We have received a reply from the PCC following concerns raised by Headington residents about the amount of time it takes for 101 callers to get a human response. Here it is.
Dear Councillor Wilkinson,
I will get this looked into. Usually we respond quickly to 101 calls, and we do measure this, so it is not difficult to find what the delay in response is. I am aware that we have had unprecedented demand over the last three weeks. This has been mirrored nationally. I believe that calls are about 20% above the normal, so response times may well have been below what I would expect. I will be talking to the Chief Constable about this, we have already been discussing the high rate of demand.
One of my main problems is the inequality of police funding between police forces. TVP gets £160 per head of population, Manchester and Birmingham nearly £200, and Merseyside £210. With a population of 2.3M that is a deficit in funding of around £100m which would pay for 2000 extra police officers and staff. If I had that I would not have a problem! I am doing my best at a national level to address this anomaly, but the recent terrorist attacks in major cities make it less likely we can get this sorted out,
Anthony Stansfeld |Police & Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley
Oxford OX5 2NX
Tel: 01865 846104 | Internal: 700 6104
The County Council intends to make Windmill Road 20 MPH. It is carrying out a consultation on this currently (see below post)
We shall be listening closely to the views of our residents at the Ward Focus meeting on 25th July at All Saints Church House, New High Street 6:00-7:30 on this, and will be conducting street surgeries in the area, details to be announced shortly.
Once we have a clear understanding of residents’ views, we shall submit a response to the consultation – do get in touch with us to raise your issues. We already know and understand that a large number of residents believe that a speed limit can only be effective if there is enforcement too.
The County Council issued the following notice in the local press yesterday.
A full set of consultation documents is available on the Oxfordshire County Council website here
Objections to the proposals and other representations, specifying the grounds on which they are made, may be sent in by completing the online questionnaire or by writing (quoting ref: AK/12.6.134) to the officer below by 11 August 2017.
Christian Mauz, Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND
The Council will consider objections and representations received in response and they may be disseminated widely for these purposes and made available to the public.
Any unresolved objections will be reported to the Council’s Cabinet meeting later in 2017. The papers for the meeting will be available on the County Council’s website about a week before the meeting.
The next public meeting for residents who live in Headington Ward will be on
All Saints Church House, New High Street, OX3 7AL
from 6:00-7:30 pm
We have invited the Police and Crime Commissioner to speak.
Do we need a new community facility building in Headington? Where could it go?
What sort of development would be acceptable on Ruskin Fields?
and lots, lots more…
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
PLEASE NOTE – THE NEXT WARD FOCUS MEETING WILL BE ON TUESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER, VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED
Our next Ward Focus leaflet will be published on Friday 14th July, and the following leaflet will be published on Friday 15th September – this is to give our hard-working supporters and volunteer deliverers a well-earned summer break!
You can find the list of Yes sites here
These are sites across the City that the City Council wants to consider for further development and include the Ruskin sites off Dunstan Road and Stoke Place.
Please send in your comments online via this website
The owner of 29 Old High Street has submitted a fresh planning application. Details below.
17/01686/FUL | Partial demolition of existing house and demolition of existing garages and outbuildings. Erection of two storey side and rear extension. Provision of new access, car parking and turning area. Rebuilding of stone boundary wall fronting Old High Street. | 29 Old High Street Oxford Oxfordshire OX3 9HP
You can find more details here
Everyone wants to see this well-situated property returned to a habitable state. Closing date for comments is 3rd August
The consultation period for the Partial Review of the Cherwell Local Plan (Oxford’s Unmet Housing Needs) will run from 17th July to 29th August, so runs concurrently with Oxford’s Local Plan Options Review consultation period.
The following public exhibitions will be held during the consultation period:
Wednesday 19 July 2017 – 4pm to 8pm
Shipton-on-Cherwell Village Hall, Shipton-on-Cherwell, Kidlington, OX5 1JP
Friday 21 July 2017 – 4pm to 8pm
Yarnton Village Hall, The Paddocks, Yarnton, Kidlington, OX5 1TE
Thursday 27 July 2017 – 4pm to 8pm
Woodstock Community Centre, 32 New Road, Woodstock, OX20 1PB
Tuesday 1 August 2017 – 3.30pm to 7.30pm
Cutteslowe Pavillion (next to the café), Cutteslowe Park, Oxford
Wednesday 2 August 2017 – 4pm to 8pm
Begbroke Village Hall, 3 Begbroke Lane, Begbroke, Kidlington OX5 1RN
Thursday 17 August 2017 – 4pm to 8pm
Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB
Here is the press release we have received from construction firm Skanska
The next phase of Access to Headington, which had been due to start on 24 July, has been postponed until the new year.
Following continued discussions and alterations to the traffic management for Thames Water’s urgent sewer works on St Clements the county council has decided the overall disruption for traffic would be unacceptable.
County Councillor Yvonne Constance, cabinet member for Environment, said: “The Thames Water work must be done now as we could otherwise be in a situation where the sewers collapse and an emergency road closure is needed – that would be the worst possible situation.
“We have kept in constant contact with Thames Water and have worked closely with them to reduce the length of time their work will take as well as the impact on traffic.
“The traffic management for Thames Water’s work has been repeatedly discussed and refined and the impacts considered across a wider area. Our team have concluded that traffic re-directed from, or seeking to avoid, the St Clements work will hit the Access to Headington work resulting in congestion and pushing traffic from one set of roadworks to another.
“For that reason we have decided, as our work is more flexible, that we will move the Headley Way/Cherwell Drive phase to the new year.”
The Access to Headington project team will be investigating other phases of the programme that could start this year that will not be as badly affected by redirected traffic from the Thames Water works.
We are hoping this may give us more time to negotiate improvements in the intended scheme with the County Council
We have received this notice from the County Council
Oxford – Latimer Road, Headington – Adjacent to the junction with A420 London Road – Outside the Winvic site