We’ve followed up concerns about impact on bus travel relating to language school students. Here is a response from the EF International Language Centre. We are contacting EF Language Travel too. The complaints were around packing of bus stops and of language students not having bus passes so slowing boarding time for residents.
Thanks for sharing concerns of local residents about disruption caused by language students. We appreciate that this can be a challenge for people going about their daily lives during the busy summer months and do work with the local bus companies to do what we can do ease the situation. I am sorry that some of your constituents are unhappy but would like to stress that whilst at times something of a nuisance, language students are generally well-behaved and do not present a threat.
I am the Director for EF International Language Centre, which is a school for older students running courses year round. Our students are aged 16+ and generally travel as individuals. We do not have a lot of large group activities or movement around the city, and looking at the details of times and locations from the complaints you have received, these are certainly not activities which we have been involved with.
However our sister company, EF Language Travel, does have more group focused operations in Oxford through the summer vacation period, in particular running courses at Oxford Brookes campus in Gipsy Lane. I will forward the complaints you have received to my counterparts there and ask them to consider ways which issues can be avoided as much as possible.
We are renting a small number of rooms at Dorset House, as noted in one email. Our students arrived there last Sunday 10th July and will be there just for a few weeks. Whilst there are restrictions on use during term time, student accommodation like Dorset House is available to any educational organisation during university vacations. I believe there are a number of schools renting accommodation there but I will also pass these concerns to the manager in order that she can discuss with all schools.
We’ve been finding more out about this. There’s a lot of it about in Headington!
Here is the CLG Planning Policy Guidance
Is planning permission required to rent out a parking space?
The Government’s view is that it should be possible to rent parking spaces without planning permission, provided there are no substantive planning concerns such as public nuisance to neighbours.
There is a public interest from such renting, by providing more cheap and flexible parking spaces for people to park their car and taking pressure away from on-street parking.
The decision on whether renting out a parking space requires planning permission will depend on two principal factors:
- The first is whether renting out a parking space results in a material change in the use of the space. Determining whether there has been a material change of use will depend on whether a space is used in a significantly different way to how a parking space would normally be used (irrespective of the identity of the driver). For example, if by renting out spaces, it causes a notable public or neighbour nuisance. A local planning authority will make this decision based on relevant facts and on a case by case basis.
- The second is whether there are any other relevant planning considerations, such as planning conditions, which impose restrictions that prevent parking spaces being rented out.
If renting out parking spaces does not amount to a material change of use and if there are no other planning considerations that prevent parking spaces from being rented out then it would not require planning permission.
We are fielding a number of complaints relating to planning currently.
We recognise that there has been a recent decision to change the use of a property in Kennett Road which appears to have conflicted with advice from County Highways re exemption from RPZ permits. We are pushing for the decision notice to be amended.
There have also been some issues regarding length of time to resolve planning applications, particularly those affecting Conservation Areas. We are asking the City Council to improve communications with customers in this area to ensure they are kept informed if there is likely to be a delay in determination.
There is concern about acceptable noise levels and start and end times for works in Latimer Road. It appears that works are starting at 07:00 however we have found evidence to show that building works should not commence till 07:30 because of unacceptable noise nuisance to neighbours. We have asked for clarification on this.
The condition of the wall in Cuckoo Lane (inside Osler Road entrance, north side) is often questioned by residents.
Is this wall safe?
We have received the following report from a council building control surveyor which may be of interest to residents.
I have visited the site and from my inspection consider the wall is not dangerous or in a position to collapse in its current state of repair.
The reason for the crack and bulge appears to be from a historic ivy covered tree stump located right against the retaining wall bulge which when the cut tree was alive and growing, pushed the wall out prior to its removal causing the bulge.
The large mature conifer close to the stump appears to be at full maturity and not likely to exceed in size which is unlikely to push the wall further out a couple of metre further down the pathway from the reported wall crack and bulge.
The other reason for the crack is from thermal expansion and contraction of a very long straight wall running along Cuckoo Lane with no expansion joints (typical of a wall of this age and construction) which in colder periods, the crack will increase in size and on hotter weather close up almost completely, hence would not recommend it to be filled either to allow for the thermal expansion.
Therefore in its current condition, the wall is not in a dangerous state of repair and no remedial work required at this stage.
I trust the above is of assistance and reassurance
…are in Sandfield Road (changed proposal), St Anne’s Road and across the ward. (energy pipe application) See Planning applications tab for details.
Residents wishing to make comments other than online should contact the County Council on 01865 816043 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Household Waste Recycling Strategy & Consultation 2015
The above report sets out the results of the Council’s consultation on the future of HWRCs which was carried out in 2015
Unfortunately it appears that this consultation is again online, we are asking how residents who do not use the internet can send in their views.
Here is the link to the website where you can register your comments. The closing date is the 11th August.