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Reply from Police & Crime Commissioner re delayed response to 101 calls

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,

Yours sincerely

Anthony Stansfeld |Police & Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley

The Farmhouse

Force Headquarters

Oxford Road


Oxford OX5 2NX

Tel: 01865 846104 | Internal: 700 6104

Windmill Rd 20 MPH limit is hot topic at Ward Focus Meeting Tuesday 25 July

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.


Windmill Road 20 MPH limit

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.

Up and coming events in Oxford

  • Tuesday 4 July, Oxfordshire School Games, Horspath Sports Ground, 10am to 4pm. Annual programme of sport competition for young people in Oxfordshire.
  • Saturday 8 July, West Oxford Fun Day, Botley Park, 1pm to 5 pm. Annual community Fun Day organised by West Oxford Community Association with a music stage, fun games for all ages, circus skills, gurning, food and drink stalls, and a range of community information and consultation stalls.
  • Saturday 8 July, Leys Festival and Horticultural Show, Blackbird Leys Park, 12pm to 4pm. Annual community festival with activities for the whole family to try out, a static classic car display and performances. The horticultural show will display home grown vegetables, fruit and planters, as well as homemade foods from school pupils and residents across the Leys to be entered into competition.
  • Sunday 9 July, Cancer Research UK Race for Life 5k and 10k, University Parks and city centre, 10am to 2pm. Annual 5k and 10k fundraising event for Cancer Research UK.
  • Saturday 15 July, Headington Fun Day, Bury Knowle Park, 2pm to 5 pm. Free annual fun day for the community of Headington with games, activities, food and beverages, music and fun.
  • Saturday 15 July, Dancin’ on the Green, Gloucester Green, 12.15pm to 4.30pm. Dancin’ Oxford will present an afternoon of professional and community dance performances by way of celebration of dance, right in the heart of the
  • Sunday 16 July, Love Oxford, Broad Street, 10am to 1.30pm. An open air Christian church service, bringing together over 25 church communities across Oxford.
  • Sunday 16 July, Marston Neighbourhood Church Summer BBQ, Milham Ford Nature Park, 4pm to 6pm. Annual community BBQ run by the local church with food, gospel talk and some organised games.
  • 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, and organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club.
  • Saturday 22 July, Oxford Rathayatra, Broad Street, 12pm 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, Film under the Stars, Hinksey Park, 9.20pm to 11pm. Outdoor screening of a family film.

Ward Focus Meeting is on Tuesday 25th July at 6pm in New Headington

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

Tuesday 25th July

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.

Hot topics:

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


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!

Latest planning application – 29 Old High Street

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

Local Plans – Cherwell District Council plans for Oxford’s unmet housing needs

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


Headley Way phase of Access to Headington works delayed

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

Temporary road closure: Latimer Road next Saturday and Sunday

We have received this notice from the County Council

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road/Bridleway/Footpath Closure – at:

Oxford – Latimer Road, Headington – Adjacent to the junction with A420 London Road – Outside the Winvic site 

A request has been received from Nationwide Traffic Solutions for a temporary road closure to apply to a length of Latimer Road, Headington, Oxford for a crane operation to remove a tower crane from the Winvic site.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate on:

15 & 16 July 2017 – 6am to 10pm each day

 Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works. Please note that access routes will depend on exactly where the works vehicles are at any time and may need to be negotiated with the gang on site as necessary.

A copy of the drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic is attached.