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VRG has a new notice board!

To complement the existing notice board outside No.36, we have added another at No.74. It’s perfectly located for residents of the eastern half of the road who probably walk down Kings Cross Road and therefore miss the existing board. The same guidance applies as for the first notice board: feel free to post anything of direct interest to Victoria Roaders, including flyers for events you’re involved with – but also please put your name and house number (or phone number) on the back; we may take down anything that’s not so labelled.

Our sincere thanks go to Peter Street for giving his time and expertise to make and install it. Thanks, too, to our residents who have generously provided space in their front gardens for these boards.

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VRG management supervises the installation

Done!

A job well done!

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Helping Hedgehogs in Victoria Road

Hedgehogs released to our neighbourhood

Many residents have reported hedgehogs living in our gardens, and this neighbourhood has been assessed as suitable for a release site back into the wild for four of the 610 (!) hedgehogs that have been rescued by the Wildlife Hospital near Haddenham, near Thame.

Four healthy hedgehogs were released from 36 Harpes Road garden on Sunday 27th September. They have all dispersed to start their new lives. Many of us have made our gardens wildlife friendly, which is probably the reason why we are home to this population. A daily shallow bowl of fresh water would help them. They will be feeding on slugs and snails, but please see the guidance below on foodstuffs. Hedgehogs are nomadic and need about 12 gardens to roam, so if you are able to follow the guidance from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society below, it would help our new neighbours!

Website http://www.hedgehogstreet.org give the following hints:
Link your garden (a hole 13cm x 13cm, 5 inches square) in your fence or wall will enable the hedgehogs to get through. The website gives good guidance on making a small tunnel by the hole to make sure that your pets cannot escape.
Making your garden hedgehog friendly – just a small wild patch such as a pile of leaves, a log pile, or if you are keen special hedgehog houses are available.
Slug pellets – a hedgehog (or a song thrush) does not know which slug or snail has been poisoned, so the advice is not to use them. Hedgehogs are voracious slug eaters.
Feeding hedgehogs – a small bowl of meat-based cat or dog food is suitable, unsalted chopped or crushed peanuts, or special hedgehog food is available (bread and milk cause digestive upset so are no longer recommended). Hedgehogs, like all wildlife, need water so a shallow bowl of fresh water is important.
Garden hazards – wire netting (chicken wire) is a particular hazard, or garden ponds that have steep sides so that hedgehogs drown. Putting a ramp or a shallow slope of gravel means that the hedgehog can get out.
Fleas – the fleas that hedgehogs have are specific to them, and will not survive on either humans or pets.
We need to act fast to save hedgehogs, as the population has dropped 30% since 2002. There are now fewer than 1 million hedgehogs left in the UK, with an annual 5% decline, the same rate as the global rate of tigers.

If you have any questions, or would like to see examples of holes in fences, hedgehog homes and feeding stations, then you are welcome to contact Elaine Steane e.fullardsteane@googlemail.com or telephone 01865 552531, or Gretchen Seiffert gretchenseiffert@btinternet.com telephone 01865 553699.

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Volunteers needed for Oxclean

Come and join the VRG working group on Saturday 7th March to help pick up litter in Sunnymead Park.  In previous years these Oxclean events have proved very successful and Victoria Road has done its bit to improve the local environment.  We have booked a two-hour slot from 10am until noon.  If you are interested or want to know more please contact Sue by email: susandbates@hotmail.com.

 

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Just what we need for the road!

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Recycling Nespresso

Twice, Nespresso has failed to pick up my recycled capsules. They also provide no email address to contact them. Their phone number is always busy. Given the success of this product, you would think they would be responsible on recycling. Has anyone had similar problems with @Nespresso?

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The Campaign to Save Port Meadow

Dear Friend,

Thank you for signing the Save Port Meadow Petition on the Care2 website, about the utterly wrong Roger Dudman Way/Castle Mill development overlooking the Port Meadow. You are one of over 3,000 concerned and outraged residents and friends of Oxford to have done so. Pressure is building on the City Council and University of Oxford but we need to keep it up.

Save Port Meadow is a community campaign and Port Meadow needs you still!

Today the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), in partnership with the Campaign to Save Port Meadow, is announcing it is launching a legal challenge to seek judicial review of the planning permission. As a supporter of the campaign, we wanted you to hear it first.

We have just one opportunity to e-mail you following your signing the petition, and this is it.  Please don%u2019t hesitate, take a couple of small but important steps NOW.  (Don%u2019t delay, you know it makes sense.)

1. EMAIL saveportmeadow@gmail.com AND PLEASE DO IT NOW!  to keep informed and stay involved in the campaign. There have already been Council meetings and other public meetings are planned. A Port Meadow Celebration is planned for the end of May bank holiday. Email your full name and we%u2019ll send updates on how the campaign is going, and how to help and get involved.

2. Please DONATE to the Save Port Meadow Appeal. The legal challenge takes money! Give safely and securely at the Campaign-2019s Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/portmeadow. All funds will go directly to CPRE Oxfordshire and be managed by them for legal and campaign publicity costs.

The Port Meadow development has been front page news in the Oxford Times and Oxford Mail. It has been covered by the Telegraph, Sky News and Private Eye. The City Council and University of Oxford need to be held to account for their planning fiasco. The Council knows it has a problem, but it thinks it%u2019s just a small group of vocal people. Neither the University nor Council are taking responsibility, both are saying %u201Cnothing can be done%u201D and hoping for public outrage to subside.

Please let them know the whole of Oxford wants to Save Port Meadow, by staying involved. Email saveportmeadow@gmail.com NOW! We can%u2019t contact you again through this petition site, so it%u2019s important if you want to add your voice to the growing campaign again. And please give NOW to the Save Port Meadow Appeal, whatever you can afford will make a huge difference.

You can also follow the Campaign on Facebook. But most importantly, first and now, e-mail saveportmeadow@gmail.com.  And tell all your friends. Port Meadow is counting on the people of Oxford to save it!

Thank you!

Sushila Dhall and Toby Porter

The Campaign to Save Port Meadow

PS. Just do it. Email saveportmeadow@gmail.com to keep in touch with the campaign.  Do it now!
And that Save Port Meadow Appeal donation page again:  https://www.justgiving.com/portmeadow

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Save the Oxford Covered Market!

The Oxford Covered Market has been trading in the heart of Oxford for more than 200 years and has many stories to tell.  A recent Heritage Lottery project has compiled some of these but  there are many others as yet untold.

The market thrives on the expertise and experience of those people who choose to trade here,  suppliers and buyers, and those who come and spend their money here.  So, whether you are a visitor or a local resident, business or student, the market extends a warm welcome and look forward to making you a loyal customer.  You can find out about the market and its traders and events here:

http://www.oxford-coveredmarket.co.uk/

In these very difficult trading times, when all other Councils and the Government are trying to help town centres and small businesses, Oxford City Council are seeking to increase Covered Market rents by an average of 50%, and some, by as much as 70%. This level of increase in overheads is unsustainable for the majority of tenants and will mean a large number of them being put at risk of losing their business. The very existence of the market itself is in jeopardy.

If you use the market and value the contribution it makes to the centre  of our city through its vibrant and attractive environment and its choice independent retailers, take a moment to sign The Oxford Covered Market petition and please pass it on to your friends and colleagues:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-the-covered-market/

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