A splash of colour will give ‘dull’ Leys tower major lift

A splash of colour will give ‘dull’ Leys tower major lift

Image trickery of a computer’s electronic paintbox show how Windrush tower will finally look

Image trickery of a computer’s electronic paintbox show how Evenlode tower will finally look

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys. Call me on 01865 425403

IMAGES of what the towers in Blackbird Leys will look like after the results of the residents’ votes over colours have been revealed.

Windrush Tower will be red and Evenlode Tower will be blue.

Residents voted for their favourite colour scheme – choosing between red, green and blue – for the exterior of the buildings.

The chosen colours will go on the balconies, while the main towers will be painted white and grey.

Pamela Hurn, 76, who lives in Evenlode tower, got the colour she voted for.

She said: “I like the blue because the shades all complement each other.

“I don’t like the red scheme because it’s got that yellow shade in it. I don’t like that.”

But neighbour Noreen Scott, 75, prefers the Windrush tower’s colours. She said: “I chose the red one, because it’s nice and bright.

“We could do with a bit of cheering up around here.”

Jade Slattery, 24, said: “I think it’s brilliant.”

The carer added: “They needed to do something about it. It’s gotten all disgusting.”

Margerie Morris, 73, lives in Windrush Tower. She said: “I’m pleased there’s a bit of colour on the balconies. Grey is such a dull colour, and it’s dull enough around here already.”

Oxford City Council can now move forward with its £18.36m redesign of the city’s five blocks.

The estate’s two towers were the last in the city to get final designs, after residents disapproved of the original purple and green colour schemes.

Plowman Tower, Headington Foresters Tower, Wood Farm and Hockmore Tower, Cowley, had their designs revealed last month.

All five towers will also receive new roofs, windows, insulation, improvements to fire safety systems and new parking and bin facilities. The designs for the communal areas have also been revealed, with glass walls and indoor bike racks.

Scott Seamons, board member for housing and estate regeneration, said: “Residents were positive about the new design and were presented with a range of colour schemes.

“Now these have been agreed on, we can move forward to the next stage."”

The council will be submitting a planning application for the five towers by the end of this month.

Work will begin in the spring of 2015, but the schedule for the three-year build has not been decided.

The council had previously considered demolishing the tower blocks, but decided that it would not make sense, because any lowrise replacements provided on their sites would offer far fewer homes.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Video: Is there a flash of Blenheim Palace in new trailer for Bond film Spectre?

Oxford Mail:

9:41pm Sunday 29th March 2015

BLENHEIM Palace seemingly appears in the first official trailer for the new James Bond film Spectre.

Nick Clegg launches Lib Dem election campaign in Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

1:19pm Sunday 29th March 2015

DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Abingdon this afternoon to launch the Liberal Democrats' campaign for the General Election.

Video: Organisers praise dedication of OX5 runners who braved the elements

Oxford Mail:

12:58pm Sunday 29th March 2015

HUNDEREDS of people lined the gardens of Blenheim Palace on a wet and windy Sunday to cheer on the runners of today's OX5 Run.

Low power reported in Cumnor and Marcham

Oxford Mail: light bulb with power lines

12:14pm Sunday 29th March 2015

PEOPLE have been left with reduced electricity this afternoon after power problems hit Cumnor and Marcham.

Ukip opens first Oxfordshire office in Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

11:34am Sunday 29th March 2015

THE UK Independence Party (UKIP) opened its first Oxfordshire office in Abingdon this morning.

Rail delays between Didcot and Reading reported

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

11:17am Sunday 29th March 2015

DELAYS of up to 25 minutes are being experienced by rail passengers travelling between Didcot Parkway and Reading this morning.

 

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree