Last year, the City Council received just under a thousand complaints through its out of hours service or online. Add to this several hundred enquiries made by telephone, face to face or as part of general nuisance or anti-social behaviour complaints, and it’s not surprising that noise is the number one cause of complaint.
It has several teams who act on noise complaints:
- the Business Regulation and Miscellaneous Licensing team deals with commercial pollution, including noise
- the Private Sector Safety and HMO Enforcement teams deal with serious housing-related nuisance
- the Community Response Team deals with domestic noise and low level anti-social behaviour
- the Anti-Social Behaviour Investigation Team deals with more serious levels of anti-social behaviour.
Outside normal working hours a rota of officers from these teams provides the out of hours noise service.
There are no fixed limits for what noise levels are considered acceptable, meaning the teams need a good understanding of the legal framework around noise nuisance and the ability to make accurate sound measurements.
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For awareness, the forecast has been updated this morning for heavy rain overnight so tonight’s closure/works is being cancelled.
Signs have gone up to say that London Road closed for 3 nights 20:00 – 05:00 starting 9/5/18 between Headington traffic lights and the petrol station. Here is our latest information from the County’s Access to Headington team.
Stephen Road access will be maintained but from the Windmill Road direction only.
Windmill Road/London Road will be gated and manned for local access.
Access to the petrol garage will be maintained until 11pm.
Blue lighters aware inc. SCAS and JR – signed via bypass
Eastbound London Road: Diverted via Headley Way
Westbound London Road: Diverted via bypass
Lime Walk: Access via Old Road (or other local road)
New High Street: We’ve cancelled the one way so will be accessed from Bateman Street
Osler Road: Access via St Andrew’s Road
Kennet Road: Access via London Road as normal (through gated closure)
Stephen Road: Access via London Road as normal (through gated closure)
Ruth, Altaf and Roz are pictured above after the votes were counted for Headington Ward last night, we’re not sure who was the most exhausted after Election Day!
Altaf was re-elected with a huge majority, and later in the evening Roz learned that she had won a seat from Labour in Quarry and Risinghurst. (photo below courtesy of the Oxford Mail). This means Roz is now both the County Councillor for Headington and Quarry, and the City Councillor for Quarry and Risinghurst.
There was another very encouraging result for the Lib Dems in Headington Hill and Northway where our new candidate Guy Garden beat off the Conservatives to gain a creditable second place.
Altaf says, “I am deeply grateful to the people of Headington for their support and I will do my best to represent them and take action on their concerns.”
Please click on the link to see the results of the local elections held yesterday. The Green Party retained only two seats of the four they had previously held so Labour’s majority has increased by one overall.
Dog fouling is definitely on the increase according to the responses to our street surveys. Together with the City Council there is to be a new initiative in the area as detailed below. Before anyone asks, yes we are aware of dog fouling in other areas too (and particularly in New Headington) but this is a good start. We are not publishing dates and times for obvious reasons!
There will be three operations focusing on three hot spot areas.
- Margaret Road Recreation Ground and surrounding Streets.
- Franklin Road and Surrounding Streets
- Pitts Road and Surrounding Streets
The operation will include carrying out enforcement action, updating the area with the PSPO enforcement information and hand delivering educational letters to local residents to areas that overlook green space areas.
This will be a high visibility operation.
Those residents who contacted us with concern about effects on public health from LED street lighting might like to read the following article from Optometry Today
Thanks to the County Council for alerting us.
We have received the following notification and map from the County Council.
Roz and Ruth are delighted that Altaf is re-standing in Headington Ward.
All three Lib Dem councillors work closely as a team to represent the views of all Headington Ward residents and get action on your behalf. We send out regular Focus leaflets and e-bulletins to keep you fully informed about local issues, and hold street surgeries and monthly public meetings at which you can hold us to account.
I have been residing and working in OX3 for almost three decades and am very well versed with the area, the people and their issues. I am a family man and all my children have been born, bred and schooled locally.
I was first elected as an Oxfordshire County councillor in 2005 for Headington & Marston Division. I was re-elected in 2009 till 2013. I have also been an Oxford City councillor since 2006, I have held various portfolios including Education, Community Development and Safety, Planning and Transport.
At the Oxford City Council, I have been an Executive Board member for Community Development and Community Safety. In addition, I have held various positions as opposition group member. I have chaired the Community and Partnership Scrutiny Committee (currently member) and was member of the East Area Planning Committee as well.
In addition to the above, I have made major contribution to Controlled Parking Zone schemes, Traffic calming Schemes and London Road Improvement Scheme. I have always prioritised my constituents’ case work and maintained my visibility through all available means to stay in touch with them.
I have a close working relationship with both my fellow Oxford City/County councillors, we work in unison for our joint constituents.
I would like to improve Headington to a cleaner, greener area with respect to Traffic/Transport, Environment, Health and Community development/safety. I would like to keep my focus on planning and community engagement so that the council does listen to the people of Headington.
I am a people person and have always taken pride in my commitment in this respect.
We have contacted the County Council following national newspaper articles on a recent Public Health England document that referred to adverse health effects of LED street lighting.
The street lighting team has sent us a statement as follows (sic):
“The Council is fully aware of the report published by Public Health England, which builds on previous research which has been available for some time and refers primarily to the much 5000k LED lights that are available on the market which, whilst the most energy efficient, contain a higher level of blue light. Since the council started implementing LED lighting however, the council has acknowledged the need to balance potential savings in energy use and potential health impacts and as such have specified a warmer light for residential areas (3000k) and slightly bluer light (4000k) for the strategic road network. This approach follows the guidance outlined within the PHE report. Notwithstanding this, it is recognised that there are always people who may be more sensitive to such lighting than others, and where this has occurred the council has worked with individuals to install further modifications to minimise the impact and will continue to do so on a case by case basis.”
We have just received this information from the County Council.
You will all no doubt be aware the Oxfordshire Growth Board announced the Year 1 growth project allocations yesterday and A2H received the full monies asked for. The announcement came a week earlier than we were expecting, it means that the Headley Way works will be continuing as originally scoped.
I will update you with more information when I have it but the intention will be to start the Headley Way works after Easter, an Easter start would then have the programme running to Christmas 2018 (weather permitting). We will start at the Marsh Lane roundabouts as per our original programme but the programme at the JR access will be changed as we’ve managed to do some early works in advance that should reduce the disruption there.
As before, we will be undertaking a pre-construction exhibition at a location/time TBC.
The funding announcement also allows us to reintroduce elements of the work that were removed from scope including the pedestrian crossing on London Road at the Osler Road bus gate. A plan is attached showing the proposals for your information. The proposals differ from the originals in the following way:
- Original provision showed a toucan crossing incorporating the bus gate, after developing the design further it was determined that a controlled crossing could not be delivered safely.
- Alternatives were considered, including a zebra, which had similar safety concerns.
- The best alternative was to provide an uncontrolled crossing, incorporating a build out to shorten the crossing and providing a refuge in the middle of the road
- There remains a broad local support for pedestrian provision in this location but bus companies are understandably concerned that the changes may affect the level of bus priority they receive with this latest proposal and we’re engaging with them to mitigate their concerns.
We will be looking to start the work as soon as possible, taking advantage of the Easter holidays if at all possible. It’s envisaged that the work would take 6-8 weeks given the site constraints. We will be publicly advertising the attached shortly and will advise of the programme of works and TM phasing once approved by network management.
We are checking that works to trees can be done at this time, bearing in mind that this is the start of the nesting season.