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Council lose £0.5m in parking fees
Joint Press Release: Green Group and LibDem Group
14/9/2018
Green and LibDem Councillors on Oxford City Council have taken the unusual step of issuing a joint press statement to highlight the £0.5m loss in parking fee income to the Council as a result of the Westgate opening.
The Labour-run City Council controversially handed over running of the refurbished Westgate car park to the Westgate Partnership at a fixed, Inflation-linked, annual fee despite warnings that the Partnership could then undercut the City which  would undermine income from other car parks (as has happened). The latest loss is estimated at £490k per annum.
Says Green Group leader Cllr Craig Simmons "This is corporate welfare - a hidden subsidy to the Westgate at the expense of front line Council services. Labour ignored all warnings that this would happen."
Says Lib Dem Group Leader Andrew Gant "This is a double-whammy of failures by the Labour city council. Not only are they losing substantial amounts of income needed for front-line services, they are also encouraging car use in our congested city centre by allowing Westgate to use pricing to attract people to drive in. Our precious city centre is suffering at Labour’s hands"
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City Council wins further £500,000 funding to help rough sleepers
Green Councillors have welcomed the additional Government support for homelessness. Says Green Group Leader Cllr Craig Simmons,
The focus of the Green Party's last local election campaign was homelessness. It seems that the message has hit home. Just a year ago the City Council were denying the issue whilst introducing controversial policies aimed at 'managing' rough sleeping - such as the Public Space Protection Order, Community Protection Notices - and closing hostels such as Lucy Faithfull House. We seem to have reached a turning point - they are now recognising the humanitarian crisis unfolding on our streets. However, the Council's thinking is still not fully aligned. We still have the draconian PSPO and only this week it was revealed that the Council are removing benches used by the homeless.
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City Council publishes Oxford North planning application
Northern Gateway plans - 'not good enough' say Greens. 
Says Green City Councillor and Shadow Planning Speaker Dick Wolf,
The application for the development of what was known as the ‘Northern Gateway’ has now been submitted. The Green Party objected to the original proposal to include it in the Core Strategy because of its negative impact on Oxford’s housing crisis, lack of genuinely affordable homes, on the poor transport planning, and on the vital ‘Kidlington Gap’ Green Belt that is supposed to stop Oxford and Kidlington merging. Nothing in the submitted plans mitigates any of these concerns.
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Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:30 AM · 3 rsvps
Iffley Fields (TBC) in Oxford, United Kingdom

Iffley Fields & St Mary's Action Day

 

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Iffley Fields and St Mary's Action Day. We will be supporting David Williams to WIN in the Oxfordshire County Council by-election on 18th October. Grab a clip-board, wear your Green Party badge or T-shirt and let's get him re-elected!

Even if you only have a few hours - then please do come along and get stuck in.

11:15am - Morning session of canvassing

1 - ish - Share Lunch

1:15pm - Afternoon Session

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 07:00 PM
St Nicolas Church, Newbury in Newbury , United Kingdom

A Greener Future for Britain

Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley is visiting Newbury on Wednesday 26 September.

Jonathan will be speaking at a public meeting entitled 'A Greener Future for Britain', alongside  Tom Beckett, Director of External Affairs for the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust.

They will focus on what we need to do to protect the environment in the future, the implications of Brexit, and the need for a wilder Britain where wildlife can thrive and green space is protected.

Do come!  It is free to attend and all are welcome.

Starting at 7pm, the meeting is in central Newbury at 7pm, at St Nicolas Church Hall,West Mills, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5HG

The meeting is organised by West Berkshire Green Party.

Click here to view the Facebook event

 

 

Friday, September 28, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Royal Blenheim Pub in Oxford, United Kingdom

Pub Social

Why not take the chance to have a chat with like minded souls, by popping along to our regular get-together? On the last Friday of each month members of the Oxfordshire Green Party, friends and interested people socialise through relaxed chats or heated debates, your choice :-) 

So do join us from 8pm at the Royal Blenheim, St Ebbes Street, Oxford, OX1 1PT (we're there every last Friday of the month!)

If you've never been before, call Cheryl on 07500 665207  so she can welcome you!

You can find us at a table at the back; someone might have a green party Tshirt on and/or there'll be an A4 Green Party poster propped up on the table. Or just ask at the bar for directions!

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