Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) will restore power to the lights on the Northern side of Magdalen Bridge next week after a power fault which has left it in darkness for more than a month.The company are now in breach of statutory requirements as the repair has not been rectified, despite stipulations that “energy contractors must repair street lighting faults within 20 working days” of the initial referral.As a result of enquiries made by Cherwell and City Councillor Tony Brett, it has been announced that the required works will take place late next week.Tony Brett, a Liberal Democrat Councillor for Carfax, originally made a complaint to the County Council on the 9th December and repeatedly contacted the Council about the problem. Brett expressed concern that there may be “tragic consequences” if “without street lighting a cyclist in dark clothing or lights pulls out and a car, or worse, bus driver, doesn’t see them,” and asked that the matter be given priority.Both female and male students have reported feeling increasingly fearful when crossing the bridge in darkness. “It feels much less safe at night”, Heidi Grek, a visiting student currently living near Cowley Road, told Cherwell. “I try to avoid walking home alone but that’s not always possible.”A number of students also admit to cycling without bike lights or safety measures.A spokesperson for the County Council has confirmed that SSE will be penalised, stating, “We will claim penalty payments at £10 a day, for every day over the 20 working days the fault is outstanding.”The fine seems insufficient to some of those affected. “It just seems to be a nominal penalty”, commented Grek. “£10 per day isn’t a lot to a company whose individual shares routinely trade at ten times that.”Anger remains over the time it has taken SSE to rectify the fault. Councillor Brett commented, “It’s a real shame this repair has taken such a long time, leaving Magdalen Bridge so dangerous at this late-dawn and early-dusk time of the year. “I’d like to know why SSE didn’t repair the fault before term started as I know that many students feel unsafe enough as it is walking over the bridge, without having to do it in the dark.”
The Great Australian Pie company is to launch a range of eight pies in the UK, which have been created by a leading Australian chef, Ben O’Donohue.Targeted at the retail sector, after two years of trials at sports grounds and music festivals, the pies are being made under licence by Wrights Pies. They contain only British ingredients, with no artificial colours or flavours.The pies use a shortcrust pastry top and bottom, which, unlike the crumblier and softer version in the UK, is said to be richer, heavier and harder, holding its shape well. The pies have 30% meat content with the beef and lamb sourced in Dumfries & Galloway.Business development director Steve Hamer said: “They come in eight flavours, including the classic Aussie pie called Footy, which is minced chuck steak, onions and organic spices in a rich gravy. All the pies are 265g except the Footy at 220g.”[http://www.greataustralianpieco.com].
Rob Evans, Scott Baldwin and Samson Lee are in the front row with Luke Charteris and Alun Wyn Jones in the second row.Captain Sam Warburton leads the side from blindside with Justin Tipuric at openside and Taulupe Faletau at number eight. In the back-line Tom James makes his first appearance since 2010 with George North on the other wing and Gareth Anscombe at full back. Jonathan Davies returns to the side from injury for the first time since last year’s Six Nations and he is named alongside Jamie Roberts in midfield.Dan Biggar and Gareth Davies are the half-backs.