1 Quarry High Street – Important Update

We have been informed by Oxford City Council that a Planning Enforcement Notice has been served on the developers of the Mews Block at 1 Quarry High Street requiring that it be demolished and the site cleared. The notice was served on 5th January and will come into effect on 9th February. The owner then has 6 months to complete demolition and a further month to remove the rubble.

The owner can appeal before the notice comes into effect, in which case residents will have an opportunity to have their say. We will keep you updated.

Friends of Quarry have campaigned hard for over 2 years, with the support of our local councillors, residents, the Oxford Civic Society and our MP to highlight and represent the extent of planning breaches at this development to the City Planning Authorities. We are pleased that they have recognised the severity of these and are now taking action.

Controlled Parking Zone Update

The Headington Quarry controlled parking zone came into force on 15 February 2021. Any permits applied for at that time will expire on 15 February 2022.

It is likely that the County Council will write to permit holders to remind them to renew their permits, but as there have been postal delays recently, we wanted to make you aware in case no renewal letters are sent or they are delayed.

Renewal is possible up to 1 month before the existing permit expires on the County Council website.

A number of proposed changes to the controlled parking zone were approved at a County Council meeting on 16 December. More information is on the County Council website.

Christmas Services at Holy Trinity Headington Quarry

Holy Trinity Headington Quarry will be holding a series of Christmas Services. Details, including alternative ways to attend and Covid-19 safety precautions are available on their website.

Thursday Lunch Club, 1st and 3rd Thursday Monthly

A Thursday Lunch Club aims to provide a two course home cooked lunch for older people who live alone in the Headington area. It takes place on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month in Corpus Christi Church Hall, Margaret Road. Before lunch, from about 12.30 guests are served drinks and nibbles, lunch is served at 1pm and after lunch there is tea or coffee and chocolates. More details are on the HTHQ website.

Boxing Day Mummers Play, 27 December 2021

Headington Quarry Morris Dancers will be holding their traditional Mummers Play on Boxing Day, 27 December, this year. Times will be confirmed in due course. Photos and details of previous events are on their website.

A Rough Tour of Quarry, 26 December 2021, 1030

Local resident Maurice East will be holding a Boxing Day walking tour of Quarry, including the Pubs, pits, wells, Romans and Roughs.

The tour is free, but to control numbers, please order a ticket via Eventbrite.

FOQ 2021 Annual General Meeting – Materials

The minutes of the 2020 AGM and accounts for 2021 are now available to view.

Christmas Lights in Headington, 4 December, 1630

Headington Action will be marking the start of the Christmas and Winter holiday by turning the Christmas lights on on 4 December. The timetable for events on the day are:

0900 – 1400: The Saturday Market with festive food and crafts.  

1630 – 1730 Christmas tree Lights switch-on with:

Mince pies, wine and soft drinks provided by Headington  Action and local businesses. 

Countdown to switch on by the Lord Mayor of Oxford

Community singing round the tree. 

Headington Action organises the Christmas tree and the lights in the  permanent trees. It thanks councillors and local businesses for their donations.

Please note that there will be an additional Headington Market on 22 December.

More details are available on the Headington Action poster.

Autumn Newsletter and 50th Anniversary of the Conservation Area

Friends of Quarry are celebrating the 50th year of the establishment of the Conservation Area in 1971. To celebrate this, the illustrations on the 1971 leaflet, which was produced by the City Council, and describes the reasons for founding of the Conservation Area, are being used as the front and back pages of our Autumn newsletter. The Conservation Area leaflet is also on our website.

In that leaflet the Council described the principles of conservation to be used which included:

  1. The Council will use their powers under the relevant Acts to ensure that the character of the area is maintained.
  2. Where new development is involved, the scale of the new buildings and material used, shall be sympathetic, and in keeping, with the existing development.
  3. Where change is considered necessary, it should be carried out by adapting existing buildings (with possible exceptions) in a manner which will be in keeping with the scale, materials and character of the area.

Friends of Quarry have worked with the Council to apply these and other principles to the development within Quarry over the last fifty years. This approach has generally worked well but as explained in the last newsletter we have had our differences with the City Planners over the egregious development at 1 Quarry High Street.

Following two years of intensive lobbying and discussions of this development the Planners have accepted that what is built does not accurately reflect what was proposed in the original application. Following our persistent representations, they have asked for a retrospective planning application and if this is not forthcoming have indicated that they will then take appropriate enforcement action.

We were also heavily involved in the campaign to prevent the installation of a 20m high 5G mast at the entrance to Quarry. Planning permission for the mast was eventually refused. These cases highlight both the need for careful scrutiny of planning applications within Quarry and the need for an organization like Friends of Quarry.

If you are interested in protecting the character of the conservation area, please consider joining the Friends of Quarry and joining the committee.

FOQ Annual General Meeting, 22 November 2021, 1930, Online

Owing to the high infection rates of covid at present we have decided to have the AGM on line again. It will be on Monday 22nd November at 7:30pm. A Google Meet link will be sent out closer to the time.

The major agenda items are to elect a new treasurer and co-ordinator and confirm the committee members who wish to continue. Anyone interested in joining the committee can be voted onto it during the AGM.

The Treasurer’s and Co-ordinator’s report will be presented.

Please remember that you need to be a member of FOQ to vote at the AGM. All annual membership fees are due in November. Details of how to pay and how to contact us with any queries are on our website.