‘Class War” Erupts In A Quiet Street In Oxford After Tarmac Is Only Laid at ‘Posh’ End

A ‘class war’ has erupted on a quiet street in Oxford after the council only resurfaced the ‘posh’ end of the road. Residents have been up in arms after the fresh tarmac was laid up to a spot where a wall once divided council houses from the rich.
The long street is split into two ends – the wealthy Wentworth Road at one and the more down at heel Aldrich Road at the other.
The developer who built the road and the estate in 1934 put up a brick wall to keep them apart – and even put spikes on top of it.
Following a row, with Oxford City Council the wall was taken down 60 years ago. The neighbourhood was given a stark reminder of this divisive time when workers only repaired the historically middle-class end.
Now a vandal turned social activist has spray-painted the words ‘class war’ in bright block capitals at the borderline. Naomi Langlais, who lives on Aldrich Road, said: ‘It was around April or May time that they decided the ‘middle class’ side deserved to be resurfaced.
‘So we waited patiently for our end to be resurfaced too and thought it was just taking time as they had run out of money or something.
‘But we soon realised it was just the one end they were doing, apparently, we should put up with potholes and uneven surfacing.’ She said neighbours have long joked about ‘class war’ on the street, adding: ‘We have not moved on at all – now we have a visual divide but much less obvious one.’
The mum-of-four said: ‘It is just so weird it stops at the exact spot that used to occupy the wall, halfway down the road. ‘The resurfacing is desperately needed on our end as well.
‘It does make you feel second class and it is no longer a council estate, people have paid a lot of money for houses this end.’
A plaque now sits on the house which neighboured the wall, and reads: ‘Here stood one of the two Cutteslowe Walls erected 1934 and finally demolished on March 9, 1959.’ Oxford City Council said the only reason that its services company only resurfaced one side of the divide was that the two streets – Wentworth and Aldrich – are still classed as separate roads.
A spokesman for the city council said: ‘Oxford Direct Services resurfaced Wentworth Road earlier this year.

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