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


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.