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Holy Trinity Church have announced their plans for Remembrance Sunday.
“The current rules prevent us from holding a Remembrance Sunday service in church, but there is provision for an outdoor Act of Remembrance. To minimise the risk of people gathering, we will hold an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at an unspecified time, laying the wreath and reading the names of the fallen. Our online service, broadcast via Radio Cherwell, will also include the act of remembrance. Please do stop by and pay your respects at the War Memorial any time during the day, and the church building will also remain open for individual prayer and reflection. The War Memorial was cleaned today by a stonemason, in preparation for Sunday.”
The times of and arrangements for services are on the Holy Trinity website.
Light in the darkness
Communities working together to create hope
We need the warmth of light and the brightness of hope in these dark days.
Headington Action supports the City Council’s Light Festival on 20-22 November.
If you can, we urge you to bring light to your neighbours by:
• Lighting your windows and gardens
• Creating a socially distanced street light event on November 20th or 21st
• Keeping your lights twinkling through December (and longer if you wish)
Ideas for how to be creative with your lights, including how to create light trails, organising doorstep celebrations and the festival’s planned mobile lights installation that could visit your street can be found at https://www.oxlightfest.com
Lights can be bought on-line but don’t forget that your local shops stock them too. Micro funding is available for Street Champions to fund some lights.
To support the City’s light festival, Headington Action will switch on lights in the trees in the shopping area on November 20th
The 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on November 19th at 19:30.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be able to have a public meeting. Instead we will organize a virtual meeting.
Access details for the online meeting and an online voting form have been sent out to current and recent previous members in preparation for the AGM. If you are not currently a member and would like to attend, please contact us via our website.
Existing members are reminded that subscriptions are due in November and can be paid using the details on our website or by delivering cash or cheques to 24 Beaumont Road, Headington Quarry.
We look forward to seeing you (virtually) at the AGM.
We are pleased to publish our autumn newsletter, which has also been delivered to all households in the Quarry.
Following the ‘informal’ consultation carried out in November/December 2018 (for details click here) regarding the proposal to introduce a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) within the Headington Quarry area, Oxford City Council are consulting our views on the proposal to introduce a new ‘minimum impact’ (i.e. low signage) CPZ for the area. The proposals are being put forward to help address the local problems associated with commuter parking and overflow parking from adjacent residents parking areas.
This proposal creates a new Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) with operational hours for the Zone for Residents Permit Parking covering 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday only, with some permitted 2-hour time limited shared use parking.
Residents permits will be available for residents, but will be limited to one per resident with a maximum of two permits per property of the following roads: Bankside, Beaumont Road, Chequers Place, Cooper Place, Coppock Close, Gladstone Road, Green Road (on the western side of the A4142 Oxford Eastern Bypass), New Cross Road, Pitts Road, Quarry High Street, Quarry Hollow, Quarry School Place, Spring Lane, Toot Hill Butts and Trinity Road.
Additional waiting restrictions ‘prohibition of waiting at any time’ (double yellow lines) are proposed in the following roads: •Beaumont Road, Cooper Place, Coppock Close, *Eastern Bypass service road, Gladstone Road, Green Road, New Cross Road, Pitts Road, Quarry High Street, Quarry Hollow, Quarry School Place, Spring Lane, *Toot Hill Butts and Trinity Road (the proposed double yellow line restriction will also replace the existing no waiting 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday in some roads). Further details can be found in the attached documentation.
In light of this, the following consultation documents can be found on the Council’s consultation pages:
- Public Notice,
- Consultation Plan,
- NOTE – Statement of Reasons & Draft Traffic Regulation Order(s) will follow separately on receipt from OCC Legal Services.
The proposed Traffic Regulation Orders are scheduled to be advertised in the Oxford Times today, Thursday 01st October 2020, with details also available to view on the Council’s consultation pages,
As stated on the notice, any objections or other representations on the proposal should be submitted by Friday 30th October 2020. (Any unresolved objections will be reported to the Council’s Cabinet meeting due to take place on Thursday 19 November 2020 at 10am).
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
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.”
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
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
email@example.com or phoned in on 01865 252565.
In addition the problem can be reported to the police at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.