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City Council Community Survey

The coronavirus lockdown created major challenges for people and communities. In response agencies, community groups and people came together to offer help and support. As the pandemic goes on longer there are different problems emerging which communities will face, but there are also opportunities to improve the quality of life in Headington.

The City Council has created a short survey to identify community priorities. By completing this survey you will be helping them to conduct a needs analysis that reflects the issues that will affect you over the next few months.

 

Avoiding Scams and Phishing Attacks

You may recently have seen information in the press and elsewhere about a number of scam campaigns and phishing attacks that are currently active. Some are familiar, while others are trying to capitalise on people’s concerns about the current situation.

There are too many scams and phishing attacks around for us to keep you up to date on all of them, so we’d like to refer you to several useful sources of information that you can use to find out about current scam campaigns, understand how to identify scams and find links to report them.

  • Thames Valley Police have information on scams and other concerns on their advice pages
  • Thames Valley Alert provides regular updates on crimes, including cyber crime, applicable to our area. The information is published on their website, where you can also sign up for regular alerts
  • The National Cyber Security Centre has information on identifying, reacting to and protecting yourself to cyber threats
  • Cyber Aware, published by NCSC, provides specific information on staying safe online during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Get Safe Online also offer information, advice and an alerting service

We hope that this information will help you feel safer online in these difficult times.

 

Avoiding Blocked Drains

Last week, the sewer in Trinity Road was blocked, affecting the Masons Arms and a number of properties nearby. A similar problem happened in August last year.

The Thames Water engineer stated that it was caused by wet wipes and fat that had been washed/flushed down the drains. He had just been involved in clearing a blockage of the main sewer from Risinghurst at the pedestrian lights opposite the Six Bells. That had the same cause and was just one of around 75,000 blockages that Thames Water deal with every year.

Thames Water have very good advice for homeowners and businesses on how to avoid contributing to problems such as this. It is available on their website.

 

Plant and Seedling Swap, Quarry Village Hall, 8 May, 1000-1100

Have your green fingers produced an excess of seedlings or plants?

Would you like to swap a few?

When: Friday, 8th May from 10am till 11am

Where: In front of the Quarry Village Hall

Bring: Seedlings or plants you would like to sway or give away

Take away: Seedlings or plants you like!

Wear: Gloves and bring a bag or box for your seedlings

STAY SAFE: REMEMBER TO KEEP AT LEAST 2 METRES APART

SOCIAL DISTANCING = SAVES LIVES, KEY WORKERS AND OUR NHS

Covid 19 – Street Coordinators in the Quarry

Oxford Together  have put together a network of street champions to provide help and support during this period. Information and contacts can be found on the Headington Action website (look under ‘street level contacts’).

Champions are still needed for some streets:

  • Bushnell Close
  • Colemans Hill
  • Green Road (even numbers)
  • Toot Hill Butts

If you live in one of these streets and are interested in helping, please contact Steve Wheeler, Tel 07539 388755 and email steve.jw75@gmail.com

More information on Oxford Together can be found on their website.

Covid 19 – Updates and Information

As we all settle into the new ‘normal’, we’d like to make you aware of some useful sources of information and support.

Oxford City Council: The Essential Support directory is at www.oxford.gov.uk/essentialsupport and has been put together to guide residents to financial and other support they might need if they have been affected by the national lockdown. It includes links to subjects including benefits, debt, money saving tips, housing advice and mental health support.

Oxford Hub: Oxford Together is our campaign to provide support to those in need. Our volunteers are assisting people with shopping, collecting prescriptions, phone check-ins, and more. To offer your help, or to refer someone for support, visit our Oxford Together site here.

Thames Valley Police: TVP provide a wide range of information via the Thames Valley Alert service https://www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk/

NextDoor: Nextdoor is the neighbourhood hub. Nextdoor is the best way to stay informed about what’s going on in your neighbourhood—whether it’s finding a last-minute babysitter, planning a local event, or sharing safety tips. There are so many ways our neighbours can help us, we just need an easier way to connect with them. https://nextdoor.co.uk/

Holy Trinity Headington Quarry: hthq.uk has a range of information on local support, local businesses providing delivery services, as well as church services and access to the churchyard during this time

Headington Action: https://www.headingtonaction.org/ has a lot of useful information (and links to other sources of information) for the local area. This also provides details for the online Headington Market

Oxfordshire NHS: Useful information on diagnosis and access to services https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/

If you are aware of other reliable sources of information, please let us know at friendsofquarry@gmail.com.

 

 

Headington Market – Now Online

For those of you missing the Headington Market – it has now moved online so that you can continue to buy from most of the traders.

Details are on their website.

 

1 Quarry High Street – Petition to call for enforcement action to be taken

As part of our ongoing activities to raise resident’s concerns about the development at 1 Quarry High Street, we have created a petition to allow you to express your support for our calls for Oxford City Council to take enforcement action.

We will use the completed petition in our discussions with Oxford City Council and others, so please make your neighbours and anyone else that you know is concerned about the development aware of it. You can also leave comments when you sign the petition.

The petition is here.

Covid-19 – Community Response

We have collated some information on local actions to organise community help and support for those self-isolating or affected by Covid-19.

It can be found here.

If you are aware of any other actions underway that you would like us to publicise, please contact us at friendsofquarry@gmail.com or via our website.

Stay safe.

 

1 Quarry High Street – Petition to call for enforcement action to be taken

As part of our ongoing activities to raise resident’s concerns about the development at 1 Quarry High Street, we have created a petition to allow you to express your support for our calls for Oxford City Council to take enforcement action.

We will use the completed petition in our discussions with Oxford City Council and others, so please make your neighbours and anyone else that you know is concerned about the development aware of it. You can also leave comments when you sign the petition.

The petition is here.