Former Banbury mayor Tony honoured with new road

(L-R) Tony Humphries' son David, Cllr Mark Cherry, Cherwell District Council chairman Cllr Maurice Billington and Chris Shaw from Bloor Homes at the sign for Tony Humphries Road. Photo: Steve Baker/Bloor Homes NNL-180919-114425001
(L-R) Tony Humphries' son David, Cllr Mark Cherry, Cherwell District Council chairman Cllr Maurice Billington and Chris Shaw from Bloor Homes at the sign for Tony Humphries Road. Photo: Steve Baker/Bloor Homes NNL-180919-114425001

A former Banbury mayor has been honoured by having a road named after him in the town.

Tony Humphries’ family joined councillors and residents from Bloor Homes’ Banbury Rise development off Stratford Road for the sign’s unveiling.

Tony Humphries Road will run through the first phase of the development.

Mr Humphries was a district councillor from 1979 to 2001, serving as Cherwell District Council leader for four years and town mayor in 1984, as well as helping to create Banbury Town Council, before his death in 2007.

Cllr Mark Cherry said: “I have lived in Banbury all my life and Tony was a very prominent figure when I was growing up, inspiring many Banbury residents to get involved in local politics.

“I feel very privileged to serve on this town council which Tony helped form, and it gives me great pride to work with Bloor Homes to help commemorate his contribution to the local community in this way.”

Mr Humphries is the second former councillor to be celebrated at Banbury Rise, with George Parish Road named after the former mayor who died in 2016.

Bloor Homes’ Sally Holt said: “It gave us great pleasure to welcome members of Tony’s family and former colleagues to the development to see the street bearing his name being officially unveiled.

“Tony Humphries was a major driving force in the establishment of the town council, a body we have worked with closely since announcing our plans to build new homes in the town.

“We felt dedicating a new road to Tony would be a fitting way to pay tribute to his many years of public service to the town, and I would like to thank Banbury Town Council and Cherwell District Council for their help in making this happen.”