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29th March 2021
Survey on the Covered Market
Oxford Civic Society is working with the City’s Regeneration Manager and others to plan a revitalisation of the Covered Market. A fully worked up scheme will be submitted to the Council for approval and funding by end 2021. The Society is therefore consulting with their members and the public to get a wide range of views on the form and function of the Market. The Survey takes 5-7 minutes, and the Civic Society would be grateful if as many people as possible could participate. Think back to the time before COVID-19, when there was freedom to move around. Please respond before 5 pm on 8th April.
The following link takes you to the survey: :
8th March 2021
A request from Jericho Connections <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The last 18 months have been fraught with debate on what measures could or should be taken to bring the saga of Walton Street to an end. There is now a proposal from the Council. It isn’t perfect – and there are modifications we’d like to have seen – but we all need to move forward. So, we’re lending Jericho Connections’ support to this proposal, as are our friends at The Jericho Traders Association. We’d like to ask you to do so too.
We can respond through the Council consultation (closing date 19th March) https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/JerichoandWaltonManorPilot/consultationHome
Talk by local GP and NHS champion Dr Helen Salisbury
Many WMRA residents are patients at the Observatory Medical Practice/Jericho Health Centre, and will be aware that with streamlined planning, the over 75s are now receiving their vaccines. Among the doctors involved there is Dr Helen Salisbury, whose name will be known to many of you as a strong advocate for the NHS. Her views have also recently been expressed on national media in relation to Covid and the vaccination programme, specially regarding timing of doses. Dr Salisbury will be the guest of John Mair on the ‘My Virtual Jericho’ series this Wednesday January 27th at 5.30 pm. If you can’t catch it then you can always catch up later. This is the link to the event on YouTube. And The ‘My Jericho’ website is here.
The annual Spring Clean of our streets which takes place every year in March has been postponed, due to lockdown restrictions. More information will be given out by the OxClean team when outdoor and group activities are less subject to restrictions. In the meantime, the team invites individuals to continue to help protect our community from damage caused by discarded rubbish. If you wish to explore further how to do this, please contact .email@example.com.
January 9th 2021
Thanks to Maggie our WMRA information person
The over-80s in the Walton Manor area who are patients at the Observatory Practice have now been vaccinated, along with key workers and a few others in the 75-80 category. The second (Pfizer) vaccine was given to these recipients over this week-end (Jan 9/10). Apparently the Oxford vaccine is due in any day now and the 75+ category will be vaccinated shortly. The Observatory practice has been a hub for Covid vaccination for several practices, and the whole process has been extremely well managed, with community members helping out with ‘traffic management’. The practice managed a throughput of over 900 in one day.
Consultation on Zero Emission Zone for Oxford
There are now only 10 days left in which to respond to the consultation on proposals for an Oxford ZEZ. The idea is to have a road user charging scheme covering a few city centre streets this summer, but extended to far more streets in spring 2022. The City and County Councils are keen to hear your views on the details of the scheme.
The Zero Emission Zone pilot aims to reduce the city’s air pollution levels, tackle the climate emergency and improve the health of residents, workers and visitors. It is part of a wider local transport plan which aims to improve connectivity, reduce emissions and support sustainable growth across Oxford and Oxfordshire.
Have your say. Please share your views on this consultation by 17 January 2021, 23:59. There are several ways to respond:
Complete the online questionnaire by clicking on the link below.
Request a printed version of the online questionnaire: please call 01865 792422 to request one.
Write to: Zero Emission Zone, Oxfordshire County Council, New Road, Oxford OX11ND
Jericho Traders Association
WMRA has received a letter from the Jericho Traders Association, clarifying that 33 of the businesses with a shopfront in Jericho are not in favour of pedestrianisation of a section of Walton Street, and do not think that this will help their businesses. They want to make sure that their views are known to Jericho and Walton Manor residents in the ongoing discussions on the Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme. If anyone would like to receive their FAQ sheet please let me know, or go to the website of Jericho Connections to review the proposals they support.
WMRA Information Person.
December 10th 2020
Councillor James Fry has asked us to bring to your attention the public consultation currently being conducted by the County and City Councils on their proposals for a ‘zero emission zone’ in the centre of Oxford.
The consultation website is here: Oxford zero emission zone | Oxfordshire County Council,
The intention is to begin the pilot in Summer 2021, and extend to a wider area — with lessons learned — in Spring 2022.
An invitation to the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) Bill Alliance Oxfordshire’s zoom event on Friday Dec 11th 5.00- 6.30 pm.
Notification of consultation for a new Humanities Division Building at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
You may be aware that the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford is at the start of an exciting project to provide a new building for Humanities within the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.
The new Centre for the Humanities brings together eight faculties, six libraries, a new Institute for Ethics in AI and a number of research institutes into one building. The building will include a concert hall and a number of spaces designed for multiple purposes, including teaching, research, performance, exhibitions and public engagement.
The specific details of the proposal can be viewed by clicking on the website below:
If after reviewing the proposals you consider it would be beneficial to meet with the project team we would be happy to arrange this.
Alternatively, you can provide feedback on the proposals in a number of ways including:
- Website: www.ox.ac.uk/humanitiesconsultation
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post: Humanities Consultation Carter Jonas Mayfield House 256 Banbury Road Oxford OX2 7DE
- Telephone: 01865 615361
The consultation process will run from 18 November – 9 December 2020. We look forward to hearing from you.
Protect yourself from scams
The following message has been issued by the County Council.
Residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the pandemic. Oxfordshire County Council’s trading standards team has received numerous reports of scams targeting people by email, text messages, and on the doorstep.
There are many genuine community efforts to help residents, to provide good quality advice and support. But unfortunately, not everyone is trustworthy, and some people will take advantage of this unprecedented situation.
Councillor Judith Heathcoat, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “It is hard to believe that some people will look to take advantage of the situation our country is facing, but unfortunately this is a reality.
“Where possible, trading standards will pursue and tackle these despicable individuals, but preventing people becoming victims in the first place is key.
“Be a good friend; help protect your family, friends and neighbours from scams.”
Jody Kerman, Head of Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards, said: “Scams come in many different guises so, before taking any action or agreeing to an offer: Stop, ‘take five’, and discuss with a trusted friend or family member.”
Remember, criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online. Here are some of the scams trading standards is aware of:
- People offering miracle cures or vaccines for coronavirus – there is currently no specific treatment for COVID-19
- People impersonating healthcare workers, claiming to be offering ‘home-testing’ for coronavirus – this is a scam and these kits are not currently available to buy
- Emails offering a refund on council tax, utility bills, or similar are usually bogus and they are just after personal and bank details
- Fake products available to buy online that say they can protect against or cure coronavirus. These will not help and are designed to take your money
- New mobile phone applications that claim to give updates on the virus, but instead lock your phone and demand a ransom
- People offering to do shopping or collect medication, asking for money upfront and then disappearing
- People offering home cleaning services
- Claiming to be collecting money for charities.
Remember: Banks or the police will never ask for account details over the phone.
Tips to avoid being scammed
- Be cautious and listen to your instincts. Do not be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it, or shut the door.
- Take your time; do not be rushed into making a decision that you will probably regret.
- If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone is trying to tempt you into accepting a service, they are unlikely to be genuine.
- Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help if unsure.
- If online, be aware of fake news and use trusted sources such as .gov.uk or NHS.uk websites. Type out email addresses. Don’t click on links in emails.
- Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.
- Protect your financial information, especially from people you do not know. Never give your bank card or PIN to a stranger.
- Know who you are dealing with. If you need help, talk to someone you know or use contact numbers provided below.
Charity collectors: How to check if they are genuine
- Check the charity’s name and registration number at gov.uk/checkcharity. Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.
- Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information – it’s ok to decide not to give on the spot. Be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of and be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them.
- Exercise the same caution as with any other internet transaction, for example, to donate online. Visit the charity’s own website and always type the website address into the browser yourself.
- Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with, to find out more about their spending. Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative if you are unable to research this or need a second opinion.
Ignore requests to donate through a money transfer company.
Jody Kerman, Head of Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards, said: “The vast majority of people and organisations have the very best of intentions, to support residents at this difficult time. However, a small number are looking to take advantage of our good nature and charitableness.
“Remember, it is OK to ‘take five’, give yourself time to think about it and to decide not to give on the spot. Have the confidence to put the phone down, delete the text or email, or shut the door.”
- If you think you have been scammed, report it to Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040.
- If you need advice, call Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline: 0808 223 1133.
- If you are in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.
- Contact your bank if you think you have been financially scammed.
- Age UK runs a telephone support service (for older people and carers): 01865 411288.
Scam advice for Businesses is here.
Friends Against Scams
To learn more about different types of scams and how to protect yourself and others, visit www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk and complete the free online training.
12th November 2020
AGM postponement and other news from the WMRA Chairman
You might be wondering what is going to happen to our Walton Manor Residents Association AGM, which has been held in late November in recent years. A core purpose of the AGM is to provide an opportunity for all members of our neighbourhood to meet and chat. The committee has decided that a virtual meeting would be an unsatisfactory substitute and that we should therefore postpone the AGM until such time as it is safe for us to meet up in person.
If you need help with problems caused by the covid restrictions, the Oxford Hub can provide it: https://www.oxfordhub.org/oxford-together
The WMRA committee has put together a Welcome leaflet to give to anyone who has recently moved to the area. This is designed to introduce people to the WMRA, to make them feel welcome and to provide some useful information. It is on two sides of a single A4 sheet and incorporates a map showing the boundaries of the various Walton Manor areas. If you notice that someone has just moved in, please could you inform us? Ideally, we would like to have a volunteer from each road responsible for keeping an eye out for new residents. I have already had three enjoyable doorstep chats as a result of handing out these leaflets. Let’s hope that it will soon be again possible to visit one another.
With best wishes,
16th September 2020:COVID 19
Latest message concerning Covid 19 testing in Oxford
With cases in Oxfordshire on the rise, and an appreciation of the importance of testing, we have established a Local Testing Site (LTS) in Oxford and are actively looking to secure an additional LTS in Oxford.
Local Testing Sites are walk-through sites which people can access on foot or by bike. The Oxford site is in addition to existing regional provision, and is designed to improve local access to testing. The new facility, which is now fully operational, is located at the Oxford Brookes campus site in Headington (the Fuller Building Restaurant). It is open to the local community as well as to Brookes’ students and staff. Advance bookings are strongly recommended.
University of Oxford has established its own testing service for students, staff and their families. This also helps to take the burden off local capacity.
I would like to remind residents of the following:
· The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
· If you have at least one of these symptoms, you should book a test by calling 119 or registering online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
· If you do not have COVID-19 symptoms, please do not book a test – you could be taking a test away from someone who really needs it. This is increasingly important as we head into Autumn and Winter, when more people will get colds and the flu.
· Please do not stockpile home test kits – there is plenty of stock and, if you develop symptoms in the future, you will be able to book a test. There is no need to order a test in case of future use.
· If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then that person must get tested and the rest of the household must self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results.
- If you are self-isolating or in quarantine, then a negative test result does not mean you can end isolation early. The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that you will not then go on to develop the virus. You could still be at risk of spreading the virus to other people
· Further information is available at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/stopthespread.
Thank you !!
Dr Louise Upton
Oxford City Councillor, representing North Ward,
Cabinet Member for Safer, Healthier Oxford
Champion for Cycling and Walking
Stop the virus from spreading. Keep Oxford safe.
Follow the guidance: Clean hands. Wear a face mask. Keep your distance.
Get tested if you have symptoms.
6th September 2020: Annual General Meeting
It was propsed that the 2020 Annual General Meeting would be held virtually by ZOOM on the 26th November at 7 pm. It’s now decided to postpone this.
21 July 2020 : News about action to deal with litter problem on Port Meadow
Julian Cooper, the Port Meadow Ranger, has set up a Facebook group called ‘Wolvercote and Walton Well Wombles’ to help to deal with this: the aim is to offer support and coordinate all the work that the community, individuals and City do to try to keep the Meadow and Common litter free. They will include the Binsey bank as litter is an issue on both sides.
The Facebook group is here. For those of you who don’t use Facebook, Susanna Pressel has offered to act as a coordinator. You can get in touch with her on 01865 554001 or at email@example.com.
Please feel free to share this to your wider personal communities: Julian is keen to ensure this is also a way to celebrate the area as well as help with the litter.
Walton Manor Residents Association (WMRA) Annual General Meeting, 2019
Date: Wed 27th November, 7.00 for 7.15 pm to 8.30
Venue: d’Overbroek School Hall, Leckford Place
19.15 Welcome: WMRA chair Simon Mollison
19.20 Chair’s and treasurer’s report: Simon Mollison and Jo Lane
1. Electric cars and the Oxford city environmental initiative: (AGM 2017)
2. Community survey: (AGM 2018)
3. The new Walton Manor electoral ward
4. A possible welcome pack to Walton Manor
5. Swifts : Oxford Swift City project
6. Oxclean initiative
7. Walton Manor Social events – comments and ideas
19.40 Friends of Burgess Field: Richard Gordon
19.50 The Oxford library of things: Alexandra Mates
20.00 Current traffic issues: the closure of Walton Street.
20.30 “Drinks and discussion”
Click below for the minutes:-
LECTURE & AGM 2019 St Margaret’s Association
On Wednesday 29th May, at 7.30 p.m., in the Maplethorpe Hall, St Hugh’s College, OX2 6LE (entrance from St Margaret’s Road), by kind permission of the Principal, followed by refreshments
Professor Reverend William Whyte, Vice-President of St. John’s College, is the Chair of the Oxford Preservation Trust, and has kindly agreed to build on his very successful Civic Society talk,
Heaven might be something like North Oxford*
Followed by the AGM
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30th December 2018
We have been sent a planning application on the corner of Banbury and Belbroughton road which you may wish to comment upon: A pdf is here with some instructions
4th December 2018
Six local police officers attended a meeting organised by James Fry, Chair of the St Margaret’s Area Society, at St Hugh’s on Monday Dec 3rd.
Advice from the police
Emergencies dial 999
For anything urgent including suspicious activity actually in progress phone 999.
For crimes already committed or for suspicious activity phone 101.
There are often long delays on this number so it is usually better to use the form on the website: http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk We were assured that these reports are read every day. Photos can be very useful.
Registering your valuables
You can register your valuables with http://www.immobilise.com
There is a lot of ‘distraction’ burglary by people who get into your house posing as gas meter readers etc. Check that they are genuine by phoning the company. Look out for elderly neighbours who may be easy prey.
Vulnerable children are used by drug dealers; so a child talking to addicts should arouse your suspicions.
To report discarded hypodermic needles phone the City Council on 249811 and they will dispose of them within 24 hours.
“Our officers do take graffiti seriously and are making a map to record where the various tags are painted to assist in the difficult task of catching the culprits. If you see a fresh tag, please report it.”
Louie Fooks, a resident of Kingston Road, has kindly agreed to give advice on where to obtain materials for erasing graffiti: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the first eleven months of last year, 65 burglaries were reported in North Oxford. The figure for this year is 33, yet the number of convictions has remained the same. Our area is relatively crime-free at present.
Following up Paul Lindsells presentation at our AGM, anyone wanting/willing to be on the Community Consultation can email him at email@example.com. Feedback so far is saying consultations should be no more than 6 times per year, except in extraordinary circumstances!
LETS BE HEARD
We are invited to join the St Margaret’s Area Society’s meeting at 7.30pm, 3rd December, with Thames Valley Police Officers, to pose questions and hear about their initiatives in dealing with local issues. It will be held in The Maplethorpe Room, St Hugh’s College.
The Canal and River Trust is looking for volunteers for a festive litter pick along the canal towpath, on December 1st, 10-2pm. meeting at the Bridge on Aristotle Lane.
A public consultation: Improving Transport along the A40 Corridor is holding meetings in Oxfordshire, for dates visit the website on: http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/ImprovingA40.
Finally: an olive green hat with tartan lining was left at the AGM on Monday evening. Any takers?
Notice of the Walton Manor Annual General Meeting, D’overbroeks, Leckford Raod
19th November 2018, 7.00 to 8.45. Draft agenda:-
19.20 Chair’s and treasurer’s report
1. The website
2. Electric cars
20.05 The Walton Manor Residents’ Survey, March/April 2018 – Paul Lindsell –“Is this a community voice our representatives will listen to?” This can be seen here on the website https://oxfordwaltonmanor.com/news/
traffic management measures available on-line – a particularly good resource are the Local Transport notes https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-transport-notes
and traffic advisory leaflets https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/traffic-advisory-leaflets published by the Department for Transport
in particular a considerable amount of research was published in the 1990’s when a variety of traffic calming measures were starting to be used in the UK , and although now rather elderly, the information they contain is still relevant https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/traffic-advisory-leaflets-1989-to-2009 .
I can certainly give you an update on the project:
• All chargers are now live and those which are available for public access are visible on the New Motion charger map: https://newmotion.com/en_GB/charging-solutions/charging-on-the-go
• Anyone wishing to use the chargers can register for a free fob from New Motion via their website.
• Fees apply to using the chargers and users must take note of the parking restrictions at public charging sites which limit use to a maximum of 3 hours during CPZ control hours. Parking restrictions vary between CPZs so users should be sure to ensure they check these via the signage on site or on the Oxfordshire County Council website.
• Four new electric cars from co-wheels are also available for use at sites around the city – including one on Leckford Road – anyone who would like to use the cars can sign up to co-wheels via their website.
• If co-wheels users would like to contribute their feedback on the charging to the project, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
• We are collecting data from the chargers and feedback from trial participants which will support our decision making on future charger installations and feed into a final project report.
• The trial is due to run until Summer 2019, after which phase two of the project to install up to 100 further chargers in residential streets will begin, with installations likely to take place from 2020 to 2021.
• Anyone who would like to nominate their street for a charger during phase two can do so by contacting the team via email@example.com.
28th August 2018
Tim Halliday is having an exhibition of his paintings in St Hughs (Finished and raised money for Lymphoma research)
We hope to invite a speaker from the county council to discuss traffic control
20 August 2018
- Our Annual General Meeting will be held in November. We are just confirming dates and speakers
- Charlotte has been making enquiries about the docking bicycles that seem to be reproducing on our streets. She has received this Oxford_Code_of_Conduct_For_Dockless_Bike_Sharing_Operators
Georgina Matthews is seeking volunteers for the Refill Oxford initiative to reduce the use of single use plastic water bottles. Take a moment to look!
20th June 2018
Norham Manor Party
You are all very welcome at our Summer Party on 1st July! Please bring along family members and/or others (a few!) from your area that you think may be interested in meeting us. Please take some finger food to share.
5 – 7 pm July 1st Cherwell Centre Norham Gardens
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
19th June 2018
Dont forget the local (not for profit) Community Market in North Parade on the 2nd and 4th of each month. Use it or loose it!
17th June 2018
After a witnessed accident of another person falling off their bike in Kingston Road, on Saturday 26th May, Cllr Howson replied
“Officers visited Kingston Road this morning and agreed that work needs to be down to adjust the build outs to try to prevent accidents to cyclists. They will undertake the work on all of the 3 cycle-bypasses from your house up to St Margaret’s Road and on both sides of the road. We will have to see whether that solves the problem. i am hopeful that a timetable for the work can be put in place as soon as possible and will let you know when I hear any more.
I am discussing other more radical measures that might also deal with the speeding problems in the road.
30 May 2018
We have been invited to the St MARGARET’S AREA SOCIETY LECTURE 2018
On Tuesday 12th June, at 7.00 p.m., in the Maplethorpe Room, St Hugh’s College, OX2 6LE (entrance from St Margaret’s Road)
Former Managing Director of BBC Television and Chief Executive of BBC Broadcast, Will Wyatt grew up on Kingston Road and attended Phil and Jim (then in Leckford Road) and Magdalen College School.
Life in Kingston Road, Phil and Jim and Magdalen College School in the forties and fifties
Oxford Canal Festival September 2018
“The main festival event will take place on Saturday 8 September between 12pm and 6pm on the Aristotle Lane Recreation Ground near Port Meadow, with a fabulous programme of activities for all the family.
We want to celebrate our Canal and make this a biennial event. We want to tell you about the Canal – its attractions and its colourful history. All proceeds will go towards the purchase and restoration of a community narrowboat for everyone to enjoy.”
Our WMRA constitution:- click here
A map to outline Walton Manor