_Oxford's Flood History
Illustrations of flooding in the city in the 19th century
"The whole of the surrounding country is flooded – Oxford literally standing in a sea of water. The large meadow of Christ Church is covered with water, the Isis having overflowed its banks, and the river is even now continuing to rise, and there is great fear of the lower part of the college being flooded." 
Police speed check in Jack Straw's Lane
A speed check on motorists using Jack Straw's Lane was carried out on 15 January 2014. Traffic flow in the Lane is not easily predictable. At the time of the check, the amount of traffic was unexpectedly low and only 3 cars were seen to be exceeding the 20 mph limit when they passed the speed-recording device. Further checks will be carried out sometime this year.
X90 Oxford-London service - new coaches
These are not actual double-deckers but 'Plaxton Elite Interdeckers' - see Oxford Bus Company website. They are only slightly higher than a single-deck coach. Almost all the seating is on the upper deck, with just 3 'priority seats' and a wheelchair space, plus loo, on the lower deck.
When asked how the less agile and parents with small children, who were not in the priority seats, would be able to negotiate the stairs to get to the loo when the coach was moving, Oxford Bus Company replied:
"feedback received from our X90 passengers [indicates] that most passengers prefer not to sit next to the toilets when travelling on our services.
Consequently, on our new vehicles the toilets are located away from passenger seating areas to increase overall passenger comfort. We understand that walking up and down stairs whilst the vehicle is in motion requires extra care so we have endeavored to make ease of access a top priority by providing hand rails and clear lighting".
Another difference is that there's no separate control for getting fresh air through the vents. This airflow is determined by the overall temperature setting and all that passengers can do is direct the flow of the air, if it is coming in. As drivers have been told to set the overall temperature at 22 degrees C during the colder months, this can lead to the atmosphere becoming rather stuffy, particularly if all or nearly all seats are taken, as the fresh-air flow can stop altogether at this temperature. However, reducing the temperature to 21 degrees has been shown to produce a steady, gentle, flow of fresh air through the vents. The Oxford Bus Company's Operations Department is looking into the matter of temperature and ventilation.
The single-decker coaches will remain in use. The Oxford Bus Company states:
"The new coaches are dual branded and will be used for journeys on the X90 as well as for the Airline services. As we only have a reduced number in fleet (only 6 new coaches), most of the old X90 coaches will still be used. The new coaches are mainly being used at peak time".
- Road surface and gulleys
- Recycling & Refuse
- Police, Emergency Numbers, Noise Nuisance, Lost & Found animals
- City and County Council consultations - Sites & Housing DPD - Core Strategy - Planning applications - JSLA responses
- New Marston Wildlife Group and Milham Ford Nature Park
- New Marston Pastoral Centre - hire of hall & offices to let
- Cotuit Hall development
- Tesco and The Friar
- Information on JSL and link to Stephanie Jenkins's Headington website