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Smart bikes not allowed on Mill Street pavements in Oxford – official

Mill Street, Oxford, Smart Bikes

Smart bike gives heron a headache

On the border between New Osney and old Osney there’s a bridge where herons happily snap up fish.  But people using the multitude of smart bikes that are now available all over Oxford don’t seem to want to park them, er, responsibly.

As this picture shows.

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Colin Cook! Congratulations!

We have a new Lord Mayor! 

 

Kristen Godfrey’s Navanath article

It’s here, PDF uploaded.  ♦

NAVA NATHA A NEW NATH HISTORY PDF (2)

Oxford’s Philoharmonic has a brand new bag

Since I’ve been – so to speak – marooned in Oxford –  I’ve taken a keen interest in the proceedings. I mean, it’s so cultural unless you get stuck in Marston, Blackbird Leys or other rather poor and deprived spots, like Gibbs Crescent in the world famous City of Screaming Squires.

As all the few readers of Volesoft.com know, I am a lover of music, or maybe
music loves me.  I love words, or maybe words love me. So I was interested to get a missive from the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra – I’ve seen some lovely bands there in posh surroundings with some famous names on it (pictured).  Long may the music play! I hope the Orchestra doesn’t mind me publicising it on this bog! It’s a marvellous orchestra with some wonderful and famous names.  Some even have to have the same surname, like the amusingly named Sir Victor Blank. Go see them play! 

Old Power Station plans show future is in boxes

The Said Business School (SBS) held consultations last Friday and Saturday on its future plans to redevelop the Old Power Station in Oxford to transform it into a conference centre and plush accommodation for executives and MBAs.

Unfortunately, Friday and Saturday here in Oxford were affected by snow and bitterly cold weather.

We asked about the consultation and a representative from the SBS said: “Given the difficulty caused by the weather we are planning to offer an additional date for people to view the boards and have the opportunity to feedback on proposals. The exact date has to be confirmed but we will give notice to the community. Let me come back to you in the next couple of days with details.”

In the meantime, details of the plans can be found here. Those plans include detailed views of the proposals, including plans to mitigate disruption to the local community on both sides of the river.  

Oxford’s Old Power Station to get poshed up

A missive from the egregious Said Business School (SBS)is holding a “consultation” on the future of the Old Power Station, on the Thames, just a slingshot away from Mill Street.

The message, in a bottle, is reproduced below.

But there are things the SBS doesn’t say, as well as things it does say, with implications for the original inhabitants of Old Osney Island, that’s us folk on Arthur Street, Mill Street and the rest.

The towering edifice was used in times of yore to test Concorde engines and then to host exhibits from the Ruskin.  Then there was a health scare because it seemed to hold rare chemicals and stuff stored away.

Then a possibly dangerous harpoon was found, it seems. And squatters were evicted.

The SBS didn’t really respond to FOI requests, I think you’ll find.

Anyway, the document issued for the consultation, below, said SBS is pushing ahead with a proposal offering “bespoke conferencing facilities. It doesn’t say what the impact on the area will be, how many bricks will go, and how the poor people on Arthur Street will feel about huge lorries making a right turn from there past Kite 2.0, also known as the Porterhouse now and the effect it will have on both Mill Street and the Botley Road.

Hey, I guess we residents will have the chance to forewarn the planners ahead of the “conference”. It’s all about the regeneration of West Oxford, you know.