The closure of the Youth Club in Saxon Way by the Tory County Council in 2010 was a blow to young people in Headington Hill & Northway. Roy Darke set up a Youth Partnership to ensure that young people here could continue to benefit from activities in the HH&N area. He supported the move of Oxford Boxing Academy into the building and sponsored local youngsters who could not afford the fees.
Since early 2013 Roy and Mark Lygo (County Councillor) have supported the development of youth activities in Northway with Monday and Thursday evening sessions run by Parasol and the City’s Positive Futures youth team. Roy has just added further support to ensure that the scheme runs into 2015. Roy Darke is also Community Governor at New Marston Primary School and is currently working with staff and governors and County Councillor Mark Lygo to secure a pedestrian crossing on Copse Lane outside the school.
Roy has been working with residents in Pullens Lane and surrounding areas to ensure maintenance of the unique quality of that area and to ensure that the Conservation Area status is not threatened.