A MAN who runs a pub in North Oxford has moaned about the price of beer.
We only know that because Thursday’s copy of the Oxford Mail tipped up late last night.
Andrew Hall, of the Rose & Crown, a public house in North Parade, complained that the so-called “beer escalator” is ruining his business. He, and a handful of others with an axe to grind, are heading to the House of Commoners next week to “lobby” MPs.
The very fragrant Nicola Blackwood (Conservative) is his local member of parliament. Oh and ours here in Mill Street, too.
In other news, yesterday’s Oxford Mail falsely reported the “electrical calamity” that afflicted Mill Street the other day, that we reported here on Volesoft Oxford. It said the power went down at 7PM while our electrical oven reported it happened in the middle of the night, something verified by the locals and by the Giant Badger of Mill Street.
We are still waiting for today’s Oxford Mail. Perhaps it will tip up tomorrow. Or maybe not… The Kite, in Mill Street, offers good nosh and the beers are good too and cheap as chips. ♥
A plan to build a student hostel next to the railway line where 74 young souls would have had to have faced fast and noisy freight trains on one hand and hostile natives on the other side was decked by a planning committee in Oxford last night.
In a frankly very weird room called the Council Chamber, and decorated with the signs of the zodiac, seven councillors voted against the project while the chair abstained.
It was a victory for common sense although architect Adrian James and developing agent Nik Lyzba of John Phillips Planning Consortium (JPPC) looked gutted.
Several councillors on the committee quizzed James, Lyzba and Oxford planning man Murray Hancock (pictured, in gumboots) on the proposed building. The meeting was well attended by local residents who applauded, heckled and occasionally booed during the meeting.
The councillors found against the project on several grounds, including the overbearing height of the property after a site visit last week.
The developers have the right to appeal against the decision. Several residents spoke up against the plans and celebrated later at The Kite hostelry in Mill Street.
The height of the building-to-be was hotly disputed between residents and Hancock, and councillors repeatedly asked for clarification, with the waters ending up being more than a little muddied. ♦