Following representations from Friends of Quarry and our Councillors, the City Council has refused prior approval for the proposed 5G mast at a key entrance to the Quarry.
This decision means that the phone company will have to make a formal planning application for permission to erect the proposed mast at this site. This will be subject to the usual procedures for planning applications, so local residents will have the opportunity to make comments.
We will keep you informed if an application is received.
A message from the Headington Shared Knitting and Crochet group
As Covid-19 restrictions for community halls will soon be lifted WE WILL BE MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 26 MAY, 1.30 TO 3pm at Church House (All Saints), New High Street, Headington.
The building is Covid-secure. The entrance is wheelchair accessible. We meet in the big ground floor hall, where socially distanced chairs will be set out. The ground floor toilet will be available. We will not be serving tea on this occasion.
We provide yarn to members at £1 for 100gms. We welcome gifts of yarn (any type, however small).
All through the pandemic, we have continued to send woolly goods to Syria, JR Neonatal Unit, Dementia Services at the JR, The Porch, Oxford Baby Bank, and Knit for Peace.
It will be so nice to be able to meet again. You will be very welcome if you decide to join us!
(There are cycle racks. There is limited parking, New High Street is in the HE zone.)
We have been asked what’s happening to the development at 1 Quarry High Street.
There is a clear discrepancy between what has being built and what was approved. We first reported the situation to Planning Enforcement in Sept 2019.
The Local Authority maintain that any planning infringements are minimal and do not warrant further enforcement. They have asked the Developer to submit a retrospective planning application but he has refused.
They maintain that the block of flats is about 30cm (1ft) higher than it should be. We were so concerned by this that we paid for a professional survey to be carried out. This revealed that the mews block is about 90cm higher than it should be and instead of being 1.1m higher than the Shop it is 2.8m higher! This survey also revealed that the height of the shop shown on the plans is about 80cm higher than the survey determined, a result similar to that obtained by the Oxford Civic Society who have been working with us to get the Council to act. The Local Authority has chosen to ignore these results. In addition they maintain that the front boundary wall has been re-built along its original line, which it hasn’t. (All measurements approximate)
Friends of Quarry have met with Planning Officers several times during the last 18 months and continue to pursue the case. We have escalated this within the Council and are due to have a meeting with senior officials shortly.
Headington Quarry and the Conservation Area have been badly let down by the Local Authority. It undermines public confidence in the planning system and planning enforcement.
Residents might like to question our local Councilors and prospective Councilors about why this situation has been allowed to happen and drag on for so long.
If you would more information or want to discuss this, you are welcome to contact Lawrence Kelly on 07767 884642 or via our email.
Good news. The weekly market in Quarry Hollow Park will continue for a few more months at least, before moving back to Headington. But it relies on volunteer stewards. If you could help with 1.5 hours of your time occasionally, please let Headington Market know. It’s an enjoyable and social thing to do. And you get a free cup of coffee!
Since we became aware of the proposal by Hutchison to locate a 5G mast on a key entrance to the Quarry, Friends of Quarry have worked with our Councillors and the City Planners to respond to the preliminary public consultation about the siting of this mast and to examine the terms under which it was being considered. As a consequence of all our representations, the agent dealing with the proposal designated the application as red based on the traffic light designation scheme for the of such masts on an area. Hutchison were advised that the chosen site should not be used and an alternative site nearby be found.
However the phone company have not accepted this guidance and are pressing ahead with the original proposal. However they do have to ask for planning permission and, as we indicated before, you now have a chance to comment on the Council’s planning site. The application reference is 21/00782/T56 – comments must be made by 23 April 2021
Friends of Quarry will continue to press for an alternative site to be adopted and the more signatures on the Friends of Quarry petition and comments to the planning authorities the better.
The aim of the School Streets programme is to create a safe, welcoming and attractive environment where children, parents and teachers can walk, cycle or scoot, or park away from and walk to school with less risk of concentrated air pollution and traffic congestion. As part of this, timed road closures will be introduced to prohibit access for motor vehicles at school drop-off and/or pick-up times.
A trial of School Streets will start at Windmill School on Monday 22 March for an initial 6 week trial period. As part of this, temporary supervised barriers will be in place at the following locations at 0830 – 0900 and 1500 – 1530:
Margaret Road – between its junctions with St Annes Road & Wharton Road
York Road – between its junctions with Margaret Road & Weyland Road
There are trials underway at other schools in Oxford. More details can be found online.
Would you like to support Street Champions in Headington?
Headington Action has secured funding for a part-time role
Street champions set up by Oxford Together have been highly effective in supporting and empowering street communities. If someone has been shielding during the pandemic it’s probably a local street champion who has arranged for someone to do their shopping. In Headington, the charity Headington Action (HA) is keen to develop and maintain the street champion network working alongside Oxford Together and we have secured some funding to employ someone part-time on a contract basis to do this.
The job will entail supporting existing street champions and to recruit more people to fulfil this really important role. This would be for an average of one day a week though not necessarily all in one day. You would be liaising with Street Champions and Oxford Together. It will also entail working within one of HA’s project teams, called Connected Communities, which was formed to reduce social isolation and increase community support in Headington.
The job isn’t just for the duration of the pandemic, HA want to make Headington one of the most friendly and supportive places anyone might choose to live.
If you are interested please contact Headington Action for discussion and the full job description.
We have raised your concerns with the City Council. They have told us that they have strongly recommended that the mast be placed elsewhere and are working to identify a suitable alternative location. They have also confirmed that, should an application be submitted, the public will have a chance to comment.
We will continue to monitor the development of this proposal and will make you aware of any future formal application.