Wanted: your views on houses in multiple occupation

The City Council is currently consulting on the HMO licensing scheme in Oxford City and is proposing to renew the scheme.

Council staff want to reach as many residents as possible for their views. There will be a drop in session at the library where you can come and speak to a member of Council staff, find out more about the consultation and fill in a paper questionnaire if you want to.


28 July from 2pm to 4pm at Headington library


Residents can also fill out the questionnaire online via the main council webpage http://www.oxford.gov.uk/consultation and clicking on the “open consultation” link.


Come and view open spaces plans for Barton Park

There will be a series of events where you can have your say on the design of the park and open spaces at Barton Park.
Below is a summary of the dates, times and location of the consultation events.     Tuesday 1st April – Barton Neighbourhood Centre (4pm – 7pm) Saturday 5th April – Barton Neighbourhood Centre (10am – 2pm)  Tuesday 8th April – Northway Community Centre (4pm – 7pm)
At these events you will be able to see current proposals for the Park and open spaces and discuss what you would like to see for your benefit.    These events will be manned so questions can be answered and suggestions made so that feedback can be gathered
Additionally, the boards that will be on display at these events available to view on the Barton Park website

Headington Transport Strategy Development consultation – response from Headington Ward Councillors

The following response was sent to the County Council as part of the consultation and is reproduced in full


As City Councillors for Headington Ward, we welcome the opportunity to help shape the work on a transport strategy for the area. We are acutely aware of the problems residents and workers suffer because the transport system is near capacity and it is high time that official responses moved from being reactive to being strategic. We hope that the commitment to developing a strategy is more than just political window-dressing and is, instead, real, determined and long-term. It is also essential that the strategy is owned by the whole community, not just by the Councils and the big employers. We are, of course, pleased that you have taken our advice and are gathering responses from the residential community. We urge you to show your commitment to an on-going partnership with Headington’s residents and their representatives.


What do you consider to be the transport issues and problems in the study area (includes Barton, Headington, Marston, Risinghurst and Wood Farm)?

There are several well-known structural issues that are the root causes of the acknowledged traffic problems in the Headington area:

  1. Headington is a major employment hub for the city, with five hospitals, a University of Oxford research centre and Oxford Brookes University, along with several independent schools.
  2. For various reasons, the area has high accommodation costs, so some employees live well outside the area and commute to work in Headington.
  3. The major hospitals have constraints in terms of access from the ring road, as they are located in areas of Headington adjacent to protected sites: for example, the JR is near the Old Headington Conservation Area, and the Churchill is adjacent to the Boundary Brook and Lye Valley SSSI.
  4. Headington is also the gateway to Oxford for visitors from London and the airports, and many residents commute to jobs in London and the Thames Valley.

All these factors contribute to the problems:

  1. Road congestion at peak times, rat running through residential roads, and deterioration of road surfaces particularly in London Road, Osler Road, and Latimer Road.
  2. Headington has two air quality hotspots as measured by Oxford City Council (Air Quality Action Plan summary).
  3. Transport issues and problems for pedestrians include:
  • A well-used but dangerous crossing point in London Road at the junction with Osler Road
  • No audible signal for visually impaired pedestrians to cross at Headington Carfax, confusion between pedestrians and drivers about who has right of way at raised entrances to residential roads off London Road
  • An articulated need for a second pedestrian crossing in Windmill Road from the Bateman Street area to assist children in their travel to school.
  1. Transport issues and problems re cyclists include:
  • Fragmented cycle lanes and confusion over priority with pedestrians in shared spaces
  • Cycling on pavements by those who are less confident (and often are adults)
  • Many cycle to and from major employment and study destinations in Old Road and perceive this road to be dangerous
  • Failure to observe highway rules e.g. failing to stop at pedestrian crossings or red traffic lights.
  1. Public transport issues and problems include:
  • Bunching of buses in London Road
  • Routing of buses through a residential road which is not fit for purpose (Osler Road)
  • Unmet demand for buses to Summertown from Headington Centre
  • Night shift hospital staff unable to get on the busy no. 4 service at the Churchill stop in morning peak time
  • Buses and coaches in London Road swerving to avoid the rutted road surface
  • The removal of bus services from the Franklin Road area to Headington and Oxford.
  1. Coaches and traffic to/from independent schools cause congestion and generate parking problems in Latimer Road and London Road. There is a stated need by these schools for shuttle buses from Thornhill and the railway station.
  2. Vehicles stuck in traffic queues in London Road heading east pull out into the centre of the road and cut corners into Lime Walk and Latimer Road causing near misses
  3. Motorists perceive some junctions to be dangerous:
  • The All Saints Road/Lime Walk junction where traffic is unexpectedly encountered coming from a counter-intuitive direction
  • Headington Carfax where vehicles get stranded in the centre of the junction trying to turn right, and sometimes move only when the green man is showing for pedestrians
  1. Heavy congestion and/or avoidance of perceived hazardous junctions results in rat-running in (a) Barton Lane/St Andrew’s Road/Dunstan Road  (b) Highfield Area, including Latimer Road from Old Road  (c) Sandfield Road/Woodlands Road to Headley Way from London Road  (d) via Headington Quarry to avoid delays at Green Road roundabout
  2. There is speeding at off-peak times in Windmill Road, Lime Walk and London Road, and vehicles exceed the 20 MPH limits in residential roads including Dunstan Road, and roads off London Road and Old Road.
  3. The exit from Barton onto the Green Road roundabout causes problems for drivers as there is no traffic light to help them. Vehicles merging from slip road filtering left from Green Road roundabout to Cowley-bound eastern bypass sometimes cause near-misses.
  4. Taxis pulling in at Dorset House mount the pavement and obstruct line of sight for motorists immediately in front of a bus stop and pedestrian crossing
  5. Motorists have difficulty exiting from residential roads into heavy traffic e.g. Windmill Road from Langley Close and Rock Edge, London Road from Latimer Road, Lime Walk
  6. Parking issues can cause transport problems:
  • Lack of short stay parking means those using cash dispensers or visiting only one shop park on DYLs and in side streets causing congestion
  • The RPZ areas need revising – some residents with permits can’t find spaces and have to park on corners or on DYLs e.g. Gardiner Street, Windsor St. areas.
  • Commercial and retail staff swap around cars and vans every two hours to avoid car parking charges causing shortage of 2 or 3 hour parking for visitors e.g. in Old High Street.


What solutions do you think could form part of a strategy to address the transport issues identified?

It has to be accepted that not all the solutions to Headington’s traffic issues are in the hands of the Local Highway Authority (LHA). There are, though, many actions the LHA can and should take. Those actions should be guided by the following seven principles:

  1. Develop any strategy in engagement with the whole community, including residents and small businesses, not just the top three employers. This can be best done through constructive dialogue with the Headington Transport Group and the Headington Neighbourhood Forum as it progresses the Neighbourhood Plan.
  2. Establish clearly the transport capacity of the Headington area and be ready to object to planning applications which put intolerable strain on the transport system.
  3. Recognise that the route through Headington is perceived as the gateway to Oxford and so give it the priority it requires. As a first step, make urgent repairs to the carriageway between the Headington cross-roads and the Green Road roundabout.
  4. Accept that many of the streets of Headington are residential and were not built to sustain large vehicles. As far as possible, respect the residential nature of those streets and do not subject them to inappropriate usage.
  5. Ensure that any strategy balances the needs of all road-users – pedestrians, cyclists, bus-users and car-drivers. Wherever possible, give each category of user dedicated road space.
  6. Tackle the issues which limit the use of public transport. The introduction of cross-ticketing has certainly helped but more needs to be done to encourage travellers to choose buses over cars. This is particularly the case when a journey involves changing from one bus to another.
  7. Ensure that effective quality control mechanisms are in place to guarantee the standard of work undertaken in any changes. Specifically, review contract arrangements to ensure that there is rigorous comeback on contractors for shoddy workmanship.

Specific actions that should be taken include:

a)      Collect and analyse origin and destination survey data to establish the purpose and direction of travel through Headington, and the start and end locations of those journeys.

b)      Encourage Oxford City Council to set up more air quality monitoring points and determine what action would be taken if the air quality reaches a level that is less than adequate

c)       Rebuild surface of London Road from Green Road roundabout to Headington Carfax as a top priority for the City.

d)      Further develop Thornhill Park & Ride, recognising that it is used both by commuters into Oxford and Oxford residents commuting to London. Make it more attactive by further expansion and a fairer pricing regime. In particular, support the introduction of shuttle buses from Thornhill to the independent schools and major employers, reducing through-traffic and parking problems

e)      Carry out improvements to improve safety. These may include:

  • Improve signage of priority at raised junctions
  • Investigate whether the roadway and pavements in Windmill Road could be redesigned so that pedestrians don’t have to walk into the road to pass queues at the bus stop
  • Put in yellow boxes in London Road and Windmill Road at junctions with residential streets
  • Erect a bollard in the centre of both Latimer Road and Lime Walk near the junction with London Road so that drivers cannot cut corners when turning right off London Road

f)       Re-arrange pedestrian crossings on London Road in order both to help pedestrians and improve traffic flows. In particular,  establish a safe pedestrian crossing point at the junction of London Road and Osler Road

g)      Establish further pedestrian crossings to improve safety and help pedestrians:  introduce an additional pedestrian crossing between New Headington Bateman Street exit across Windmill Road to help traffic from side streets pull out into Windmill Road, deter speeding at off-peak times, and help parents and children travelling to school using an alternative route to London Road.

h)      Establish two joined up cycle routes through Headington, one for confident cyclists and one for under-confident and learner cyclists. Ensure that there are well-planned cycle routes to schools, major employment sites, and health centres. In particular, identify space for off road cycle track down Old Road, through liaison with the University and OUHT. Plan and implement cycling routes from Barton West to Old Road area,  Headington Centre and Library, and the JR with Highways s106 from Barton West development

i)        Set up cycle proficiency training with adult cyclists. Give errant cyclists the choice of a FPN or attendance at cycle proficiency training. Work with employers, TVP and schools to improve cycle training.

j)        Work with bus companies to the following ends:

  • Take up bunching issues with bus companies.
  • Set up direct bus services between district centres e.g. Headington and Summertown so that passengers don’t need to travel into Oxford and out again (this could reduce the number of bus journeys required).
  • Bring pressure to bear on bus companies to re-route buses away from Osler Road to Headley Way.
  • Set up specifications for bus contracts in such a way that double decker buses are used only at peak times in residential roads. Involve local councillors at officers’ specification design stage.
  • Require improved passenger collection data so that accurate records are kept of passengers using parts of journeys.

k)      Ensure that bus laybys are large enough to accommodate two buses rather than allowing queuing in the line of traffic.

l)        Investigate traffic calming in residential areas where there is rat running and speeding, and work with residents to achieve this. Investigate placing of parking slots in residential roads in such a way that parking is on alternate sides of the road to slow down traffic and make the roads less attractive to use

m)    Increase parking enforcement in side roads off the London Road (initially self-financing in Kennett Road and Stephen Road). Identify possible locations for short stay and visitor parking. Prioritise revision of RPZs in Headington. Investigate maximum limit for visitor permits and review Highways policy on visitor permits in Headington. Identify alternative parking areas for trades and commercial vehicles

Residents have also raised further suggestions with us which we forward to you for consideration. Their listing here does not imply our support for them.  We should need to consult our residents more widely and acquire more information before forming an opinion and declaring a view.

i.            The establishment of link roads from the ring road to the JR and to Old Road

ii.            Consider the possibility of running London and airport buses from hubs at Park and Rides e.g. Thornhill or re-routing a proportion of each long-distance service away from Headington

iii.            Land swaps to relocate a major employers’ site:  use vacated area to improve infrastructure/access and allow for affordable housing and growth? Promote car-sharing and car clubs by liaising with employers, and designating some parking slots for shared cars only.

iv.            Consult residents of Osler Road on possible repositioning of parking spaces and / or re-design of the road

v.            Consider other options to manage traffic at Headington Carfax, including a shared space solution


David Rundle


Ruth Wilkinson



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Westgate consultation – make your views known!

Proposals for the new Westgate aim to create an open and vibrant shopping environment, through a series of new spaces and pedestrian-friendly streets, as opposed to a single enclosed shopping centre. Specific elements of the plans include:

  • Around 70 new shops, including a 10,000 sq m John Lewis department store;
  • New cafes and restaurants and potentially a cinema;
  • New covered streets and public squares/spaces;
  • A new roof top terrace with views over the city;
  • New basement car park of over 1000 spaces;
  • New cycle parking;
  • New homes adjacent to Castle Mill Stream;
  • New public conveniences;
  • Retention of the existing public library with a new enhanced entrance on Castle Street.

If you would like to read more, and fill in the consultation questionnaire, then please click here

Consultation: improving bus priority near Green Rd roundabout

Oxfordshire County Council is consulting the public on its proposals to improve bus priority in the vicinity of Green Road roundabout, Headington.

There will be a drop-in session from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday 18th July at Headington Quarry Village Hall (Jubilee Room – entrance in Margaret Road) where county council staff will be able to discuss the scheme in more detail.

They are also taking the opportunity to carry out a formal consultation on the proposed changes to the extents of the bus lane at the Thornhill Park and Ride site.

Want to see the maps? Then come along to our next Headington Ward Focus meeting on Wed 10 July from 6.00-8.00pm at the Headington Baptist Church Hall in Old High Street. We shall make sure we have copies on display

Please note that the closing date for this consultation is 25th July 2013.

Share your views on the future of Oxpens

Oxford City Council is launching a public consultation on a planning document that will help shape the future of Oxpens.

The Oxpens site, between Oxford Railway Station, the Westgate Centre and the River Thames, represents one of the most significant development opportunities in the city centre and has the potential to make a valuable contribution to the life and economy of the local area and Oxford as a whole.

The document, known as the Oxpens Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), will help to establish appropriate uses for the Oxpens site, which could include houses and flats, offices, research & development (R&D) space, local amenities, green open space, a hotel and a public square. The development is also expected to bring regeneration benefits for neighbouring residents, such as improved public transport and better vehicle, cycle and pedestrian links to the city and surrounding areas.

Members of the public are invited to comment on the Oxpens SPD for a six-week period, from Monday 17 June until Monday 29 July 2013. This feedback will influence the extent and composition of the new neighbourhood at Oxpens.

To participate in this consultation please take a few minutes to respond to the questionnaire online or download a print version at www.oxford.gov.uk/oxpenssurvey. This consultation will be available from 9.30am on Monday 17 June. The full Oxpens SPD and related documents, such as the Strategic Environmental Assessment, will be available to download atwww.oxford.gov.uk/oxpensspd and print copies of the SPD will be available at Oxford City Council’s Customer Service Centre at St. Aldate’s Chambers and at the Central Library.

There will be a public exhibition showing extracts from the SPD at the rear of the Customer Service Centre at St Aldate’s Chambers from Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July, 8am to 6pm. All are welcome to attend and print copies of the questionnaire will be available to complete and submit on site.

Another consultation – your views on parks (including BURY KNOWLE PARK!)

This time the City Council’s customer survey is on parks and open spaces and it runs till December. A good opportunity to make some points about Bury Knowle Park and other open spaces in the area.

Name Your views on Parks, Play Areas, Pavilions and Open Spaces in Oxford 2013
Description Leisure, Parks and Communities are gaining customers views and satisfaction of its parks, play areas, and countryside sites. This is an ongoing survey scheduled to end on the 31st December 2013. You may comment on any Oxford City Council owned park or open space. Thank you for your time and contribution.
Dates From 15 May 2013 at 00:00 to 31 Dec 2013. The results will be published by 01 Mar 2014.

Please click here to send in your comments

Now’s your chance to tell the Council your views on planning and conservation!

City Development are inviting anyone who has contacted Oxford City Council regarding Planning, Building Control, Conservation & Heritage, Land Charges and/or Street Name & Numbering in the last 12 months to provide feedback on the quality of service they received. Whether you use these services regularly or occasionally, your feedback could help us to identify opportunities to improve the service we provide.

The survey will close at midnight on Sunday 30th June 2013.

This appears to be an online survey only. We are contacting the Council urgently to ask how people who do NOT have access to the internet will be able to respond to the customer survey.

Please click here for details


Notes from the public meeting on London Road scheme 12 December

Present: Cllr Roz Smith, Owen South, Shaun Hatton, Cllr R Wilkinson (note taker)

Cllr Roz Smith introduced Owen South and emphasised that this was an informal meeting about the county council’s London Road bus lane project.

It was agreed, in response to a question, that the County Council would involve businesses operating in the London Road in its formal consultation (likely to be next spring).

Owen South explained the background to this project. A funding bid to reduce traffic and improve alternatives to the car in the Thornhill-Headington area had been successful, and included passenger transport infrastructure on the ground as well as new bus services and also some help for cyclists.

The Thornhill Park and Ride site has been getting full before 9am on weekdays, and will be expanded. A charge of £3 has just been introduced for those who park for longer than 11 hours in order to free up more spaces for those using the site to access Oxford city centre and Headington.

Therefore a decision was made that the fee should be payable by those commuting to London and the airports, hence the tariff for longer stay.

This expansion will enable the introduction of new bus services to the hospitals – there are currently no services operating throughout the whole day so this will be an improvement

Bike links to the hospitals from the Park and Ride will be established, and this will help NHS staff. There will be the facility to take a bike from one venue to the other, similar to the bike scheme operating in London.

A number of options have been explored, just to see whether they are workable and necessary. This has meant that parts of London Road had been dug up to find out the precise location of utilities.

One option was to extend the inbound bus lane in London Road from Gladstone Road back to the Green Road roundabout outbound (to London).

Another option had been to extend in the outbound bus lane back as far as the Co-op from the Green Road roundabout.

For these options, there would be a need to eat into the footway on both sides of the London Road all the way from the park back to the roundabout. This would impact on trees and pavement space, and planners had considered the potential number of tree losses and the costs of diverting utilities. They had also considered the impact on cyclists and pedestrians using the footway.

Another problem area with regard to traffic flow was the tailbacks from traffic entering London Road from the Green Road roundabout and getting stuck behind buses at the first inbound bus stop. The County Council wants to improve reliability of buses and improve bus priority in this scheme. Options to deal with these could include extra bus lanes inbound from the Green Road roundabout, outbound from Bury Knowle Park, and an extension of the bus lane from Thornhill up to and around the roundabout.

It was decided that work to extend a bus lane around the Green Road roundabout should be put on hold for the moment while Barton West plans are being finalised as the extra traffic from there will have an impact.

Oxfordshire County Council has now ruled out the extension of the outbound bus lane from Gladstone Road to Headington shops. This option would be expensive, it would reduce the footway near shops and businesses, and trees would be lost. The time savings to buses would also be limited in any case.

It has also ruled out the option to extend the bus lane in London Road from Gladstone Road to the Green Road roundabout outbound (to London) for similar reasons. Journey times had been looked at, and delays to outbound traffic on that stretch are not as bad as on the inbound section, so this option may not be good value for money.

The most sensible and feasible option so far identified is to extend the inbound bus lane from Green Road roundabout to Gladstone Road. This will allow buses and cars and bikes to pass buses parked at the first inbound bus stop which may be relocated.

In order to provide an inbound bus lane starting from outside the back of Coleman Hill flats along to Gladstone Rd would require the removal of approximately 1.5 metres of footway from each side of London Road

Questions and comments from the public

We are concerned about cyclists. Is there a cycle track inbound from the roundabout? Or will they have to cycle on the London Road again?

While the narrowed footway on the north side would no longer be suitable for shared use by cyclists, they would be able to use the bus lanes or could use less direct but quieter parallel routes.

How many trees will be lost?

Two trees may be lost

Will cyclists be able to use bus lanes?

Cycling in bus lanes is not ideal for all cyclists although many of the more confident cyclists are happy do this.

Why mess with it at all apart from a bus lay-by if that’s causing all the problems?

Pedestrians need to be prioritised

Why are we trying to make it easier for buses to kill people? London buses speed down London Road at 3 am

Why can’t we stop London buses coming through Headington?

There is conflict in Oxford in that it’s not possible to cater fully for all means of transport

Bus companies can choose what routes inbound they take

We should leave it as it is but put in cycle lanes on London Road

Owen’s remit is to improve bus priority with this scheme

There will be a loss to pedestrians and cyclists

Planners are trying within this scheme to minimise harm to cyclists and pedestrians. It is acknowledged that shared use doesn’t work everywhere

The County Council just views London Road as a corridor through to the City. I’m glad it’s not taking the bus lane outbound all the way down because that option isn’t needed

We need better quality of road than the rest of London Road?

There’s room for a marked out cycle path on the footway where it’s widest

Owen will look at putting white lines there to make it more formal. He will make a site visit and consider this. Shared footway is considered to be a second best measure

The County Council’s got its balance of priorities wrong, it should be doing more for cyclists and not for buses

What is happening to the cars? Getting out of side roads into main roads is awful because you can’t see round the buses

Motorists wouldn’t lose out; there will still be two traffic lanes

The city is looking at improvements to cycle routes and there will be Boris bikes, why is there no joined up thinking re help for cyclists, especially as the Barton development is going ahead?

Bikes are a wider project and the County and the City are two of the stakeholders working on improvements across the City. But this specific scheme focuses on buses

I’m worried about accidents and safety with the extra lanes. Vans are parked on pavements already so this will make things worse.

Why can’t London buses terminate at Thornhill Park and Ride?

The County Council has no power to specify bus routes; successive Governments have taken the view that this should be the responsibility of the bus companies (following deregulation in 1985).

So you’re spending money helping bus companies over whom you have no control but not on the pedestrians and cyclists who pay council tax for things you do control?

Lyndworth Close and Northfield Rd are accident hotspots

Can you tell us more about the new bus routes?

These will operate from Thornhill to the hospitals and possibly from Water Eaton to the hospitals. Bus companies have been asked for the best possible services they can provide for a specified amount of money

London buses speed down London Road in the early hours of the morning. National Express buses come through Oxford too (from Stansted)

This should be taken up with the police

Are the plans online?

No, they have not reached a stage when formal consultation can begin

Is this phase 3 of the improvement of the London Road?

In a sense, yes. The government funding was an opportunity to go ahead with phase 3

OCC is obsessed with buses getting people into the City, the priority for London Rd should be to maintain and improve the environment for people living there

Improving buses and taking away footpaths is making it easier for buses and cars to speed and cause accidents

Railings could be put in at junctions to minimise accidents, like in London

Thank you for holding this meeting here, it’s much better to have local meetings in the area than going to County Hall

The County Council’s priority should be for people who live in Headington for all of the time


Barton Rd is an accident black spot.

Markings for cyclists are poor at the Green Road roundabout

Children have to cycle on pavements to be safe

Motorists mount the pavement at Gladstone Rd

We have children, elderly parents, we live here, we don’t want to ease traffic so there is a steady flow the whole time. Put the safety of the residents first!

Education is needed everyone needs to abide by the Highway Code, there is danger caused to cyclists on the LH side when non-signalling cars turn left

How will the proposal affect the backlog of traffic from London Rd back to the Wheatley turn?

That will need to be addressed with another scheme when there is more money available

Why not have a congestion charge?

Cllrs Roz Smith and Ruth Wilkinson noted this suggestion as a number in favour of this

Have you thought about air pollution on London Road? It’s 25% higher than average at Windmill Rd and the Green Road roundabout

This scheme shouldn’t make air quality any worse.

I’m worried about St Andrews School

Lots of traffic only travels down London Road as far as the junction with Headley Way to access the hospitals

This is why the hospitals, working in partnership with the county council, are restricting staff parking and encouraging the use of other modes – this project and other linked projects are intended to support this and help to reduce such car commuting.

Why don’t the County Council build a multi-storey car park at Thornhill Park and Ride?

South Oxfordshire won’t allow it as it’s on the Green Belt.

Why not build one underground, then?

Because it would cost far, far more money than we have

The road surface is terrible outside Barclays Bank and outside the park, when will it be sorted out?

Shaun Hatton looks after maintaining road infrastructure after new schemes are implemented. If you wish to report a problem, please email highwayenquiries@oxfordshire.gov.uk or phone 0845 310 1111

How do we know the road surface will be done properly? Outside Barclays Bank – drains are on top of the road surface, no wonder the surface water doesn’t drain into them!

Can we talk to the bodgers not the people who maintain the roads after the schemes get put in?

It’s best to talk to the project team at the time the scheme is being installed

Where the road’s been dug up by utilities, it hasn’t been put back as it was before and some holes were left a foot deep

A County officer has responsibility for liaising with utilities companies and ensuring they make good any damage or shoddy work

Children trying to cross from the Park to St Andrew’s School have to walk through large puddles and get drenched

There won’t be wide enough pavement to the shops

Nothing will be cut away from footways between Gladstone Road and the shops as the benefit would not outweigh the costs

Can we have a moveable “tidal flow” bus lane at peak and off peak times?

Why wasn’t a bus lane put in at Dorset House

The planning application and build came in after that phase of the London Road had been completed


Some discussion was held about whether there should be a show of hands to see who supported the scheme as outlined and who did not, as it was noted that many people were present but had not spoken. Mixed response, but a suggestion was made that Owen should report back that there were still some areas about which people have concerns.

A resident thanked Cllr Roz Smith for organising the meeting, and the County officers for attending


Meeting ended at 20.15


Windmill School expansion – consultation starts

A Statutory Notice has been published relating to the proposal to expand Windmill Primary School in Oxford to become 3 form entry with an Admission Number of 90.

The current capacity of the school is 510 and the proposed capacity will be 630. The current number of pupils registered at the school is 476. The current admission number for the school is 60 and the proposed admission number will be 90.

All the background papers and information are available here including catchment area maps.

There is an online form people can use when sending in comments. Online forms don’t always satisfy everyone’s needs, and there are other ways by which you can comment. you may email your response to:


or respond in writing to:
Diane Cameron, School Organisation & Planning, County Hall, Oxfordshire County Council, FREEPOST.

It’s really important that you have your say – do please send in comments even if you already made them at public meetings so that they can be recorded

The consultation ends at midnight on 6 February 2013