Ward and more recently Headington Hill and Northway, died last night. Maureen
was Lord Mayor between 2000 and 2001.
She was a stalwart campaigner for Northway estate, helping to establish the IT
Hub and getting the Streetsports site in place. Planning and the arts were two
of her interests on the City Council. Maureen was heavily involved in the
City's Capital of Culture Bid and was a long time trustee of the Oxford
Playhouse. She also fought for more architectural lighting in the City Centre.
For many years, Maureen was well known as Chair of the Planning Committee and
she also chaired the NE Area Committee.
As a colleague, she was gracious and generous, supportive of more junior
councillors. Although she was a tenacious fighter for her cause, never scared
to speak up, she was liked and respected across the political spectrum. We
spent four years working alongside each other as ward councillors in Marston
and I learnt much from Maureen. She was highly intelligent, hard working and
lots of fun. A big personality, sometimes feared by opponents, she will be a
huge loss to the area, to Labour Group and to the whole City.