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Oxford City Council reject Green energy plan

Yesterday, Oxford City Council passed its four year budget (2021-2024) in the process rejecting a Green Party amendment to redirect funds earmarked for commercial property investment into the development of renewable solar energy infrastructure, following in the footsteps of an increasing number of local authorities that have done so [see attached]. 

Green Councillor Craig Simmons, presenting the Green budget amendment called the plan to invest in commercial property at a time of economic uncertainty (due to COVID and Brexit)  'reckless' and 'lacking vision'. p> Green Councillor Dick Wolff, seconding the Green budget amendment said; "The key question is: In 15 years time will our successors be cursing us for not buying more commercial property ...or will they be grateful that we had the foresight to invest in renewable energy infrastructure?".

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Oxford City Council to invest over £50 million to retrofit and improve council houses

Greens accuse Labour of 'spinning the figures' by implying that £50m is additional spend on energy efficiency within current four-year budget. 

Says Green Councillor Craig Simmons, "The Council's own cross-party scrutiny committee picked up on this misleading figure and asked the Labour leadership to  be clearer in their communications [1] - a recommendation which seems to have been ignored. In summary, the £50m is not in our current budget, neither have the funds been allocated, nor are the timescales for this expenditure clear."

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Oxford City Council investing now to help visitor economy rebound after pandemic
Responding to the City Council's funding of £20,000 to find a long-term solution to tourist coach parking, Green Cllr Dick Wolff said, "Attracting coaches into the centre of the City is only going to increase congestion and pollution and how is this going to work with the planned zero emission zone? Something has to give and, based on past track record, I think we will learn after the elections that the zero emission zone is to be delayed yet again.  The solution the Greens have been proposing for some time, a tourist-friendly, electric cable car ride from (most likely) a Redbridge Park and Ride drop-off point into the City Centre is worth re-visiting." 

 

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Friday, February 26, 2021 at 07:00 PM

Bank Job Film Preview

BANK JOB - Film preview

"When most people do not understand how money comes into existence this film pulls back the veil on the dark world of debt with wit and insight. A film to inform, enrage and inspire."

After 5 years of research and hard work making, this independent feature documentary, Bank Job, it is ready to launch. The film Preview is on 26th February.

The film has been made with the support of the BFI Doc Society Fund and follows a journey from finding out about Strike Debt / The Debt Collective, buying up and abolishing millions of dollars of debt in the USA - to setting up Rebel Bank in the UK and subsequently a debt buying adventure in the UK.

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Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 07:00 PM

OGP Quiz #5

The greatest, greenest, geographically-irrelevant online quiz in Oxfordshire!

About this Event

We all miss going to a venue, and hanging out with friends, answering fiendishly hard questions set by our our Quizmaster-in-training, Tim Eden.

So why dont you come to our online Zoom Quiz?!

Entry is by donation, so select the number of tickets, put in what you are willing to pay (suggestion is £2 per person), and wait for the Zoom Link! We will contact you prior to the event for your name and team name, so why don't you gang up with your colleagues and make an evening (in) of it! Max teams are of six, but if you feel lucky go it alone!

Quiz format is by tried and tested GoogleSheets, so please do log in via laptop, as other devices (phone, iPad , etc) tend not to allow you to flip backwards and forwards easily.

Also, dont forget that during the quiz we will be auctioning off a mystery book, and a BYOB option is always open!

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OGP Quiz #5

Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 07:00 PM

OGP Quiz #4

The greatest, greenest, geographically-irrelevant online quiz in Oxfordshire!

About this Event

We all miss going to a venue, and hanging out with friends, answering fiendishly hard questions set by our Quizmaster-supreme, Karl Kwiatowski.

So why dont you come to our online Zoom Quiz?!

Entry is by donation, so select the number of tickets, put in what you are willing to pay (suggestion is £2 per person), and wait for the Zoom Link! We will contact you prior to the event for your name and team name, so why don't you gang up with your colleagues and make an evening (in) of it! Max teams are of six, but if you feel lucky go it alone!

Quiz format is by tried and tested GoogleSheets, so please do log in via laptop, as other devices (phone, iPad , etc) tend not to allow you to flip backwards and forwards easily.

Also, dont forget that during the quiz we will be auctioning off a mystery book, and a BYOB option is always open!

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