Headington Ward Focus meeting Tuesday 25th October

NEXT WARD FOCUS MEETING

The next public meeting for residents who live in Headington Ward will be on

Tuesday 25th October

from 6:00-7:30 pm

at All Saints Church House, New High Street

Guest speaker: PCSO Peter Sanford from the Neighbourhood police team

Plus up to the minute news on timings for the energy pipe and Access to Headington projects

An Open Session for your comments too! Free of charge. All welcome! Hold your councillors to account!

Ward Focus meetings are run on a drop in and out basis and are free of charge. There is an open session where residents can raise issues of concern. There’s no need to book.

If you would like to contact your Lib Dem city councillors for advice on any issue please contact

Details of next Headington Ward Focus meeting here

The next public meeting for residents who live in Headington Ward will be on

Tuesday 27th September

from 6:00-7:30 pm

at Headington Prep School, 26 London Road, Headington OX3 7PB

Guest speakers on 
Active and Healthy Travel (cycling, pedestrian and door to door integrated travel)  
and the Homeshare Oxford Project.
Plus up to the minute news on timings for the energy pipe and Access to Headington projects

An Open Session for your comments too.               Free of charge.                       All welcome!               Hold your councillors to account!

Ward Focus meetings are run on a drop in and out basis and are free of charge. There is an open session where residents can raise issues of concern. There’s no need to book.

If you would like to contact your Lib Dem city councillors for advice on any issue please contact

Bravo County Council! Changes to parking permit service

Thanks to residents for telling Customer Services Manager Mark Peet your views at our Ward Focus Meeting. He has investigated your issues and reports back below on actions taken.

As promised I have a further update on improvements to the Residents and Visitors Parking Permit service.

In July I  advised that I would be looking at further ways to improve our online service and document validation service for residents, in particular around the Headington area, who are unable to upload documents as part of the application process.

I am pleased to inform you I have made changes to reflect the need to improve both of these areas.

  1. Online Payments – As part of the online application process for Resident and Visitor Permits, residents in Controlled Parking Zones can now complete the full application online including paying for their permits. There is now a secure, safe and PCI compliant way to pay for residents when applying. This service was made available from Monday 8thAugust and we have had over 100 applicants in less than a week choosing to apply and pay using this service.
  2. Document Validation – On the 8thand 9th of September our team in Headington Library will be training in Document Validation which will enable them to validate parking documentation. This service will then be available in Headington Library from week commencing 12th September. This means customers will be able to validate the documents we need as part of the application processes without needing to send them into us. We will simply check the documents and hand them back to the resident once we have confirmed they are correct.

It’s good to see positive changes being made by the County Council and an officer keen to come out to public meetings to listen to and act upon our residents’ concerns.

Hold this date! Tuesday 26 July

NEXT WARD FOCUS MEETING

The next public meeting for residents who live in Headington Ward will be on

Tuesday 26th July

at 6:00-7:30 pm

at All Saints Church House, New High Street

Ask the Customer Services Team Leader from the County Council about how to get permits

Ask the Community Liaison officer from the Hospitals’ Trust about the NEW energy pipe application

Plus the latest on Access to Headington and up to the minute latest local news

An Open Session for your comments too! Free of charge. All welcome! Hold your councillors to account!

Ward Focus meetings are run on a drop in and out basis and are free of charge. There is an open session where residents can raise issues of concern. There’s no need to book.

If you would like to contact your Lib Dem city councillors for advice on any issue please contact

News from our June Ward Focus meeting

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Thanks to Headington School for hosting this event and to our guest speakers Rob Fowler and Richard Wyatt from Oxford City Council for their updates on the hospitals’ energy pipe project and the consultation on Oxford’s Local Plan.

Key learning points

Energy pipe application

  • The application for the energy pipe and associated works including temporary parking at Sandfield Road and the Churchill Hospital is likely to be made available shortly on the Council’s planning site with a reference number of 16/01565/FUL
  • Documentation is much more complete than last time
  • It is a major planning application so must be determined within 13 weeks
  • Notices will go up shortly and there will be a three week consultation period in which members of the public can send in their comments
  • Sandfield Road residents are concerned that the temporary parking space for residents affected by the works should not be accessible by hospital staff and visitors. They also have security concerns about their vehicles while they are parked in the temporary parking area. More details about this will be available in the documents which will be put online shortly.

We have conveyed these concerns to the Trust. The Community Liaison officer Jo Lennon is happy to answer comments via email at hospitalenergyproject@ouh.nhs.uk and will come to a Sandfield Road residents’ meeting or the next Ward Focus Meeting if requested.

Oxford Local Plan

  • The City Council has produced booklets asking residents for their responses to questions on key topics for Oxford’s future, including housing, employment, transport, education, shopping, green spaces. Copies were supplied to those attending the meeting
  • The City Council is planning to promote the Local Plan consultation at community events which are being held in all other parts of the City except for the North East Area.  Residents complained that this was unfair to those living in Barton, Headington, Wood Farm, Quarry and Risinghurst. The response was that there was insufficient resource to cover extra venues e.g. the Headington Farmers’ Market
  • The Local Plan is also being promoted on the City Council’s website and in the local press.
  • Residents asked for all householders in Oxford City to be sent a booklet so that all were consulted. Ruth and Altaf offered to arrange distribution of booklets to every householder in Headington Ward along with our monthly leaflet.
  • Further concerns were raised that consultations at every stage of the Local Plan would be held during the peak holiday period, and during student vacations
  • The Local Plan will take a long time to be produced, agreed and adopted – 2019 is a target date. The issues raised in the Headington Neighbourhood Plan will inform planning policy work on the new Oxford Local Plan.

Open session issues raised by residents

Can we get our parking forms processed at Bury Knowle Library like they do in Summertown?

  • A speaker from the County Council has agreed to attend our next Ward Focus Meeting.
  • We have advised the County Council who to approach at the City Council should they wish to arrange permit collection from St Aldates.
  • It used to be that the fees for residential permits do not cover the costs of producing them – Roz will check

Speed limits in residential roads and associated signage

  • Speeds are generally exceeded in roads which are used as rat runs
  • The introduction of a 20MPH limit in other areas has reduced overall mean speed by 1%
  • Private hire vehicles frequently exceed 20MPH in London Road. Please report any registered in Oxford to the Licensing Dept at the City Council. Please report those from other areas (including plate number/reg no.) to your councillors and we will investigate
  • 20 MPH signage is inadequate in London Road. Ruth has acquired 4 “polite notices” to keep speed down for Lime Walk and London Road and is asking the County Council if ward budget can be allocated to painting 20 MPH roundels on the highway
  • A No Cycling sign is needed in Coffin Walk. There are concerns about unclear signage of shared footway between the Green Road roundabout and the shops, and signage for cyclists at the corner of Sandfield Road and London Road. Roz will investigate this.

Crime and Police issues

  • Residents would like to see a higher visibility presence from police in London Road to tackle speeding vehicles and cyclists on pavements. 
  • Residents are concerned about van-loads of dubious strangers being off-loaded in Headington to sell low quality items door to door.
  • We have passed on these concerns to the police

When will the real time bus indicators start working?

  • Ruth to pursue if not up and running by end of June as promised.

Why aren’t the North Place entrance gates working?

  • Ruth has been chasing. We will pursue – the reason is that the software for monitoring the use of the gates appears not to be fit for purpose and technicians are trying to resolve this

Why isn’t the library lift working?

  • Roz is pressurising the County Council on this. Councillors are concerned that the lift to the Library is not fit for purpose.

Thanks to all who came to the meeting, it was very well-attended. We value your comments and will take action on your issues. See our next Focus leaflet for an update.

The July Ward Focus meeting will be held on Tuesday 26 July from 6:00-7:30pm at All Saints Church House, New High Street.

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 WARD FOCUS MEETING

Headington School, London Road

Tuesday 28 June

6:00-7:30 pm

All welcome.  And an Open Session too!