Oxford Conservatives

Oxford Conservative Association

Oxford Conservatives have called for Oxfordshire County Council to rethink current proposals to introduce bus gates into Oxford’s city centre. A consultation has just concluded for two proposed bus gates in the city centre, with consultation due in the autumn for further proposed bus gates around the city.

Conservative Chairman Daniel Stafford said ‘This is the wrong solution for Oxford’s residents. The bus gates are being proposed to reduce harmful emissions. They will have the opposite effect, forcing even more cars onto the already congested ring road.’

‘Many residents already can and do make use of active transport such as cycling. Now is not the time to force those who use cars from necessity to choose between being trapped at home, or taking unnecessary risks on public transport.’

‘At a time when residents are desperate to stay connected, and many small businesses are on the margins of survival, a policy that cuts residents off from other parts of the city is the last thing Oxford needs. We call upon the County Council to abandon their original plans, and to bring forward fresh proposals that do not needlessly victimise residents who have no choice but to travel by car.’

OXFORD Conservative Association has hit out at an 'orchestrated attempt' to quash a refusal of a new city school.

The organisation said it was 'disappointed' at Oxfordshire County Council's threat to object to future housing applications if the Swan School is not allowed to open in September 2019.

As revealed in the Oxford Mail on Tuesday, education bosses sent a letter to Oxford City Council's head of planning before a committee reconsiders the 1,260-pupil Marston secondary school later this month.

But the group admitted it was 'concerned' at moves to overturn the decision, adding it was not in the interest of residents.

Oxford Conservatives deputy chairman Mark Bhagwandin said: “The city council’s move to review the planning committee’s decision makes a mockery of the established planning process and is a slap in the face of elected councillors who acted in the best interest of the people given the issues raised by the inappropriate proposed location of the Swan School.

He added: "County officials should refrain from issuing threats against the city’s housing programmes."