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 #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.

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