Cleaning up the tennis courts

Algae on the tennis courts

Algae on the tennis courts

We’ve been asked about the state of the tennis courts in Bury Knowle Park, and have received this advice from officers.

The problem is with the algae growth.

We have had a lot of problems this year due to the wet and warm winter. This has led to similar conditions on most of our courts and tennis and play areas across the UK.

The courts are mechanically brushed twice a year and sprayed with an anti-algae agent as needed. The latest controls on chemicals, mean that many chemicals used for treatment have now been withdrawn. It is difficult to find a chemical that deals effectively with the algae.

We are working with the LTA and Premier Tennis to see what we can do to improve matters. Blowers to remove leaves and brushes have been purchased and supplied to Premier Tennis on site to assist with keeping the courts clean.

Noise nuisance – how to report it

You can report the following noise complaints to the City Council:

  • Noisy neighbours (loud music, parties, alarms, DIY at unreasonable hours)
  • Anti-social neighbours (shouting, arguing, door slamming)
  • Noise from commercial premises (entertainment, ventilation systems, alarms).
  • Noise from industrial premises (factories, construction sites, demolition, alarms)
  • Noise in the street (car alarms or loud stereos, ice cream vans, busking and street entertainment)
  • Animals (barking dogs or other noisy animals)
  • College Balls

1) Report it online at any time or ring the main City Council number on 01865 249811 if it is office hours. The night-time noise nuisance team works at the following hours and will pick up reported complaints:

Monday to Wednesday – 11pm to 1am
Thursday and Sunday – 11pm to 2am
Friday and Saturday – 11pm to 4am

2) If the complaint is related to Oxford Brookes University, please ring the Community Engagement Office and leave a message on 01865 484451 with details regarding the incident or send an email to; the office will respond in the morning (or Monday if called/emailed during the weekend) If an incident occurs during daytime on weekdays, they can contact us directly (using the same details as above).

3) Contact the PCSO’s (Police Community Support Officers) calling 101 unless lives are at risk, in which case ring 999.


New local plan for Oxford – please send in your views!

Oxford City Council is taking its first steps towards producing a new Local Plan for Oxford. The Oxford Local Plan 2036 will become the main planning policy document for Oxford. The Local Plan is important because it will shape how Oxford develops. It will set out how the city will look and feel,  and guide new developments to the right locations whilst protecting and improving the environment and people’s quality of life.
This First Steps consultation offers the chance to give your opinion on the issues you think the Local Plan should address, and the ways it might address those issues.

Please click on the website to see background papers on key issues, a sustainability appraisal scoping report and a consultation booklet that poses some questions.

You can also get a booklet and have the opportunity to raise questions with a planning policy officer at tomorrow’s Ward Focus Meeting

Tuesday 28 June

Headington Prep School main hall, London Road



We have asked an officer to come to the ward focus meeting so that Headington residents get the chance to learn more about the Local Plan and give their comments in the local area (community events at which the officers will engage with the public are in other parts of the City)

Access to Headington – financial costs

County Cllr Roz Smith sent in a question about costs to the Cabinet member for Transport. The answer to this question has been published on the County’s website, and is worded as follows.

Councillor Roz Smith

“Access to Headington project – a question about costs

Please could the Cabinet Member give further details on costs relating to the Project:

  • expenditure to date on consultants/consultancy work
  • approximate costs for the proposed raised pedestrian entry treatments recommended by officers
  • approximate financial savings generated from changes to the original proposals made after consultation as per the officer’s report & recommendations
  • approximate costs for the changes to the double mini-roundabouts and junctions in Headley Way, and the changes to the mini roundabout junction into the JR Hospital?”


Response by Cabinet Member for Environment

“The information you requested is set out below.

  • Expenditure to date on consultants/consultancy work – £517,000
  • Approximate costs for the proposed raised pedestrian entry treatments recommended by officers – £6,000 – £8,000 per treatment. Actual cost depends on the amount of drainage work required. Cost also includes traffic management.
  • Approximate financial savings generated from changes to the original proposals made after consultation as per the officer’s report & recommendations – no savings have been made by changing theproposals; in fact there is an additional cost for the provision of the retaining wall on the western side of Headley Way which is estimated to cost £246,243. The additional costs will be funded from the existing project budget. 
  • Approximate costs for the changes to the double mini-roundabouts and junctions in Headley Way -£2.5m (including public realm improvements)
  • Approximate costs to changes to the mini roundabout junction into the JR Hospital – £845,000

Costs may change as the detailed design process continues, but these are the latest estimates we have.”


Supplementary question from Councillor Roz Smith

“I note it’s estimated that for every £1 spent there would be a benefit of £3.50 but how would that be monitored and by who.”

Response by Cabinet Member

“Essentially there is a required minimum level of value for money which is part of the agreement for the scheme along with a requirement for before and after monitoring.”

What sort of city do you want Oxford to be by 2036?

At next Tuesday’s Ward Focus meeting, Richard Wyatt from the City Council will be asking our residents important questions about Oxford’s future, including:

  • what sort of homes should be provided?
  • are more student halls of residence needed? More homes for older people? More affordable homes for key workers?
  • should blocks of housing be taller in order to provide a greater density of accommodation in some places?

Also at next week’s meeting, Rob Fowler from the Planning Department will come along to answer questions on the planning process relating to the latest energy pipe application, provided that application has been validated in time.

We shall also tackle hot topics like how to get parking permits, and whether Windmill Road should have a 20 MPH limit.


Headington School, London Road

Tuesday 28 June

6:00-7:30 pm

All welcome.  And an Open Session too!

Police and Crime Commissioner public survey on policing and crime

PCC Anthony Stansfeld has launched a survey seeking feedback from residents of the Thames Valley on policing and crime.  The results of the survey will help inform the next Police and Crime Plan which is due to be published before March 2017.

The survey is hosted on the PCC website  It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and is open until 30 September 2016.  Anyone who is either living or working in the Thames Valley is eligible to complete it.

The survey also seeks the views from victims of crime with the aim of improving the victims experience.

Hard copies of the survey are also available on request by contacting the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01865 846780.