Headington Headlines #395

Your weekly round-up of local news for 19 – 25 November.

A man in his 40s was ‘repeatedly stabbed‘ by ‘a gang of youths’ in Wood Farm Road just before midnight on Thursday evening. Four young people in their teens were arrested. In what is thought to be a related incident a police cordon was put in place for a time on Windmill Road.

Here comes the rain again!

St Andrew’s Primary School Association @sasastandrews1 is holding a Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 2 December from 11am to 2.30pm.

Oxford City played well and made some chances but lost their FA cup home replay against Tranmere Rovers 0 -2 on Tuesday evening.

The man who became infamous as the “Headington door knocker”, scamming residents with a hard luck story and asking for money, was given a 32 week jail sentence suspended for 18 months by Oxford magistrates.

@TheAmpleforth in Risinghurst celebrated its first year since re-opening as a community pub.

A group of residents has put forward a proposal for restricting through traffic in Headington Quarry. The group, known as Filter the Quarry, wants to make the narrow streets safer and cleaner. Their website sets out the proposed scheme and the thinking behind it.

@HeadingtonPlan reports that resurfacing work at the junction of Windmill Road and Old Road will be carried out overnight starting today (Monday 26th November) for about 1 week. Access to and from Old Road will be restricted; diversion routes include Girdlestone Road and Gipsy Lane.

Headington’s Christmas lights will be switched on at 5pm on Friday 30 November outside Barclays Bank. There will be lights on five trees, a choir, mince pies, wine and the Lord Mayor – what could be finer?

Once again there were no active posts on the Headington & Marston e-democracy forum this week.

Headington Headlines #373

Your weekly round-up of local news for 18 – 24 June.

The advisory cycle tracks at the top end of Headley Way have been removed and the central white line shifted. ‘Cyclists Dismount’ signs appeared but after protests they were removed on Tuesday afternoon. The County highways engineers said they had been mistakenly left after some earlier work for which they were needed.

County Councillor Glynis Phillips (Barton, Sandhills & Risinghurst) is pressing for the right turn from the A40 into Collinwood Road to be re-opened for the duration of the sewer repair works which have closed Green Road. She says temporary traffic lights would prevent the kind of accidents which happened on the A40 before the junction was closed.

The closure of the Six Bells pub in Quarry is confirmed. Greene King are looking for new tenants.

Back in November last year, shortly after the new Westgate opened, I wrote a critical article about the lack of cycle parking spaces at the new development. I was sceptical about whether the promised number of spaces required under Westgate’s planning conditions would ever be provided. Now eight months later it seems the requirement might almost have been met. Exact numbers are still uncertain, but the Oxford Mail reports Cyclox as being fairly happy with the latest situation.

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

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Headington Headlines #371

Your weekly round-up of local news for 4 – 10 June.

Although the news broke in the previous week, Headington Headlines couldn’t ignore the decision by Ruth Wilkinson to stand down as a city councillor due to over-riding family reasons. Since I moved to Headington other Councillors have come and gone but Ruth has always been Councillor for my Ward. She has published a personal statement on her website. Whatever anyone’s political stance, no-one can deny that Ruth has been a hard-working and tireless councillor on behalf of ‘her’ Headington residents. She will be a hard act to follow and I give her my very best wishes as she devotes more time to her family caring responsibilites.

The three main parties have announced their candidates for the by-election triggered by Ruth’s resignation. The LibDem candidate is Stefanie Garden @SGarden13; Stefanie lives in Staunton Road and stood in St Mary’s Ward in May, coming fourth. Simon Ottino @SimonOttinotwit stands for Labour; Simon lives in Margaret Road and came second [edited from earlier incorrect version] in the recent city election for Headington Ward. The Conservatives are fielding Georgina Gibbs @Georgin54979582 (you’ll have to fix that twitter handle, Georgina) who lives in Saxon Way and ran for Headington Hill & Northway in May where she came third. The by-election will be on 19 July.

Old Marston Parish Council voted to oppose the planning application for the Swan School. One of several concerns is that cyclists using the Marston Ferry Road cycle track might lose priority, which of course would affect students heading for the Cherwell School.

The Local Government Boundary Commission has published its draft proposals for Ward boundary changes in Oxford. The proposals look to be close to those in the City Council’s cross-party recommendations published in March which I covered in HH 361. You can have your say; consultation closes on 13 August.

It looks like this is the end of Jacob’s Brasserie.

A decision by the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Oxford has ruled that the locally controversial extension to Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry should be allowed to go ahead.

A surface water flood believed to be from a burst water main in the grounds of Headington School caused bad flooding at the Headley Way London Road junction on Saturday.

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