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The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

New Roads off Northcourt Road

A couple of new roads have been built off Northcourt Road. The larger road is called Northcourt Mews and is next to Dunmore School.

Then not far away, and next to Fitzharrys School, is John Jones Close. I think they were built in the place of some larger houses with extensive grounds.
I was talking to Jean Jones (John's widow) yesterday. It would be nice if somebody invited her to the opening ceremony of John Jones Close, if that has not already happened.

Jean had some strong opinions about the proposed changes to the Charter area, which she read about in the Herald. She did not agree with the proposal of putting the library and the health centre on the first floor - since both facilities are much used by the elderly, and parents with buggies.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a parent with buggy (and a 5 year old in tow) I don't see any particular problem with the proposed changes to the Charter area.

I would imagine (and hope) that there will be a well-maintained lift to assist those of us who can't manage the stairs.

Putting both the library and health centre on the first floor might just add another obstacle to the small person who wants to 'escape'. It hasn't happened to me (yet!) but I've heard this has happened to someone in the library.

25 January 2010 22:38  
Blogger Abingdon said...

Good grief - Northcourt Mews?

Is there any chance that the dimwit who picked this name has a clue what a mews is?

26 January 2010 02:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the number of folks that use these facilities it will require more than one lift. A travelator was mentioned at the recent consultation.
But a lot of elderly folk don't like
using them.

26 January 2010 08:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as I remember Oxford Library is mainly on the first floor: also in Oxford, M&S, Debenhams, BHS and the big bookshops - all have childrens and older people's depts - and cafes -on upper floors and seem to be pretty well used by all age groups. There are many shopping centres around the country - and abroad - where the whole thing is either above or below ground level. So long as decent technology is used (not cheapskate or smelly, clunky 1970s versions) there should be no problem. If we want an attractive vibrant town we need to be a bit more adventurous - at least move into the late 20th century, if not the 21st!

26 January 2010 09:28  
Blogger OGTC Mailing said...

Sorry to be ignorant, but I can''t be the only one - who please is John Jones and why does he have a roaad named afteer him?

26 January 2010 12:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave it to the pensioners and Abingdon would stay like this forever!! 'we dont like change!' Abingdon doesnt evolve around you!! I do like the elderly but sometimes theyre so stuck in their ways!! Just make sure theres a cup of tea waiting and they'll make it up any travelator!!

26 January 2010 22:12  
Blogger Backstreeter said...

John Jones was a former Mayor, Freeman of Abingdon, and former Chair of the District Council. One of the more influential local politicians of recent times.

26 January 2010 23:07  
Anonymous This Charming Man said...

'Is there any chance that the dimwit who picked this name has a clue what a mews is?'

Surely everybody knows it's the sound made by a cat choir.

27 January 2010 21:18  
Blogger Backstreeter said...

You are as a-mews-ing as ever :)

27 January 2010 23:12  
Anonymous Martin Boyt said...

I knew John Jones very well. He was a former Art Teacher at Larkmead for many years and as another poster has said, was Mayor and a Freeman. He was also Chairman and Leader of the Vale Council and was awarded an O.B.E. Originating from Liverpool he lived in Abingdon for the bigger part of his life. He was a lovely man who would have been chuffed to have a road named after him.

29 January 2010 08:38  

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