Statement regarding Foresters Tower

Published: Wednesday, 25th September 2019

Oxford City Council housing officers have visited Foresters Tower in Wood Farm today to reassure residents following last night’s tragic events.

Councillor Mark Lygo, who is ward member for the area, joined officers from the City Council’s housing team knocked on every door in the tower block earlier today.

They spoke to 39 residents to offer reassurance and ensure the most vulnerable had the provisions they needed.

The City Council’s Community Response Team has also been supporting Thames Valley Police today in carrying out reassurance patrols of the area.

City Council ward members Mark Lygo and Susan Brown, and County Council member Liz Brighouse, will be calling on residents again next week to continue to ensure their welfare.

Councillor Mark Lygo said: “Wood Farm is a very safe place to live. We are shocked and saddened to hear of these tragic events. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those affected.

“We knocked on every door in Foresters Tower today and spoke to almost half of the households to reassure them and to let them know that if there is any further help they need, the Council is there for them.

“If residents need anything, they can contact me or, if they are City Council tenants, their tenancy manager. My contact details are on the City Council’s website.”

Councillor Susan Brown said: “My thoughts are with all those affected by this incident.

“I would like to thank the housing and community response teams at Oxford City Council, who have been with residents all day to offer support, help and advice alongside my colleague, Councillor Mark Lygo."