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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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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!

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10:30 AM · 21 rsvps
Scout Hall in Eynsham, United Kingdom

Green Gathering 2018

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:

  • Short talks on interesting  subjects:
    • Addressing UK Food Poverty: Witney and West Oxfordshire Food Bank”, by Erik Nielson, WWOFB
    • Challenging housing growth in Oxfordshire: the situation in Eynsham”, by Angie Titchen, Eynsham Planning Improvement Campaign
    • Sewage Pollution of rivers: the case of the River Windrush”, by Ashley Smith, Windrush against Sewage Pollution
    • "The Green Party's Holistic Review" by Liz Reason, Chair of the Green Party of England and Wales
  • 5 Minute “Did you know” slots 
  • World Cafe discussion on topics that you choose
  • Opportunities to meet and chat with like-minded people!
  • Celebration of activities and deeds

Click here for the full agenda with directions on how to get to the venue.

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:

  • People’s choice (you get to suggest a category and a winner - as funny or as serious as you like)
  • Canvassing effort – by a group or individual
  • Leafleting effort - by a group or individual.
  • Outstanding contribution in the past 12 months (for a party or individual)
  • Innovation (any idea or strategy that everyone needs to steal from you...)
  • Working together (best example of team work by a group of individuals)
  • Best local issue campaign

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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