COMMUNITY SITE FOR THE JERICHO DISTRICT OF OXFORD, UK
Jericho gets its ducks in a row
Interesting activity at the Jericho Community Centre
Winter scene at the Oxford Canal
UK and ‘reggae’ flags on display at the Jericho Street Fair
Corner of Walton St and Little Clarendon Street, 1869. See other historic images.
Alan Rusbridger (centre right) former Guardian editor, now president of LMH, talking at My Jericho
One the liveliest local groups, the Jericho Singers
After a snow storm in Walton Street in 1908. The cleared track is for the horse tramway. See other historic images.
Jericho’s own little litter pick in July 2017, organized by John Mair, in the fetching pink shirt
Susan Moser signs up as a member of the Jericho Community Association
News posted - February 05, 2019
The Boundary Commission has made its final recommendations for the new ward boundaries in Oxford. One outcome is that Jericho residents in future will be part of a two-councillor ward called ‘Carfax and Jericho’.
The Jericho Community Association had objected to a previous proposal which created a ward, called ‘Jericho’ which extended across the city centre. The JCA suggested instead using the parish boundaries to connect Jericho instead with the St Thomas area. See the previous Jericho Online post “Jericho stretched”.
The Commission rejected this. Its report says:
“In relation to the proposal from Jericho Community Association, were we to adopt what they described as the logical boundaries for their community, this would not only lead to poor electoral equality in the ward containing Jericho, but would also require us to create a single-councillor ward consisting of Osney and New Botley. As Oxford City Council elects by halves there is a presumption in favour of two-councillor wards unless compelling evidence is provided.”
The JCA was also concerned about the historic name Jericho being applied to other parts of the city. This objection was accepted.
“Regarding the name of our proposed Jericho ward, we accept the argument that it contains two different communities and that the inclusion of the city centre in the ward should be reflected in its name. We are therefore renaming the ward ‘Carfax & Jericho’ in our final recommendations.“
Another welcome change is that Rewley Park is to be part of our ward. As the report points out: “Rewley Park residents see themselves as part of a wider Jericho community. It was argued that these links, as well as the access between the two areas, will become stronger once the development at Jericho Wharf with its proposed footbridge is complete. The objectors also pointed out that similar issues, such as antisocial behaviour around the current footbridge, affect residents equally on either side of the canal. We do accept that residents in Rewley Park have provided good evidence that they are part of the Jericho community and are subject to similar local issues. We are therefore adding the Rewley Park area to our Jericho ward.”
The next step is for all the changes to be accepted by Parliament. Presuming this happens, the new ward will for the basis for the local elections in 2020.
Author: Peter Stalker
To see the full recommendations for Oxford, please click here for the Boundary Commission
Former MD of Radio 4, Master of St Peters College