The rainbow flag is currently draped round the monk on the roundabout on the Marcham Road entry to Abingdon.
Last year, Town Council Leader, Mike Badcock, was quoted in the Oxford Mail saying ‘he would like to see a return to the practice of decorating the abbot, who has sported everything from football shirts to Santa hats down the years.‘
In view of the monk, the Hilton Garden Inn extension is taking shape, with the first of four storeys.
The 150 room hotel, more than twice the current size, could be open in summer 2018 as part of this £12m build and revamp. The existing rooms will be revamped to bring them up to the new standard.
Specsavers have been celebrating 25 years in Bury Street at the weekend and have been giving out cake and goody bags. They moved from next to Greggs to the premises previously used by Halfords a few years ago. This gave them two floors and more space for opticians, hearing tests, and dispensing.
Other businesses that I think have been in Bury Street for 25, or more, years include:
New Look (moved)
Baker Oven (now Greggs)
Lunn Poly Travel (now Tui)
Mister Minit (now Timspon)
Abbey National (now Sandander)
Cancer Research Campaign
Boots (The Chemists)
Precinct Dental Practise
The Gift Centre (moved and now Abingdon Gallery )
You are invited to go along to a local drop-in session on Wednesday 28 March 2018 anytime from 2.30pm to 7pm. Members of the project team will be on hand to discuss flood risk reduction proposals for Abingdon and for residents to share their comments and local knowledge. The drop-in will be at: Abingdon Community Free Space, 18 Bury Street, Abingdon.
The plans will be on display in the same venue from 26 March to 1 April for those unable to attend the drop-in.
Communities in Abingdon have experienced flooding in the past. The most dramatic recent occurrence was in 2007 when over 400 properties were flooded. The Environment Agency, the Vale of White Horse and Oxfordshire Councils have been working in partnership to better understand the causes of this flooding and identify actions that could reduce the risk in the future.
They have been looking into a number of options all of which include a potential flood storage area at Abingdon Common with possible complementary measures such as natural flood management and property level resilience to further reduce flood risk.