Council lose £0.5m in parking fees
Joint Press Release: Green Group and LibDem Group
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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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.
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 :-)
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!
Come to the 2018 Oxfordshire Green Gathering!
Oxfordshire Green Party’s annual get-together this year is on Saturday September 29th from 10.30am to 3.45pm at the Scout Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, OX29 4QP.
It is an excellent chance to meet fellow party members in a relaxing and social environment!
The day’s programme includes:
Please RSVP if you are interested in coming, so we know you are coming!
Celebration of activities and deeds
Do you think someone or a team has done something that’s worth shouting about? If yes, please do make a nomination so we can praise their efforts and achievements! It’s easy to nominate - just fill in this form.
The categories are:
If you know of someone worthy, please do take the time to make a nomination. Everyone always appreciated being noticed by someone, and receive credit for the effort put in! Let's celebrate the actions and work that we do to try and make our world a better place.
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