Oxfordshire CC Consultation on trial traffic filters 2022

The scheme was consulted on between 5 September and 13 October 2022 and the analysis is available here
The Scheme
Six traffic filters – designed to reduce traffic, make bus journeys faster and make walking and cycling safer – will be trialled in Oxford after improvement works to Oxford railway station are complete.
The decision was made by the county council’s cabinet on 29 November 2022.
The decision follows extensive engagement with more than a hundred local businesses, organisations and community groups, including bus companies, hospitals, schools and universities.

Headington Neighbourhood Forum AGM

The AGM is on Wednesday 23rd at 7.30pm Baptist Church, Old High Street.

Refreshments will be served.

The exisitence of the Neighbourhood Forum allows the Forum in association with Headington Action to use 25% of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) paid by developers in Headington.

Revitalizing the Neighbourhood Forum is therefore important for the future of Headington.

There will be a presentation by Charlie Palmer on Urban Design (Charlie is an urban designer by profession, has a consultancy and works part time for Oxford Brookes University) and a discussion of the Centre Improvement Project funded by CIL with an exhibition of the designs developed so far.

Vision for Headington Centre

Headington Neighbourhood Forum and Headington Action and are taking action to help improve Headington Centre.

Working with Headington Action local people in Headington have put together a vision for the future of Headington Centre. This would involve making the centre welcoming, inclusive, and easily accessible for all, fostering active travel, a stronger identity, lively gathering spaces and a vibrant evening economy.

Headington Action has commenced work to realise the vision. The first step is the preparation of the Headington Centre Improvement Plan.

Headington Action has commissioned urban design practice AR Urbanism, with the support of Wedderburn Transport Planning, to develop the plan.

Since May 2022 the AR Urbanism team has been working on the plan. This has included reviewing issues and opportunities for change, an online survey, and coming up with ideas for potential improvement projects. Following consultation on the ideas (see below) the team will prepare a document (the plan) to explain the projects. Projects will range in size from small to large scale.

The plan will be used to deliver improvements in the future, as and when funding is available.

Exhibition of ideas

An exhibition of draft ideas for the Headington Centre Improvement Plan is taking place on Saturday 29 October, between 10am and 3pm, at St Andrew’s CoE Primary School in Headington.

The exhibition explains the background work undertaken by the AR Urbanism team, summarises key survey findings, presents the vision for the Centre, and describes a range of potential improvement ideas.

We want your feedback on the ideas. If you are unable to attend the exhibition you can download and view the exhibition boards from here:

Please tell us what you think about the ideas via this short questionnaire:


The survey will remain open until Sunday 6th November.

Regeneration of Headington Centre

An application for CIL funding has been received to fund the design stage of the Regeneration of Headington Centre project. This will include the preparation of a detailed plan by a specialist consultant for the delivery of the Vision for Headington Centre. The plan will comprise a series of deliverable projects with sufficient detail for ready implementation. The preparation of the plan will be informed by a consultation exercise involving local residents and key stakeholders. The project is supported by the Oxford City Council’s Regeneration and Economy Team who have provided input to the preparation of the project brief.

More details here

Headington Festival 2022 – Connected Communities

In Headington Shopping Centre

Entertainments, food, crafts, refreshments and the stalls of the Saturday Market in the centre of Headington. Later in Bury Knowle Park.

Later in Bury Knowle Park
3pm-6pm: Fun fair

SUNDAY 29th May
In Bury Knowle Park

12:30pm-5pm: Many local organisations’ stalls; sports to try; fire engine and police vehicle to explore; foods and ice cream; farm animals to pet.

Click here for more details

Community Council

The City Council has not approved the establishment of a Community Council for Headington.  The reason given was a majority of adverse comments in the City run consulation in 2019.  About 500 comments were made during the consulation. These were counted as either for or against, each comment counting as one vote each.  The “vote” was lost 51.8% to 48.2% .

Headington Community Council

Forum members and supporters are distributing an explanatory leaflet to residents, to complement the pamphlet sent out by post by the City Council. Read the leaflet below or read a pdf version here.

Further information about a Community Council can be found here.

Community Infrastructure Levy

At its AGM in March 2018 Headington Neighbourhood Forum (HNF) agreed that the activity of the steering committee would continue in its steering and monitoring role while Headington Action (HA) would take on the responsibility of implementing projects and, where appropriate, applying for Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds from the City Council to assist implementation.  CIL monies may only be spent on infrastructure projects that reflect local priorities and are based on sound evidence. Such projects may include the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure, or anything else that is concerned with addressing demands that development places on an area.

Where a Neighbourhood Plan is in place the Plan’s area is entitled 25% of the CIL (15% if no Plan in place), which for Headington equates to about £60,000. A process for approving applications for CIL funding for projects in Headington has been agreed with City Council officers and a small number of CIL fundable projects have been prioritised by HNF/HA.

The first application for approximately £4,000 to extend the Mid-Winter Lights to a further two pavement trees in Headington Centre has now been approved.

An application is in the pipeline from the Friends of Headington Hill Park to construct some gates at the bottom of the park and also to improve the pedestrian access from Oxford Brookes into the park at the top.  HA have already funded a tree trail with noticeboards for the park and this will be in place shortly.

The HNF/HA Greening of Headington project group has had a scoping meeting and now seek some volunteers and a project manager. The hanging baskets could be the first scheme to be tackled.

HA’s Loneliness and the Isolated in Headington project has appointed a project manager.

Voluteers – HNF/HA urgently need people to help implement all these projects.  If you would like to help in any way, large or small, please contact either HNF  or HA