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Change in ward boundaries

A cross-party working group has agreed a joint response with the City Council officer to the Boundary Commission in respect of changes needed in ward boundaries to accommodate shifting population across the City.

The map of the ward boundaries proposed to the City’s executive board can be found below. The Boundary Commission will consider it along with responses from other consultees and there will be a consultation on the draft recommendations over the summer. Changes would be implemented in May 2020.

In this proposal, Headington Ward’s eastern boundary would extend further along the northern side of London Road, which we are very pleased about! This would make it one of the largest wards in the City in terms of population served.

Proposed ward boundary map

Dog fouling in the Highfield and New Headington area

Following a number of street survey responses reporting an increase in dog fouling, we have asked city council officers to take action. They inform us that they will visit New High Street, All Saints Road, the whole of Lime Walk and Old Road and undertake to:

·       Patrol this area for some few weeks at random times in high viz.

·       Fix some dog fouling signs.

·       Put up some no dog fouling stickers on lampposts around the area

·       Carry out some random door knocks in relation to this matter.

Streetletters will also go out in Franklin Road and surrounding area as we are aware of similar problems there.

Council launches new local business guide and interactive online service to support businesses

The City Council has launched its 2017-2019 Oxford Business Guide, which showcases the city’s economic strengths, growth opportunities, and range of services designed to support business.

Produced in partnership with Burrows Communication, the guide is in hard copy and also in interactive digital format, and supports business with local regulatory functions, through to business networks and advice.

The accompanying ‘It’s Local’ Oxford online service provides an interactive listing of local businesses and organisations that provide services to business and consumers right across the city. All businesses are encouraged to sign up to ‘It’s Local Oxford, and add their free company profile.

The Oxford Business Guide e-book can be accessed here: www.itslocaloxford.co.uk/oxford/desktop/flip/index.html

‘It’s Local’ Oxford: www.itslocaloxford.co.uk

Forthcoming events in Oxford

  • Wednesday 14 March, Illegal Tobacco – Keep it Out Awareness Event, Bonn Square,  9.30 am to 3.30 pm. As part of No Smoking Day, Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards will bring their Illegal Tobacco Crime Unit to Bonn Square to give out information about the dangers of illegal tobacco.
  • Monday 19 March, Clean Green Roadshow, Manzil Way Gardens, 10.30 am to 4 pm. The Recycling Team will engage with local residents regarding Oxford City Council’s waste, cleansing and enforcement services.
  • Saturday 24 March, Oxford Bus Museum Twilight Vintage Bus Day, Bonn Square, 12 pm to 6 pm. The Oxford Bus Museum is bringing one of their vintage buses and will also provide free vintage bus trips around Oxford city centre in the evening.
  • Saturday 31 March to Monday 2 April, Hebborns Easter Fun Fair, South Park, 1 pm to 10 pm. Family fun fair with a short fireworks display on Saturday (8.30 pm).
  • Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 April, Dogs Trust Promotion, Bonn Square, 9 am to 5 pm. Find out how you can support the charity!
  • Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April, Oxford Arts Market, Broad Street, 9 am to 5.30 pm (Saturday) and 10 am to 4.30 pm (Sunday). Annual arts market that gives local artists and craft makers the opportunity to sell their products.
  • Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April, Folk Weekend Oxford, various locations in the city centre, 10 am to 4 pm. Morris dance teams are performing in spots around the city centre.
  • Saturday 28 April, Oxford Maths Festival, Bonn Square, 11 am to 4 pm. Find out more about how exciting maths can be with a series of stalls with mathematical curiosities, games and demonstrations.
  • Saturday 28 April, Saturday Series – Orienteering Event, Shotover Country Park, 10 am to 1 pm. Orienteering event organised by the Thames Valley Orienteering Club.

Planning decisions for Headington Ward

Unusually there has only been one permission granted in the last four weeks.

17/02853/FUL WITHDRAWN 


Formation of dropped kerb and alterations to garden to form off street parking.

56 Windmill Road Oxford

17/02854/FUL WITHDRAWN

Formation of dropped kerb and alterations to garden to form off street parking.

54 Windmill Road Oxford

17/03320/FUL PERMITTED

Refurbishment and enlargement of existing conservatory (retrospective). (Amended plan)

77 Langley Close Oxford

18/00002/CPU REFUSED

Application to certify that the proposed formation of a single storey outbuilding is lawful development.

33 Perrin Street Oxford

Inconsiderate parking in disabled spaces in Bury Knowle Park

You asked us to find out how to report non-disabled drivers who park in blue badge spaces in the little car park near Bury Knowle Library off North Place.

We are advised by the City Council that you should inform Parks either by emailing them at parks@oxford.gov.uk or by phoning them on 01865 252240

See below for the advice received by the City Council.

You are correct in assuming that we have no enforcement powers as there is not a traffic order in place.

Most individuals won’t park in a disabled bay, however, if some individuals do it would be good to know about it as we could leave notices on the offending cars. This may remind them not to do it in the future.

Latimer Road – lining latest

We have just been advised that the traffic regulation order (TRO) to accommodate the parking slots and lining of Latimer Road outside Beech House will need to be amended to match up with the slightly changed access points constructed during the build. The reason that the two don’t match up is that technical difficulties were encountered – unexpected infrastructure below the road surface meant that changes had to be made.

This matter has been referred back to the Traffic Regulation Order team at the County Council – if the construction company paints in lines according to the current TRO, they won’t work.

Ward councillors are just as frustrated as residents about all this. We shall now push the County TRO team for more information, but it looks as though a further consultation will be needed before the TRO can be amended. Hopefully this won’t be a wide area consultation but it will still mean further delay. We shall let people know more as we get more information.