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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



Up and coming events in Oxford


  • Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July, Dreaming Spires Steam Rally, Cutteslowe Park, 12 to 5 pm. Annual event for Rally for Model Engineering Club members to come
  • Saturday 22 July, Orinoco fund raising Indian dinner 7pm. North Oxford Association, Diamond Place OX2 7DF. Adults £20, concessions £12. To book a place contact Orinoco on 01865 761113, email
  • Saturday 22 July, Run the Oxford Parks by Thames Valley Orienteering Club, Headington Hill Park, 9am to 2pm. Part of a series of Saturday orienteering events based in and around Oxford organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club.
  • Saturday 22 July, Oxford Rathayatra, Broad Street, 12 to 4.30pm. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness’ biggest street festival with stage performances, chanting, free vegetarian food, exhibits, spiritual literature, meditation and a short procession around the city centre.
  • Saturday 22 July, FilmUunder the Stars, Hinksey Park, 9.20 to 11pm. Outdoor screening of a family film.
  • Monday 24 July to Monday 28 August, World Vision Charity – Journey of Hope, Bonn Square, 9am to 7pm every day. Journey of Hope is an immersive experience telling the story of eight year old Ayie from rural Sierra Leone, giving people the opportunity to sponsor a World Vision child.
  • Thursday 27 July, The Leys Play and Activity Day, Fry’s Hill, 11am to 3pm. Each year the Oxfordshire Play Association organises a series of play and activity days across the county in line with the ethos of National Playday, the celebration of the Childs Right to Play.
  • Saturday 29 July, Film Under the Stars, Sunnymead Park, 9.20am to 11 pm. Outdoor screening of a family film.
  • Sunday 30 July, The People’s Fair, Florence Park, 11am to 5pm. Celebration of the diverse communities in Oxford with a variety of cultural stalls and food.
  • Tuesday 1 August, Meet Paw Patrol with the Oxford Tube, Broad Street, 10am to 5.30pm. The Oxford Tube is promoting their recently launched ‘Kids Go Free’
  • Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 August, Rose Hill Play Ranger Sessions, Rose Hill Rec (behind the Community Centre) 10 am to 2 pm. Free play sessions organised by the Oxfordshire Play Association.

Response from OUH NHS Foundation Trust re Marston Medical Centre plans

We referred the concerns about parking pressure arising from the relocation of Marston Medical Centre that you raised at the June Ward Focus Meeting to the Trust, and we have received the following response from Peter Knight, Executive Director.


Marston Medical Centre

We have been keen to support our primary care colleagues in finding a new location for a much needed local GP practice, and so have worked with them to adapt accommodation at Arthur Sanctuary House for their use.

The Trust is very well aware of the pressures on parking on our sites, as you can imagine, but one of the key factors in getting our support for this application was the fact that there was not parking at the previous location, so there would be no expectation from patients for parking to be provided at the new location. From the practice’s perspective, the site offers very good public transport links which obviate the need for parking. There is provision for disabled parking immediately outside the building, but no other arrangements for onsite parking have been made with the practice.

Plans for our hospital sites

The Trust is working on a masterplan for all of our hospital sites with our University and healthcare partners, using experts AECOM. We are also working with planners in the City and other district councils. We will share plans at the appropriate stage of development with local councillors and local residents. We have not yet reached that level of detail.

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.

Victims First – self-help website for crime victims

Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld recently launched a new website to support victims of crime.  Victims First is a new online resource for victims of crime which has advice on what to do and how to get help.  It includes information and advice for victims including signposting them to services to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. It also includes a section on the Victims Code explaining clearly what help victims can expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if they report the crime.

The focal point of the website is a directory which allows victims to find relevant support in their area. Members of the public are able to use the website to refer themselves directly to the PCCs own support services or find information and contact details for other organisations. This support is available regardless of whether or not the victim has reported the crime to the police.

Exhibitions at the railway station concourse

There will be exhibitions of the plans relating to the development of Oxford Railway station and the surrounding area at the station concourse on the following dates:

Oxford Station concourse

  •  Wednesday 12th July to Friday 14th July; on Friday 14th July council officers as well as technical consultants will be available to discuss the proposals (9.00am – 12.00pm and 3.00pm – 6.00pm),
  • Wednesday 26th July to 28th July, on Saturday 29th July council officers as well as technical consultants will be available to discuss the proposals (9.00am – 12.00pm and 3.00pm – 6.00pm),
  • Wednesday 9th August to 11th August, on Saturday 12th August council officers as well as technical consultants will be available to discuss the proposals (9.00am – 12.00pm and 3.00pm – 6.00pm)

Town Hall(Long Room)

  • Saturday 12th August – a drop-in session for the public and stakeholders to meet council officers and the technical consultants

The online consultation is available here: and it ends on 25th August.

The plans are currently unfunded.

Latest planning decisions in Headington Ward


Erection of a part single, part two storey rear extension. Alterations to roof to form hip to gable, Formation of 1 dormer window to east elevation and 1 dormer window to north elevation, insertion of 1 rooflight to east elevation and 1 rooflight to south elevation in association with loft conversion.

12 Staunton Road Oxford


Change of use of first and second floor from dwellinghouse (Use Class C3) to a House in Multiple Occupation (Use Class C4)

99A London Road Headington


Application to certify that the proposed change of use from Retail (Use Class A1) to mixed use comprising Retail at ground floor level (Use Class A1) and Residential at first floor level (Use Class C3) is lawful development

111 London Road Headington


Retention of the temporary car park.

John Radcliffe Hospital Headley Way


Erection of a temporary endoscopy decontamination unit (EDU) for a period of 18 months.

John Radcliffe Hospital Headley Way


Affecting a Conservation Area

Erection of trellis to the inside of the north and west boundary walls.

Churchill Farm House 4 St Andrew’s Lane

Full Council meetings – getting your issues raised

One of the ways councillors get action on issues concerning Oxford residents is to ask questions of Board members, speak on agenda items, and submit motions for debate at Full Council meetings.

At next Thursday’s Council meeting, Ruth will be speaking to the following items as well as contributing to wider debate. Altaf will be speaking on tower block safety, hate crime and lease agreements with community groups.

If you would like your councillors to ask a specific question at Council or submit a motion on any specific issue, please get in touch.

Questions on notice

Cllr Wilkinson to Cllr Brown

Please can the Lead Member provide dates, times and duration in minutes of all instances when any part of the Council’s internet service has been down, including access to the Planning Portal, both on and off site, between 1/1/17 and 30/6/17 on

  • weekdays
  • out of hours

Cllr Wilkinson to Cllr Hayes

The 101 non-emergency service is used by both the public and by neighbourhood police team officers, and residents tell us they have waited for 30 minutes and over for a human reply to calls on that number. Is the Lead Member able to advise what progress has been made by TVP on identifying a more efficient Contact Management Platform and what priority is being given to this?

Cllr Wilkinson to Cllr Hayes

During the temporary pedestrianisation of Queen Street and the completion of the Westgate development, bus stops have been relocated to High Street outside the Covered Market. Queues for buses (particularly the 3 route to Rose Hill), pedestrians, and long lines of visitors including language school students are crowding pavements to such an extent that people are finding it necessary to walk on the carriageway. Residents tell me they are worried about safety both of pedestrians and cyclists. Can the Board Member please tell us what advice is being given by Oxford City Council to tour guides and language school co-ordinators on using alternative walking routes through Oxford if their destination is not a bus stop in the High?

Cllr Wilkinson to Cllr Hollingsworth

What are the arrangements for access, for members of the public and for academics, to historical planning records which pre-date the material available via the City Council website please?

Cllr Wilkinson to Cllr Hollingsworth

Can the Board member please confirm what air quality standards were imposed on the new underground car park at the Westgate Centre by the city during the planning process?

Cllr Wilkinson to Cllr Smith

Over the past month, an increasing number of white goods and other items have been dumped in the car park at Shotover. This started with five fridges which were there for a week after the Council was notified, and more fridges started to accumulate. Additional waste was dumped there on 13 July. Residents are calling for CCTV cameras to be installed. What further action is planned to address this, please?

Debate on agenda papers

Statement in support of the adoption of the  Headington Neighbourhood Plan

Motion on Notice

19f Fair employment: voluntary charter “Dying to Work”

Proposed by Councillor Wilkinson

Liberal Democrat member motion

This Council seeks to provide support and guidance to all its employees. In its Fair Employment Statement published in October 2016, the Rights and Responsibilities section makes it clear that:

“Every employee and potential employee has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and not to be discriminated against, victimised, bullied or harassed or to be treated less favourably than any other on any basis of any protected characteristic.”

It is acknowledged that unforeseen events can affect the lives of council workers, and that it is important that the Council does all that it can to maintain the dignity of staff who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Council notes that the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign includes a voluntary charter for employers to sign which sets out an agreed way in which their employees will be supported, protected and guided through their employment, following a terminal diagnosis.

The charter states the following:

·         We recognise that terminal illness requires support and understanding and not additional and avoidable stress and worry.

·         Terminally ill workers will be secure in the knowledge that we will support them following their diagnosis and we recognise that, safe and reasonable work can help maintain dignity, offer a valuable distraction and can be therapeutic in itself.

·         We will provide our employees with the security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families which helps them through this challenging period with dignity and without undue financial loss.

Council notes that a significant number of other city councils have signed up to this charter including Birmingham, Leicester, Liverpool and Sheffield.

This Council supports the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign so that all employees battling terminal illness have adequate employment protection and have their death in service benefits protected for the loved ones they leave behind.

Council therefore asks that Oxford City Council signs the Dying to Work voluntary charter to show its on-going commitment to supporting rights and responsibilities towards its staff and to bring back to Council any consequential changes to policy.

It further requests that the City Council informs Oxfordshire County Council and the other district councils in Oxfordshire of its actions so that they may consider whether to follow its example.