington-related tweet:

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