Your weekly round-up of local news for 18 – 24 March.
A newborn baby boy was found in a toilet in the JR Hospital on Monday. Police launched an appeal to help find the mother; she was later found and was looked after by the hospital. Mother and baby were later said to be doing well.
The work to make a surfaced path along Cuckoo Lane between Franklin Road and Pullen’s Lane, originally due to start last Monday, will now start today (25 March). Local residents and councillors had a site meeting last Tuesday to discuss the project. This post on the e-democracy forum has a link to the notes of the meeting, with explanatory pictures.
Dora Carr Close in Northway is one of five Oxfordshire building projects nominated for the RIBA South region awards 2019. All five are in Oxford itself. The regional winners will be chosen in May; the winners go forward for a National award, and from among those the Sterling Prizewinner is selected. To many people’s surprise, Westgate is one of the other nominated developments.
Hundreds of flyers for Society Hair Studio, of New Road in the city centre, were found dumped on the C S Lewis nature reserve in Risinghurst.
The Oxford Mail reports that house-builders Redrow have revealed their designs for the second phase of Barton Park. The company was given the job in February last year (see HH355). As I write this I haven’t seen the details; Redrow are best known for their very traditional designs but I have heard suggestions that their Barton Park development will be more in keeping with a modern-looking development.
Plans for the latest addition to Oxford University’s Old Road Campus will be on show on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February. This is the new Institute for Developmental and Regenerative Medicine which will employ over 200 researchers. The exhibition is in Boundary Brook House on Churchill Drive, 4 – 7pm on Friday and 10 – 1 on Saturday.
It looks like Latimer Road is once again going to be the site of parking woes:
INCREASED PARKING PRESSURE IN HIGHFIELD AREA
St Lukes on Latimer Road has advised that their car park will be closed for six weeks from Monday (4th Feb) due to the construction of underground tanks. There will also be higher noise levels at times from the construction work.
Headington seems to have an outbreak of door-to-door fish salesmen; whether it’s one group or several isn’t clear. While they may or may not be legitimate there’s always a worry about where the fish comes from, whether it’s been legally caught, and what recourse a buyer would have if it was sub-standard. Caveat emptor. Thanks to @ox_tale, @Howard_S, @JPDoy and @RobonaBike for information.
The long-running refurbishment of the Barton Community Centre drags on, with local residents reported to be unhappy about work on the site being left in an unsafe state.
My favourite Headington-related tweet:
Despite the challenge of snow and ice, outpatient appointments are going ahead today.
Your weekly round-up of local news for 3 – 9 September .
1970s Norwegian speedway star Dag Lövaas who rode for Oxford Rebels in 1975 is appearing at @TheAmpleforth in Risinghurst on Friday this week (14th).
The controversial planning application for the new Swan School in Marston was rejected by the East Area Planning Committee on Wednesday. You can be sure this won’t be the end of the story! There’s a good write-up by @OxMailSophieG in the Oxford Mail.
It’s becoming a habit. The Headington Beer Festival at @TheMasonsArmsHQ had, er, run out of beer by Sunday morning. The perils of success!