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.

Felling licence consultation – 24 trees in Christ Church meadow

Oxford City Council is being consulted by the Forestry Commission on an application for a Felling Licence that has been made by Christ Church. The Forestry Commission deadline for comments is 1st September 2017.

The application is to fell 24 trees (mixed species; predominantly hornbeam, but also including ash, hawthorn and sycamore) and replant with 22 lime trees (Tillia x europea ‘Pallida’) at Rose Lane Walk, Christ Church Meadow.

In response to the Forestry Commission consultation, officers recommend under delegated powers

  • to raise no objection to the grant of a Felling Licence;
  • to ask the Forestry Commission to impose a condition on any Felling Licence requiring 22 heavy standard common lime trees to be planted before the end of the first planting season in the year that the trees are felled; and,
  •  to ask the Forestry Commission to impose a condition requiring tree felling not to take place during the ecologically sensitive time of the year between 1st April and 1st October unless there is a clear over-riding justification.

Full details can be viewed on the Council’s website

Although this application does not affect Headington Ward, we appreciate that many of our residents will want to know about this consultation.

Better broadband in Headington Ward

The County Council has sent us the following information.

Superfast broadband coverage in Headington

The majority of coverage in Headington has been delivered commercially with the Better Broadband programme having enabled superfast broadband already to most of the areas not covered commercially.

There is a small element of commercial coverage remaining for completion, specifically covering premises in OX3 9BQ, OX3 9DZ and OX3 9FR. There is also some additional work under the programme due for completion by the end of 2017. There are very few postcodes where there is no (or minimal) superfast coverage. Therefore, if there are premises not able to order superfast broadband, we would direct residents to our website and in particular, the final 4% page for further information on options available. The Better Broadband programme has also launched the co-funding scheme, which is detailed on the website.

Within a postcode, there are instances where some premises may not be able to order a superfast broadband product due to distance from a fibre enabled cabinet.

What if my property is still unable to get superfast broadband?

Further information is available on the Better Broadband website, specifically in the section titled Final 4%. In summary, the options are:

  • self-funding
  • co-funding (with help from OCC)
  • wireless broadband (subsidy vouchers available, subject to eligibility)
  • satellite broadband (subsidy vouchers available, subject to eligibility)
  • 3G/4G mobile broadband
 You can check whether or not your property has access to super fast broadband on the Better Broadband website

Adopt a piece of Oxford’s history!

Oxford residents are being invited to adopt a piece of Oxford’s history to help fund the £2.8m redevelopment of the Museum of Oxford.

People will be able to adopt 60 objects from the Museum of Oxford’s collection, ranging from a Saxon arrowhead to a Morris Minor badge.

Adopters will get an adoption certificate, a digital image of the object, their name in the museum’s online gallery and an invite to the new museum’s opening in 2020.

You can adopt an object for yourself or as a gift, with adoptions starting at £25.

Objects available for adoption included:

  • A bone ice skate from the Saxon period
  • Lewis Carroll’spocket watch
  • A pavement made of animal knuckle bones
  • A 400-year-old tennis ball
  • Rainsley model of a St Giles attraction

All money raised through the adopt an object scheme will go towards the development of the Museum of Oxford. If all 60 objects are adopted, it will raise £5,000.

Oxfordshire County Council’s Museum Service, which owns many of the objects, has kindly allowed them to be adopted.

The £2.8m project to transform the Museum of Oxford, called Oxford’s Hidden Histories, will tell the story of Oxford, its people and its communities. It has been dubbed the “people’s museum”.

The City Council hopes to raise £1.6m through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and has set aside a further £315,000 for the project. It is hoped that the remaining funds will be raised through private donations.

The development trust, which will raise funds for the project, has been granted charity status by the Charities Commission. This allows the project to receive gift aid, and to apply to more trusts and foundations for funds.

The hope is to start building work in 2018 and open the new Museum of Oxford in 2020.

To find out more about the Museum of Oxford redevelopment project – please visit

Click here for the link to the objects up for adoption

Disruption in London over the weekend of 29 and 30 July

This weekend, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, there will be significant impact to travel as a result of the weekend of Prudential RideLondon cycling events. Certain roads and river crossings in east, central and southwest London and Surrey will be closed to traffic.

There will be extensive road closures on and around the routes; roads will be closed from early morning and will re-open when it is safe to do so. Pedestrian access to properties will not be affected. A number of bridges in London and Surrey will be closed at times over the weekend. Road users are advised to avoid areas near the event route wherever possible.
Public transport

Most of the network will be open with services running as normal, but please check before you travel as some essential upgrade works are taking place. While we will try to maintain a good service, many buses will be on diversion or will stop short of their destination, and some may be affected by traffic displaced by road closures.

For more information about the event please see  and the Transport for London website



Construction work for new Barton Park junction

Construction work began this week at the junction of Barton Village Road and Fettiplace Road to create a new access junction to Barton Park off Barton Village Road.

Barton Park is a new residential development to the north east of Oxford led by Barton Oxford LLP, a partnership between Oxford City Council and property company Grosvenor Britain & Ireland. The development will provide up to 885 new homes, 40 per cent of which will be “affordable” although the price for a three-bedroomed property has been given as £595,000.

Construction of the first 237 homes in Phase One of the development is already underway.

The project, which includes drainage, services and some landscape modifications, will take up to six weeks to complete. Local residents have been informed of the works and told to expect minor traffic restrictions during construction as well as the use of temporary three-way traffic signals. However, the disruption will be limited to Barton Village Road and Fettiplace Road.

CA Blackwell Contracts Ltd, who are responsible for delivering the infrastructure works for the Barton Park development, will notify residents of any temporary re-routing of traffic to accommodate the construction work.

Philip Koen, CA Blackwell Contracts Ltd’s Project Manager at Barton Park, said:

We’re advising motorists to use extra caution when driving through the area. Pedestrian access and public rights of way will be maintained during construction, and works are scheduled to take place between 7:30am and 6pm from Monday to Friday. However, some work may need to take place outside of these hours, but this work will be coordinated with Oxford City Council and notice will be provided to residents.