Headington Headlines #120

Here’s my weekly round-up of local news for 8 – 14 July.

According to @TheOxfordMail some local residents are annoyed about the amount of green space developers must leave when they build houses on the Barton Road cricket site. They think there’s too much.

A woman was taken to hospital with serious burns when a house caught fire in Bernwood Road, Barton on Wednesday. It is thought the fire started in an adjacent caravan and spread to the house. Police are investigating the cause.

Sainsbury’s has applied for an alcohol licence for the shop which at the moment is still Peacocks.

The Fairview Inn on Glebelands (between the Churchill and The Slade) has been designated an Asset of Community Value by @OxfordCity. As I reported in May the pub is in the process of being sold to an undisclosed buyer after being advertised as “having alternative use potential”. Asset of Community Value status gives locals a six-month hold on the sale to give them a chance to come up with the funds to buy the property themselves. See the Save the Fairview website for the latest information.

A woman had her handbag stolen in Bury Knowle Park on Thursday 4 July. Police are appealing for information.

I’m told a nail bar has opened in the shop that was Oxford Design (London Road, near Dominos) on Sunday.

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

  • Plans for the new Barton estate now available
  • Headington Neighbourbood Plan and the Wood Farm area
  • New Headington bus routes
  • Disabled access to Headington Library
  • Noise in Quarry
  • School transport in and around Headington
I try to 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.