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Damage caused by delivery lorry in Stephen Road


On Tuesday morning, a PH delivery lorry damaged street tree branches and damaged the wall of Stephen Court. It parked on double yellow lines while the delivery was made to Tesco’s in London Road.

A resident kindly informed us straightaway and took some photos of the wall and the lorry.

We reported this to Tesco Customer Care and they put us on to the company which deals with the distribution side and principally whether distribution lorries are driven properly. They will contact the company concerned and get back to us with a progress report (nothing sent yet)

We reported it to the police on 101 but they said they wouldn’t note it unless it was a highway obstruction

We reported it to County Highways and City Trees Team. County routed it through to the out of hours City Council Highways team to make sure all loose bricks were off the highway and City Trees went down yesterday to assess how much damage had been caused. (not heard back yet)

We called in at Tesco in London Road today and updated the manager in case she received any enquiries.

We have contacted Breckon and Breckon who are acting as the agents for Stephen Court and have supplied them with the above details.

Witness Appeal after Robbery in Osler Road, Oxford. 

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses or information following a robbery in Osler Road, Oxford (nr to Headington Bowl’s club)

On Monday 18/09 at 20:18 a man parked his car on Osler Road, as he got out of the car he was approached from behind.

The male offender pressed a sharp object into the man’s back and said “Give me your keys”

The man handed over the keys to the suspect, a second offender was standing watching, both offender’s got into the car and drove down Osler Road away from London Road, Headington.

The vehicle is a silver Lexus RX400 registration number PX5 6U**.

A description of the two males are as follows:

The first male had an Eastern European accent, he was approximately 6ft tall, stocky build, wearing a dark coloured jacket.

The second male was also approximately 6ft tall, stocky build, short brown hair wearing dark clothing.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Lisa Chapman, said: “We would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident.

If anyone has any information please call Thames Valley Police on 101, quoting incident reference 43170277526 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Latest Headington planning decision


Application to certify that the proposed erection of single storey extension to south east elevation, enlargement of 1no. window on ground floor north east elevation, replacement external door to north east elevation and alterations to 2no. windows on 1st floor south east elevation is lawful development.

35 Langley Close Oxford


Staff on hand to help with student arrivals at Dorset House and Beech House

We have asked UNITE about the impact on residential parking arising from a surge of student arrivals this weekend. This reply is positive and shows that staff have been allocated to traffic management – see details below.

We are obviously aware of the possible impact of check in on local residents – one of the reasons we have a private layby on Beech house to allow for an unloading zone only after which parents must then go and park in one of the local car parks. The message isn’t to park in local streets and we have flyers to hand out outlining suitable parking options. This weekend we will have staff outside the building helping with traffic management.

We have around two thirds of Dorset house to check in and most of Beech house – which would be not much more than Dorset house usually. As it’s the first time we have had the 2 buildings then we will of course review how it went and make any necessary changes for next year.

Parking in Woodlands Close during Southern Gas works

We were alerted to works coming up in the Woodlands Close area as follows:

Woodlands Close, Oxford, Oxfordshire
14 September — 30 October
Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion
Works location:  The Whole Of Woodlands Close
Works description:  Relay Approximately 160 Metres Of 4″ Di With 75mm Pelp + Associated Services
Responsibility for works:  SGN
Current status:  Planned work about to start

Woodlands Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire
14 September — 30 October
Delays unlikely Traffic control (give & take)
Works location:  Jct Franklin Road To Jct Of Sandfield Road – C/W F/W Verge
Works description:  To Abandon 350m Of 4″/6″2″ Si And Replace With Similar Of 90/140/63 Plus Associated Services And Connections
Responsibility for works:  SGN
Current status:  Planned work about to start

We contacted County Streetworks who gave us the contact number for Southern Gas’s contractor. We asked about the implications for resident parking during the works and have received this reply:

We don’t anticipate to restrict parking on Woodlands Road but we may have some slight impact on Woodlands Close. We have applied for a number of parking dispensations for the residents which may be affected by our works and will be in full communication with these at all points during our works.

We have the contact number for the contractor so if anyone has concerns, please get in touch and we will resolve these directly with SPIE Distribution and Transmission.

Up and coming events in Oxford


  • Saturday 16 September, Cancer Research Race for Life – Pretty Muddy, South Park, 10 am to 3 pm. This is the second year of this 5 kilometre obstacle course for women in South Park.
  • Saturday 16 September, Saturday Series by Thames Valley Orienteering Club, Cutteslowe Park, 10 am to 1 pm. Part of a series of Saturday orienteering events based in and around Oxford organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club.
  • Saturday 16 September to Sunday 17 September, Oxford Art and Craft Market, Broad Street, 9 am to 5.30 pm (Sat) & 10 am to 4.30 pm (Sun). The annual Art Market is a partnership event between Boffy Arts Market and Oxford City Council and features approximately 30-36 traditional market stalls. All of the work sold is handmade and selected for quality and all stalls are run by the artists or makers of the goods.
  • Friday 29 September, Curiosity Carnival, Broad Street and various other locations in the city, 12 pm to 7 pm. The Curiosity Carnival is a unique opportunity for people of all ages and interests to enjoy an amazing programme of research-related activity across Oxford – most of which is free to attend.
  • Saturday 30 September, Riverside Stomp, along the towpath starting in Wallingford and finishing at the City of Oxford Rowing Club, 7 am to 8 pm. Charity walk for Helen & Douglas House.
  • 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’.
  • 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.

Parking entitlement in car-free developments

Should permission be granted to build car-free accommodation in Headington?

If you agree, then should anyone moving into that accommodation be entitled to ask retrospectively for CPZ visitor permits?

This is a hot topic in Headington. Currently those living in “car-free” accommodation are not eligible for parking permits but a planning inspector has ruled in the favour of a developer who has asked retrospectively for the decision on one of his flats to be overruled.

This and other issues of concern will be debated in the Open Session at our next Ward Focus Meeting on Tuesday 26th September at 6pm in Headington Baptist Church Hall after the presentation by the Police and Crime Commissioner.