Category Archives: Latest News

Temporary Road Closure – Pitts Road, 4 August 2022

For your information: A request has been received from Lanes Group for a temporary road closure to apply to a section of Oxford, Pitts Road whilst sewer cleaning and maintenance works are carried out.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate from the 04 August 2022 to and including the 04 August 2022. This will operate between 09:00 and 15:30

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

A copy of the Traffic Order and a drawing showing the extent of the closure and also the alternative routes for traffic are available on our website.

#StreetVoice – A Citizens’ Jury on transport, health and climate change in Oxford

A team of researchers, led by the Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation based at Kellogg College, is organising a Citizens’ Jury to help answer important questions about how people can travel where they need to in Oxford in a climate-friendly way that promotes health.

A number of proposals aimed at influencing how people travel have been announced in Oxford, with a wide range of views on the merits of the proposals.

The Citizens’ Jury is an opportunity for local residents to understand each other’s views and experiences, and to try to reach decisions that people can agree on about how to make Oxford an inclusive, fair and safe place to move around. Citizens’ Juries are a tried and tested, inclusive and balanced method that help communities solve local problems. A total of 2000 households in Headington, Barton, Sandhills, Northway, Quarry and Risinghurst were invited to register their interest in taking part. 16 local residents from all walks of life have been chosen by “civic lottery” to form the “jury” to reflect the population of Oxford in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, disability and socio-economic group.

Jury members will hear a range of evidence and views on issues related to how people travel within the city, how it affects people’s health and the climate, and the benefits and challenges that can come with changing how people travel. They will listen to the information presented, share their views and ideas, and work together to explore ways forward.

This project is being run independently by the University of Oxford. The jury members will develop recommendations for Oxfordshire County Council, who have endorsed the project and have agreed to listen to, and respond to, the recommendations.

Further information can be found here.

The Jury will meet over 21 hours split over four sessions in June-July 2022.

  • Sunday 12th June (afternoon): 1.30pm – 5.00pm
  • Saturday 18th June: 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Sunday 26th June: 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Sunday 3rd July (afternoon): 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Starting with this Sunday’s session, the GCHU Twitter account (@GCHUOxford) will be sharing videos, expert presentations, information and updates throughout the day’s activities to ensure that the project is open, transparent and accessible. We are excited to share the progress of this project with the Oxfordshire community and would be grateful for your assistance in sharing this with your community. Our announcement video is now live and we will commence live-blogging the day from 12:30pm on Sunday 12th June.

Platinum Jubilee Evening, Headington Quarry Village Hall, 1730, 3 June 2022

The Village Hall invites you and your family are invited to a fun party evening to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee from 1730 to 2130 on 3 June.

This is a free, open event for everyone in the Quarry area.

Bring your own refreshments – plates, cutlery & glasses are provided.

Previous Royal celebrations saw an ox roasted………

There will be a BBQ if you wish to roast your ox (only joking!) – burgers and sausages will fit!

A few games including bingo are planned.

Headington Quarry Morris – Dance Out, 30 May 2022

Headington Quarry Morris Dancers are performing in Headington Quarry on Monday 30th May, starting at 8.00pm at The Six Bells and finishing at 8.40pm at The Masons Arms

All are welcome!

More information is available on the Headington Quarry Morris Facebook page.

Connected Communities Week, w/c 25 May

Next week, beginning 25th May, is Connected Communities Week in Headington.

The aim is to enable people to get to know more people and increase neighbourliness – and have a good time!

There is a programme of events. See the full timetable on the Headington Action website, or you can find a copy in a local shop, library, cafe, community centre or GP surgery.

There are masses of events, many of them free or at minimal cost, so go on, try something new, meet someone new.

Organised by Headington Action with Headington churches, GP surgeries, Oxford City Council and Oxford Brookes University.

Headington Festival, 28 and 29 May 2022

The much-enjoyed Headington Festival returns after a three year gap. It is held in Central Headington and Bury Knowle Park over 2 days:

  • Saturday 28 May, 9am to 2pm, central Headington. An expanded market plus entertainers and pavement chalking for children
  • Sunday 29 May, Bury Knowle Park, 1pm to 5pm. Stalls, entertainment, food and drink, farm animals, fun fair, sports to try

More details are available on the Festival website.

We hope to see you there.

1 Quarry High Street – FOQ Response

We have published our response to the Appeal against the Planning Enforcement Notice served on the Mews Block development at 1 Quarry High Street.

Comments on the Appeal must be received by 29 March 2022. Information how to make comments is available on our website.

We hope that you will make your views on this Appeal and the associated development known.

OxClean 2022 – Thankyou!

We’d like to thank the 18 people who joined us for the litter pick of the Quarry as part of OxClean on Saturday 19 March.

A large amount of litter and recycling was collected, leaving the Quarry much tidier than before.


1 Quarry High Street – Your Opportunity to Comment on the Appeal

The Local Planning Authority (LPA) have served an enforcement notice on the mews block development at 1 Quarry High Street and Mr Beecher has appealed. The case will now go to a public inquiry. 

This is now your chance to comment – comments must be received by Tues 29th March. Comments should be sent to the Planning Inspectorate and not Oxford City Council.

How to Comment

The easiest way is to go to the Planning Inspectorate website at Planning Inspectorate. The link should take you to the case directly, but if it does not, enter the case number APP/G3110/C/22/3292360 (you only need to enter the last seven figures). When you have located the case, enter your details and then your comments.

Depending on whether you support the enforcement notice or are against it you should start with:

  • ‘I support the LPA in issuing the enforcement notice’ and explain whether it is for the same reasons as given by the LPA or, if not, explain your own reasons; or
  • ‘I support the appellant in appealing against the enforcement notice’ and explain why

Friends of Quarry support the enforcement notice and will comment on why the Mews Block has not been built as the approved plans and  why it has caused unacceptable harm to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area. A key issue is that the height of the violin shop on the approved plans is almost 1m higher than it actually is, thus appearing to reduce the impact of the mews block.

If you would like to see all the documents submitted so far concerning the enforcement action they are available on the Oxford City Planning website. This will take you to the Enforcement tab, where you can enter the reference 18/00097/ENF

If you would like further information or help please contact Lawrence Kelly on 07767 884642

OxClean 2022, Quarry Hollow Park, 1400, 19 March

We will be organising another litter pick in the Quarry in support of OxClean. This year’s clean will take place on Saturday 19 March.

Please join us at the sandpit in Quarry Hollow Park at 1400 for up to two hours.

All equipment and instructions will be provided – please bring along your children to help.

We hope to see you there.