Oxford in Brief (1 to 7 March 2016)

Published: Monday, 29th February 2016

News in brief from Oxford City Council - including civic engagements, meetings and events.

Private Sector Housing Policy

Private Sector Housing has become increasingly important in Oxford and the last ten years has seen a 45% rise in the number of properties that are privately rented in the City. During this period, the Council has been actively involved in the sector, for example implementing the first citywide HMO licensing scheme in England, but there is still more that can be done.

As well as the private rented sector priorities, the draft Private Sector Housing Policy outlines the priorities and proposed actions for home assistance for vulnerable persons and those who may be eligible for disabled facilities grants and we invite feedback from as many people as possible, including tenants, local residents and landlords.

Consultation on the draft policy is open until 15th April 2016.  To have your say visit: www.oxford.gov.uk/privatesectorhousingpolicy2016

Civic engagements for the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Rae Humberstone, will attend the following events:

Medal of Honour presentation.
Tuesday 1 March, 2pm, Oxford Town Hall.

Charity Dinner – Oxford Chair.
Friday 4 March, 7.30pm, Said Business School, Oxford, OX1 1HP.

Events

Dancin’ Oxford 2016 – Free Zumba Taster Session.
Tuesday 1 March, 5pm, Bonn Square.

Westgate Pop-Up Museum.
5 March 2016 to 23 April 2016, Museum of Oxford. See amazing finds from the Westgate site, including the writing styli and book clasps belonging to the monks of Greyfriars to an ox skeleton found lying on the edge of the gravel islands Oxford was built upon. For all the latest news, follow @oatweet #WestgateDig, or visit the Oxford Archaeology website.

Underneath the Westgate Family Trail.
12 February to 23 April, 10am to 4.30pm, Museum of Oxford. Discover the latest finds from the Westgate Shopping Centre excavations. Find out more about Oxford’s fascinating past, including the period, when the Medieval Greyfriars Abbey stood on the site!

Victorian Oxford Family Trail.
15 February to 11 March, Museum of Oxford. This trail takes you into the Explore Oxford galleries and our collection of Victorian objects.

Kennington Portrait Group.
29 February to 30 March 2016, Gallery Corridor, Museum of Oxford. A culmination of a year’s regular painting sessions, held in St. Swithun’s Church Hall in Kennington. Each artist chooses their preferred medium and view point, technique relies on previous tuition and practice of the individual.

Electric Violinist Kate Chruscicka for Cancer Research UK.
Wednesday 2 March, 9am to 5pm, Bonn Square. This charitable fundraising event consists of an amplified violine performance and a street collection for Cancer Research UK. www.cancerresearchuk.org and www.KateViolin.co.uk

Meetings

Audit and Governance Committee.
Tuesday 1 March, 5.30pm, St Aldate's Room, Town Hall.

East Area Planning Committee.
Wednesday 2 March, 6pm, The Old Library, Town Hall.

Scrutiny Committee.
Monday 7 March, 6.15pm, St Aldate’s Room, Town Hall.