We asked the County Council to ensure the road diversions due to traffic works will not impede the Highfield Residents’ Association meze party and outdoor film showing on 16th September. Good news – the event will still go ahead – see letter to Lime Walk residents below. HRA had sought and been given permission to run the event well ahead of time, but that permission was given ahead of the date when the decision was made to facilitate construction works in Lime Walk and Old Road.
Dear Sir/ Madam
Re: Access to Headington – Churchill Drive, Old Road and Roosevelt Drive
We recently wrote to you to advise you that Lime Walk would be partially closed from the 11th September to facilitate the construction works on the Lime Walk Junction, Old Road and Churchill Drive. Due to the street party on All-Saints Road on 16th September we wanted to reassure you that the diversion route will be temporarily suspended that weekend to allow access and egress on the Lime Walk/Old Road junction via temporary traffic lights. All other elements of the works will remain the same.
We appreciate this work can be disruptive and we thank you for your patience throughout. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the project please contact our site project team at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call Oxfordshire County Council’s Customer Services team on 0845 310 1111.
You can find out more about Access to Headington and sign up the project e-bulletins at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/travelchoices
Oxfordshire County Council
St Giles’ Fair, held on the Monday and Tuesday following the first Sunday after St Giles’ Day (1 September), is one of the greatest and most prestigious in the country. This year, it takes place from 11 am to 11 pm on 4 and 5 September.
The fair dates back to 1625, when it was a parish festival to celebrate the feast of the patron saint, St Giles. Nowadays it features exciting fair ground rides, candyfloss and other food stalls, and carnival games.
Thames Valley Police hosts the eleventh force Open Day on Saturday 5 August. The event is being held at its Training Centre in Sulhamstead, near Reading (RG7 4DX) and will be open between 10am and 4pm.
With over 40 exhibitors attending, there is something for everyone. This year the Open Day promises to be even bigger and better than before. Here are just some of the highlights in the jammed packed programme:
• Become a detective for the day and solve the crime
• Arena displays showcasing the specialist dog, horse and public order teams
• See the force helicopter up close and meet some of the pilots
• Listen to expert talks about tactical armed policing, the dangers of sexting and how we are combatting organised crime
• Children’s fancy dress – come dressed in police themed costumes
• Name a police puppy competition
• Sample some mouth-watering delights in the Fun Food Kitchen
• Visit the on-site museum to learn about some of our most notorious cases.
For the first time, visitors will be able to become a detective for the day. Working with our Forensic Investigation Unit, you can solve various clues to reveal how Mr Money Bags met his unfortunate demise. Children are also encouraged to come dressed in police themed costume, with a parade at midday and a fabulous prize up for grabs.
The theme this year is Children and Young People and there will be a dedicated Kids Zone featuring our Cadets and Mini Police recruits. We are also supporting SAFE, a charity that helps people aged between 8 and eighteen who have been affected by crime within Thames Valley.
Limited parking is available and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Dogs are not permitted (except for assistance dogs) and must not be left in vehicles.
The Open Day will close at 4pm with the last entry at 3.30pm.
Looks like fun!
We have asked City Council officers for a report back on the Common People Festival as we realise that the noise levels appeared louder this year. They confirm that
- they did check the noise levels both inside the Park and in surrounding areas, the volume was within set limits but an unusual combination of wind in the wrong direction and windows open on a hot day meant more noise than usual travelled into the Headington residential area
- there were armed police on site following the incident in Manchester. All incidents (minor) were dealt with straightaway
- there were sniffer dogs at the event so drug security was tight
It seems that the organisers and agencies managed the event as well as could be expected.