Student Return to Oxford – Online event to explain COVID safety arrangements

Oxford City Council is hosting a ‘Virtual Town Hall’ event on Monday 28 September from 6-7.30pm. 

The event is for residents to hear from the both of Oxford’s universities, students’ unions, the City and County Councils and the police about the COVID-safety plans and measures in place around the return of students in order to address the problems that have emerged in recent days.

The event will be streamed online and it is possible for residents to submit questions in advance. More information is available on the Oxford City Council Website

Covid Amber Warning in Oxford

We have been asked to circulate the following message by Oxford City Council:

The number of coronavirus cases in Oxfordshire is continuing to rise.

In the 7 days up to 21 August, there have been 86 confirmed cases in Oxfordshire, which is an increase from 65 cases in the previous week.

The majority of the new cases are in Oxford, where the number has risen from 28 to 41. The increase is predominantly among young people in the 18-29 age bracket. The increase can be partly attributed to people returning from holidays in Europe, where cases of the virus are rising, and partly to lower levels of adherence to social distancing.

The weekly rate for Oxford currently stands at 26.9 cases per 100,000 population, which means the city is moving ever closer to figures in parts of the country that have been labelled by central Government as areas of concern or that require intervention. Oxfordshire’s Public Health Surveillance Unit is monitoring the situation very closely. If cases continue to rise, then local control measures may be introduced.

Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Public Health, said: “My appeal to everyone in Oxford is to remember what got us out of lockdown. Do we really want to end up with the kind of local control measures we have seen introduced in various parts of Lancashire, Yorkshire, Leicester and Aberdeen?

“At the minute it feels like we are moving in that direction. People need to be aware their behaviour is putting themselves and others at risk. If you’re young and catch COVID-19, you’re absolutely not guaranteed to get away with the mildest symptoms. Even mild symptoms are a struggle, while longer-term symptoms can include chronic fatigue, muscle weakness and memory loss.

“Equally you may well pass this onto older or more vulnerable people. How would you feel if you knew that someone was in hospital in a ventilator with their life under threat because you’d passed COVID-19 on to them?

“Now is the time to act to #stopthespread. I’ve said it over and over – this whole situation is in our own hands. We all need to act responsibly and follow the very simple advice. If we do that collectively, we will reverse this upward trend that we are seeing in Oxford. If we don’t bring the infection rate under control then measures will be introduced of the kind we’ve seen elsewhere in the country. It’s that simple.”

Further information

You can find out more about how to keep yourself safe, and the latest number of cases in Oxfordshire, at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/stopthespread

Reporting Noise Nuisances

Following the many complaints about the noise from the Chequers last weekend, Friends of Quarry have put together the following procedures to be followed if you want to complain about noise from any source.

If you think that the nuisance may be repeated we strongly advise starting a log of the events collecting the dates, length and level of the annoyance. This is especially important if the source in a business such as a pub.

Firstly the event should be reported to the City Council via Environmental Health or the Safer Oxford Partnership. Alternatively phone it in to 01865 249811. You can also download the Noise APP to your phone and use this to record and report the noise.

If the source is a pub then it should be reported to the City Licensing Authority at
licensing@oxford.gov.uk or phoned in on 01865 252565.

In addition the problem can be reported to the police at licensing@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or phoned in on 01865 542059. This
should be done after reporting to the council as is important as the police need to
know how often any venue is causing a problem before they act. Alternatively the
problem can be reported on the Police 101 number.

Oxford City Centre – Proposed Temporary Bus Gates

You may have seen news coverage about a proposal for temporary bus gates to be installed in the City Centre. The County and City Councils yesterday shared updates on the temporary bus gate proposals which aim to assist Oxford’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.

The bus gates are part of a number of measures being taken forward by the county council as the transport authority, and the city council as key stakeholder and partner, to counter the effects of the pandemic. The problems are significant and need fairly radical intervention.

The proposed temporary bus gates are one part of their measures to support the bus network and local businesses as part of Oxford’s recovery, and will be important in creating conditions which support the continued levels of waking and cycling that have been seen in recent months.

Their main goal with these bus gates is to see the city centre returning to being a destination for visitors, shoppers and residents, not simply a through route.

They appreciate that everyone will have their own feedback and comments. Therefore they are currently running a public survey to inform the proposals on the temporary bus gates which is open until August 9 2020 at 23.59.

Alongside the survey, the councils have also co-created a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) based on questions that both county and city councils have received over the past few weeks.

Please do read the FAQs and give your views through the consultation portal. The councils will ensure that every comment is considered including any you may already have submitted.

Survey – Headington’s Streets

Headington Liveable Streets is a group which campaigns for community-led liveable streets across Headington, where active travel is made easy, playing out is safe, air quality is improved, neighbourhood connections thrive and rat-running is no longer an option. More information is available on their website.

They are currently running a survey to gather feedback about how people feel about traffic and transport via bike, mobility scooter, wheelchair, foot or car around Headington. If you would like to, you can take part in the survey here.

New website – Activities and events in Headington during the Summer

Looking for things to do this summer?

Headington Action, with the support of Oxford City Council, has created a website which gives details of activities and events in Headington as lockdown eases. The site can be found on the Headington Action website   There are lots of social, cultural and physical things to do and enjoy.

 

Holy Trinity Virtual Fete

Holy Trinity are not able to hold their annual church fete due to Covid-19. As an alternative, they are inviting everyone to take part in some traditional fete activities for a donation of £10.

£10 Fete Bundle includes:

1) Raffle – days out to enjoy

2) £1 Game (chance to win £15)

3) Fete Cake recipe collection

4) Lockdown garden photo competition (£5 prize)

5) Design your own bunting competition (£5 prize)

Details on prizes and how the competitions work are on the HTHQ website.

 

Headington Farmers Market – 4 July, 1000 – 1400

A reminder that the Headington Farmers Market is back, in Quarry Hollow Park, on Saturday 4 July from 1000 – 1400. .

There is also an opportunity for you to get involved: This summer, the Market will need extra volunteer stewards helping on one Saturday per month from 0930 to 1430; partial shifts are available. Can you help? More information and sign up is here.

Adoption of the Oxford Local Plan 2036

The Oxford Local Plan 2036 has now been formally adopted. It forms part of the statutory development plan, which means that it will have full weight in determining planning applications.

More information, including the adopted plan, can be found on the Oxford City Council website.

Headington Farmers Market is back from 4 July

Headington Farmers Market is reopening from 1000 to 1400 on 4 July 2020 at Quarry Hollow Park in the Quarry.

More information is available on their website