Please help find missing girl

Appeal to find missing girl – Oxford

Published on:
21 Nov 2017, 3:56 p.m.
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Missing person

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information to find a missing girl from Oxford.

Alex Willoughby , aged 17, who is from Cowley, was last seen in Verbena Way, Oxford, at about 9pm on Tuesday 14 November.

Alex is a white girl, 5ft 7ins, slim with blonde wavy hair and blue eyes.

Investigating officer, Inspector Mark Brock said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned for Alex Willoughby’s welfare and therefore we are publishing an appeal and asking anyone with information to please make contact with police.

“Alex is from Oxford but also has links to Kent. It is possible that Alex has used public transport in the last week so I would ask anyone travelling on buses or trains to be vigilant and keep an eye out for her.

“If anyone has any information about Alex’s whereabouts please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 and quote reference number 43170339604.

“If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Kennett Road sink hole

We have sent the following email to Kennett Road residents.

Dear all

Thanks to all residents for alerting us to this pothole.

I asked the Highways Technician to sort this out, he sent down a team to give it a temporary fix but this failed. I contacted him again and he arranged to inspect the site- his concern was that if the temp fix had failed, then this was likely to be a sink hole and not a pothole. That would require the Highways Authority to call in Thames Water to assess it.

The inspection was done and Thames Water were called in. What happens in this scenario is that if any accidents happen meantime due to a sink hole, then claims need to be made to Thames Water.

Yesterday night I received a number of messages from various residents saying the sink hole was getting bigger so I called in the out of hours service to make it safe, but this is still a temporary fix.

Here is the advice sent to us this morning by the network supervisor at the Council:

We had a crew attended site last night and made safe again, I have contacted TW once again, and they have said they have carried out a CCTV survey and have denied that it’s their responsibility.

We will monitor this in the short term and will arrange for a team to attend site and carry out some investigation work,  but I’m not convinced they have done a complete survey and have asked for the survey report, as I don’t want to spend tax payers money and resources on a TW assets. If we find out it is there issue I will look at recovering the cost

The annoying thing when ownership of a problem is disputed is that the situation can take longer to get resolved. Altaf and I will keep pushing on this to try to get as fast a solution as possible, but in the meantime we would be grateful if you could contact us if you think the hole is once again becoming unsafe. Putting it bluntly, if the first temporary fix didn’t work, this one won’t either, so we need to watch this closely.

Just wanted to keep you updated

Regards, Ruth and Altaf



Lime Walk result!

Thank you to all Lime Walk residents for making sure council jetters could access the whole of the highway last week. The deep clean even revealed this long undiscovered drain! Once it is cleared this should help with the rainwater drainage problems that have been happening.

Up and coming events in Oxford

  • Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 October, The Chinese State Circus, Oxpens Rec, 4.45 pm to 9.30 pm. The internationally acclaimed, all human Chinese State Circus returns to the UK with their new programme ‘Dynasty’.
  • Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 and Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 October, Sukkah Booth,Broad Street (in front of Balliol College), 10 am to 7 pm. Celebration of the annual Jewish festival of booths, Sukkot.
  • Friday, 6 October, Covered Market Outdoor Event, Market Street, 10 am to 6 pm. Our Covered Market traders and others will come out on Market Street with their stalls.
  • Friday 6 to Sunday 15 October, Dancin’ Oxford Family Dance Week, various locations and times. Fun dance events for all the family.
  • Sunday 8 October, Oxford Half Marathon, city centre and north of the city starting on Broad Street, 7.30 am to 4 pm. Oxford will welcome thousands of runners over race weekend for what promises to be a very special day. The Race Village will be in University Parks.
  • Wednesday 11 October, TOAST – Oxford Homeless Pathways Awareness Event, Bonn Square, 8 am to 6 pm. Raising awareness for Oxford Homeless Pathways and celebrating the Week of
  • Thursday 12 October, Circus Starr, South Park, 4.45 pm to 8.45 pm. Annual all human family circus, giving children with disabilities and special needs the opportunity to experience live accessible arts.
  • Saturday 14 October, Chiltern League Cross Country Round 1, Horspath Sports Ground and Shotover Country Park, 7 am to 5 pm. Cross country running event for all age groups male and female, organised by Oxford City Athletics Club.
  • Sunday 22 October, Cross Country Cuppers, South Park, 10 am to 2 pm. Annual cross country races with approximately 100 competitors in total.

Ruskin planning application submitted

Three new planning applications this week – two on the same site at 142 Headley Way, and one by Ruskin for student accommodation. Please select Planning Applications from top menu for more details

If anyone is wondering why there are two applications for the same site in Headley Way, here is the response we received from the Planning Officer:

Yes there are two applications in. One is for a two storey 2 bedroom dwelling and one is for a single storey 1 bedroom dwelling as an alternative proposal. They would not be able to implement both, if allowed, as they are on the same footprint.